Ricky J. Parisian Scholarship Recipients

Every year in May, the Ricky J. Parisian Memorial Scholarship Foundation presents a scholarship to an Oneonta High School graduating senior. The award follows the student through four years of college provided the student continues to meet scholarship criteria and acceptable performance in her or his educational program.


Welcome Mickaela Buzzy– 2018 Recipient!


Mickaela Buzzy, 2018 Recipient

Mickaela, as with all recipients, was selected as the recipient of the Ricky J. Parisian Scholarship in recognition for demonstrating respect, integrity, honesty, & responsibility.

While at OHS, Mickaela introduced the ‘One Love Foundation’ that brings awareness to relationship abuse. She was described by teachers as one who is “always willing to help others”.  Noted as a hard worker and one who ‘perserveres’ Mickaela was in the National Honor Society since her sophomore year.

Mickaela immersed herself in the school community. Involved in many clubs, she was a member of SADD (secretary), Service Club, & Student Council.  She played on the varsity teams multiple years for soccer and basketball, taking on leadership roles in both.

Mickaela has dedicated much time to community service; volunteering at the Pit Run and Turkey Trot, also coaching U8 & U12 soccer. She played Travel Soccer for years, and spent this summer working at the Boys & Girls Club.

Mickaela has been accepted to attend The Sage Colleges, with campuses in Albany & Troy. Her long term goal is a career in Physical Therapy.

The Parisian Foundation wishes Mickaela all the best and looks forward to supporting her through her college years!!

June 2018 Update

Mickaela Buzzy
2018 Mickaela has begun her freshman year at The Sage Colleges in Albany/Troy. Her long term goal is a career in Physical Therapy.
Keith Kite
2017 Though accepted at SUNY Potsdam, Keith will first fulfill a two year mission through his church. He is in the Sacramento area, serving his second year as a Spanish speaking missionary.  
Sarah Brackett 2016

Sarah is a junior at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester- Major: Biology. Summer work at Community Vet Center. Planning a career as a veterinarian.

Sarah Bercovitz 2015

After spring semester studying in London, she is back for her senior year at St. Lawrence. Active in clubs:  Advocates (abuse hotline), the Hill News, SLU Best Buddies, SLU Adaptive, SL Social Media Team.  Volunteers at NYSARC in Canton. Major:  Psychology  Minor: gender studies

Kaitlynn Chopra 2014 Graduated from Syracuse in May; Political Science. With a move to Arlington, VA, she is now working for an investment firm:  Cambridge Associates.
Aaron Murphy 2013 Graduated from SUNY-Geneseo: Anthropology. Full time work Buffalo (IngramMicro) ~ and, full time at Niagara Community College for associates degree in nursing.
Hannah Visnosky 2012 2016 Syracuse graduate (salutatorian)! Major-sports management/Minor-poli sci. Recently moved to Philadelphia & engaged to Luke! Currently with Gold N Fish, but interviewing for Marketing positions in Philly.  Stay tuned!
Eric Michelitsch 2010 2014 RPI graduate; Mechanical Engineering. Working as an engineer in Oneonta with Cedarwood Engineering. Also, Eric is a Pit Run Committee member.
Jenna Konstantine 2009 2013 Vassar College; Sociology.  Teaching in Manhattan, 5th & 6th grade level. Pursuing her Master’s in Special Education (part time) at Hunter College in NYC
Marcel Sanchez 2008 2012 MIT: Engineering. US Army Med Sgt; Green Beret.  Returned from deployment to Africa. Began Med school @ Stanford U In fall of 2017; interested in surgery; cardiothoracic or orthopedic 
Katie Sullivan 2007

MCLA 2011 graduate. 2015 RN degree, Univ. of Wyoming Nursing position at (Trauma Center) hospital in Boise, Idaho.  She enjoys the beautiful NW outdoors & spends much leisure time hiking, skiing, paddling, camping.

Sara Sason 2006 Boston University 2010 graduate. Global Markets Recruiting Coordinator @ Barclays in NYC. She is transferring to their London location for approximately 2 years!
Thomas Vogler 2005 Grad Bucknell U. ~Currently in 5th year of MD/PhD program @ the U. of Colorado/Aurora, to become a medical scientist. Lab focus: muscle stem cell.  Married to Andi & home owners!
Genevieve B. Smith 2004

Geneseo grad ~PhD in physical therapy (from VCU, 2011); works in Watkins Glen at a private outpatient practice. Teaching @ Ithaca College in PT Department part time! She and Steve live in Ithaca.

Malorie Winnie 2003 Grad Ithaca. ~Law school grad, Roger Williams U: NY & MA bar cert. Completed clerkship for US VI Supreme Court.  New position at a local firm in St. Thomas; civil commercial litigat.
Alec Macaulay 2002 Cornell graduate: med school, Columbia U in 2011; ortho residency thru Harvard; works in Ithaca (Cayuga Med Assoc), home owners in Lansing. Feb 2018~Andrea & Alec are new parents!
Jack Sienkiewicz 2001 Hartwick Grad; BA in computer tech.  IT Director at Springbrook. Owner, computer business.  Serves on the Parisian Foundation  www.parisianfoundation.com
Jonathan Hojnacki 2000 SUNY Albany (Master’s: Public Admin.) 2005. Lives in ‘Philly’ with Brett. Works for DiBruno Brothers (Specialty Grocery).  Past board secretary, Friends of the Cresheim Trail.
Michael Curasi 1999 SUNY Geneseo graduate (2003).  Using theatre background for staff & client training at current company.  Fairport, NY with Erica and son, Simon, born January 2014
Caroline Kang 1998 2nd Master’s (Early Music) in 2011. Principal cellist with the Bach Orchestra of the Netherlands. Teaches all Royal Hague Conservatory cellists. Lives with Luca and her daughters, Molly (born 2011) & Rosie (2014). Runs marathons too!
James O' Donnell 1997  2001 Graduate; Hamilton College (BA in Eastern Asian Studies).  Works/lives in Syracuse with Leslie & son, Jamie, born in April 2005
David Brower 1996 PhD, Bus Admin (Capella, 2011)~ Dean of the School of Business and Hospitality Management for SUNY @ Delhi. Joined the Keller Williams Realty Team. He serves on the Parisian Foundation & the Pit Run Committee
Kristin France-Slack 1995 PhD, Marine Science (VMS, 2007)~ Scientist @ The Nature Conservatory. Lives in Bloomington, NY with Brian & son, Samuel (April 2013), and daughter, Sylvia (Dec 2015)



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