Friends & Neighbors

Last modified: Friday, July 18, 2014
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The U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C, has awarded Ella “Kippie” Douglas one of 65 scholarships to study abroad on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad program. The award covers the cost of an academic year abroad, providing her with a full cultural immersion through living with a host family in Ghana, attending a local high school, and helping develop the skills necessary to be a leader in the global community. Ella is a junior at Amherst Regional High School. She is a swimmer and Ultimate Frisbee player with interests in languages, chemistry and math.


Air Force Reserve Airman Robert K. North graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

North is the son of Katrina and stepson of David Couture of Belchertown and the grandson of Brian and Cathy Mushenko of Monson. He is a 2008 graduate of Belchertown High School.

Matthew Parent, a member of the Pomfret School class of 2016, earned high honor roll distinction at the Connecticut school for the spring term.

Tyler Manning was named to the dean’s list at the University of Maine in Orono.


Joseph H. Collette III, son of Annette and Joseph Collette Jr., a graduate of Smith Vocational High School and the University of Massachusetts, completed his doctoral program in geological sciences at University of California, Riverside. He has accepted a faculty position at the University of Minot, North Dakota, and will start teaching there in September.

Mathew Gilbert, son of David and Nancy Gilbert, was named to the dean’s list at Westfield State University. Mathew is a junior majoring in communications.


Private Maxwell Furioni, son of Wayne and Debra Furioni, completed basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. Graduation was held at July 2 at Fort Jackson, with Furioni’s parents, grandparents and girlfriend attending.

Emersyn E. Pullan graduated from the University of Rochester in New York, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, cum laude. The daughter of Gordon Pullan and Mari-Jon Adams-Pullan, she is a graduate of Northampton High School.


Elizabeth Kielb, a marketing major, was named to the dean’s list at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y.

Katie Keegan was named to the dean’s list, with highest honors, at McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland.

Norma Kostek made the dean’s list at Greenfield Community College. She is working on a double major of medical assistant, and medical billing and coding.

Maheen Chaudhry was named to the dean’s list at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Chaudhry is pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree and will graduate from the Worcester campus.

Nicole Rice, a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, majoring in hospitality and tourism management with a minor in sociology, was named to the dean’s list for the last four years, and was a member of the Phi Theta Cappa Honor Society.

Kevin James Serio was named to the dean’s list at the University of Southern Maine.


Hurston Mazard Wallace, son of Dr. G.L. Mazard Wallace, was named to the dean’s list at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn.

Jacquelynne Chase, daughter of Gregson and Anne Chase, was named to the dean’s list at Smith College for the 2013-14 school year. She graduated from Smith Academy and double-majored in education and child study and liberal arts at Smith. She also earned her initial license to teach elementary school in Massachusetts. She graduated with cum laude Latin honors and was elected to the Zeta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society. She is currently working on a one-year master’s degree in elementary education at Cambridge College in Springfield.


Emma Long received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Roger Williams University, Bristol, R.I.


Angus Fisher, a senior member of the Keene State College, Keene, N.H., men’s track and field team and a computer science major, was named to the Little East Conference Spring All-Academic team. To be named to the team, a student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.3 or higher through the spring semester, and must be a full-time member of a varsity sport, and enrolled for a full academic year.

Katherine Lesko, a member of the class of 2017, was named to the dean’s list at Loyola University in Baltimore. She is the daughter of Jill Lesko of Northampton and William Lesko of Holyoke, and the sister of Annie Lesko of Northampton.


Army Pvt. Charles H. Clark graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. with the rank of E-2. During nine weeks of training, he studied the Army mission, history and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Clark, the son of Thomas and Sara Clark, is a 2013 graduate of Amherst Regional High School.


Jessica A. Reed, daughter of Mark and Linda Reed, graduated summa cum laude from Westfield State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She was on the dean’s list for all eight semesters, and completed a full-year internship at the Granger School in Agawam in May.


Tierney McKenna was named to the dean’s list at the University of Connecticut for the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. She is a double major studying speech, language, and hearing sciences, and linguistics and psychology.

Amanda Bennett graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern languages and civilization. She will study for a master’s degree in the global policy studies program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.


Frontier Regional High School graduate Marcus Josub was one of 20 teens selected nationwide to participate in the 2014 Global Explorers Leading the Way program to the Grand Canyon for 12 days in June. The team was made up of seven blind and visually impaired students and 13 sighted students from across the United States. During the first phase of the program, Josub and his 19 teammates completed five conference calls, where they discussed topics such as Grand Canyon history, leadership and service learning. The students also completed assignments in conjunction with the Natural Sounds Division of the National Park Service.


Fairfield University

The following residents were named to the dean’s list at the university in Fairfield, Conn.:

Martin Misiaszek of Granby, and James Law of Belchertown.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Students named to the dean’s list at MCPH in Boston include:

Sarah Bradshaw of Belchertown, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in premedical and health studies (physical therapy); Andrew Dabek of Easthampton, pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree; Cassandra Chapdelaine of Granby, pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree, and Mia Scagliarini of South Hadley, pursuing a bachelor of science degree in premedical and health studies (physician assistant studies).

Nichols College

Students honored at the college in Dudley include: Ryan Foley of Belchertown and Morgan Greaney of South Hadley, both named to the dean’s list; and Brooke Marion of South Hadley and Lauren Noga of Belchertown, who were named to the dean’s high honors list.

Plymouth State University

The following students were named to the university in Plymouth, N.H.:

Jessica Wentworth of Belchertown; Molly Scaife of Easthampton; Richard Ramsden of Florence; Kiersten Mulcare of Hatfield, and Killian Venman of Northampton.

Pomfret School

Students named to the honor roll at the school in Pomfret, Conn., include:

Alex Foley of Deerfield, class of 2016, Abbey Haggerty of Southampton, class of 2015, and Phoebe Pliakas-Smith of Conway, class of 2016.

Salve Regina University

The following residents were named to the spring semester dean’s list at the university in Newport, R.I.:

Amanda Lachat of South Hadley, Alexander Antonopoulos of Conway, and Megan Sullivan of Sunderland.

Stonehill College

The following local residents earned degrees from the college in Easton:

Logan Laczynski of Deerfield; Griffin Sullivan of Florence; Maranda Noyes of Granby; Hannah Michalak of Hadley, and Kadian McNeill of Northampton.

UMass Lowell

The following graduates were honored at the recent graduation in Lowell:

Michelle Santangelo of Amherst, who earned a master’s degree in autism studies and received the Outstanding Student Award for Autism Studies from the psychology department.

Hayleigh Walker of Belchertown, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award from the School of Criminology and Justice Studies.

John Riley of Chesterfield, who earned a master’s degree in criminal justice and received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the School of Criminology and Justice Studies.

University of Rhode Island

The following students graduated from the URI in Kingston, R.I.

Benjamin Israel of Amherst; Elizabeth Hesketh of Deerfield; Andrew Blajda of Hadley; Morgan Desjardins of South Hadley; Kristin Vonflatern of Sunderland; Stephanie Hancock of Westhampton, and Nicole Mathers of Williamsburg.