Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
Students at Oswego County BOCES kicked off a fundraising initiative March 28 by learning a bit more about Type 1 diabetes, a chronic condition they hope to eliminate by raising money for a cure.
The efforts were spearheaded by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club to support one of its own members, an 11-year-old hard-of-hearing student who also battles Type 1 diabetes.
Teresa Thompson, of Oswego, was diagnosed with the disease two years ago and her peers and BOCES personnel have rallied behind her to raise funds for JDRF, (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) the leading global organization for Type 1 diabetes research.
“We do a community service project with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club every year,” said Nancy Cooper, a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at Oswego County BOCES. “It’s nice to be able to give back to a cause that directly impacts one of our students.”
As part of the kickoff event, students in exceptional education, public safety and justice, and multi-occupations programs had an opportunity to view a presentation about the two forms of diabetes. JDRF development assistant and Kids Walk coordinator Katie Mauro was on hand to explain more about the less common Type 1 diabetes.
“Type 1 is not contagious … and you can’t get it from eating too much sugar. It is an autoimmune disease where your pancreas does not produce insulin,” she said. “It never goes away.”
Although there is no cure today, Mauro noted there are continuous advancements in the treatment of the disease and fundraisers like the one sponsored by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club are major contributors to fund the groundbreaking research.
Students at Oswego County BOCES will conduct a smaller-scale walk at the Mexico campus at 9 a.m. April 11. The public Kids Walk will take place at 9 a.m. April 26 at Mexico High School.
For more information or to make a donation, visit kidswalk.jdrf.org or contact Oswego County BOCES Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher Tammy Seymour at email@example.com or 591-0657.
Buccaneer Bulletin, the official newspaper of Oswego High School, has begun a new website.
The website can be accessed at buccaneerbulletin.com and opened for public access April 1.
“This has been a fun collaboration between the people at iHeart Oswego and the staff at Buc Bulletin,” said Rachel Purtell, webmaster of the new Buccaneer Bulletin website.
“We wanted a site that we could access, make changes to every day and had relevancy to the student body. iHeart helped make that happen for us,” she said.
“They donated their services, expertise and time to create an up-to-date, eye appealing website that offers the flexibility we needed. Students can access a gallery of photos taken by the staff, sports and clubs announcements, lunch menus and current weather conditions.”
“In addition you will be able to view the live feed from our Facebook page.” said Editor-in-Chief Tara Stacy. “We feel the new website will give our peers instant access to our content and will allow us to better adapt to the ever-changing world of journalism.”
The website will feature both current and past issues back to 2005. the staff wants people who are more comfortable with online reading to be able to check out the newspaper from their computer, phone or tablet.
The online version will also offer additional advertising opportunities for businesses and organizations.
For more information about the Buccaneer Bulletin, call 341-2200 and ask for Room 129 and visit us at BuccaneerBulletin.com.
Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
Students enrolled in the Oswego County BOCES cosmetology program took their classroom knowledge to the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center March 30 for the St. Baldrick’s Day head-shaving fundraising tradition.
The annual event aims to generate money for childhood cancer research, with participants collecting donations and then getting their heads shaved in solidarity.
With more than 200 people lining up to have their heads shaved, a 21-person team from Oswego County BOCES helped keep the line moving.
“(Our team) shaved about 100 heads in donation of our time,” said BOCES cosmetology instructor Rose Hartman.
Hartman said there were all types of people who had their heads shaved – males, females, high school seniors and senior citizens.
Hair longer than 12 inches was placed into a ponytail and then cut. Hartman said the 25 ponytails that were collected will be donated to Wigs for Kids and Locks of Love.
In addition to donating their time, the BOCES cutting crew chipped in $250. Roughly $150 of that amount was raised during a Cut-a-Thon held March 21 at the Mexico BOCES campus.
During that event, cosmetology students cut family members’ hair, colored hair and did manicures for a donation to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
A number of local college and high school students have been honored.
Paul Smith’s College
One hundred high school students earned scholarships to Paul Smith’s College after competing in the Presidential Scholarship Competition Feb. 22. Recipients include Jessica Lord of Phoenix, a $1,000 scholarship; and Jason Mattice of Fulton, a $5,000 scholarship.
Contestants participated in a pair of group problem-solving challenges as part of the competition. Scholarship awards ranged between $1,000 and full tuition. Recipients who choose to attend Paul Smith’s are eligible to receive the scholarships annually for as long as they are enrolled.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Matthew Lees of Cato, is studying abroad in Rome, Italy, during Spring Semester 2014. Lees is a third-year-year film and animation major in Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Also: Ashlynn Palmitesso of Fulton, a sophomore on the women’s basketball team, is among the honorees named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team. Palmitesso is in RIT’s biomedical engineering program. The Liberty League’s winter championship sports include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s squash, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving. To be recognized as a member of the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20.
SUNY New Paltz
The following local residents were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester.
Bella Degelorm, Fulton, biology major; Jared Loperfido, Fulton, digital media production major.
