Students recognized at Chamber of Commerce breakfast

PERTH – Six students from the region Wednesday were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship for their success in their academics and in the community.

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce honored the students at its annual Student Recognition Breakfast at the Perthshire.

“We are here to recognize the academic achievements of the students in our region,” Chamber President Mark Kilmer said.

The event, which was started in the early 1990s, has awarded young adults in the area more than $100,000 in scholarships.

Kilmer said the scholarship awards previously were only for Fulton County students, but with the recent merger of the two chambers in Fulton and Montgomery counties, organizers added an additional five schools.

More than 250 Fulton and Montgomery County high school seniors, superintendents and educators attended the event, which awarded six local teens for their academic excellence.

This year’s senior scholarship award winners were Rachel Brown-Weinstock of Gloversville, Harrison Flint of Amsterdam, Alyssa Henry of Johnstown, Mary-Kate Poulin of Gloversville, Elizabeth VanDenburgh of Johnstown and Timothy Wolfe of Fort Plain.

The academic scholarship winners are chosen by the chamber’s Scholarship Committee, which reviews applicants’ qualifications in scholastic achievement, attendance, community involvement, school activities, economic need and a 500-word essay on what the scholarship would mean to them.

After the finalist were narrowed to the final 11, each student had an interview with the committee members before the six winners were selected.

“As a group, they are remarkably talented and involved in everything, and more importantly, seem to enjoy what they are doing,” said Jack Scott, a member of the Chamber Scholarship Committee.

Wolfe plans to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering this fall at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. He is ranked first in his class of 60 students with a cumulative grade-point average of 99.03.

“It is just an honor to get this, and there were a lot of kids here who were deserving of it,” Wolfe said. “I’m just happy to be selected.”

Poulin plans to pursue a degree in economics this fall at Duke University. She is ranked second in her class of 212 students with a weighted GPA of 99.12.

“It means a lot to me and will really help me out financially,” Poulin said. “I have been working really hard over the last few years, and it is just nice to be acknowledged for that.”

Henry will attend Nazareth College with plans to pursue a degree in biology with a focus on pre-med studies in preparation to obtain her doctorate as a practicing licensed anesthesiologist. She is ranked seventh in her class of 165 students with a cumulative GPA of 94.04.

“It just shows that our communities are out there to support us and it means a lot that our efforts are being recognized,” Henry said.

VanDenburgh will attend Cornell University this fall with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in applied physics and engineering. She is ranked first in her class of 165 with a cumulative GPA of 98.8.

“This is a vote of confidence in my future,” VanDenburgh said.

Flint has been accepted to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, where he will study classical and contemporary ballet and dance. He is ranked 26th in his class of 241 with a weighted average of 92.08.

“It means a lot and I am proud to be a part of the Fulton-Montgomery region,” Flint said.

Brown-Weinstock is interested in studying in the field of neuroscience or educational policy through Syracuse University. She is ranked first in a senior class of 212 students with a weighted GPA of 99.92.

“I’m excited that when you work hard your entire life, you can feel like everything you have done has been recognized,” Brown-Weinstock said. “It has been great and a lot of people have supported me.”