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Amherst

Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College as a double major in American studies and music. She earned the music department academic prize and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is currently working with the National Youth Orchestra through Carnegie Hall.

Hanna Marine earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration and animation from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.

Clayton Fisk earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.

Belchertown

Laura Suttenfield, daughter of Peg Suttenfield of Belchertown, and Glenn Suttenfield of Mechanicsville, Va., was awarded the Chancellor John V. and Cathryn L. Lombardi Scholarship by Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The scholarship is given to students with interests in academic research and community service. Suttenfield, a member of the UMass class of 2018 who is pursuing a major in biochemistry, graduated from Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School in 2014.

Dillon J. Natle, U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class, 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. Natle, son of Nadine A. and James J. Natle, is a 2013 graduate of Amherst Regional High School.

Alyssa Collins earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.

Sienna Nielsen was selected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., July 19-26. Two young women from each state are chosen at the 49 ALA Girls State sessions held across the country to attend ALA Girls Nation, a leadership conference about government. Its purpose is to promote civic engagement, instill pride in America, and empower the next generation of women leaders. Sienna is a student at Belchertown High School.

Alec Lieberman received a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.

Easthampton

Kyle Pouliot, a student in the paramedic program at Greenfield Community College, was named to the fall 2013 and spring 2014 dean’s lists. He received an associate’s degree in fire science from GCC in 2013 and is an emergency medical technician with the Pioneer Valley Ambulance Service. Kyle, son Erin and Paul Pouliot, is a 2010 graduate of Hampshire Regional High School.

Florence

Lauren Suprenant, a second-year student, was named to the dean’s list at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester.

Derek Weston earned a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.

Benjamin Liu received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics and a master’s degree in applied and computational mathematics from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.

Joseph Savarese received a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.

Granby

Mary Mancuso was named a Mercyhurst Scholar-Athlete at Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pa.

Zakary Clark received a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.

Haydenville

Morgan Curtin was named to the dean’s list at the University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.

Northampton

Grace Olmsted graduated magna cum laude from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in music, with emphasis on performance and voice.

South Hadley

Maxwell Dowd was named to the dean’s list at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay.

Cory Walton recently returned from Haiti. She visited the country with other students from Wilbraham and Monson Academy in Wilbraham, participating in the Life Connection Mission. The group handed out food to many in the Montrouis area who suffer from poverty and lack of food, and played games and sports with children from two orphanages.

Victoria Roback earned a bachelor’s degree in the history of art from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.

Benjamin Arnold received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, N.Y.

Williamsburg

Else Schlerman was awarded the Three Generations Prize for Writing in the Social Sciences from Wellesley College, for an essay on the Mill River in Williamsburg. She is a 2013 graduate of Hampshire Regional High School.

Jonathan White received an associate in occupational studies degree in computer-integrated machining technology from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.

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