The Glens Falls school community celebrates Valedictorian Stephanie Meehan, Salutatorian Jacqueline Young, and every member of the graduating Class of 2019!
Top Ten – Class of 2019
Stephanie Meehan is this year’s valedictorian. She is the daughter of Chuck and Connie Meehan of Glens Falls. Stephanie has been a very active member of both her school and community. She has been a member of the varsity softball and soccer teams for four years and has been named a Foothills First Team All-Star and Second-Team All-Star in these sports, respectively. Stephanie was captain of her soccer team her junior and senior years and is now treasurer of the National Honor Society. She has been involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Math Team, Key Club, and SoroptiMISS throughout high school. She was a recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award in her junior year and is being honored at the 33rd Annual Scholars’ Recognition Program. Stephanie was accepted into the New Visions Health Careers Exploration program her senior year and plans to study biology on a pre-medical track, but has yet to decide what college she will be attending in the fall.
Jacqueline Young is this year’s Salutatorian. She is the daughter of Larry and Sarah Young of Glens Falls. Jacqueline has been a member of the Girls Varsity Soccer team throughout high school and was a captain in her eleventh and twelfth grade year. She participated in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Key Club during all four years of high school. Jacqueline was also a member of Student Council during her freshman year and participated in Monday Mentors the summer after tenth grade. She is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches classes each week at Core of Glens Falls. Jacqueline was inducted into National Honors Society and received the Rensselaer Medal from RPI, both in her junior year. She was also enrolled in a Calculus II class through SUNY Adirondack in eleventh grade. During her senior year, Jacqueline was accepted into the New Visions Health Careers program and plans to continue her education at Syracuse University next fall, studying biology on a pre-medical track.
Catherine Montgomery is the daughter of Timothy and Kathleen Montgomery of Glens Falls. She has been an active leader in her school and community. She is vice president of the National Honor Society, treasurer of SoroptiMISS, and has been involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Key Club, and the Math Team. Cat balances her time between her schoolwork, working as a manager at 16 Handles, and performing gigs at Spot Coffee in downtown Glens Falls. She has been singing and playing guitar for eight years. Her artwork has been on exhibition at the North Country Arts Center and accepted into the top 200 pieces of the Hyde Juried Art Show. Cat plans on attending college in Boston, Massachusetts, to study creative writing and fine arts.
Scott Jones is the son of Ann and J.P. Jones of Glens Falls. He has been very active in school, with being a part of National Honor Society, playing soccer, and writing for the school newspaper. He plays the trombone in the Jazz Ensemble, and also plays Euphonium in the Symphonic Band. Scott also serves as a Firefighter for the West Glens Falls Volunteer Fire Company, where he was the Third Top Responder to fire calls in 2018. He earned the News Channel 13, “13 Kids Who Care” award for his continuous service to the community, along with becoming an AP Scholar. Scott will be attending The College of Saint Rose to study adolescent education for history.
Justina Aiken is the daughter of Brian and Christine Aiken of Glens Falls. Justina has been active in her school and community. She was inducted into the National Honor Society as a junior. She plays the flute in symphonic band. Justina received school Perfect Attendance awards for the last seven years. Her extracurricular activities include pep band, Key Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Faith Formation at St Mary’s Church. She enjoys hip hop and lyrical dancing at The Bolton Dance Academy. Justina plans to attend college in the fall with an undecided major.
Meghan Siergiey is the daughter of Bruce and Laura Siergiey of Queensbury. Meghan is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club. She plays the clarinet in the symphonic band, alto and tenor saxophone in the jazz ensemble, is a member of the select show chorus (Octet), a soprano 2 in chorus, and has been in two musical productions at GFHS. Meghan has participated in many NYSSMA All-County and Area All-State Festivals, and she was accepted to perform with the NYSSMA Conference All-State Treble Choir this past December. Meghan also enjoys dancing in the genres of ballet, pointe, tap and previously jazz with her dance family at Reality Dance Studio. She is a Lake George Youtheatre member going on her 5th year and has performed with the SMSA Community Players as well. With 22 productions on her resume, she was given the opportunity to choreograph two local productions recently and is assisting in others. Meghan is active in the community with the St. Mary’s Youth Ministry team and has volunteered many hours with the Special Olympics. At this time, Meghan is undecided but will attend either The Crane School of Music, Ithaca School of Music, or Fredonia School of Music to study music education with hopes to keep active in the field of dance.
