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2021 Commencement Scholarships and Awards

2021 Commencement Scholarships and Awards

In the fall of the junior year, students take the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  Over 1.6 million students took the 2019 Test. From the 50,000 high scorers nationwide, about 16,000 will be named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists, representing the top scorers in each state, and the other 34,000 students will be commended for their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. I am pleased to announce that Benjamin Wells is one of these students receiving such recognition as a National Merit Commended Student. 

In early September some high scorers were notified that they had qualified as Semifinalists. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards. In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists were notified they had advanced to Finalist standing. We are delighted to announce that Liliana Arias and Matheu Campbell are among this group of distinguished High School Seniors. 

THE CLARENCE M. AUSTIN SCHOLARSHIP in the amount of $300 each year for four years is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence, character, leadership and service: Hope Cross-Jaya

ROTARY SCHOLARSHIP: The Skaneateles Rotary Club scholarship of $1,000 is given to a student this year who exhibited excellence in scholarship, community service, character and leadership: Kenneth Byrne

THE SKANEATELES GARDEN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP, in the amount of $1,000, is awarded to a senior who is accepted to a two year or four year school or trade school and is majoring in environmental studies, conservation, horticulture or agriculture.  The recipient should be involved in extracurricular activities related to conservation, horticulture or agriculture: Mila Miller 

THE SKANEATELES LIONS CLUB “WE SERVE” SCHOLARSHIP:  A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is awarded to a student who has demonstrated volunteerism and community service throughout their high school career.  This year’s recipient is: Campbell Torrey 

THE SKANEATELES NURSERY SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP:  The Skaneateles Nursery School provides a foundation for lifelong learning and would like to help a former student continue that learning at the collegiate level.  This year’s recipient is: Campbell Loi

THE SKANEATELES GEORGE E. DAVIS-MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: This scholarship award is given annually by the Skaneateles Police Department and the Davis family to a graduating senior girl or boy who is pursuing a career in law enforcement, fireman, corrections or serves public in a volunteer capacity, shows leadership, displays citizenship and is the son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter of a police officer: Mason Michel

THE SKANEATELES PTC SCHOLARSHIP:  This $1,500 award is given to a senior who has a commitment to volunteer work and shows academic promise in the student’s chosen field of study at college.  The elementary, middle and high school Parent-Teacher committees provide the scholarship fund: Max Wamp

HIGH SCHOOL PTC SCHOLARSHIP:  My Senior Year during the Pandemic: Created to acknowledge the extreme difficulty this year for seniors who have had to navigate constant disappointments, manage their unpredictable academic schedules, and negotiate the college acceptance process: Sophia Withey and Parker Glowacki

CRYSTAL SMITH SCHOLARSHIP:  The intent of this scholarship, as a living memorial, is to encourage a student to pursue a career in Nursing and /or health care.  This scholarship is being established by the community of Mottville, in memory of Crystal Smith.  Crystal was a Skaneateles graduate who enjoyed a successful high school, college and professional Nursing career.  She pursued her continued education in the health field to strive as an educator.  She felt that teaching gave her an opportunity to develop core values that remain important today.  She stressed commitment, dedication, achievement, and excellence: Emily Parks

TROOP 61 EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP of $300: is awarded to a senior who attains the rank of Eagle Scout and excels in scholarship, leadership and service to his community: Jack Torrisi 

GAIL FRANCES PITMAN YAUS SCHOLARSHIP:  This award was established to award a senior who works or has worked on a farm in the area.  The recipient also possesses a demonstrated commitment to excellence academically and has been involved in school or community activities: Nicholas Kehoe

SAM CIRAOLO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP– IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP: Through the generosity of one's time and commitment to supporting others in our local communities, a $500 scholarship is given in memory of Sam Ciraolo, a SCS Health Instructor. Using his class as a platform for community service, including such organizations as the American Red Cross, students had an opportunity to recognize, they too can make a difference in the lives of others. Today we acknowledge a dedicated senior who has given of themselves and is interested in pursuing a career in a health related field. This year’s recipient is: Maggie Newton

HEANEY SCHOLARSHIP:  This $250 award is being given to a senior from the Varsity High School Swim Team who will compete at the college level.  Additionally, the recipient must show leadership, character, team spirit and a true love for the sport of swimming: Grace King 

THE HENRY BRYANT SCHOLARSHIP:  This award in the amount of $500 is given to a member of the senior class, who is of good, moral character and who demonstrates the values, dedication and appreciation of music exemplified by the person for whom this award is named.  The recipient shall have been involved in at least two extracurricular activities during their four years in high school; a minimum of three years will have been served in band, orchestra, or chorus: Sophia Wingfield

THE HOWARD L. ZELLINGER SCHOLARSHIP:  This $2,000 scholarship awarded over four years is given in memory of Howard L. Zellinger, a local engineer.  The recipient must be attending an accredited college or university and intends to major in engineering.  He or she must be a student of good moral character and demonstrated academic ability: Jacob French

THE IDA GLEASON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.  PEACE, INC., a family resource center, would like to recognize a graduating senior with the IDA GLEASON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP.  Mrs. Gleason was an active volunteer in her community, always helping others, never without a smile.  This year’s recipient has those qualities, and will be furthering his/her college education: Tatumn Pas’cal 

THE LESLIE K. FELDMANN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:  This scholarship has been established in memory of Leslie Feldmann, a 1982 Skaneateles graduate.  Leslie was a woman of substance who had a passion for medicine dedicating her life to caring for critically injured or ill patients as both an intensive care nurse and emergency medevac professional.  The winner must be pursuing a nursing degree or any other degree in the healthcare profession: Emma A. Miller and Joshua Reed 

