Scholarship Winners

As you prepare to run this year’s Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support and highlight one of the important causes that your registration supports. Since the inaugural race on September 21, 1997, organizers realized that this is more than just “the most beautiful 26 miles, 385 yards you’ll ever run”, as it’s a powerful platform for doing good in our local community and beyond through meaningful charities and scholarship grants. Each year, we are able to offer scholarships to local students who not only exceed in the academic and athletic realms but are also leaders among their peers through volunteer programs in their communities.

This year, the Adirondack Distance Marathon Festival has awarded scholarships to three youth from the local community and in honor of individuals who have been instrumental in the development of the Marathon. In addition to their scholastic achievements and recommendations from local leaders, each was asked to write an essay on Community Service and Volunteerism. This year’s recipients are Brooke French, Micka Stout and Emily Maisonville and here are some highlights from their submissions

Brooke French – awarded the Michael W. Terrio Scholarship and the Daniel Perry Scholarship

Brooke French (far left), Emily Maisonville (2nd from left), Todd Waldron and Joel Friedman at the 2018 Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival Scholarship Awards

Brooke graduated 6th in her class at the North Warren Central School where she was the Vice President of her Class of 2018 each of her four years there. In addition to her being a standout basketball, softball and cross country athlete, Brooke was active in the school’s Drama Club, local S.A.D.D chapter and the school’s head delegate to the Model Organization of American States (MOAS). Brooke filled her senior year classes with Advanced Placement courses and scored a 100% on her New York State English Regents exam and will be planning on continuing her education at SUNY Geneseo with the goal to continue on  to Law School. Her career plans have her working at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or as a prosecution attorney – following in the footsteps of her uncle (Harvard Law School attendee) and her father who is a police officer.

Michael Terrio was a Glens Falls native, Boy Scout and local camp counselor who graduated from New England College and managed a Vermont Inn after graduating. He later returned to the Warren County area and was the first coordinator of the County’s Park and Recreation Trails and later opened Terrio’s Carriage House in Schroon Lake in 1991. Mr. Terrio was an outdoorsman, member of the National Ski Patrol, Gore Mountain Ski Patrol and held a professional captain’s license from the U.S. Coast Guard. Before his death in 2006, Mr. Terrio would host the post race party for the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival volunteers.

Daniel Perry was born in Amsterdam, NY, and has been a resident of North Warren since 1995. During his youth, Daniel was a caddy at the Schroon Lake and Scaroon Manor golf courses, worked at a variety of camps on the shores of Schroon Lake and was a lifeguard and even a “soda jerk” during his summers. As an adult, Daniel worked for the NCR Corporation in Ohio, Florida, New York and New Jersey, for over 33 years before retiring in the North Warren area. He was a foundational member of the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival in 1996 and helped designed the courses for the 5k and 10k Races that take place the same weekend as the full and half Marathons. Early in his retirement, Daniel was a ski instructor at Gore Mountain and has been involved civically on the Board of Hudson Headwaters Health Network and President of the Rotary Club in Chestertown and was honored as the Chamber of Commerce’s VIP in 2005. When looking back at his life, Daniel says, “I feel very fortunate to live here and for that reason I am proud to have a scholarship offered in my name“.

Michael “Micka” Stout – awarded the Peter M. Gushee Scholarship

Micka graduated 6th in his class at the Schroon Lake Central School where he has excelled in both academics as a member of the National Honor Society and athletics where he was the Captain of both the varsity soccer and basketball teams. Micka was a committed leader of the school’s mentoring program where his guidance counselor notes he “brings the best out of everyone he comes around and he pushes the students who look up to him to be the best they can”. Micka has volunteered countless times to coach younger athletes and spends his time on weekends officiating youth soccer and basketball games. He has also served as a volunteer at the Marathon at the food tents at the race’s end and says that “community service has impacted the course of my future. It has showed me that I want to impact people’s lives for the better”. Micka plans on attending the Word of Life Bible Institute this Fall with the eventual professional goal of working in Sports Management as an Athletic Director.

The Peter M. Gushee Scholarship is given in memory of the long-time Schroon Lake resident who worked with the Word of Life organization and Captain of the Schroon Lake Fire and EMS Department. Mr. Gushee became involved with the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival as the coordinator of the EMS services ensuring that nearly every detail of the medical services ran smoothly. Whether it was connecting the radio services to the town’s antenna or simply making sure the various EMS teams had the food and supplies needed throughout the race, Mr. Gushee’s calm and collected demeanor was appreciated by everyone. His priorities of faith, family and volunteerism made him a beloved husband, father, grandfather and leader in his community and why this scholarship is named in his honor.

Emily Maisonville – awarded the Thomas F. Williford Scholarship

The Maisonville Family from left Craig, Heather, Dan, Emily, Caleb, Joseph and Anna

Emily graduated 1st in her class at the Schroon Lake Central School where she was the President of her Student Council, National Honor Society and Community Service LEO (Lion’s) Club as well as being the Captain of the Varsity Soccer and Basketball teams. In 2016 and 2017, Emily competed in the Half Marathon portion of the race, finishing 3rd in her age group. In addition to these impressive athletic and scholastic achievements, it’s hard to go anywhere in town without seeing her influence. Whether she is giving tennis lessons, lifeguarding at the town beach, volunteering at the Chamber of Commerce or performing at a town or church event, Emily is a model of community service. Her ability to balance the demands on her time and talents while maintaining her strong faith and family ties are what makes Emily a deserving recipient of this award. Emily will be traveling overseas to attend the University of St. Andrews to pursue a degree in Literature with the goal to teach English Language overseas and then work as a High School English Literature teacher.

Thomas Williford’s family moved from the Bronx to Schroon Lake when he was just five years old. Tom graduated from Schroon Lake Central School in 1942 and then served in the United States Navy as a pharmacist mate during WWII. After the war and receiving a degree from Cortland State College, he returned to Schroon Lake as a teacher in 1957 and became a volunteer fireman and ambulance squad member for over 40 years. Tom was involved with first aid, CPR and EMT training and volunteered in local hospitals and in Myrtle Beach, SC, where he and his wife Fran would vacation. As a member of the American Legion, Tom helped coordinate the 4th of July parade as well as decorating Main Street with flags for Memorial Day celebrations.

In addition to his military and civic service, Tom was a lifeguard at the town beach and a sport official for local soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball and one of the early Marathon leaders as finish line director. In 1993, Tom was recognized for his contributions to our community by being named “Citizen of the Year”.

The Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival is pleased to be able to recognize both the recipients – Brooke, Micka and Emily – as well as the honorees Michael Terrio, Dan Perry, Peter Gushee and Thomas Williford. We also want to thank each of you who participate in this event and support the Scholarships through your registration fees. We thank you all and wish you a great race!