Olivia Dybas is the daughter of Heidi and Matthew Dybas of Glens Falls. Throughout her four years at Glens Falls High School she has balanced a rigorous academic agenda with a multitude of AP, Accelerated and Honors courses, as well as many other extracurricular activities. She is an active member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Drama Club, GFHS Theatre Ensemble, and a member of the Math Team. She plays violin as the first chair in the high school orchestra as well as the select orchestra (Strolling Strings), and is also in the chorus and select show choir (Octet). She has participated in NYSSMA, All County and Area All-State during all four years, and was honored to audition for and receive the SWCMEA scholarship her junior year. She assistant directed with GFHS Drama Club, and performs in community productions year round. In the community, Olivia volunteers with Taste of the North Country, Art in the Public Eye, West Mountain, ATF, Festival of Trees and works at Angelina’s Pizzeria during the school year. Olivia is excited to further study music and find even more interests and possibilities in the years to come.
Lauren Hauser is the daughter of Jennifer Butler of Glens Falls and John Hauser of Queensbury. She has been a member of the Cross Country, Nordic Skiing, and Track teams. In addition, she is a member of National Honors Society, Key Club, Octet, Strolling Strings, and competes on the school Math Team. Outside of School she takes private cello lessons, is a dancer at Bolton Dance Academy, serves on her churches worship team as a singer and cellist, and works two part-time jobs at Lox of Bagels and New Way Lunch. During her junior year, she was selected to participate in the New York State Music Association All-State Conference as an Alto in the mixed choir. Next year, Lauren is planning to attend Roberts Wesleyan College as a biochemistry or biology major under a Pre-Health Track as well as running cross country, working, and engaging in the Global Honors Program at Roberts.
Luke Borgos is the son of Michael and Renée Borgos of Glens Falls. Athletically, he is a four-year member of the varsity swim team and tennis team and has served as swim team captain. Luke is an AP Scholar and a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, and Key Club. He serves as an usher and is an active member of St. Mary’s Church Youth Ministry. He is enrolled in the New Visions Engineering program for his senior year and intends to study aerospace engineering in college.
Liam Gormley is the son of Rachelle and Patrick Gormley of Queensbury. He is a member of the National Honors Society and the Glens Falls High School math team. Liam enjoys playing varsity lacrosse and football as well as alpine ski racing. He plays the trumpet in the band. In his free time, he enjoys boating on Lake George and hiking with his friends. He also enjoys skiing, camping, and taking road trips. Liam enjoys volunteering with his brother’s youth lacrosse teams, maintaining a lean-to on Long Lake and Kids Night Out organized by the National Honors Society. After high school, Liam plans to attend college where he is going to major in business. He has not decided where he will further his academics although he has been accepted into Binghamton University, Penn State, Le Moyne, and University at Buffalo.
Glens Falls High School 2019 Student Awards
Foreign Exchange Student: Lautaro Jerez
President’s Education Award: Justina Aiken, John Andre, Yousef Romeo Armando, Sydney Badger, Matelyn Benway, Luke Borgos, Trevor Britton, McKenna Clark, Taylor Colvin, Hannah Czeladyn, Lauren Denard, Kelsey DiFiore, Eric Drozdowski, Olivia Dybas, Joseph Girard, Liam Gormley, Lauren Hauser, Hannah Hawkins, Samuel Hogan, Griffin Jones, Scott Jones, Coleman Leland, Samantha Lunt, Stephanie Meehan, Claudia Miner, Catherine Montgomery, Caroline Motsiff, Wade O’Brian, Marlee Pelton-Fuentes, Shyeann Rawson, Meghan Siergiey, Daniel St. Andrews, Sovereign Strickland, Kyle Vachon, Brienna Vassar, Asher Williams, Callie Woodell, Jacqueline Young
This award is to honor students who have obtained high academic achievement through strong work ethic and dedication to learning.
“Big A” Jeff Aurelia Memorial Scholarship: Lauren Denard, Claudia Miner
This scholarship is awarded in memory of Jeff Aurelia, a 1992 graduate of Glens Falls High School, passionate teacher at Queensbury UFSD, and respected football coach. This award seeks to recognize individuals who possess similar interest to those of Jeff’s. Factors for selection include commitment to attend a two or four year college, choice of major, and sports involvement. Substantial weight will also be given to the degree to which the applicant manifests towards his/her endeavors.
N. Harwood Beaty Jr. and Nancy S. Beaty Memorial Award: Emma Mauro
This award is to be given to a boy or girl who will be attending a four year college or university. The student must be involved in music and/or sports but not necessarily pursuing those as a major in college. He or she must be at least a “B” student academically, but most importantly must show strong moral character, kindness toward others, and an ability to laugh at themselves and stay positive in any given situation.
Red Cross Blood Drive Scholarships: Emma Mauro, Caroline Motsiff
This scholarship is for students who have helped organize blood drives at Glens Falls High School.
Davidson Brothers Business Scholarship: Kaleb Dingmon
This scholarship is to be awarded to a student who will be furthering her/his education in the field of business. The recipient of this scholarship will have taken one, or preferably more, business courses in high school, and have expressed a desire to learn more about owning and operating a business. The recipient also understands the hard work and passion needed to be successful in business.
