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Friends & Neighbors

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Amherst

Timothy Coren Bobrowski was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y.

Stefane Torras was inducted into Providence College’s chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the national honor society for French. Torras, a member of the class of 2014, is pursuing a degree in global studies.

Alisha Holland will graduate with a doctorate in government from Harvard University on May 29 and has accepted a position as assistant professor of politics at Princeton University.

Holland, the daughter of Dona Kercher and Norman Holland, is a 2003 graduate of Amherst Regional High School. She will begin teaching at Princeton in 2018.

Easthampton

Stephanie Vlohiotis was recently crowned Miss Western Massachusetts 2014 and will attend the Miss Massachusetts competition in June. She is involved in promoting reading and writing programs for youth, and is also raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network to benefit Baystate Children’s Hospital.

Florence

Jenny Czerapowicz, daughter of Dan and Annelie Czerapowicz of Goteburg, Sweden, was one of 10 student athletes to achieve a 4.0 grade average for the sophomore year at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston. She is the granddaughter of Irene Czerapowicz of Florence.

Northampton

Sixth-grade students at the Lander-Grinspoon Academy recently participated in Letters About Literature, a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4 through 12 that is sponsored by the Center for the Book, a program of the Library of Congress.

The students were asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author about how the book affected them.

Four students were recognized for their work: Ariana Lev achieved an honors award in Level 1; Akhiva Mazile received an honorable mention; and Nava Chevan and Maya Laur were named semi-finalists. Ariana will travel to the State House in Boston to accept her award along with other students from across the state.

Cindy Kassell, a teacher at LGA, said the project “deepens students’ connection to a work of literature that has changed their lives. The competitive element sparks their enthusiasm and ignites their interest in writing to the author.”

Lander-Grinspoon Academy students have participated in the contest for the past 10 years.

The academy, now in its 17th year, offers academics, second-language learning and a social justice mission informed by Jewish cultural values.

Joseph Loftus was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Loftus is pursuing a degree in English at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

South Hadley

Elms College graduating senior Margaret Kuntz is the recipient of this year’s Sisters of St. Joseph Service Award. The 23-year old nursing major received the award at a ceremony May 2.

The SSJ Service Award recognizes students who exhibit “a spirit that echoes the love of humanity and dedication to service.”

Kuntz, who participated in a college service trip to Jamaica where she helped provide health services, said she sees missionary work as part of her future. She has also done volunteer work as a tutor.

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