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2021 Helen S. Randles Scholarship Award Winners

2021 Helen S. Randles Scholarship Award Winners

The winners of this year’s Helen S. Randles Scholarships came from Ogdensburg Free Academy, Lisbon Central School, and Madrid-Waddington Central School. Three $750 scholarships are presented by the Society of the United Helpers each year from funds generated by an endowment created by the late Ms. Randles. Seated, from left, Emma Plumley of Waddington, Riley Baxter of Lisbon, and Mackenzie Spicer of Ogdensburg; second row, from left, Scholarship Committee members Dr. Edward Gordon, Molly Pressey, Yvonne Lewandowski, and Committee Chair Patti Wood.

OGDENSBURG – Three high school seniors from a large field of applicants were honored with Helen S. Randles Scholarships.

The $750 scholarships are presented by the Society of the United Helpers from funds generated by an endowment created by the late Ms. Randles, who established the scholarship 45 years ago.

This year’s winners included students from Waddington, Lisbon, and Ogdensburg.

Mackenzie Spicer of Ogdensburg, will be attending SUNY Potsdam, where she is planning to major in psychology. Ms. Spicer hopes to one day become a Mental Health Counselor. She is the daughter of Chris Spicer and Lindsay Irvine.

Riley Baxter of Lisbon, will be attending SUNY Canton and entering the school’s nursing program. She is hoping to become a Registered Nurse. Ms. Baxter is the daughter of Amy Baxter.

Emma Plumley of Waddington, will be attending St. Lawrence University and majoring in psychology with a minor in exercise science. She is planning to become an Occupational Therapist. Ms. Plumley is the daughter of Nicole Thompson and Robin Plumley.

Society of United Helpers Board Member Patti Wood chaired this year’s scholarship committee and praised the recipients at the presentation. 

“When we award these scholarships, it really is hard to decide who wins,” she said. “We don’t just look at your grade point averages. We look at your whole body of work, as well as everything you do in the community.”

Ms. Wood also offered the recipients a piece of advice, sharing with them some “things you will never learn in a book.”

“Caring, compassion, and kindness are the three most important traits any person can have,” she said. “If you exhibit each of these traits, you will go very far in life.”

She also advised them to look people in the eye when talking to them.

“That will tell you more than anything,” she said.

The Helen S. Randles Scholarship is awarded each year to three students from St. Lawrence County, who are furthering their education and planning to enter the health care field. Ms. Randles’s hope in creating the scholarship endowment was that the recipients would one day return to become United Helpers employees.

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