The Cooperstown Area League of Women Voters recently awarded a $650 scholarship to Josie Hovis, a junior at Cooperstown High School, to attend the Students Inside Albany program.

Sponsored by the Education Foundation of the League of Women Voters of NYS, the 18th annual program will be May 20 to 23. About 60 students from across the state will gather in Albany for first-hand education about state government.

According to a media release, the program is designed to increase awareness in high school students of their responsibility in representative government and provide information about the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.

Hovis is a contributing writer for The Cooperstown Crier. Last September at Cooperstown High School, she created a current events discussion group “Woke.” Students meet bi-weekly to broaden their knowledge of world events, challenge their views and practice discernment when selecting information sources.



Otsego County winners have been announced in “An Artistic Discovery,” an annual, nationwide visual art competition designed to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of high school students. The Cooperstown Art Association hosts and administers the program for Otsego County, in collaboration with 19th Congressional District Congressman John Faso. The exhibit will remain in Gallery A at CAA at 22 Main St. through March.

Otsego County Award of Merit winners are Nora Ashwood, homeschooled, for her oil on paper “King, Queen, Knave;” Gabby Card, Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School for her digital photographs “Flight” and “Shell;” Josie Herzog Kaito, Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School for her gouache painting “Shades of Midnight;” Julian Rivera, Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School for his pencil drawing “Formal Newt;” and Megan Wilmont, Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School, for her digital photograph, “Jukushimashita.”

Citations from jurors were also received by Ashwood, for her charcoal drawing “Second Nature;” Willow Bennet, Laurens Central School for an untitled wood sculpture; Whitney Fink, Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School for her digital photograph “Secluded Abditory;” Herzog Kaito for her charcoal drawing “I Know I’m a Wolf;” Brie Moore, Laurens Central School for her painting “See the Light;” and Mariah Padilla, Cooperstown Central School for her graphite and conte crayon drawing, “Dramatic Legato.”

Jurors were Mary Lou Ganio of Roseboom, Ed McDaniel of Richfield Springs and Leah McDonald of Fly Creek. The exhibit features more than 65 entries ranging from traditional painting and drawing techniques to digital photography, sculpture and more. All judging was done anonymously.


A group of 11 State University College at Oneonta art students traveled over spring break to Singapore to a contemporary art destination in Asia to further their studies and experience new cultures. Among them were local residents Zea Beckwith of West Burlington and James Cummings of Fly Creek. While on the faculty-led trip, students attended lectures at LASALLE College of the Arts, visited museums and photographed the city. They also tried new foods, experienced the tropical climate and met people of diverse ethnicities, including Chinese, Malay and Indian.



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