Joseph H. Nudi, Sr. Entrepreneur Scholarship: Alex Bigelow, Tiana Novak
This scholarship is to be awarded to a student who has shown a desire to become an entrepreneur, and will be attending SUNY Adirondack to further her/his business education. This student must show enthusiasm, ambition, personal motivation, and a willingness to learn. He or she has also shown a desire to become part of the local business community.
Moore Family Scholarship Fund: Claudia Miner
This scholarship is given to a graduating senior who shows good citizenship, is hardworking, has shown perseverance, and has taken one or more business courses. This money will be used to help pay for college.
Nicholas G. Taylor, Jr. Business and Kindness Scholarship: Claudia Miner
This scholarship is for a student who is pursuing higher education in the field of business or finance and has a reputation for being kind and respectful to her/his peers that he/she will continue into college and professional careers.
Leland Paper Business Scholarship: Liam Gormley, Coleman Leland
This scholarship is awarded to a senior showing an interest in furthering their education in the field of business. The recipient of this scholarship preferably will have taken at least one business course in high school. In addition, they must show enthusiasm, motivation and ambition to succeed.
Trombley Family Business Award: Luke Borgos, Scott Jones
Established to honor Paul Trombley for 25+ years of teaching Business Education in the Glens Falls City School District. These awards are for students who have taken at least one, or preferably more, business courses. The selection for this award will be made by the Trombley family.
Hall Family Entrepreneur Scholarship: Austin Montello
This scholarship is to be awarded to a senior who has taken one or more business courses, and has overcome personal challenges. He/she should show a spirit of cooperation and entrepreneurial thinking. This award is need-based, and is to be used to help this individual attend college.
Normandin Marketing Scholarship: Austin Montello
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who is committed to pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in business, marketing or entrepreneurship. The recipient of this award must have a strong work ethic, a positive can-do attitude, and is someone who has shown continuous leadership outside of the classroom in athletics or the arts, and in the community.
Thomas Collins Wingman Strong Memorial Scholarship: Thompson Collins
This award is given in memory of Thomas “TC” Collins. TC was always known for his larger-than-life personality. His life was characterized by his love for family and friends; his kindness, generosity, courage, compassion, and his ability to befriend anyone upon meeting them for the first time. This scholarship is presented to a student who has exemplified these attributes of TC’s life. The recipient has demonstrated this through her/his passions, determinations, and behaviors through excellence in athletics, music, the arts, student government, academics, other community leadership, and/or extraordinary enthusiasm for life. The recipient stands out as a visible leader among his/her peers.
E. Leo and Louise F. Spain Scholarship: COleman Leland, Caroline Motsiff, Meghan Siergiey
This scholarship is given in memory of E. Leo and Louise F. Spain. Mr. Spain was a prominent businessman and entrepreneur in Glens Falls. The purpose of this foundation is to carry out the mutual desires of the Spain’s to further the education of worthy young men and women. The recipient needs to be a graduate of St. Mary’s—St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School planning to further their education.
Walter H. and Walter T. Robinson Memorial Scholarship: Zachary Bren
Walter H. Robinson started the Technology program at Glens Falls. When he retired, his son took over and continued to develop our program. In honor of them, the Walter Robinson memorial scholarship is awarded to a senior who demonstrates outstanding talent, displays desirable personal qualities, and expresses interest in the field of Technology.
Betsy K. Austin Memorial Scholarship: Scott Jones
This scholarship was established to honor Betsy K. Austin, who was a teacher at Jackson Heights Elementary School for nearly 30 years. The recipient must have attended Jackson Heights (preferably for all of her/his elementary years), and plans to pursue a career in teaching.
Glens Falls Farmers Market Scholarship: Thompson Collins
The funds for this scholarship are provided annually by the Glens Falls Farmers Market. Recipients of this scholarship show promise of success in a four-year, degree-granting program in business, marketing, entrepreneurship, engineering, or science.
Bob and Sue Carty Award: Alexis Abare
This award is to be given to a senior who exemplifies the spirit of helping others in achieving their goals.
Dave Strader Scholarship: Brendan Quirk
This scholarship is awarded to a Glens Falls High School graduate who exhibits sound character and the ability to work well with others in a team setting. This student must be entering a 2 year or 4 year college pursuing a major with an emphasis in sports broadcast journalism and/or production in radio and/or television (in any area including play-by play announcing, production, administration or technical), or communication/journalism in general.
Feigenbaum Scholarship: Wade O’Brian
The Feigenbaum scholarship shall be awarded to one deserving student who has distinguished him/herself in academics and community service. He/she plans to attend a four year, non-religious, private college/university. He/she should have an interest in pursuing a career in: teaching, science/engineering, history or law. The optimal candidate shall possess the following traits: intellectual curiosity, strong ethical character, be patriotic and demonstrate a willingness to help others.
