(serving Hamilton, Fulton, and Montgomery Counties)
Congratulations to our Awards & Scholarship Winners!
8th Grade Excellence in Math and Science Awards
Amsterdam - Lindsay Veeder
Canajoharie - Sydney Weingart
Fonda-Fultonville - Allison Codi
Fort Plain - Victoria Wilday
Gloversville - Brooke Finley
Johnstown - Abigail Baker
Lake Pleasant - Abby Crouse
Mayfield - Katelyn Frisch
Northville - Haley Monacchio
Oppenheim-Ephratah-St Johnsville - Madison M. Richardson
St Mary’s Institute - Melissa Noriega Jaime
Wells - Alyssa Lewis
Wheelerville - Jenah Winters
Each girl received a scientific calculator, certificate and AAUW pen. Students were nominated by their math and science teachers at each school. Our branch established the award in 2003 to encourage girls in the tri-county area to continue to take math and science in high school and consider STEM careers. Marie Wojeski and Linda Zilka chaired the 8th grade math and science award committee.
NCCWSL Scholarship Winner Casey Madden
Casey Madsen was chosen to receive our AAUW branch scholarship to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. (NCCWSL) in June. Casey lives in St. Johnsville and majored in radiology technology while at FM. She graduated in May with an AS.
She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government Association Trustee, and Member of Medical Imaging Student Organization. She received the Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges Award and Distinguished FM Student Service Award.
Casey will be attending SUNY Albany in the fall to continue her studies in pre-med. Her goals are not only to be a doctor, but perhaps run a hospital someday. Casey drove to Maryland for the conference and met girls from around the country and did a lot of networking. She was particularly impressed with the Women of Distinction who were honored and spoke at NCCWSL. They included: Hattie Kauffman, TV anchor and news correspondent; Lily Liu. entrepreneur; Pamela Ann Melroy, NASA astronaut ; DeRionne P. Pollard, President of Montgomery College in Maryland; and Judy Smith, founder and President of Smith & Company. She also heard Chelsey Clinton speak about the Clinton Foundation of which she is vice chair. We are hoping to have Casey Madsen share her experiences at one of our fall meetings.
This scholarship is given in memory of our 2013 NCCWSL scholarship winner, Santa Pumpura, who lost her life in an automobile accident this past March.
Fulton-Montgomery Community College Award
Broadablin resident Sarah (Reynolds) Ralston was chosen as this year’s recipient of the annual award to a Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduate. Ralston recently received an associate of science in business administration from FM. She plans to continue her studies in accounting and human resources this fall at Empire State College. Her goal is to open an automotive business with her husband, Mike, in which she would handle the office aspect of the business. Ralston attended Stillwater High School and graduated from Saratoga High School in 2000. She attended Adirondack Community College for a brief time. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of jobs, including food service and house painting. While studying for her degree at FM, she worked at a deli in Ballston Spa. She recently began a full-time office position with Coretech Industrial. In addition to the scholarship Ralston received a Gift to a Grad membership.
Established in 1999 the $500 award is given to a female non-traditional student graduate of FM who plans to continue her education to earn a bachelor’s degree. Laurie Freeman chaired this award selection.
Dorothy Anderson Wemple Literary Award
Canajoharie graduate, Morgan Gray, was awarded the Dorothy Anderson Wemple Literary Award. To win the award, Gray was required to write a 300-to-500 word research or autobiographical essay on the topic “The Power of the Women’s Vote.” Gray will attend the State University of New York at Delhi in September. The $300 award is given annually in memory of Dorothy, who was a former AAUW member and past judge for the essay contest, which began in 1991. Rosemary Leo-Pappas chaired this award selection.