SARANAc LAKE - Before family, friends and supporters, 11 area high school students graduated from the New Vision program recently during a packed ceremony held in the Redfield Board Room at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Graduating from the program were Lake Placid students Ayla Thompson and Natalia Smith; Saranac Lake students Allie Oehler, Jamaal Tuthill, Nickie Trudeau, Kaytlin Gochenaur and Gabrielle Bevilacqua; and Tupper Lake students Pierson St. Pierre, Tana Morgan, Angelica LaBombard and Stacey Pavlus.
Now in its ninth year of existence at Adirondack Health, the program is an opportunity for high school students to gain a unique perspective into the many careers available in health care by working alongside hospital personnel.
Following opening remarks from Adirondack Health President & CEO Chandler Ralph and Program Instructor Alison Riley-Clark, there was a presentation of graduation certificates and scholarships to the students.
The Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association presented $1,000 scholarships to Gabrielle Bevilacqua, Kaytlin Gochenaur, Tana Morgan, Allie Oehler, Natalia Smith, Pierson St. Pierre, Ayla Thompson and Jamaal Tuthill. The Health Association is over 110 years old, and currently offers a visiting nurse program, covers the cost associated with providing a dental hygienist to the Saranac Lake Central School District, facilitates care and payment for special medical or dental needs, provides financial assistance for hearing aids, and loans medical equipment to people in need.
The David J. & C. Sue DeSantis Scholarship for $500 was presented by C. Sue DeSantis to Pierson St. Pierre. A fund was established in recognition of exemplary service by David J. DeSantis and C. Sue DeSantis to the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES, and tremendous commitment to the students of the North Country. The Scholarship Fund recognizes an outstanding student in the New Vision Program.
Arthur Handley, Director of Perioperative Services and Oncology for Adirondack Health, provided the closing remarks and words of inspiration for the New Vision graduates.
New Vision is a division of the Adirondack Educational Center and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services Sole Supervisory District of Franklin, Essex and Hamilton Counties. For more information, contact Alison Riley-Clark at 518-897-2207.