Local Girl Scouts earn Gold awards

Ashley Blackburn and Emily DeClerck, of Hilton; and Julie Wilson, of Spencerport, recently received the Gold Award from Girl Scouts of Western New York.

The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. It is based on a service project that represents something the Scout is passionate about that also fulfills a need in her community. She will perform 80 hours of community service as she identifies an issue, investigates it to understand what can be done and leads a team to complete the project.

Blackburn’s project provided aid to Alternatives for Battered Women, DeClerck’s project was titled “Beautiful Benches” and Wilson’s project created memory boxes.

Gold Award winners are eligible for scholarship opportunities.

Rochester airman graduates from basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Sterling Newsom recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

Newsom completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an Associate in Applied Science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

He graduated in 2016 from University Preparatory Charter School in Rochester.

Rochester soldiers join National Guard units

Pfc. Vanessa Morales and Pvt. Davian Walters, of Rochester, recently joined their New York Army National Guard units during a transition ceremony at Patriot Way Armory in Rochester.

Morales was welcomed into the Company C, 427th Brigade Support Battalion. Walters joined the Company A, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry.

Morales and Walters recently completed the National Guard Recruit Sustainment program, which provides new recruits with training, lessons and skills to excel at their initial military training.

Churchville student earns Alfred State scholarship

Jessica Pittman, of Churchville, recently received a $4,000 Academic Distinction Scholarship from Alfred State College.

The scholarship is awarded to first-time freshmen students who earn a minimum 87 cumulative high school average through the end of their junior year and achieve an 1140 combined reading/writing and math new SAT, 1070 combined critical reading and math old SAT or 23 composite ACT score.

Pittman is slated to graduate from Churchville-Chili Senior High School this year and intends to enroll in Alfred State’s nursing program.

Rochester soldiers re-enlist with New York Army National Guard

Spc. Linsey Garland, Sgt. Angela Granger, Staff Sgt. Melvin Jopson, Sgt. Shawn Mulcahy and Sgt. Scott Quick, of Rochester, recently re-enlisted to continue service with the New York Army National Guard.

Garland re-enlisted to serve with the Company A (Distribution), 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

Jopson serves with the Headquarters, 106th Regiment (Regional Training Institute).

Mulcahy re-enlisted to serve with the Company B (Maintenance), 427th Brigade Support Battalion.

Granger and Quick serve with the Headquarters and Service Company, 642nd Support Battalion.

Gates Chili resident joins Allendale Columbia

Laura Walrath-Cukalevski, of Gates Chili, recently joined Allendale Columbia as a physical education teacher.

She will be responsible for teaching PE classes to nursery students through 12th grade and creating and implementing innovative curriculum. She comes to Allendale Columbia from The School at Columbia University, where she served as wellness teacher and athletics director for 10 years.

Walrath-Cukalevski holds a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University, a Bachelor of Science from The College at Brockport and a Master of Arts from Teachers College at Columbia University, where she has working on a Master of Education.

Barton and Loguidice promote North Chili resident

Adam Cummings, of North Chili, was recently promoted to senior managing engineer in the asset management department at Barton and Loguidice.

Cummings earned his Bachelor of Science chemical engineering from SUNY at Buffalo and his Master of Engineering civil engineering at Norwich University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in New York and Pennsylvania and a board-certified environmental engineer from the National Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

He is a past vice chairman of the Rochester Section of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers as well as past-president of Rochester Engineering Society. Cummings currently is committee chairman and a board member of New York Water Environment Association.

Churchville-Chili student earns ESL scholarship

Churchville-Chili Senior High School senior Christian Montanez recently received a $2,000 scholarship from ESL Federal Credit Union.

Montanez is a peer mediator team captain, honor roll student and Foodlink volunteer. He plays on the varsity swim and baseball teams and has earned an All-county Athletic Award and a Section V Sportsmanship Award.

To be eligible, applicants must be a member in good standing at ESL, a high school senior in the Greater Rochester area during 2016-17 school year and attending an accredited college or university in the fall.

Applicants provided official copies of their transcripts, letters of recommendation from a school official and community/volunteer organization and a list of extracurricular activities and community service. They wrote an essay about how they demonstrate one of ESL’s five core values: accountability, caring about people, initiative, integrity and teamwork.