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Ticonderoga to award scholarship

TICONDEROGA — Eight high school girls will compete in the Distinguished Young Woman of Ticonderoga scholarship program at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Ticonderoga High School auditorium. Once known as America’s Junior Miss, the competition aims to celebrate the leadership, scholarship and talent of young women today. All seats will be $7, and the doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that inspires high school women to develop their full, individual potential through a fun and transformative experience that culminates in the celebratory showcase of their accomplishments. At local, state and national levels, the evaluation process includes a review of scholastic information and panel interview prior to the competition. The final three categories — group fitness, individual talent and group self-expression — are presented on stage at the program.

As one of only five local programs across the state, Ticonderoga has provided an opportunity for more than 400 young women to participate and has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarship money. The overall winner selected at this program will then represent Ticonderoga at the state finals in the Albany area in July. Participants this year include: Omni Bazan, Jessica Bruce, Fallon Kennedy, Corey Kidder, Grace Montville, Alexis Santose, Meegan Shaw and Alexis Tucker.

The evening events will also include a basket raffle with more than 25 different baskets, a 50/50 raffle, entertainment by this year’s group of Little Sisters and reflections from Breanna Brown, the Class of 2017 distinguished young woman of Ticonderoga. For more information, please contact program chairperson Tracey Cross-Baker at 585-2525 or at

SUNY Canton names national leaders

CANTON — Halley Choy of Saratoga Springs was one of five St. Lawrence University McNair Scholars who participated in the 2016 Ronald E. McNair Scholars Research Conference at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The conference celebrated the academic accomplishments of undergraduate scholars representing 19 colleges and universities from across the country.

The two-day event afforded 81 McNair Scholars an opportunity to present the results of their faculty-mentored research. Scholars also met with graduate program representatives, faculty and graduate students in their fields of study, and attended panel sessions about the graduate school admissions process.

Choy presented findings from her summer research, working with Peter Pettengill, assistant professor of environmental studies, on a project titled “The Impacts of Recreating to the Great Barrier Reef,” which followed her semester abroad in Australia.

“The University of New Mexico McNair Conference was a great opportunity for me to network and meet people from different parts of the country in the field that I am interested in,” Halley said. “One of my favorite parts of the conference was the variety of research that was being presented through the poster and oral presentations, but honestly the whole conference was such a motivation for me to keep working towards my goals of furthering my education.”

Megan R. Kellogg of Queensbury and Emily K. Parent of Queensbury have been elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, St. Lawrence University’s national leadership honor society. Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes students who are successful in academics, athletics, community and campus service, the performing arts and journalism. The members of Omicron Delta Kappa strive to promote leadership on campus.

SUNY Canton selects honor society

CANTON — Shelby Burkhardt of Warrensburg, majoring in art and art history, who attended Warrensburg Central School, has been selected for membership into Psi Chi, the international psychology honorary society at St. Lawrence University. Claire Albrecht of Greenwich, who last attended Greenwich Jr.-Sr. High School has been selected for membership into Beta Beta Beta, the national biological honorary society at St. Lawrence University. To be eligible for membership, students must have an overall GPA of at 3.25, have completed four biology courses and have earned a 3.5 GPA in those courses.

Siena students

share research

LOUDONVILLE — Siena College celebrated its annual Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Summer Symposium in the Maloney Great Room on Oct. 7. The following students shared with the community the faculty-led research they completed over the summer:

Madeline Reed of Saratoga Springs presented on “Detention and Confrontation: How Rights Do Not Reach Immigrants.”

Mary O’Rourke of Saratoga Springs presented on “Summer Legal Fellows: Pace Law School Litigation Clinic.”

Jordan Koone of Queensbury presented on “Tourism and Revitalization in the Arbor Hill Neighborhood of Albany.”

Benjamin Wakeman of Saratoga Springs presented on “Social Media Marketing to Millennials.”

Daniel Carpenter of Fort Edward presented on “The 2016 TREC a contextual Suggestion Track, as well as “Contextual Suggestion.”

