2016-2017 E.J. Herrmann Scholarships Awarded

The East Utica Optimist Club is pleased to announce the recipients of the Edward J. Herrmann Scholarships for 2016-2017. The organization salutes the three individuals who are the most recent recipients of the E.J. Herrmann Scholarships. All are June 2017 graduates of their respective high schools. The three scholarship winners are superb harriers, accustomed to the rigors and challenges of academia, and have made an impact on their respective schools and communities. All have demonstrated the ability to overcome obstacles through determination, persistence, and intrepidness to attain noteworthy running achievement and academic success.

Jordan Hauser, West Seneca West Senior High School

Jordan Hauser is a dual athlete who competed on both the Warrior cross-country and soccer teams during the fall athletic season in her sophomore through senior years.

A scholastic leader, she has earned a ninety-five grade point average while pursuing an Advanced Placement regimen. Jordon's guidance counselor describes her as "intelligent, dedicated, inquisitive, and exited" about the endeavors she has and will encounter.

During a race early in her junior year she experienced numbness in her legs and she could not complete the event. She was diagnosed with compartment syndrome in the soleus muscles of both legs. She underwent bilateral lower leg fasciotomy surgery. Months of recovery and therapy ensued before she could resume her running routine. She was the captain of her outdoor track team and co-captain of the West Seneca West indoor and cross-country squads.

Her memberships in school activities include the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Key Club, Crushing Cancer Club, school newspaper, and the West Seneca Youth Engaged in Service Program. Her favorite service activity was the "Home Again Project" through the International Relations Club.

She participated in the ITEST Project through the State University of New York at Buffalo in which she was part of a team that annotated genes using the GENI-ACT System. She worked under the supervision of Lynn M. Barrett with guidance from Drs. Dey-Roa and Koury.

Jordan participated in the Girl Scouts from the rank of brownie to cadet. She earned the prestigious Silver Award.

Her goal is to become a nurse practioner.

She is the daughter of Eric and Melissa Hauser. The family resides in West Seneca, NY.

Megan's running coaches were Emilio Mancino and Peter Szymanski.

Jacob Greski, Scotia-Glenville Senior High School

Jacob has distinguished and challenged himself according to his guidance counselor by "successfully juggling academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities." His coach touts Jacob's confidence and character. He has earned the respect of his peers who refer to him as "The Rock."

Successful completion of rigorous Advanced Placement courses in math and the sciences attest to his academic accomplishments. Jacob graduated among the top 5% of his class and was a member of the National Honor Society.

He qualified for two Section 2 State Qualifying Meets for both indoor and outdoor track, winning two Section 2 titles. He was named captain of the Scotia-Glenville cross-country team. He was a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Student Athlete.

Jacob thoroughly enjoys working with the youngsters in his community in the YMCA and the iCan Shine Camp at Union College. Through iCan Shine, Jacob assisted disabled children learn the skills necessary to ride bicycles. He happily donates his time to the children and their families with the goal of improving their quality of life.

He will major in Biochemistry at Siena College.

He is the son of Jason and Becki Greski. The family lives in Scotia, NY.

Jim Krogh and Ron Cameron coached Jacob at Scotia Glenville.

Emma Novak, Clinton Senior High School

Emma's introduction to cross-country as a seventh grader was brief: she quit following her third practice. Five years later, as a senior, she finished first at the Edward J. Herrmann Meet in the Dave D'Alessandro Girls Varsity Event. Persistence has impacted her running. She also won the Center State Cross-Country Championship Meet.

Her high school guidance counselor was impressed with her "drive and determination." She was successful in academics, running, and vocal music. She graduated in the top tier of her class. She successfully pursued academic challenges in both Advance Placement Physics and Calculus.

Through the National Honor Society at Clinton, she has helped organize bake sales to support breast cancer research and assisted with Red Cross Blood Drives.

She has taken voice lessons since first grade. Emma was a participant in the Boston University Young Artist Vocal Program. She is a classically trained vocalist. Emma was able to combine her interests of singing and aiding others at her Temple. She has volunteered as a teacher's assistant, delivering gift baskets to the elderly, and singing at religious services.

Emma is the daughter of Ellen Blum and Kenneth Novak. The family resides in Clinton, NY.

Arthur McKinnon and Norman Deep are the running coaches at Clinton Senior High School.

Past E. J. Herrmann Scholarship Winners

Ambruso, Alec
Ambruso, Amara
Arthur, Joshua
Ashton, Nicholas
Aziz, Jonathan
Beller, Deidre
Bronson, Kevin
Camillieri, James
Chaple, Richard
Cheney, Matthew
Choiniere, Katelyn
Contento, Nicholas
Crossman, Eric
Dalton, Alyson
DeRocco, Patrick
DeRocco, Vincent
Doney, Alexandra
Drescher, Matthew
Durso, Gennaro
Fanelli, Kristi
Gilgore, Miranda
Greene, Megan Wakley
Jackson, Jonathan
Johnson, Joseph
Kiefer, Kelsey
Kobielski, Megan
Lincourt, Sadie
Marcellus, Adriane
Morris, Ryan
Murphy, Christopher
Newman, Kelli
Nicotera, John
Norton, Grant
Okanovic, Najda
Peek, Kelsey
Petzoldt, Emma
Phaneuf, Matthew
Powell, John
Reis, Brian
Reis, William
Roberts, Anna Marie
Roth, David
Roth, Jim
Soblosky, Nicole
Stedman, Samantha
Syrotynski, John
Syrotynski, Russell
Tanner, Meghann
Vainauskas, Nicole
Vandewater, Lindsay
Vroman, Heather
Waldeck, Kyle
Walker, Aaron
Washington, Reginald
Wetzel, Jonathan