2022 Women’s College Scholarship Club Winners Announced | News, Sports, Jobs


SARANAC LAKE — The winners of this year’s Women’s College Scholarship Club scholarships were announced recently.

WCSC has supported the educational efforts of students for 83 years. Over several decades, WCSC has distributed 250 scholarships, including 90 Continuing Education Scholarships for Non-Traditional Students, totaling $230,765 as of Spring 2022.

This tradition of supporting education continues, with five high school recipients and four continuing education recipients each receiving a $1,500 scholarship from WCSC, for a total contribution of $13,500 to continuing education in the community of Saranac Lake.

High school winners

Alex LaDue (photo provided)

The five Saranac Lake High School Seniors Scholarships are based not only on academic achievement, but also on community service, financial need, and other factors. The 2022 winners are:

¯ Alex LaDue is the daughter of Chad and Becky LaDue of Saranac Lake. She will study early childhood education at Nazareth College. Alex has been involved in three sports (football, basketball and lacrosse), was president of the Key Club and a member of the National Honor Society in high school, which she balanced with her community activities as a Saranac spokesperson Lake Winter Carnival Court 2022, working with local youth sports programs and volunteering at several harvest dinners. She worked as a camp counselor at the YMCA, Camp Ampersand in Saranac Lake.

¯ Mayah Land is the daughter of Jodi Denton and Pete Land of Saranac Lake and Lake Clear. She will study biological sciences at the University of Denver. Mayah was captain of the downhill ski team, president of the Outdoor Club, and secretary of the National Honor Society in high school. His community service activities included making masks during the height of the pandemic, cleaning highways and tutoring. Mayah worked at St. Regis Canoe Outfitters and Mount Pisgah Recreational Center.

¯ Nate McCarthy is the son of Kevin and Kerry McCarthy of Saranac Lake. He will study environmental biology at SUNY ESF. Nate was class president, played soccer and basketball, and supported his community by coaching young soccer players and volunteering at Ironman. He worked at ADK Noodle Company as well as a white water rafting guide.

Mayah Land (Photo provided)

¯ Lydia Wamsganz is the daughter of Jason and Nicol Wamsganz of Saranac Lake. She will study biomedical science at St. Lawrence University. Lydia supported her community by leading the American Red Cross blood drive. She worked at the Donnelly ice cream store.

¯ Juliana DeChavez is the daughter of Rommel and Carrie DeChavez of Saranac Lake. She will double major in Dance and New Media and Visual Arts at Fordham University. Juliana was student council president, co-chair of the National Honor Society, and a member of the Concert Choir, balanced by community activities like volunteering as a youth ballet teacher and blood drive organizer. She worked as a waitress and bartender at Campfire Bar and Grill.

Continuing education winners

Nate McCarthy (photo provided)

Adult Continuing Education Scholarships are awarded to students returning to academia to further their careers. The 2022 winners are:

¯ Baylee Annis of Saranac Lake is pursuing a Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation at SUNY Cortland. She looks forward to supporting her home community, especially those struggling with mental and physical health issues, after graduation.

¯ Molly Simms of Lake Placid is studying X-ray technology at North Country Community College. She plans to pursue a career in healthcare after graduation.

¯ Shavon Thomas of Hogansburg is studying environmental science and forestry – ethnobotany at Syracuse University. She hopes to work in the field of natural sciences after graduation.

¯ Karen Welch of Mineville is pursuing a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, including a certificate program in Addiction Counseling, at Capella University. Her career goal is to work for Essex County Mental Health after graduation.

Lydia Wamsganz (Photo provided)

New members and donations to WCSC are always welcome. For more information, call 518-637-9575 or send donations to PO Box 343, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

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