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Bishop Ludden Senior Earns Community Achievement Award

Jared Taylor, a resident of North Syracuse and senior at Bishop Ludden Junior-Senior High School, is the February recipient of Keuka College’s Community Achievement Award.

Taylor will receive a $68,000 scholarship ($17,000 annually) in recognition of his strong academic and community service record.

Taylor was nominated for the award by Katie DeBlois, director of guidance at Bishop Ludden.

“I believe Jared is the perfect candidate for the Community Achievement Award because he epitomizes what it means to be a selfless and compassionate individual,” said DeBlois. “He makes the people, places, and animals around him better because of his efforts. He has a genuine interest in helping others.”

According to DeBlois, Bishop Ludden, like Keuka College, places great importance on community service.

“We require a certain number of volunteer hours each year, and Jared consistently far exceeds our expectations,” said DeBlois. “He goes above and beyond what we ask of him, and he truly lives our message of service to others. He is always ready to lend a helping hand.”

Among Taylor’s community service activities is Big Brothers Big Sisters. A Big Brother since his freshman year, Taylor plans to continue his participation in the program after enrolling in Keuka.

Taylor, who plays baseball for the Gaelic Knights, shares his talent and passion for athletics with youngsters in a youth baseball program. An altar server at St. Joseph the Worker, Taylor has helped train new altar servers, and volunteers at the church’s food pantry and nursery. A regular blood donor, he also lends his time to Helping Hounds Dog Rescue, a local animal shelter, “about which he is especially passionate,” said DeBlois.

“He believes in helping the dogs so much that he adopted a coon hound who had been abused,” she said. “Now the dog gets the love every pet deserves.”

“I have had the sincere pleasure of getting to know Jared both as a student and a person,” said DeBlois. “I fully believe he deserves this prestigious award.”

For more information on the Community Achievement Award, or to nominate a high school senior, go to: http://www.keuka.edu/community/

 

Midlakes Senior Earns Community Achievement Award

Samantha Peacock, a resident of Phelps and senior at Midlakes High School, is the November recipient of Keuka College’s Community Achievement Award.

Peacock will receive a $68,000 scholarship ($17,000 annually) in recognition of her strong academic and community service record.

The College will select five monthly winners during the 2012-13 academic year. Emma Karaman of Sherburne was the September recipient while Emily Good of Lockport was honored in October.

Peacock was nominated for the award by Chris Tillman ’97, a school counselor at Midlakes.

“Samantha is an active member of our school and community and works tirelessly to help make our area a better place to live and learn,” said Tillman. “The impact of her presence on our community is too deep to measure, and there clearly will be void next year when she’s away at college.”

Peacock, who plays soccer and lacrosse for the Screaming Eagles, shares her talent and passion for athletics with youngsters in the Little Dribblers basketball program. She is also a Spanish mentor at Midlakes Primary School.

She has volunteered at a local animal shelter since she was a middle school student and helped make the Ontario County Fun at the Farm day “a success by helping with the preparation and implementation of the event,” said Tillman.

Peacock, who also lends her time and talents to her church, has spent many hours helping raise funds for school organizations. She volunteered at the school’s open house, served as volunteer manager for the wrestling team, and worked the Breakfast with Santa event.

“You don’t typically see someone Samantha’s age that is so selfless with a desire to help others,” said Tillman.

Said Peacock: “Nothing but good comes from volunteering. It’s rewarding to see how appreciative people are.”

For more information on the Community Achievement Award, or to nominate a high school senior, go to: http://www.keuka.edu/community/

Community Service “A Great Part of My Life”

Emily Good

Emily Good, a resident of Lockport and senior at Mount St. Mary Academy, is the October recipient of Keuka College’s Community Achievement Award.

Good will receive a $68,000 scholarship ($17,000 annually) in recognition of her strong academic and community service record.

The College will select five monthly winners during the 2012-13 academic year. Emma Karaman of Sherburne was the September recipient and others will be selected in November, December, and January.

Good was nominated for the award by Helen Scimeca, campus minister/community service coordinator at Mount St. Mary.

“Emily is an excellent student and an asset to our school,” said Scimeca. “She demonstrates her enthusiasm to help others through community service programs at the school and her church.”

Since her freshman year, Good has completed 287 hours of community service, 122 more than the school requires.

“Community service is a great part of my life and has been since I was little,” said Good. “I choose to perform community service because it is important to be involved and help others.”

Good received bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Awards in 2011 and 2012, “and I am sure she will receive another in 2013,” said Scimeca, who added that Good “has always been eager to accept responsibility for many events as well as fill in wherever needed without being asked.

“Emily is a talented and dependable young lady with outstanding organizational skills and the ability to successfully complete multiple tasks with favorable results despite deadline pressures,” said Scimeca.

For more information on the Community Achievement Award, or to nominate a high school senior, go to: http://www.keuka.edu/community/

Community Achievement Award Recipient Sets the Bar High

Emma Karaman, a resident of Sherburne and senior at Sherburne-Earlville (S-E) Central School, is the inaugural recipient of Keuka College’s Community Achievement Award.

Karaman will receive a $68,000 scholarship ($17,000 anually) in recognition of her strong academic and community service record.

The College will select five monthly winners during the 2012-13 academic year. Karaman is the September recipient and others will be selected in October, November, December, and January.

Karaman was nominated for the award by Candice Poyer, high school counselor.

“Her willingness and desire to donate every free minute to working and mentoring children makes her an excellent and deserving recipient of this award,” said Poyer. “Since her freshman year, she has used her free time to assist elementary teachers in their classrooms. Occasionally, I have juniors and seniors do this, but Emma was the first freshman who had the desire and maturity to be a valuable resource to the teachers.”

Karaman plans to pursue a degree in adolescent education and in addition to teaching, hopes to pursue a career in coaching. That should not come as a surprise, since her talent for working with children extends beyond the classroom.

The leading scorer on the S-E soccer team, “Emma shares her talent, love of the sport, positive attitude, and tremendous work ethic with youth soccer teams,” said Poyer.

However, her athletic acumen isn’t confined to soccer. She holds the school’s pole vault record.

“I always wanted to fly,” explained Karaman of her attraction to the sport.

A time-management whiz, Karaman is a member of the concert and marching bands and a dance troupe selected to perform at Disney World.  In addition, she has been instrumental in organizing numerous class activities, from chicken barbecues to the prom.

“Emma is admired and respected by her peers,” said Poyer.

Karaman is also active in her community, serving as an acolyte, assistant Sunday school teacher, and member of the youth group at her church. She is a frequent volunteer at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.

For more information on the Community Achievement Award, or to nominate a high school senior, click here.