main content starts here2019 MHS Academic Award recipients honored

| June 5, 2019

Many Mohonasen High School students were recognized for their scholastic achievements in a ceremony Tuesday, June 4. Those who were honored are listed below:

Outstanding Academic Achievement

A plaque for Outstanding Academic Achievement is awarded to seniors who have attained a four-year average of 85 through 89.

  • Catherine Alesio
  • Audrey Armour
  • Dylan Bradt
  • Jonathan Butler
  • Gursimran Chahal
  • Marissa Corsaro
  • Olivia Edwards
  • Emily Ellers
  • Jonathan Frank
  • Bryannah Green
  • Elizabeth Heitzman
  • Nicholas Howard
  • Brandon Kiernan
  • Kimberly Koretnicki
  • Skyler Liegeot
  • Skylar Madden
  • Kelsey McBride
  • Brittney Neary
  • Jahnni Pacheco
  • Cecilia Paul
  • Brian Pecor
  • David Pitt
  • Max Provost
  • Kasidy Remond
  • Laura Rickard
  • Michael Romano
  • Anthony Russo
  • Anthony Shepard
  • Lauren Soulia
  • Jessica Stewart
  • Sarah Suplicz
  • Duncan Tallman
  • Angelina Valentino
  • Kateri Vumbaco
  • Sue Wang
  • Russell Welch
  • Justin Willey
  • Mark Yetto
  • Kevin York

Superior Academic Achievement

A plaque for Superior Academic Achievement is awarded to seniors who have attained a four-year average of 90 or above.

  • George Alden
  • Malcolm Bencze
  • Nicholas Berube
  • Samantha Bigness
  • Ravena Busjit
  • Lena Calkins
  • Logan Calkins
  • Lauren Dantz
  • Bailey DeCocco
  • Emily Denning
  • Emma Drake
  • Brendan Dunleavy
  • Kevin Gilfharry
  • Raven Gonzalez
  • Daniel Graham
  • Dylan Hart
  • Kelsey Hiscock
  • Yossef Jalwaj-Soubai
  • Charles Jordan
  • Mai Trinh Le
  • Tiffany Mach
  • Sophie Mathis
  • Jason Moon
  • Hailee Olsen
  • Emily Racana
  • Kianna Ramson
  • Daniel Reedy
  • Ashley Samborin
  • Jaynie Sardos
  • Danielle Sefcovic
  • Nina Serafini
  • Ryan Shendler
  • Kevin Sheremeta
  • Anna Sherman
  • Abbigail Stanley
  • Rebecca Tegiacchi
  • Kyle Van Blarcom
  • Emilio Vernon
  • Timothy Woodward
  • Clara Zonis

2019 Scholarships for Academic Excellence

The New York State Board of Regents joins us in congratulating Mohonasen High School students who have received Scholarships for Academic Excellence based on their Regents Exam scores throughout their high school careers.  If these students attend a school within New York State, their scholarships can be applied toward their tuition at that school.

  • Receiving $500 Scholarships for Academic Excellence
    • Ravena Busjit
    • Daniel Graham
    • Charles Jordan
    • Nina Serafini
    • Ryan Shendler
  • Receiving $1,500 Scholarship for Academic Excellence
    • Anna Sherman

National Merit Scholarship Awards

National Merit Scholarship Corporation offers scholarships to students based on their PSAT scores from their junior year.  Of 1.6 million students, 16,000 are selected as Semifinalists. From there, students and schools complete a comprehensive application from which Finalists are chosen.  

Not only did Anna Sherman receive a $2,000 scholarship as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, but she was also the winner of a College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship from Fordham University worth almost $53,000 per year.  

Congratulations, Anna, and we wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!

Community-based Awards and Scholarships

Friends of Brian Minibiole Scholarship

The friends and neighbors of Brian Minbiole take great pleasure in presenting this award with the intent of remembering the importance of community and family. This $100 scholarship is given to the following member of this year’s senior class: Congratulations to Abigail Sicilia.

