David C. Smith of Gardiner graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego, with a master of business administration degree in public accounting.
*** Abigail Godsil of Delhi graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., with a bachelor’s degree in media arts.
*** Priyanka Dongare of Highland was among the medical students who received their first white coats at a recent New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine ceremony.
Students from the college’s Long Island (Old Westbury) campus experienced this rite of passage signifying their official start in medical school at an event on Aug. 15 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.
*** Krystyna Lilland of Saugerties, a student at Elmira College, was one of 49 students inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, the International Honor Society during a ceremony held during Family Weekend in Peterson Chapel.
Phi Eta Sigma, the oldest and largest firstyear honor society, was founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois with the goal of encouraging and rewarding academic excellence among fulltime, first-year students in institutions of higher learning. ***
Xiaoyi Zeng of Pine Bush, a student at the State University of New York at Oneonta, was one of eight art scholarship recipients who exhibited artwork at the college’s Project Space Gallery.
Artwork by Zeng, a computer art major, was featured in “Student Recipient Exhibition, Jean Parish Memorial Scholarship 2017-2018.” A range of styles and media — including drawing, painting, photography, prints and mixed media — was included in the exhibit, which ran through Friday, Oct. 5.
*** Seven area residents attending the State University of New York at New Paltz — Bethany Crescini of Port Ewen, Maxamillian Evanega-Kahler of Milton, Esme Hyman of Gardiner, Hannah Peterson and Caitlyn Classey, both of Highland; Meghan Tobias of Wallkill and Elizabeth Lococo of Rhinebeck — were part of the cast and crew for the production of “Ready Steady Yeti Go” at the college.
Told from the relatively innocent perspective of children, “Ready Steady Yeti Go” is about a community’s struggles in the aftermath of a hate crime, using theatre to highlight race, guilt, atonement, and other contemporary social issues.
The production’s final performance is Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at Parker Theatre on the SUNY New Paltz campus. YOUTH ON THE GO
Elizabeth Medrano, 16, of New Paltz was awarded the 2018 4-H Master Showmanship title at this year’s Ulster County Fair on Sunday, Aug. 5.
Her mother also received this award. This was the first known parent-child pair to share this honor.
4-H Master Showmanship recognizes excellence in showing animals and encourages youngsters to learn to show a variety of animals. Medrano qualified for the contest by excelling in Senior Showmanship in dairy cattle, dog, goat and poultry, which allowed her to advance to the final competition with ten peers. Each contestant showed beef cattle, dairy cattle, dogs, goats, horse, poultry, rabbits and sheep.
This was Medrano’s third time competing in the Master Showmanship competition and she spent lots of time practicing and working with animals.
Medrano is finishing her seventh year in 4-H and has had a distinguished 4-H career. She is a talented public speaker who has participated and qualified in the 4-H Public Speaking Program for district-level competitions. This year, she qualified for the state level. For the last two years, she has served as the poultry barn youth assistant barn coordinator and this year she served as a 4-H youth ambassador, leading elected officials at the county, state and national levels through 4-H exhibits in the Youth Building and the Barns.
Medrano is a senior at New Paltz High School and is in the process of applying to several colleges/universities to study animal sciences. Some of her other hobbies include taking care of her animals and drawing. She belongs to both the 4-H Teen Council and Ulster County MuttMasters, and was a member of Animals Around the World, the now defunct Feathered Friends. Other 4-H projects include arts and crafts, community service and numerous animal species.
NEW & NOTABLE
Maxine Nelson, a custodian with The Arc of Dutchess in Poughkeepsie, was named a co-recipient of the 2018 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award by New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc.
The Joslin Awards celebrate those who have overcome individual challenges to experience meaningful employment on New York State Industries for the Disabled Preferred Source contracts.
October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In keeping with the U.S. Department of Labor’s commitment to ensuring a workforce for individuals of all abilities, “America’s Workforce: Empowering All” is this year’s official theme for the month.
In 1993, Nelson moved to the United States from Jamaica to live with family and care for the children. With little to no formal work history and limited communication, social interactions and endurance, the odds appeared to be stacked against her. But in 2000, Nelson applied to the Poughkeepsie area ACCES-VR office to find the right job that would help her become an independent member of the workforce and community.
Nelson felt that cleaning work would allow her to pay her bills, buy food and go to various restaurants with friends. She has now worked for the Arc’s Dust Busters Cleaning Services for 18 years, developing a leadership/mentor role on the mobile crew.
A proud U.S. citizen and taxpayer, Nelson said in a press release, “I feel like a new person who is able to support myself without depending on others.”
In addition, Dutchess County was named local goverment Customers of the Year.
Award recipients were honored during the New York State Industries for the Disabled’s annual meeting at the Albany Capital Center on Thursday, Oct. 11.
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