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After receiving their diplomas, several O-M graduating seniors toss their caps in the air.

O-M's Class of 2013
receives its diplomas, awards

ODESSA, June 22 -- A total of 66 seniors were given diplomas Friday night at the 2013 Odessa-Montour High School commencement ceremony in the school's Fetter-Brown Auditorium.

The Graduation Address was presented by Russ Myers, an O-M alum who is Superintendent of the Los Angeles Country Club North Golf Course. He said that as the graduates move into the world, "hard work will be a given. It's how you devote your efforts that will define you."

He said the students should be "gracious for that which has been provided to you" by parents and other loved ones, and urged them to dream. "Greatness is in having a dream and pursuing it with a passion," he told them. "The pursuit of your dreams begins today."

Other addresses were provided by Salutatorian Katelin Pierce and by Valedictorian and Class President Danielle MacDougall.

Music was provided by the High School Band, with some alumni sitting in. The band performed the Processional, and later Starships and the Recessional. Staff and seniors combined to sing Go Forth With a Song.

Awards and scholarships were presented by High School Principal Chris Wood (see story below), while counselors Colleen Coolican and Elizabeth Ebel-Ruocco introduced seniors as they received their diplomas.

The Class of 2013:

Matthew A. Bleiler
Steven J. Bonham
Sheode J. Brown
Noah Daniel Bump
Angel Marie Carson
Alisha Marie Chamberlain
Dominik Chapman
Jonathon Anson Chapman
Erin E. Coates Jr.
Larry Wayne Collins III
Christopher Lee Crout
Ridge Asa DePue
Cortney S. Dudgeon
Tyler A. Dupuy
Sydney Lee Eberhardt
Brooke L. Fenner
Aaron A. Fisher
Alexis Shyanne Fouts
Michael A. Fraboni
Brooke Elizabeth Frasier
John R. Freund
Adam Christopher Gardner
Britteny Marie Gardner
Ryan James Gardner
Gavin A. Guild
Michael Hughey
Felicia Mary Johnson
Bryan Daniel Joseph
Brandee M. LeClaire
Katelyn L. Levey
Angel Marie Litwhiler
Danielle A. MacDougall
Bobette March
Jesse L. Marsh
Trevor James Mitstifer
Jessica Marie Churchill-O’Bannion
Jason T. Overhiser
Thomas A. Peckham
Kristyn L. Penhollow
Katelin Aubrey Pierce
Trinity M. Plate
Kirsta L. Rhodes
Alexis L. Rossi
Merinda Lee Sayre
Morgan S. Shutter
David L. Sidle III
Leslie A. Sills III
Dakota R. Simpson
Mone Chevelle Simpson
Ashton Marie Stadelmaier
Staci Michelle Starkweather
Morgan M. Stermer
Books W. Stevenson
Matthew C. Stevenson
Brooks W. Stevenson
Brian J. Swartwood
Adrian Tejedor Lopez
Brittany Lynn VanAmburg
Keith Alister-Sky VanEtten
Chelsea Marie Vondracek
Marissa Ann Voorhees
Chad A. Webster
Amanda Jean Westcott
Jeremy P. Zoeke

Photos in text:

From top: Valedictorian Danielle MacDougall (photo by Susan Bleiler); guest speaker Russ Myers; Morgan Shutter receives his diploma from O-M Board member Karen Rock; Jason Overhiser poses after the ceremony, flanked by his mother Katie and grandfather Ed Vaughn Sr.; Jonathon Chapman is handed his diploma.

High School Principal Chris Wood watches as the graduates arrive at the stage.

Awards presented at O-M's 2013 graduation ceremony

ODESSA, June 22 -- Awards and scholarships were announced and presented as part of Friday night's graduation ceremony in the Fetter-Brown Auditorium at Odessa-Montour High School.

All awards were determined by either the faculty or the organization that makes the award.

1. THE WATKINS MONTOUR ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP
This $1,000 scholarship is given to a senior who has displayed high standards of character and academic achievement. The winner, chosen by a committee of the Rotary Club, is:
Kristyn Penhollow.

2. THE NORTHRUP FOUNDATION AWARD
This award, in the amount of $1,000, is given annually to the senior who has achieved the highest score on the college entrance examination. Gavin Guild.

3. THE FRANCIS C. WARD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This $200 award, made possible by Peter Ward and many friends of Dr. Ward, goes to a student who will pursue a career in the medical field. The winner is: Sydney Eberhardt.

