DFT Communications announces scholarship winners

DFT Communications is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Dunkirk-Fredonia Tele-phone Company Schol-arships. This year’s winners from the graduating class at Fredonia High School are Alison Coughlin and Alexander Dimitri.

Coughlin lives in Fre-donia with her parents, Timothy and Beth Cough-lin, and brother Devin. She is a member of the National Honor Society and received the Principal’s Award with Distinction, and has been named a PRIDE Student of the Month and Kiwanis Student of the Month.

During her high school years, she was a member of the Key Club, the Foreign Language Club, Student Council, the school newspaper as a writer and the pit orchestra for school musicals. She has been involved in many areas of community service as a volunteer, in-cluding Santa’s Workshop, Easter activities for local children, raising money for the homeless through sleep-outs and the Lake Shore Humane Society.

She has also volunteered with many organizations like the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, RO Foun-dation, American Cancer Society, Chautauqua Coun-ty Literacy Volunteers, Women’s Christian Associa-tion, Community Days Volunteer, GA Family Services for Foster Care Volunteer Holiday Dinner, Special Olympics, UNICEF and the Salvation Army.

She was a member of the pep band, was selected to participate in NYSSMA Solo Festivals and CCMTA Solo Festivals, received an annual selection to the Chautauqua All-County Band and was chair of the Fredonia High School Flute Choir.

Her academic honors also include Honors Music, Out-standing Achievement in Biology, Excellence in Spa-nish and named a Northern Chautauqua Kiwanis Stu-dent of the Month.

Her hobbies include reading, hiking, camping, walking and volunteering at her family’s business. Alison will attend college at SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry with her desired field of study being an environmental engineer.

Alexander Dimitri lives on Hillcrest Drive in Fre-donia and is the son of John and Julie Dimitri. He has two brothers, Adam and Aaron.

During his high school years, he was involved in Symphonic Band, student government as a senior advisor, Key Club, Model United Nations and the school newspaper as a staff writer, editor and photographer.

Additionally, Alexander was a member of the National Honor Society, the Foreign Language Club and was a member of the High School Mock Trial.

He was involved in the Advanced Music Perform-ance Program, was accepted into the CCMTA percussion ensemble, was accepted into the CCMTA All-County Band, participated in NYSSMA and was a member of the pit orchestra for school musicals. He was selected to be part of the Advanced Music Perform-ance Program at FHS.

Active in community service, Alexander participated in the Stroke Aware-ness Walk, “Out of the Dark” Suicide Prevention Walk, is a volunteer for Literacy Volunteers, Rotary Dinners and Pennies for Paws for the Humane Society. He is also a volunteer for Santa’s Workshop and participated in the Canadaway Creek Conser-vation Project.

He earned the Bausch-Lomb Honorary Science Award from the University of Rochester, has been a Rotary Student of the Month, received NYSSMA honors for music, and received the Principals Award throughout his high school career.

He has also won numerous awards for reporting and news stories and honorable mentions for best news photo at the Western New York School Press Associa-tion Conference.

He is a head acolyte and reader at his church. Alex’s hobbies include piano, golf, fishing, photography and travel, and he is currently employed at Sullivan’s Charbroil in Fredonia. He will attend SUNY Fredonia in the fall and will study biochemistry.

Congratulations and best wishes to both Alison Coughlin and Alexander Dimitri on behalf of the entire staff and management of DFT Communications.