Bridgehampton High School is proud to announce that seniors James
Fairchild and Autumn Coffey have been named valedictorian and
salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2019.
James has an impressive high school résumé, which includes taking
numerous honors and Advanced Placement courses. He is also a sportsman
and has participated in varsity tennis, varsity swimming and junior
varsity basketball. A member of the high school’s robotics team and
Future Farmers of America, James was also a recipient of the DAR Good
Citizens Award and the President’s’ Education Award in recognition of
outstanding academic excellence.
His community involvement includes teaching coding to fourth- and
fifth-grade students and working closely with South Fork Natural History
Museum and Nature Center, guiding underclassmen in designing and
constructing an educational aquaponics system.
He cites his accomplishments – including his time spent on the robotics
team where he designed with a team of peers and mentors – as additional
lessons in communication and leadership.
“It feels that all of the work and time committed to my education has
truly empowered me to study and to achieve anything I wish,” James said.
James’ research paper addressing food insecurities in Liberia was
published by the New York Youth Institute and critiqued and complimented
by multiple international experts at the Global Youth Institute. James
was also named a Borlaug Scholar by Cornell University, and he is a
potential candidate for a Borlaugh-Ruan International Internship. He
would like to study computer science, business or architecture in the
“Take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to you, and trust
that the dots will connect,” James said, sharing words of wisdom with
his fellow classmates.
Autumn is excited and proud of her honor as salutatorian of the Class of
2019. Her accomplishments include taking numerous challenging Advanced
Placement, honors and college-level courses and being named to the
school’s high honor roll. She is also a member of the school’s robotics
team and was honored as an Academic All-County student for basketball.
She is involved locally in the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational
Center. Her post-high school plans include majoring in nursing and
possibly studying abroad.
Asked about her recognition as salutatorian, Autumn said, “I am happy to
have achieved something so amazing. I am happy that all of my hard work
has paid off.”
Commending both students on their exceptional achievements, Principal
Michael Miller said, “James and Autumn are both wonderful students who
represent the well-rounded educational experiences at Bridgehampton High
School. Their commitment to academics will certainly drive their future