Recipients


Kara Williams
2005 - Geneva High School

Looking to pursue a career in Social Work or Education, Kara was a member of STAP (Student Teaching Assistant Program) and various sports and recreational activities. These activities included JV/Varsity Football and Basketball Cheerleading, JV/Varsity Lacrosse and a youth and teen group leader. Community involvement includes volunteer work with the Geneva Heroes, Roman Catholic Community Young Group, Geneva Whale Watch and Senior Citizen Gala. Work experience includes waitressing at the Lakeshore Grill, working social events at the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center and babysitting. While managing these responsibilities Kara managed to maintain a GPA of 84.2.

Mark Agnello
2005 - Geneva High School

Mark will focus on Public Relations at SUNY Albany begining in the fall of 2005. During high school Mark was a member of the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and National Honor Society and was awarded with Eagle Scout. His volunteer services include Altar boy at Trinity Episcopal Church in Geneva and projects in community service through the Boy Scouts of America. During the summer of 2005 Mark will be working at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and hopes to study abroad while attending college. Mark maintained a 91.6 average during high school.

Jessica Naranjo
2006 - Geneva High School


Joshua Bloom
2006 - Geneva High School

Josh is a junior at SUNY Brockport where he is studying physical education concentrating on teaching certification and coaching. He is a varsity wrestler and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He spends summers working as a camp counselor and a volunteer at ROCE6 in Rochester, a camp for inner city youth.

Donna Besley
2006 - Finger Lakes Community College

Donna works as a Teacher's Assistant in a first grade classroom at West Street School. When legislation changed requirements for permanent certification in her field, Donna found herself having to return to school for more credit hours. She cites help from friends, family and the Cuony Scholarship for her success in achieving good grades, a Phi Theta Kappa distinction, and the credit hours needed for permanent certification in a job she loves.

Kathryn E Synder
2007 - Finger Lakes Community College

A life long resident of Geneva who graduated sixth in her class from GHS in 2006. As a Theater Arts major at FLCC, she clearly demonstrated in her first semester the qualities identified as criteria for the scholarship: she took five classes, joined and became Secretary of the Theatre Club, participated in the Fall Mainstage Production, starred in the Spring Production and was inducted into Sigma Alpha Pi, the Society for Leadership and Success as well as Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society While doing all this, she also participated in fund raising activities at the college and has demonstrated her teamwork and leadership abilities in a number of other activities yet has achieved a GPA of 3.6 or an A- in the Fall Semester, increased her class load to six class in the Spring Semester and raised her GPA to 3.8 or an A. She is currently involved in the Geneva Theatre Guild's production of La Cage Aux Folles at the Smith Opera House.

Ryan A Taylor
2007 - Finger Lakes Community College

1997 graduate of GHS who originally attended FLCC in the Fall and Spring Semesters of 1997 and 1998 and then enlisted in the US Army and served with great distinction as an Airborne Ranger for over eight years as a seasoned combat veteran with deployments to Kosovo and Iraq where he conducted long range surveillance missions, leading teams of 3-5 soldiers deep behind enemy lines; he also served as a Squad Leader during Operation Iraqi Freedom where according to his Platoon Leader, 'instilled faith and confidence in his subordinates' and, went on to write, 'I would put my life in Ryan's hands any day...again.' Returning to FLCC for the Fall Semester of 2006, he received a perfect 4.0 GPA or an A. He ultimately plans to obtain a four year degree in Nursing and use his military experience to work for the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Sarah J Hang
2007 - Geneva High School

In addition to achieving a 93.6 GPA, Sarah participated for five years on the GHS swim team which she not only captained her senior year, but was also selected MVP in grades 10,11, and 12. She was also Class Secretary of her class in grades 10, 11 and 12 and elected Treasurer of the National Honor Society. Sarah received the Smith Book Award and the Hall of Fame Award for her swimming accomplishments. Among her volunteer services are participation in the Whale Watch, the Library Youth Advisory Board, the Timetable Swim Program at the YMCA, GHS Boys Varsity Swim Team and the HIV/AIDS Peer Education Program for three years. She has worked as a life guard for three years, a swim instructor for four years, and a violin instructor. She plans on a career as an elementary teacher and will be attending SUNY Geneseo starting in the Spring Semester of 2008.

