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Student News: April 29, 2021

Student News

Applications Open For Annual
Art Scholarships From CAA

Graduating seniors from any Clark Scholarship-eligible high schools are encouraged to apply for the Cooperstown Art Association’s annual Art Scholarship, for students looking to study art at the college level.

CAA will providing up to $1,400 in awards through this scholarship.

The schools eligible are: Cherry Valley-Springfield, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton, Laurens, Milford, Milford BOCES, Morris, Mt. Markham, Owen D. Young, Richfield Springs, Schenevus and Worcester.

Home-schooled students living within those school districts are also eligible for the scholarship.

Applications will be submitted online this year. Students can access the form on the CAA’s website,

There is no application fee.

Each student will be asked to provide a portfolio of five pieces that best represent their work and artistic abilities. Images can be uploaded directly in the form. Students will also be asked to upload a document that includes the titles and mediums for each piece entered.

All submissions must be submitted prior to the deadline at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 12.

All portfolios will be juried by a local artist /art professional, to be determined by the CAA.

Funding for this scholarship is provided in part through CAA’s annual Adorn-a-Door Fundraiser and through donations from CAA members and patrons.

Student Awards

Melinda Tyler of Cooperstown was inducted to Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia.
Membership requires maintaining a grade point average of 3.0 or above, leadership excellence, participation in service projects, and an annual membership fee. Tyler was one of the inaugural members of the induction class.

Heidi Edmonds of Cooperstown was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline collegiate honor society.
Edmonds was initiated at United States Air Force Academy.

Elmira College recently announced its Dean’s List for academic achievement for winter 2021.
The list recognizes full-time undergraduate students who were registered for at least 12 computable credit hours and who earned a term grade point average of 3.6 or higher. Local students recognized include: Hailey Erway of Cherry Valley; Willow Tompkins of Worcester; and Mason Weir of Oneonta.

Thomas Leahy of Otego was one of six students from SUNY Oneonta’s School of Economics and Business who were inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the college’s honorary society in economics for the 2020-21 academic year.

Amethyst Gardner of Oneonta was one of 13 students inducted into SUNY Oneonta’s Edward K. Griesmer chapter of National Residence Hall Honorary.

Hartwick Hails Class of ’19

Hartwick Class of 2019

Departs Oyaron Hill

Nursing major Mataiah Waters, Milford, above, walks with 214 fellow graduates during the recessional at Hartwick College,’s 88th annual Commencement on Oyaran Hill in Oneonta earlier this afternoon. At right, Hartwick President Margaret Drugovich, rear, joins the crowd in recognizing Eric Cooper, associate professor of biology, who was the recipient of this year’s esteemed Margaret B. Bunn Award for Outstanding Teaching. (Ian Austin/

Graduates Galore At SUNY Graduation


Graduates Galore

At SUNY Graduation!

Some 1,500 graduates took their final walk across the stage at this morning and afternoon in three-session SUNY Oneonta’s 130th Commencement in the Dewar Arena. Above, graduate Michael Bagby, Oneonta, shakes hands with SUNY President Barbara Jean Morris, who gave her first commencement to the class of ’19. At right, Oneonta’s Sapphira Koerner beams as she and her fellow students march out during the recessional.   Two alumni delivered commencement addresses at separate ceremonies: James C. Zachos, ’81, a widely published paleoclimatologist, professor of geology,  and National Academy of Sciences member,, spoke at the first session; Crystal L. Williams, ’77, CEO and executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, spoke at the two others.  Also, eight faculty members and four students received Chancellor Awards for Excellence (Ian Austin/

Richfield Springs Graduates 25 In Class Of 2018

Richfield Springs Graduates 25

Richfield Springs Central School Board of Education member Tony Bailey speaks during the schools 2018 graduation ceremony on Saturday morning. RSCS saw 25 students receive their diplomas, with Valedictorian Dhara Patel and Salutatorian Gabriella Hudziack addressing their classmates during the ceremony in the RSCS gymnasium. (Parker Fish/
30th Cherry Valley-Springfield Graduation Fills Opera House

30th Cherry Valley-Springfield

Graduation Fills Opera House

Gathering at the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Springfield, The Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School class of 2018 received their diplomas on Saturday morning, marking the end of their high school careers as students. Valedictorian Kaitlyn Ehlers and Salutatorian Amanda Pressly both spoke during the ceremony, as well as CV-S Spanish teacher Donna Ahrens. (Parker Fish/

Tour The World In Music


CONCERT – 3 p.m. Oneonta Community Concert Band presents a World Tour in Music featuring the “Star Spangled Banner,” “King Cotton March,” “Marche des Parachutists Belges,” “Amparito Roca,” more. Wilber Park, Oneonta. Call 607-437-0152.

