* Nicholas Hollon, a senior at DeSales High School in Geneva, has been named a finalist in the 2004 competition for Merit Scholarship Awards. According to information from DeSales, he is the only student in the Finger Lakes area to receive this award for the 2003-04 school year.
* Joe Sarnicola of Auburn was named a winner in the 2003 Syracuse Poster Project, a poetry and art contest that is a collaborative effort between the Syracuse Downtown Merchants and Syracuse University. After 30 haiku poems were selected from more than 200 entries by more than 60 poets, art students at the university painted pictures that reflected their impressions of the poems. From those posters, 15 winners were selected by a committee of judges. The winning posters will be displayed in downtown Syracuse this year. Sarnicola, who writes Kids’ Chronicle for the Catholic Courier, is the owner of Revision Resources Writing and Editorial Services.
* Mercy Health and Rehabilitation Center in Auburn has announced two staff promotions. Bonnie Iogue was named assistant administrator, responsible for quality assurance. Dawn LaManga was named director of nursing.
* DeSales High School in Geneva recently inducted new members in their Bellarmine Chapter of the National Honor Society. The induction ceremony was performed at St. Stephen’s Church in Geneva, before the inductees’ family and the entire DeSales student body. Those inducted were Peter Karski of Geneva; Marissa Lorenzetti of Geneva; Jasmine Staff of Geneva; Elizabeth Babiarz of Waterloo; Jamie Taras of Geneva; Laura Evangelista of Geneva; and Matthew Higgins of Geneva.
* Denise Lorenzeti of Lima, the varsity cheerleading coach at DeSales High School, was recently received the Section 5 Class D Cheerleading Coach of the Year award. Lorenzetti attended St. Patrick School in Seneca Falls, where she began a cheerleading in the fifth grade. She was a cheerleader for eight continuous years at St. Patrick and Mynderse Academy, where she graduated from in 1997. She received an associate’s degree from Finger Lakes Community College in Hopewell, and will attend St. John Fisher College’s nursing program in the fall of 2004.