Matthew S Reiners
2007 - Geneva High School

Matthew achieved an 88.51 GPA and participated on the GHS Junior Varsity and Varsity basketball and baseball teams during his four years; in his senior year, he was voted MVP for Varsity baseball, received the Gene Langan Memorial Athletic Award, and made first team All League in baseball. He was also Secretary of the Varsity Club, a member of the Student Council, and was active in Homecoming activities. Matt, a member of the National Honor Society, is a graduate of Boys' State and achieved Advanced Mastery in Math and Mastery on English Regents. His volunteer services include the Whale Watch, Relay for Life, Hoops for Heart, and he is also an active member of his church. He has worked for three summers as a technician at the New York State Experimental Station, umpired for Little League Baseball, and remains an active baby sitter. In addition to attending SUNY at Fredonia this fall, he plans on ultimately obtaining a Masters Degree.

Kyle Collins
2007 - DeSales High School

Kyle has clearly demonstrated the qualities that make him worthy of this award: he has compiled an average of 85 during his four years; he has been nominated and achieved the newly introduced Student of the Month Award twice since its recent inception. He was Captain of the Varsity basketball team and played all four years. This past year, he injured his foot and was unable to play for much of the season yet he continued to attend all of the practices and was very supportive of his team mates during the games. He also competed on the Varsity football team for two years. Kyle, for the last three years, has worked at Hemdale Farms where he has done everything from weeding and planting to operating farm machinery. He was a student 'hall monitor' his senior year; he was always respected by the students because he exercised his authority in a firm, consistent tone. Some students you will know because of their grades, accomplishments, and for the fact that they broadcast their good deeds. Kyle does his good work in the background, choosing to let other people have the spotlight. Kyle will attend FLCC in the fall and will attend Blacksmithing school in the spring of 2008.

Kari Johnson
2007 - DeSales High School

Kari who much like Kyle, leads in her own unassuming way. Yet, you can always count on her to make a meeting, a practice or deliver when she has made a promise. She was a valuable member of the Middle States Validation team. While some adults missed meetings over the year long process, Kari never missed a meeting. When she did speak, her comments were relevant, insightful and meaningful. She has maintained an average of 90 for the past four years. Kari was captain of the basketball consistently motivating her teammates with her hustle and words. A coach's dream! She has volunteered with Senior Citizens groups, Christmas Families, and the Food Pantry. She is a trusted employee of Wegman's operating one of the cash registers and receiving a Wegman's scholarship. She will attend St. John Fisher in the fall having received a partial scholarship to attend.

Mary Calabrese
2008 - Finger Lakes Community College

Mary is a 1992 graduate of Geneva High, with two children: a nine year old daughter, Nicole and a four year old son, Dominick. She works 35 hours a week at Royce and Rosen Kranz where she has been employed for four years; she has been a licensed insurance agent for fourteen years. In addition, she has been attending FLCC on a part time basis for the last 7 years where she has been successfully working towards a degree in Graphic Arts and ultimately pursuing her dream of a career in the art field. She has been on the Dean's list for most semesters. With this busy lifestyle, she finds time to do volunteer work and donates considerable amounts of her artwork to charities. In her spare time, Mary and her daughter 'create unique pieces of jewelry and sell them at the Smith Opera House and the South Bristol Cultural Center.' Her experiences at FLCC have made her a more confident person as well as making her feel that she is much closer to the realization of her dreams. She is also very much aware of the fact that she is setting a good example for her children and that they too can achieve their goals if they work hard and persevere. Mary is a 'firm believer in working hard and setting her goals very high'. 'It is so important not to let go of your dreams'. Her work ethic, discipline, creativity and commitment are well-documented and unequivocally make her a most worthy and deserving recipient of the Ed and Gerry Cuony Scholarship as well as an outstanding example of what the community college is all about.

Pat A DeVellis
2008 - Finger Lakes Community College

Pat has "lived a life that most people would not understand." In primary and elementary school, he was an exemplary student and a Boy Scout. His father, Patsy DeVellis, a self-employed handy man whom Pat followed around virtually every day after school was his "world." As Pat was preparing to enter 6th grade, his father passed away and his own life began a "downward spiral." His grades dropped and he had what he now acknowledges "extreme disciplinary problems." Thanks to two concerned staff members at the Geneva Middle School, he was able to get his "life back on track." He left school before the end of his freshman year; attended BOCES classes; received his GED and took on a sereies of part time jobs, most at minimum wage to help support his family and help them keep their home. In 2006, with Mom's blessing, Pat entered FLCC where he initially encountered some difficulty and frustration but soon adjusted to his new environment. According to one of his professors, Pat eventually "demonstrated great intellectual curiosity, very strong interpersonal skills, continued improvement, and considerable potential to grow and thrive in academic situations." Pat plans to attend Hobart College, and ultimately, his dream is to obtain a Doctorate degree and to give back to his community by teaching at FLCC. Thus far, his hard work, conscientiousness and commitment have indicated that he is well on his way to a successful future.

