Student Spotlight


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Lauren Wood, a Senior at Niskayuna High School and a camp counselor at Niskayuna's Parks and Recreation summer program. Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Student Spotlight: Lauren Wood

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA- There are few other senior students who are as proud of their hometown as Lauren Wood. “When I first started working at Play It Again Sports, I told my friends that my first pay…



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Niskayuna Junior, Derek Wolfe coaches swimmers at the Town Pool. Friday, July 8, 2016.

Student Spotlight: Derek Wolfe

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA- At the town pool on any given morning of the week, one will find Derek Wolfe surrounded by a small crowd of young swimmers, coaching them or directing them to play another round of…


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Elias Assimakopoulos, a recently graduated Senior of Niskayuna High School readies to head off to the Crane School of Music in late August. June 28, 2016.

Student Spotlight: Elias Assimakopoulos

NISKAYUNA — Recent graduate Elias Assimakopoulos proved his dedication to music again and again throughout his high school career, by attending every school concert and performance since his freshman year. And of course, by performing a bit himself both in…


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Evan Pritchard, a Junior at Niskayuna High School, poses outside of the Niskayuna Public Library. Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Student Spotlight: Evan Pritchard

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Growing up in suburbia can shelter kids from the realities of real-world issues. Or so Niskayuna High junior Evan Pritchard has found. But it doesn’t make him bitter about his hometown. It makes…


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Amani Dinar was recently honored for her essay on patriotism. June 14, 2016.

Student Spotlight: Amani Dinar

By INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — She may only be in fifth grade, but Amani Dinar already has most of her life planned out. “I want to be either a neurologist or a cardiologist … and maybe when I…


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Veronia Liu, a Niskayuna Senior, poses in the art wing of the high school. Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

Student Spotlight: Veronica Liu

By INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Some students enter high school with one goal: graduation. Others enter freshman year hoping their four years will have an impact on the school that lasts. Veronica Liu, a senior at Niskayuna High…


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Morgan Kelleher, Sophomore at Niskayuna High School. Friday, May 20, 2016.

Student Spotlight: Morgan Kelleher

By INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Morgan Kelleher is a sophomore at Niskayuna High School and has always had a passion for two things in life: teaching and working with learning-disabled and special-needs students. This year, she was able…


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Niskayuna senior, Sydney Lemelin poses with the Niskyauna high school yearbook mock-up. Friday, May 13, 2016.

Student Spotlight: Sydney Lemelin

By INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — High school senior Sydney Lemelin seems to be in a near-constant state of motion. On the Friday morning of this interview, Lemelin is carrying a backpack which looks to be stuffed with books…


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Julia Favata poses outside of Niskayuna high school.

Student Spotlight on Julia Favata

By INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA- Standing on the precipice of graduation can be a nerve wracking experience for some high school seniors. For Julia Favata, it’s more surreal than terrifying. “I’m looking forward to meeting new people and the…