Abigail York takes home Teen Excellence Award

Queensbury High School senior Abigail York was one of 22 area high school students to take home a Teen Excellence Award Tuesday morning at The Post-Star’s annual event.Teen girl stands with school administrators

York and her family enjoyed an awards breakfast at SUNY Adirondack in the Northwest Bay conference center located in Adirondack Hall in Queensbury. 

Students who receive the award demonstrate personal growth, leadership and innovation along with commitment to the community. 

Lake George Principal Francis Cocozza, who served as master of ceremonies, introduced Abigail and lauded her many accomplishments as a Queensbury High School student. 

“She is the senior class secretary, member of the NHS, French NHS, Key Club and Student Senate,” he said. “She looks up to her parents because they have always shown all three of their daughters endless support and encouragement in all of their life challenges.”

Teen girl with parentsAbigail said it felt “amazing” to be given the Teen Excellence Award. She was excited to be among students from different districts as well as administrators and counselors from Queensbury UFSD. 

“I enjoy the opportunities that Queensbury gives us,” Abigail said. “The teachers are always there for you, and I’ve just felt so supported by all of my teachers and staff. It’s an amazing school for that.”

She plans to attend SUNY Oneonta, where she will study for a career in secondary English education.

“I love working with students, especially that middle school age,” she said. “I think it’s a very important transition year, so to have someone in there that’s excited about it and passionate about it, I think it’s important.”Group of teens

Cocozza told the audience that the event gives him hope for the future. 

“For not only what these individuals have done for our community, not only for where they’re headed, but for what they mean to our community,” Cocozza said. “We have to figure out a way to keep them in our community.”