Hannah Y Schoonover
2008 - Geneva High School

Throughout her 4 years at Geneva High, Hannah has pursued a challenging and rigorous academic schedule: Advanced Placement courses in Language and Composition, Physics, US History, Biology, and Calculus; four years of Latin; and she competed in the Math League. She achieved a GPA of 92.7. In addition to her academic successes, Hannah became involved in a unique program called "New Visions Medical" offered through BOCES and Geneva General Hospital for students who are interested in the medical profession. She spent half of her day at Geneva General and was given the opportunity to examine a full array of medical careers. Hannah has also been involved in many other activities in school and the community. She is a member of the National Honor Society; she was a member of the band for four years; and participated in school plays and musicals as well as the Geneva Theater Guild. She also was a key participant on the Varsity Cross Country team. Hannah will be attending Ithaca College where she will be enrolled in the school's outstanding and challenging Physical Therapy program.

Marc Mason
2008 - Geneva High School

Marc's academic pursuits during his four years at GHS are most impressive: Advanced Placement courses in US History, World History and Biology; 4 years of Spanish; and he received final grades in the 90's in all of his Social Science courses. He achieved a GPA of 88.6.He also has received a Wegman's scholarship and the Senator Mike Nozollio Award. He participated in a number of sports: Football for 3 years; Lacrosse for 2 years; Track for two years; and Basketball for two years; and, was a delegate to Boys' State; he was a member of Model UN. He has done volunteer work involving foreign aid at St. Stephens, participated in the Big Brother, Big Sister program, the Blood Drive, and the 30 Hour Famine. This summer, Marc will be participating in the Presidential Classroom Future Leaders Summit at Georgetown University. He will be attending Syracuse University in the fall to pursue a dual major in International Relations and Law with a minor in Political Science. He plans to receive his Masters degree and ultimately work with the United Nations Security Council to help create resolutions for global issues.

Elena Augustus
2008 - DeSales High School

Elena Augustus has clearly demonstrated the qualities that make her worthy of this prestigious award. She achieved a 90 GPA for four years and was this year's NYS Lottery Scholarship winner. Elena was a member of Key Club, vice-president of the National Honor Society and an active member of Student Council all four years. A four year Varsity basketball player, Elena was a first team all-league selection in her junior and senior years. She also participated on the girls soccer and softball Varsity teams. She is a talented vocalist, a coach for the CYO girls basketball team and a volunteer at Geneva General Hospital Day Care. Elena will attend Keuka College to pursue her studies and play on the Keuka Storm basketball team.

Robert Gilles Jr.
2008 - DeSales High School

Robert Gilles Jr. has excelled as a DeSales High School Student-Athlete. He achieved a 96 GPA for four years,receiving several top academic awards in Math, Biology and Chemistry. A five-year starting player on both the bowling and baseball teams, he was named first team all league all five years in both sports. This year he was named Captain of the football team. Robert was president of his senior class and participated in Student Council all four years. He is a graduate of Boy's State, a member of the Middle States Committee and a mentor in the DeSales Reading Program. He has volunteered at the Sons of Italy, Geneva Lunch Program and was the top fundraiser for the DeSales Walk-A-Thon. Robert is a recipient of the University of Rochester Susan B. Anthony Award and the Helen Gallagher Award for service. He will attend HighPoint College, North Carolina to pursue his studies and play Division 1 Baseball.

Lorne Fancett
2009 - Finger Lakes Community College

A 1986 graduate of Geneva High School, Lorne Fancett has returned to college at FLCC following a 14-year career in the United States Air Force that included service in 20 countries. He has received several medals for his military work, including the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his efforts in Operation Enduring Freedom and a Humanitarian Service Medal for his work at the Oklahoma City bombing site in 1995. A Dean's list student at FLCC, Fancett is studying Nursing, and plans to acquire his license as a Registered Nurse.

Devin Spears
2009 - Finger Lakes Community College

A 1999 graduate of Waterloo High School, Devin Spears is currently a Deans List student at FLCC, where she is three courses away from receiving her degree in Accounting. Married and the mother of a five year old son, Spears puts family at the heart of her goals, hoping to optimize her at-home hours by operating her own accounting business. Spears previously worked at Geneva's Living Center, where she helped care for Gerry Cuony and met Ed on his daily visits.

