New Vision graduation caps rigorous year of healthcare studies
SARANAC LAKE – Twelve area high school seniors were honored before family and supporters as graduating members of the New Vision program, Class of 2017. The heartfelt ceremony capped a year of rigorous academic work paired with clinical rotations alongside Adirondack Health staff.
In a room filled to capacity, opening remarks were made by Adirondack Health President & CEO Sylvia Getman, followed by Program Instructor Alison Riley-Clark and the presentation of graduation certificates to students. The New Vision program is a division of the Adirondack Educational Center and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Franklin, Essex and Hamilton Counties (BOCES).
This year’s graduating class included: from left to right – Alexandra Harris (Social Studies instructor), Antonio Villani (SL), Victoria O’Leary (LP), Jada Meadows (SL), Grace McGrew (LP), Liz Loso (SL), Logan Hochwald (SL), Hayden Hartman (SL), Aurelle Fogarty (SL), Kaitlyn Gilman (TL), Morgan Farmer (SL), Delanie Clark (TL), Brian Byrne (LP) and Alison Riley-Clark, New Vision instructor.
Mark Simkins, of the Saranac Lake Voluntary Health Association (SLVHA), presented $1,000 scholarships to the following: Victoria O’Leary (LP), Jada Meadows (SL), Grace McGrew (LP), Liz Loso (SL), Hayden Hartman (SL), Aurelle Fogarty (SL), Kaitlyn Gilman (TL), Morgan Farmer (SL), Delanie Clark (TL) and Brian Byrne (LP).
Rhonwen Jones, a 2010 New Vision graduate, provided closing remarks. She told this year’s graduates that her New Vision student experiences had been invaluable as she worked to complete her master’s degree in occupational therapy at Ithaca College. Now employed by the Tupper Lake Central School District as an occupational therapist, Jones said that an early understanding of the complexities of healthcare helped her to better empathize with patients and anticipate their concerns.
For more information on the New Vision program, contact Alison Riley-Clark at 897-2207/891-1330.