Brian D. Minibiole Memorial Scholarships

Brian D. Minbiole graduated from Mohonasen in 1996.  During his time at Mohonasen, Brian proved to be a student with exceptional integrity, character, and outstanding sportsmanship.  These scholarships are awarded to a Mohonasen senior who played at least one varsity sport while maintaining a solid overall average.   

This year’s awards go to Cecilia Paul, Lauren Soulia and Duncan Tallman.

BlueShield Scholars Award

BlueShield of Northeastern NY recognizes a senior who is pursuing higher education for a career in the field of health or human services.  

Congratulations to Daniel Reedy

Michael L. Collura Memorial Scholarship

On behalf of the Class of 1985, we are pleased to present the Michael L. Collura Scholarship. While he was a student at Mohonasen, Michael was involved in a wide variety of activities within the school and community. Michael always strove to do his best, be compassionate, and to live a full life.  Above all, he was a generous and giving person who played a large role in the lives of his family and friends.

In his memory, we present this award to Marissa Corsaro.

William & Grace Haessig Memorial Scholarship

This $250.00 scholarship, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Haessig, is given to a student pursuing a degree in education.  Mr. Haessig was the first Superintendent of Schools for the Mohonasen School District. The recipient of this award must demonstrate community involvement and a commitment to academics.  This year’s winner is attending the College of St. Rose for Childhood Education/Special Education.

Congratulations, Marissa Corsaro.

Anna Hudson Erbacher Teaching Scholarship

Anna taught at Riverside School, in the Schenectady Stockade, when it first opened.  This $10,000 scholarship, paid over four years, is intended to support students who share a passion to teach as Anna did.  It is based on scholarship, need, and character as well as extracurricular and community activities. The recipient is attending SUNY Oneonta for Early Elementary Education.

Congratulations to Bryannah Green.

Sgt. Brian P. Carroll Memorial Scholarship

Since he was a teenager, Brian always wanted to be a police officer.  He realized that goal in 1983 and served with honor throughout his career.  He had a unique way of communicating with people from all walks of life, and he felt an obligation to defend those who could not defend themselves. Brian passed away in May 2011 after a courageous, three year battle with cancer. This scholarship, in his memory, is awarded to a senior wishing to follow in Brian’s footsteps and be a police officer.

This year’s award goes to Cole Wright.

Julia Benington Scholarships

These $500.00 scholarships are being awarded to seniors who plan to major in education.  These awards are sponsored by a trust that was set up by Mrs. Julia Benington. Mrs. Benington was a teacher in the Draper School District for 56 years.  Her wishes were to promote and encourage students to further their education.

Awarded to Marissa Corsaro, Bryannah Green and Ashley Samborin

Gary Graber Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Gary Graber by his friend and colleague Bob Castle. This $500 award is given to recognize a student-athlete on the track or cross country team who plans to attend a 2- or 4-year college or trade school.

Congratulations to Felip Marvin Smith.

Hudson Valley Community College Book Award

This $250.00 book award is given to a senior attending HVCC to recognize his/her hard work and individuality.  

Awarded to Brandon Kiernan.

Steven C. Mintz Memorial Award

Steven C. Mintz graduated from Mohonasen High School in 1983.  It was discovered in 1985 that he had a brain tumor and during his recuperation from operations and treatment, he volunteered many hours as a tutor for Mohonasen High School students.  Steven passed away in February 1993. His family established a scholarship to be given annually to a student who has demonstrated high academic achievement and who has served his/her school and community.  

Awarded to Sophie Mathis.

Mont Pleasant Lodge No. 717, I.O.O.F. Scholarship

The Mont Pleasant Lodge No. 717 presents this $200.00 scholarship to a graduating senior who has shown character and commitment throughout their high school career.

Awarded to Kelsey Hiscock.

Mother Rose of Lima Foreign Language Award

Mother Rose of Lima was a member of the founding faculty of The College of St. Rose.  In the interim years, she served as Professor of Latin and Greek, Dean of the college, and College President from 1949 until 1953.  She embodied the spirit and ideals she sought to pass on to those who came under her guidance. This language excellence scholarship is given in her memory by the Schenectady Chapter of The College of St. Rose.

Awarded to Anna Sherman.

Original Rotterdam Republican Club Awards

These $500.00 awards are given to one female and one male member of the class of 2019.  These students must be planning to attend a post-secondary institution and must rank in the second decile of their class.

Awarded to Daniel Reedy and Mai Trinh Le.

Tammy and Jessica McCormack Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of Jessica McCormack and her mother, Tammy, who passed away on April 10, 2013.  Jessica was a 2009 Mohon graduate.  She had completed two years at Hudson Valley and had just been accepted to Dental Hygiene School. Their deaths were a result of a domestic violence situation that started off as a controlling relationship and turned into a nightmare. Domestic Violence does not discriminate based on race, age, gender, or income.  It happens every second of every day.  Some lucky ones get out but others stay in the relationship or even lose their lives.   This scholarship is given to a student who is pursuing a major in social work or human services and is interested in helping victims like Jessica.

This year’s scholarship goes to Stephanie Seccombe.

Rotterdam Senior Citizens’ Association Awards

Two Mohonasen seniors are presented with an award from the Rotterdam Senior Citizens’ Association.  These awards are based on achievement, service to their community, and citizenship. These young ladies will be attending the University of NC at Greensboro and SUNY Oneonta, respectively, in the fall.

Congratulations to Kelsey Hiscock and Ashley Samborin.

Albany City Lodge #540 Knights of Pythias Achievement Award

This achievement award is presented to a Mohonasen senior for his/her extracurricular service to our school and community.  

Awarded to Timothy Woodward.

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award

This award is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.  The student selected must have the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.

Congratulations to Ryan Shendler.

Office of the State Comptroller Student Achievement Award

The New York State Comptroller’s Student Achievement Award is presented to a student who has excelled academically and has also shown leadership potential by volunteering their time to serve the school or the community.

Comptroller DiNapoli sends his sincere congratulations to Hailee Olsen and his best wishes to the graduating class of 2019.

Pinebush Grant

The Mohonasen Board of Education awards this $200.00 grant to an outstanding senior who ranks in the top 10% of his/her class and who is going on to further his or her education.  The recipient plans to attend Fordham University for physics in the fall.

Awarded to Anna Sherman.

Rotterdam Eagles Club Scholarships

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international non-profit organization uniting in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality. They work to lessen life’s ills and promote peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. Two scholarships are being awarded to individuals who have shown significant improvement in academics, involvement and/or determination toward one’s future.  This year’s recipients are Olivia Reutter and Ryan Shendler.

Rotterdam Police Benevolent Association Grant

This grant is awarded to a senior who plans to pursue a collegiate program of study.  This year the award goes to Hailey Dunsmore.

Schenectady Lodge #1174 F & AM Award

This $500.00 award is given to a graduating senior who is committed to attending college and has demonstrated continued improvement throughout high school.

Congratulations, Ravena Busjit.

Scholars’ Recognition Program

The Scholars’ Recognition Program honors two members of the 2019 senior class who have distinguished themselves as outstanding scholars.  

This year they are Anna Sherman and Ryan Shendler.

Each student was asked to select a teacher who has had a significant and beneficial influence on him or her.  Anna selected, Mr. Jeffrey Hayes, her AP English teacher and track coach, and Ryan selected Ms. Dawn Aulita, his Honors Chemistry teacher.  These students and teachers were honored at a dinner held earlier this month.

Triple “C” Award

The NYS Attorney General recognizes a student who has demonstrated courage, character and commitment throughout high school.  This student will be attending Hofstra University for Computer Science in the fall.

Congratulations to Tiffany Mach.

Joan Wells Scholarship

Mrs. Joan Wells was a mathematics teacher in the Mohonasen School District for 22 years.  In her memory, her husband, Mr. W. Peter Wells, established a scholarship. Each year, this $1000.00 award is given to a graduating senior who has exhibited a strong academic record in math and science courses.  This student must be pursuing a degree in math, science or engineering. Each year, students complete an essay outlining their future plans as related to math and science.

