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Three Honored With Annual Helen S. Randles Scholarships

Three Honored With Annual Helen S. Randles Scholarships

The winners of this year’s Helen S. Randles Scholarships came from Ogdensburg Free Academy, Heuvelton Central School, and Madrid-Waddington Central School. Three $1,000 scholarships are presented by the Society of the United Helpers each year from funds generated by an endowment created by the late Ms. Randles. Front row, from left, scholarship recipients Clara Cole of Ogdensburg and Erica Bates of Madrid; second row, Scholarship Committee members Diana Dancause, Darlene Liscum, Molly Pressey, and United Helpers CEO Todd Amo; absent from photo Kathryn Cunningham of Heuvelton, who was unable to attend the presentation.

OGDENSBURG – This year’s Helen S. Randles Scholarship winners represent students entering the fields of nursing, occupational therapy, and speech pathology, including one student whose career in healthcare is already underway.

Erica Bates of Madrid has already been working as a CNA at United Helpers Rehabilitation and Senior Care in Canton for just over a year. She will be graduating from Madrid-Waddington Central School and attending the nursing program at Elmira College. She is the daughter of John and Andrea Bates.

Clara Cole of Ogdensburg will graduate from Ogdensburg Free Academy as this year’s valedictorian. She is attending Nazareth College, where she will major in Communication Sciences and Disorders while working towards a degree in speech pathology. Clara is the daughter of John and Sally Cole.

Kathryn Cunningham of Heuvelton will graduate from Heuvelton Central School. She is then planning to major in Professional Health and Wellness while at SUNY Plattsburgh with an eye on an eventual Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is the daughter of Cory and Jan Cunningham.

The $1,000 scholarships are funded through an endowment created by the late Ms. Randles, who established the scholarship more than 45 years ago to provide merit-based aid for students looking to enter the healthcare field.

United Helpers CEO Todd Amo told the winners they are the future of health care in the North Country. He also challenged them to be leaders in the classroom and in the healthcare field.

“We’re counting on you,” he said. “I’m 53 and it won’t be long before I’m needing your services.”

The chair of this year’s scholarship committee Molly Pressey introduced each of the students and spoke briefly about their accomplishments after addressing the group as a whole.

“As we reviewed these scholarship applications, there were three names that kept rising to the top in everyone’s rankings, and they were Clara Cole, Erica Bates, and Kathryn Cunningham,” she said. “Both you and your parents should be proud. The future is in good hands.”

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