Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Kevin Kurtz, a 2010 Kingston High School grad­u­ate, grad­u­ated from Duke Uni­ver­sity in Durham, N.C., with a mas­ter’s degree in eco­nom­ics.

He pre­vi­ously grad­u­ated from Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., with a dual degree in eco­nom­ics and busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Kurtz ac­cepted a po­si­tion with the Fed­eral De­posit In­sur­ance Com­mis­sion in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., as a fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion spe­cial­ist.

••• Two Rhinebeck residents at­tend­ing St. Lawrence Uni­ver­sity in Can­ton — Paul A. Henke and Daniel R. Pol­lis — are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the uni­ver­sity’s off-cam­pus study abroad pro­gram. Henke is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the uni­ver­sity’s fall off-cam­pus pro­gram in New York City. A Rhinebeck High School grad­u­ate, he is a mem­ber of the Class of 2017 and is ma­jor­ing in eco­nom­ics-math­e­mat­ics.

Pol­lis is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the uni­ver­sity’s fall off-cam­pus pro­gram in Lon­don. A Mill­brook School grad­u­ate, he is a mem­ber of the Class of 2018.

••• Lizeth Lopez of High­land, a stu­dent at the State Uni­ver­sity of New York at Oneonta, con­trib­uted to an award-win­ning book in which 29 Latino stu­dents and re­cent alumni of SUNY Oneonta re­counted their ex­pe­ri­ences grow­ing up with two lan­guages and two cul­tures, and sim­i­lar life strug­gles.

“Mi vida en los Es­ta­dos Unidos, jovenes his­panoh­ab­lantes cuen­tan sus ex­pe­ri­en­cias” (or “My Life in the United States, Young His­panic Her­itage Lan­guage Speak­ers Write About Their Ex­pe­ri­ences”) won two awards at the Latino Lit­er­acy Now’s In­ter­na­tional Latino Book Awards.

Maria Cristina Mon­toya, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of For­eign Lan­guages & Lit­er­a­ture at SUNY Oneonta, edited the book, which won first place in the Most In­spi­ra­tional Non­fic­tion cat­e­gory and sec­ond place for Best Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

The stu­dent writ­ings came out of Mon­toya’s “Span­ish for Bilin­guals” course for na­tive Span­ish speak­ers.

Lopez is ma­jor­ing in Child and Fam­ily Stud­ies at SUNY Oneonta.

••• Theresa Brown of El­lenville was named to the dean’s list at Ohio Chris­tian Uni­ver­sity Col­lege of Adult and Grad­u­ate Stud­ies in Cir­cleville, Ohio, for the fall 2015 se­mes­ter.

Stu­dents earn dean’s list sta­tus by achiev­ing a grade point av­er­age of 3.5 or higher.

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