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Mount Mercy juniors honored with college scholarships and awards

Jun 25, 2023 | Lifestyles

Mount Mercy Academy recently held its annual fourth quarter honors assembly. Students were recognized for their contributions to various school organizations as well as for excellence in various subject areas. Highlighting the assembly was the announcement by the guidance department of the members of the junior class who were awarded scholarships to specific colleges and national organizations. The students will be awarded a scholarship to that college, contingent on the student’s attendance at that school. Nominations are based on numerous factors such as academic achievements, leadership qualities, community involvement and standardized test scores, as well as faculty recommendations.

The University of Rochester’s George Eastman Kodak Young Leaders Award was presented to Vayana Stoyanova of Gowanda. The award is given to a junior who displays strong leadership skills, is receiving excellent grades in a challenging curriculum, and participates in and shows dedication to varied, extensive, and time-consuming extracurricular activities.

Emma Caughel of Blasdell was given the University of Rochester’s Xerox Award for Innovative and Information Technology. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in the pursuit of innovative approaches and an appreciation for the possibilities of technology. 

The University of Rochester’s Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award was awarded to Maura Higgins of Buffalo. The award is presented to a student for her outstanding academic achievement and superior intellectual promise in the field of science.

Emma Labby of Lakeview was the recipient of the University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award in Humanities and the Social Sciences. This award recognizes a student who demonstrates a commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues and is dedicated to continuing her unfinished life’s work. Equal emphasis on study, community action, and dialogue is encouraged.  

Clarkson University recognizes high school juniors that demonstrate strong leadership qualities, outstanding academic achievement, have made positive contributions to our school and community, and have expressed an interest in the fields of science, engineering, or business. Addison Barth of Hamburg earned the Clarkson University School Leadership Award 

Caroline Tucker of Hamburg was honored with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Computing Medal Award. The award is given to a high school junior based on her accomplishments as a student, her involvement as a member of the school and community and her commendable computing abilities.

Rochester Institute of Technology’s award for Science and Math, which honors a student who distinguish herself academically, is actively involved in school and community, and demonstrate interest and ability in science and math was presented to Isabella Shea of Buffalo.

Lacey Sheehan of Orchard Park was given the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Business and Leadership Award which honors a student who distinguished herself academically, is actively involved in school and community, and demonstrate interest and ability in humanities and social sciences.

The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Humanities & Social Sciences Award which recognizes a student on her academic accomplishments, and her involvement in school and community, and demonstrates an interest and ability in humanities and social sciences was presented to Madisyn Hoffman of Lackawanna

The Niagara University St. Vincent de Paul Medal is awarded to a student who exhibits compassion for peers, initiative, empathy for those less fortunate, humility, and leadership in the community.  This year’s medal recipient was Katherine Regan of East Aurora.

The Elmira College Key award was presented to Rylee Strefeler of Dunkirk in recognition of exceptional scholastic achievement, leadership, citizenship, and participation in extracurricular activities. This individual excels in all areas, is a true role model, and exhibits qualities which may be seen as the “key” to success. 

Keuka College’s George H. Ball Community Achievement Award was given to Aryel Adamczak, Trinity Mead, Julia Rosado, and Amyiah Wheeler of Buffalo and Sara McCoy of Lancaster, students who have qualities that embody the values of Keuka College, including integrity, academic excellence, diversity, leadership, service and social responsibility.  

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy awards their Rensselaer Medal to a student who excels in advanced math and science courses and exhibits significant interest and involvement in extracurricular activities. This year the medal was awarded to Rosalie Bandura of West Seneca. 

Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. awards their 21st Century Leadership Award to students who embody the spirit of sincerity and intellectual qualities of a strong leader in her school and community activities. Meghan Balen of Cheektowaga and Madeline Hagner of Buffalo have demonstrated superior integrity, trustworthiness, self-confidence, and intellect, while possessing the characteristics of the highest form of ethical leadership.  

The LeMoyne College Heights Award recognizes a high school junior who is “reaching for the heights” in the classroom and in service to her school and community. This award is intended to help promote and recognize academic achievement, service, and leadership, which are important aspect of the tradition at LeMoyne College. Avery Walker of Hamburg received this award.

Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre offered their Colonel Emerging Leader Award to students with academic and leadership potential. This year’s recipients were Amelia Lalley and Ashley Cirbus of Buffalo, Tia Thourling of West Seneca, and Quinn Callahan of Hamburg. 

Alfred University gives one extraordinary student the Scholars Award. This student must be taking a course of study that is college preparatory, is recognized as someone who is “outside of ordinary” and brings inspiration and energy to others. The recipient this year was Eve Janak of Lackawanna.

St. Bonaventure University recognizes seven students each year for their Junior Scholarship Program. These students exhibit leadership qualities through their involvement in school and/or community activities. This year’s recipients of The Bonnie Scholarship are Nurta Mganga, Andra’Nique Hudson, Margaret Melligan, and Charli Debose of Buffalo, Lauren Conti of Orchard Park, Jayla Goodman of West Seneca, and Linda Li of China.

The St. Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement and Social Conscience which highlights an individual who exhibits the characteristics of an ideal Saint Michael’s student was earned by Brogan Maloney of Lackawanna. This student has also shown academic achievement and displays a great social conscience through showing a sustained and sincere commitment to community service, issues of peace and justice, and concern for others. 

Russell Sage College gives the Student Sage Award which recognizes the characteristics of academic excellence, student leadership, and community involvement that define a woman of influence. This individual is an academic and social leader, possesses powerful communication skills, and leads debates on critical issues.  She is motivated to serve and inspires others to develop and grow. This year’s recipient of the Russell Sage College’s Student Sage Award was Joyce Hibbs of Cheektowaga.

Named for Chatham’s most famous alumna, environmental icon Rachel Carson ’29, the Rachel Carson Healthy Planet Award is awarded to deserving students who embody the spirit of Rachel Carson in her dedication to sustainability and community development. The award is given to Morgan Cuneo of Buffalo, a student who has a strong focus on environmental ethics and engagement, social justice, leadership, and stewardship within her community and school. 

Utica University offers one scholarship to a student who shows commitment to academics and extracurricular involvement and is enrolled in a challenging curriculum. This year the Utica University’s Junior Achievement Scholarship is presented to Elyse Ellicott of Buffalo.

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