If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader." -John Quincy Adams
Congratulations to all of the Kenneth Joyce Foundation 2017 Scholarship recipients!
Andrew Burnham plans to attend West Virginia University with a major in Education and Engineering. Andrew has volunteered at Riverfront Recapture, GYFA concession stand and The Kenneth Joyce Foundation Blood drive. As captain on the GHS track team, Andrew tries to inspire the younger athletes with his actions: setting a good example and being a friend, as well as a leader, to encourage his teammates.
Joslyn Janeczek plans to attend Stonehill College in the fall. Joslyn has volunteered as a Homeroom Leadership advisor, Big Brother Big Sister Program and served as a Youth Sports Instructor for lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and basketball. As a four-year starter and captain for field hockey Joslyn chose to give everything to her teammates after a season ending injury this past fall. She was the loudest one cheering from the sidelines offering advice and suggestions to underclassmen.
Austin Larabee plans to attend Bryant University and Major in Business Accounting. Austin has volunteered with Interact Club, Host Program, Glastonbury Rotary Club and coaching lacrosse. As a member of the GHS Varsity Lacrosse team Austin was able to share his passion with younger kids in the rising stars program. He used that opportunity as a mentor to motivate and inspire them to be the best players they can be.
Griffin Kretzmer plans to attend Maine Maritime Academy with a major in Marine Engineering Operations. Griffin has volunteered as Co-Chair of The Kenneth Joyce Foundation blood drive, was a volunteer at Camp Kenneth for youth football, Big Brothers Big Sisters Liaison and Advisory Council for GHS. As Captain of the varsity football team Griffin used the principals he was raised on : if you show respect, respect will be shown back. By showing respect he became the captain underclassmen looked up to, he knew that when he spoke they would take in every word he said.
Victoria Kretzmer plans to attend Connecticut College with a major in Behavior Neuroscience. Victoria has volunteered at State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive Competition, Niantic Bay annual sailing regatta and triathlon and Welles Turner Memorial Library book sales. She was Captain of the varsity soccer team where she was able to provide positive encouragement, demonstrate hard work and make everyone feel comfortable in new situations. Her hope is that the tradition of leadership will continue.
Julia Ostrowski plans to attend Swathmore College in the fall. Julia has been a volunteer as Cherish the Children Foundation, Post Game Foundation and St. Dunstan’s Youth Group. She was on the Class Council, Peer Mediation and Student Athlete Leader Training. Julia was captain of her varsity lacrosse team where she earned the 3D Distinguished Award- Desire, Drive and Dedication. She was also selected captain by her peers of the varsity indoor track team. Julia inspired others by organizing a fun run for the ABC house that will become an annual event.
Harry Rivera Jr. will attend the University of Connecticut this fall. Harry has volunteered at summer camp for Welles Village Youth and Family Services, Unified Basketball, Best Buddies and Leaders Engaged in Action Projects. Harry played on the varsity football team as well as participated in the Drama Club. He believes that he helped create and begin to breed an environment where people can spread their wings and expand their horizons by building connections in several groups. Harry received The Kenneth Joseph Joyce award at Smith Middle School in 8th grade as the student who was a leader and friend to all. What a honor that he has continued to demonstrate those qualities.
Audrey Watkins will attend the University of Connecticut where she plans to major in Aerospace Engineering/ Engineering undecided. She has volunteered as a counselor at Camp Sunrise for disabled students, House of Bread Soup Kitchen and St. Paul’s mission trip. Audrey played lacrosse, volleyball, track and field as well as varsity gymnastics. Through every class, sport and club she tries to inspire others to be the best they can be by offering words of encouragement, and giving one on one attention.