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Allen, Ewanow lead SVHS Class of 2019
Given their impressive records of academic, athletic and other achievements, it’s easy to run out of superlatives when talking about the two outstanding young people at the head of the Class of 2019 at Susquehanna Valley High School. Suffice it to say, all of us in Saber country are extremely proud to call Class of 2019 Valedictorian Kristen Allen and Salutatorian Ryan Ewanow ours, and we can only imagine the amazing experiences, opportunities and successes that await them as they begin the next chapter of their lives.
 
 
Ryan and Kristen with SV High School Principal David Daniels 
 
A full listing of our Valedictorian Kristen Allen’s accolades and accomplishments would take some doing. Worth noting is her attendance at the 2018 Students Inside Albany Conference. Kristen was one of only 59 students from all of New York State invited by the League of Women Voters to attend the three day conference, immersing students in the workings of state government. Students attended interactive lectures on the state budget process, the role of lobbyists in the legislative process, citizen rights to access government information, the role of media in politics, and the move to reform state government.

Valedictory honors run in the Allen family. Kristen is the third Allen sibling to be at the head of the class, following in big sisters’ Stephanie and Julia’s footsteps.
 
Salutatorian Ryan Ewanow has joined an elite group of high school students across the U.S. Ryan has been named a 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student, thanks to his outstanding performance on a rigorous qualifying test. Of the more than 1.6 million students taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last October, 34,000 high performers were named Commended Students and were recognized by the NMS Corporation for their exceptional academic promise.
Ryan has also been recognized for his combined academic and athletic prowess. He has been awarded the STAC BAsketball Carl Gaffney Scholarship, which is given to the top scholar athlete in the Southern Tier.
 
One distinction this dynamic duo shares: the first ever SV High School students to achieve a Biliteracy Seal.  The 2018-19 school year is the inaugural year of Susquehanna Valley offering the Biliteracy Seal to students that prove their proficiency in English and an additional language. Allen and Ewanow are the first two SV students to avail themselves of this new offering.

The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB) recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English.
The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages; identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers; provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission; prepare students with twenty-first century skills; recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools; and affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.

Part of the process in earning the NYSSB involved the students presenting to a panel of teachers and administrators to demonstrate their proficiency. Ryan and Kristen are pictured below during their presentations.


 
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