Janel Whitbeck of Franklin earned an award for logging 100 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program.

The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarter Horses in activities such as trail rides, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.

AQHA members complete a program application and pay a one-time enrollment fee.

Each enrollee receives an official AQHA log sheet to record their hours driving or riding an American Quarter Horse.

Participants need not own their own horse, but all official hours must be accrued with a registered American Quarter Horse.

Stephanie Bowker of Boulder, Colo., formerly of Gilbertsville, is enrolled in SEA Semester, a study abroad program through Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, Mass.

Bowker successfully completed the Sea Semester's six-week shore component earning academic credit for curriculum in oceanography, nautical science, and maritime studies.

She is a student at the University of Colorado at Denver.

At the program's Woods Hole campus, Bowker developed a research project that will be tested and completed aboard SEA's 134 sailing school vessel the "Corwith Cramer," a research-equipped vessel under sail in the United States.

Bowker will sail from Key West, Fla., with a possible port calls in Samana, Dominican Republic and Port Antonia, Jamaica, and a final destination of Key West, Fla.

In addition to collecting data for a research project, Bowker will help provide weather observations to a national database, learn to chart the course of the vessel using celestial navigation and serve as Junior Watch Officer, taking full command of the vessel during a watch.

Brian Roach of Greene, Jessica Soulier of Hancock and MacKenzie Winne of Oneonta are among the students whose art is on display in "Student Select 09," an exhibition of student art, at the State University College at Cortland.

The juried exhibition features 30 artists on display in the Dowd Gallery on the college campus.

The exhibit opened Friday, featuring ceramics, video, interactive art, painting, sculpture, photography, fibers and design.

Tim Coco, a sophmore at Gilboa-Conesville Central School, was recently nominated to go to the Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Washington D.C. in July. Coco will join other students in meeting medical professionals and visiting hospitals, including Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he spent time as a patient.

The nomination was based on academic achievement and leadership potential, officials said.

Annually, the Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES presents service awards to an individual and to an organization or firm. Recipients are selected based on their support of BOCES students and programs and/or graduates, service on advisory boards, and leadership related to BOCES programs and personnel.

The 2009 annual awards were presented to Deputy Stanley Cade and the Otsego Manor. The awards were presented at the BOCES Annual Meeting held at the Otsego Area Occupational Center in Milford on April 7.

Cade was recognized for his willingness to provide workshops to the OAOC Criminal Justice Program and for providing preventative canine searches of the OAOC property. By providing these valuable services to OAOC, helps keep OAOC a safe place to learn and work.

The award for an organization was presented to the Otsego Manor; Mr. Jeffrey Emhof, received the award on behalf of the Otsego Manor. The Raymond Corporation was recognized for their willingness to welcome students from the Career Pathways Program at OAOC to provide work experiences in housekeeping, cafeteria worker, etc. In addition, students enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Program at OAOC completed their clinical field experience at the Manor. The Otsego Manor also employs several former OAOC students as CNAs and LPNs.

The Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES was pleased to recognize these recipients who have generously contributed to the excellence of BOCES programs.

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