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

Sauger­ties High School se­niors Ed­die Cul­lenen and John Sk­iff were se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the New York State School Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion All-State Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val takes place from Thurs­day, Nov. 29, through Sun­day, Dec. 2, in Rochester, N.Y.

Cul­lenen and Sk­iff will be singing with the All­State Mixed Cho­rus. They were cho­sen based on their in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances last spring at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Solo Mu­sic Fes­ti­val at Kingston High School. Only those with stel­lar scores on their so­los were picked to par­tic­i­pate in the win­ter fes­ti­val.

The All-State Fes­ti­val will cul­mi­nate with a per­for­mance in the historic East­man The­atre.

••• New Paltz High School se­niors Mar­cel Du­vivier and Keira Coulard-Smith were named 2018-2019 Na­tional His­panic Schol­ars by the Col­lege Board’s Na­tional His­panic Recog­ni­tion Pro­gram.

Du­vivier and CoulardSmith qual­i­fied to ap­ply for the honor by scor­ing in the top 2.5 per­cent among the His­panic and Latino test­tak­ers in the re­gion who took the Pre­lim­i­nary SAT/ Na­tional Merit Schol­ar­ship Qual­i­fy­ing Test. To be des­ig­nated as schol­ars, they also had to achieve a cu­mu­la­tive grade point aver­age of 3.5 or higher.

Coulard-Smith is a mem­ber of the New Paltz swim team. She is also a pole vaulter with the school’s track and field team and a mem­ber of the Pride Al­liance. A mu­si­cian, she plays the flute and pic­colo in the school band. She plans to study en­gi­neer­ing in col­lege, pos­si­bly at Worces­ter Polytech­nic In­sti­tute or Roger Wil­liams Univer­sity.

She is the daugh­ter of Teri Coulard and Lance Smith of Gardiner.

Du­vivier is a Boy Scout, as well as a mem­ber of Youth for Unity and Math­letes. He is look­ing for­ward to pur­su­ing his in­ter­est in math and en­gi­neer­ing in col­lege. At this point, his first choices for col­lege are Rens­se­laer Polytech­nic In­sti­tute, Union Col-

lege and Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity in St. Louis.

He is the son of Eric Du­vivier and Cathy Sanchez of New Paltz.

••• Stu­dents from the Ul­ster BOCES Sur­gi­cal Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram had a real-life op­er­at­ing room ed­u­ca­tion for the first time at HealthAl­liance Hospi­tal: Broad­way Cam­pus in Kingston. The stu­dents at­tended prac­ti­cal, ex­pe­ri­en­tial classes two days a week for six weeks in the hospi­tal’s high-tech op­er­at­ing rooms in the Fox­hall Am­bu­la­tory Surgery Cen­ter.

A sur­gi­cal tech, also called a scrub or op­er­at­ing room tech­ni­cian, is a sur­gi­cal team mem­ber who pre­pares an op­er­at­ing room by set­ting up ster­ile sur­gi­cal in­stru­ments, equip­ment

and sup­plies, en­sur­ing ev­ery­thing is in place and work­ing prop­erly. Dur­ing surgery, the tech an­tic­i­pates the sur­geon’s needs by pass­ing in­stru­ments and pro­vid­ing needed sup­plies such as sponges, per­form­ing counts of the in­stru­ments and sharps, pro­vid­ing so­lu­tions and med­i­ca­tions to the sur­geon, re­ceiv­ing tis­sue spec­i­mens to be passed off to the nurse who man­ages a pa­tient’s sur­gi­cal nurs­ing care, and en­sur­ing there are no breaks in the ster­ile tech­nique to pre­vent the pa­tient from ac­quir­ing a sur­gi­cal site in­fec­tion.

Be­ing in a real-world work en­vi­ron­ment in­tro­duced the class of 17 stu­dents to a wide range of con­di­tions and chal­lenges that ex­ist in op­er­at­ing rooms, where the stu­dents will spend most of their clin­i­cal time af­ter grad­u­at­ing and gain­ing em­ploy­ment in the field.

Ul­ster BOCES Adult Ed­u­ca­tion Di­rec­tor of Sur­gi­cal Tech­nol­ogy Bar­bara Maderi said in a press re­lease that at­tend­ing labs in a real op­er­at­ing room ad­vanced the stu­dents’ com­mu­ni­ca­tion, be­hav­ioral and team­work­ing skills. It also pro­vided the in­struc­tors with op­por­tu­ni­ties to sharpen the stu­dents’ Ul­ster BOCES Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions crit­i­cal-think­ing skills, as well as demon­strate the im­por­tance of hav­ing an eye for de­tail in the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion.

Stu­dent Shelby Vi­tar­ius of New Paltz saind in the re­lease that prac­tic­ing in a real op­er­at­ing room was very im­por­tant. “It’s pre­par­ing us for what we are go­ing to be fac­ing once we get out into clin­i­cals,” she said. “It makes what we are about to do more real­is­tic. With­out HealthAl­liance’s help, we would not be able to have this unique ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The Ul­ster BOCES Sur­gi­cal Tech­nol­ogy pro­gram is a rig­or­ous 970-hour, 10-month pro­gram that pre­pares stu­dents to as­sist sur­geons in the op­er­at­ing room — pre-, dur­ing and post-surgery. Sur­gi­cal in­stru­men­ta­tion, ster­il­iza­tion, pa­tient trans­port and prepa­ra­tion, po­si­tion­ing, and mon­i­tor­ing are a few el­e­ments of the pro­gram. To learn more about Ul­ster BOCES Adult Ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, go to www. ul­ster­bo­


New Paltz High School stu­dents Keira Coulard-Smith and Mar­cel Du­vivier.


Sauger­ties High School stu­dents John Sk­iff, left, and Ed­die Cul­lenen.


Ul­ster BOCES Sur­gi­cal Tech­nol­o­gist stu­dents Cassandra LaLima, left, of Kingston and Shelby Vi­tar­ius of New Paltz prac­tice their “gown­ing and glov­ing” skills in one of HealthAl­liance’s op­er­at­ing rooms.

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