Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School celebrated the achievements of juniors and seniors on May 23 with an evening awards ceremony in Joe Bena Auditorium. The top ten graduating seniors, including the valedictorian and salutatorian, were honored, along with numerous recipients of scholarships and awards.
Congratulations to Duanesburg Jr./Sr. High School’s top 10 graduating seniors:
Hanna Avery – Salutatorian
Jacob Harris – Valedictorian
Congratulations to the following senior award winners:
Albany City Knights of Pythias Achievement Medal – Alice Cole
Albany City Lodge #540 Knights of Pythias Achievement award is for community service and/or extra-curricular service to our community and school.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Academic Excellence Award – David Nicolella
The recipient of the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Academic Excellence award will receive a total of $12,000 during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Alotta Scholarship Awards in Memory of Andrea Alotta – Elaine Atanasova & Jacob Harris
$500 is awarded to two graduating seniors, one male and one female, who are pursuing higher education in math and/or sciences which may also include the health care field. The award recipients should excel in math and/or science classes. These seniors possess honesty, integrity and willingness to help others. They demonstrate leadership, citizenship and have participated in community service throughout their high school career. These seniors are in good academic standing with an overall G.P.A. of no less than an 87%.
American Legion Riders Helderberg Post #977 & #1493 – Richard Gaige III
This scholarship is given by the Helderberg American Legion Riders, Post #977, Altamont. Our organization is a combination of members from the Voorheesville Post #1493 in Voorheesville and the Helderberg Post #977 in Altamont. Their members are dedicated to raising money to assist veterans, veteran organizations, and the surrounding communities. With great pride we have developed our scholarships for four high schools in the immediate area. We truly hope this scholarship will have a positive effect on the student selected to receive it. The Helderberg American Legion Riders would like to award $1,250 to a graduating senior who is moving into the vocational or trade school training or military service.
American Red Cross Award – Anna White
$250 is awarded to a graduating senior who was an active participant in the high school’s blood drive program.
Barbara D. and Paul B. Munson II Memorial Award – Sara Johnson
This $1,000 award is given in memory of Paul Munson II and his wife Barbara. They were loving people and members of this community. They were both educators, who continued to teach beyond the classroom. Mr. Munson spent time volunteering in Duanesburg long after retirement. They believed in investing in children and looking after the vulnerable planet as well as its inhabitants. The purpose of this award is to honor Paul and Barbara’s memory and to assist a student who plans to pursue a college degree in a field of education, environmental sciences or a related field.
Beta Eckler Rask Memorial Scholarship – Zachery Lawrence
$60 is awarded to a graduating senior who plans to enter the field of elementary education/teaching, and who gives indication of working most successfully with children on an elementary school level.
BlueShield of Northeastern New York BlueShield Scholars Program – Hannah Lawrence
The BlueShield Scholars program recognizes exceptional high school seniors who are pursuing higher education in the fields of health or human sciences.
Boy Scout Troop 51 Citizenship Award – Hanna Avery & Austin Ohlhous
$250 is awarded to two graduating seniors who are consistently honest, helpful and respectful; who understand civic responsibility by actively helping others through his or her church, school, or volunteer community organization.
Bryant & Stratton I Believe In You Scholarship – Cassandra Schanz
The recipient of the Bryant & Stratton I Believe In You Scholarship is awarded $1,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Capital District School Board Association Student Volunteer Award – Kiley Butler
The Capital District School Board Association Student Volunteer Community Service Award is given to a student who stands out for making a difference through exceptional volunteer community services. She will be presented with a $200 award at the Capital District School Boards Association Spring Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
Capital District YMCA Outstanding Student and Educator Award – Outstanding Student: Anna White; Outstanding Educator: Karen Kanarkiewicz
Each year, the Capital District YMCA holds a Youth and Educator Awards Breakfast to honor a local high school student for their dedication, contribution and service to their school and their community. This award is presented to outstanding students who share and demonstrate these values on a daily basis – not only with their peers at school, but also with the members of their communities.
CASDA Scholar Recognition Program – Student: Anna White; Teacher Nominee: Rebecca Pless
The Capital Area School Development Association is a program that recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement and examines key issues in education. Graduating seniors from Capital Region private, public, and parochial schools and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) programs are invited on the basis of scholarship and service to attend the annual Scholars Recognition Dinner. Each student chooses a guest one elementary or secondary school teacher, who has had the greatest influence on them. More than 500 young people, parents and teachers are honored each year.
Charles G. Kuon Memorial Scholarship – Emily Schaeffer
$250 is awarded to a graduating senior furthering their education with a G.P.A. between 85% and 95% who participated in sports and/or other extracurricular activities, is responsible, hardworking, honest with great integrity, has a sense of humor, has an adventurous spirit, sense of caring, and interacts and relates well with all peers.
Class of 1989 Award – Zachery Lawrence
$50 is awarded to a graduating senior who has in the opinion of the class advisors, contributed in an outstanding way their talents, time and efforts to bringing about a successful senior year.
Class of 2011 Award – Sophia Loukides
$100 is awarded to a graduating senior, who in the judgment of the scholarship committee, has shown active participation and cooperation in school, and community activities.
Class of 2013 Award – Astrid Marz
The Class of 2013 award recognizes how attitude can carry a person successfully through trials and tribulation. $300 is awarded to a graduating senior who shows both responsibility and tolerance. He or she understands the value of his or her own commitments but also respects the actions and choices of other classmates, adults, and younger students. This recipient exhibits character and good attitude.
Class of 2016 Unsung Hero Award – Emily Schaeffer
$250 is awarded to a graduating senior who exemplifies the unsung hero. This student demonstrates humility, patience, integrity and trustworthiness in everything he or she does. This student is mature, dependable and hard-working but is often overlooked and not recognized for these qualities.
Daughters of the American Revolution Award – Emily Schaeffer
The Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and Scholarship contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, school and communities. The recipient of this award will receive $50.
DESA Award – Stephen Soucy
The Duanesburg Educational Support Association awards $100 to each graduating senior who is a child of a Duanesburg Educational Support Association member.
DCS Board of Education Award – Austin Adams
$500 is awarded to a graduating senior who has been accepted at a post-secondary educational institution. This senior has submitted an essay best describing their future goals and aspirations, and how their high school experiences, achievements, community service projects and struggles led to their career choice.
DCS Board of Education Community Service Award – Hanna Avery, Sophia Loukides, Annabelle Rieseler
The Community Service program recognizes students’ commitment to their school and their community. Students from the class of 2019 must earn a minimum of 75 hours of community service to be eligible for this award.
DCS Sports Booster Club Athlete Award – Zachery Lawrence & Sophia Loukides
$200 is awarded to two graduating seniors, a boy and girl, who best exemplify the true spirit of an athlete. The criteria for this award are as follows: leadership and example for younger athletes, teamwork, school spirit, and evidence of continuous improvement as an athlete and are students in good standing.
DCS Sports Booster Club Eagle Scholar Athlete Award – Elaine Atanasova & Alexander Lawrence
$200 is awarded to two graduating seniors, a boy and girl, who have participated in a JV or Varsity sport each year and maintained an average of 90% or above in each marking period throughout high school.
Delanson Community Government Award – Sophia Loukides
$100 is awarded to a graduating senior who intends to further their education and has been active in student government during their high school career.
Delanson Fire Co. Award – Tucker Damato
$200 is awarded to a senior who has shown willingness to volunteer their services for the benefit of the school and community. This award is given in memory of the deceased members of the Delanson Vol. Fire Co.
Delanson United Methodist Church Award – Hanna Avery
$100 is awarded to a graduating senior who is a member, friend or supporter of the Delanson United Methodist Church.
Dr. David Heisig Award, In Memory of Marlene Forbes – Nina Fiacco
$300 is awarded to a senior who demonstrates perseverance, honesty, and fairness in the pursuit of their academic goals and who will be pursuing education beyond high school.
Dr. Donald & Ella Walker Award – Hannah Lawrence
$100 is awarded to a graduating senior who has shown aptitude and determination in pursuit of a career in health care.
DTA – Joyce Shafer Putterman L.S Memorial Prize – Salvatore Gallo
The Duanesburg Teacher Association award $100 to a graduating senior who has developed a true love and respect for both reading and writing and plans on continuing their education.
DTA Award -Sara Johnson, Zachery Lawrence, Astrid Marz
Three graduating seniors will be awarded $200 each. These students intend to go into a field in which he or she will mentor other people. The members of the Duanesburg Teachers Association are dedicated, hard-working mentors.
DTA Award – Margaret Crowe Memorial Scholarship – Gabriella Marcucci
The Duanesburg Teacher Association awards $100 to a graduating senior, who through hard work and perseverance achieves academic success and plans to further their education.
