3 Career and Technical Education Center students receive Liam’s Legacy Scholarship

Posted 12 June 2023 at 2:16 pm

Provided photo: From left include Lt. Steve Cooley (Medina Fire Department Public Information Officer), Kenneth Lauffer (Starpoint), Gianna Scirri (Niagara Wheatfield) and Jennifer Raduns.

Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – Three students from Orleans/Niagara BOCES are the recipients of the Liam’s Legacy scholarships.

At end of year celebrations at the Niagara Career and Technical Education Center, Security and Law Enforcement student Gianna Scirri (Niagara Wheatfield) and Kenneth Lauffer (Starpoint) in the Emergency Medication Services program were recognized.

Lydia Samson

At the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, Lydia Samson, a Barker student in the Health Occupations Technician, was announced as one of this year’s award winners.  She will be recognized at her home school district at a later date.

The awards were started by Jennifer Raduns in memory of her grandson Liam, a six-month old baby beaten by his father in 2016. Liam would die from his injuries.

“I wanted to pay homage to the first responders who tried to save Liam’s life,” she said.

In the nominations, Gianna was recognized as a student who carries herself with the core values of the Security and Law Enforcement program: Professionalism, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence. Gianna will be attending Niagara County Community College to pursue a degree in Radiology and would like to eventually become a New York State Trooper.

Kenneth’s EMS teacher Sara McCartin had this to say about him, “Kenneth is very passionate about helping others. He is a member of Tri-Community Ambulance and Shawnee Fire. He has logged over 275 hours of volunteer time this year alone.”

Lydia has dedicated the majority of her extracurricular time to studying and competing in CPR/First Aid. She won first place at the New York State SkillsUSA competition for Basic Health Care and has received direct admission to the Genesee Community College Nursing program this fall. She is one of only nine high school graduates to receive direct entry.