Education News in Brief


Michael Lucy named to the Academic Honors List at SUNYIT

UTICA, N.Y. -- Michael Lucy of Bennington, majoring in mechanical engineering technology, has been named to the Academic Honors List for the spring 2014 semester at SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. A semester GPA of 3.20 - 3.59 or above qualifies full-time, matriculated students for inclusion on the Honor's List.

Arlington student awarded Leaders and Achievers Scholarship

MONTPELIER -- Governor Peter Shumlin recently helped to honor 14 high-school seniors from throughout Vermont who were awarded the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarships, including Caitlin J. Saunders from Arlington who attends Arlington Memorial High School.

Comcast, joined by Shumlin, recently recognized the students at a special event held at the Vermont State House. The recipients each received $1,000 scholarships.

"I appreciate this commitment to Vermont's students by Comcast," said Shumlin. "These scholarships will help young Vermonters who will make a real difference in their communities."

"This year's scholarship winners demonstrate exemplary commitment to leadership in both their classrooms and community," said Mary McLaughlin, senior vice president of Comcast's Western New England Region, which includes Vermont. "We are proud to recognize their achievements, and are excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys."

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community.

Choral Society scholarships

BENNINGTON -- Two area high school students were recent winners at the Bennington County Choral Society's Scholarship Auditions which took place on May 13 at the Second Congregational Church. Nolan Downey and Katianna Nardone, both juniors at Mount Anthony Union High School, were each awarded a $400 scholarship after the evening of performances. Nolan performed Walter Hartley's "Suite for Unaccompanied Tuba" and Katianna, a violinist, performed "Praeludium and Allegro" by Fritz Kreisler and two movements from Bela Bartok's "Romanian Folk Dances." The scholarships were awarded to provide financial support for the continued study of music.

Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowships awarded to five Williams students

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Office of Fellowships has awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowships to five graduating seniors pursuing careers in the arts: Vera Gould, Sato Matsui, Nickolas Maziarka, Randy Reyes, and Elizabeth Stern.

The Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship is a cash award established in 1940 that is granted to a member or members of the graduating class to support their continued work in the creative and performing arts. Prizes of $18,000 are awarded in the categories of writing, art, dance, theater, and music.

Williams student named Junior Fellow

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College senior William Hayes has been named a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Each year, 10 to 12 students are selected to work as research assistants at the Carnegie Endowment, one of the world's leading think tanks, which specializes in international affairs.

Acceptance into the program is highly competitive, with approximately five percent of applicants ultimately selected as fellows. Junior Fellows are given the opportunity to conduct research, co-author journal articles and policy papers, organize briefings, and participate in meetings with senior-level officials. Junior Fellows are paid a salary of $37,000 per year and provided a benefits package.

Hayes, a political science and economics major from Falmouth, Maine, will participate in the South Asia Program. "I was particularly drawn to the South Asia Program because it's a region that has been central to American foreign policy for the last 10 years, and it's also an area that's undergoing a lot of change," Hayes said.

At Williams, Hayes is writing an honors thesis in economics titled "Gentrification and Race in American Central Cities: Is Urban Housing Change Driving Urban Racial Change?" He is a Class of 1960 Scholar in Economics and a Class of 1957 Research Fellow. Hayes has served as a teaching assistant and peer tutor and is a member of the Williams College Jazz Ensemble and men's cross country team.

The last Carnegie Junior Fellow from Williams was Aroop Mukharji ‘09.

University of Rochester graduate

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Jordan Shapiro recently graduated cum laude from the University of Rochester with a degree in history and international politics.

She was recently awarded a Rotary Global Scholarship from the Greater Rochester Rotary Club and will be attending graduate school at the University of Wales at Aberystwyth.

Jordan is the daughter of Abby Shapiro of Bennington.

Bryant and Stratton College dean's list

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Brandy Keating of Albany, daughter of Christopher Keating of Bennington and Virginia Keating of California City, Calif. has been named to the dean's list at Bryant and Stratton College. Keating is an accounting major.

To be eligible for dean's list status, a student must be enrolled full time, and attain a 3.3 minimum GPA.

SUNY Geneseo's dean's list for Spring 2014

GENESEO, N.Y. -- Emily Fisher from Cambridge, N.Y., was named to the dean's list at The State University of New York at Geneseo for the spring semester 2014. To be on the list, a student must have achieved at least a 3.5 GPA while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Westminster School Academic Honor

SIMSBURY, Conn. -- Dylan Moser of Manchester Center, a junior at Westminster School, earned honors for the spring 2014 academic term.

Second academic honors from Clark University

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Jessica L. Davis, of North Bennington, has been named to second honors on the Clark University dean's list. This selection marks outstanding academic achievement during the Spring 2014 semester.

To be eligible for first honors, students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, of a maximum of 4.3.

Local students named to dean's list at Saint Michael's College

COLCHESTER -- The following local residents were named to the spring 2014 dean's list at Saint Michael's College, a liberal arts and sciences, residential Catholic college:

Caitlin Kocsis of Pownal, daughter of Catherine and James Kocsis of Pownal. Kocsis graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School before coming to Saint Michael's.

Angelique Parks of Shaftsbury, daughter of Sandra and William Parks of Shaftsbury. Parks graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School before coming to Saint Michael's.

Katie Quinn of Pownal, daughter of Brian and Margaret Quinn of Pownal. Quinn graduated from Mount Anthony Union High School before coming to Saint Michael's.

Students who complete a minimum of 12 credits and achieve a GPA of at least 3.4 at the end of a semester are recognized for their scholarship by inclusion on the dean's list.

Melanie Thulin named to Springfield College dean's list

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Springfield College has named Melanie Thulin of Manchester to the dean's list for academic excellence for the spring 2014 term. Thulin is studying rehabilitation and disability studies.

New England College dean's list

HENNIKER, N.H. -- Zachary Harris of Bennington was named to the dean's list at New England College in Henniker, N.H., for the Spring 2014 semester.

Harris is a senior at NEC.


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