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Fulton Montgomery Chamber awards scholarships to students

GLOVERSVILLE — Four seniors from local high schools were awarded $1,000 each in scholarship money by the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce in August.

Winners include Kylee Rickard of Canajoharie High School; Amanda Clifford of Fonda -Fultonville High School; Marcus Johnson of Canajoharie High School; and Matthew Syzdek of Broadalbin-Perth High School.

The Scholarship Program was established in 1986 to provide financial assistance and incentives to students interested in pursuing a course of college study.

To be eligible, a student must be a high school senior graduating from a Fulton or Montgomery County high school in June, or applicants who have previously graduated from a Fulton or Montgomery County high school.

Applicants must also be attending or entering a 2- or 4-year college or university as of September 2020. Entrants were judged by the Chamber’s Scholarship Committee, based on the applicant’s essay, academic achievement, community involvement, economic needs, and information provided by two references. Personal interviews were also conducted with finalists as part of the awards process.

Rickard, was sixth in her class, with a GPA of 3.75. She had the highest-class average in all four years of French, took advanced classes, and two college courses.

She won the key award in 11th grade and graduated with an advanced diploma. She was an active participant in extracurricular activities, as a member of the STAR Committee, Student Council, Yearbook Club, National Honor Society, NADA, Science Club, and History Club.

Interested in sports, she volunteered at 1st and 2nd-grade basketball practices, and was the captain of her basketball, soccer, and softball teams. She has won multiple awards in sports including Scholar-Athlete Award, Hustle Award, Offensive MVP Award, Golden Glove Award, and was named WAC first-team all-star.

After losing a beloved childhood pet, she was compelled to pursue a career as a veterinarian. At Utica College, her goal is to receive a bachelor’s in animal science and a doctorate in veterinary medicine.

Syzdek was 4th in his class and was class president for all four years of his high school career. Excelling at many things, he was selected as a representative for his school at the New York State Boys’ State Program and participated in the University of Maryland’s Discover Engineering Program. He was also on the National Honor Society and received the Clarkson Leadership Scholarship in 11th grade.

His interests include music and sports. He was selected to the New York State School Music Association’s Area All-State Band two years in a row and played clarinet for the Mohawk Valley Chamber Ensemble.

He played football all four years of high school and was awarded as a Scholar-Athlete. He was voted team captain for both junior varsity and varsity football teams as well as selected to three different all-star teams. He volunteer throughout the community at FMCC Veterans’ club, Homeward Bound Dog Rescue, Broadalbin Youth Commission, and Wreaths Across America.

With his interest in math and science accompanied by his passion for protecting the environment, he has decided to attend Clarkson University for mechanical engineering.

Clifford graduated with a Comprehensive District Diploma from Fonda-Fultonville High School with a weighted GPA of 99.2. She was on the Principal’s list every quarter throughout her high school career and received an award for the highest GPA in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. She was a part of the Student Government, Key Club, Character Council, National Honor Society, and BRAVES Leadership Program.

In her free time, she enjoys playing piano and swimming. She has received high scores at the New York State School Music Association competition, three years in a row, as well as receiving awards for most dedicated player and most practiced hours.

She was also on the Fo-Jo swim team for three years and has received the Coach’s Award. She volunteers at Helping Hands Food Pantry, and as an Assistant Teacher at Saint Cecilia’s Church.

She plans to become a college professor and has been accepted to Hamilton, one of the most selective schools in the country.

Johnson graduated with an average GPA of 3.75, ranking him fourth in his class.

Throughout his high school career, he was a member of the Student Government, National Honor Society, and Student Council. Hhe volunteered at ROC Wheels, God’s Garden, and as a Youth Camp Supervisor. He was also involved in theScience Club, Technology Club, County Leadership Conference and nominated to represent his school at Boys State.

A state-ranked track athlete Johnson also enjoyed football and was a team captain. In track he broke two school records in 400m hurdles and triple jump. He was a three-year WAC participant, three-year sectional participant, two-time state qualifier, regional invitational meet participant, and a participant at New York State Games. He has won Track Athlete of the year and Field event MVP.

He is attending Binghamton University to study Mechanical Engineering.

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