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At every Saratoga Springs High School graduation since 1912, one female and one male student are presented with Yaddo medals. School Superintendent Michael Patton called the Yaddo medal, "the district's most prestigious award," with the recipients chosen by faculty members. The award honors those who have excelled in academics and school citizenship throughout their four years in high school. The Yaddo Medal was awarded to our very own Davaughn Berry today.





Jonah Beer passed away suddenly on October 23, 2018. He was born in Troy, NY on December 2, 1998. Jonah was a student at the Albany College of Pharmacy. He was a pharmacy technician at CVS in Delmar and Saratoga Springs. In the summer, Jonah worked at the Saratoga Racetrack. Jonah was a shining light for all of his family and friends and they will miss him dearly.

Jonah graduated Saratoga Springs High School in 2017 and was a leading member of Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar ("SSAS"). Following his death his friends raised funds to assist with his funeral expenses and to create a legacy for him to be remembered by.

Board members of SSAS individually paid for the funeral services. Nancy Black, who coordinated his friend's fundraising efforts worked with Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar to establish a $4,000 fund which will be used over the next 8 years to award an annual $500 "Jonah Beer Scholarship" that will be awarded to the graduating SSAS student who most embodies the values and qualities that Jonah exhibited.

"Jonah was a great member of our program and is and will be missed greatly by all of the members of Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar" said its volunteer Executive Director, Jim LaVigne. "This is a fitting and lasting legacy to his memory."





Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar Received an incredible gift from Saratoga Casino Hotel today as part of their make a difference campaign. This will put one new student through our seven year program aimed to help financially disadvantaged young adults achieve their dream of attending college.The program only exists via the generosity of the community and we and others are so fortunate to have Saratoga Casino Hotel as part of that community.


Dare to Climb



Hailey Utermark, Diane Fierros-Garcia, Emily Mattison and Naava Wilson (L to R) participated in the Dare to Climb leadership conference for young women hosted by Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY at the Great Escape Lodge on 11/17/18. The students attended workshops on learning to communicate and networking, college success without stress, and financial literacy.


The Fruit From The Mentoring Tree



You can try to do things yourself...

...but, it is always much easier if someone shows you how...

...and also shows you the path to get there.

Until one day, you learn that you CAN do it by yourself!

That is what people came to celebrate today: The perpetual cycle of mentoring and learning. And to celebrate a continued, extraordinary record of achievement. The precise points and stunning statistics appear below. They are worth reading, and supporting. I consider it a privilege every time I get the opportunity to interact with Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar. - AG





SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar (SSAS) held its Ninth Annual Graduation and Induction Picnic on Sunday, June 3, in Spa State Park. Each year SSAS celebrates the graduation of the seniors from the three-year high school portion of its seven-year program, as well as the induction of 10 new sophomores at a picnic for them, their families, mentors and SSAS board members. This year, over 130 people enjoyed the food and drink while the scholars and their siblings played lawn games and got to know each other.

Of the 84 students who have graduated from the program 100 percent have been accepted into and are attending college including some of the most prestigious colleges in the nation including: Skidmore, Columbia, Williams, Clarkson, RPI, Cornell, Syracuse, Saint Lawrence, Swarthmore, NYU, and others.

During the 3-year high school portion of the program, each student receives extensive support in developing the skills required to be a successful college applicant and student. In college, each student will receive up to $6,000 in stipends.



Pictured above are 11 of this year's 12 graduates. Front row - left to right: Samantha Jobmann, SUNY Albany; Anastasia Ivanova, SUNY Potsdam; Alexa Senn, Bryant and Stratton; Adriana Murphy, SUNY Cortland; Cami Denning, Roberts Wesleyan: Lena Ruggles, Johnson and Wales; Isabella Valdimarsson, Clarkson. Back row - left to right: Shiloh Wilson, University at Buffalo; Demetri Swann. Brockport: Ryan DiGuiseppe, HVCC; William Brooking, SUNY Albany. Not pictured is Michelle Zheng, who will be attending Cornell University.