JWP Champ Scholarship: Matelyn Benway
This scholarship is to be given annually to a graduating senior who represents the qualities that Joe Potvin represented in his career as an English and Latin teacher at Glens Falls High School for almost 40 years. Desire to become an educator and school spirit as expressed through participation in athletics and the arts, a positive outlook, and unselfish, optimistic attitude were very important to Joe. These qualities are the basis for selection of this award.
PTA and PTSA Awards
High School: Connor Griffith, Andrew O’Rourke
Middle School: Madelyn Moore, Asher Williams
Big Cross Street School: Justina Aiken, Connor Griffith, Austin Montello, Andrew O’Rourke, Mia Thorne
Kensington Road School: Luke Borgos, David Floyd, Liam Gormley, Claudia Miner
Jackson Heights School: Seth Davis, Aaliyah Doran
Sanford Street School: Cierra Beaty, Griffin Jones
Abraham Wing School: Amanda Bullard, Callie Woodell
Varsity Swim Team Award: Luke Borgos, Samantha Lunt
This award goes to a Glens Falls swimmer who demonstrates excellence in character, as demonstrated in a significant personal essay.
Spirit of ’76 Scholarship (Sponsored by the Class of 1976): Felicity Williams
To a student who has set an extraordinary and visible example for other students to follow. This person has demonstrated the ability to positively influence others through his/her actions and behavior. This can be through excellence in academics, music, the arts, athletics, student government, other community leadership, and/or extraordinary enthusiasm. This persons stands out as a visible example for a broad spectrum of students, not just those in his/her established niche (academics, music, arts, athletics, etc.). This person has preferably served his/her school and/or community in a leadership role via student government, athletics, the arts or other.
Scott Wilson Memorial Scholarship: Shyeann Rawson, Brienna Vassar
This scholarship is given in honor of Scott Wilson, a former member of the Class of 2004. The award will go to a senior planning to pursue a career in an art-related program, particularly Graphic Art or Design.
Alumni Scholarships: Kaleb Dingmon, Haley Fullerman, Connor Girard, Lauren Hauser, Rece McClements, Gillian Wilson
Alumni Scholarships are grants from the income on funds left to the Glens Falls High School by various graduating classes over the years. The scholarships are based on character, citizenship and academic record. The awards are made by the Faculty Committee on Scholarships.
Alumni Association Prize for Mathematics: Jacqueline Young
This award is given to the graduating senior who has demonstrated an outstanding ability in mathematics.
Alexander S. Gillan Memorial Scholarship: Jacqueline Young
This scholarship was established in memory of Mr. Gillan, who was a dedicated educator in the Glens Falls public school system for many years. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who represents academic excellence in the areas of math or science. Candidates for this scholarship are active in the extracurricular program of the school, show leadership qualities and show potential for success in a two or four year degree-granting program.
Clifford K. Bosworth Memorial Scholarship: Lauren Denard
This award is given to the graduating boy or girl who has excelled as a science student and who shows promise of a successful career in the field of science. They should have the personal attributes for which Mr. Bosworth, a former science teacher here at Glens Falls High School, was noted: inquiring mind, great personality integrity, willingness to help others.
Alumni Association Prize for Chemistry: Mia Thorne
This award is given to the graduating senior who has demonstrated an outstanding ability in chemistry.
Maurice and Grace Simmonds Memorial Science Award: John Andre
This award is given to a graduating senior who has shown excellence in four years of science and is industrious, honest, tolerant, caring people person. Preference is to be given to someone in financial need and if possible to someone who has not received numerous other awards.
McClure (“Mac”) Edward Deason Memorial Scholarship: Ringo Hartenberg
This award is given in memory of McClure Edward Deason by his parents. Mac lived for only a very short time on earth but with much courage and strength. This scholarship is awarded to a senior planning to attend a two-or four-year college to pursue studies in the medical field. The recipient must display excellence both academically and in personal character within school and community, exhibits leadership, demonstrates compassion and respect, and has shown courage and strength in the face of adversity.
Andrew D.M. Cutts Memorial Scholarship: McKenna Clark
This scholarship is awarded annually to a member of the United Methodist Church of Queensbury, and must be demonstrating good citizenship through service to the Church, school, community and family. This fund originated as a memorial scholarship program following the death of Cadet Staff Sergeant Andrew Douglas Mason Cutts as a result of injuries incurred in an automobile accident on March 16, 1988. Andrew was 19 and a sophomore at Clarkson University, where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC Detachment 536. He was on the academic dean’s list each semester of his enrollment there. Andrew was an exemplary young man who contributed significantly to the vitality of the Queensbury church, school and community.
