Upper Valley school notes for June 10, 2024

Plainfield resident Keira Hines, center, pictured with Larry Slater, dean of Quinnipiac’s School of Nursing, left, and Patricia Gallagher, academic success and retention specialist for the School of Nursing, earned the the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students, the first the university has awarded. (Courtesy Quinnipiac University)

Plainfield resident Keira Hines, center, pictured with Larry Slater, dean of Quinnipiac’s School of Nursing, left, and Patricia Gallagher, academic success and retention specialist for the School of Nursing, earned the the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students, the first the university has awarded. (Courtesy Quinnipiac University) — Courtesy Quinnipiac University

Published: 06-08-2024 4:01 PM

Secondary accomplishments

Lebanon High School senior Zachary Thornton has been named June Student of the Month for the Lebanon School District. Thornton is a member of Science Olympiad, the Senior LHS Mathematics Team and the LHS chapter of the National Honor Society, according to a news release from the high school. He is also one of the varsity wrestling team’s captains in addition to working two part-time jobs. “Zach is a soft-spoken, funny, polite, friendly, and unassuming student who tackles every endeavor with a positive mindset and his best effort,” according to the release.

Emilia M. Elder, of Hanover High School, and Wesley D. Johnson, of Lebanon High School were awarded National Merit Scholarships.

Post-secondary accomplishments

Jennie Gesek, of Lebanon, who is studying nursing at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., earned the Albany Medical Center Hospital Award for Service Excellence this spring.

The following Upper Valley residents made the dean’s list at Emerson College in Boston for the spring 2024 semester: Georgia Winn, Quechee, political communication; Kayla Wimer, New London, media arts production; Emily Herbert, Claremont, business creative enterprises; and Haley Clough, West Hartford, journalism.

The following Upper Valley residents made the dean’s list at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., for the spring 2024 semester: Liam Finger, Enfield; Anna Numme, Plainfield; Claire Falcone, Plainfield; Sasha Avampato, Sunapee; Sam Avampato, Sunapee; Ava Dodson, Barnard; Max Hambsch, South Pomfret; Talia Fritzhand, Woodstock; and Willy Underwood, Woodstock.

Adara Greenstein, of West Lebanon, and Nichole Pappas, of Randolph, made the dean’s list at Curry College in Milton, Mass., for the spring 2024 semester.

The following Upper Valley residents made the dean’s list at University of Wisconsin-Madison for the spring 2024 semester: Falcon Jaacks, Brownsville; Emma Dunbar, Hanover; Emmett Lockwood, Norwich; and Pierce Seigne, Norwich.

Plainfield resident Keira Hines, who is studying nursing at Quinnipiac University in North Haven, Conn., recently made history as the school’s inaugural recipient of the  the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students. Hines was nominated for the award after instructors observed the way she compassionately cared for her patients during her fall 2023 clinical training, according to a news release from Quinnipiac University.

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“The main part of the curriculum that has had an influence on me at Quinnipiac is the emphasis on holistic care. Caring for the patient’s mind, body and soul is important and emphasized heavily in the clinical setting,” Hines, a rising senior, said in the release. “The Daisy Award, too, is about applying those concepts into practice and exploring health beyond physical wellness and absence of disease. I think those aspects of the curriculum have had an influence on the way that I see health and the way I care for my patients, and the way my peers apply compassion into their care.”

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