We are pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the Joan Wells Scholarship is Bailey DeCocco.

National Honor Society

We would like to recognize the following seniors who were chosen to represent their school as members of the National Honor Society.  The 4 pillars of NHS are scholarship, leadership, character and service. Students must maintain a 90% overall GPA, complete at least 12 hours of community service, 5 hours of peer tutoring, lead by example and uphold the principles of high morals and ethics.

Congratulations to:

  • Nicholas Berube
  • Samantha Bigness
  • Ravena Busjit
  • Lena Calkins
  • Logan Calkins
  • Lauren Dantz
  • Bailey DeCocco
  • Emily Denning
  • Emma Drake
  • Brendan Dunleavy
  • Kelsey Hiscock
  • Youssef Jalwaj-Soubai
  • Charles Jordan
  • Mai Trinh Le
  • Tiffany Mach
  • Sophie Mathis
  • Emily Racana
  • Jaynie Sardos
  • Nina Serafini
  • Ryan Shendler
  • Kevin Sheremeta
  • Anna Sherman
  • Duncan Tallman
  • Rebecca Tegiacchi
  • Kyle Van Blarcom
  • Timothy Woodward
  • Clara Zonis

National Honor Society Award for Scholarship                     

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AWARD FOR SCHOLARSHIP

The Scholarship Award goes to a member who has demonstrated superb academic ability and thus has completed their academic career here at Mohonasen with the highest overall GPA.

Congratulations to Anna Sherman.

National Honor Society Award for Leadership

The Leadership Award goes to a member who is resourceful and proposes new ideas. They exercise a positive influence on their peers and leads by example.

The Leadership Award goes to Charles Jordan.

National Honor Society Award for Character

The Character Award goes to a member who takes criticism willingly, accepts recommendations graciously and shows faithfulness both inside and outside the classroom.  They uphold the principles of high morals and ethics.

The Character award goes to Lena Calkins.

National Honor Society Award for Service

The Service Award goes to a member who went above and beyond the minimum community service and peer tutoring requirements.           

The Service award goes to Rebecca Tegiacchi.

Societe Honoraire De Francais

A Certificate of Merit is presented to seniors who have been inducted into the Mohonasen Chapter of the French National Honor Society for excellence in French.  These students have maintained an average of 90% or above in French and an average of 85% or above in their other academic subjects. This year, the members are

  • Emily Ellers
  • Hailee Olsen
  • Felip Smith
  • Youssef Jalwaj-Soubai
  • Emily Racana
  • Clara Zonis
  • Mai Le
  • Ryan Shendler

French National Honor Society Award

This year, the French Honor Society presents an award to a senior currently enrolled in French.  This award recognizes this student’s exemplary achievement. 

Congratulations to Clara Zonis.

Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica

Each year we recognize those seniors, who through scholarship in Spanish in particular, as well as scholarship in general, have become members of the Mohonasen Chapter of the Spanish National Honor Society.  These students have achieved a minimum average of 90 in Spanish and 85 in all other subjects.  Congratulations to:  

  • Samantha Bigness
  • Ravena Busjit
  • Lena Calkins
  • Logan Calkins
  • Bailey DeCocco
  • Emily Denning
  • Brendan Dunleavy
  • Raven Gonzalez
  • Kelsey Hiscock
  • Charles Jordan
  • Skyler Liegeot
  • Sophie Mathis
  • Ashley Samborin
  • Danielle Sefcovic
  • Nina Serafini
  • Anna Sherman
  • Abbigail Stanley
  • Rebecca Tegiacchi
  • Kyle Van Blarcom

Spanish Honor Society Awards

This year the Spanish Honor Society is presenting awards to our officers who have demonstrated genuine interest and enthusiasm for the Spanish language and culture.  These students have displayed strong leadership qualities and have devoted their time and effort to this organization.

Congratulations to Samantha Bigness, Ravena Busjit, Raven Gonzalez, Skyler Liegeot, Sophie Mathis, Ashley Samborin and Nina Serafini.

