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Local student and McDonald’s employee wins $2,500 scholarship

MANCHESTER -- Burr and Burton Academy senior Kya Davis, a McDonald’s restaurant employee at 188 Depot St. was recently awarded a $2,500 McDonald’s National Employee Scholarship Award.

Davis is among several McDonald’s restaurant employees nationwide selected to receive this honor for outstanding employee contributions, scholastic achievements and community involvement.

"McDonald’s continues to provide me with opportunities to learn and grow," said Davis. "This restaurant offers flexible hours, which allows me to work my schedule around my academic and other responsibilities. I love how our crew is like one big family. The support I get from everyone has been amazing."

Davis, who joined McDonald’s in 2011, is currently a crew trainer. Her face is one of the first faces of McDonald’s that new hires see. She’s also active outside of work. Davis currently plays on her school’s softball team and has been involved in theater, field hockey and SADD. She plans to attend Becker College in Worcester, Mass., this fall to major in design and pursue a career in graphic design. Charles Coughlin, Owner/Operator of McDonald’s in Manchester, recommended Davis for the scholarship.

"I have had the pleasure of training and working with Kya. She is a considerate, patient and genuinely kind young lady," said Coughlin. "I am very proud of Kya and her commitment to McDonalds." Providence College dean’s list

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Jamie Wilson, a resident of Shaftsbury and a member of the class of 2016, has been named to the dean’s list at Providence College for the Spring 2014 semester. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must achieve at least a 3.55 GPA with a minimum of 12 credits.

Town of Hoosick Summer Day Camp

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Town of Hoosick Summer Day Camp is being offered again this year. Several great programs are available to children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, including a weekly trip to Grafton State Park. The camp is organized into 6 week-long sessions, with the first session beginning July 7 (this session includes free tennis lessons for ages 7 and up) and the last session beginning August 11. Each child is welcome to attend one session or all of them. Drop-off time will be 8 a.m. and this year, pick-up time has been extended to 4:30 p.m.

Arts and crafts, weekly themes, firehouse fun, karate demonstrations, talent shows, nature walks, and outdoor water games are just a few of the many fun activities planned for this summer. All camp counselors undergo a training course and are highly experienced. Visit to print an application form or pick one up at the Town Offices located on Church Street in Hoosick Falls. Be sure to register soon to guarantee a spot in the program. If you have questions, contact Kaila Matatt, camp director, at 518-265-2038 or

Fisher Elementary Honor Roll

ARLINGTON -- Fisher Elementary School has completed its final academic trimester for the school year and announced the following honors for fourth and fifth grade students. To receive honors, students must meet GPA requirements.

Grade 5 High Honors: Lauren Travers, Dominic Whalen

Honors: Bryce Harrington, Evan Hosley, Chase King, Liam Peacock, Cameron Rhodes

Grade 4 Principal’s list: Jason Caggiano, Emma Hoover

High Honors: Noah Murphy, Jacob Morse

Honors: Austin Carrier, Hayden Curtis, Sophie Granger, Alexandar Hawley, Gabriel Luce, Kelli McCartney, Cameron Morris, Kolby Naaktgeboren, Tyler Seeley.

For more information about academics at Fisher Elementary, contact Principal Deanne Lacoste at or 802-375-6409. Visit the Fisher website at The Fisher Elementary School mission is to create a safe, caring, and respectful environment where students are able to achieve their academic potential from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade.

Arlington Memorial High School Fourth Quarter 2014 Honor Roll

ARLINGTON -- Arlington Memorial High School announces its fourth quarter 2014 honor roll.

Grade 6

Principal’s Honors: Mackenzie Paligo

High Honors: Carolyn Crawford, Kolby Wilkins, Lilah Ward, Sonya Snow, Nicholas Grupe, Haley Mattison, Nasier Camp

Grade 7

Principal’s Honors: Katie McCartney

Honors: Colleen Blomberg, Erin Kopeski, Daniel Rhodes, Alyssa Harrington, Aiden Peacock, Tori Morse, Kierstyn Hess, Trystan McDonough

Grade 8

Principal’s Honors: Richard Davis

High Honors: Sofia Luciano, Tanner Robinson, Bailey Cross, Brian Morse Honors: Emily Blum, Keyshawn King, Michaela Mattison, Erin Murphy, Saige Snow, Damien Burdick, Samuel Luciano

Accelerated Program

Grade 6 Principal’s Honors: Therese Belnap Honors: Walter Berger, Hollie Hill-Cross

