The Arc of Schuyler awarded its Joanne S. Hayes Memorial Scholarship to Odessa Montour High School graduate, Hailie Searles at the June 26 commencement ceremony.
This $1,000 scholarship honors Joanne Hayes, former board member and president of The Arc of Schuyler's board of directors who passed away in 1987. The award is given annually to a graduating senior pursuing an education in human services, special education, or a related field for a career providing supports to people with developmental disabilities.
Hailie Searles, daughter of Sadye Halpin of Odessa will attend Tompkins Cortland Community College to study biotechnology and Liberal Arts - Math and Sciences. Hailie intends to transfer to a 4-year school to major in Nutritional Sciences in pursuit of a career asa nutritionist.
"I believe through nutrition I can have a positive impact on people with disabilities by providing nutritional supports, information, and encouragement to help people make healthy choices," Searles wrote in her application essay.
Hailie is the salutatorian of her graduating class and three-sport athlete (soccer, basketball, and track). She has demonstrated excellent leadership skills through her role as President of her class, National Honor Society, and as Vice President of Rotary Interact. She was also a member of Student Council, the Principal Leadership Team, and a representative for the New York State Counsel on Leadership and Student Activities.
Hailie has been recognized with multiple awards including: Watkins-Montour Rotary Student of the Month, Top Drawer 24, New York State Triple C Award, University of Rochester George Eastman Leadership Award, and the Clarkson University High School Leadership Award. In addition to her academic and athletic achievements, Hailie is an active member of Schuyler County 4-H, and the Odessa-Catherine United Methodist Church Youth group. She has also held various part-time jobs.
The Joanne S. hayes Memorial Scholarship is made possible through donations to The Arc of Schuyler.