Meet Past Cutts Scholarship Winners….

 

Adam Stevenson, a Queensbury High School senior, received a scholarship in 1995. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo with a major in computer information systems in 2000 and his MBA from RPI in 2007. He lives in Clifton Park and works as a systems analyst at General Electric’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna. “I am currently leading a globally distributed team of 40+ people who are responsible for developing and delivering GE’s high performance and supercomputing strategies which are aligned to deriving insights and understanding the intersection between digital and industrial solutions. My team helps GE develop, test and leverage simulation-based engineering and science capabilities to digitally accelerate new product development …of new technologies into product lines like jet engines, gas turbines and wind power generation,” Adam said.

1994 winner Kristin Eichler Raab graduated from Queensbury High School and majored in English and communications at Cedar Crest College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She is married and helps to lead her daughters’ Parent Teacher Organization at their school, hosting events that every child can benefit from.

“We are lucky to live in a diverse community and that gives my husband and I an opportunity to not only learn and try new things, but to show our daughters how we can work together to make any part of our community stronger,” Kristin said.

Kristin found a love for working with non-profit groups during her junior year of college and has continued ever since. She lives in Pennsylvania and works with an environmental nonprofit that helps farmers protect and steward their land.

Kelsey Crosby, a 2008 winner, graduated of Queensbury High School, received her master’s degree in special education in 2013 from SUNY Plattsburgh and recently completed a second master’s degree in literacy from the University at Albany. She is a fifth grade teacher at Glens Falls Middle School.

“I am so grateful to have been a recipient of the Cutts Scholarship!”

Elyssa Wheeler Carson won an Andrew Cutts Scholarship in 2002 and continued her education at The College of Saint Rose, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She has taught art in the Gloversville and Wheelerville Schools and currently teaches ceramics and sculpture at her alma mater, Queensbury High. She is an advisor for the Post Prom party, Art Club and the musical (“my absolute favorite part of QHS!”).

Elyssa and her husband, Patrick, have two daughters, Claire and Mollie, and live in downtown Glens Falls.

Courtney Raymond, a scholarship winner in 2001, graduated from Queensbury High School and headed to the University of New Haven. She interned for seven months at Major League Baseball Australia before heading back to New Haven to finish her bachelor’s degree in sports management and her MBA. Courtney has been in management with Enterprise Rent A Car and Target and is currently a Quality Analyst for Unilever in CT.

“My proudest moments in life, though, have been my marriage to my wife Bethany, in 2011, and then just a short 11 months later, our son, Silas was born. We always wanted two kids so then 11 months after that, our daughter, Finley, was born. They have really made our life complete!” Courtney said. 

Meet Tyra Brown, a 1992 scholarship winner. A Queensbury High School graduate, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University’s School of Education and has worked with children all her life.

She worked for nine years at Double H Ranch and has been a long-time lead teacher at Washington County Head Start.

Tyra taught preschool Sunday School at QUMC and led the Sunday School Mission Sundays for a few years. Presently, she volunteers with the 2nd Life Wearhouse clothing ministry and is a proud aunt to many nieces and nephews. Her greatest accomplishment, though, is her son, Isaiah, who will enter high school in September!

Tyra said that receiving an Andrew Cutts Scholarship was an “honor.”

“I grew up QUMC and have always thought of it as part of my extended family. Using this scholarship towards college helped me to feel as though I always had a part of home and my church family with me, wherever I was,” she said.

2010 winner Andrew Goodemote graduated from Queensbury High School and went on to Boston College where he majored in biochemistry. He then received his DDS degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and in July enrolled in a post-doctoral program at Stony Brook University to pursue both an MS degree in oral biology and a certificate in orthodontics specialty.

Megan Goodemote McMahon (2007) graduated from Queensbury High School and St. Lawrence University, where she majored in chemistry. She continued on to dental school at the University of the Pacific in California, during which time she and her husband worked as dentists during mission trips to the Philippines and Jamaica. Megan and her husband moved back east to complete her dental residency at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Currently, the couple see patients at the Smile Lodge in Clifton Park and live in Queensbury with their two children, Ryan and Belle.

