Schuyler County Republican Committee Announces Scholarship Winner

WATKINS GLEN – According to a recent press release, the Schuyler County Republican Committee is pleased to announce that their 2023 Constitutional Essay Contest Scholarship winner is Ms. Sarah Barr of Burdett.  

The award to Barr was announced at the Committee’s annual Fall Dinner on Saturday.  Barr was presented her check by Committee Chair Maryann Friebis and other local officials in attendance. 

Barr, who is currently studying Nursing at Saint John Fisher College, is a recent Odessa Montour High School graduate. She wrote her essay on the topic of: “The Bill of Rights: Do We Need All Ten Amendments?” 

Barr expressed her gratitude to County Republicans for the award, stating “I wish to extend my thanks to you and the scholarship committee for selecting me as this year’s recipient. I am so unbelievably grateful. This scholarship will definitely come in handy and it will allow me to get one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming a nurse.” 

Pictured (L-R): Town of Orange Supervisor Norma Burris, Scholarship winner Sarah Barr, Schuyler County Republican Committee Chair Maryann Friebis

Two other essayists, Macy Fitzgerald of Watkins Glen High School and Ben Campbell of Odessa-Montour High School, were chosen for special merit awards of $250 each. 

“I would like to congratulate Ms. Barr, Ms. Fitzgerald and Mr. Campbell on their outstanding essays. Our committee is proud to see and acknowledge that the heritage of civic engagement and academic excellence is alive and well in the youth of our communities,” said Mark Rondinaro, Schuyler County Republican Committee Scholarship Committee Chair.

The Schuyler County Republican Committee annually awards a $1500 scholarship to a Schuyler  County student who submits an essay on a constitutional topic chosen from a list presented by the committee.

Submitted essays are judged by an eminent panel of Schuyler County legal professionals. In this year’s judging, Ms. Barr’s essay was the unanimous choice of the panel, which consisted of District Attorney Joe Fazzary, County Attorney Steven Getman, and retired County Judge J.C. Argetsinger. 

The Schuyler County Republican Committee is the local arm of the New York State Republican  Party and is responsible for recruiting Republican candidates for local offices and increasing  public awareness of Republican “limited government” solutions to the problems facing New York State. 

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