Area students receive Lynskey Memorial Scholarships


The Connor Arthur Lynskey Scholarship Committee presented awards to several graduating seniors from high schools in Oneida and Herkimer Counties, awards at Holland Patent Central School, as well as an award to a participant in the Upstate College of Medicine Early Assurance Program.

The scholarships for Oneida and Herkimer Counties were based on academics and leadership qualities and were awarded in June 2020 to:

• First Place — Charles Gilroy, a graduate of Rome Free Academy, who will be majoring in Physical Therapy at Lemoyne College in the fall.

•Second Place — Wiley Gifford, a graduate of Clinton High School, who will be majoring in Biology at Cornell University.

• Honorable Mention Award — Emily Rudolph, a graduate of Town of Webb UFSD, who will be studying exercise science at SUNY Oneonta.

Three awards were announced for graduating seniors at Holland Patent Central School at a virtual ceremony on June 11, 2020:

• Andrew LaRock — Athletic/Character Award, presented to a student who, like Lynskey displays a love for athletics and, in particular, conveys strength in character. LaRock will attend SUNY Morrisville, majoring in natural resources conservation;

• Justine Draper — Academic Scholarship, awarded to a student who not only excelled academically but also desired to pursue an education in the medical field, as Lynskey was pursuing. Draper will attend SUNY Brockport, majoring in physical therapy.

• Anastasha Dornburgh — Honorable Mention Award. Dornburgh will pursue a degree in human biology at the State University of New York at Albany.

• A memorial award was presented in November of 2019 to John M. Panzone of Barneveld, a student at LeMoyne College and a participant in the College of Medicine Early Assurance Program with SUNY Upstate Medical University, with plans to become a rural medical doctor.

Panzone was presented with an award and a book with a personal message from the Lynskey family. Once he matriculates to SUNY Upstate Medical University MD Program for his sophomore year, he will receive a second monetary award, the scholarship committee said.

The Connor Arthur Lynskey Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Connor after he was tragically taken from his family by a drunk driver on Aug. 11, 2018. Connor was pursuing his pre-med education at Siena College and planned to become a rural doctor.

Through the support of family, friends and the community, the 2018 Connor’s Way 5-Mile Memorial Scenic Run/Walk was established in Hinckley on the route that Connor used to run, to raise funds for these scholarships.

The Third Annual Connor’s Way event will be held virtually from Tuesday, Sept. 15, through Tuesday, Sept. 22, which would have been Connor’s 21st birthday. Information on sponsorships and registration for the virtual run/walk are available at and on Email for further information or sponsorship materials.


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