4. THE ODESSA-MONTOUR CLERICAL STAFF AWARD
The dedicated and efficient clerical staff at Odessa-Montour offers a $100 award to a student who plans to further his/her education in business or a related field. This year’s winner is:
Morgan Shutter

5. THE ODESSA-MONTOUR TEACHERS ASSOCIATION EDUCATORS AWARD
The teachers’ association annually presents two $350 awards to seniors who plan to study education. The winners are: Jonathon Chapman and Morgan Stermer

6. THE ODESSA-MONTOUR TEACHERS ASSOCIATION ACADEMIC AWARDS
The OMTA also presents $350 awards to the two seniors who have maintained a high average while attaining a large number of high school credits. The winners are: Danielle MacDougall and Kristyn Penhollow

7. THE J. EDWARD AND THELMA DOLAN SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was developed as a legacy to two highly regarded teachers. It is a perpetual memorial to Mr. and Mrs. Dolan. Mr. Dolan taught math for 41 years and Mrs. Dolan taught third grade for 46 years. In 2013 the award is given to a graduate entering higher education to study mathematics or a related field: Kristyn Penhollow

8. LAKE COUNTRY PLAYERS AWARD
Presented by Mrs. Holly Campbell. The winner is: Jonathon Chapman

9. ALICE LOPRESTI NURSING AWARD
This special nursing award in the amount of $1,000 is presented by the LoPresti family in memory of Alice LoPresti, who worked at Schuyler Hospital for many years. It is awarded to a senior who will continue education in the nursing field. The winner for 2013 is: Ashton Stadelmaier

10. THE GERARD CROSLEY SENIOR AWARD
This $400 award is considered by many to be the outstanding prize of the year because the winner is chosen by the members of the Senior Class. The senior who has been selected to best represent the class of 2013 is: Matthew Bleiler

11. THE WALTER BAIRD ENGINEERING AWARD
The scholarship was instituted by Mrs. Elizabeth Baird to honor the memory of her late husband. It is presented to a student entering the field of engineering or who has excelled in math and science courses in high school. The winner this year is: Brittany VanAmburg

12. PRINCIPAL’S SCHOLARSHIP
This $50 award honors the top four students of the class of 2013. The awards, for 2013 are given to: Danielle MacDougall, Katelin Pierce, Kristyn Penhollow and Adam Gardner.

13. SCT COUNSELORS ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
The SCT Counselors Association annually presents a college day at the Arnot Mall. The proceeds from this are presented to outstanding seniors throughout the Twin Tiers. In 2013 the awards in the amount of $250 each are given to: Sydney Eberhardt, Angel Litwhiler and Amanda Westcott.

14. NYS EDUCATION DEPARMENT ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIPS
The State Of New York awards academic excellence scholarships to seniors who have achieved the highest average on selected Regents examinations. This year’s winners are: Gavin Guild, Katelin Pierce and Kristyn Penhollow.

15. THE SENKA AGENCY BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AWARD
This award is given annually to a senior who plans to attend college, has strong academic ability and who will study business in college. The winner is: Lee Sidle.

16. THE ODESSA-MONTOUR FINE ARTS BOOSTERS SCHOLARSHIP
The Fine Arts Boosters recognize students who will enter college to study in the fine arts field. The winner of the $250 award for 2013 is: Michael Hughey.

17. SCHUYLER COUNTY ITALIAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL FRANK CHIACCHIERINI COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
A $1,000 award is provided from the proceeds from The Italian-American Festival in Watkins Glen. The scholarship is given in honor of Frank Chiacchierini, who was instrumental in the founding of the Italian American Festival. The selection is based on high standards of character, self-determination, and school and community service. The winner chosen by a committee of the scholarship presenters is: Jonathon Chapman.

18. SCHUYLER COUNTY RETIRED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION
Mrs. Bonnie Seeley is here to present the Schuyler County Retired Teachers’ Association Scholarship. The winner: Jonathon Chapman.

19. McGARRY SCHOLARSHIP
This award is given by the McGarry Family in memory of their son Danny, who graduated from Odessa-Montour in 1994. The award is presented to a senior who has been an inspiration to others. The winner for 2013 is: John Freund.

20. WATKINS GLEN-MONTOUR FALLS LIONS CLUB COOK/WARNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This $1,000 scholarship is presented annually to at least two Schuyler County residents who plan to further their education. Selection is based on academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, honors, common sense, decision making, community work experience and application presentation which includes an essay and interview. The winner, chosen by the presenters, is: Kristyn Penhollow.

21. LEONARD FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
The intention of this $500 scholarship is to recognize the student, who, over time, has persevered, improved, grown personally, academically, and socially, handled responsibility, and whose hard work, desire and dedication may have quietly provided an inspiration to others in the class to strive for excellence. The scholarship winner is: Gavin Guild.

22. SAM WARREN SCHOLARSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY STUDIES
Here to present the Sam Warren Scholarship for Sustainability is Bruce Wich, a 1970 graduate of OMCS and classmate of Sammy. The winner: Kristyn Penhollow.

23. SCDL EXCELLENCE IN MATH AWARD
This $200 award is presented to a graduating senior who has shown excellence in math. The winner this year is: Danielle MacDougall.

