BKVR 2015 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2015 scholarship winners!  Recipient bios are below and you can read each applicants essay by clicking on their name.


Alison Ambrosecchio participated on the Westhill High School Varsity cross-country and track teams for four years serving as the cross-country, indoor and outdoor team captain in her Senior year.   In her sophomore year, her cross country team became the first Westhill cross country team to become State Open qualifiers.  She was also the Stamford City Champion in the 4 x 800 and the 4 x 400 events.  Ms. Ambrosecchio is a member of the Batten Kill Valley Runners and will be a counselor at the Northeast Kingdom Running Camp in Lydonville, Vermont this summer.  She is also a member of the Foreign Language National Honor Society and was the 2014 Law Day essay contest winner with the theme, “American Democracy & the Rule of law: Why Every Vote Matters”.


Dana Linendoll participated on the Salem Central School Varsity Track team for four years.  She is a member of the team that took first place in the 4 x 100 relay in 2013 during the League meet and first place in the 4 x 100 relay in 2013 at the Bemus meet.  Her team also holds the school record for the Medley Relay and 4 x 200 relay.  Ms. Linendoll was selected as the Salem High School MVP for track in 2014. Additionally, she is a member of the National Honor Society, received the President’s Education Award in 2012 and 2015 and was on the High Honor Roll from 2012 through 2015.


Caroline McKeighan was a member of the Salem Central track and field varsity team for four years and served as the team Captain during her Senior year.  She is a member of the relay team that holds the school record for the 4 x 200 relay and the sprint medley relay.   Caroline is a member of the National Honor Society, is ranked 4th in her graduating class and received an Advanced Regents diploma with Honors and Mastery in Math and Science.  She also received a Presidential Academic Excellence Award in 2011 and was a member of the Warren/Washington County Mock Trial Champion Team in 2015.


Benjamin Prandini was a member of the Mt. Anthony Union High indoor track team and the cross country team for four years.  He served as the captain of the cross country and lacrosse teams in his senior year.  Mr. Prandini is a member of the Batten Kill Valley Runners and participates in many of the club sponsored races.  He also volunteers at the Bennington Road Race.  Mr. Prandini was an officer in the National Honor Society, made Principal’s Honors every year and was recognized for his scores on the PSAT with a Letter of Recommendation.


Nathaniel Durfee attends Middlebury College.  He placed first in the state in the triple jump and third in the hurdles during his senior year in high school.  Mr. Durfee is a member of the Battenkill Valley Runners, the Assistant Director for the Moonlight in Vermont Race, volunteered at the Shires of Vermont Marathon and the Bennington Road Race, and participated in several Running of the Turkeys races.  Nathaniel was third in his graduating high school class, was a National AP scholar, participated in his high school band and chorus for four years and made Dean’s List at Middlebury College for two semesters.


Luke Johnas attends the University of Southern Maine in the mechanical engineering program.  He participated on the Mt. Anthony Union School cross-country team for five years and was the team captain in 2012.  He is a member of the Batten Kill Valley Runners and has participated in the Moonlight in Vermont and Bennington Road Races.  He also volunteers at the Shires of Vermont Marathon and at multiple cross country and Nordic ski events.  Mr. Johnas was a Vermont Student Athlete Seminar participant in 2012 and graduated from Mt. Anthony Union High with a GPA of 3.33.


The BKVR congratulates each of the scholarship winners and wishes them success in all of their future endeavors.    

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