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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.


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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