Grade 7 Principal’s Honors: Shaana Staab

High Honors: Thomas Jayasankar

Honors: Elizabeth Spencer

Grade 8 Principal’s Honors: Katheryn Berger

High Honors: Jamie Keel, Geoffrey Gamble

Honors: Kaleigh Ward

Grade 9 Principal’s Honors: Jena Staab and Leia Ashikawa

High Honors: Timothy Farrell

Honors: Laurie Lonergan, Elizabeth Fischer, Jacob Smith, Ashley Calkins

Grade 10 Principal’s Honors: Shivang Patel

High Honors: Claire Bushee, Brooke, Therriault, Brandon Gamble Honors: Charles Crawford, Avery Bucchieri, Austin Hawley

Grade 11 Principal’s Honors: Jesse Keel

High Honors: Lee Krulikowski, Olivia Andrew, Hannah Andrew, Molly Elwell, Christopher Pratt, Rebecca Solari, Katherine Reed, Mackenzie Gross, Devon Jamieson

Honors: Julia Lacoste, Ryan Spencer, Anna Fischer, Alexander Bacon, Clay Hoyt, Caleb Hayes

Grade 12, Graduating Class of 2014 Principal’s Honors: Bhumika Patel High

Honors: Cathy Farrell, Caitlin Saunders, Christopher Daniels

Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf scholarships awarded

MANCHESTER -- In memory of Joe Rizio and Richard Wood, five golf scholarships were awarded for 2014.

These scholarships, each for $2,000, were presented to Zachary Temple (Hanover Country Club), Garrett Brown (Lake St. Catherine Country Club), Kyle Boucher (The Golf Club at Equinox, Manchester Country Club and Lake St. Catherine Country Club), Hunter Caler (Manchester Country Club) and Tyler McNulty (Mount Anthony Country Club).

The monies raised for these scholarships come from the annual Rizio-Wood Memorial Golf Tournament, to be held this year at The Golf Club at the Equinox on Sunday, Aug. 17, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

To date, more than $60,000 has been given out in scholarships to more than 25 different recipients. This tournament is a really fun day with friends, golf, prizes and food. More importantly, it’s a day to support local golf and to remember two great friends who loved and wanted to share the game with others.

If you are unable to come out and play on that day, you can lend your support by sponsoring a team of players, sponsoring a golf tee, or by donating a prize or a gift certificate.

Contact 802-362-1647 or 802-362-1279 for more information.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute announces graduates

WORCESTER, Mass. -- A total of 1,193 degrees were awarded during the university’s commencement ceremony on May 17, 2014, which took place outdoors on the WPI quadrangle. Additionally, 381 degrees were awarded earlier this academic year.

Kevin Woods of Eagle Bridge, N.Y., was awarded a master of science degree in management.

Hartwick College announces graduates

ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Keegan Corbett of Bennington graduated from Hartwick College on May 24, 2014. He is the son of Dale and Judy Corbett.

At Hartwick, Corbett participated in Men’s Varsity Football. He majored in biology.

UMass Lowell announces graduates

LOWELL, Mass. -- Jeffrey Sawyer of Bennington was among a record number of graduates presented with diplomas at UMass Lowell’s 2014 Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17 at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.

Sawyer received a master’s degree in education administration from the Graduate School of Education.

Hudson Valley Community College honors top students

TROY, N.Y. -- More than 200 of Hudson Valley Community College’s top students were honored with a variety of academic achievement awards recently. The awards celebrate the depth of student excellence across the college’s more than 70 academic programs.

Those honored included:

Jake Dickinson of North Pownal, who was given the following honors: The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Joseph. H. Smith Jr. ‘45 Award, which is given to a student for exemplary achievement in the study of mathematics and science.

Kazie Homiak of Berlin, who was given the following honors: The Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership, which is given to a graduating student who has shown overall academic excellence and leadership in the pursuit of their Early Childhood degree.

Samantha Schmidt of Berlin, who was given the following honors: The Professional Service and Values in Chemical Dependency Counseling Award, which is given to a student from the graduating class who shows outstanding character and professional values related to the Chemical Dependency Counseling field.

Students are selected for honors by faculty and departmental administrative staff.

Dean’s list announced at Herkimer College

HERKIMER, N.Y. -- Herkimer College has announced academic honors for the spring 2014 semester. Luc Bruce-John LaCroix of Arlington, was named to the dean’s list for earning a GPA from 3.25 to 3.8 for that semester.


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