Benjamin DeYoung and Kailey Vernon are respectively valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of 2021 at Marion Junior / Senior High School.
DeYoung has an overall academic average of 99.3. He is a member of the National Honor Society, a class officer and a member of the Student Council, and participates in the marching band and the jazz marching band. DeYoung has been involved in track and field since ninth grade, participating in soccer and indoor / outdoor track and field. He volunteers with the youth group in his church.
DeYoung received the University of Rochester Honorary Bausch + Lomb Science Award, the Rochester Institute of Technology Computer Science Medal and Scholarship, the Hobart and Williams Smith College Finger Lakes Scholarship, the Leadership Award from the ‘Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University Book Award, Elmira College Key Award, and American Chemical Society Recognition Award. He plans to study engineering at RIT.
Vernon obtained an overall academic average of 97.2. She is a member of the NHS and participates in the Show Choir and the annual musical. Vernon has been involved in track and field since ninth grade, participating in soccer year round.
Vernon is involved with 4-H and the National Junior Holstein Association. She received the UR George Eastman Young Leaders Award, the RIT Computing Medal and Scholarship Award and the HWS Finger Lakes Award. She plans to study nursing at St. John Fisher College.