Four recently graduated area high school seniors have been awarded NorthCountryNow.com “Community Service Award” scholarships.
The $500 scholarships are presented annually to students who will be majoring in health care, criminal justice, education, politics, communication or some other community service-oriented occupation. To qualify, students must also plan on attending college in St. Lawrence County or have a parent employed by NorthCountrynow.com.
Recipients this year are Ryan Dean of Canton Central, Stephen Davis II of Potsdam Central, Maddie Stratton of Norwood-Norfolk and Ashley Schiavone of Parishville-Hopkinton.
They have demonstrated interest in their intended major through academic work, active participation in school or community organizations and events, and/or by employment or volunteer work in a related field.
Dean is the son of Scott and Jennifer Dean and will be attending SUNY Canton, majoring in Criminal Justice, having completed the Seaway Technical Center Criminal Justice program in high school. He has been involved
with both the lacrosse and football programs over the last four years and enjoys fitness and weight training. After the loss of his sister, he became involved with fundraising to help support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and has sustained those efforts over the past several years. He says he is looking forward to contributing further to his community through a career in the criminal justice field.
Davis is the son of Pota Davis of Potsdam and Steve Davis of Parishville.
He also plans to attend SUNY Canton next fall in the Law Enforcement Leadership program. Davis says he has been interested in the field of law enforcement since he was young. He is a member of the Potsdam High School National Honor Society and was also named the Seaway Tech Rotary Student of the Month for March. Davis is a volunteer director at the Norfolk Rod & Gun Club and enjoys being a volunteer firefighter with the West Potsdam Volunteer Fire Department. No matter the time of day or night, he is willing to respond to a fire call. He says he has “learned so much from the other members in the department” and finds them “very supportive, knowledgeable, and like a second family.”
Stratton is the daughter of Richard (Kip) and Erika Stratton of Norfolk. Next year she plans to attend SUNY Potsdam to major in education specializing in English and Special Education. While in high school she participated in many activities including drama club, science club, soccer and band. She also participated in many community service activities. School officials describer her as a fine young lady who is respected by her peers and adults.
Schiavone is the daughter of Georgia Schiavone, an employee of NorthCountryNow.com, and Eugene Schiavone. She plans to attend Sage College of Albany this fall enrolled in the Pre-Med/Pre-Dental program. During high school she participated in basketball, soccer and gymnastics. She has also been on the honor roll and volunteered at many occasions such as Red Cross blood drives and the Special Olympics.