Scholarships and Awards Night


Wellsville High School
Scholarship & Awards Night
June 7, 2011


The Wellsville High School held its 22nd annual Senior Scholarship Awards night on June 7th. Seventy local organizations, clubs, individuals and scholarship trust funds gave financial awards in the amount of $93,690+ to Wellsville High School seniors who are planning on continuing their education. I would like to thank all of these generous individuals, clubs and associations who have invested in our students’ future education. This community has demonstrated time and time again that not only does it care about our kids, but it is also willing to commit words into actions. Thank you all for the support you provide to Wellsville High School students.
Mrs. Mary VanEtten, HS Principal


US Air Army Reserve Scholar Athlete Awards

The United State Army Reserve honors excellent scholar athletes in high schools across the nation.

Scholar/Athletes: Jared Joyce & Laura Sweeney

Presented by: Mrs. Mary VanEtten, WHS Principal


Marine Corps Achievement Awards

The US Marine Corps offers several awards to appropriately recognize deserving seniors.

Distinguished Athlete – Brooke Gustin & Scott McMorris
Semper Fidelis – Myranda Cook
Scholastic Excellence -Molly Dempsey

Awards Presented by: Cpl. Ellsworth, US Marine Corps Recruiter


Guelda Carberry Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given in memory of a long-time member of the Moose, Guelda Carberry. Ms. Carberry was a very active member of the community.

Recipient: Aaron Golish

Presented by: Mrs. Rhonda Golish, Women of the Moose Representative


Allegany County Pomona Grange #45 Perseverance Award

These awards are meant to honor students who have learned “that success in a good cause is gained only by perseverance.”

Inspiration Award: Patrick Finn
Perseverance Award: Margaret Wilson

Presented by: Ms. Katri Ormsby, Allegany County Pomona Grange #45


Parker Family Scholarship

This scholarship is given by the Parker family to help students further their education.

Recipient: Mario Rocchio

Presented by: Mr. Dean Parker, Parker Family Scholarship


Ken Kiefer, Sr. Memorial Award

The name of an outstanding scholar-athlete will be added to those engraved on the Ken Kiefer Memorial plaque.

Recipient: Nicholas Green & Laura Sweeney

Presented by: Mrs. Shelley Chaffee, Mr. Kiefer’s daughter


The Community of Wellsville Art Scholarship

This award is funded by community contributions to recognize exemplary art students.

Recipient: Allegretta Mattison

Presented by: Mrs. Amanda Oglesbee, Art Educator


Alumni Association of Wellsville High School

The Alumni Association receives donations from former graduates to reward deserving students.

Recipients: Aaron Golish, Nicholas Green, Christian Hess, Mario Rocchio, & Zane Vossler

Presented by: Mr. Brian Gray, WHS Alumni Association


Dolores Neary Anstaett Scholarship

Carol W. Anstaett, 1st Vice President of Smith Barney, Inc. (Olean) has set up this generous fund to help WHS graduates.

Recipients: Kayla Kalkhof

Presented by: Mrs. Lindsey McNinch, Guidance Counselor


Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Scholarships

Beta Sigma Phi Sorority encourages college preparation and rewards seniors who show initiative, seriousness of purpose and community service.

Recipients: Hailey Brown & Lauren Lynch

Presented by: Mrs. Lindsey McNinch, Guidance Counselor


Wellsville Central School District Transportation Department

The Wellsville Transportation Department offers scholarships to seniors planning to attned a technical or vocational school.

Recipient: Brandy Fanton

Presented by: Mr. Ralph Eastlack, WCSD Representative


Civil Service Employees’ Association Scholarships

The Wellsville School District’s CSEA Chapter 802 honors children of members.

Recipients: Katherine Braunscheidel & James Gilfert

Presented by: Ms. Michelle Alvord, Guidance Counselor


Dornow Memorial Scholarship Fund

Since 1956, the will of Mrs. Dornow has provided awards to encourage college study.

Recipients: Alexander Doyle & Tylor Lehman

Presented by: Ms. Michelle Alvord, Guidance Counselor


Shane Colligan Memorial Scholarship & Variety Club of Buffalo Scholarship

These awards are in memory of an outstanding WHS graduate, whose courage and perserverance is an inspiration to us all.

Recipients: Hailey Brown & Rochelle Rinehart

Presented by: Mr. Tim Colligan, Shane Colligan’s father


American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships

The Morrison Hayes Unit #702 American Legion Auxiliary awards scholarships to one or more eligible candidates.

Recipient: Laura Sweeney

Presented by: Mrs. Vickie Scott, President of the American Legion Auxiliary


American Legion Post #702

Children or grandchildren of veterans are selected to receive these memorial scholarships. The American Legion Post #702 also recognizes outstanding leadership in community service by high school seniors.

