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Elizabeth B. Woolf, of Amherst, received an award at St. Lawrence University’s Moving-Up Day ceremonies, held April 27 in Canton, N.Y. Woolf, a senior, was presented with the Outstanding Sociology-Environmental Studies Combined Senior Major award. Woolf graduated from Amherst Regional High School.


Kara Buxton, of Belchertown, has been named to the spring semester dean’s list at Champlain College, Burlington, Vt. Buxton is majoring in computer forensics and digital investigations.

Champlain College

The following area residents were named to the spring semester dean’s list at the college in Burlington, Vt., ington, Vt. The honored students are: Desiree Fernandes of Granby, Stephanie Provo of Easthampton, and Paige Schmittlein of Easthampton.

Students graduating from the college include Jennifer Brusco of Sunderland, who received a bachelor’s degree in E game and interactive development, and Stephanie Provo of Easthampton, who received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.


Air Force Reserve Airman Cody M. Lukasik 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. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Lukasik is the son of Gail and John Lukasik of Granby. He is a 2011 graduate of Granby Junior/Senior High School.


Sara Korash-Schiff, of Hadley, a member of the class of 2015 at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., has earned dean’s list status for the recently ended winter term.


Elise Linscott, of Haydenville, was honored during Western New England University’s 11th annual Student Media Festival. A senior graduating with a degree in communication, Linscott received first place in the Radio Report Jury Award category for her submission titled “Profile on Lazzara Family/Vermont Living.”


Patrick Douglas Fields, of Northampton, graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., on May 11, at the college’s 129th commencement ceremony. Fields received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business. He was elected to the college’s Phi Beta Kappa Society’s chapter in April. Fields majored in economics and business.

Quinnipiac Law

The following area residents graduated May 12 from the Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hampden, Conn.: Desmond Ryan of Florence, Jenna Schmidt of Easthampton, and C. Maxwell Solie of Easthampton.


Adam Federman, 20, the son of Bill and Diana Federman, of Southampton, has received his fourth consecutive $10,000 scholarship from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. A junior at Kenyon College in Ohio majoring in film and history, he is currently studying at the Film and TV School of the Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, and will serve as an intern this summer with the U.S. Embassy in Panama City, Panama. The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has supported the children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen for more than 50 years. Bill Federman is a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War.


The following area residents graduated May 10 from the Commonwealth Honors College: Michael J. Boucher, of Southampton, received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology; Timothy Light, of Pelham, civil and environmental engineering; Ankur Sheel, of Amherst, biochemistry, molecular biology and neuroscience.


The following area residents graduated at the university’s May 12 commencement:

Amherst: Erica Allan, bachelor’s degree in psychology. Belchertown: Jenay Martell, bachelor’s degree in history and Lyndsay Olson, bachelor’s degree in biology; Northampton: Jake Kocot, bachelor’s degree in crime and justice studies; South Deerfield: Morgan Cooper, bachelor’s degree in psychology, magna cum laude; South Hadley: Braddock Bell, bachelor’s degree in operations management and Sarah Miele, bachelor’s degree in visual design — illustration, summa cum laude; Southampton: Seth Burt, bachelor’s degree in physics.


Illana Kasal, of Westhampton, a student at Salem State University, is the recipient of the newly-established Massachusetts High Demand Scholarship.

Emily Marilyn Coggins, of Westhampton, received her bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College’s 176th commencement exercise on May 19. While at Mount Holyoke, Coggins majored in film studies and art history. She is the daughter of Benjamin Coggins and Carolyn Fuller Coggins.

Girl Scout Volunteers

Paulette Kuzdeba, Diane Keras-Ciolkos, and Maureen Jacque, all of Hadley, and Cheri Hardy of Northampton, received appreciation pins at the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts annual meeting and volunteer recognition dinner on April 7 at the Castle of Knights Banquet and Meeting House in Chicopee.

The appreciation pin recognizes volunteers who have delivered outstanding service supporting the Girl Scout leadership experience and have helped GSCWM reach and surpass its strategic priorities in at least one geographic area, service unit or program delivery audience.

Other volunteers from Hadley who received service awards included: Kelly Dwight and Diane Keras-Ciolkos for 10 years of service; April Kupras and Kris Moriaty for 15 years of service; Mary Kuzmeski and Catherine Zatyrka for 20 years of service; Lisa Trudeau for 30 years of service; and Roxanne Campbell for 40 years of service. Amy McElligott of Goshen also received an award for 15 years of service.

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