MASSENA - SeaComm Federal Credit Union recently awarded eight students with the Shirley J. Eagles Memorial Scholarships. Congratulations to Massena residents Kinsey Paradis and Sarah Murphy; Stephanie Peets of Brasher Falls; Emily Kemp of Malone; Meaghan Wood of Chateaugay; Brooke Locy of Colton; Brianna Farr of Hermon and Alyssa Jenkins of Gouverneur.
Each student received a $500 scholarship
Kinsey Paradis, daughter of Anita Sochia and Roger Paradis, graduated from Parishville-Hopkinton Central School with a grade point average of 89.91. Kinsey, who served as Honor Society and Student Council treasurer, achieved several awards and scholarships during her high school career including the Clarksons High School Achievement Award, The Abraham Kellogg Scholarship and the Ad Altoria Achievement Award. She will be attending Hartwick College in the fall.
Sarah Murphy, daughter of Jodi Murphy, is a graduate of Massena Central. A member of Student Council since 2009 and president her senior year, Sarah finished her high school education with a 99.02 GPA. Sarah was ranked first in her class, achieving High Honors. She has been very involved in both her community and school life. Recently she received first place in the Academic Excellence Award from the NYS Board of Regents; given the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Award and the Spanish National Honor Society Outstanding Academic Student Award. Sarah will be studying Biology at Harvard University.
Stephanie Peets, daughter of Mark and Rhonda Peets, completed her high school studies at St. Lawrence Central High School with a grade point average of 90.87. Athletically representing her class, Stephanie was named Academic All Northern in both varsity hockey and swimming. She was also given the Most Valuable Player award in varsity swimming. Stephanie understands the importance of giving back and has volunteered for several organizations such as the Vietnam Moving Wall Program, Labor for your Neighbor and Hometown Hero. She will be attending Crouse Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse this fall.
Emily Kemp, daughter of Mary Kemp, graduated from Franklin Academy with a grade point average of 95.38. During her high school career, Emily was part of the All Northern Scholastic Sports Team; named Most Valuable Swimmer and NAC All-Northern First Team, as well as Academic All-Northern. She is the recipient of the St. Lawrence University Augsbury Award. Emily also volunteers on the OB floor at Alice Hyde Hospital. She has been accepted to attend North Country Community College for the fall semester studying Radiologic Technology.
Meaghan Wood, daughter of William and Brenda Wood, is a graduate of Chateaugay Central School, completing her studies with a 96.02 grade point average. Meaghan was an Honor Roll student and part of the National Honor Society. She was the recipient of the Presidents Volunteer Service Award, given through the White House and President Obama for completing over 100 hours of community service. As a dancer, Meaghan has been cast as the lead role in several ballet productions during her Freshman through Senior years. She also participated in many Corps De Ballet Roles in ballet productions and serves as an assistant ballet teacher for younger students, ages four through ten. Meaghan has received a scholarship from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.
Brooke Locy, daughter of Tina Rose, completed her high school studies at Colton-Pierrepont Central School with a grade point average of 85.29. Due to her love of animals, she is interested in becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Brooke was enrolled in the Allied Health program at Seaway Tech Center for Vet Science and job shadows at the Trout Brook Veterinary Clinic and the Potsdam Humane Society. An honor roll student with perfect attendance, she plans on pursuing higher education at SUNY Canton in the Veterinary Technology field, as well as Cornell University.
Brianna Farr, daughter of Morgan and Sarah Farr, is a graduate of Edwards-Knox Central School with a grade point average of 95.13. A member of the National Honor Society and Outstanding Honor Roll, Brianna became part of the accelerated math and science program early in her education experience. She received many accolades to include Excellence Awards in Chemistry, English, History, Spanish and Physics. She also was awarded the Lions Club Highest Average award in her Freshman through Junior years. Brianna has been accepted to attend Clarkson University in the fall to start her studies in its Pre-med program.
Alyssa Jenkins, daughter of Roy and Robin Jenkins, graduated from Gouverneur Central School with a grade point average of 86.70. Interested in the field of criminal justice, Alyssa was named the Southwest Technical Center Criminal Justice Top Achiever in November of 2011, once per quarter in 2012 and January of 2013. Alyssa has been offered admission into SUNY Potsdam in the fall where she will continue her career pursuit through Criminal Justice Studies.
The SeaComm Shirley J. Eagles scholarships are awarded each year to eight college bound students in memory of long-time SeaComm employee Shirley Eagles, who lost her life in a tragic car accident in 2004. Winners are selected based on a wide variety of criteria including academics, volunteer service, scholastic awards, and financial need.