Class of 2019—Senior Class Award: Ashanti Allen, Felicity Williams
Class of 2020—Junior Class Award: Grace Gohn
Class of 2021—Sophomore Class Award: Daniel Florio
Class of 2022—Freshman Class Award: Ryan Diffenbach
Sandy Hill Foundation Scholarship: Liam Gormley, Claudia Miner, Caroline Motsiff, Kyle Vachon
The Sandy Hill Foundation offers scholarship grants for college education to assist qualifying graduates from designated local area schools. Grants are awarded based on academic performance and achievements, financial need, character, motivation, and potential.
Graham Easson Scholarship: Trevor Britton
Established in memory of Graham R. Easson, who was principal of Glens Falls High School from 1967-1980. This scholarship is awarded to a member of the graduating class who exemplifies the qualities of character, scholarship, and citizenship.
Francis Plumeau Memorial Scholarship: Elizabeth Peelor
This scholarship is established in Frank Plumeau’s memory. In his twenty-two years with the Glens Falls Schools, he served as Director of Compensatory Programs and as a school psychologist. Nominees exhibit excellent citizenship and scholastic achievement and are interested in pursuing a degree in the Humanities (art, literature, music, psychology, social services). Nominees must have been accepted at a two or four year school.
Julia Corbett Herlihy Prize: Hannah Hawkins
This annual award is given to an outstanding member of the graduating class who has best exemplified the meaning of good citizenship. The fund was established by Mrs. Herlihy’s three sons (Hon. J. Clarence, J. Leo, and Edward J. Herlihy) to honor her pioneer work in the Americanization of Immigrants during the 20 year period following the end of World War 1.
John A. and Mary Lou Noone Scholarship: Meghan Siergiey
John and Mary Lou both served in the Glens Falls school system for many years. Mary Lou Noone taught first grade at Broad Street School from 1954 to 1958 and then reading for children with learning disabilities at the Education Services Center and Big Cross School from 1971 to 1991. John Noone began teaching in Glens Falls in 1956 at Big Cross School and eventually moved on to the Junior High School and Middle School to serve as a Guidance Counselor from 1963 until his retirement in 1988. Recipients of the award will be selected by the Scholarship Committee based on the principles of education embraced by Mr. and Mrs. Noone: scholarship, service to the community, and commitment to the youth of Glens Falls. The recipient must be planning to pursue a career in education.
Robert F. Cubbins Memorial Scholarship: Trevor Britton
This scholarship is given in memory of a most gifted teacher, Robert F. Cubbins, who taught English at Glens Falls High School from 1959 to 1991. It is awarded to an honors student who, in the opinion of the committee on scholarships, has shown enthusiastic interest in the study of literature as well as exemplary talent for writing. These funds are to be used to defray expenses for study at an accredited college or university.
Donna Vogel Memorial Scholarship: Karleigh Yell
This scholarship is in honor of Donna Vogel who taught at Sanford Street School. The recipient must have attended Sanford Street School and be a student who has turned his or her life around and is furthering his or her education.
Stanley E. Rummel Scholarship: Ashanti Allen
Established to honor Stan Rummel for 33 years of service to the Glens Falls City School District. The scholarship is given to a senior who exhibits a spirit of cooperation, empathy and altruism, all qualities displayed by Mr. Rummel during his tenure in our district. The award recipient may have overcome personal or educational obstacles in the pursuit of a diploma. He/she has a clear sense of purpose and commitment to attain his/her future goals.
Hilda E. Hayes Hi-Y Award: Ashanti Allen, Catherine Montgomery
This award has been established in memory of Hilda E. Hayes, a faculty member for many years at Glens Falls High School. This award is to be given to the Senior Hi-Y member who, in the opinion of the Committee on Scholarships, represents academic excellence, outstanding character and good citizenship as displayed through genuine participation in the extracurricular program.
Caroline Brown Memorial Scholarship: Matelyn Benway, Callie Woodell
Established in memory of Caroline M. Brown (Class of 1978) to offer a scholarship to a female graduating student who has participated in varsity athletics and who will be pursuing post-secondary education. Recipients are selected by the Glens Falls High School Scholarship Committee. At the decision of the committee, multiple awards may be made in any year from the income available.
Susan H. Seaman Memorial Award: Kasey Baars
This award is given to a senior student nominated by the Middle School who has overcome personal obstacles to graduate.
Dr. James W. Haviland Memorial Scholarship: Jacqueline Young
This scholarship was established based on the wishes of Dr. James W. Haviland, a prominent physician and salutatorian of the Glens Falls High School Class of 1928. Criteria for the award are at the discretion of the scholarship committee.
