Chautauqua County Legislator Billy Coughlin presented the 2012 Kennedy Award of the Fredonia-Pomfret Democratic Association to Fredonia High School graduating senior Charles J. Mancino at the school's 36th annual Awards Night.
The Kennedy Award is a financial scholarship for college-bound high school seniors. Criteria for the award include a minimum 3.0 grade point average, a record of community service, letters of recommendation and an essay.
In his award-winning essay, Mancino stated that he finds special inspiration in the career of Henry Ford whose innovations in automotive engineering have provided economical transportation, thus increasing the well-being of Americans.
Charles J. Mancino
In the fall, Mancino is planning to study mechanical engineering at Kettering University in Flint, Mich.
He has volunteered his services as a patient transporter at Lutheran Social Services, Jamestown, since second grade. He has been an usher, acolyte, liturgist and communion server at the First United Methodist Church of Fredonia since seventh grade. He has participated in the Relay for Life and the Laurel Run Relay in his last three high school years and the Nathan Polisoto Memorial Scholarship Walk in his senior year.
Mancino is the son of Charles and Kimberly Mancino of Fredonia.