Mediacom Communications announced Sept. 28 this year’s class of Mediacom Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Award recipients.
The awards were presented to graduating seniors from 15 different high schools in Orange County. Students were selected for the award based on a combination of work ethic, academic performance and personal accomplishments.
In addition, these young men and women also contributed to their schools and communities through extra-curricular activities and community service.
Each of the 15 students received a $1,000 college scholarship and a special plaque commemorating their achievement.
Mediacom has presented Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Awards to more than 100 Orange County high school graduates since the program was launched in 2014.
The 2020 recipients
The recipients of the 2020 awards are:
Blake Albanese, Goshen High School (Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.);
Zoe Babcock, S.S. Seward Institute;
Timothy Batzel, Port Jervis High School (Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management);
Aiden Berges, Monroe-Woodbury High School (University of Albany);
Madison Clark, James I. O’Neill High School;
Kayleigh Donachie, Valley Central High School;
George Eliadis, Newburgh Free Academy;
Keely Huling, Cornwall High School;
Kirstin Kavountzis, Washingtonville High School;
Tristan O’Regan, Warwick Valley High School;
Carlie Salomon, Middletown High School;
Marissa Spinozzi, Minisink Valley High School;
Ryan Stacklum, Pine Bush High School;
Kevin Stein, Chester Academy (University of Albany); and
Brittany Sullivan, John S. Burke Catholic High School (University of Scranton).
A life lesson
“The scholarships I received graduating from high school were an integral part of my pursuit of a college education,” said Rocco Commisso, Mediacom Founder and CEO. “In creating the Mediacom Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Award, it was my goal not only to recognize Orange County’s next generation of entrepreneurs but also to assist them, in a small way, in covering their college tuition.”
Commisso has committed significant personal and corporate resources into funding educational opportunities for young people. Through the World Class Scholars Program, September 11th Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Rocco B. Commisso American Dream Fund, and the Entrepreneur of Tomorrow Award, Mediacom and Commisso have provided educational scholarships to 2,300 students nationwide since 2001.
Mediacom Communications Corporation is the fifth largest cable operator in the United States and the leading gigabit broadband provider to smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Through its fiber-rich network, Mediacom provides high-speed data, video and phone services to more than 1.4 million households and businesses across 22 states.