OGDENSBURG – Three high school seniors from a field of more than 25 applicants were honored with Helen S. Randles Scholarships.
The scholarships are presented by the Society of the United Helpers using funds from an endowment created by the late Ms. Randles.
For the first time, each of the scholarship winners came from the same school — Massena Central School.
Emily Vierno will be attending Nazareth College in Rochester. She is the daughter of Kim and Joseph Vierno. Ms. Vierno is planning to become a physical therapist.
Matthew Derouchie will be attending St. Lawrence University in Canton. He is the son of Patty and Marc Derouchie. Mr. Derouchie is planning to become a physician assistant.
Olivia Todd will be also attending Nazareth College. She is the daughter of Cathy and Bob Todd. Ms. Todd is planning to become a music therapist.
Scholarship Committee Chair Ed Gordon said the decision this year was a difficult one.
“We had 25 very qualified applicants,” he said. “You guys should be proud of yourselves. Your folks certainly are and we are too.”
Also speaking at the presentation was scholarship committee member Cheryl Ladouceur.
“Your road is just starting,” she said. “Make sure you take the time to look at what is in front of you and always be your own best cheerleader.”
Dr. Gordon also spoke briefly about Mrs. Randles.
“Education was very important to her,” he said, adding she served as a volunteer with United Helpers for 46 years.
The scholarships are awarded each year to students from St. Lawrence County who are furthering their education and planning to enter the health care field.