Dianna Germano Curran Memorial Scholarship: Ashanti Allen
Dianna Germano Curran worked as a teacher’s aide at Sanford Street School from 2006-2010. She is remembered for her kindness, patience, generosity, and positive spirit, as well as her passion for the field of education and working with children. This scholarship is awarded to a senior planning to attend a two or four year college who displays these same qualities. Preference will be given to a student who plans to pursue a career in education and has financial need. Selection is made by the Scholarship Committee.
Glens Falls City School District Foundation Scholarship: Justina Aiken, Yousef Enrico Armando, Yousef Romeo Armando, Amanda Bullard, McKenna Clark, Eliana Cohen, Margaret Collins, Taylor Colvin, Lauren Denard, David Floyd ,Samuel Hogan, Myles LaPlante, Coleman Leland, Caroline Motsiff, Marlee Pelton-Fuentes, Shyeann Rawson, Sovereign Strickland, Brienna Vassar, Spencer Williams
This scholarship is awarded to students who are in good academic standing and act as good school citizens for the purpose of furthering studies in a field of interest developed during their high school careers.
Harry and Myrtle Gardner Medical Scholarship: Stephanie Meehan
This scholarship is for a worthy graduating student who is going on to college to study a medical field.
Harry and Myrtle Gardner Scholarship: Mia Thorne
This scholarship is for a worthy graduating student who is going to college. (Any field of study)
Harvey R. Dearstyne III Memorial Scholarship: Samantha Lunt
This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated leadership, interest in athletics and has been an outstanding school citizen. Candidates for this scholarship show promise of success in a four year degree-granting program. The selection for the award is made annually by the Committee on Scholarships. The scholarship is derived from the income of funds which have been contributed in memory of Harvey R. Dearstyne III.
Hess Scholarship: Alexis Abare
This scholarship is available to a student in the graduating class who plans to attend a degree-granting college. It is derived from the income of a fund given to the school by Mrs. Hess, a former teacher in Glens Falls High School. The recipient of this scholarship has shown that he or she is worthy of help by a spirit of cooperation and by the quality of work done during the four years of the high school course.
Karl R. McBride, Sr. Scholarship: MaKayla Bennett
This scholarship fund was established in memory of Karl R. McBride, Sr. by the members of his family. The annual income from this fund is used for a scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who shows evidence of future success in college and has need for such a grant. The selection is made by the Committee on Scholarships.
Richard W. Derby Scholarship: Luke Borgos
This scholarship was established in memory of Richard W. Derby, a member of the Class of 1960. It is given to a senior boy planning to enter college who, in the opinion of the Committee on Scholarships, represents the highest qualities of character, scholarship and sportsmanship.
Glens Falls Teachers’ Association Scholarship: Lauren Denard
A scholarship is awarded by the Glens Falls Teachers’ Association to a graduating senior who will be pursuing studies in the field of education after high school. This student submits an essay on “Why I Want to Become an Educator,” and must be attending a four-year college, be in good scholastic standing and have good school citizenship.
Glens Falls Teachers’ Association Memorial Scholarship: Matelyn Benway
A scholarship is awarded by the Glens Falls Teachers’ Association to a graduating senior in memory of any GFTA members who have passed away during this year.
James Morrissey Family Scholarship: Olivia Dybas
This scholarship is awarded to a senior planning on furthering his/her education after high school. The recipient demonstrates academic accomplishment, scholarship through hard work and motivation.
Glens Falls Music Department Scholarship: Meghan Siergiey
Saratoga-Warren County Music Educators Award: Lauren Hauser, Scott Jones
Arts in Education Fund Senior Portfolio Awards, in conjunction with the GFSD Art Department:
Senior Portfolio Awards are given each year by the funds raised at the Annual ART EXPO and the Glens Falls Arts in Education Fund. Senior portfolios are displayed along with Artist Statements. Awards are based on the body of work that shows a passion for artistic expression. Awards are judged by the GFSD art faculty.
First Place: Haley Fulleman
Second Place: Jude Dolton-Coons, Catherine Montgomery
Third Place: Trevor Britton
Honorable Mention: Hannah Czeladyn, Elizabeth Peelor, Shyeann Rawson, Daniel St. Andrews, Gillian Wilson
Artist Statement: Hannah Czeladyn, Haley Fulleman, Catherine Montgomery
Glens Falls Kiwanis Club Scholarship: Luke Borgos, Kelsey DiFiore
Mr. and Mrs. Norman B. Greene, Jr. Vocal Award: Olivia Dybas
Glens Falls Police Benevolent Association Scholarship: John Andre
This award is for a college-bound senior planning to pursue studies in criminal justice or law.
Gary Marcantonio Memorial Scholarship: Shauna Carey
Gary Marcantonio was a 1968 graduate of Glens Falls High School and is a member of the Glens Falls High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was as great of an athlete as he was a student. This scholarship is to be given to a student who has made great strides academically and athletically during their time at Glens Falls High.
