QHS graduate returns to campus to inspire students

Delaney Silvernell and her parentsQueensbury Middle School students received a unique opportunity to meet someone who used to walk the halls they are walking right now and who is currently pursuing her dreams in a big way.

Class of 2014 graduate Delaney Silvernell returned to campus to visit with students in grades 6-8 and share with them her experiences so far as a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Embodying the district mission of being a lifelong learner, pursuing your dreams, and contributing to the global community, Delaney moved to Los Angeles, CA after graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2017. She recently auditioned for The Voice and earned a spot on Team Kelly. Delaney returned home this week to visit her parents for a few days in Queensbury, who also joined her at the middle school to speak with students. She was welcomed with huge amount of excitement when she walked into the gymnasium.

“I really didn’t expect the extent of the excitement,” she said. “I knew people were going to be excited and pay a lot of attention to this experience, but I didn’t realize there would be so much rallying behind it. The fact that these students relate to me on some sort of level is really amazing. Something that I love to do and something that I am passionate about is inspiring other people.”

The QHS Madrigals also performed during the assembly. Delaney was part of the choral group when she was a student at the high school, and says she is so proud to now be representing the community on a national stage. She spoke to students about the power of goal setting and never giving up on your dreams.

“I know there is always room to improve,” she said. “To grow, you have to be willing to learn. I don’t have a “plan B.” I know if I work hard and I keep putting my all into it, my dreams will happen.”