Westside teens win Elmira College’s Key Award


Mallory Hogan

WEST RUTLAND —  A little more than a week ago, Elmira College (Elmira, NY) announced the winners of its Key Award. Among the winners were two West Rutland seniors (as of August 31, 2022), Arianna Coombs and Mallory Hogan.

The award is presented to outstanding students during their junior year of high school or preparatory school, in a tradition that goes back to 1935. This year’s award was given to 761 students across 14 states and Puerto Rico. Recipients receive an $80,000 scholarship over four years, $20,000 per year, upon enrolling at Elmira College.

“This award is given to those who have exhibited their potential to excel academically and serve as leaders,” said Charles Lindsay, president of Elmira College. “We hope they will choose to make Elmira College their place.”

Arianna Coombs

Speaking to students during the 2022 Key Award Ceremony on August 22, Patrick Gillette, director of admissions, said, “We know you are someone who would thrive as a member of the Elmira College campus community, and we want to invest in your success at Elmira College.”

The more than 120 attending recipients met with Elmira College professors, staff, current students, and athletic coaches; attended information sessions about EC programs, and toured the campus.

West Rutland Principal Jay Slenker expressed his joy, if not surprise, at the announcement. “Both are outstanding student-athletes, National Honor Society members, and wonderful contributors to the WRS community,” he said.

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