Friday, August 20, 2010

Vernon Downs horsemen award $9,000 in college scholarships

The Harness Horse Association of Central New York is proud to announce its 2010 college scholarship winners.

First place winner of the cherished prize of a $5,000 scholarship is John Mondrick II of Durhamville, N.Y.

John, a 2010 graduate of Oneida High School, is attending Alfred State College of Technology. He is majoring in Engineering Science.

His mom and dad accepted the award on behalf of their son who is away at Alfred State, “taking full advantage of his current accomplishments and working hard on his future,” said Harness Horse Association of Central New York President Rick Papa.

Daniel Daley of Lake Worth, Fla., was awarded the $2,500 scholarship. Daniel is a 2008 graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and is attending Florida State University.

Daniel has a double major, Political Science and Criminology, and is the son of famed trainer/driver Dan Daley and his lovely bride Ann Mari. Like John Mondrick, Dan is a longtime Vernon horseman.

Justin Gordon of Clinton, N.Y., was the beneficiary of the $1,500 scholarship. Justin is a graduate of New Hartford High School and is attending Oswego State University of New York and majoring in Communications Media and the Arts.

Justin is pursuing a music and teaching career. His proud parents Lance and Deborah also are stalwarts at Vernon Downs.

“The scholarship committee reviewed several applications and weighted financial need, community service, the written explanation of the application and academic performance. The Committee used a ‘blind review,’ not knowing the names of the applicants before the review process,” stated Committee Chairman Joseph Camerino.

“We are very proud of all applicants and we want to thank everyone who applied. All of those applicants are winners in our minds and we are overjoyed to help in whatever way we can as an association of the hard working dedicated horsemen here at Vernon and their families.”