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Shortsville resident honored with recognition at Finger Lakes Community College

A Shortsville student at Finger Lakes Community College received the 2020 Norman R. McConney Jr. Award.

Gabrielle Young received the honor which recognizes excellence in the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program.

She was nominated by Lisa Thomas who serves as director of the Educational Opportunity Program at FLCC. Young overcame obstacles early in life.

“Gabrielle is such a wonderful young woman. She has such a positive and upbeat attitude regardless of what she has had to face in life,” Thomas wrote. “Coming from a broken home, Gabrielle has experienced a lot of trauma and dealt with anxiety and depression for years but has not let it define her. She wants to be a role model and lead by example, making sure that others know that they, too, can persevere no matter what challenges life may present.”

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