 Michael Primeau, an Andrew Cutts Scholarship winner, graduated from Queensbury High School in 1988. He attended Paul Smith’s College of Arts and Sciences majoring in chef training and received his AAS degree in 1990. After cooking at The Marriott Hotel in Albany, The Sagamore, and The Log Jam, Michael moved to the “front of the house” and over the next 20 years was a waiter in Lake George, Saratoga, New York City, and Lake Placid. He also bartended and managed dining rooms and bars. Michael attended Adirondack Community College for music from 1990-1992, studying voice and finished his BA in vocal performance with a concentration in musical theatre at New York University in 1996. His love of folk music began in 1986 and since then he has been performing locally and regionally.

In 1999, Michael began attending The College of Saint Rose to attach his teaching certificate to his BA, and began his master’s degree in music. In 2011, Michael became part of the IBEW Local 236 Electrical Union going through their 5 year Apprenticeship Program and becoming a Journeyman Electrician in 2016.

“I am very grateful to the Cutts family for honoring me with Andrew’s Scholarship and for giving me an opportunity for a career that defined over 22 years of my life,” Michael said.

He enjoys reading, gardening, history, movies, and good times with friends and family.

Matt Griffin, a Glens Falls High School graduate, received an Andrew Cutts Scholarship in both 1990 and 1991. In 1994, he graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He spent nearly 20 years as a law enforcement officer and, in 2014, accepted a position with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services where he helps regulate the private security guard training industry. He also oversees the development and maintenance of the firearms training curriculum for police officers, peace officers and armed security guards in NYS. Matt lives in Averill Park with his wife Julie and their 5 year old twins, Kate and Geoff. He enjoys mountain biking, hiking, skiing, target shooting, photography and pursuing his passion for aviation as an instrument-rated private pilot.

Sherry Mann Zanaty, a 1993 Andrew Cutts Scholarship winner, graduated from Queensbury High School and continued her education at SUNY Adirondack, where she earned a degree in marketing. She also attended SUNY Plattsburgh.

Sherry then moved to North Carolina and worked in marketing for Glaxo Smith Kline, where she met Mo, to whom she has been married for 13 years.

Sherry is a stay at home mom to Zach, 11, and twin girls, Lily and Jade, who are 4.

1988 Andrew Cutts Scholarship winner Kate Armstrong, a Queensbury High School graduate, received her bachelor’s degree in business from SUNY Potsdam.She is a stay-at-home mom to Lex, 5, and Etta, 4 and is married to Jeff.

Where Are They Now? Andrew Cutts Scholarship recipient Megan Taylor graduated from Queensbury High School in 2001 and went on to Skidmore College as a double major in English and women’s studies. She spent a year teaching writing to college juniors in China and when she returned home she became a head case manager with Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga Springs. She also taught with Project Hope and Power, a financial literacy/empowerment program.

When Megan’s father died, she managed Queensbury Tire for the next seven years and earned her master’s degree in creative writing from Goddard College.

Currently, Megan is teaching at Mildred Elley College in Albany and is engaged to Cherie DiCenzo.

“She’s a spectacular person who makes me better every day,” Megan said.

In her off time, Megan “can be found reading poetry, listening to the Notorious B.I.G., admiring the semi-colon, and squeezing her cats just a little too hard.”

Where Are They Now? 2006 Andrew Cutts Scholarship winner Andrew Romanazzi graduated from Queensbury High School and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University. He lives in Saratoga Springs as a project engineer at an international plastics corporation.

Andrew’s passions are cycling, hiking and aviation.

“I began cycling to stay fit while in college, and have since raced at the amateur level across multiple disciplines, spending the majority of my current time in the woods on a mountain bike. Also while attending Clarkson, I began a quest to ascend all of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks, completing the task in late 2015. This has been one of my proudest achievements. I now spend my time in the mountains accompanying others working towards the same. When not riding or hiking, I have sought other means of adventure and began flight lessons in 2016 as a means of keeping my mind and wit engaged, working steadily towards a private pilot license. I have aspirations to seek out and test every airport diner in the northeast,” Andrew said.

Where Are They Now? 2012 Andrew Cutts Scholarship winner Gabrielle LeBihan graduated from Queensbury High School and then Nazareth College. She is currently attending graduate school in Pennsylvania to become a sports medicine professional. Gabrielle said the scholarship made a difference in her life. “(It) was very helpful in making college affordable enough that I could join the varsity cross country team instead of getting a part-time job during the school year,”” she said.