The members of the Mid-Hudson Retired Teachers’ Association (MARTA) again demonstrated their generosity by awarding a total of $12,000 in four scholarships of $3,000 each to local 2020 high school graduates, who will be pursuing a career in education.
The winners were:
Jianna Chapman, a graduate of Washingtonville High School, is attending SUNY Oneonta where she is majoring in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in English. Her goal is to become a certified Special Education teacher. She has served in Best Buddies, Special Olympics, Community Service Club, Student Coalition, Track and Field, Soccer, Lacrosse and as a Mentor in Violence Prevention. Jianna aspires to have the ability to change a student’s life the way teachers have done for her.
Matthew Cerniglia, a graduate of Pine Bush High School, is attending SUNY New Paltz to pursue a degree in History Education. His goal is to teach European/Global History at the secondary level. He wants to become a teacher because it gives him the opportunity to make a difference. During his high school years, Matthew was enrolled in the Excelsior Education Academy from SUNY New Paltz with the goal of learning more about teaching and getting some teaching experience. His accomplishments include Odyssey of the Mind, Eagle Scout, World language Club and the National Academy of Finance.
Kaelyn Flanagan, a graduate of Minisink Valley High School, is attending SUNY Oswego to pursue a major in Adolescent Education with a concentration in Mathematics. Kaelyn has been an active tutor, which has taught her methods of teaching, as well as patience, strategy, and given her a sense of fulfillment and a desire to be a teacher. Her accomplishments include Future Business Leaders of America, Key Club, Soccer and Softball.
Christina Kania, a graduate of Pine Bush High School, is attending SUNY Oswego to pursue a degree in Adolescent Education. Christina wants to be able to bring learning to life just as her seventh-grade teacher has done for her. She hopes to become a teacher that is able to encourage students to love learning and have students be able to take the history lessons that she teaches and incorporate them into their own lives. During high school, Christina has participated in Soccer, Softball, Jazz Band and the Women’s Rights Club.