ALBANY – A Gananda High School senior chosen to represent Wayne County at the State of the State address Jan. 5 also got a chance to visit with Assemblyman Robert Oaks during her visit to the capital.
Danielle Stoner was one of 62 students – one from each of the state’s counties – invited to sit on the stage at the Egg to hear Gov. Andrew Cuomo deliver his address. Schools were chosen at random and asked to pick a student who could best represent the student body.
Stoner’s principal, Kelly VanLaeken, selected Stoner because of her commitment to academics and her wealth of activity in school events since her freshman year. Stoner is founder and president of the school’s recycling club and an avid participant in student government as her class treasurer. She also has been involved in the Model United Nations program for four years.
VanLaeken accompanied Stoner on the trip. They connected with Assemblyman Oaks outside the convention center after the Governor’s address. “Danielle did an outstanding job of representing Gananda and all of Wayne County,” said Oaks. “It was a historic day in Albany. Governor Cuomo invited students to highlight the need to make critical changes so our youth will have greater opportunity and a better future.”
Oaks also attended Gananda's Friday Forum on Jan. 7 to honor Stoner and the school’s State Scholar Athlete Champion Girls Volleyball Team.
Stoner has been accepted at SUNY Binghamton, where she plans to study pre-medicine. She is the daughter of Annette Bailey and Scott Stoner.