New York Army National Guard promotes local soldiers

Brandon Brasfield, of Greece, and Alex Bielawa, Jared Kaminski and Darius Spady, of Rochester, recently received promotions from the New York Army National Guard.

Bielawa and Spady were promoted to the rank of sergeant. Bielawa serves with the Company C, 1-171st Aviation Regiment. Spady is assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters.

Brasfield, who serves with the Company A, 2-108th Infantry, was promoted to the rank of specialist.

Kaminski was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant. He is assigned to the Military Intelligence Company, 152nd Brigade Engineer Battalion.

Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability and development potential.


Greece Athena cheerleaders to perform in Thanksgiving parade

Leanza Gibaud and Gianna Palumbo, varsity cheerleaders from Greece Athena High School, will perform in the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Gibaud and Palumbo were invited to participate through Spirit of America. They serve as team captains and were named second team all-county as juniors.

They are the first women from Monroe County to be selected in 20 years. Among the selection committee members was Andrea Caswell, a Hilton High School graduate who performed in the 1998 parade. Performers are selected by invitation and/or qualification through summer cheer and dance camps, as well as award-winning teams.

Gibaud and Palumbo will spend a week in NYC to practice and perform their routine before the parade, which will air on NBC.


Hilton seniors named National Merit commended students

Four seniors from Hilton High School were named commended students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program: Maverick Clark, Evan George, Hannah Samov and Cassandra Walters.

Each student placed among the top 50,000 scores of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Principal Jeffrey Green presented letters of commendation to the students from HHS and the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which administers the program.