Dean’s List designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade point average in a semester with a full-time course load.
Casey Chase, Central Square, is one of 23 SUNY Potsdam student-athletes to earn a spot on the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Commissioner’s List for the Fall 2013 semester. Chase is a sophomore member of the SUNY Potsdam volleyball team. Players named to the Commissioner’s List have a minimum of a 3.3 GPA based on three semesters at Potsdam.
Also: Kartina Sheats of Pulaski is in the cast of “Suor Angelica” and “Angelique,” being performed this month by the Crane Opera Ensemble, part of the Crane School of Music.
Morgan Ross of West Monroe has been initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter at Nazareth College. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors qualify.
Eric Naioti of Fulton was recently inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society during an induction ceremony on campus. Juniors or seniors with a grade point average that places them in the top 15 percent of their class are eligible for membership.
Erik R. Vandermark of Lacona received a master of science degree in basic science from Clarkson University on Dec. 31, 2013.
Elmira College has released its Dean’s List for Academic Achievement for the Fall 2013 Term. The Dean’s List recognizes students that have a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.
Named are: Abigail Waldron, Williamstown, studying biology and chemistry; Brandon Payne, Hastings, studying history; Dylan Zink, Cato, studying English literature; Emily Warchol, Pulaski, studying international studies; and Kara Yakel, Fulton, studying nursing.
Brenna Merry, Fulton, speech, language pathology and audiology major in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance at Ithaca College, was recently inducted into the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
University of Rochester
Hannah Geitner, Fulton, a freshman majoring in architecture, technology and historical structures, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement for the fall 2013 semester. She is the is the daughter of Matthew Geitner and Geri Geitner.
Submitted by Oswego schools
In conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month the Oswego City Schools will be conducting a “Pinwheels for Prevention” campaign during the month of April.
Donations will be accepted and paper pinwheels sold throughout the month, and pinwheel gardens will be planted in front of the schools as well as at the Education Center.
Not only does this project bring awareness to the issues of child abuse, but will raise money for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County.
A nonprofit organization, the Child Advocacy Center works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, therapy providers and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve children that are victims of sexual and physical abuse. In 2013 the center served 475 children and families in Oswego County, a 42 percent increase from 2012.
For more information on the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, people may contact them at 592-4453.
Submitted by Oswego schools
It is always a thrill to see students excited about learning experiences and one of those moments recently occurred at the Oswego Middle School.
Oswego Middle School Science Teacher Catherine Celeste saw her students become totally immersed in a class project.
“I am fortunate to have had Cornell University professor Dr. Laurel Southard come to visit my classroom to do an all-day DNA Fingerprinting lab with some of our students on the Seven South Team,” Celeste said.
Dr. Southard contributed not only expertise, but something else.
“Dr. Southard brought almost $20,000 worth of gel electrophoresis equipment so the students could perform the same forensic test that is used for heinous crime scenes around the world,” Celeste said.
Students created gel, extracted real DNA, loaded it into wells and ran the test.
The concentration and focus of the students were quite evident as they placed their samples into the diagnostic machines.
“While they waited for the results they were able to collect their own DNA and make it visible through the use of florescent lights,” Celeste said.
When their original test in seeking the “criminal” was determined they discovered whether a suspect had actually committed a crime.”
The Oswego Middle School seventh graders thoroughly enjoyed this unique genuine learning experience and remained focused throughout the day as they worked to complete their portion of the project.
Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
March’s character education trait in the Fulton City School District was perseverance.
Students at Granby Elementary School selected at best representing that character trait were treated to a special breakfast with Principal Heather Perry.
Over a meal of breakfast pizza, fruit cups, cereal and juice, Perry asked students if they could define perseverance.
One student described perseverance as facing many obstacles, but never giving up.
The following students were honored with the breakfast and each received a special certificate: Angelina Ferro, Jadriel Baez, Allison Treneer, Lucian Perkins, Avery Nunez, James Carden, Natalie Mcrae, Lily Mccoy, Zachary Brown, Mylea Calabro, Hannay Mackey, Jeffery Landers, Lyle Cole, Junior Gomez, Hailey Payment, Brielle Sievers, Miguel Sanderson, Daniel Demott-Smith, Savanna Flynn, Dylan Sullivan, Madison McCarty-Castillo, Gabby Farnham, Preston Collett, Nathaniel Sivalia, Adrienne Santos, Skylar Blake, Nicholas Smith, Kaylee Holmes, Elise Morse, Aiden Trude, Adyson Shepard, Jasmine Clew, Donald Gates, Ethan Bardin, Cameron Brown, Aiyanna Kolb-Kee, Rose Mills, Reese Calkins, Nick Mariotti, Riley Lunn, Walter Crofoot, Rebecca Stone, Elizabeth Chrisman, Chloe Bonoffski, Jillian Crandall, Sean Hein, Dominic Berry, Leah Mansfield, Hannah Rice, Montanna Gardinier, Chelsea Redman, Morgan Schuyler, Makayla Nolin and Conner Schneider.