Friends and Neighbors: Community members’ achievements

  • Ruthy Woodring and Duane Ranney work to install a bike pump along the rail trail in Florence.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Brendan O’Connor and Kevin Tran, both members of the class of 2017, were inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society at Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Miguel Angel Paredes was honored among 21st Century Leaders at the University of Massachusetts. Paredes is a theater major who has expanded the scope of multicultural theater on campus. As a junior, he was a cast member of a production invited to perform at a festival in South Africa. He also directed two plays, including ”Dysfunctioning Just Fine,” a one-woman musical which addressed diversity through the lens of disability.

This summer he will direct and produce the play at the True Colors Fringe Festival in New York and plans to return to South Africa to study protest/applied theater at the University of Cape Town.

Maya Turriago, a student at Greenfield Community College, was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges. Turriago also recently was awarded this year’s Bernard A. Drabeck, Ph.D. English Composition Award for best essay.


Brandon Brozek was honored during the Information Technology & Sciences honors night at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. Brozek is a computer networking and cyber security major.

Bry Veroneau was inducted into Tau Upsilon Alpha National Honor Society at Assumption College in Worcester. Veroneau is a student in the human services rehabilitation studies program.

Shaina Hutchinson was welcomed into Psi Chi National Honor Society at Western New England University in Springfield.

Elizabeth Amato received the Janice McPartland Award at Becker College in Worcester.


Jacob Conroy graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire, with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies.


Ethan Linsky, son of Martine Vanpee and Stephen Linsky, graduated from the University of Missouri (class of 2016), summa cum laude, with university and departmental honors. He was also inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Linsky was a member of the varsity men’s wheelchair basketball team and was named an Academic All-American athlete in 2014 and 2015.

Austin Crow graduated from Colby Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire with a bachelor’s degree in sport management.

Mikaela Fairman was initiated into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society at Salem State University, Salem.


Andrew Cooper, 21, received a bachelor’s of music degree in oboe performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance. Cooper received university honors and was named a James B. Angell Scholar. A student of Nancy Ambrose King, Cooper competed in the 2015 Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments and the 2017 Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition.

In September, Cooper will begin a master’s of music degree at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, Illinois, where he will study with Alex Klein, the principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While pursuing his graduate studies, Cooper will perform as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a seat he won in auditions held earlier this year.

Cooper is a 2013 graduate of Northampton High School and the son of Richard E. Cooper and Catherine M. Kay.

Madeline S. Lenz has been inducted into the Irving Bacheller Society, the honor society of the Department of English at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Lenz is a member of the class of 2018 and is majoring in English.

Leah Hirschman will be attending the University of Maryland Medical School starting in August 2017. She is a 2011 graduate of Northampton High School and a 2015 graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she graduated magna cum laude in biological sciences and Spanish. She is the daughter of Amy Metzger and Peter Hirschman.