Chamidu Warnakulasuriya of Gansevoort presented on “SAInT Center Instrumentation.”

Cambridge student is commended

CAMBRIDGE — Max W. Ratelle of Cambridge Central School has been named Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by Cambridge Central School Principal Tammy Silvernell to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Cambridge school recognizes staff

CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge Central School has recognized staff members for years of service. Each recipient received a certificate and pin indicating the number of years of service given to the district. The staff members include:

Five years — Cheryl Benson, Jessica Bruce, Sally DeMarco, Crystal Kirk, Daniel McDermott, Michelle Rondeau

10 years — Valerie Bell, Jill Chadwick, Minette Cummings, Kathy Fields, John Heim, Jennifer Holmewood, Kelly Laird, Connie Larivee, Megan Lozier, Stacy O’Brien, Amy Rainstrom, Marian Roewer, Shirley Ruggles, Rachel Salisbury

15 years — Kathleen Ashton, Tony Bochette, Terese Brennan, Steve Butz, Selena Clark, Caroline Goss, Jason Hamilton, Anna Liu-Gorman, Trudy Nesbitt, Fawn Villafuerte, Marie Wescott

20 years — Carl Flint, James Ingber, Steve Merriman, Edith Phillips, Nancy Stefanovich

30 years — Tim Ogilvie

Queensbury student gets top ACT score

QUEENSBURY — Queensbury High School senior Kamryn Spinelli, son of Eileen Spinelli, has earned the highest possible ACT Composite score of 36. On average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students across the nation who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the class of 2015, only 1,598 of more than 1.92 million students earned an ACT Composite score of 36.

“Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT Composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals,” wrote ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda in a letter to Spinelli.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT Composite score.

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. According to the ACT organization, exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

Glens Falls student to attend Loyola

GLENS FALLS – Emily Haas from Glens Falls is now a member of the class of 2020 at Loyola University Maryland. Established in 1852, Loyola University Maryland is a Catholic, Jesuit comprehensive university enrolling 4,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students from across the country.

Local graduates attend SUNY Canton

CANTON — Nearly 700 first-time full-time freshmen begin their studies at SUNY Canton for the fall 2016 semester. Those students include:

Elisha D. Byrd of Ballston Spa, majoring in graphic and multimedia design, is a 2016 graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Helen A. Maiellaro of Ballston Spa, with an undeclared major, is a 2016 graduate of Ballston Spa High School.

Marissa A. Hall of Bolton Landing, majoring in early childhood, is a 2016 graduate of Bolton Central School.

John-Hayden Shafer of Chestertown, with an undeclared major, is a 2012 graduate of North Warren Central High School.

Arthur S. Burnett of Cleverdale, with an undeclared major, is a 2016 graduate of Lake George Central School.

Corey A. DeMarco of Fort Edward, majoring in business administration, is a 2015 graduate of South Glens Falls Central High School.

Codey Pulver of Fort Edward, with an undeclared major, is a 2016 graduate of Hudson Falls Central Sr. High.

Daniel C. Rogers of Fort Edward, majoring in criminal justice, is a 2016 graduate of South Glens Falls Central High School.

Kelli Hall of Galway, majoring in individual studies, is a 2015 graduate of Galway Jr.-Sr. High School.

Jace V. Clapper of Glens Falls, majoring in veterinary science technology, is a 2016 graduate of Glens Falls High School.

Ashleigh L. Pitts of Greenwich, majoring in individual studies, is a 2015 graduate of Salem Central School.

Tyler Odell of Hudson Falls, with an undeclared major, is a 2016 graduate of Hudson Falls Central Sr. High.

Anthony P. Clements of Mechanicville, majoring in civil and environmental engineering technology, is a 2016 graduate of Mechanicville High School.

Rachel M. Paige of Queensbury, majoring in funeral services administration, is a 2016 graduate of Queensbury High School.

Lauren A. Waszk of Salem, majoring in business administration, is a 2016 graduate of Salem Central School.

