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Press release from the Genesee ARC:

Elba and Oakfield-Alabama High School seniors are the recipients of the 2013 Genesee ARC Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarships.  The $1,000.00 scholarship awards were presented at the Genesee ARC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet to Jennifer Hochmuth, Maddie Potter and Jenifer Igoe.  The trio plan to pursue careers in healthcare and have been volunteers in the YMCA Challenger Sports program in collaboration with Genesee ARC.

Jennifer Hochmuth, Elba Central, will be attending Genesee Community College then Keuka College to study occupational therapy.  Jennifer has volunteer experience working with children with disabilities through the YMCA Challenger Sports program and personal experience through child care. In her scholarship application, Jennifer shared that “each child has great potential and one way to help develop this potential is becoming an Occupational Therapist.” Jennifer has volunteered for a number of community organizations, plays school and summer soccer and is Vice President of National Honor Society.

Maddie Potter is planning to pursue a career in dentistry. Her path will begin at GCC.  Due to credits already earned, she will complete her Associates degree in less than a year, then go on to  St. John Fisher College studying Biology and Human Services.  From there, she plans to attend the UB Dental School specializing in the dental treatment of special needs children and adults. Maddie grew up in the field of developmental disabilities and serving this population is her passion. An active Challenger Sports and Special Olympics volunteer, she works part-time and is also a scholar-athlete at Oakfield-Alabama. This summer she plans to intern in the office of Dr. Russell Marchese, DDS.

Jenifer Igoe looks forward to attending Daemen College in the fall to begin studying Physical Therapy. A member of the Oakfield Alabama Class of 2013, Jenifer has always been interested in the healthcare field.  She describes her experience as a Challenger volunteer ‘transforming’ and said it has helped her realize she would like to specifically work with individuals with disabilities.  Jenifer is involved in many school activities including Student Council and Varsity Club and is a scholar-athlete. She is described as a natural leader, is a Eucharistic Minister at her church and also works part-time

The Genesee ARC Mary Anne Graney Memorial Scholarship is open to area high school seniors, planning to further their studies in human services, special education or related fields.  It is in honor of Mary Anne Graney, a special education teacher, who died in 2004.  The scholarship program is funded by the Genesee ARC Friends & Family 5K, scheduled for September 21 at the Genesee ARC Day Habilitation Center in Elba.


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