2007 Recipients


Kathryn E Synder
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
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
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
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
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
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.