Joe Vogel Memorial Scholarship: Hannah Hawkins
Joe Vogel unselfishly shared his passion for sports, most especially that of ice hockey, for more than 25 years with the youth of the Greater Glens Falls area. Always a leader, Joe was instrumental in organizing the area’s first youth hockey club, building the Fire Road rink, and working tirelessly to establish GFHS’s ice hockey program which first took to the ice the season of 1985-86. Most importantly, Joe was recognized for his ability to communicate the skills and knowledge of the game to players of every age and ability and doing so always with kindness, caring, and fairness. He was a player’s coach who respected hard work and perseverance. This memorial scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior hockey player planning to attend a two or four-year college who clearly exhibits those attributes which defined the inner spirit of Joe Vogel, including leadership, perseverance, and sportsmanship and who best demonstrates a work ethic that acknowledges, as did Joe’s, that “the highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.”
Charlotte Pruyn Hyde Award: Hannah Hawkins
This award is made to a graduating senior for post-secondary school expenses. The recipient of this award is a student who has rendered significant service to his or her school or community.
Philip C. Brown Awards: Shauna Carey, Catherine Montgomery
These awards are made to graduating seniors for post-secondary school expenses. The recipients of these awards are students who have rendered significant service to his/her school or community.
Dr. Bruce Michael Kantrowitz Scholarship: Hannah Czeladyn
This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Bruce Michael Kantrowitz, Class of 1967, and is awarded annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and is of good moral character, two of the top qualities for which Dr. Kantrowitz was noted. Preference is given to someone planning to pursue a career in English, Journalism, Writing or Communication. This scholarship recipient is determined by the Committee on Scholarships.
Byron J. Jacobson and Anne J. Jacobson Prize: Stephanie Meehan
This prize is awarded each year to the person who ranks first in the graduating class. Funds for this prize are derived from an endowment established by Mr. and Mrs. Jacobson for this purpose.
Crary Fund Foundation Scholarships: Griffin Jones, Claudia Miner, Marlee Pelton-Fuentes
The will of the late Bruce Crary that established the program directs that scholarship recipients be deserving students residing within the five Adirondack counties of Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, and Warren.
Shoshannah Wasserman Educational Fund: Hannah Czeladyn
This scholarship which was established in memory of Shoshannah Wasserman is given to a graduating senior scheduled and committed to attend Adirondack Community College. This student should demonstrate a creative ability in the arts, sciences or humanities and wish to pursue a program of study leading to an Associate’s Degree in Arts of Sciences (A.A. or A.S.)
Sally Quinn Homkey Memorial Scholarship: Kelsey DiFiore
Sally was an elementary school teacher who loved books, children and teaching. She was passionate about the arts and very involved in her community. Sally continued her interest in learning even in her retirement, through College Club and educational travel. Sally would be very honored in knowing she was helping a new graduate further their academic goals and dreams. This scholarship is to be awarded to a student who demonstrates academic success and community involvement, planning on attending a four year college and majoring in education.
Robert J. Homkey Memorial Scholarship: Lauren Hauser
This scholarship is given in honor of Robert J. Homkey. It is awarded to an individual who plans to attend a two-or four-year college, plays basketball or participates in track, performs community service and who has financial need.
Eva Austin Judkins Scholarship: Emma Mauro
The funds for this scholarship are provided annually by the Glens Falls Club of College Women in memory of Mrs. Judkins. Mrs. Judkins was a member of the Board of Education for thirty years, as well as a member of the Club of College Women. The recipient is a senior girl who will be attending a four year college, which has been approved by the American Association of University Women. It is awarded on the basis of character, need and scholastic standing by the Committee on Scholarships.
William H. Brown Memorial Scholarship: Kelsey DiFiore
This scholarship is in memory of Mr. Brown who for 32 years was Principal of Glens Falls High School. The scholarship is derived from income from monies contributed in memory of Mr. Brown by graduates of the school. The scholarship is awarded to the member of the graduating class who exemplifies the qualities of character, scholarship and citizenship for which Mr. Brown was noted.
James Orlow Muse Scholarship: Austin Montello
This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate who will be continuing formal education. The recipient is someone who has achieved success in competitive athletics through perseverance, dedication and discipline, rather than through exceptional natural ability. The recipient also shows grace in winning and compassion in relationships with others.
Putt and Anne H. La May Memorial Scholarship: Kyle Vachon
Awarded annually to the student-athlete who has made a positive and measurable contribution to Glens Falls High School and has been accepted at college to pursue a career in Physical Education, Health, Recreation and/or a sports related field.