Duane Lions / Frank Berical Memorial Scholarship – Sophia Loukides
$500 is awarded to a graduating senior Leo Club member who has shown significant academic ability during their senior year and who has manifested the attributes of good citizenship, including charitable/volunteer work for our community and will be pursuing post-secondary education.
Duanesburg American Youth Soccer Organization Award – Rylie Lohret
The AYSO seeks to honor one local student who is a graduating senior with a scholarship in the amount of $250. This student has been a registered volunteer and assisted the AYSO program in the development of youth soccer players in our community.
Duanesburg Business Association Award – Zachery Lawrence, Emily Schaeffer
$250 is awarded to two graduating seniors who show an interest in starting their own business. The successful candidates possess an entrepreneurial spirit and demonstrates the following characteristics: strong work ethic, creativity, inquisitiveness, respectfulness, integrity, and initiative.
Duanesburg Community Parent Teacher Association Award – Hanna Avery
The Duanesburg Community Parent Teacher Association Award is dedicated to advocating for an environment in which every child in our community can reach his/her potential through collaboration with the families, community members and local businesses. They invest in all of our youth with the knowledge that they are our future. The DCPTA would like to reward a graduating senior for their dedication, advocacy, and support of the Duanesburg Community in the amount of $600.
Duanesburg Democratic Committee Civics Award – Astrid Marz
$300 is awarded to a graduating senior who presented the best essay based on the requirements of the Duanesburg Democratic Committee. This student shared their heritage, their feelings on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and what they would do to help these people if given the opportunity.
Duanesburg Vol. Fire Co. Occupational Education Award – Elaine Atanasova
$500 is awarded to a graduating senior who has displayed hard work and excellence in the field of Occupational Education.
Elizabeth MacDougall Award – Spencer Proulx
$400 is awarded to a college bound senior enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution who has shown the greatest desire and determination leading to a degree in the field of medicine, especially nursing. (This award is given by Barton and Linda MacDougall.)
Esperance Band Award, In Memory of Andrew Quick – Nina Fiacco
$100 is awarded to a graduating senior who has been an outstanding member of the high school band.
Family and Consumer Science Award, In Memory of Sherrie Bartholomew – Zomarielys Quiernan
$100 is awarded to a graduating senior pursuing an education in Family & Consumer Science and has taken Family & Consumer Science courses in high school.
First New York Federal Credit Union Scholarship – Hanna Avery
The recipient of the First New York Federal Credit Union Scholarship will receive $1,000.
Frontier Sno Riders Award – Rylie Lohret
$100 is awarded to a graduating senior who has shown a commitment to community service and class participation.
George & Mary Heisig Memorial Scholarship – Jacob Harris
$250 is awarded to a graduating senior with the highest overall average in history.
Houghton College Founders’ Scholarship – Hanna Avery
The recipient of the Houghton College Founders’ Scholarship will receive $16,000 per academic year beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year.
Kelly Elizabeth Barnes Memorial Scholarship – Alexander Lawrence
$250 is awarded to a graduating senior entering college on a post-secondary educational program with the following qualities and attributes: one who strives for success and achievement, an independent thinker, has good personal values, a quiet sense of humor and is sensitive to the needs of less fortunate individuals.
Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Fatima Award – Zachery Lawrence & Anna White
$200 is awarded to two graduating seniors; one young man and one young woman who demonstrates strong leadership qualities, have been excellent role models, have been active in service for the common good in the community and in their high school, and have positively impacted the moral and spiritual values (such as charity, unity, mutual support and patriotism) of the community.
Laudlin Terpening Award – Alexander Lawrence
$50 is awarded to the band student most dedicated to trombone (alternative brass) instrument in middle or high school. This award is sponsored by The Esperance Band in honor of a great trombone player. Laudy Terpening, DCS Class of 1965.
Make Your Own Scholarship – Hanna Avery
The recipient of the Make Your Own Scholarship will receive $6,500 towards the 2019-2020 academic year.
Mariaville Civic Association Community Service Award – Sophia Loukides
The Mariaville Civic Association is a community based not-for-profit in the town of Duanesburg that is involved in the environmental protection of Mariaville Lake, as well as, sponsoring other community initiatives such as highway clean-ups, youth activities, and fundraising efforts for community projects. $250 is awarded to a graduating senior who has completed community service.
