The Community College of Vermont announces Spring 2016 graduates

MONTPELIER >> The following local students at the Community College of Vermont were awarded associate degrees at the College's commencement ceremony held on June 4.

Shaylyn Rose Burke and Jillian Blair Woodard, of Bellows Falls; Christopher J. Ashley, Alison K. Cornellier, James R. Duca and Stevie-Tao M. Roberts, of Brattleboro; Tina Marie Bills, of Brookline; Jessica L. Ostrander, of Jacksonville; Katrina Marie Fleck and Evadney Taylor, of Londonderry; Benjamin Bernard Boyarko and Benjamin Howe, of Putney; Leigh T Nance, of South Londonderry; Rebecca Ashley Bird, of Vernon; Cindy L. Douglass and Ryan E Jennings, of Westminster; and Jeremy L. Betit and Sarah M. Sprague, of Whitingham.

Oak Meadow student named 2016 Presidential Scholar

BRATTLEBORO >> Oak Meadow senior, Zlatomir Fung, has been named a 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of the most prestigious honors for high school students in the nation.

Fung, a world-class cellist from Westborough, Mass., and winner of several national and international competitions, enrolled in Oak Meadow's distance learning school in 2012 so he could devote more time to his music. Along with his coursework at Oak Meadow, he has studied at several music institutions and academies; performs solo and with various orchestras and symphonies; and is an avid chamber music player. His academic interests are philosophy and literature, and he also competes in chess.


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On Saturday, June 11, Fung will attend his high school graduation ceremony at Oak Meadow. On Monday, June 20, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, an exhibition of the winners' works will be on view at the Hall of Nations, and at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall, the performing arts scholars will participate in "A Salute to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars," a free public performance directed by Debbie Allen.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by President Barack Obama, annually selects 161 finalists from a pool of over 5,000 eligible candidates. The winners, one male and one female from each state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, are selected based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, leadership responsibilities, and community service and outreach participation.

For more information, visit oakmeadow.com.

Local resident graduates from Quinnipiac University

HAMDEN, CONN. >> Matthew Schultz, of Brattleboro, graduated from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Science in athletic training

Local student named to Hamilton College Dean's List

CLINTON, N.Y. >> Genevieve M. Darling, daughter of Alan Darling and Lucie Morissette, of South Newfane, has been named to the Dean's List at Hamilton College for the 2016 spring semester.

Local student graduates from Smith College

NORTHAMPTON, MASS. >> Kayla Bernier, the daughter of Debbie and Dan Bernier-Sontag of Brattleboro, received a bachelor's degree from Smith College on May 15. Bernier is a 2012 graduate of Brattleboro Union High School. She majored in American Studies.

Robinson named Elks Student of the Month

WESTMINSTER >> Leia Robinson has been named the June Elks Student of the Month for Bellows Falls Union High School. Robinson, a junior, is the daughter of Bradley and Linda Robinson of Saxtons River.

Dedicated to her academics, Robinson works hard and excels in challenging classes. She is an active participant in class discussions, offering insightful comments and asking meaningful questions. Robinson is always willing to help others in class, in school activities and in the community. She is an all-around caring and trustworthy person, and our school and community are lucky to have her.

Always smiling, Robinson's positive attitude and encouraging words are appreciated. She is a positive role model who willingly gets involved in school and community activities for the betterment of her community. Through serving as the captain of the state championship field hockey team and an active member of the Bellows Falls Union High School Student Council, Robinson is a positive role model and true leader. She is also an active member within in her community and takes part in many charitable endeavors.