Women’s College Scholarship Club 2017 winners

SARANAC LAKE — Four Saranac Lake High School graduates are each receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the Women’s College Scholarship Club; two Continuing Education students are each receiving $1,000. The club has also donated $100 to the Saranac Lake Free Library, for a total contribution of $6,100 to further education in the Saranac Lake community.

High school winners

The four Saranac Lake High School seniors’ scholarships are based not only on academic achievement, but also on community service, financial need and other factors. The recipients are as follows:

Olivia Atkinson is the daughter of Rex and Karen Atkinson of Vermontville. She began her studies at the CVPH School of Radiologic Technology in July. Olivia studied in the Health Occupations Program at the Adirondack Educational Center for two years. She volunteered at Uihlein Mercy Center and at CVPH in Plattsburgh. Olivia was the Captain of the varsity volleyball team and was a member of the softball, track and ski teams.

Hayden Hartman is the daughter of Damon and Danielle Hartman of Saranac Lake. She will study Human Biology at North Carolina State University. Hayden was the Editor-in-Chief of Canaras, the high school yearbook. She also was a New Visions Program student, Student Council Treasurer and a member of the National Honor Society.

Jada Meadows is the daughter of Kristin Aldrich and Sam Churco of Saranac Lake and Kyle Meadows of Dallas, Texas. Jada plans to major in Biology at Northeastern University. She was President of the French Club, a member of the Select Women’s Vocal Ensemble and a participant in the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit.

Alexis Valentin is the daughter of Christina LaPlante and Eladio Valentin of Saranac Lake. She will study Nutrition and Dietetics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Alexis was a member of the Band and Vocal Ensembles and performed in school musicals. She also participated in Yearbook Club and volunteered at Meadowbrook Nursing Home in Plattsburgh.

Continuing Education Winners

The adult continuing education scholarships are given to students who are returning to academia to further their careers. The 2017 winners are as follows:

Michelle Crowley, of Saranac Lake, will be studying nursing at North Country Community College with a goal to complete the RN Program, work locally, and continue working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is the mother of Rosemary, 15, and Eleanor, 13. Her community activities include being a volunteer and board member for the Saranac Lake Interfaith Food Pantry and being an active member of St. Bernard’s Church. Favorite activities are reading, canoeing, cross country skiing and taking road trips.

Sara Diaz, of Saranac Lake, is beginning the RN program at North Country Community College this fall, having completed her certification as an LPN last May. She often helps out non-driving community members by taking them to doctor appointments or the store. Sara visits local nursing homes to spend time with clients. Originally from Cuba, she has lived the last 4 years in Saranac Lake. Sara enjoys traveling, dancing, meeting new people, and sharing the food she cooks with others.

Community Thank You

The Women’s College Scholarship Club is pleased to support the efforts of these dedicated students. WCSC members wish them success in their educational pursuits. Club members would like to thank the many businesses and individuals who have supported the WCSC fund-raising efforts that make these scholarships possible.

This year marks the 78th anniversary of the club’s founding with the goal of furthering education for those in the Saranac Lake Central School District. The club will hold its October meeting, a pot luck supper, at 6 p.m.. Oct. 4, in St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 136 Main St., in Saranac Lake.

New members are welcome.

For more information, call 518-637-9575.