WE ARE SYRACUSE: Class of 2019


In this series, get to know some of the many exceptional 2019 Syracuse City School District graduates

Welcome to the second installment of our WE ARE SYRACUSE: Class of 2019 series, where we’ll meet five recent graduates from William Nottingham High School. We began our series with Thomas J. Corcoran High School (scroll down if you missed it) and will continue to bring you all 29 short profiles from the SCSD class of 2019. Once we’ve toured each school, there will be a special edition featuring all 29 of these exceptional young adults, including video interviews. Make sure you like and follow Urban CNY on Facebook for updates…

This is a love letter from one city kid to the next generation of graduates from the Syracuse City Schools. This is a thank you card to all the adults who love, feed, teach, and coach these kids. This is a memo to the naysayers, that our kids are exceptional and that the future is bright and belongs to them. This is a celebration of the diversity and opportunity we have here, and the resilience of our children and community to overcome obstacles and take it all the way to the top. Congratulations to the class of 2019. Thanks for making us proud!

William Nottingham High School

Emmaya Reed

Emmaya is a phoenix rising. A violinist who performed with Nottingham’s award-winning advanced band, and an aspiring psychiatric nurse, Emmaya has a talent for the performing arts and a passion for helping people… read more

Ana Kreidler-SiwinskiAna Kreidler-Siwinski

Ana is a star athlete, scholar, outdoor adventurer, and activist for social justice. As captain of the Syracuse City varsity swim team, Ana was a fierce competitor in the 100 yard butterfly, NYSPHSAA Section III Class A finalist, and state qualifier… read more

Tysean Canada

Tysean is former basketball player from an athletic family who broke the mold to set aside sports and concentrate on academics. In 2018 when he was a junior, Tysean helped take the Nottingham varsity basketball team all the way to the NYSPHSAA Section III Class AA finals… read more

Addison Simone

Addison is earnest and analytical, with a solid work ethic and amiable nature. A young man who approached high school with a clear goal, to prepare for college success, Addison has strategically taken advantage of the many opportunities available to him at Nottingham… read more

Amirah DowningAmirah Downing

Amirah is a powerhouse. She’s loyal, self driven, gives a thousand percent to all her endeavors, and will succeed at anything she puts her mind to. Amirah achieved honor roll for every marking period throughout her high school career… read more


Thomas J. Corcoran High School

Josiah CarnegieJosiah Carnegie

Josiah will be the first man in his family to go to college, and this is what he’s most proud of. He’s looking forward to going on to study nursing at Onondaga Community College in the fall, and says his motivation comes from picturing himself in ten years… read more

Madison Guy

Madison is a true renaissance woman who lights up a room and brings excellence to everything she does. She’s a boxer, runner, scholar, actor, and aspiring nurse with a love for science and history, but all roads lead back to her bass… read more

Ry’Zair Robinson

Ry’Zair is a creative spirit with natural ingenuity, athleticism, and a winning personality. Awarded “Mr. Corcoran Cougar” at Corcoran’s annual Seeds of Peace talent competition for his performance of his original composition “Outside,” Ry’Zair has  a gift for identifying problems in his world and addressing them through art… read more

Lok Bir Chauhun

Lok Bir Chauhan knows education is the key to success, and earns honor roll grades despite having to learn English as a new language at the age of ten. Lok Bir came to the US from Nepal eight years ago, first settling in Albuquerque NM before moving to Syracuse and attending Corcoran… read more

Maggie Sardino

Maggie is an achiever with a desire to reach high places and lift others up along the way. Valedictorian, class vice president, lacrosse and soccer team captain, National Honor Society president, Coronat scholar, and Renée Crown honors student attending Syracuse University in the fall, Maggie’s list of accomplishments is impressive and long. But her drive comes from a desire to make the world more equitable for those who suffer… read more