Mynderse Academy Announces the Class of 2019 Valedictorian

Louis Smith smiling

Louis Charles Smith, son of Bernie and Anne Smith has been named the Mynderse Academy Class of 2019 Valedictorian.

Louis is a member of the National Honor Society and currently serves as the Vice-President. He is also a member of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society and the Foreign Language National Honor Society. He has completed coursework in Honors English, FLCC Gemini- Health, Biology, US History and Spanish, RIT’s Principles of Engineering and Introduction to Engineering Design and is currently taking Advanced Placement Calculus and Physics. This year, he is also studying with the BOCES New Visions Medical Careers program at Geneva General Hospital.

During his time at Mynderse Academy, Louis has served in several leadership roles including Student Council President, as a student representative to the District Steering Committee, Treasurer for the Junior and Senior Class, Boy’s State Delegate, Teen Institute representative, and as a Rural Schools Association Representative for the Democracy Ready NY Coalition Youth Leadership Initiative. Louis was a team captain for varsity soccer this year and also plays varsity baseball. Louis has served our community as founder of the “Gloves 4 Love” which has provided over 5,000 necessary winter items to those in need. He also has volunteered as a tutor for Algebra and US History, as an Altar Server and Lector at the St. Francis and St. Clare Parish in Waterloo, and as a youth coach at Mynderse Academy Baseball Clinics.

Louis has received the United Way Volunteer of the Year award, the Finger Lakes Scholar Award, the Seneca Falls Police Union Award, The Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Teammate of the Year Award, Antonio Varicalli Award, and is a Daughters of the American Revolution – Good Citizen Essay Contest Winner. He also won the Rotary District 7120 Oratorical Contest, was the Keynote Speaker for the WFL BOCES Personalized Learning Conference, is a Junior Rotarian and was named Best Delegate at the St. John Fisher Model UN Conference for his work in the Press Corps.

Louis plans to attend a four-year university with an intended major of biology following a pre-medical track with a civic engagement minor.