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Senior Showcase:  Chenango Forks High School

As the end of the school year approaches, our senior LPP students at Chenango Forks High School are eagerly looking forward to their next steps in life. Whether they are heading to college, entering the workforce, or joining the military, these outstanding individuals are ready to embark on new adventures. Here’s an update on the seniors of Chenango Forks High School as they prepare for the next phase of their journeys:

This year, 12 seniors from Chenango Forks High School will be graduating from the Liberty Partnerships Program. Among them, Corbin Ganner stands out as he prepares to become a college athlete, showcasing his dedication and talent. Additionally, three of our seniors will be attending SUNY Broome this fall, taking significant strides toward their future careers.

One of these dedicated students is Blaque, who has actively participated in the Liberty program for the past three years. Blaque has thrived in the program, building friendships and engaging in meaningful discussions. Planning to attend SUNY Broome in the fall to study human services, Blaque aspires to a future career in social work. Blaque’s most cherished memory is their involvement in the summer program, where they showed significant growth in time management, organizational skills, and self-advocacy. Throughout high school, Blaque has been involved in various clubs, including Liberty, Pride Club, Art Club, Drama Club, National Art Honor Society, Honor Society, and the Dress Code Committee. Blaque advises underclassmen not to stress over minor issues and to prioritize what is best for themselves.

Gen, a member of Liberty for 2 ½ years, cherishes the memory of participating in the rage room. Through her time at Liberty, Gen honed her communication skills, preparing her for future endeavors such as pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in Deaf studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Gen's advice to underclassmen emphasizes self-care and personal well-being. In addition to her academic pursuits, Gen has been involved in various extracurricular activities, including the Math Club, Drama Club, Show Choir, Jazz Band, and Environmental Club, showcasing her diverse interests and engagement within the school community.

Jasimon's main takeaway from Liberty is that it is acceptable to transform into whoever you desire to be. A member for the past three years, Jasimon's cherished memory is volunteering at Project Concern. Jasimon has learned that she can overcome any obstacle and looks forward to joining the army and pursuing a career as a tattoo artist. She believes in being honest and adaptable to navigate life's challenges.

Seth discovered the value of forming new connections and friendships during his time at Liberty. As a member for three years, Seth's most cherished memory was participating in the summer program, where he learned valuable skills such as effective studying and time management. Looking ahead, Seth plans to pursue education at SUNY Broome. He encourages others to join Liberty to broaden their horizons and meet new people. Additionally, Seth has participated in various extracurricular activities, including Liberty, Upward Bound, Art Club, and Pride Club.

RJ has been a member of Liberty for two years, with a favorite memory of helping with Trunk or Treat. Throughout his time in Liberty, RJ learned the importance of stepping out of his comfort zone and making new friends. He advises underclassmen to seize every opportunity Liberty provides. In addition to his involvement in Liberty, RJ participated in several extracurricular activities, including the Show Choir and Drama Club.

Emerson, a member of Liberty for three years, fondly remembers his first year in the summer program. During his time in Liberty, he learned to come out of his shell and communicate more effectively. Emerson plans to attend SUNY Canton in the fall for technological communications. His advice for underclassmen is to be themselves, but in a respectful manner. Throughout high school, Emerson participated in several activities, including Liberty, Drama Club, Pride Club, DND Club, and the National Honor Society.

On June 13th, Chenango Forks held an awards ceremony to honor the graduating seniors. It was a night filled with pride and celebration, highlighting the achievements and resilience of our students. Two Liberty students were honored with the prestigious Dr. Lee Scholarship Award. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated exceptional courage and determination by overcoming struggles and adversity, as expressed in their compelling essays.

In recognition of their hard work and achievements, all our graduating seniors received special gift baskets. These baskets included a Liberty Partnerships water bottle, a tee shirt, and a cozy blanket, symbolizing the support and warmth of the LPP community as they step into their futures.

At the core of the Liberty Partnerships Program is our commitment to fostering academic success, personal growth, and a strong sense of community. By providing comprehensive support and encouragement, we empower our students to achieve their full potential and make meaningful contributions to society. As these seniors step into the world, they carry with them the values and skills cultivated through LPP, ready to create a brighter future for themselves and others.