As another successful school year has concluded for the Windham Ashland Central School District, the Class of 2017 geared up to receive their well-deserved diplomas at their graduation. On a beautiful Friday afternoon on June 23rd, the seniors celebrated their academic achievements with friends and family from all over the community. This year, the Windham Foundation was generous enough to contribute four awards to the list of scholarships recognized during the ceremony.
Outstanding Student Award
“While we set the criteria, the WAJ Scholarship committee selects the student,” said Phyllis Parrish, Windham Foundation Board Member, “education is key to the mission of the Windham Foundation.”
In such a competitive setting, grades, character, contribution to the community, and initiative as well as a submission of a resume and essay are evaluated by the committee. Subaru was described by the committee as confident, determined, focused and kind. It was noted that he is an excellent role model and looked up to by younger students. With these qualities, along with his exceptional academic record, work ethic and unwavering commitment to help others, the committee is certain that he is bound for success. The $15,000 award will be distributed over Subaru’s 4 years at Boston University. As the 16th student to receive this honor, we wish Subaru much success.
Trade & Technical Scholarship Award
Joseph Barnum was the Trade School Award winner for the WAJ Class of 2017. His interest in cars and his significant efforts to become an auto mechanic is undeniable and admirable. In high school, Joe had the opportunity to attend ONC BOCES and receive his Completion Certificate in Automotives. He plans to attend the prestigious T-10 program sponsored by Toyota at Columbia Greene Community College in the Fall of 2017. He will then be placed into an internship program in Kingston, New York, where he will learn from the bottom up, gaining valuable knowledge from the mechanics that have come before him. Joe’s uncompromising efforts to achieve his dream in the automobile industry has led the scholarship committee to reward him with an award of $2,000.
BOCES Scholarship Award
The BOCES award recipient for the 2017 WAJ high school graduation was presented to Matthew Skopinsky. Granted with the Trade and Technical Scholarship, Matthew has exhibited tremendous academic and personal growth throughout his years at Windham. Noted as a hard worker, he is also greatly respected and adored by his peers. Matthew received a two-year completion certificate from ONC BOCES for the Visual Communications Trade this June. As he furthers his education at Columbia Greene Community College in the Fall, he hopes to pursue a career in Video Game and Graphic Design. We are confident that his passion for visual communications and his ability to persevere will take him far in life. His reward of $1,000 will be distributed evenly over the course of 2 years.
Windham Ashland Jewett Central School has been fortunate enough to have some incredible teachers over the years. Lara McAneny is a high school English Language Arts teacher and has worked in the field of education for over 13 years. She has 2 Masters in Education and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership. Lara is a compassionate and devoted educator, mother, and wife whose love for teaching shines through the WAJ halls. She is the first beneficiary of the Outstanding Teacher’s Award which grants $1,000. Without amazing teachers like Lara, it would be impossible for students to expand their knowledge and continue their education. Thank you for all that you do!