“Terry Quackenbush” Scholarship
Recipient: Eveleth Fanton

“Wayne Elliott” Scholarship
Recipient: Aaron Strait

Presidential Freedom Scholarship
Recipient: Laura Walton


Moose Lodge #601

The Moose Lodge awards a scholarship to a college-bound senior.

Recipient: Laura Sweeney

Presented by: Mr. Rick Freeman, Past Deputy Supreme Govenor


Cassandra Congdon Memorial Scholarship

The Moose Lodge #601 is awarding a scholarship in memory of Cassandra Congdon.

Recipients: Aaron Golish

Presented by: Mr. Rick Freeman, Past Deputy Supreme Govenor


Mason T. & Elizabeth Dye Memorial

This endowment from the will of Mr. and Mrs. Dye will reward WHS graduates who attend college.

Recipients: Caitlyn Dixon & Elizabeth Golish

Presented by: Mrs. Lindsay McNinch, Guidance Counselor


Ralph Twombly Memorial Scholaship

The Twombly family rewards a senior who is interested in the filed of aviation.

Recipients: Gabriel Day

Presented by: Mrs. Lindsay McNinch, Guidance Counselor


Mary Lou Snyder Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student entering a Nursing Program. Mary Lou Snyder was a Wellsville Central School nurse for 45 years.

Recipient: Myranda CooK

Presented by: Ms. Michelle Alvord, Guidance Counselor


David Mallery Memorial Scholarship

This memorial fund honors hard-working graduates who plan to further their education.

Recipient: Aaron VanSkiver

Presented by: Ms. Michelle Alvord, Guidance Counselor


Elks Club ‘F. Vanama Jones’ Scholarships

The Elks Lodge #1495 rewards seniors with these awards. The Elks also recognizes seniors with the “F. Vanama Jones” awards.

Recipients: Katherine Braunscheidel, Hailey Brown, Kyle Caschera, Joshuah Doyle, Brianne Gardner, James Gilfert, Aaron Golish, Nicholas Green, Tyler Green, Connor Hennessy, Lauren Lynch, & Isabelle Raptis

Presented by: Mr. Gary Pearson, Elk’s Scholarship Chairman


Fred McGee Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given in memory of Fred McGee. Fred was an avid golfer and a member of the American Legion Post #702.

Recipient: Joshua Wilkins

Presented by Brian Meyers, WHS Golf Coach & Son of the American Legion


Pete Childs Memorial Scholarship

Fisher’s Pharmacy generously recognizes graduates who plan a career in pharmacy, medical/health or have a love of music.

Recipient: Laura Walton

Presented by: Mr. Dean Salyer, Fisher’s Pharmacy


Catherine Burkart Memorial Football Scholarships

Since 1998, the WHS Football Boosters have honored senior athletes with these scholarships

Recipients: Scott McMorris, Aaron Strait, Tyler Tascone

Presented by: Mr. Frank Brown and Mr. Dan Shutt, Lions’ Football Coaches


Edward & Evelyn Foster Memorial Scholarship

This award is given in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Foster.

Recipient: Quincy Costello

Presented by: Mrs. Darlene Knox, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Foster


Silas Hills Memorial & “Dare to Tell” Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to seniors who help others and their community.

Recipients: Aaron Golish & Allysa Valley

Presented by: Mrs. Karla Hills, Hills Family


Dawn Palmatier Farrell Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a senior who is friendly, kind to others, and has a love of children.

Recipient: Seth Wright

Presented by: Mrs. Debbie Wright & Mrs. Sue Zanders, Cousin & Aunt of Dawn Palmatier Farrell


Giant Food Mart/Duane Duell Memorial Scholarship

Given by his sister, Linda O’Connor, and Giant Food Mart, this award honors the memory of Duane Duell; and is given to an outstanding student/employee.

Recipient: Danielle Williams

Presented by: Mr. Doug Depew, Manager, Wellsville Giant Food Mart


Immaculate Conception Parish
Altar & Rosary Society Scholarship

This scholarship is given by the Altar & Rosary Society of Immaculate Conception Church to an outstanding, confirmed member of ICC.

Recipient: Molly Dempsey

Presented by: Mrs. Linda Wesche, President Altar and Rosary Society


WHS SADD Scholarship

Members of Students Against Destructive Decisions are eligible for this award.

Recipient: Nicholas Green

Presented by: Mrs. Shelley Butler, WHS SADD Advisor


Leos Club “Carl Fanton & Tyler Hunt” Memorial Scholarships

The WHS Leos Club funds these scholarships in memory of their friends and classmates.

Recipients: Joshuah Doyle & Cassidy Smyers

Presented by: Mrs. Stephanie Sturm, Lioness Member


Lioness Club of Wellsville Scholarship

The Lioness’ Club honors college-bound graduates who have shown good scholarship and spirit.

