GraduationsBrandon Sinclair of Central Valley graduated from Hofstra University in Hempstead last December, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

Dean’s listLisa Weissburg of Highland Mills was named to the Dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2016 semester at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. To qualify, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in a program of at least 14 credits with at least 12 graded credits.

Weissburg is majoring in public health studies and East Asian studies and will graduate in May 2019.

She is the daughter of Robert and Theresa Weissburg and attended Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley.

Awards, programs, honorsJuliet Vahos of Monroe was one of 11 members of SUNY Oneonta’s Habitat for Humanity club who spent spring break (March 4-12) volunteering with a Habitat affiliate in Vero Beach, Fla.

Vahos, who is majoring in communication studies at SUNY Oneonta, spent the first two days working in the Habitat for Humanity Restore, where members of the community donated goods and volunteers sorted through the items, priced them, and put them out in the store to sell.

The next day, the students helped install siding and shingles on a Habitat house under construction. After that, they painted an entire house and shed as part of the county’s revitalization project.

“Throughout the trip, we were so welcomed by everyone in the county,” said club President Victoria DeLorenzo. “On the first night, the local church invited us for dinner, and the second night a wonderful couple from Oneonta invited us to their home. This trip is so rewarding because we get to see how much of a difference we can make in people’s lives. It’s great to see how Habitat for Humanity brings communities together.”

The trip was part of Habitat for Humanity International’s Collegiate Challenge Program.

A total of 193 students received the SUNY Oneonta 2016-2017 Susan Sutton Smith Award for academic excellence. To be eligible for the award, a student must be a freshman, sophomore or junior with a grade-point average of 3.9 or higher.

The following area students received the Susan Sutton Smith Award:

Michelle Iaccarino of Monroe, music industry major.

Juliet Vahos of Monroe, communication studies major.

Two students from Monroe participated in UDance, the University of Delaware’s largest student-run philanthropy benefiting the Wilmington, Delaware-based Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. In March, the organization celebrated a year’s worth of fund raising during its 11th annual twelve-hour dance marathon. UDance is the fifth largest college dance marathon in the nation with over 2,000 student participants.

Throughout the academic year, students raised a total of more than $1.8 million. Funds provide financial assistance to families of children battling pediatric cancer and also fund cutting edge, life-saving research studies.

Area students who participated in the event include:

Allison Backus of Monroe as a dancer.

Lauren Walsh of Monroe as a moraler.



Susquehanna University student MacKenzie Ryan of Highland Mills is serving an internship this spring at AACA Museum.

Ryan’s responsibilities include writing meaningful story content labels for specific exhibits. Through the course of the internship, she will gain experience in working in the museum industry as well as further develop skills in technical writing for larger companies.

Ryan is a strategic communications and psychology major in the Class of 2017.

A 2013 graduate of Monroe-Woodbury High School, she is the daughter of JoAnne Sullivan and Timothy Ryan.