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Irondequoit Chamber Recognizes 2018 Student Scholars

May 9, 2018

The Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce recognizes three local graduating seniors every spring who have demonstrated aptitude and academic excellence in the study of business. Along with our amazing sponsors, we proudly supported our future business leaders and presented them each with $1000 scholarship checks at our Annual Student Scholarship Luncheon on May 8, 2018, at Chapel Oaks. Investing in our future leaders through scholarships promotes innovation for future business and support for our local community. The 2018 scholarship recipients are all active members in local community groups and activities. The 2018 scholarship winners are:

Jillian Fioravanti, Eastridge High School.

Nominated by her Business teacher, Jillian is described as “prepared" and always producing quality work. With a handful of Advanced Placement classes, Jillian chooses to have a rigorous course load and has been awarded High Honor Roll all four years as well as the Chemistry Achievement Award. Currently Jillian ranks #1 in a class of 234 students. Her achievements are not all academic however. Jillian is currently the treasurer for both the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa at Eastridge High School. She is an active youth group member, alter server, and volunteer at the Seneca Park Zoo and Irondequoit Public Library. Jillian plans on attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in the fall, pursuing a degree in the Management Information Systems Program.

Brandon Whitlow, Bishop Kearney High School

Brandon is described by his school counselor as “well rounded" and is currently an Honor Roll student. Brandon displays great interest for business and excels in many different business courses. Outside of the classroom Brandon participates in Varsity Level sports. In the Fall he will be attending St. Bonaventure University where he will be majoring in Business.

Kaleigh Nelson, Irondequoit High School

Member of the National Honor Society, Kaleigh Nelson has maintained a 96% grade point average at Irondequoit High School. She will be the first student from Irondequoit High School to earn a NYS Department of Education Business Education CTE endorsement on her diploma. Kaleigh is a four-year member of DECA with the last two years as part of the leadership team. Her DECA achievements include winning a third-place state trophy alongside a partner for writing a franchise business plan for a local pizzeria. Kaleigh competed at the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, GA, with over 15,000 business students around the world. When she is not busy academically, Kaleigh works part time at our local Farmers Insurance office, volunteers at her church, and plays travel soccer. She plans to attend Southeastern University in Florida, double majoring in Business Administration and Criminal Justice.

The Irondequoit Chamber thanks our generous sponsors who make these scholarships possible:

Gold Sponsors:

Supt. Susan Allen, East Irondequoit Schools
Superintendent Jeffrey Crane, West Irondequoit Schools
Rich Funke, New York State Senator
Joseph Genier, Judge, Town of Irondequoit
Peter Kelderhouse, Sherman Furniture Rental
John and Peter Mendick, Imperial Garden Apartments LLC
Joseph Morelle Sr., New York State Assembly
Richard Orczyk, Hunt Real Estate
Arnold Roberti, Adrian Jules
Ukrainian Federal Credit Union
Jason Whaley, Titus Avenue Mower Service

Silver Sponsors:

Adam Bello, Monroe County ClerkDr.
Joseph Carbone, Monroe County Legislator &Rochester Foot Care Associates
David Breen, Herrema's Market Place 2
Daniel Buerkle, The Rug Market
Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Executive
Alice Willis-Hansen, President Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce
Jamison Helt, Jamison Glass Stained and Leaded Glass Services
Joseph Morelle Jr., Monroe County Legislator
John Norris, Seabreeze Amusement Park
Alana Ogurcak, Lake Breeze Wellness
Patrick Russi, Judge, Town of Irondequoit
David Seeley, Supervisor Town of Irondequoit
David Shaheen, Shaheen Family Properties, LLC
Robert Spatola Sr., Spatola Party Rental
Patrick Trimaldi, Trimaldi Roadways


Terry Palis, Corporate Communications