President Mark D. Gearan recently attended the Geneva High School (GHS) Academic Awards Ceremony to honor GHS seniors who would be attending Hobart and William Smith in the fall. The annual ceremony, which celebrates the high school’s graduating senior class for its academic and extracurricular achievements, took place in the GHS auditorium this June.
Gearan began by thanking Geneva City Schools Superintendent Trina Newton for her partnership with the Colleges and dedication to enhancing the education of young people in the community.
“I thank Trina Newton for the 120 percent effort she gives as superintendent of the Geneva schools,” Gearan said.
He went on to present the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation‘s First in Family Scholarship to graduating senior, Sarah Taylor, who plans to attend HWS in the fall. The scholarship will support Taylor throughout her college career by supplying full tuition, room and board expenses, textbooks and mandatory fees for up to five years. The Farash Foundation created the scholarship program to enable students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college. Since the award recipients will not be required to take jobs during their college careers, they will instead be asked to undertake community service at local nonprofit organizations.
“This scholarship provides a clear path to a rewarding future,” GHS Principal Gregory Baker ’00 added. Baker announced the second award recipient, senior Deangela Rett, who will be attending Finger Lakes Community College in the fall.
Gearan also took time to announce the graduating seniors who have enrolled in the Colleges for the fall semester. Dylan Doblin, Annie Choi, Patrick Connor, Mark Pitifer and Jessie Singleton will join the HWS Classes of 2018 on campus in August. Gearan remarked with pride that these students would receive a collective total of $260,000 in scholarships and grants from the Colleges.
“HWS is proud of these students, and we look forward to Geneva High School graduates engaging with us, especially on Geneva 2020,” Gearan said.
The Geneva 2020 initiative is rooted in the collective impact model aimed directly at ensuring that students in the local community have the skills necessary to graduate from high school and to effectively pursue college. The program has already helped move the local high school graduation rate from 70 percent in 2010 to 82 percent in 2013, and to increase the number of local high school students entering college from 74 percent in 2009 to 76 percent in 2013. This year, the school district increased its national standing in U.S. News and World Report moving from 141 to 114 in the list of public schools in New York State.