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@datebook city label underlined:Turin

Winner: Mary Ann Lepkowski won $100 worth of lottery tickets in the “Yearbook Ticket Giveaway.” Her winning ticket was selected on March 16. Funds raised benefit 2013 yearbook at South Lewis Central School, Turin.

@datebook city label underlined:St. Lawrence County

Winners announced: Middle and high school teams competed in the first North Country Jr. Iron Chefs competition, held on March 9 at St. Lawrence University, Canton.

Middle School

First place — Healthy in Heuvelton, Heuvelton Central School, Central Valley harvest bake.

Second place — Healthy Panthers, Brushton-Moira Central School, Brushton, minestrone soup.

Third place — Stone Cold Chefs, AA Kingston Middle School, Potsdam, veggie pockets.

Honorable mention — Canton Golden Chefs, Canton Central School, bean and cheese burrito with pico de gallo.

High School

First place — Future Chefs, North Franklin Educational Center Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Malone, spicy chipotle black bean grilled cheese sliders.

Second place — Top Cats, Northern Adirondack Central School, Ellenburg Corners, NACH Your Average Veggie Pizza.

Third place — Seaway Tech, Seaway Technical Center Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Canton, Vegetarian Korma.

Honorable mention — Seaway Tracker, Seaway Technical Center Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Canton, pasta primavera with light marinara sauce.

High schools


@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Performs: Maria V. Bufalini, a senior at Watertown High School, sang with the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble on March 4 in Albany. The event was sponsored by the New York State School Music Association and is the yearly kick-off to Music in Our Schools month in New York state.

Students who are invited to participate in All-State musical ensembles are those who have earned the top scores in NYSSMA’s adjudicated solo festival. This performance marks the fourth time Miss Bufalini has been selected to participate in All-State ensembles.

In addition, she is singing with the All Eastern Honors Ensemble’s mixed chorus this week in New Hartford, Conn., and has been chosen twice for the All National Honor Vocal Ensemble, performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., both years.

Miss Bufalini, a soprano, is a student of vocal coach Craig Sirianni of Watertown. She also plays piano and alto saxophone and sings in Watertown High’s Select Choir. She has had roles in the school’s musicals, including the female lead, Kim, in “Miss Saigon.”

In addition to her musical activities, Miss Bufalini is a gold-level figure skater and a swimmer on the Watertown High School team, which named her an academic all-star. She also is a member of the National Honor Society.

Miss Bufalini is the daughter of John and Cindy Bufalini, Watertown. She plans to attend college in the fall to pursue a degree in musical theater.


@datebook city label underlined:Potsdam

Appointed: Warren R. Anderson was recently named vice president for diversity initiatives at Clarkson University, Potsdam. He joined the staff at Clarkson in January.



@datebook city label underlined:Adams, Watertown

Volunteers: Bret Weller, Adams, and Drew Laemmermann, Watertown, spent their spring break helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The SUNY Delhi students are both are majoring in construction management.

@datebook city label underlined:North Bangor

Participates: Monique Choinere, North Bangor, participated on the Construction Engineering Management Team of Clarkson University, Potsdam, at the recent 23rd annual student competition for the Associated Schools of Construction, Region 1, in Morristown, N.J. The CEM Team completed a project involving the relining of a hydroelectric power dam supply tunnel, placing fourth out of 10 teams. The team is part of the Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design Program. Miss Choinere is a senior, majoring in civil engineering at Clarkson University.

Dean’s list

The following north country residents recently were named to the dean’s list at their colleges or universities:

Berklee College of Music,

Boston, Mass.

To receive dean’s list honors at Berklee College of Music for the fall semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

@datebook city label underlined:Tupper Lake

Redia Spada

Boston (Mass.) University

To receive dean’s list honors at Boston University for the fall semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

@datebook city label underlined:Adams

Olivia E. Hallett-Ebeling

@datebook city label underlined:Potsdam

Bonnie M. Smyth

Roberts Wesleyan College,


To receive dean’s list honors at Roberts Wesleyan College for the fall semester, students must receive a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.69. To receive high honors, students must receive a GPA between 3.7 and 3.89, and to receive highest honors, students must receive a GPA of 3.9 or higher.

@datebook city label underlined:Adams

Hannah Curinga, high honors

@datebook city label underlined:Lowville

Marion Kelly, highest honors

@datebook city label underlined:Rodman

Maureen Male

SUNY Delhi

To receive dean’s list honors at SUNY Delhi for the fall semester, students must receive a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

@datebook city label underlined:Adams

Bret Weller, construction management

@datebook city label underlined:Rensselaer Falls

Matt Lester, carpentry

@datebook city label underlined:Watertown

Drew Laemmermann, construction management


@datebook city label underlined:Adams

Honored: Amanda L. DeFoe, Adams, was named honors program student for the week ending March 8 at Jefferson Community College, Watertown. Miss DeFoe, a 2011 graduate of Belleville Henderson Central School, Belleville, is dual majoring in nursing and mathematics and sciences in liberal arts and sciences. She plans to transfer to Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

@datebook city label underlined:Boonville

Honored: Carlos Pulquerio, Boonville, recently received a 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Mr. Pulquerio, an international student at Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, from Brazil, is a senior majoring in liberal arts and sciences, with a biology emphasis in pre-medicine. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Lambda Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Latino Student Union and Math Club and president of Student Congress. He has received the Gioia Murine Memorial Scholarship, Theodore “Ted” Moore Memorial Scholarship and David and Virginia Ward Scholarship.

Mr. Pulqerio is active on the program board, International Club, Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program and is an orientation leader. He volunteers in the community, including through the Intergenerational Clean-Up, American Heart Run and Walk, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, team MVCC 4-Runners Club, Super Storm Sandy Relief, MVCC Foundation Major Gifts Campaign, Ted Moore Run and Walk Fundraiser and the AIDS Hike for Life.

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