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Friends and neighbors: Community members’ achievements

  • U.S. Air Force Airman Jasmine Reyes —

  • About 100 people gathered at Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton on Sunday, March 12, 2017, to write "Letters of Hope" to internally displaced Syrians and to assemble "muck shoes" for Syrian refugees. Writing letters at this table are, from left, Sandra Matthews, Jane Fleischman and Norbert Goldfield, all of Northampton, Aleeza Khan, 7, and her sister, Alvira, of Agawam, Amber Hussain of Longmeadow and the Khans' father, Ali Khan.

  • Ben James of Northampton helps his son, Wiley, 7, cut a pattern for a shoe sole from a bicycle inner tube during a gathering of about 100 people at Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton on Sunday, March12, 2017, to assemble "muck shoes" for Syrians living in refugee camps and to write lettters of hope to send to internally displaced Syrians. The shoe parts will be sewn together, with wool liners, by Andrea Boyko of Belchertown.

  • This is one of the letters written during a gathering of about 100 people at Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton on Sunday, March 12, 2017, to write "Letters of Hope" to internally displaced Syrians.


Thursday, March 23, 2017
Amherst

Elizabeth Mabee, a student at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, will volunteer during Alternative Spring Break. Mabee will team up with CASS Community Social Services, which offers food, housing, health services and jobs programs for Detroit residents.

Belchertown

Paige Murphy, a member of the class of 2020, has been named to the fall semester dean's list at Stonehill College in Easton, where she is majoring in criminology.

Connecticut College

The following local students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at the college in New London, Connecticut.  

Amherst: Frances Brown, class of 2020, high honors, undeclared; Mei Reffsin, class of 2017, high honors, art; Samuel Simonds, class of 2019, high honors, film studies

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science

The following local students have been named to the spring semester dean’s list at MCPHS University in Boston.

Amherst: Allison Lam, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical and health care business, class of 2018

Belchertown: Angela Martoccia Grabazs, pursuing a doctor of pharmacy, class of 2022; and Urvi Patel, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in premedical and health studies (physician assistant studies), class of 2018

The MacDuffie School

The following local students were named to the first semester honor roll at the school in Granby.

Hadley: Reece Tramazzo, grade 6, maximum honors; Courtney Hurley, grade 12, honors; Jessica Hurley, grade 12, high honors

Merrimack College

Local students named to the fall semester dean’s list at the college in North Andover include  Mary Lavallee and Rebecca Towne, both of South Hadley.

Morrisville State College

The following local students were named to the fall semester dean’s list at the college in Morrisville, New York.

Mikaela Cormier and Brianna Peeso, both of Belchertown

Rochester Institute of Technology

The following local resident was named to the fall semester dean’s list at RIT in Rochester:

Jacob Potter of Belchertown, studying computer science;

Simmons College

The following local residents were named to the fall semester dean’s list at the college in Boston.

Amherst: Yeji Lee, undeclared

Belchertown: Kate Annalise Bowers, undeclared

Hadley: Devon Zoe Eckert, marketing

Sunderland: Juliana Clare Blodgett, public health

The following local residents graduated recently from Simmons.

Amherst: Zoe Keenan received a master’s degree in library and information science.

Pelham: Helene Flittie received a bachelor’s degree in arts administration; Natane Halasz received a master’s degree in library and information science.

Western Governors
University

The following local residents have received their degree from WGU in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gurudarshan Morse of Amherst received his master’s degree in mathematics education, 5 through 12; Keith Bessette of Granby received his bachelor’s degree in information technology; Cydney Mulveyhill of South Hadley received her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Western New England University  

The following local residents graduated from WNEU, Springfield, in February.

Belchertown: Megan Granger, master’s degree  in creative writing-fiction; Brittani Allen, bachelor’s degree in general biology; Karen Mercier, bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting, with honors; Peter Spotts, master’s degree of business administration

Granby: Joshua Labonte, bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting, summa cum laude

South Hadley: Thomas Antunes, bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering