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Marion Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for Class of 2021

The Marion Central School District is proud to announce the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2021.

Benjamin DeYoung, son of Mark and Laura DeYoung, has been named the valedictorian of the Class of 2021. Benjamin has earned this distinction by accumulating an overall academic average of 99.3. In addition to completing his four years of high school with the top average in a class of 50 students, Benjamin is an active school citizen. He is a selected member of the National Honor Society and served as class officer and a member of Student Council.

Benjamin DeYoung

He also participates in the marching band and jazz band.

Ben has been involved in athletics since ninth grade, participating in soccer, cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. Ben has also been an active member of his church, volunteering with the youth group.

Ben has been recognized academically by being awarded the University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal and Scholarship Award, the Hobart and William Smith College Finger Lakes Scholarship, the Clarkson University Leadership Award, the St. Lawrence University Book Award, the Elmira College Key Award, and the American Chemical Society Recognition Award.

Ben plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology to major in engineering.

Kailey Vernon, daughter of Casey and Dawn Vernon, has been named the salutatorian of the Class of 2021. Kailey has earned this distinction by accumulating an overall academic average of 97.2. Kailey is a selected member of the National Honor Society and participates in show choir and the annual musical. She has been actively involved in athletics since ninth grade, participating in soccer year round. Outside of school, Kailey is involved in 4-H and the National Junior Holstein Association.

Kailey Vernon

Kailey has been recognized academically by being awarded the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award, the Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal and Scholarship Award and the Hobart and William Smith College Finger Lakes Award.

Kailey plans to attend St. John Fisher College to major in nursing.