Recipients: Gabriel Day

Presented by: Mrs. Stephanie Sturm, Scholarship Committee


Wellsville Lions Club Scholarships

The generous Lions Club Scholarship program honors graduates who have done community service and who are excellent scholars.

Recipients: Katherine Braunscheidel, Nicholas Green, & Danielle Williams

Presented by: Mr. Jeremy Cole, Lions Club Scholarship Committee


Lions Club Medals for Excellence

Each year the Lions Club rewards outstanding scholarship with these medals. Employees of WCS will also give $250 to each winner.

Art – Allegretta Mattison
Business – Jared Joyce
Social Studies – James Gilfert
Science: Catherine Skwarek
Math – Sean Kafer
English – Sean Kafer
French: Derek Donnarumma
Spanish – James Gilfert

Presented by: Mr. Jeremy Cole, Lions Club Scholarship Committee


Alstom Power Inc./ Air Preheater Company Scholarship Award

Awarded to the children of Alstom Power/Air Preheater Company employees.

Recipients: Scott McMorris

Presented by: Mr. Jeremy Cole, Alstom Power Company


William McKinley Memorial Scholarships

The McKinley family memorial to their beloved son and brother, Billy.

Recipients: Molly Dempsey & Allysa Valley

Presented by: Michael McKinley, brother of Billy McKinley


Monica M. Moore Memorial Scholarship

Ms. Moore’s family set up this scholarship to honor her memory and assist outstanding Wellsville High School graduates.

Recipients: Katherine Braunscheidel & Rochelle Rinehart

Presented by: Robert & Hope Moore, Monica M. Moore’s nephew & niece


Science of Life Award

This scholarship is given to a graduating senior who has an interest in a career in health, medicine or life sciences.

Recipient: Hailey Brown

Presenter: Mrs. Nancy Saupe, mother of Dr. Richard Saupe


National Honor Society School Service Scholarships

This scholarship honors seniors who have gone “above and beyond” in serving others.

Recipient: Katherine Braunscheidel

Presented by: Mrs. Theresa Gorman, NHS Advisor


Wellsville C.S.D. Employees Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by employee contributions. The Alice Filkins Scholarship is awarded to a senior entering the field of education. The Pat Pickut Memorial is awarded to an outstanding senior who loves English. The WCS rewards outstanding seniors.

Alice Filkins Scholarship: Laura Walton
Pat Pickut Memorial Scholarship: Molly Dempsey
WCS Awards: Allegretta Mattison, Catherine Skwarek, & Allysa Valley

Presented by: Mrs. Jamie Weinhauer, WCS Educator


Sandy L. Dillie Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given to a senior who will be going on to college to pursue a career in teaching and education.

Recipient: Eveleth Fanton

Presented by: Mrs. Lindsey McNinch, Guidance Counselor


Brigid Porter Memorial Scholarship

The Porter family honors Brigid’s memory with an award for a senior planning to pursue a music education or a music performance degree.

Recipient: Laura Walton

Presented by: Mrs. Lindsey McNinch, Guidance Counselor


High School Principal’s Scholarship

Students who have had a “positive influence on school climate” throughout their high school career are honored.

Recipient: Kyle Caschera

Presented by: Mrs. Mary VanEtten, Principal


Leslie Newland Thomas Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior entering a two or four year college majoring in music.

Recipient: Laura Walton

Presented by: Ms. Carrie Whitwood, sister of Leslie Newland Thomas


Kevin Lynch Memorial

This scholarship is given by Kevin’s friends and family to aid a female and male athletic college-bound seniors who have achieved high grades and has participated in one or more varsity sports.

Recipients: Katherine Braunscheidel & Jared Joyce

Presented by: Ms. Michelle Alvord, Guidance Counselor


Bartholomay Nursing Scholarships

Mrs. Bartholomay gave the proceeds from the sale of her home to help graduates earn an RN degree.

Recipient: Brooke Gustin & Taylor Smith

Presented by: Ms. Michelle Alvord Guidance Counselor


Steuben Trust Company Scholarship

Begun in 1995, Steuben Trust rewards a senior who plans to attend a four-year college.

Recipient: Catherine Skwarek

Presented by: Mrs. Marcie Bledsoe, Wellsville Branch Stueuben Trust Company


Rotary Club of Wellsville
Education Fund Scholarships

The Rotary Club recognizes those graduates who consistently demonstrate all-around fine achievement.

Recipients: Brooke Gustin, Molly Dempsey, Tylor Lehman, Allegretta Mattison, & Isabelle Raptis

Presented by: Mr. Art VanTyne, Scholarship Committee


Elizabeth Walchli Scholarships

Ms. Walchli gave these scholarships to help WHS seniors achieve their dreams with the stipulation the winners exhibit kindness, empathy and respect for others.

