The Rockland County Fire Chiefs” Association made its annual scholarship presentations Thursday July 16, at the Tallman firehouse during the monthly RC Fire Chiefs’ Assn. meeting. The awards were presented by scholarship chairman and chaplain Richard Silverberg and RCFCA president Robert Murdock.
There were three winners: Christopher Bonelli Caitlin Flynn, and Christopher Kenny. Each received a $1,500 scholarship check. This first award was to Christopher Bonelli, nephew of ex-chief Glenn Zahlmann., who is a member of the Hillcrest Fire Dept.
Bonelli was graduated from North Rockland high school, and plans on attending the State University of NY at Albany. He had a 92.4 average in high school and was a student ambassador, helping incoming students. He helped raise funds for the Haverstraw Elks, Cosgriff Hose and Hillcrest firehouses, and volunteered at a North Rockland Soccer Assn. camp. He would like to work as a stock broker.
The second scholarship award was presented to Caitlin Flynn, the daughter of ex-chief Kenneth Flynn of the New City Fire Department. Gabriella was graduated from Clarkstown South high school, and will be attending University of South Carolina. She is a member of the National Honor Society and volunteered with the March of Dimes, Meals on Wheels, and coached a T-ball team.
She plans to work in media productions and is interested in producing and editing shows and movies. The third and final scholarship went to Christopher Kenny, whose uncle, Christopher Morrison, is a member of the Thiells Fire Dept.
Kenny, valedictorian of the class of 2015 at North Rockland high school, was very involved in drama, math, summer camp and math camp. He is a Sacristan and with Teens for Christ, attained Eagle Scout, enjoys bowling, was co-captain of the Academic League, captain of Science Olympiad, took part in the Stony Point War Memorial Restoration. He will attend Cornell University this fall.