Keene Trumpeter Sam Balzac, an 11th-grader at Keene Central School, performed in the All-State Jazz Band in Albany as part of the New York State School Music Association's Music in our Schools Month celebration. Balzac plays the trumpet and flugelhorn.
Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center has chosen its annual scholarship recipient: Benjamin Zelinski of Moriah. Zelinski is attending North Country Community College working toward an associate degree in math and science with a certificate in health sciences. He plans to transfer into a bachelor's biology program and pursue a career in medical research.
Four Plattsburgh State students have been named recipients of the 2012 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence: Joel Collado, Allaire "Ajay" DaleyKeyser, Prajwal "PJ" Shah and Julia Warren. The award was created 15 years ago to recognize students who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.
Collado will graduate this spring with a degree in public relations. He is the recipient of the 2010 Educational Opportunity Program Service Award, the 2011 Omicron Delta Kappa Circle Leader of the Year and the SUNY Chancellor's Certificate of Academic Achievement. In addition, he served as a matriculation speaker and took part in a semester-long internship with a public relations agency in Barcelona, Spain.
DaleyKeyser graduated in December 2011 with a degree in biology and is preparing to enter medical school. As a student, she delivered six research presentations at national and international conferences. She was a member of the college's Honors Program, served as a teaching assistant in the Biology Department, did AmeriCorps service in the North Country Traumatic Brain Injury Center and has been a regular volunteer at CVPH Medical Center.
A December 2011 economics and finance graduate, Shah is now embarking on a financial internship with ASML, a producer of semiconductors. Shah was the first international student to serve as president of the college's Student Association. He was also the co-founder and president of its Club International. He helped coordinate fundraisers for Japan, the Philippines, Livestrong and other causes. He also received the Dean's Award for Outstanding Student in the School of Business and Economics and was Member of the Year for Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity.
Warren is a nutrition major who has been a member of the college's Honors Program and a Presidential Scholar. She has served as co-captain of the women's cross-country and track teams and as a member of the Student Dietetics Club and the Food Group. She has also taken part in a semester-long internship with the Vegetarian Resource Group in Baltimore.
Hannah Gardiner, a 2009 Chateaugay Central graduate, has been inducted into the Nu Alpha chapter of Lamba Pi Eta. She is a junior at the University of Albany, majoring in communications with a minor in journalism. She will graduate in December.
Sarah J. Defayette-LaPointe of Ticonderoga will graduate from The Sage Colleges in May with a Master of Science degree in occupational therapy.
Nearly 300 students from The Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam will make their collective Lincoln Center debut on May 1 in a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's monumental Messa da Requiem under the baton of Ann Howard Jones. In celebration of the 125th anniversary of SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, the entire Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra will travel to New York City for the Avery Fisher Hall concert. The Crane Symphony Orchestra roster includes Emily Allen, a freshman from Peru who plays violin.
Justin Brand of Moira graduated in December from the State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi with a bachelor's degree in hotel and resort management.
Michael Marcoux has been nominated for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. The program is a nationally recognized institution of the American academic community. The program was designed to recognize outstanding academic achievement and student leadership. Marcoux is a 2006 graduate of Plattsburgh High School and will graduate in May with his PharmD degree from the Albany College of Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences. He is the son of Diane Marcoux of Plattsburgh.
Joseph Messier, a student at Ticonderoga High School, won a $250 scholarship after competing in a baking competition at Paul Smith's College in March. Messier, of Ticonderoga, competed with nine other budding bakers at Paul Smith's 15th-annual Cooking for Scholarships competition. Each contestant decorated a 9-inch cake, baked cookies, poached a pear and caramelized apples as part of the competition. More than $24,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded at the event, which was judged by a panel of Paul Smith's faculty chefs. Baking scholarships are renewable for up to two years.
Justin Ooms of Constable has been cited for academic achievement for the fall 2011 semester at the State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi.
Ooms, a construction technology major, has qualified for the Dean's List. To qualify, a student must have an academic average between 3.5 and 4.0.
Elmira College has released its Dean's List for Academic Acievement for the fall 2011. The Dean's List recognizes students that have a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher for the fall 2011 academic term. Named to the Dean's List were Chelsea McKiernan of Moriah, who is majoring in biology, and Tara Robare of Willsboro, who is majoring in biology-chemistry.
Kristy M. Farmer of Saranac Lake received academic honors from the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University:
Michelle E. Axtell was inducted into the Beta Theta Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at SUNY North Country Community College. Axtell, from AuSable Forks, majoring in business, is the daughter of Susan Howard and Patrick Devlin of AuSable Forks. She is married to William Axtell of Upper Jay.
Eliza Zalis, a resident of Plattsburgh and a member of the class of 2014 at Providence College, Providence, R.I., spent a week working with Habitat for Humanity as part of the college's Alternative Spring Break 2012 program. Zalis was among nearly 110 Providence College students who volunteered to spend their spring break working at Habitat home sites in 12 locations in the United States. Zalis worked on a project in Buffalo.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass., has announced that Laura Merrill of Plattsburgh, a first-year student majoring in chemical engineering, has been named a Charles O. Thompson Scholar for the 2011-2012 academic year. Named in honor of the college's first president, this honor recognizes outstanding performance by first-year students. To be eligible for membership, students must receive all A's and B's (with a minimum of six A's) in their academic subjects during their first three terms.
The following students at Rochester Institute of Technology have been named to the Dean's List for the second quarter: Keegan M. Parrotte, with a 4.0, whose parents are Chris and Jamie Parrotte of Peru, studying computer engineering; Eric Schnaars, son of Henry and Mary Schnaars of Schuyler Falls, medical informatics; and James W. Marcil, son of Thomas and Michelle Marcil of Saranac, game design and multi-media entertainment.
Megan Rivers of Plattsburgh has been initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at SUNY Cortland, where she is studying biology. She is the daughter of Steven and Cheryl Rivers.
Shea H. Crockett, son of Kim and Van Crockett of Plattsburgh, has a role in the college Theater Department's spring production of "Orestes 2.0" by Charles Mee, at Hamilton College, Clinton. Crockett, a first-year student, is a graduate of Plattsburgh Senior High School.
Eric Joseph Fenton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fenton of AuSable Forks, presented his senior graphic design portfolio display at Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, Fla., March 11 through 23. The display was presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in visual arts with a concentration in graphic design.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has announced that the following students have earned a place on the school's Dean's List for the fall 2011 semester: Wesley Aubin of Plattsburgh, Jennifer Bechard of Champlain, Katelynn Bisso of Morrisonville, Amanda Bradley of Plattsburgh, Sinead Cooper of Chazy, Thomas Dominy of Plattsburgh, Tiffani Lacey of Plattsburgh, Nathan LaFave of Mooers, Michael Marcoux of Plattsburgh, Joshua Marlow of Plattsburgh, Jenna McGreevy of Wilmington, Rebecca Nashett of Saranac Lake, Alexa Pirofsky of Peru, Amanda Rabideau of Mooers Forks and Kyle Rabideau of Mooers Forks.