Anthony and Joan Scott Memorial Scholarship: John Andre
As longtime residents of Glens Falls, Anthony (Tony) and Joan shared an unparalleled commitment to serving the community. Tony was a U.S. Army veteran and worked in the communications field. He served as Ward 2 Supervisor in Glens Falls, led various committees and maintained affiliations with Knights of Columbus and the Elks Lodge. Joan was a registered nurse who founded the St. Mary’s Church food pantry and devoted years of effort to serve those in need, while also volunteering for the American Heart Association and Community Action. In 2007 Joan received recognition for her work from Senator Betty Little and Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand. Both Tony and Joan also served on the Jackson Heights PTA, volunteered for the Cub Scouts organization and were active members of St. Mary’s Church. This scholarship was created to honor the memory and exemplary community service of Tony and Joan Scott and is to be awarded to a senior planning to pursue higher education who demonstrates outstanding service through school or in the community.
Christopher J. Steves Memorial Scholarship: Darian Mitchell
Established in memory of Christopher J. Steves, this scholarship is to be awarded to a student planning to pursue post-secondary education in the culinary field who has financial need. Selection will be made by the Scholarship Committee.
David Gancher Memorial Scholarship: Elizabeth Peelor
The David Gancher Memorial Scholarship is to be given yearly to a Glens Falls High School graduate. The recipient should be hardworking, compassionate, considerate and show promise that with a little encouragement they might be more likely to succeed. The student may be interested in a two or four year school.
Ben Osborn Memorial Fund Scholarship: Griffin Jones, Claudia Miner
SPC Benjamin Osborn was killed in action in Afghanistan, June 15, 2010, while serving in the United States Army. Due to his heroic actions, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. SPC Benjamin D. Osborn was a Lake George High School Graduate. The Ben Osborn Memorial Fund Scholarship is being awarded to students who meet the following criteria: good character, charitable heart, current need, commitment to self-improvement, and service (to others) oriented.
Robb Satterfield Memorial Award: Mariah Scully
Robert Satterfield was a young man who had a dream of graduating from Glens Falls High School. Despite personal challenges, he persevered and graduated in 2008 This award honors a student who has overcome his/her own personal challenges to graduate from Glens Falls High School; someone who is creative, displays courage, and is compassionate toward others.
Marina C. Wallace Memorial Scholarship: Meghan Siergiey
Mrs. Wallace was a dedicated staff member at Glens Falls High School for more than 25 years. She began her career here in 1977 and enjoyed working with students and faculty through those years as an assistant librarian—helping them discover literature and guiding them in their research for class assignments. Mrs. Wallace is remembered for her kind and giving spirit; someone who demonstrated community and love of family. She had a strong work ethic, was always smiling, and was accepting of everybody. This award is given to a graduating senior planning to attend college who reflects similar qualities, and shares Mrs. Wallace’s interest in literature, reading, and/or writing.
Maria Morgan Memorial Scholarship: Samantha Lunt
This scholarship is established in honor of Maria Morgan, a great friend of the Glens Falls School District and its students. The award is given to a student who is passionate and caring, characteristics of Maria.
William H. Beecher Memorial Award: Karley Barber-Sherman
A graduate of Glens Falls High School, Mr. Beecher was always proud to call himself an Indian. While in school, he worked two jobs and somehow found time to play varsity football. After high school, he joined the Navy to pay for college. He was in the first class of men to graduate from Skidmore College and worked for Pfizer pharmaceuticals for over 30 years. Mr. Beecher was always most proud of his heritage in Glens Falls and that he worked for everything he had. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has been employed outside of school during the school year with plans to enter college or the military.
BlueShield Scholars Award: Mia Thorne
This award is presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York to a graduating senior pursuing higher education in health or life sciences.
Andrew F. Garuccio Scholarship: Claudia Miner, Daniel St. Andrews
This annual award is presented in memory of Andrew F. Garuccio, a lifelong educator and long-time elementary principal in the Glens Falls City School District. This scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who exhibits exceptional character, qualities of personal integrity, and good moral and citizenship values. Such qualities include good judgment, trustworthiness, compassion, respect for others, perseverance and self-discipline.
Glens Falls Permanent Firemen’s Benevolent Assoc. Scholarship: Scott Jones
O’Brien Insurance Business Scholarship: Austin Montello
This scholarship is for a student who has shown an interest in entrepreneurship and business ownership. This student must be hard working and show a willingness to collaborate with others.
American Legion Post 233 Scholarship: McKenna Clark
Freeman Memorial Scholarship: Griffin Jones
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who plans to enroll in an elite four-year college or university to study English or journalism. This student must have maintained a high grade point average during his/her high school career.
Jacqueline Tyner Scholarship: Anna Bayle
This scholarship is for a graduating senior who has demonstrated strong character and who makes serving others a priority.