24. BELLE CORNELL ZONTA AWARD
The Watkins Glen Montour Falls Zonta Club presents a $250 award to a graduating senior who will enter college working toward a degree in the medical field. The winner is: Brooke Frasier.

25. Z CLUB AWARD
This $250 award is made possible by proceeds from fund raising efforts of the Zonta Club of Watkins Glen-Montour Falls. This award is given to the student who participated in the most Z Club service projects and truly exemplifies service. The winner for 2013 is:
Danielle MacDougall.

26. NELSON BEEBE SCHOLARSHIP
This $200 award is given in memory of Nelson Beebe. He was an outstanding community member and educator, and supported athletics programs at Odessa-Montour throughout his life. It is given to a graduating senior going into the field of education and one who has supported athletics while in high school. The award was made possible through donations made in Mr. Beebe’s name to the OM Sports Boosters. The winner, chosen by the presenters, is: Jonathon Chapman.

27. BURTON R. CUMMINGS MEMORIAL AWARD
This award is given by Lisa Frost and her siblings in memory of their father. It is being presented by Lisa Frost. The award is presented to: Bobette March.

28. VERA DAVIS FARNSWORTH SCHOLARSHIP
Vera Davis Farnsworth was the valedictorian of the class of 1933 and graduated from Elmira College in 1938. She returned to Odessa to teach history. Mrs. Farnsworth left Odessa when her husband, a co-teacher at Odessa, was drafted into the army. Mrs. Farnsworth taught history and English in several Western New York schools and retired from Wellsville Central School. After retiring she went to work for Congressman Lundine in Washington, D.C. Her daughters, Nancy Downs and Kathy Farnsworth, give this $1,000 scholarship in her memory. The winner for 2013 is: Morgan Stermer.

29. SCHUYLER HOSPITAL AUXILIARY HEALTH CARE SCHOLARSHIP
The Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary presents a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving Schuyler County high school graduate who will be entering the health care field. The winner chosen by a committee from the hospital auxiliary is: Kristyn Penhollow.

30. MAURICE COSTA SCHOLARSHIP
In her will, Theresa Costa directed that a scholarship be set up in honor of her husband, Maurice Costa. This scholarship in the amount of $6,456 is awarded to a student who will continue his studies of the “manual trades,” and the 2013 winner is: Dakota Simpson.

31. TOMMY K. MARTIN LAW ENFORCEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
Mr. Stewart Field of the Watkins Glen Elks Lodge is here to present this scholarship, in memory of Tommy Martin, a police officer who died in the line of duty. The winners are: Michael Fraboni and Ryan Gardner.

32. VANBUSKIRK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The VanBuskirk Memorial Scholarship is offered to a senior who is industrious, participated in high school activities, and will continue his education. The award was originally made possible through the generosity of the family and friends of George VanBuskirk and most recently through many donations made in memory of Roger and Dolores VanBuskirk. The winner of this year’s $500 award is: Adam Gardner.

33. THE DONALD K. FORREST MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is given to honor the memory of Donald K. Forrest. It is presented to a senior who will continue his education in the arts or engineering. This year’s winner will study Culinary Arts at Alfred State College: Michael Hughey.

34. AMERICAN RED CROSS AWARD
This $250 award is presented by The American Red Cross to an Odessa-Montour senior who volunteered countless hours for the betterment of the community. The winner is: Staci Starkweather.

35. SCHUYLER COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF’S ASSOCIATION NICHOLAS P. PRESTON SCHOLARSHIP
The Deputy Sheriff’s Association gives this a scholarship to a Schuyler County resident who is attending college to major in criminal justice or a related field. This year’s winners, selected by a committee of the association are: Michael Fraboni and Ryan Gardner.

36. THE LADIES’ WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB AWARD
The Burdett Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Club was established in September 1895. It was formed as a literary society fostering culture in the area. A fund was set up to present an award to the high school senior who has made excellent progress in the literary field. This $100 award goes to: Morgan Shutter.

Photos in text:

From top: Adrian Tejedor Lopez and Brittany VanAmburg; Lee Sidle; Katelin Pierce receives her salutatory medal; Matthew Bleiler is presented the Gerard Crosley Senior Award; Adam Gardner with Mikaela Suddaby; Kristyn Penhollow.

Tom Peckham receives his diploma from the School Board's Karen Rock.

From left: Bobette March hugs teacher and presenter Lisa Frost upon receiving the Burton R. Cummings Memorial Award; Ryan Gardner in the Davis gym before the graduates marched to the ceremony in the Fetter-Brown Auditorium; Morgan Stermer singing with a chorus during the ceremony. (Photo on right by Susan Bleiler)

Staci Starkweather receives the American Red Cross Award from Principal Chris Wood.

 

 

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