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  • Jackson Carlino

  • Williston Northampton School’s Anabelle Farnham, right, presents a check to Riverside Industries President Char Gentes. Dennis Crommett

Published: 6/19/2018 11:03:07 PM
Carlino graduates from Academy Hill

Easthampton — Jackson Carlino, the son of Will and Kim of Easthampton, recently graduated from Academy Hill School in Springfield.

Academy Hill, grades pre-kindergarten through grade 8, serves 95 high-potential students from local and surrounding towns. Jackson, a National Honor Society member, will continue his studies at Northampton High School.

Hatfield student recognized at Eversource student contest ceremony

SPRINGFIELD — Eversource recently honored Hatfield Elementary student Eleanor Donohoe as a finalist at the fifth annual Eversource Challenge student contest ceremony held at Springfield’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

From posters to short stories, persuasive writing to video production, the Eversource Challenge invites Massachusetts students in grades K-12 to showcase their energy knowledge while competing for prizes.

Donohoe placed second in the fifth-grade category for writing a letter to her parents challenging them to change their energy habits and become more energy efficient.

Eversource awarded Amazon gift cards to the winners in each grade.

Three County Fair awards 2018 scholarships

NORTHAMPTON — Six graduates from area schools have landed scholarships totaling $4,500 from the Three County Fair this spring.

The fair manages the Raymond & Josephine Duda Scholarship, which this year went to Gregory Norris of Westhampton. Norris is a Hampshire Regional High School graduate who plans to study dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall.

The $1,000 Duda scholarship was established in 2014 by Raymond and Josephine Duda of Easthampton, who operated one of the area’s largest dairy farms.

Recipients of $500 scholarships include:

Natashia Sawabi, a Ware High School graduate who will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge School to study sustainable studies and food and agriculture.

Kyle Harris, a Ludlow High School graduate who will attend Springfield Technical Community College to study architecture.

Parker Mas, a Belchertown High School graduate who will attend Harvard University to study government.

Hayden Pike, a Westfield High School graduate who will attend SUNY-Cobleskill to study animal science.

Emma Hauschild, a Granby High School graduate who will attend Green Mountain College to study animal conservation and care.

Chinese school students land State Department scholarships

HADLEY — Sonja Eiseman and Aza Wolfwood, students at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) have been awarded National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarships for 2018-19 by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Eiseman and Wolfwood will study Chinese for the summer in Taiwan and China, respectively. The students, competitively selected out of over 3,300 applications from across the United States, are two of approximately 670 students who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Indonesian or Russian overseas this coming year.

While in China and Taiwan, Eiseman and Wolfwood will receive formal language instruction, live with a host family and experience the local culture as part of an immersion environment.

Hartsbrook wins EEA Award for its plants in the landscape course

HADLEY — The Hartsbrook School took home a First Honors award and certificate of excellence in a statewide competition for its “Plants in the Landscape: Crafting an Ecological Approach to Patterns and Process in Nature” course, which was first taught in the fall of 2017 as part of Hartsbrook’s Land Stewardship Program’s Common Block.

The First Honors course was designed by Todd Lynch and Nicole Thurrell with an approach that uses place-based learning to explore how the inter-connected relationships of hydrology, soils, land use patterns and micro-climate determined plant communities across the 40-acre parcel of the school.

The program combined science-based observation and field work with art, plant communities and the roles plants play in our lives. Over the three-week course, students develop strong comprehension of natural capital and social value as well as wild life benefits of plant communities as varied as flood plain forest, mesic upland forest and farm field.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs presented the 24th annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education at the Statehouse.

Williston student presents donation to Riverside

EASTHAMPTON — At an assembly on May 24, Williston Northampton School student council president Anabelle Farnham, a 2018 graduate, presented a donation of $3,718 to the president of Riverside Industries, Char Gentes.

Students then got to hear about an organization based near the school’s campus in Easthampton that for 50 years has been working for adults with developmental disabilities.

The donation represented 5 percent of the proceeds earned at the student cafe, the StuBop, in the 2017-18 school year. Each year, the student council votes to donate those proceeds to a charity. The council chose Riverside in 2016, and the Easthampton Community Center last year.

Riverside Industries provides individualized services combining life-skills development, rehabilitation, and employment options for more than 270 individuals living with developmental disabilities from 33 towns in Hampshire, Hampden, and Franklin counties.

Williston has had a working relationship with Riverside for many years. At various times, the school has employed clients for housekeeping, dining services, and grounds positions. Recently, Riverside held a Windows of Opportunity Campaign and Williston contributed $15,000 over a three-year period.

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