Posted by Tom Lindsay

On Aug 7 2018, the Kuyahoora Valley Rotary Club invited all six of its senior student award winners to attend a dinner meeting.  The award winners each introduced their parents and told us briefly about their academic plans for the coming year and their eventual job goals.  This year we had three seniors from Poland Central High School (PCS) and three from West Canada Valley Central High School (WCVCS) that won awards for academic achievement, volunteerism or outstanding effort. 


The Arthur Whaley award, $1000 for academic achievement, went to Patrick Mahoney (PCS), who plans on attending NYU majoring in Business Administration, and Abigail Gorinshek (WCVCS), who plans on attending SUNY Geneseo majoring in Early Childhood Education.


The Kenneth Young award of $500 recognizes outstanding effort and self-improvement during the high school years.   It was awarded to Ryan Kolwaite (PCS), who plans to attend SUNY Poly majoring in Electrical Engineering, and Victoria Tasovac (WCVCS), who will attend Daemen College to become a physician’s assistant.


Lastly, the Rasch award, $500 for community service, was presented to John Zuchowski (PCS), who plans on attending Robert Williams College majoring in Biology and Evan Moynihan (WCVCS), who plans on attendng Utica College majoring in Political Science.  Evan will also run for a spot on the West Canada Valley Central School Board this Fall.



From left to right: Ryan Kolwaite, Victoria Tasovac, Evan Moynihan, Abigail Gorinshek, Patrick Mahoney and John Zuchowski.