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Holley man re-enlists in New York Army National Guard

Staff Reports Posted 24 July 2019 at 12:03 pm

Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General, announces the recent reenlistment of members of the State National Guard in recognition of their continuing commitment to serve community, state and nation as part of the Army National Guard.

Staff Sergeant Patrick Giancursio from Holley re-enlisted to continue service with the Company A (Distribution), 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

“It’s great to see soldiers staying in the Army and continuing to serve their State and Nation in the New York Army National Guard,” Shields said. “The most important Army asset we have is the individual soldier. The dedication, skills, and leadership traits they bring to our community and their employers are invaluable.”

“By choosing to stay in the Army National Guard they directly contribute to our nation’s security and to the governor’s ability to respond to disasters, all while building a bright future for their family through the Guard’s retirement, education, and health insurance programs,” Shields said.

For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov.

Local residents graduate from RIT

Staff Reports Posted 10 July 2019 at 10:02 pm

ROCHESTER – Rochester Institute of Technology conferred some 4,200 degrees this academic year. The university held its 134th annual commencement celebration in May. The following local residents received degrees:

Dakota Clay of Kendall received an MBA in business administration in December 2018.

Michael Fischer of Albion received a BS in chemical engineering in May 2019.

Roland Sanford of Albion received a BS in computational mathematics in May 2019.

Amber Smarpat of Albion received a BFA in illustration in December 2018.

Traci Westcott of Holley received a BFA in photographic and imaging arts in December 2018.

Kenneth Westveer of Holley received a BS in electrical engineering technology in May 2019.

Ganna Yaroshchuk of Holley received a BS in diagnostic medical sonography in May 2019.

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

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Medina’s Alissa Blount wins Silver Medal at National SkillsUSA Competition

Posted 5 July 2019 at 1:28 pm

Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES

Alissa Blount

MEDINA – Orleans/Niagara BOCES is proud to announce that Alissa Blount, a senior from Medina High School, has taken home a second place medal from the National SkillsUSA competition.

The National Leadership and Skills Conference was held in Louisville, Kentucky at the end of June. More than 19,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from 600 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions participated. There were 103 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

Alissa attended the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Allied Health program at Medina Memorial Hospital taught by Melissa Brigham. Alissa won her silver medal in the Health Occupation Professional Portfolio competition.

The contest recognizes students for their successful development of a professional portfolio. The competition evaluates the ability of the students to present themselves to a prospective employer.

The contestants use their portfolio to showcase communication skills. The contest consists of two parts: a portfolio notebook and a live presentation by the contestant.

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Several residents from Orleans County named to RIT Dean’s List

Staff Reports Posted 1 July 2019 at 4:48 pm

ROCHESTER – The following local residents made the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2019 spring semester. Degree-seeking undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List if their term GPA is greater than or equal to 3.400; they do not have any grades of Incomplete, D or F; and they have registered for, and completed, at least 12 credit hours.

Brian Bogan of Lyndonville, who is in the manufacturing engineering technology program.

Carson Zgoda of Medina, who is in the medical illustration program.

Ganna Yaroshchuk of Holley, who is in the diagnostic medical sonography program.

Ricky Daniels of Albion, who is in the chemical engineering program.

Keaton Freitag of Kendall, who is in the game design and development program.

Isaac Barrett of Holley, who is in the software engineering program.

Gillian Gallets of Holley, who is in the industrial design program.

Anne Jewell of Holley, who is in the diagnostic medical sonography program.

Madeline Gibbs of Albion, who is in the dietetics and nutrition program.

Michael Fischer of Albion, who is in the chemical engineering program.

Stella Russo of Medina, who is in the physician assistant program.

Toby Kiebala of Medina, who is in the mechanical engineering program.

Tommy Follman of Albion, who is in the criminal justice program.

Nicholas Ettinger of Albion, who is in the electrical engineering technology program.

Riley Starr of Lyndonville, who is in the mechanical engineering program.

Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls about 19,000 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

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Bellavia will receive Medal of Honor today

Staff Reports Posted 25 June 2019 at 8:24 am

David Bellavia

WASHINGTON, D.C. – David Bellavia will become the first living Iraq War veteran to receive the Medal of Honor today.

President Donald Trump will present the nation’s highest military honor to Bellavia during a ceremony scheduled for 3:25 p.m. in the East Room of the White House.

Bellavia, 43, lives in Waterport and is a Lyndonville graduate. He is a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Army. He is being recognized for his actions defending fellow soldiers while serving in the second battle of Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 10, 2004.

While serving as a squad leader in Operation Phantom Fury, a 2004 American offensive on the western Iraqi City of Fallujah, Bellavia saved his entire squad when he cleared a housing block of enemy combatants who had pinned down his unit. Once Bellavia secured the safety of his squad, he re-engaged with the enemy combatants, re-entered the house where enemy fire was located, proceeded to kill four enemy insurgents, and wounded a fifth.

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National Guard soldier from Holley receives new rank

Staff Reports Posted 17 June 2019 at 12:24 pm

Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of a member of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of additional responsibility and leadership.

Bradley Ralph from Holley and assigned to the Headquarters and Service Company, 642nd Support Battalion received a promotion to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber citizen soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard.

The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state’s executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York’s Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.

Gabriell Struble of Albion graduates from Cazenovia College

Staff Reports Posted 15 June 2019 at 2:35 pm

CAZENOVIA – Gabriell Struble of Albion has graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Cazenovia College.

Cazenovia College is an independent, co-educational college near Syracuse, offering graduate and bachelor’s degree programs in the liberal arts and professional. Cazenovia has been named a “Best College” for 15 consecutive years and a “Best Value” by U.S. News & World Report.

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Medina native earns medical degree in West Virginia

Staff Reports Posted 14 June 2019 at 8:02 am

Rachael Huwyler Wiig

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Rachael Huwyler Wiig, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree on May 25.

While at WVSOM, Dr. Huwyler Wiig received a Translating Osteopathic Understanding Into Community Health Gold Award. She was a member of the Rural Health Initiative.

Huwyler Wiig earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical sciences from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011. She is a 2006 graduate of Medina High School.

Huwyler Wiig is the daughter of Bobbi and Monte Huwyler of Medina. She is married to Jesse Wiig.

She plans to enter an emergency medicine residency at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, Mich.

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6 from Orleans on SUNY Geneseo Dean’s List

Staff Reports Posted 13 June 2019 at 4:11 pm

GENESEO – The State University of New York at Geneseo has announced its Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. To be on the list, a student must have achieved at least a 3.5-grade point average while taking a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Students on the Dean’s List from Orleans County include: Caitlyn Davies of Medina, Molley Gross of Medina, Bradley McPherson of Medina, Tyler Waldriff of Medina, Nicole Boyle of Holley and Matthew DeSimone of Holley.

In addition, Brittany Bearss of Medina was named to SUNY Geneseo’s President’s List for Spring 2019. To be on the list, a student must have achieved a 4.0-grade point average while taking at least 12 credit hours.

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