Shannon Applequist won in the Agricultural Studies category. She will be studying plant science at Pennsylvania State University in the fall, and is an orchid enthusiast. Her collection includes 26 plants and four different varieties. Shannon also constructed and stocked a greenhouse on the premises of the Warwick Valley Humane Society to grow edible plants for the shelter animals, a project for which she earned the coveted Gold Award from the Girl Scouts. Meanwhile, she also volunteered to raise a German Shepherd puppy for The Seeing Eye, as a new student orientation leader and parent teacher conference aid at the high school, as a server for the Black Dirt Feast, and with Project Speak Up, an anti-bullying club that works among the middle and elementary schools to teach students about bullying, peer pressure, and how to avoid it all.
Jennie Prial will be pursuing nursing at Xavier University this fall, and eventually plans on becoming a nurse practitioner, specializing in pediatric oncology. Her community volunteer activities have included riding on ambulance calls, working in nursing homes, and the emergency room of local hospitals. She is also a cofounder of the WVCSD Read to Succeed Initiative, a program for high school students to read to, and discuss topics of positive character traits with elementary school students. She has also worked with the Capuchin Outreach Program and Capuchin Appalachian Mission.
Vivian Hall will be attending Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston to study Interdisciplinary Engineering. She wants to use her skills as an engineer to provide humanitarian aid to communities in need of alternative energy sources. Her community service includes the Warwick Historical Society, Earth Day Community Clean Up, the Warwick Valley Humane Society, the Warwick Chamber of Commerce, and the middle school drama club. She has also volunteered as a server every year of the Black Dirt Feast. Vivian is an accomplished bass player, and has volunteered to play music in shops and restaurants around the Village of Warwick during the Christmas Holidays.