Tim Simrell, a member of the Hobart Class of 2007, was featured in the Ithaca Journal story “One year wiser, 2002 grads proffer advice” from the June 25 issue. He took a year off after graduating high school to “straighten things out, and figure out what I wanted to do,” he said. The year off helped him determine his major, education. In need of a job, Simrell began work at the elementary school he attended, Cayuga Heights, helping with the after-school program. He also spent between three and four days a week as a substitute teacher's aide for special education all over the school district. “Before I took a year off, I thought I was going to do communications and make movies and stuff,” he said. “But during this year I decided to do elementary education.”
Katie Parrinello, a member of the William Smith Class of 2007, is a recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Scholarship. The scholarship grants acceptance to SUNY Upstate Medical in Syracuse after completion of the undergraduate degree. Parrinello competed against other finalists nationwide. She wrote an essay on why she hopes to someday practice medicine in a rural area, and finished a half-day round of interviews with Hobart and William Smith and SUNY Medical officials to earn the award. Parrinello was featured in the June 23 Canandaigua Daily Messenger story “Big head start for valedictorian”.
Beth Stricker of Syracuse, a member of the William Smith Class of 2007, achieved a perfect score on the national Latin examination. Stricker was profiled in the July 3 Syracuse Post-Standard. Stricker paints in her spare time, and hopes to study something art or anthropology at William Smith, and study abroad in Italy.