For Immediate Release — July 31, 2003



GENESEO, N.Y. — Kristen L. Rathbun, the daughter of Ron and Joann Rathbun of Horseheads, N.Y., is the third recipient of the Mary Judith Smith Scholarship for Horseheads High School seniors who enroll at SUNY Geneseo. Rathbun, who will enter the college as a freshman this year, was presented with a $1,000 scholarship and a special certificate noting her educational and other achievements at the high school’s awards dinner in June.

Rathbun ranked in the top five percent of her graduating class with a cumulative grade-point average of 96.29. She excelled in all curricular areas, but had a special interest in math and science, which earned her a New York State Academic Excellence Scholarship.

In addition to her academic achievements, Rathbun participated in extracurricular activities and sports in high school.

An energetic and natural leader, she was Vice President, National Honor Society; Treasurer, Art Club; and Historian, Varsity H. She was a four-year member of the varsity women’s soccer and lacrosse teams. She was recognized by the Sullivan Trail Athletic Conference as an Academic All-Star during the 2001 season.

Along with her extensive school activities, Rathbun’s community service included volunteering at the Rotary Interact Club, tutoring younger students, walking dogs for the local animal shelter, dancing with elderly citizens at their Spring Ball, and teaching crafts, puppetry and clowning to Kindergarten students as part of the high school’s Super Saturday program.

Rathbun also demonstrated exceptional talent in the performing arts in the Show Choir and in musicals. She was a featured performer in Smokey Joe’s Café and Anything Goes.

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

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