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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.