(May 22, 2019) - Emma Lutkins, daughter of Kevin and Jeannette Lutkins of Union Springs, is Union Springs High School’s Class of 2019 valedictorian.
While Emma excelled in academics during her high school years, she was involved in many extracurricular activities as well. Emma was a member of the National Honor Society, a participant in MasterMinds and the school musicals, and she was also on the soccer and track teams. Outside of school, Emma was an avid dancer, and she also worked the past few summers at the Wheelhouse Restaurant.
Throughout high school, Emma regularly earned her way on the Principal’s Honor Roll. On the soccer field, she was named to the All-IAC 2nd Team her junior and senior year, and she earned the Team Spirit Award her junior year. This past May, Emma received the Cayuga-Onondaga School Board Association (COSBA) Award for Outstanding Student.
In the fall, Emma will be heading off to Syracuse University to pursue a double major in math and secondary education.
“When I was little, I knew I definitely wanted to be a teacher because my mom was a teacher, and I thought it was so cool,” Emma said. “Throughout school, I experimented in all different fields, but being in math class with all of my math teachers helped me see that teaching math is what I really want to do.”
Mark Antonik, son of Mark and Dale Antonik of Auburn, is Union Springs High School’s Class of 2019 salutatorian.
Mark stayed very busy throughout high school. He was a member of the National Honor Society, held down two different jobs, and spent quite a bit of time volunteering. Mark has a passion for hunting and fishing, and at one point he was a part of a community project that turned 20 acres of unusable land and converted it back into a prosperous parcel.
When asked if anyone was particularly influential to him during his high school years, Mark did not hesitate to answer, “My parents.”
“They always told me to try my best, and if I didn’t succeed, they told me to try again,” Mark said. “They said not to let anyone influence my opinions or judge me.”
Mark is heading off to SUNY Canton this fall to study in the Civil Engineering program.
“I have always liked math and science, as well as the outdoors, and I would rather be out in the field than sitting at a desk.”