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United Helpers presents Randles scholarships


The Society of the United Helpers recently granted three high school seniors the Helen S. Randles Scholarship Award: Zendel L. Cordwell and Garrett A. Calton, both from Ogdensburg Free Academy, and Andrea J. Wyman from Madrid Waddington Central School.

These scholarships are made possible through the generous donation of an endowment by Helen S. Randles. Helen Randles served the United Helpers organization for 45 years, including terms as president of several boards.

“Helen Randles appreciated the value of education and the importance of the field of health care and she would be very pleased with this year’s recipients,” said Betty J. Mallott, scholarship committee member. “We honor these young people, not only for what they have achieved and accomplished so far, we honor them for what they will become.”

Zendel L. Cordwell will graduate from OFA, where she was vice president of the class of 2013, secretary for the National Honor Society, homeroom representative, and co-captain of the soccer team.

In the spring of 2012, Ms. Cordwell completed her six-week certified nurses aide class through United Helpers and the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services. She will attend LeMoyne College, Syracuse, in the fall and major in nursing. She plans to work as a nurses aide while attending college, and then as a registered nurse after completing the appropriate level of the program and the licensure.

“To me, nursing is the ultimate way to give back to your community; by giving 100 percent, providing the best quality care, professionalism and empathy to those you meet and work with,” said Ms. Cordwell.

She is the daughter of Heather Rand, Ogdensburg.

Garrett A. Calton will graduate from OFA, where he was the treasurer of student council, Key Club, Earth Club, and Art Club. He was homeroom representative, Science Olympiad captain, class president,Key Club haunted house chairman, and served on the Key Club Board of Directors. He also completed Project Challenge at Clarkson University, as well as job shadowed at Northern Physical Therapy.

Mr. Calton will be attending Keuka College, where he will study physical therapy.

“After I finish at Keuka, I would like to attend the University at Buffalo for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program to earn my doctorate degree,” said Mr. Calton. “I plan to work in a hospital setting until I have achieved the amount of experience necessary to branch off into my own practice.”

He is the son of Wylon Springstead, Ogdensburg.

Andrea J. Wyman will graduate form Madrid-Waddington Central School, where she was a member of Drama Club, National Honor Society, Key Club, Prom Committee, Chorus, Yearbook Club, Model Organization of the American States and took college English. She will complete her allied health course of study at BOCES Northwest Technical Center this month.

Ms. Wyman will be attending SUNY Canton in the fall for pre-nursing. Her goal is to become a registered nurse first and then expand into obstetrics later in her career.

“I want to make a difference in someone’s life and a difference in society,” said Ms. Wyman. “Nurses provide and coordinate patient care, they educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and they provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families. Witnessing these qualities made me want to strive for this goal that much more.”

She is the daughter of Heather Weitz, Waddington.

“We are always inspired by the applicants and winners of these scholarships,” said Stephen E. Knight, CEO of United Helpers. “The commitment that these people display to their high school and community paints a very promising picture for their future.”

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