Cooperstown Central School senior Caitlin Baker is the 2020 recipient of the Cooperstown Rotary Foundation’s Catherine Black Scholarship.

According to a media release, she will be acknowledged at commencement on June 28, and will receive the $1,200 scholarship by mail. She will also be honored at a future meeting of the Rotary Club at The Otesaga.

The award was created in 2015 in memory of Black, a charter member and founder of the local Rotary Club’s charity. Black became the first female president of the Cooperstown club and went on to be one of the first female District Governors.

Baker was a College For Every Student mentor and member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She also worked as a historic interpreter at The Farmers’ Museum. She will receive her cosmetology license through BOCES upon graduation.

Baker will attend SUNY Cobleskill this fall to major in early childhood education (birth to 5 years old). Her goal is to become a preschool teacher and eventually own her own daycare center or preschool and salon.

Past recipients of the scholarship include the first recipient in 2015, Bella Anania. Others include Sara Cook in 2016, Ethan Niles in 2017, Margaret Harmon in 2018 and Sam Bonderoff in 2019.

Laura Meckel of Cooperstown was recently inducted into SUNY Delhi’s Chi Tau chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

According to a media release, more than 60 students were recognized during a virtual induction hosted by the SUNY Delhi School of Nursing in May.

Membership is open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing.


The following area students were named to the spring semester dean’s lists at their respective colleges.

Garrett Mertz of Milford: Ithaca College.

Kaitlin Curtis of Cooperstown: Emerson College.

Garret Fassett of East Springfield: University of New Haven.

Margaret Harmon of Milford, Katharine Marchese of Schenevus, Danielle Perrino of Milford and Megan Walke of Schenevus: Hartwick College.


Mia Manzer of Cooperstown was awarded a bachelor’s degree in physics in May from Ithaca College.

James Zabelicky graduated from SUNY Oneonta in May. He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is the son of James and Brenda Zabelicky of Worcester.

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