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Friends and neighbors Community members’ achievements

  • U.S. Air Force Airman Jasmine Reyes

  • About 100 people gathered at Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton on Sunday, March 12, 2017, to write "Letters of Hope" to internally displaced Syrians and to assemble "muck shoes" for Syrian refugees. Writing letters at this table are, from left, Sandra Matthews, Jane Fleischman and Norbert Goldfield, all of Northampton, Aleeza Khan, 7, and her sister, Alvira, of Agawam, Amber Hussain of Longmeadow and the Khans' father, Ali Khan.

  • Ben James of Northampton helps his son, Wiley, 7, cut a pattern for a shoe sole from a bicycle inner tube during a gathering of about 100 people at Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton on Sunday, March12, 2017, to assemble "muck shoes" for Syrians living in refugee camps and to write lettters of hope to send to internally displaced Syrians. The shoe parts will be sewn together, with wool liners, by Andrea Boyko of Belchertown.

  • This is one of the letters written during a gathering of about 100 people at Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton on Sunday, March 12, 2017, to write "Letters of Hope" to internally displaced Syrians.


Friday, March 17, 2017
Amherst

Elizabeth Mabee, a student at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, will volunteer during Alternative Spring Break. Mabee will team up with CASS Community Social Services, which offers food, housing, health services and jobs programs for Detroit residents.

Belchertown

Paige Murphy, a member of the class of 2020, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Stonehill College in Easton, where she is majoring in criminology.

Florence

Aidan Winn of Wesleyan's Men's Swimming & Diving team was  recently selected for the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team. He also  received All-Academic Honors at Wesleyan University. Winn is a former student of Northampton High School.

Northampton

Tyler J. Walsh, a 2013 graduate of Northampton High School, was named Pre-Season All New England by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Walsh is a senior at Southern New Hampshire University. 

Anna Sailor graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering. She received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with honors in research, mechanical engineering.

William Matteson was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is studying economics and computer science. He is a 2013 graduate of Northampton High School. 

South Hadley

U.S. Air Force Airman Jasmine Reyes graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Reyes is the daughter of Gloria Acevedo and Manuel Reyes and a 2016 graduate of South Hadley High School.

Southampton

Taw Owens, grandson of Don Owens and the late Dorothy Owens (Haydenville) and Don and Theresa Puza (Southampton) has achieved Boy Scouting's highest honor, Eagle Scout. Taw is the son of Don and Bekki Owens of Springfield, Tennessee and is a member of BSA Troop 460. He is currently a junior attending Pope John Paul II HIgh School in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Connecticut College

The following local students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at the college in New London, Connecticut.  

Amherst: Frances Brown, class of 2020, high honors, undeclared; Mei Reffsin, class of 2017, high honors, art; Samuel Simonds, class of 2019, high honors, film studies

Florence: Saadya Chevan, class of 2019, high honors, philosophy; Sarah Rose Gruszecki, class of 2018, high honors, American studies; Lucie Latuner, class of 2018, honors, anthropology; Jillian Ryan, class of 2017, honors, government, Hispanic studies; Daniel Shinnick, class of 2017, high honors, physics; Arlo Siegel, 2019, high honors, international relations

Leeds: Jamie Yurgielewicz, class of 2017, high honors, biological sciences

Northampton:  Noah Babbott-Bryan, class of 2019, honors, undeclared; Amelia DeFrancis, class of 2020, high honors, undeclared

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science

The following local students have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at MCPHS University in Boston.

Amherst: Allison Lam, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical and health care business, class of 2018

Belchertown: Angela Martoccia Grabazs, pursuing a doctor of pharmacy, class of 2022; and Urvi Patel, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in premedical and health studies (physician assistant studies), class of 2018

Hatfield: Miranda Wendolowski, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in diagnostic medical sonography, class of 2017

The MacDuffie School

The following local students were named to the first semester honor roll at the school in Granby.

Hadley: Reece Tramazzo, grade 6, maximum honors; Courtney Hurley, grade 12, honors; Jessica Hurley, grade 12, high honors

Northampton: Ethan Shelburne, grade 12, maximum honors

Merrimack College

Local students named to the fall semester dean’s list at the college in North Andover include Michael Grise of Easthampton and Mary Lavallee and Rebecca Towne, both of South Hadley.

Morrisville State College

The following local students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at the college in Morrisville, New York.

Mikaela Cormier and Brianna Peeso, both of Belchertown, and Matthew Fletcher of Southampton.

Rochester Institute of Technology

The following local residents were named to the fall semester dean’s list at RIT in Rochester:

Jacob Potter of Belchertown, studying computer science; Thomas Savarese of Florence, studying business administration-management, and Corban Mailloux of Montague, studying software engineering.

Simmons College

The following local residents were named to the fall semester dean’s list at the college in Boston.

Amherst: Yeji Lee, undeclared

Belchertown: Kate Annalise Bowers, undeclared

Easthampton: Sienna Catherine Caron, undeclared; Alexis Jessica White, undeclared

Florence: Rylan A Cote, exercise science; Marissa Rae Pellegrino, nursing; Eleanor Sojourner Pullan, nursing; Angelica Barron Maulucci, social work; Juliet Sofia Bernini, undeclared

Hadley: Devon Zoe Eckert, marketing

Leeds:Marissa Mae Maiewski, business and management and marketing.

Northampton: Elizabeth Rose Leonard, sociology and political science

Sunderland: Juliana Clare Blodgett, public health

The following local residents graduated recently from Simmons.

Amherst: Zoe Keenan received a master’s degree in library and information science.

Easthampton: Eliza Ahrens received a master’s degree in archives management.

Northampton: Nathaniel Otting received a master’s degree in archives management; Chelsea Slozak received a master’s degree in nursing; Kathleen Wight received a master’s degree in library and information science; Elizabeth Leonard received a bachelor’s degree in sociology, cum laude; Christian Tams received a master’s degree innutrition and health promotion.

Pelham: Helene Flittie received a bachelor’s degree in arts administration; Natane Halasz received a master’s degree in library and information science.

Southampton: Marykathleen Fleming received a master’s degree in archives management.

Western Governors
University

The following local residents have received their degree from WGU in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gurudarshan Morse of Amherst received his master’s degree in mathematics education, 5 through 12; Keith Bessette of Granby received his bachelor’s degree in information technology; Cydney Mulveyhill of South Hadley received her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Western New England University  

The following local residents graduated from WNEU, Springfield, in February.

Belchertown: Megan Granger, master’s degree  in creative writing-fiction; Brittani Allen, bachelor’s degree in general biology; Karen Mercier, bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting, with honors; Peter Spotts, master’s degree of business administration

Easthampton: Elizabeth Gibbons, bachelor’s degree of business administration; Lynne Turner, master’s degree in organizational leadership; Patricia Hasper, juris doctorate; Kristin Lapointe, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude

Florence: Brian Mizula, master’s of business administration

Granby: Joshua Labonte, bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting, summa cum laude

South Hadley: Thomas Antunes, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering