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Scholarships remember community favorites

This year’s Daniel Ward scholarship also recalls Bob Carney

Forrest Burnetter will be attending Schenectady County Community College for an associate’s degree in culinary arts (and perhaps a dual degree in applied science) for hotel and restaurant management. Submitted photo.

Forrest Burnetter will be attending Schenectady County Community College for an associate’s degree in culinary arts (and perhaps a dual degree in applied science) for hotel and restaurant management. Submitted photo.

— “That’s when I knew I wanted to do something in the culinary and hospitality field,” he said. He plans on teaching nutrition and cooking after spending a few years in the industry.

Dawne Olbrych, Daniels’s mother, said her son’s passion for cooking never wavered while growing up and she’s been able to enjoy his culinary creations for many years.

“He will take different things and mix and match with everything that he has so we bought him a blank cookbook,” she said. “All his recipes have kind of evolved into things that are our family favorites.”

She added the scholarship is greatly appreciated.

“I wonder if they (donors) know how much it means to these young kids. It confirms for (them) that there are people out there rooting for them.”

Emily Durrant, 18, will be attending SUNY Delhi for a degree in travel and tourism. She caught the travel bug when she went to Disney World at the age of three through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

According to Durrant’s mother Christy, Emily was born with a rare disorder called cerebro costo mandibular syndrome, which affects bone growth, hearing and the pulmonary system. She added no matter what may be going on with Emily physically, she still enjoys traveling.

“She’s got a great attitude … having come from so many hurdles placed in front of her she’s been able to do that and enjoy it as she goes,” said Christy Durrant.

“I love to see new places and experiencing new things,” Emily Durrant said. “I am hoping to tie it all back … and share my story with other kids and try to help others … to help make their dreams come true.”

The scholarship will help give her more time to study and less time to work during her freshman year at college.

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