GRADUATION – 1:30 p.m. CCS Seniors receive their diplomas. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8181 or visit

Oneonta Graduates Lauded For Care & Compassion

OHS Class of ’18 Lauded

For Care & Compassion

Leroy Williams, Jr. embraces one of his teachers, Kelly Tavarone, as the Oneonta High School Class of 2018 exits the auditorium following the 149th annual Commencement at the high school’s Belden Auditorium at this afternoon. The graduates, lauded by Principal Tom Brindley, right,  for their caring and compassionate nature, had an unheard of number fights during the school year: zero. “This is a group that cares about each other, looks out for each other and cheer each other on,” Brindley remarked. “(They) are a friendly smile on a bad day. What you do does not compare to who you are.” It was also announced that Brindley is being promoted to assistant superintendent, a new position.   “I consider it a privilege to graduate with you.” he said. Brindley’s successor will be his assistant principal, Anne Wolstenholme. (Ian Austin/



Milford Grads Begin Next Step

Milford Grads Begin Next Step

Milford Central School’s Class of 2018 Valedictorian Loren Harmon precesses down the center aisle after receiving his diploma. Harmon and his 26 classmates were the center of attention Friday evening, as proud parents, grandparents and community members showed up to recognize Milford’s newest graduates. (Parker Fish/

Intercontinental Soulful Music


CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy Embi Esti, intercontinental fusion band incorporating Afrobeat, North African, Romani traditions in soulful music. The Star Theater, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley. Call 607-264-3080 or visit

GRADUATION – 10:30 a.m. Seniors graduate. Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School District, 693 St. Hwy. 51, Gilbertsville. Call 607-783-2207 or visit


Summer Reading Kick-Off Fest


SUMMER KICK-OFF – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Take a ride in a horse drawn carriage, get your face painted, enjoy food, a bouncy house, face painting, more. Admission by donation. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-547-1980 or visit

GRADUATION – 7 – 8 p.m. Milford High School Seniors receive graduate. Milford Central School, 42 W. Main St., Milford. Call 607-286-7721 or visit


‘Ah Coopella’ At Woodside Hall


COMMUNITY PROGRAM – 6:30 p.m. “Ah Coopella” performs live at Woodside Hall, 1 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-0600 ext. 101 or visit

RABIES CLINIC – 6 – 8 p.m. Bring pets to be vaccinated or to receive their 3-year booster shot with Dr. Fassett. Edmeston Town Barns. Call 607-547-8111 or visit

CCS Seniors Walk Halls One Last Time

CCS Seniors Walk

Halls One Last Time

Cooperstown Central School Seniors Pierce Snyder, front, and Tom Knight, lead the Class of 2018, all donning caps and gowns for the occasion,  down the halls of the high school this afternoon, extending a 30-year tradition.  They were cheered by friends, family and fellow students.  (Parker Fish/
Hartwick Students Ring In Graduation

Hartwick Class of ’18

Rings In Graduation

Hartwick Collage Class of 2018 grad Tim Kinane, Smithtown, rings his ceremonial graduate bell with the rest of his fellow graduates during today’s commencement. (Parker Fish/
Hartwick President Dr. Margaret Drugovich addresses the Class of 2018.

ONEONTA – Despite the relentless downpour outside, Hartwick College held it 87th Commencement Ceremony today, under a large tent on Elmore Field.

Graduates were processed in by the Broome County Celtic Pipe & Drum Corps to the applause of the thousands of friends and family gathered to celebrate the occasion.

Between multiple musical features, staff and student awards, and two honorary degrees awarded in the ceremony, the crowd dug deep to find the energy to cheer for their graduates as they crossed the stage.

Kleniewski Recognized At Her Final SUNY Graduation

Class of ’18, Dr. Kleniewski

Bid SUNY A Fond Farewell

At the conclusion of this morning’s first commencement ceremony at SUNY Oneonta, Patrick Brown, left, applauds as Professor Craig Bielert, at podium, presents college President Nancy Kleiniewski with a large bouquet of flowers from her staff and colleagues in gratitude for her decade of service. Inset at right, commencement speaker Charles Bogosta, who received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from his alma mater, urges the class of 2018:  “Put yourselves out there and take chances.  Do that and you will realize nothing is impossible.” (Ian Austin/

Drug Court Graduates 6

6 Celebrate Graduation

From Anti-Drug Program

Friends, families and supporters filled the City Courtroom to celebrate the graduation of six from the Otsego County Drug Treatment Court program.  County Judge Brian Burns presided, with state Supreme Court Judge Michael V. Coccoma as the commencement speaker.  As deputy chief administrative judge of court outside New York City, Coccoma was involved in the program’s founding.  After receiving their completion certificates, graduates described their journeys away from addition. Above, Julie Dostal, LEAF executive director, congratulates graduate Kindell Worley, Oneonta, at the conclusion of this afternoon’s celebration. (Ian Austin/


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