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Cairo-Durham announces 2022 valedictorian, salutatorian

Valedictorian Ally MacGiffert and salutatorian James Mutinsky from Cairo-Durham High School. Contributed photo

CAIRO-DURHAM — The Cairo-Durham Central School District has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2022.

Ally MacGiffert is this year’s valedictorian and James Mutinsky is salutatorian.


Ally MacGiffert is the valedictorian of the Cairo-Durham Class of 2022.

Through her years at Cairo-Durham High School, she has participated in multiple sports such as varsity soccer in ninth and tenth grade, and as a senior was a member of the varsity cross-country tea (where she was named MVP), and the indoor and outdoor track teams.

In addition, MacGiffert has been an active member of the drama club at Cairo-Durham, participating in seven musicals over the years.

The music department has played a big role in her high school career as she has been involved in band, chorus, jazz band, women’s chorus, handbell and she has attended NYSSMA and All-County for both vocals and the alto saxophone.

MacGiffert has also been involved in Interact Club and SADD, or Students Against Destructive Decisions, at Cairo-Durham, as well as being a member of National Honor Society, holding the position of secretary her senior year, and secretary for the Class of 2022.

Her academic achievements can be seen in the various academic awards she has received from the AP and college courses she has taken, as well as receiving the University of Rochester Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and the Clarkson University High School Leadership Award.

During her senior year, MacGiffert had the honor of earning the New York State SEAL of Biliteracy along with four other peers from her Spanish class. As a senior, she attended the New Visions Medical Program where she had the unique opportunity of shadowing in Samaritan Hospital every week, obtaining firsthand experience in the medical field.

In the fall, MacGiffert plans on attending Binghamton University, majoring in biology on a pre-med track with a minor in Spanish.


James Mutinsky is the salutatorian for the Cairo-Durham High School graduating class of 2022.

Throughout his high school career, Mutinsky has been a member of the school’s varsity basketball team, track and field team, and soccer team, of which he was captain his senior year.

Academically, James has been a high honor roll student throughout his four years at Cairo-Durham High, participating in several AP, college and honors courses during this time.

Due to his involvement in these courses, he has received several academic awards, including the George Eastman Young Leaders Award for the University of Rochester and the Clarkson University High School Achievement Award.

Additionally, in his senior year, Mutinsky was one of the five recipients of the NYS Seal of Biliteracy for Spanish.

Mutinsky has also been involved in several musical groups at the school, including the marching band, for which he plays saxophone, and the musical stage crew, famously being the head of the camel in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Additionally, Mutinsky has participated in both NYSSMA and All-County for band and chorus. He has also been involved in several clubs throughout his time at Cairo-Durham, including the school’s National Honor Society, for which he currently serves as president.

After high school, Mutinsky plans to attend Siena College with a major in biology on the pre-veterinary track.

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