Nicholas Mcneill of South Glens Falls, majoring in criminal justice, is a 2016 graduate of South Glens Falls Central High School.

Jacob Rivers of South Glens Falls, with an undeclared major, is a 2016 graduate of South Glens Falls Central High School.

Ryley M. Scott of Warrensburg, with an undeclared major, is a 2016 graduate of Warrensburg Central School.

Beoncia Chaplin of Whitehall, majoring in veterinary technology, is a 2016 graduate of Whitehall Jr.-Sr. High School.

Elmira College names honor society

ELMIRA — Carolyn Corcoran of Mechanicville and Anna Liebelt of Riparius were inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society during a ceremony held last week at Elmira College. Phi Eta Sigma emphasizes not only academic achievements but also three personal qualities which are essential to a successful and happy life: vigor and discipline of mind; care and respect for the body; and nobility and generosity of character.

Student’s golf team scores championship

PAUL SMITHS — Benjamin McInerney of Victory Mills and his teammates won the 2016 Yankee Small College Conference golf championship Oct. 15 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. McInerney, a sophomore majoring in environmental sciences, helped defeat Southern Maine Community College in the tournament final by 19 strokes. The Bobcats’ total was 348.

The win represents the team’s second straight championship.

“This magnificent honor is a tribute to how much heart, class, integrity and pride this team has shown not only this year but since we started our program last year,” said head coach Rod Bushey. “It’s always hard to win a championship, let alone repeat and win two years in a row.”

Area students intern through SUNY Oswego

OSWEGO — Local students attending SUNY Oswego served as interns with a wide variety of employers in fall 2016, providing a strong on-the-job learning experience to amplify their coursework.

Mackenzie Kohl of Ballston Spa, a senior majoring in wellness management, interned with Cayuga County Health Department in Auburn.

Brian T. Van Horne of Wilton, a senior majoring in chemistry, interned with Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office in Syracuse.

Gabriel R. Alagna of Glens Falls, a senior majoring in history, interned with Oswego Hospital in Oswego.

Madison R. Carr of Saratoga Springs, a senior majoring in business administration, interned with Rapid Response Monitoring in Syracuse.

Angela R. Tylock of Mechanicville, a senior majoring in political science, interned with VOTE Oswego in Oswego.

Kaylyn E. Izzo of Fort Edward, a senior majoring in journalism, interned with WRVO Public Media in Oswego.

The Center for Experiential Learning at Oswego places students in internships and career awareness opportunities that allow them to earn college credits while garnering valuable life experience.

During the last year, more than a thousand Oswego students took part in experiential learning while working at hundreds of businesses, nonprofit agencies and government offices, and on campus in dozens of departments and programs — not counting the hundreds of student teachers working in area schools.

Admission to SUNY Oswego is competitive. U.S. News Media Group counts SUNY Oswego among the top public regional universities in the North for 2017, and the Princeton Review includes Oswego in its 2017 college guidebook “The Best Northeastern Colleges” and in its national list of “Green Colleges.”

A 155-year-old comprehensive college in the State University of New York system, Oswego enrolls about 8,000 students in its College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education.

Queensbury student studying abroad

ONEONTA — Allison Butler of Queensbury is one of 39 SUNY Oneonta students studying abroad this semester. Butler, a sophomore majoring in adolescence education-Spanish, is studying at the Academia Latinoamericana de Espanol in Ecuador.

SUNY Oneonta offers study abroad and exchange programs in Finland, Ghana, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan through the Office of International Education, plus a variety of short-term, faculty-led programs throughout the year. Oneonta students also have access to more than 600 study-abroad and exchange programs through the SUNY network.

To increase access to study abroad opportunities, SUNY Oneonta has established seven scholarships to support students who might not otherwise have the financial means to study abroad. Made possible through gifts from alumni, faculty, staff and community members, the College at Oneonta Foundation 30th Anniversary Scholarship, Bill and Khuki Woolever Scholarship, Dr. Warren and Mrs. Rita Wellman Scholarship, Gary and Pamela Tutty Study Abroad Scholarship, Global Connectedness Fund Scholarship, Martha and Joseph Forgiano Fund for International Travel Scholarship and Carrie Krumholtz-Liebman ‘92 Scholarship are available to qualifying students each semester.