Pictured above are this year's 10 inductees. The average GPA of this year's inductees is 92.3. From left to right the inductees are: Rachael Paston-Amos, Emily Mattison, Naava Wilson, Kyelle Batts, Camile Sterling, Jake DeLuca, Reina Ceballos, Diana Fierros-Garcia, Hailey Utermark and Amanda Marcolin.

Originally posted on The Daily Planet Arthur, June, 2018

View the original article with many more pictures here.

Support Our Annual Derby Day Party

Get Your Tickets Here!

Derby Day Party

Benefits Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar

The Lodge, One Nelson Avenue, Saratoga Springs

May 5, 2018 4:00PM - 8:00PM

Cocktail Party featuring...

Butler passed hors d'oeuvres, displays & carving stations and desserts. Open bar.

Wagering Window On-site

Large screen TVs to watch the race

Valet parking

Last year's party sold out, so don't miss out this year & become an Underwriter!

$20,000 Triple Crown

  • 10 Event Tickets
  • Special Signage at the Event
  • Logo or Name Prominently Displayed on Invitation
  • Display of your logo on all promotional materials
  • Listing on Facebook Invitation Page
  • Logo on event signage
  • Logo in newspaper thank you ad

$10,000 Superfecta

  • 6 Event Tickets
  • Logo or Name Prominently Displayed on Invitation
  • Display of your logo on all promotional materials
  • Logo on event signage
  • Logo in newspaper thank you ad

$5,000 Trifecta

  • 4 Event Tickets
  • Listing on Invitation
  • Listing on Facebook Invitation Page
  • Name listed on event signage
  • Listing in newspaper thank you ad

$2,500 Exacta

  • 2 Event Tickets
  • Listing on Invitation
  • Listing on Facebook Invitation Page
  • Name listed on event signage
  • Listing in newspaper thank you ad

$1,000 Daily Double

  • 2 Event Tickets
  • Listing on Invitation
  • Listing on SSAS website
  • Listing on Facebook Invitation Page
  • Name listed on event signage
  • Listing in newspaper thank you ad

$300 Honorary Committee

  • 2 Event Tickets
  • Name listed on event signage


Email Jim LaVigne at

State your Sponsorship Level and how you want to be listed & send a check at your convenience to:

Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar

P.O. Box 107

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866


Forget Winter, We're Talking Derby!



Our third annual Kentucky Derby Day Party will be held at the Lodge on Nelson Avenue on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The party will feature large screen TVs to watch the race, on-site wagering and great food and drink, including an open bar.

No speeches, auctions, raffle tickets or solicitations. Just a great time.

The event typically sells out! Letters seeking sponsors and honorary committee members will be mailed by March 1. If tickets are left after the sponsors and honorary committee response, they will go on-sale via EVENTBRITE on April 1.

Julie Bonacio * Colleen Carlson * Robin Dalton * Mary Gavin * Jennifer Hennessy * Julie Johnson * Carly Connors * Cara Milde * Kristie Roohan * Heather Straughter * Jim Carminucci


College acceptances are starting to come in. Our seniors have recieved more than 40 acceptances already, with more to come.







Julie & Co. Realty Donates $10,000 to Saratoga Sponsor-a-Scholar



In honor of Julie & Co. Realty's 2nd Anniversary and as a continued effort to give back to the community, Julie Bonacio and her team donated a portion of December's closings to Saratoga Sponsor-a-Scholar. SSAS's Volunteer Executive Director, Jim LaVigne graciously accepted the check on behalf of the program at Julie & Co. Realty's sales meeting on Tuesday, December 19th. Jim said "It always amazes me what a generous community we live in and no one personifies that more than Sonny and Julie Bonacio. This gift was both unsolicited and extremely generous. It covers seven years expense for one of our young scholars and will make an incredible difference in their life."

Julie & Co. Realty just celebrated 2 years in business back on November 15th. They constantly strive, not to be the biggest, but to be the premiere real estate company in the area. They want to earn your trust, and give you a great experience that you will pass on to family and friends.

Julie & Co. Realty, LLC: 518.350.7653