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 Completed 1st semester @ The Sage Colleges in Albany/Troy. Added to the success of their soccer team! Long term goal is a career in PT.
Keith Kite
2017 Keith is in his second year of a two year mission through his church. He is in the Sacramento area, serving as a Spanish speaking missionary. Decisions on his educational plans are formulating for Fall of 2019.
Sarah Brackett 2016

Sarah is a jr/sr at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester- Major: Biology. Will graduate Dec 2019.  Planning a career as a veterinarian.

Sarah Bercovitz 2015

Graduated from Syracuse in May; Political Science. With a move to Arlington, VA, she is now working for an investment firm:  Cambridge Associates.

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 Graduate of SUNY-Geneseo. Full time work Buffalo (IngramMicro)& his scholarship continues while full time at Niagara Community College for associate’s degree in nursing.
Hannah Visnosky 2012 2016 Syracuse graduate! Major-sports management/Minor-poli sci. Works for Event Strategy Group coordinating trade shows & events for Lenovo.  Lives/works in ‘Philly’ & marrying Luke Rafferty in April.
Eric Michelitsch 2010 2014 RPI graduate; Mechanical Engineering. Working as an engineer in Oneonta with Cedarwood Engineering. We’re thrilled to have Eric as 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. Medic in the US Army. Began Medical schol in fall of 2017; interested in orthopedic surgery.
Katie Sullivan 2007

MCLA 2011 graduate. 2015 RN degree, Univ. of Wyoming. Charge Nurse on the ICU @ St. Alphonsus Med Ctr (Boise ID).  Bought a house with fiancé, Dan Pond.

Sara Sason 2006 Boston University 2010 graduate. Works in Human Resources for BARLCLAYS. She is currently working in their London location. Anticipates this opportunity for approximately 2 years!
Thomas Vogler 2005 Grad Bucknell U. ~Currently MD/PhD program @ the U. of Colorado/Aurora. Med scientist with focus on muscle stem cells. Published first paper in Nature magazine!  He & Andi own home in CO.
Genevieve B. Smith 2004

Geneseo grad ~PhD in physical therapy (from VCU, 2011). Clinical supervisor for Seneca Physical Therapy in Watkins Glen. Also, adjunct teacher @ Ithaca College in PT Department!  She and Steve live in Ithaca.

Malorie Winnie 2003 Grad Ithaca. ~Law school grad, Roger Williams U: NY & MA bar cert. Past clerkship for US VI Supreme Court.  Works for a firm in St. Thomas; civil commercial litig. Recently argued appeal before VI Supreme Court!
Alec Macaulay 2002 Cornell graduate: med school, Columbia U in 2011; residency thru Harvard. Ortho surgeon in Ithaca (Cayuga Med Assoc), Lives in Lansing with Andrea and daughter, Mae (born Feb 2018)
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).  Works for ESL Federal Credit Union in Training Dept creating/teaching courses for employees.  Lives in Fairport, NY with Erica and son, Simon (born Jan 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 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 PRC
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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