Mathematics Honor Society

This year, the following members of the New York State Mathematics Honor Society are being recognized for their achievements in math and overall academics.  Members must maintain a minimum average of 90 in math and an 85 in other subjects. The achievement, character and leadership skills of these students make them positive role models in both the classroom and community.  Congratulations to Ravena Busjit, Charles Jordan, Ryan Shendler, Lauren Dantz, Nina Serafini, Rebecca Tegiacchi, Youssef Jalwaj-Soubai, Anna Sherman and Kyle Van Blarcom.

Science Honor Society

This year, the following members of the NYS Science Honor Society are being recognized for their achievements in science and overall academics.  These students have maintained a cumulative science average of at least 85%, a cumulative mathematics average of at least 80% and an overall scholastic average of at least 75%.  These students have also served the district through science related community service. Congratulations to Ravena Busjit, Youssef Jalwaj-Soubai, Ryan Shendler, Lena Calkins, Charles Jordan, Anna Sherman, Bailey DeCocco, Nina Serafini, Rebecca Tegiacchi and Emily Denning.

NYS Science Honor Scholarship

The Board of Governors of New York State Science Honor Society awards four scholarships to graduating seniors who are members in good standing of a registered NYSSHS Chapter.  The scholarships are based on academic excellence, participation in scientific activities as well as service and support of science programs. This year, Anna Sherman is one of the winners!

Tri-M Music Honor Society

The Tri-M Music Honor Society is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements.  Tri-M rewards them for their accomplishments and service activities, and inspires others to excel at music and leadership. We would like to present the seniors of the Tri-M Honor Society with their graduation music honor cords.

Congratulations to Catherine Alesio, Kevin Gildharry, Daniel Reedy, Gursimran Chahal, Raven Gonzalez, Laura Rickard, Kelly DeMatteo, Kelsey Hiscock, Danielle Sefcovic, Emily Denning, Charles Jordan, Nina Serafini, Emma Drake, Mai Le, Anna Sherman, Emily Ellers, Sophie Mathis and Rebecca Tegiacchi.

Kyle A. Gagnon Perseverance Athletic Scholarship Award

This $400.00 scholarship was established in the memory of Kyle A. Gagnon, a member of the Mohonasen Class of 2010.  This annual scholarship is awarded to a male member of the junior class who has participated in at least one varsity sport.  This scholarship recognizes an athlete who consistently demonstrates character, leadership and an unparalleled work ethic while involved in the Mohonasen athletic program.  This athlete, while not necessarily a starter on the team, is one his teammates respect and admire. Kyle’s family and friends take great pride in presenting this scholarship and keeping his memory forever alive.

Congratulations to Drew Coelho.

Clarkson University Leadership and Achievement Awards

These awards are given to juniors in the top 15% of their class, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and who have been positive contributors to their school and/or community.  These students are eligible to receive a $15,000.00 and $12,000.00 tuition scholarship, respectively, each year upon their acceptance and enrollment at Clarkson University.

Congratulations to Julianna Huba and Timothy Jordan.

Rensselaer Medal

This medal is awarded to a junior who ranks in the top 10% of their class and has displayed outstanding achievement in mathematics and science.  The medalist is eligible for a $25,000.00 per year scholarship, upon acceptance and enrollment at RPI.

Congratulations to Julian McWilliams.

Rochester Institue of Technology Computing Medal

RIT awards the Computing Medal to a student in their junior year, ranked in the top ten percent of the class. The student must demonstrate leadership in innovation, school and/or community activities and have an interest in the field of computers, networking or design.  This Medal is valued at $8,000.00, for each of four years, upon acceptance and enrollment at RIT.

Congratulations to Julian McWilliams.

Rochester Institute of Technology Creativity And Innovation Awards

RIT gives the Creativity and Innovation Awards to two juniors, ranked in the top ten percent of their class.  These students must demonstrate leadership and achievement in innovation, creativity or entrepreneurship. The nominees will receive the Creativity and Innovation Scholarship valued at $8,000.00, each year for four years, upon their acceptance and enrollment at RIT.  

Congratulations to Timothy Jordan and Emma Phillips.