Mule Hill Farm, Malcolm A. Wilber Memorial Award – Kiley Butler
$50 is awarded to a graduating senior who has a passion for farming. This senior should have “hands on” experience working on a farm as well as an appreciation for and dedication to farm living. Qualities this senior should possess are: willingness to work hard, commitment to caring for animals and crops, and dedication to exhibition of all animal species such as cows, horses, chickens, etc. Farming as a career is not criteria for this award.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation Finalist – Jacob Harris
The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States from a pool of over 1.6 million candidates. Finalists are chosen based on their exceptional abilities, skills, accomplishments, their academic record and test scores and their extracurricular activities and leadership abilities. Those finalists selected, are in pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education and are highlighted for outstanding scholastic talent.
National Merit Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship – Jacob Harris
The National Merit Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship is a $1,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship award. This college sponsored merit scholarship is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.
NBT Bank Business Award – Matthew Gentile
$100 is awarded to a graduating senior who is attending a two or four-year school in pursuit of a degree in business.
NYS Attorney General Triple “C” Award – Joseph Boni & Katherine Zapotocki
The Triple “C” Award was established to honor young people who have distinguished themselves within their school and their community. The award recognizes the courage, character and commitment of these hard working students.
New York State Board of Regents Award for Academic Excellence – Hanna Avery & Elaine Atanasova
$500 is awarded to each of these two graduating seniors for outstanding academic accomplishment.
New York State Board of Regents Award for Academic Excellence – Jacob Harris
$1,500 is awarded to this graduating senior for outstanding academic accomplishment.
Office of the New York State Comptroller Achievement Award – Sophia Loukides & Astrid Marz
The New York State Comptroller’s Achievement Award is presented each year to two students who have excelled academically and have also shown leadership potential by volunteering their time to serve the school or community. Comptroller DiNapoli sends his sincere congratulations and best wishes to the graduating class of 2019.
Quaker Street Scholarship Prize – Jacob Harris
The Quaker Street Scholarship Prize of $20 is made possible by the sale of the Quaker Street School House sold in 1925 in the amount of $300. The award was set up as a scholarship fund by Mr. Francis Crowe and Margaret Crowe. It is given to the student with the highest average for four years.
Quaker Street Volunteer Fire Co. Awards – Kiley Butler, Tucker Damato, Devon Just, Anna White
$50 is awarded to seniors helping in the community, fire companies, Red Cross, Church groups, elderly, or tutoring.
Rochester Institute of Technology Founders Scholarship Award – Alexander Lawrence
The recipient of the RIT Founders Scholarship Award will receive $10,000 per academic year for four years.
Robert B. and Charlotte D. Shafer Award – Zachery Lawrence
$100 is awarded to a graduating senior who plans to further her education beyond high school and has shown outstanding ability and performance in athletics.
Robert John Davey Memorial Award – Cassandra Luciano
$250 is given by Mr. & Mrs. James Ordon in memory of her brother Robert John Davey. This award is given to a graduating senior who is involved in music or art and enjoys performing. This student is eager to express their creativity and displays a sense of adventure.
Roger Carey Sanders Memorial Award – Annabelle Rieseler
$100 is awarded to a graduating senior with a G.P.A. of 75% or higher and who has participated in community service during their high school years. They possess the following traits: genuine integrity, kindness, and always lends a helping hand. This person puts others in front of themselves while asking nothing in return, and has a positive outlook on life and has a positive impact on those around them.
Rosa Villa Award – Abigail Isabella
$250 is awarded to a graduating senior who has written the best essay on their idea for starting a business and how they would pursue starting the business.
Schenectady County Community College Foundation Scholars Scholarship – Austin Ohlhous
The recipient of the Schenectady County Community College Foundation Scholars Scholarship will receive 50% of the tuition for four consecutive semesters.
Schoharie County Counselor’s Association Scholarship – Astrid Marz
This scholarship is made available to a local student who is planning to pursue a career in a helping profession, such as education, law enforcement, legal studies, medical, and the counseling field. The recipient will receive $100.
Schoharie County School Boards Association – Hanna Avery & Jacob Harris
A $25 gift card is awarded to the Valedictorian and Salutatorian.