Katherine Reiners
2009 - Geneva High School

Katherine Reiners graduated from Geneva High School in June 2009, following an active high school career, including service as Class President for three years, a Student Council Representative for four years, and three years of high school cheerleading. Now a psychology major at SUNY Fredonia, Katherine has added service on her dorm counsel and involvement in community service projects to her classroom experience. In addition, She was accepted into the University dance group, allowing her to continue to study dance, as she has for the past fourteen years.

Adam Murphy
2009 - Geneva High School

By the time Adam Murphy graduated from Geneva High School in June 09, he had held leadership roles in everything from a festival and high school club to celebrate Geneva's diversity to the Geneva Varsity Soccer team. He was ordained as a Subdeacon for St Michael's Parish, served as Vice President of the diocese teen group, and was named an Eagle Scout through Troop 4 in Geneva. He headed up the school's art club, played music with the HWS Brass Ensemble and interned with "Geneva 13" a quarterly magazine about Geneva Life. Now a first year student at McGill University in Montreal Canada, Adam is studying Religion and hoping to minor in Middle East Peace and Conflict Studies. Looking forward, he hopes to have the opportunity to work in Lebanon or Palestine, either through the Peace Corps or IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities).

Brendan Costello
2009 - DeSales High School

Brendan Costello graduated from DeSales High School in June 09, after serving as President of both the National Honor Society and Student Council, An outstanding athlete, Costello played baseball, basketball, golf, and football for the Saints. As a first year student in the Honors Program at the University of Hartford, Brendan plans to major in biology, and continue on as a pre-medical student. He has been active in intramural sports and is a member of the university Pre-Med Club.

Margaret Shaffer
2009 - DeSales High School

The salutatorian of the DeSales Class of 2009, Margaret Shaffer was Secretary of the Honor Society, active in athletics and many clubs and organizations. Her involvement is something she intends to continue at Nazareth College, where she is currently enrolled as a first year student. She is following an exploratory program, taking a wide range of courses, including religious studies, economics and computer science

Anna Morreale
2010 - Finger Lakes Community College

A Childhood Education major at Finger Lakes Community College, Anna works full-time as Assistant Day Hab Coordinator at the Seneca- Cayuga ARC. She serves as the 4-H leader for the ARC as well, where she directs programs such as the Red Book Shelf project that collects and distributes children's books in the community. Anna is mom to two daughters, ages 5 and 6.

John William Cosgrove
2010 - Finger Lakes Community College

A father of two active children, John returned to school after 30 years of working in the construction industry when an injury caused him to rethink his employment path. Now studying Chemical Dependency Counseling at FLCC, John is a Dean's List student with a goal of working as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor in the Geneva area. He volunteers with his children's baseball and swim programs, serves as a field trip volunteer for their classes, and with his family, participates in the Curb to Sidewalk Cleanup Program. John and his wife Tracy have placed their children at the heart of all they do, working together to provide a sense of security, love, and belonging in their Geneva home.

Kelley Driscoll
2010 - Geneva High School

A 2010 graduate of Geneva High School, Kelley is studying nursing at Plattsburg State College. During her high school years she participated in the concert and marching bands, the art club, and the concert chorus. A standout runner, Kelley was a member of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams all four years. She was the first female in GHS's history to qualify for NYS competition, which she did each year of her high school career. She was a member of the 2009 FLHSAA East Girls Cross Country championship team, a member of the FL League First Team, and elected MVP for Track in her senior year. Kelley interned at Geneva General Hospital in nursing and volunteered in several community service programs, including the Musselman Triathlon, Relay for Life, and the HWS 5K Road Race. She was also active with the Yates County Humane Society, volunteering to assist with animals and was a member of TIES (Together Including Every Student) serving as a counselor and friend to a group of disabled children.

Cassandra J Snyder
2010 - Geneva High School

Cassandra Snyder is a 2010 graduate of Geneva High School now enrolled at St John Fisher College where she is studying nursing and pre-law. Active in many extra curricular activities at GHS, she was president of her class and the student council in her senior year. She received several awards among them the Ann M. Irving Award, the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, the Geneva Teachers Association Scholarship, the Ontario County Sophomore of the Year Award, the Michael F Nozzolio Citizenship Award and the American Citizenship Award. Her volunteer activities include work for the American Red Cross, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Leaders Spark, St. Mary's Adult Choir and Vacation Bible School , Ontario County Youth Bureau, Together in Every Situation (TIES) and service as a peer educator and Freshman Orientation Coordinator at the high school. She sang with Varsity Singers and was active with the Cooking, Drama and Science Clubs.

