Destiny Hallenbeck, Valedictorian

Destiny Hallenbeck (formerly Destiny Hull), daughter of Melody Hallenbeck, has been named Chatham High School’s Class of 2018 Valedictorian. Destiny is a member of the National Honor Society, New York State Business and Marketing Honor Society, as well as the National Technical Honor Society. During her four years at Chatham High, she was involved in numerous extra-curricular activities including Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) (current President), Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention, Model Congress, Newspaper Club (Editor). She was also a student representative on district wide committees including district safety and a member of the Chatham Education Foundation Board. She received a plethora of recognitions including placing fourth at the American International Model Congress of 2018, several Student of the Quarter awards and Certificates of Excellence, and the President’s Volunteer Service Award Bronze Star. Outside of Chatham, she is a proud Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) alumni. She was one of Chatham’s HOBY representatives in 2016 as well as a representative from New York to HOBY’s World Leadership Conference. During her time in high school, Destiny worked as a waitress at Our Daily Bread where she meets fascinating people. This year Destiny spent some time away from Chatham at the Capital Region BOCES New Visions Law & Government program, a college level career-exploration program with focus on the legal and political fields. Through New Visions Law & Government, she interned at the Albany Courthouse, the SUNY Center for International Development, and at the State Assembly for Assemblymember Didi Barrett, where she will continue working this summer. These experiences solidified her love for public service. Destiny plans to attend the Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College in the fall to study public affairs. From there she hopes to attend law school or obtain a Master’s degree in public policy.

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