With a year left until graduation, several John C. Birdlebough High School juniors already received a financial boost for their post-secondary education.
Eighteen scholarships, totaling more than $500,000, were presented during a recent ceremony in the high school auditorium. The financial awards were offered by universities and colleges such as Wells, LeMoyne, Elmira, Rochester and more, and recognized those who excelled in the classroom and as citizens.
“Congratulations to all of our award-winners,” Principal Thomas Bailer said. “Be proud of who you are as a person, be proud as a Firebird, and proud as a member of this community. Continue to work hard and strive for your best and you also will continue to create a bright future.”
The following juniors earned scholarships: Gianna DeRoberts (St. Lawrence University Book Award); Nicole Henry (Clarkson University Leadership Award); Erika Brown (RIT Innovation & Creativity Scholarship Award); Emilie Hilliard (University of Rochester’s Bausch & Lomb Award); Marcus Berube (University of Rochester’s Xerox Innovation & Information Technology Award); Gabriella Allen (Wells College – 21st Century Leadership Award); Megan Hess and Olivia Thrall (Keuka College George H. Ball Community Achievement Award); Declan Hawthorne and Makayla Newvine (Elmira College Key Awards); Joshua Van Gorder and Edward Zellar (Student Sage Awards); Olivia Ripley (Rensselaer Medal Award); Kristine Rowe (Clarkson University Achievement Award); Wendy Li (University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award); Alayna Merrill (University of Rochester’s George Eastman Young Leaders Award & Scholarship); Ashley Margrey (RIT Computing Medal & Scholarship Awards); and Mariah Sheirer (LeMoyne College Heights Award).
John C. Birdlebough High School junior scholarship winners gather for a group photo after a recent awards assembly.
The Phoenix chapter of Dollars for Scholars recently awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to members of the John C. Birdlebough High School Class of 2018.
Chapter President Wendy Dunnigan welcomed students, friends, family and community members to the annual awards night in the high school auditorium. She congratulated the recipients and thanked everyone who contributed to the scholarships.
“For 33 years, we’ve been recognizing outstanding Phoenix students for their academic achievement and community service,” Dunnigan said. “I would like to congratulate all of you, you are all well-deserving of these scholarships.”
Emcee Katherine Bechard also lauded the 31 recipients for their contributions to the greater Phoenix community. She noted the scholarship winners were “committed, thoughtful and persevering,” and encouraged them to continue exhibiting those traits in the future.
“Don’t limit your challenges, but challenge your limits,” she said.
The Phoenix Central School District’s Music Department celebrated its seniors during a recent farewell concert in the high school auditorium.
Embracing the theme of the evening, “On the Shoulders of those who came Before Us,” the students posthumously honored Gregory Woodruff for his contributions to the PCSD music program. Conductor Liza Grethel noted that Woodruff had a remarkable impact on Phoenix student musicians from 1980-2000.
“He touched hundreds of lives as he inspired his students with his passion for music,” Grethel said. “We honor his memory and take comfort in knowing that he will always be a part of JCB and his influence will have no end.”
With Woodruff in mind, the students performed several songs throughout the evening, interspersed with awards and recognition. The following seniors were recognized for their efforts throughout their years in the PCSD music program: Dixon Ameeele, Donovan Basile, Hali Denniston, Victoria Dievendorf, Garrett Frink, Alyssa Goudy, Trinity Green, Zoe Heckert, Nina Lewis, Christine McCarthy. Shania Meaker, Sean Sievers and Julianne Yates.
JCB Principal Thomas Bailer, teacher Kevin Doll, students Ashley Carbonaro, Caroline Harrington, Paul Zogg and Mark Zogg, and teacher Doug Zogg gather for a check presentation ceremony.
Phoenix Central School District technology teacher Doug Zogg recently secured funding that will benefit a Class of 2018 graduate.
The $2,000 Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who is pursuing a post-secondary program for engineering or related CNC machine technology. Scholarship funds are for tuition, books and supplies the student is required to provide such as personal tooling.
Zogg noted that he was thrilled to receive word of the funding and noted it will benefit the recipient as he/she pursues machining technology. He expects to select a scholarship winner in mid-June.
Physics research, earth science hypotheses and chemistry experiments were in focus during the annual Science Fair at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School.
The event was the culmination of weeks of research and hard work as students showcased their work to parents, friends, community members and a panel of judges. Participants discussed their topic and noted each step they took to prove or disprove their hypotheses.
As the judges made their way to each project, they noted how impressed they were with the students’ thoroughness and commitment beyond the regular school day.
“These students worked their way through the scientific method and came up with some interesting conclusions,” said one of the judges. “It’s obvious that all the participants put a lot of time and effort into these projects. We’re very impressed!”
The judges presented several awards to students in each grade level. Award recipients included kindergartners Wyatt Ray (first place) and Jaxon Redhead (second place); first-graders Miles Grosvent (first place) and Chloe Bowman (second place); second-graders Timothy Britt (first place) and Aaron Moore (second place); third-graders Nando Leonello (first place) and Gavin Painter (second place); and fourth-graders Rose Mullin (first place) and Aurora Rose (second place). In the team competition, Theodore Lough and Marilyn Lough came in first place while Amaya Crutchley and Giuliana Jones finished in second place.