St. Michael’s Book Awards for Academic Achievement and Social Conscience

St. Michael’s College, located in Colchester, Vermont, recognizes a student who demonstrates a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. These students strive to fulfill the college’s mission to better the human condition by leading with the true spirit of volunteerism. Recipients, once they apply to St. Michael’s College, will be considered for a scholarship which ranges from $15,000 to full tuition.  

Congratulations to Mary Kathryn Conway and Julianna Huba.

Student Sage Recognition Award

This student was selected from interested juniors who most embodied the Sage College motto:  “To Be, To Know, To Do.” The nomination confirms clearly that she possesses the characteristics of academic excellence, student leadership, and community involvement, which have defined Sage students for nearly a century.  With this nomination, this young woman is eligible for a scholarship of at least $14,000.00 for each year of study, should she attend one of the Sage Colleges.

Congratulations to Veronica Audette.

University of Rochester Baucsch & Lomb Honorary Science Award

Based on academic achievement, the Bausch & Lomb Optical Company of Rochester, New York, grants this award to an interested junior who has been most outstanding in the study of science during his/her high school career.  This award makes him/her eligible for at least $10,000 for each of four years, upon their acceptance and enrollment at the University of Rochester.

Congratulations to Emily Brazee.

University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award

The University of Rochester sponsors a national program to recognize outstanding juniors in the humanities and social sciences.  Winners of this award are eligible to receive at least $40,000.00 over four years at the University of Rochester. Selection of this student is based upon interest in the school, achievement in the humanities, level of coursework, leadership, and community service.

Congratulations to Malachi Vice.

Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award

Each year, an interested junior with a 90 or higher average in a college preparatory program, who has demonstrated leadership ability, is selected for the Wells College 21st Century Award.  This award is a $40,000 scholarship over four years if he/she attends Wells College.  

This year, the award goes to Julianna Huba.

The Bob Anderson Awards

In honor of our father-in-law and grandfather, the Bob Anderson “Please and Thank you” Awards is being given to two seniors who have demonstrated respect and kindness to others, perseverance, resilience, and a commitment to graduating high school despite academic and personal obstacles. Dad believed that “self-trust is the first secret to success”. Congratulations to Makeyin Allah and Sarah Shaw for their positive contributions to our school.

Deborah A. O’Donnell Roman Memorial Scholarships

These scholarships have been established in memory of former district English as a New Language (ENL) teacher, Deborah O’Donnell Roman.  These annual awards, in the amount of $200.00, are  presented to graduating Mohonasen seniors for whom English is a new language. They exemplify Deb’s integrity, perseverance, acceptance, and life-long learning.  We are proud to present the 2019 Deborah A. O’Donnell Roman Memorial Scholarships to Silvia Mazariego, Sarah Shaw and Sue Wang.

Mohonasen Support Staff Association Awards

The Mohonasen Support Staff is pleased to offer each of the following graduating seniors an award in the amount of $100.00 to be used at the college of their choice.

Awarded to Anthony DePoalo, Danielle Sefcovic, Brian Pecor and Kyle Van Blarcom.

John L. August, Jr. Memorial Art Scholarship

Jack August had a deep love for photography.  He had a superior talent and a love for taking pictures of common, everyday objects in a unique light. This scholarship is presented to a student who has a similar interest and love for photography or fine arts.  It is the family’s hope that this scholarship will help others to use their talents to express their own unique visions of life as Jack did. This year’s award goes to Sue Wang.

Mohonasen Student Senate Award

The Mohonasen Student Senate is an organization that promotes leadership and service both within the school and throughout the community.  The club recognizes students who possess excellent leadership qualities and who take an active role in community service events.

This year the award goes to Bailey DeCocco.

Mohonasen Teachers’ Association Scholarships

These grants, sponsored by the MTA, are given to graduating seniors who are planning to attend college.  They are selected on the basis of scholarship, character, school service and community involvement.

Awarded to Youssef Jalwaij-Soubai, Charles Jordan and Anna Sherman.