Siena College Presidential Scholarship – Rylie Lohret
The recipient of the Siena Presidential Scholarship will receive $20,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Siena College St. Francis Scholarship – Rylie Lohret
The recipient of the St. Francis Scholarship will be awarded $2,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital Bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award – Zomarielys Quiernan
Each year, Sunnyview Hospital is fortunate to have the help of local students who devote hours of their time to participate in their Junior Volunteer Program. These young people work both during the school year and during their summer vacation to improve the lives of patients and their families. The dedication of young people has made Sunnyview a better place.
SUNY Oneonta Robert MacVittie Scholarship – Sophia Loukides
The recipient of the SUNY Oneonta Robert MacVittie Scholarship is awarded $1,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
SUNY Oswego Academic Excellence Award – Charlie Grygas
The recipient of the SUNY Oswego Academic Excellence Award will receive $500 for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The College of Saint Rose Presidential Scholarship – Matthew Gentile
The recipient of The College of Saint Rose Presidential Scholarship will receive $20,000 per academic year for four consecutive years.
Thomas Alan Reiter Jr. Award – Sophia Loukides
$500 is awarded to a college bound senior in good academic standing and has participated in extra-curricular school activities such as sports, newspaper, student government, class officer, etc.
Tylar Zielinski Memorial Award – Hanna Avery
Tylar Zielinski was a student here at DCS for many years. He has touched the lives of many staff and students in our district. This student is chosen from a written essay and awarded $50.
University of New England Scholar Award – Alice Cole
The recipient of the University of New England Scholar Award will receive a $20,000 academic scholarship for four consecutive years.
Wyanski Memorial Award – Charlie Grygas
$300 is awarded to a graduating senior who has shown excellence in community service and/or athletics. This award is in memory of James Wyanski Sr., Joan Wyanski, John Wyanski and Mike Wyanski.
Congratulations to the following junior award winners:
Clarkson University High School Achievement Award – Makenna Todd
In recognition of outstanding leadership qualities and academic promise, this student will receive a $48,000 scholarship – $12,000 per year for four years if they choose to attend Clarkson University.
Clarkson University High School Leadership Award – Dylan Carlson
In recognition of outstanding leadership qualities and academic promise, this student will receive a $60,000 scholarship – $15,000 per year for four years if they choose to attend Clarkson University.
Elmira College Key Award – Morgan Hack
In recognition of high scholastic achievement, leadership, citizenship, and participation in extracurricular activities. This student will receive an $80,000 scholarship – $20,000 per year for four years, upon enrollment.
New York State Capital District Society of Women Engineers Merit Award – Cayla Schaeffer
This award recognizes the student’s achievements in math, science and/or technology, their character and desire for a future career in engineering, math or science.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Merit Scholarship – Domenic Gallo
For outstanding academic achievement in the study of mathematics and science, this student will receive a minimum value of $25,000 per year for four years when accepted at Rensselaer.
Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal Award – Domenic Gallo
The recipient of the RIT Computing Medal Award honors a student’s accomplishments, their involvement as a member of their school and community, and their computing abilities. The student will receive $28,000 – $7,000 each year for four years.
Rochester Institute of Technology Creativity & Innovation Award – Zachary Gamache
The recipient of the RIT Creativity & Innovation Award honors a student’s accomplishments as a student, their involvement as a member of their school and community, and their creative and innovative talents. The student will receive $28,000 – $7,000 each year for four years.
Sage College, The Student Sage College Award – George Atanasov
The Student Sage College Award was created to recognize the characteristics of academic excellence and community involvement that have defined Sage students for nearly a century. The recipient embodies the Sage motto “To Be, To Know, To Do” through their achievements and involvement, and, in doing so, brings well-earned recognition to the learning community here at Duanesburg Central School. The Student Sage Award guarantees a scholarship of at least $5,000 per year toward tuition for four years of undergraduate study at the Sage Colleges.
Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement – Emily Lane
The Saint Michael’s Book Award recognizes students who exhibit the characteristics of an ideal Saint Michael’s student. Book award recipients must be inductees of National Honor Society and must demonstrate concern for social justice issues and a sincere commitment to service through opportunities in high school or community organizations.
St. Lawrence College Book Award – Paul Munson
The St. Lawrence Book Award honors a high school junior who has distinguished themselves in their community by their significant commitment to community service. This student receives a $4,000 scholarship – $1,000 per year for four years.
Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award – Nicole Jarvis
The Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award honors a student who embodies the spirit, integrity, and intellectual qualities of successful leaders. The Scholarship for Leaders awards a $40,000 scholarship – $10,000 per year for four years of study while enrolled at Wells College.