For Immediate Release — July 28, 2004


GENESEO, N.Y. — Cynthia M. Olin, the daughter of Charles and Nancy Olin of Horseheads, N.Y., is the fourth recipient of the Mary Judith Smith Scholarship for Horseheads High School seniors who enroll at the State University of New York at Geneseo. Olin was presented with the $1,000 scholarship and Certificate of Achievement in recognition of her educational, leadership and volunteer activities, at the high school’s awards dinner in June.

Olin ranked in the top 15 percent of her graduating class with a cumulative grade point average of 92.81. She excelled in all curricular areas, including Advanced Placement and college-level courses. Olin attended the National Young Leaders Conference in summer 2002, was an exchange student to Bato-Machi, Japan, for a week in April 2001, and was nominated for the Presidential Classroom and Global Young Leaders Conference.

Olin was also a member of the National Honor Society, a scholar-athlete for four years on the girls’ varsity swim team (where she was the team manager in her senior year), and scorekeeper for the boys’ junior varsity and varsity lacrosse teams. Olin also volunteered as a Law Guardian and Judge on Youth Court and as a mentor for the Pupil Assisted Learning Program.

Along with her extensive school activities, Olin worked as a swimming instructor and lifeguard throughout high school and performed secretarial work during the summers. She was a member of 4-H for three years and served as president during her freshman year. She received the Citizenship Award from the Chemung County 4-H in the fall of 2000.

Cynthia is in this fall’s incoming freshman class at SUNY Geneseo, and plans to major in sociology.

Former State Senator William Nowak and Dorothy Nowak Smith established the annual scholarship four years ago as a memorial to their daughter, Mary Judith Smith Keleman, who was killed in an auto accident by a drunk driver. Mary Judith graduated from Horseheads High School and attended SUNY Geneseo, her mother’s alma mater.

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