NFHS Seniors to Receive Scholarships at Dinner | Schools
A Statement Released by Niagara Falls High School
NIAGARA FALLS -----For the second year, six Niagara Falls High School seniors will receive scholarships from the Niagara Falls Education Foundation, totaling $6,500. The awards will be presented on Friday, May 11 at the Scholarship & Alumni Recognition Dinner that will celebrate the foundation’s 10th anniversary of assisting youth of the Niagara Falls School District. Honorees include:
Michaela Badolato - $1,000
Michaela’s biographical information for a soon to be college freshman, instead resembles a resume of impressive accomplishments that someone would achieve over a lifetime. She excelled with a 96 average while working throughout high school, interning in the Assemblyman’s office, volunteering with organizations such as Equistar and Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, and being involved in athletics. Micheala is a member of the National Honor Society, received academic awards, and played softball, basketball, and volleyball throughout her school years. Niagara University awarded her an annual $15,000 scholarship where she plans to study chemistry and pursue a career in pharmacy.
Henry T. Beaman Jr. - $1,000
Henry has been an honor student since 6th grade and had perfect attendance in middle school. In addition to cross country and football, he was on the wrestling team, serving as captain his senior year while maintaining a 93 average. Words like “great leader”, “great role model”, “intelligent”, “thoughtful” and “committed” are descriptions given by his coaches and counselors. Henry took AP and accelerated classes and was also one of a select few students to participate in the Leadership for the Youth of Niagara County program (LYNC). He also is a Valedictory Honors Graduate. Henry plans to attend Ithaca College to study biochemistry.
Alexander Carruthers - $1,000
Alexander’s volunteer involvement and honors are numerous including helping at the senior center and his parish, to assisting the Nicaragua Mission since 2008. He has been recognized from the National Honor Society since 2009, as well as having perfect attendance since 2008, obtaining excellence in social studies, achieving the Gloria Carey Excellence in Reading Award, and being named to the Gaskill Prep School Wall of Fame. Since 7th grade he has taken accelerated classes and continued with AP classes in high school, achieving a GPA of 93. Alexander will attend Niagara University for economics and pre-law, and plans to work as an attorney for a human services organization to advocate for those in need.
Lauren Evans - $1,000
Lauren is a standout AP Scholar with Honors Distinction who achieved a 98 average. She plans to attend Canisius College to study biochemistry and then pursue a career focusing on the medical and research aspects of biology, to one day helping find cures for genetic diseases. Lauren was a member of the swimming and diving team, serving as captain and being named NYS Qualifier in 2008 and Niagara Gazette Swimmer of the Year in the same year. A member of the National Honor Society, Lauren also finds time for community service volunteering with Heart and Soul Soup Kitchen, helping the Boys Swimming and Diving Team and assisting with local mayoral campaigns.
Kelsi Leo - $1,000
Kelsi plans to attend SUNY College at Buffalo and knew it was the right place for her when she stepped on campus. She plans to major in adolescent math education to teach at the high school level. She learned to love math with much help and guidance from her teacher during her junior and senior years, taking on AP Calculus through Niagara University. Kelsi balanced work, school, sports, extracurricular and volunteer activities while achieving a 94 average. She led the softball and tennis teams as captain, served as president of the Wolverine Club, was awarded PAL Female Athlete of the Year, and was named to the 1st team All NFL and All Area in Softball, in addition to being a member of the National Honor Society. “Mature”, “intelligent”, “conscientious” and “hard working” are just some of the words teachers and counselors have used to describe Kelsi.
Anmol Bambrah - $1,500
Anmol is being awarded the Phyllis E. Jahn Scholarship for her extensive volunteer involvement and academic achievement with a 97 average. Her community service ranges from hospital volunteer, to the Police Youth Academy, to the War of 1812 historical project, as well as the environment, cancer, and organizing a 9/11 10th anniversary tribute. Anmol also was a participant in the county-wide Leadership for the Youth of Niagara County program (LYNC). She achieved many honors including an AP Scholar, National Federation for Just Communities Youth Award and Niagara County’s Do the Right Thing honor by the Niagara County Sheriff. Anmol also participated in summer research at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, conducting patient safety satisfaction research as part of a federal grant. She has been accepted into SUNY at Buffalo’s Honors College Class of 2016, representing the top 10% of UB’s entering freshman class. She plans to get her PH.D. in chemistry.
The dinner will be held at Antonio’s Banquet Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd. The Niagara Falls Education Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2002 to support scholarship and educational pursuits within the Niagara Falls School district. The foundation has quietly raised funds over the past several years through a basketball tournament and other endeavors. The foundation will also honor three alumni awards, one Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, and two awards to current student NYS champions.
Reservations are $50 per person, $25 for students and can be made by contacting Niagara Falls Education Foundation Executive Director Jill Spira at 341-6247 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A cash bar is at 6 p.m. and the dinner is at 7 p.m.