Frank G. Paul Medals of Excellence

By Erika Mahoney

May 2, 2013 Updated May 2, 2013 at 7:12 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) High school students who excel in math and science were honored for their high achievements Wednesday night.

Broome Community College presented the Frank G. Paul Medal of Excellence to 27 students from Southern Tier schools.

The students received their awards surrounded by friends and family and many said they are excited about their futures.

"Engineering is a lot of physics and math, but I really like chemistry and biology," Rose Bernier, a senior at Seton Catholic High School. "So for the chemical engineering, that really combines everything. And you can go into medicine, pharmaceuticals, the food industry, there's so many options."

Bernier plans to attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

One of her award co-recipients plans to attend Le Moyne College.

"I wouldn't mind going into the research side of science, probably biology," Caleb Larnerd, senior at Windsor High School, said. "Maybe like a specialized topic like stem cells, or possibly molecular biology."

Both added receiving the award is a confidence booster as they enter the next stage of their life.

All 27 recipients received a medal, a certificate and $50.

The program is sponsored by BCC's Engineering and Scene and Physics Department and funded by theorem Community College Foundation.

This year's high school recipients:

- Morgan Furman
- Christopher Lapinski
- Rose Bernier
- Connor Ligeikis
- Gabriella DeSanctis
- Stereen Zebari
- Tanner Witt
- Anna Kuchera
- David Hovancik
- Kacey Knapp
- Evan Fiorenza
- Ashley Kamp
- Caleb Larnerd
- Douglas Klein
- Morgan Hope
- Matthew Vegiard
- Samantha Mills
- Marcos Benedict
- Kelsey Teter
- Michael Bogart
- Taylor Hendrickson
- DaKoda Aiken
- Rachael Hamlin
- James Zhang
- Rita Sellick
- Charles Jon Gunther
- Elijah Nichols