OLEAN, NY — Archbishop Walsh Academy has named Marcus Esposito valedictorian and Zaya Maybee salutatorian for the Class of 2020.

The school will recognize Esposito and Maybee during a special commencement ceremony on June 4 at 6 p.m. on the school’s front lawn.

Esposito is graduating as a diploma candidate in the International Baccalaureate Degree Programme. He has also completed requirements for an advanced Regents diploma with honors and mastery in mathematics and mastery in science distinctions through the New York State Regents program.

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He also is a member of the National Honor Society and president of its Archbishop Walsh Chapter. He is the son of Richard and Liselle Esposito of Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania. 

Esposito has achieved special recognition as a County Youth Citizenship Award recipient, and he is a member of the Big 30 Academic Team. In addition, he has earned the distinction of Eagle Scout. He has also contributed to the Walsh school community as a member of the varsity soccer team, varsity basketball team, varsity baseball team and varsity golf team. He has led multiple environmentally conscious initiatives in the school and has completed numerous community service hours both inside and outside of school, including 166 total hours over his 4 years in high school at Walsh. 

Esposito’s unweighted GPA is 97.55, and his weighted GPA is 100.391. He plans to attend Cornell University in the fall and major in mechanical engineering. 

Maybee is graduating as a course certificate candidate in the International Baccalaureate Degree Programme. She also has completed requirements for a Regents diploma through the New York State Regents program. She is the daughter of Travis Schapp of Salamanca. 

Maybee is a member of the National Honor Society of High School Scholars.  As a junior, she received the IB Learner Profile Caring Award. She also planned and facilitated an overnight school lock-in for middle/high school students to raise awareness and educate students on the dangers of alcohol and drugs. She has danced at the Salamanca Dance Center for 15 years and has been an instructor at the school for the past three years. Maybee has been a part of a variety of school events and community service initiatives both inside and outside of school, including 128 total hours over her four years in high school at Walsh.

Her future plans include seeking a degree in business administration.

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