THE LIONS CLUB BOARD OF OCCUPATIONAL SERVICES AWARD:  This award has been established by the Skaneateles Lions Club to be awarded to the senior boy and girl who have shown outstanding achievement while attending the Occupational Educational Program in Auburn.  This award is $150 with an engraved plaque: Griffin DeWitt and Schuyler Bennett

THE LIONS CLUB NURSING AWARD:  This award in the amount of $200 is given to a student who plans on a career in nursing or related field: Grace King 

THE LIONS CLUB SPECIAL EFFORT AND SERVICE AWARD:  This $150 award is given to a student who has shown special effort, perseverance, and overall growth scholastically: Madison Rice 

THE MIGNON BOYD ALLYN SCHOLARSHIP:  This $5,000 award will be given to a graduating female student of good standing who has displayed an interest and love of music and the arts: Sophia Cattalini

THE RICHARD C. HUTCHINS JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:  This scholarship was established by the Richard Covington Hutchins family and the senior class of 1983. This $1,000 award goes to a senior who is actively involved in community service in and out of school: Colin Cox 

THE ROBERT J. CHECCO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:  This scholarship has been established by Mrs. Checco to be awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence and is actively involved in extracurricular activities.  This scholarship is a $150 award: Miller Weir

THE SKANEATELES BOYS’ HOCKEY BOOSTER CLUB SCHOLARSHIP: This scholarship is in the amount of $500 and is awarded for excellence and sportsmanship: Adam Casper

THE AMERICAN LEGION ERIC E. STEEN SCHOLARSHIP:  This scholarship is given in memory of Eric E. Steen, who grew up on a farm located just past Warrens, Wisconsin.  Eric served 24 years in the United States Army campaigns in Panama, Haiti and Iraq.  Eric retired from the US Army as a Master Sergeant: Madison Steen and Tyler DelFavero

THE AMERICAN LEGION JOHN MANILLA MEMORIAL VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP: A lifelong resident of Skaneateles, John H. Manilla graduated from Skaneateles Central High School and attended Arnold College. In 1942, John left college to enlist in the 8th Army Air Force and was stationed outside of London, England. He served his nation proudly as a waist gunner on a B-17, flying 33 combat missions over enemy territory. After the war, he graduated from the State University of New York at Delhi. Upon graduation, he started the John H. Manilla Construction Company which he owned and ran for 50 years. The Scholarship was established to encourage graduating High School students to enter a vocational trade career: Sophia Withey

THE SKANEATELES GIRLS’ VARSITY HOCKEY SCHOLARSHIP:  This award is presented to the female senior player from Skaneateles High School who embodies the heart of the program and who shows commitment not only to the program, but to the development of herself, younger players, team spirit, dedication and perseverance: Campbell Torrey

THE SKANEATELES GRANGE-GEORGE M. TALCOTT PRIZE of $200 is to be awarded to the student who has shown outstanding ability during this year in family and consumer science: Andrew Moss

THE SONJA FINCH ALLYN SCHOLARSHIP:  This $5,000 award is given to a graduating female student of good standing who has excelled in a foreign language: Campbell Torrey

ST. MARY’S OF THE LAKE LANGUAGE AWARD:  This award is for $200 and is presented in memory of Father McMahon to the student in the senior class who has shown outstanding ability in Latin: John Lovier

THE STEPHEN MASTERS AND ELAINE WITHEY MEMORIAL AWARD in the amount of $250 is awarded in memory of Stephen Masters and Elaine Withey who graduated with the Class of 1972 from Skaneateles High School.  The recipient of the award must be entering a two or four year program in a health profession, and possess the following attributes:  a good sense of humor, good sportsmanship, positive attitude and perseverance: Riley Mcconochy

THE STEVEN MICHAEL KRAUSE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP:  The Central New York Community Foundation is honoring a student in Steven Krause’s memory in the amount of $1,000.  The recipient is chosen on the basis of community services as well as an intended desire to enter the architecture and design field: Connor Kenan

AUBURN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA SCHOLARSHIP: The Auburn Chamber Orchestra, a volunteer community orchestra that presents four concerts per year, presents scholarships to graduating seniors who have performed with the Orchestra for at least three years.  The students must play in at least two concerts each year and participate in their senior year.  The student will receive an award of $300.00 for his/her dedicated membership in this unique community organization: Josh Pickup 

THE KRINGER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FOR THEATRE ARTS:  This scholarship is presented to a promising graduating senior pursuing a performance or technical degree in Theatre: Nate Azzam 

THE SKANEATELES CENTRAL SCHOOL ENDOWMENT: KELLOGG-MAPSTONE-ALLYN FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS.  The Skaneateles Central School Endowment Foundation is pleased to announce that through the help of an anonymous benefactor, endowment scholarships will be awarded to this year's seniors. The award is based upon character, scholarship record, and industry and community service. The Borchert Fund was set up to benefit the Fayetteville-Manlius School District and the Skaneateles School District.  Mr. and Mrs. Borchert were longtime summer residents in the Skaneateles area. This year's Endowment Foundation recipients are: 

Liliana Arias

Kenneth Byrne

Matheu Campbell

Sophia Cattalini

Owen Curtis

Frank DeRosalia

Nicholas Galbato

Kevin Guo

Tynan Jones

Trevor Knupp

Campbell Loi

Mackenzie Miller

Andrew Neumann

Joseph Norris

Robert Pickup

Madison Steen

Campbell Torrey

Sophia Wingfield

Evangelia Vitsaxaki

Benjamin Wells 



Schuyler Bennett

Lexis Cottrill 

Hope Cross-Jaya

James Falso

Kevin Guo

Elsa Landon

Alyssa Sell

Madison Steen

Sophia Wingfield

Sophia Withey

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