Friends and Neighbors: Community members’ achievements

  • Victor Martinez, the supervisor of maintenance at Hotel Northampton, hangs pots of flowers Tuesday afternoon.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Sebastian Stiles-Sieracki, a classics major in the class of 2019, was awarded The Crowell Prize for high average and best essay in Latin during his junior year at Amherst College. Stiles-Sieracki is a 2015 graduate of Amherst Regional High School and son of Diana Stiles.


Mitchell Bolton has been selected to serve as an orientation leader this upcoming summer at Lasell College in Newton. Bolton will serve as a group leader, point of contact for various departments, registration assistant, peer educator, and positive role model for incoming Lasell students.


Carrie L. Hale, a student at Greenfield Community College, was chosen as one of the select “29 Who Shine,” a group of outstanding Massachusetts public college and university graduates honored by the Department of Higher Education the Massachusetts State House. Every year, one graduate from each of the 29 Massachusetts public campuses is recognized for their academic achievements and record of student leadership and community service.

South Hadley

Delaney Duprat earned the Springfield College psychology department’s Distinguished Senior Award. The award recipients are chosen by their respective peers in their individual department.

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Dylan M. Kretchmar graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, 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 also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Kretchmar is the son of Elyse and step-son of Erik Merrigan and a 2017 graduate of South Hadley High School.

Jaleel Vazquez was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Salem State University in Salem.


Kayla Labrecque received the Holly E. Zimmerman Memorial Award at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Connecticut. Lebrecque majors in physical education and was a three-year letter winner with the women’s soccer team.

She has been named to the dean’s list every semester, winning two Little East All-Academic awards and one E-Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award. Labrecque is a member of the KPE-Sport Management Club and plans to teach physical education and pursue a master’s degree upon graduation in 2019.


Willis Pollard has been inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society at Becker College in Worcester. Pollard is pursuing a degree in business administration.