The Owl

June 2020

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Senior Awards & Graduation 2020

This year’s unusual circumstances have led administrators to think outside the box with the Class of 2020’s Senior ceremonies. This year, Hudson High presented Senior Awards in an original way. Instead of the traditional ceremony, administrators, teachers and staff pre-recorded award presentations and they were presented online. The Class of 2020 received approximately $50,000 in awards to help with their college expenses!


Graduation will be on June 26 at 8:00 a.m. Each student will be able to bring two guests so social distancing can take place. Valedictorian, Victoria Gardner, and Salutatorian, Osman Gofran, pre-recorded their speeches. The Class of 2020 will have two commencement speakers, Mayor Kamal Johnson and author Leroy Collins. Both are Hudson High alumni. Leroy has written a book called The Running Back. Each graduate will get an autographed copy of his book along with a DVD of the 2020 speeches! The community is thrilled to come together for the Class of 2020 as they embark on their future endeavors!

Spencertown Writing Contest Winners Announced

The Spencertown Academy has just announced the winners of its 2020 Young Writers’ Contest and we are happy to share that two winners are Seniors at Hudson High! Students in schools from Columbia and Berkshire Counties submitted samples of their writing which were judged by five panelists. Senior, Piper Nayowith, came in second place with her fictional story titled Malnoia. This story is “eerie, evocative, and superbly written, an ultimately supernatural tale of being drawn to what most haunts us. An evocative atmosphere tale that makes you believe in the merging of dreams, imagination, and the shadowy woods that entrance its narrator.” Also winning the contest for her non-fiction tale is Rida Farzana for Borsa. The judges said “Borsa has great subject matter, attention to detail, authenticity and great potential.” Both students will receive a monetary prize, given by Hawthorne Valley. Congratulations to Piper and Rida!

We hope to have more winners in future contests.

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Class of 2020 Senior Search

Last Name First Name College Plans

Afrhuj Maher CGCC

Ahmed Jasmin Hartwick College

Alexander Mackenzie Schenectady County CC

Allie-Donohue Thomas Bard

Anderson Jeremy CGCC

Artis Osajene' Employment

Avramidis Theodora UAlbany

Beauford Deja SUNY Plattsburgh

Begum Nasima CGCC

Browne Courtney CGCC

Carius Monalissa Russell Sage

Clanton Zyonn HVCC

Colarusso Tori CGCC

Coleman Jasiyah Maria College

Coppersmith Shayna CGCC

Cora Anthony Paul Smith College

DeJesus Trevion HVCC

Dingman Caitlyn SUNY Adirondack

Farzana Rida CGCC

Fenderson Christopher Ithaca College

Gardner Victoria St.John's

Gofran Osman Cornell

Gomez Loyola Lizbeth CGCC

Gordon Tevaun CGCC

Griffin Dayquan Lineman institute of the Northeast in Saugerties

Hasan Jahid Siena College

Hedgepeth Madeline Sage College

Hromada Jaden Saint Rose

Huq Miftahul RIT

Jepsen Katherine Russell Sage

Jeune Pierre Canisius College

Keator Brooke Employment

LaMont Callie HVCC

Li Aaron Clarkson University

Mack Alexi Jamestown CC

Miller Luke CGCC

Moklach Saba St. John's University

Nayowith Piper Bard

Nguyen-Acevedo Jalena Employment

Nostrand Melanie CGCC

O'Kesson Ben Schenectady County CC

Ortiz Emilia CGCC

Rahman Ravid RPI

Rahman Sanjida CGCC

Rivera Legacy HVCC

Rodriguez Brianna CGCC

Rodriguez Kayla CGCC

Rolon Hailey MCLA

Romano Hannah CGCC

Santos-Canarte Martha Susquehanna University

Sapcoe McKennzi CGCC

Scali Olivia CGCC

Schwab Gerrit CGCC

Steils Valerie Questar III EMT Program

Strang Jessica Employment

Sullivan Emily Russell Sage

Sultana Fariah Siena College

Sultana Mashuda SUNY New Paltz

Tampasis Autumn Bard

Thomas Egypt Bryant & Stratton

Torres Jayleen HVCC

Virgo Dolincia Dutchess CC

Weinheimer Aaliyah MCLA

Williams Lisandra HVCC

Summer Reading Book Suggestions

The Summer of 2020 will be like no other. We may not be able to hang out with our friends or visit our common summer places, like we have in the past. One thing we can do however is read. Reading will help us build our skills so that we will not be behind once we return to school. Reading is the perfect thing to do for social distancing.


Here is a list of suggested books for teenagers that are recently published. They can be ordered through the Hudson Area Library (once it opens) or any online bookstore. Read and enjoy!


Recently released books of 2020:

One of Us Is Next by Karen M. McManus

All The Days Past, All The Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor

The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen

The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz

Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte

A Phoenix Fire Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell

Girl Crushed by Katie Heaney

Dancing at The Pity Party by Tyler Feder

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

The Damned by Renee Ahdieh

Influence by Sara Shepard & Lily Buckingham

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

The Unleashed by Danielle Vega

The Monague Twins: The WItch’s Hand by Nathan Page