Recipients: Katherine Braunscheidel, Hailey Brown, Myranda Cook, Caitlyn Dixon, James Gilfert, Isabelle Raptis, Charise Truax, Allysa Valley & Zane Vossler

Presented by: Mr. John Walchli Jr., brother to Elizabeth Walchli


Walker Business Services Scholarship

This award is given by Walker Business Services to a graduate planning on a business career after college.

Recipient: Katherine Braunscheeidel

Presented by: Mrs. Vonnie Walker, Owner of Walker Business Services


Walker & Marshall Insurance Agency Scholarship

Walker & Marshall Insurance Agency rewards senior graduates with these scholarships.

Recipients: Alexander Doyle & Allysa Valley

Presented by: Mr. Robert Walker & Ashley Walker of Walker Marshall Insurance Agency


Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Awards

The Wellsville Chamber of Commerce honor seniors with these awards.

Kailbourne-Allen Award: Alexander Budinger
Ridgewalk & Run: Brooke Gustin

Presented by: Mr. Steve Havey, Director of WLSV Area Chamber of Commerce


Women of the Moose Club Scholarship

A student who plans to study nursing or another “people-oriented” field is honored.

Recipient: Brianne Gardner

Presented by: Amy Roulo Sr. Regent Women of the Moose


James D. Washburn Memorial Scholarship

Friendship Dairies and Mrs. Washburn have sponsored this scholarship in Mr. Washburn’s memory.

Recipient: Rochelle Rinehart

Presented by: Ms. Tena Smith, Mr. Washburn’s daughter


James R. “Jim” Stein Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is dedicated in mmory of Jim Stein. A beloved teacher, coach, and friend.

Recipients: Aaron Golish

Presented by: Caryn Stein Hand & Chole Hand, daughter & granddaughter of Jim Stein

Wellsville High School Music Awards

Music program students who have participated throughout their high school years are honored by the Music Boosters with these awards. The following awards were presented by WCS Music Educators: Mrs. Judith Belin, Mr. Matt Oliveira, Mrs. Margarita Mezvinsky.


Music Education

Recipient: Laura Walton


Music Theater

Recipients: Monica Gardner, Jess Johnson-Lewis, Allegretta Mattison, Allysa Valley, & Laura Walton


Music Service

Recipients: Alexander Budinger, Myranda Cook, Caitlyn Dixon, Joshuah Doyle, Monica Gardner, Jess Johnson-Lewis, Catherine Skwarek, Kashawan Tucker, Allysa Valley, & Laura Walton



Recipient: Myranda Cook


Deborah Mae O’Hara Memorial Scholarship

Barbara Hull Kochon has established this scholarship in memory of her dear friend, Deborah Mae O’Hara. Ms. O’Hara was a WHS graduate of the Class of 1967.

Recipient: Taylor Smith

Presented by: Ms. Barbara Hull Kochon, Friend of Deborah Mae O’Hara


David’s Song Scholarship

This gift from Mrs. Audrey Phelps Chouffi, ’56, is awarded to a graduate(s) who are eager to learn and grow.

Recipient: Jordan Cross & Jessica Pye

Presented by: Mrs. Lindsey McNinch, Guidance Counselor


VFW Post #2530 “Mike Pasquale” Scholarships

These awards are given to graduates to reward good scholarship and patriotism.

Recipient: Nicholas Green & Danielle Williams

Presented by: Mrs. Lindsey McNinch, Guidance Counselor


Wellsville Elementary PTA Scholarships

The Wellsville Elementary PTA awards seniors who have given at least 50 hours of community service during their high school years.

Recipient: Hailey Brown, Monica Gardner, Aaron Golish, Laura Walton, & Danielle Williams

Presented by: Ms. Angela Reitz, WCS PTA President


Joshua G. Giddings Memorial Scholarship

This award is given in memory of Joshua G. Giddings, a Class of 2003 graduate.

Recipient: Connor Hennessy

Presented by: Ms. Michelle Alvord, Guidance Counselor


Class of 1971 Scholarship

This scholarship honors deceased members of the Class of 1971. The funds for this award are donated by the Class of 1971 and their families.

Recipient: Jacob Ebert

Presented by: Ms. Michelle Alvord, Guidance Counselor


WLSV Business & Professional Women’s Club Scholarship

The Wellsville Business and Professional Women’s Club offers a scholarship to a graduating senior pursuing further education.

Recipient: Alice Cady

Presented by: Mrs. Lindsey McNinch, Guidance Counselor


Faith & Gerald Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created in memory of Faith & Gerald Garwood. It is dedicated to them and their spirit for learning and passion for helping others.

Recipients: Allysa Valley

Presented by: Mrs. Lindsey McNinch, Guidance Counselor

Scholarship Night Reception Pics