Queensbury grad named team captain

TROY — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Siena Sara of Queensbury has been named a captain of the women’s swimming and diving team. The school record holder in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.66) as well as the 200 (1:46.22) and 400 (3:54.04) medley relays, Sara had 11 victories, four runner-ups and three third-place finishes as a junior. Her 288 points was fifth on the team. She also helped the 200 medley relay team to Liberty League Championship and state Championship titles. Sara also swam on the victorious 400 medley relay team at the state meet. She established personal bests in five events, including taking 29 seconds off in the 1000 free (11:09.04), nearly six seconds from the 200 individual medley (2:18.11), three seconds from the 200 breast (2:22.50) and two seconds off her 100 breaststroke (1:06.66). Sara, a mathematics major, won two individual events as a sophomore when she had 191 points.

Cori Winslow earns Liberty League award

TROY — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student-athlete Cori Winslow of Ballston Spa has been selected for a weekly award by the Liberty League for an outstanding effort in soccer. A senior, Winslow recorded a team-high 5 points on two goals and one assist with four shots (3 on goal) to earn Liberty League Honor Roll recognition. Averaging 70.5 minutes per contest, she scored in RPI’s 2-0 win over the Dutchwomen on Tuesday, before netting the opening tally and assisting on the game-winner in a 2-1 victory at Bard on Saturday. Winslow has played in all 16 games, including 15 as a starter. A graduate of Ballston Spa High School, she is second on the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists. The team leader with 34 shot attempts (17 on goal), she has one game-winner and averages 66.5 minutes per match.

Area residents named to Dean’s List

ALBANY — Area residents have been named to the Dean’s List at Bryant & Stratton College:

Kristen Burroughs of Schenectady, daughter of Kevin Carter of Amsterdam and Amanda Burroughs of Glens Falls, in the human resources specialist program;

Danielle Green, daughter of Ralph and Lynn Green of Gansevoort, in the medical assisting program;

Christen Marshall, daughter of Peter and Dawn Marshall of Hudson Falls, in the medical assisting program; and

James Morelli of Gansevoort, son of Albert and Jean Morelli of Chesapeake, Virginia, in the medical assisting program.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must be enrolled in a full-time program and attain a quality point average of 3.3 or higher. Bryant & Stratton College, founded in 1854, is a four-year degree-granting business college offering associate’s degree programs in accounting, business management, criminal justice studies, human resources specialist, networking technology, medical administrative assistant, medical assisting, paralegal studies, office management and a bachelor’s degree in health services administration.

St. Lawrence University students connect with alumni

CANTON — Nineteen St. Lawrence University students toured the state Capitol and met with successful alumni in the capital region during the inaugural SLU Connect Albany program. The following local students participated:

Quinn L. Carlson of Saratoga Springs, a member of the Class of 2019, graduated from Saratoga Springs High School.

Robert G. Davies of South Glens Falls, a member of the Class of 2019, graduated from South Glens Falls Central High School.

Veronica A. Zabala of Gansevoort, a member of the Class of 2019, graduated from Saratoga Springs High School.

Students who participated in the program met with several St. Lawrence University alumni, including Gary Dake, president of Stewart’s Shops, Tom Caulfield, senior vice president and general manager of GlobalFoundries semiconductor manufacturing facility in Saratoga Springs, state Assemblyman William Barclay, Kate Hogan, Warren County district attorney, Marion Roach Smith, St. Lawrence trustee and author, and Joseph Richardson, trustee emeritus and operating director for Delta Point Capital Management, as well as Rex Smith, editor of the Albany Times-Union.

SLU Connect Albany builds off of the SLU Connect D.C. program. Launched in 2015, SLU Connect took students to Washington, D.C., to meet with alumni in government and various professions and take part in panel discussions, networking events, site visits and alumni-run workshops.


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