SeaComm FCU awards Eagles Memorial Scholarships
Monday, July 8, 2019 - 1:02 pm

SeaComm Federal Credit Union recently awarded local students the Shirley J. Eagles Memorial Scholarships.

They congratulate Potsdam resident Caroline Bergan, Octavia Viskovich of Norfolk, Gillianna Simcox of Norwood, Kenneth Arquette of Akwesasne, Kelsy Waite of Winthrop, Gage Martin of Brushton, and Cheyenne Planty Madrid. Each student received a $500 scholarship.

• Caroline Bergan, daughter of Bill and Rosanne Bergan of Potsdam, graduated from Potsdam Central High School with a grade point average of 97. As an avid volunteer in the community, Caroline dedicated her free time to youth lacrosse, Hoop-Shoot fundraisers, local blood drives and roadside cleanups. Caroline is the recipient of a performing arts scholarship from Syracuse University, where she will be pursuing a degree in music business this fall.

• Octavia Viskovich is the daughter of Tamara Lett of Massena. Octavia concluded her high school career at Massena Central as valedictorian of her class, with a grade point average of 99.31. She has spent her free time volunteering in the community as well as becoming a blood donor. Octavia has been accepted to Le Moyne College where she has been awarded the prestigious Presidential Scholarship. She will major in chemistry in the fall 2019 semester.

• Gillianna Simcox, daughter of Timothy and Raelee Simcox of Norwood, is a graduate of Norwood-Norfolk Central School with a grade point average of 91.03. As an active member in her community, Gillianna has spent her time volunteering for the Potsdam Humane Society, Relay for Life, the Suicide Awareness Walk, highway cleanups and more. Gillianna’s love and appreciation for animals has motivated her to pursue a career as a veterinarian. Gillianna is accepted to Clarkson University’s Early Admission Program, where she will study veterinary science come fall 2019.

• Kenneth Arquette, son of Dave and Mary Arquette of Akwesasne, graduated from Salmon River Central School with a grade point average of 99.20. In addition to volunteering for the Adirondack Task Force as a maple syrup producer, Kenneth has also served as a volunteer for his community where he participated in roadside cleanups, and community gardening. As a Mohawk student, Kenneth was very proud to learn and speak the language of his ancestors. Kenneth will be attending SUNY Canton in fall 2019, where he will study to become a registered nurse.

• Kelsy Waite, daughter of Victor and Laurie Waite of Winthrop, graduated from Brasher Falls Central School with a GPA of 93.18. Throughout high school, Kelsy spent her time volunteering for youth soccer, as well as the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce hayride. Kelsy’s passion for softball has motivated her to pursue studies in athletic training at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she will begin her college career come fall 2019.

• Gage Martin is the son of Troy Martin of Brushton. Gage graduated from Brushton-Moira Central School with a grade point average of 86.23. Throughout his high school career, Gage proved his strong work ethic as he dedicated numerous hours per week as a laborer, delivery driver, and dishwasher. Gage also spent time as a volunteer for the recycling group at his high school. Gage will be attending SUNY Brockport in the fall 2019 semester, where he will study to become a physical education teacher.

• Cheyenne Planty, daughter of Tina and Ronald Planty II of Madrid, graduated from Madrid-Waddington Central School with a grade point average of 89.79. Cheyenne has volunteered her time as an advocate and tour guide for the BOCES program, and has worked in dining services at a local university. Cheyenne is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the BK McLamore Foundation Scholarship, and the North Country Leaders Housing Scholarship. Cheyenne is accepted to SUNY Potsdam, where she will major in criminal justice, come fall 2019.

The SeaComm Shirley J. Eagles scholarships are awarded each year to college bound students in memory of long time SeaComm employee Shirley Eagles, who lost her life in a tragic car accident in 2004. Winners are selected based on a wide variety of criteria including academics, volunteer service, scholastic awards, and financial need. The entire SeaComm family is very proud of the 2019 award winners.