Teens from Byron-Bergen and Batavia are the recipients of the 2009 Genesee ARC Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarships. The $1,000.00 scholarship awards were presented to Jessica Monroe, Nichole Longhini and Lindsey Penders.
Jessica, a member of the Byron-Bergen Class of 2009, plans to become a Special Education teacher in an elementary school to continue her desire to work with children with special needs.
Nichole, a senior at Batavia High, plans on pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, specializing in neonatal intensive care. Nichole feels premature babies are at an increased risk for complications and future disabling conditions and she wants to help these babies early in their lives to be healthier and happier.
Lindsay, who is also a member of the Batavia High School Class of 2009, plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Her desire to pursue this career field was sparked by an internship at the New York State School for the Blind.
Three $1,000.00 scholarships are awarded to high school seniors each year interested in working in human services, special education or related fields. The scholarship is in honor of Mary Anne Graney, a special education teacher, who died in 2004. According to Genesee ARC Scholarship Committee Chair, Shelley Falitico, “The scholarship is a living memorial, honoring Mrs. Graney’s commitment to ARC and enriching the lives of people with disabilities.”