VERONA — A pair of high school seniors Braelyn Saunders of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and Megan Lamb of Stockbridge Valley are the 2018 winners of $2,500 Andrew D. Rossetti Scholarship Awards, officials with Madison-Oneida (MO) BOCES have announced.
The scholarships are annually awarded to area students in the Madison-Oneida BOCES region who plan to pursue careers in teaching.
Saunders, the daughter of Stephanie Geer and James Saunders, plans to study early childhood and special education at Nazareth College.
Lamb, the daughter of Beth and Neil Lamb, plans to study plant science at Cornell University and hopes to become an agriculture teacher.
The scholarships, awarded by the Andrew D. Rossetti Scholarship Fund Committee, were created in 1988 to honor Andrew D. Rossetti, an MO BOCES superintendent from 1973 to 1984.
In addition to his career at MO BOCES, Rossetti was also a former VVS superintendent, had he had a lifelong passion for teaching, said BOCES.
Lillian Rossetti, Andrew Rossetti’s widow, presented the awards to this year’s recipients.
Since its inception in 1988, the Andrew D. Rossetti Scholarship Fund has awarded $90,000
to more than 80 local
graduates, officials with MO BOCES added.
One of last year’s scholarship winners, Zoey Baird of Rome, spoke to this year’s recipients about her college experience, said BOCES.
VVS Middle School math teacher Michael Dunn also spoke about his passion for the teaching profession.
VVS Superintendent Martha Group, a member of the Rossetti Scholarship board of directors, spoke about her commitment from an early age to become a teacher, despite sometimes being discouraged from that path.
She said “teaching is a way we can influence people like no other.”