Ed Davenport, Principal of Rhinebeck High School, is proud to announce the Class of 2010 valedictorian and salutatorian.  “These outstanding students have been leaders in and out of the classroom, and are symbols of the excellence toward which we strive,” commented Davenport.

Valedictorian Ethan Romano, son of Jeff and Tina Romano of Rhinebeck, is a member of the Rhinebeck High School Diversity Club and the Rhinebeck Community Mock Trial Team and was a member of the Varsity Cross Country and Track Teams.  Mr. Romano was a participant in the Experiment in International Living in 2009 during which he lived in China.  He was a recipient of the 2009 Marist College Medal of Science and Health, the Jay P. Rolison Summer Scholars Award, the Helen Delaporte Memorial Award, and the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Award.  Mr. Romano attained High Honor Roll status for every quarter of his high school career, was named an AP Scholar by the College Board, and was named a Mid-Hudson Athletic League Scholar Athlete.  Outside of school, Mr. Romano studied the effects of silver nanoparticles on plant development at Marist College, volunteered at Public Access Northern Dutchess Area (PANDA) television, volunteered at the Winnakee Land Trust, Green Tent, and as a bone marrow donor registrar, and served as a member of the Town of Rhinebeck Conservation Council.    Mr. Romano will attend the State University of New York at Geneseo in the fall. 

Salutatorian Emily Dampf, daughter of Michael and Jennifer Dampf of Clinton Corners, is Secretary of the Class of 2010, Co-Editor and Treasurer of the Yearbook, Vice President of the Diversity Club, Treasurer of the National Honor Society, and has been a participant in the school musical and Swing Choir for four years.  Ms. Dampf is a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, a recipient of the George Eastman Young Leaders Award, the Vicki Forbes Humanitarian Values Award, the Sheila Kosseff Memorial Award, the PTSO French Award, and was named a Rhinebeck High School Student of the Month in 2006, 2007, and 2009.  Ms. Dampf has attained High Honor Roll status for each quarter of her high school career, and was a member of the NYSSMA Area All-State Choir in 2008 and 2009. She will attend Northeastern University, where she has received a Dean’s Scholarship and has been invited to join the Honors Program.