Excellence in FACS Award

This year’s Award for Excellence in Family and Consumer Science recognizes a student that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the Pathway for Careers in Human Services and Education. She has used her creativity, communication and collaboration skills while interning at Pinewood and Bradt as well as volunteering in high school classes.  She took the initiative to help students when she saw that they were struggling or frustrated. She’s a natural teacher and clearly enjoys working with children.  She’s going to have a wonderful impact in the future on the students she works with.  

This award consists of the FACS Honor pin to wear on her robe at graduation as well as a $100 gift card to use at the campus bookstore.  On behalf of Mrs. Stott and Mrs. Walbroel, I would like to commend this student on her hard work and wish her much success in the future.

Awarded to Sabrina Viscusi.

CEIP Merit Awards

Mohonasen HS has long offered a challenging and rigorous internship program to allow students to explore careers of their choice.   The Career Exploration Internship Program is a hybrid class that requires 108 hrs. of unpaid work experience, either during or after school, as well as an in-school class for the entire academic year to earn credit.  It is designed to help students understand the connection between school, work and college. It gives them hands-on experience in their chosen careers.

This year, students completing CEIP will receive a cord to wear with their graduation robes.  As CEIP Coordinator, I would like to honor the following students for successfully satisfying all requirements.

Awarded to Marissa Corsaro, Bryannah Green, Samantha Dollar, Ashley Samborin, Brendan Dunleavy, Sabrina Viscusi and Daniel Graham.

Future FACS Educator Award

I would like to acknowledge one senior that our department has worked closely with during the past 2 years.  She interned last year at Pinewood and in FACS at Draper and will be attending Oneonta in the fall to study to be a FACS teacher.  This is a challenging career path she is undertaking and the Mohonasen FACS teachers want to extend our support with a gift card to the Oneonta Campus Store.  We are Mohonasen Proud!

Congratulations to Ashley Samborin.

Danyel Alger Memorial Scholarship

This award will be given in our daughter, Danyel’s, memory to a college-bound senior who has demonstrated four years of consistent academics and outstanding participation with the Mohonasen Marching Band.  In choosing the recipient, consideration is given to a frontline member, who has demonstrated a high degree of personal motivation, energy and commitment to the ideals of the Mighty Warriors Marching Band. On behalf of our daughter, we would like to present this year’s Danyel Alger Memorial Award to Aryanna Alexandre.

Anthony Cuda Memorial Scholarship

The Mohonasen Music Parents Association, in memory of Anthony Cuda, who was a member of the Mohonasen Music Staff, awards this $250.00 scholarship annually.  The recipient is a member of the Senior High Concert Band.

Awarded to Rebecca Tegiacchi.

Robert Heath Memorial Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded annually by the Mohonasen Music Parents Association in honor of the late Robert Heath, a former member of the Mohonasen Central Music Staff.  These awards are presented to two seniors in the amount of $250.00 each.

Awarded to Mai Trinh Le and Brian Pecor. 

Mohonasen Music Department Award

These awards are given by the Mohonasen Music Parents Association to outstanding seniors from the Mohonasen Music Department. The music teachers of Mohonasen feel that these seniors represent their department’s values of hard work and dedication through the study of music.                                                                       

Award recipients inlcude Catherine Alesio, Raven Gonzalez, Jahnni Pacheco, Anna Sherman, Emily Denning, Kelsey Hiscock,  Danielle Sefcovic, Laura Rickard, Emma Drake, Charlie Jordan, Nina Serafini, Sophie Mathis and Emily Ellers.

Dino Cimino Memorial Scholarship

My mother, siblings and I would like to present this scholarship in honor of our beloved husband and father, Dino.  My father was very involved with the Mohonasen music department in the 1970s and 80s, as all five of his kids played in various bands at the school spanning from 1975 to 1986.  During that time, he was also a teacher at Pinewood School. As a musician himself, he was a very popular bass player. He played in various local bands, including one with your band director, Dan Jones, right up until his passing in July at the age of 84. We would like to award this $1000 scholarship to Kevin Gildharry.

