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Albion student part of first virtual Girls State program

Staff Reports Posted 5 July 2020 at 12:35 pm

ALBION – Ashley Ames, an incoming senior at Albion in 2020-21, is part of the first ever virtual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

Ashley Ames

Ashley is one of 400 young women selected to attend the 79th American Legion Auxiliary Girls State session. The program started June 28 and continues until July 12.

As part of the annual program, outstanding students are chosen from their local high schools to spend a week learning about the inner workings of state, local and county government.

This premier leadership conference is designed to provide practical insight into the workings of the government, promote youth civic engagement, instill a sense of pride in America, and empower the next generation of women leaders, providing them with a network that lasts a lifetime.

Ashley is active in many ways at Charles D’Amico High School in Albion, including Student Council, the school newsletter, drama, concert and marching band, Pride Alliance, National Honor Society, and the Close Up club.

Madison Nardi of Kendall High School also has been picked for the program. Gina Fox of Albion was chosen as an alternate.

“The ALA Girls State experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women across our state and while we couldn’t hold the program in person, our team worked hard to ensure that this cohort of High School Juniors get to learn some of the important principles of democracy and about the American Legion Auxiliary ” said Jennifer Farley, American Legion Auxiliary Girls State chairman. “Our hope is that after attending the virtual ALA Girls State, the girls will be inspired to participate in the democratic process, volunteer in their communities and be filled with patriotism and pride.”

ALA Girls State:​ The American Legion Auxiliary’s marquee Girls State program, first presented in 1937, is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States.

The program epitomizes the ALA’s mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.

To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org​.

For more on the Girl State program, click here.

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2 from Orleans make Dean’s List at FLCC

Staff Reports Posted 30 June 2020 at 10:11 pm

CANANDAIGUA – Two residents of Orleans County made the Dean’s List at Finger Lakes Community College for spring 2020.

Samantha Vanacore of Albion and Kaylyn Holman of Medina were among 556 FLCC students to make the Dean’s List. To be named to the Dean’s List, students must have a 3.5 grade point average.

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Kendall student will be part of first virtual Girls State program

Staff Reports Posted 30 June 2020 at 11:55 am

Provided photo: Madison Nardi and about 400 other students will be part of the first virtual Girl State program. The program runs from June 28 to July 12.

KENDALL – Madison Nardi, who will be a senior at Kendall in 2020-21, will be attending the first ever virtual American Legion Auxiliary Girls State.

Madison is one of 400 young women selected to attend the 79th American Legion Auxiliary Girls State session.  As part of the annual program, outstanding students are chosen from their local high schools to spend a week learning about the inner workings of state, local and county government. Madison is sponsored by the Jewell Buckman Auxiliary Unit in Holley.

This premier leadership conference is designed to provide practical insight into the workings of the government, promote youth civic engagement, instill a sense of pride in America, and empower the next generation of women leaders, providing them with a network that lasts a lifetime.

Madison Nardi is a rising senior at Kendall High School. She is active in many ways in her school and community, including varsity volleyball and various other clubs.

The program included workshops lead by a political instructor, presentations on women in leadership, Activities that inspired patriotism and pride, as well as information on the American Legion Auxiliary.

“The ALA Girls State experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young women across our state and while we couldn’t hold the program in person, our team worked hard to ensure that this cohort of High School Juniors get to learn some of the important principles of democracy and about the American Legion Auxiliary ” said Jennifer Farley, American Legion Auxiliary Girls State chairman. “Our hope is that after attending the virtual ALA Girls State, the girls will be inspired to participate in the democratic process, volunteer in their communities and be filled with patriotism and pride.”

ALA Girls State:​ The American Legion Auxiliary’s marquee Girls State program, first presented in 1937, is one of the most respected and coveted experiential learning programs presented in the United States.

The program epitomizes the ALA’s mission to honor those who have brought us our freedom through our enduring commitment to develop young women as future leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. The young women become knowledgeable of the democratic process and how our republic form of government works at the state and national levels.

To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org​.

For more on the Girl State program, click here.

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Albion grad on Dean’s List at Susquehanna University

Staff Reports Posted 27 June 2020 at 9:23 pm

SELINSGROVE, PA – Skyler Smith of Medina has been named to Susquehanna University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester.

The dean’s list recognizes students who achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for the semester. To qualify, students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours.

Smith is a biomedical sciences major in the Class of 2021 and is a graduate of Charles D’Amico High School.

Susquehanna, a liberal arts university offering more than 100 majors and minors in business, humanities, arts and sciences, focuses on intellectual development, global competence and career success.

Several from Orleans make Dean’s List at RIT for spring semester

Staff Reports Posted 24 June 2020 at 10:13 pm

ROCHESTER – The following local residents made the Dean’s List at Rochester Institute of Technology for the 2020 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.

  • Carson Zgoda of Medina, who is in the medical illustration program.
  • Flint Dilella of Holley, who is in the motion picture science program.
  • Ricky Daniels of Albion, who is in the chemical engineering program.
  • Hannah Sones of Albion, who is in the industrial engineering program.
  • Nicholas Bogan of Lyndonville, who is in the chemical engineering program.
  • Jessica Smith of Lyndonville, who is in the film and animation program.
  • Gillian Gallets of Holley, who is in the industrial design program.
  • Ben Miller of Albion, who is in the electrical engineering technology program.
  • Anne Jewell of Holley, who is in the diagnostic medical sonography program.
  • Madeline Gibbs of Waterport, who is in the dietetics and nutrition program.
  • Stella Russo of Medina, who is in the physician assistant program.
  • Noah Heinsler of Waterport, who is in the film and animation program.
  • Toby Kiebala of Medina, who is in the mechanical engineering program.
  • Rachel Gregoire of Albion, who is in the physics program.
  • Andrew Frank of Holley, who is in the software engineering program.
  • Brady Smith of Holley, who is in the civil engineering technology program.
  • Riley Starr of Lyndonville, who is in the mechanical engineering program.
  • Jesse Dilella of Holley, who is in the electrical 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.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

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GCASA Foundation announces scholarship winners in 2 counties

Posted 12 June 2020 at 4:14 pm

Press Release, GCASA

Ashlynn LeBaron

Jillian Menzie, a senior at Byron-Bergen Jr./Sr. High School, and Ashlyn LeBaron, a senior at Albion’s Charles D’ Amico High School, were selected as this year’s recipients of $1,000 scholarships from  Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (GCASA) Foundation.

Typically, the scholarship award recipients are honored at GCASA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon. Due to COVID-19, this meeting will be held virtually this year.

“We are disappointed that we are unable to recognize and honor these deserving young women in person with their parents and school representatives present,” said Shannon Ford, GCASA Director of Communications and Development. “Their scholarship applications were outstanding.”

LeBaron and Menzie both plan to pursue a degree in nursing.

GCASA Foundation supports the work of GCASA and other non-profit organizations in Genesee and Orleans Counties. Several organizations have received mini-grants in the past to help sustain the crucial work they do in our community.

Jillian Menzie

The Foundation also invests in the future substance use disorder workforce by supporting individuals pursuing a degree in health sciences or human services.

The board of directors of both GCASA and GCASA Foundation are committed to providing quality services. Educated, skilled employees and board members are the necessary for effective service delivery.

“As a member of the selection committee, it was wonderful to read about all the applicants’ academic accomplishments and their commitment to community service,” said GCASA Foundation Board Treasurer Virginia Taylor. “Our recipients, Ashlyn and Jillian, were exceptionally impressive and we are thrilled to award scholarships to help cover some of their college costs.”

GCASA Foundation has been pleased to honor many commendable students over the past several years.

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