Michael Warner
2010 - Geneva High School

Michael is a 2010 graduate of Geneva High School currently enrolled at SUNY Cortland, where he studies business and economics. A member of the Geneva varsity football and lacrosse teams for three year, Michael was named to first team all-league and selected as MVP in both sports. He was a team captain for lacrosse in his senior year, and was also named a US Lacrosse All-American. He volunteered at the Festival of Nations and United Way Day of Caring, and in addition to the Cuony Award, received the Larry and Nancy Russell Memorial Scholarship, the John Snyder Memorial Lacrosse Award, and the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame Award.

Jacob Williams
2010 - DeSales High School

The Valedictorian of the DeSales Class of 2010, Jacob is studying bio-engineering at the University of Rochester. While at DeSales, Jacob played football, basketball and baseball, and was active with the student council. He was a Boys State Delegate and participated in the American Mathematics Competition. He volunteered for the Community Lunch Program, the Golden Olympics, AECC Park Program, and as a face painter for community events. He received many academic awards, among them the HWS Finger Lakes Scholar Award, the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and the RPI Medal.

Kaitlin Hastings
2010 - DeSales High School

The Salutatorian of the DeSales Class of 2010, Kaitlin Hastings is a first year student at William Smith College, where she intends to follow a pre-law curriculum. While at DeSales, she was a varsity cheerleader for both football and basketball, winning the Exceptional Senior Cheerleader Award and squad MVP. She was a member of student council, and Master Minds and served as treasurer of the National Honor Society and layout editor of the student newspaper. She took part in the Senior Apostle Leadership Team and volunteered in her church, St Francis-Stephen's School, and for the Knights of Columbus, as well as the Seneca-Cayuga ARC, Musselman Triathlon and the Geneva General Childcare Center. Her academic awards include the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, the American Chemical Society Top Chemist Award, Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award, the Hands of Christ Award, the VFW Post 2670 Award, the David DeMaria Memorial Award, the Stolz-Lawson Memorial Scholarship and the Ontario County Youth Board Recognition Award.

Abbie Rearick
2011 - Finger Lakes Community College

When Abbie lost her job as a high school teaching assistant due to district budget cuts she quickly turned her devastation into action. Seeing the opportunity to better herself and model for her three young sons, Abbie enrolled at Finger Lakes Community College to pursue a degree in nursing. With two semesters on the Dean's List, she continues to be active in her children's school and sports activities while also volunteering for Relay for Life. Abbie is a second-year student in nursing at Finger Lakes Community College.

Michael Rosato
2011 - Finger Lakes Community College

Active on the Finger Lakes Community College Campus, Michael is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and has been named Geneva Extension Coordinator. He looks forward to completing his degree this year and continuing his education at a four year college to study environmental science, inspired by interests in field biology and environmental law. His full schedule includes part-time work and a devotion to family as he assists his father through intense physical therapy during the past year. Michael is a second-year student at Finger Lakes Community College.

Mason Clark
2011 - Geneva High School

Mason has spent his first year at University of Buffalo tackling general education requirements, while contemplating majors to pursue that best fit his many varied interests. He settled on environmental studies, attracted by its call for a healthier environment, and looks forward to research in agriculture, diet, and an exploration of our impact on the planet. In addition to a full academic schedule, Mason has been working close to full time at a Buffalo-area cafe.

Ashley Essom
2011 - Geneva High School

Ashley has invested her energies at SUNY Cortland to a successful adjustment to the many changes that happen between a high school and college environment. Devoting herself to her studies and formulating good work habits, Ashley has enjoyed meeting new people and developing a confidence and comfort at her new school. She intends to pursue a degree in biology with the ultimate goal of attending graduate school in physical therapy.

McKenzie Ritter
2011 - Geneva High School

McKenzie is an engaged and enthusiastic first year student at Syracuse University, where she is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences as a psychology major. She was named to the Dean's List in her first semester and holds a job through the work study program.

Francesca Brand
2011 - DeSales High School

Francesca entered DePaul with plans to major in psychology through a special five-year program that awards both bachelor and masters degrees. With a strong musical background that includes performance on both piano and alto sax, she is also keeping music in her academic profile. Her favorite first semester course explored the Chicago Blues scene, and opened her eyes to a broad cultural environment that has helped to make DePaul feel like a second home. As she was in high school, Francesca has continued to be active in community service, working with a DePaul club that promotes awareness of concussions among Chicago youths.

Rigan Austin
2011 - DeSales High School

Rigan is considering a major or a minor in psychology as he begins his college career at SUNY Brockport. He plays intramural basketball in his spare time, and also sees action in intramural sports as a paid referee through the campus Recreational Services.