David Bournazian Memorial Scholarships

With over forty years of service in the Mohonasen Central School District, David Bournazian, more fondly known as “Mr. B”, had a positive and everlasting impact on the lives of almost two thousand students.  There are few, if any, educators who committed as much of themselves to music education with such dedication, enthusiasm and caring as “Mr. B”.  He exemplified the qualities of excellence through attitude, demonstrated effort and continued commitment while instilling those qualities in youngsters as noted by a phrase he repeatedly stated, “The Attitude is the Key to Success”.  The Mohonasen Band Boosters and Music Parents take great pride in presenting $250.00 awards to two outstanding members of the senior class.

Congratulations to Daniel Reedy and Laura Rickard.

New York State Field Band Conference Award

This award is given to a senior for his/her outstanding effort in field show performances. Awarded to Kelly DeMatteo.

John Philip Sousa Band Award

The prestige and honor of the John Philip Sousa Band Award is given to the high school band student who has exhibited excellence in performance and leadership throughout his/her four years in the concert band.

Congratulations to George Alden.  

Vicki Vannie Memorial Award

This $100.00 award is given to a member of the Mohonasen Marching Band in memory of Vicki Vannie, a member of the Class of 1996, and a devoted member of the Color Guard.  Though not a Color Guard member, Rebecca had been a steadfast and reliable cornerstone for the music dept and will be missed.

The award goes to Rebecca Tegiacchi.

Conference All-State Performing Group Certificates

These awards are presented annually to students who are selected for the prestigious All-State Music Conference. Students selected for this conference must achieve a perfect score of a 100 on the hardest level NYSSMA solo, level 6. The highest scoring students from across New York State are selected to perform in a concert that is premiered for not only parents, but for the members of the New York State Music Educators conference. This year the New York State School Music Association honors the following students for their participation in Conference All-State: George Alden and Sophie Mathis.

Jeanette Odasz Memorial Music Appreciation Prize

The Odasz Memorial Music Appreciation Prize is a grant awarded to a student who has displayed outstanding interest in the study of music and appreciation for music. He or she also has an interest in continuing some phase of music after high school, and has demonstrated outstanding school and community citizenship.

 Awarded to Sophie Mathis. 

Reverend David E. Rohs Memorial Scholarship

The Reverend David E. Rohs was an established and well-respected member of the Mohonasen community and the Rotterdam Sunrise Rotary.  His commitment to the students and families of Mohonasen is something that will rest in the memories of those whose lives he touched.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to present this year’s award to a fine young woman.In his memory, we are pleased to announce the recipient of the Reverend David E. Rohs Memorial Scholarship to Sophie Mathis.

Schenectady County Music Association Scholarship

The Schenectady County Music Association is an organization formed to facilitate and promote music education in Schenectady County school districts.  Each year, the SCMA holds an All- County Festival concert featuring ensembles comprised of the top performers from each Schenectady County school.  The association has established scholarships to recognize outstanding performers from each of the participating school districts.  This year’s recipient from Mohonasen is Anna Sherman. 

Lucille and Anthony Verruto Memorial Music Scholarship

As avid enthusiasts of the Mohonasen Music Department, the late Lucille and Anthony Verruto were both proud and honored to attend over 30 years of musical performances.  This award is designed to recognize an outstanding senior whose ethics demonstrate the hard work and dedication that makes each one of us “Mohonasen Proud”.  The recipient must be active in the music program and exemplify the traditions, values and high standards of this fine district and must be planning to attend college in the fall.

Congratulations to George Alden.

Margaret R. Gray Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a graduating senior who has exhibited a serious commitment and love for music and the arts in general. This person is an individual who has always been a vibrant and creative student whose vision brings out the very best in the many performances in which s/he has participated. She is a person with good citizenship, kindness and thoughtfulness.

Congratulations to Sophie Mathis.

Mohon Masque Theatre Scholarships

The Mohon Masque Scholarships are given to honor extraordinary talent and love of the theatre. These graduating seniors have shown perseverance, dependability, and dedication to Mohon Masque Theatre. They are richer for the experiences that the stage has brought to them and to others. 

This year’s awards go to George Alden, Catherine Alesio and Brian Pecor.