Bridgehampton High School announced this week that seniors James Fairchild and Autumn Coffey have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2019.
James has taken numerous honors and Advanced Placement courses, also playing on varsity tennis, swimming and junior varsity basketball. A member of the high school’s robotics team and Future Farmers of America, James was also a recipient of the DAR Good Citizens Award and the President’s’ Education Award in recognition of outstanding academic excellence. He has also dedicated himself to teaching coding to fourth-and-fifth grade students and worked closely with the South Fork Natural History Museum and underclassmen in designing and constructing an educational aquaponics system.
“It feels that all of the work and time committed to my education has truly empowered me to study and to achieve anything I wish,” James said.
James was also named a Borlaug Scholar by Cornell University and had a research paper that addressed food insecurities in Liberia published by the New York Youth Institute as well and critiqued and complemented by multiple international experts at the Global Youth Institute. He is a potential candidate for a Borlaug-Ruan International internship and would like to study computer science, business or architecture in the future.
Autumn has also taken numerous Advanced Placement, honors and college-level courses and is a member of the school’s robotics team. She was also honored as an Academic All-County student for basketball. She is involved locally in the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center. Her post high school plans include majoring in nursing and possibly taking part in a study abroad program.
“I am happy to have achieved something so amazing. I am happy that all of my hard work has paid off,” said Autumn.
“James and Autumn are both wonderful students who represent the well-rounded educational experiences at Bridgehampton High School,” Principal Michael Miller said. “Their commitment to academics will certainly drive their future successes.”