Johnstown High School senior recognized by assemblyman


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Assemblyman Robert Smullen, right, presents Johnstown High School senior Kalena Eaton with a Certificate of Merit on Monday for receiving two college scholarships with intent to combat drunk and drugged driving.

Johnstown High School senior Kalena Eaton was recognized Monday by Assemblyman Robert Smullen (R,C,I,SAM-Meco) for pursuing a career related to enhancing traffic safety and the rehabilitation of drunk drivers.

During a Fulton County STOP DWI event Monday, Eaton was awarded the Ron Hill Memorial Scholarship as well as the Antone Ralbovsky Scholarship, according to a press release from Smullen’s office. 

“Congratulations to Kalena Eaton for receiving these awards for her exceptional academic and extracurricular resume,” Smullen said. “I am confident that she will make a successful forensic psychologist and help us combat the tragedy of impaired driving and its negative impact on so many lives. Thank you to the Fulton County Traffic Safety Board for, once again, hosting this important event, and our three honored officers for their around the clock work to prevent DWI.”

The Ron Hill Memorial Scholarship is awarded in honor of Hill, who was a longtime Ephratah town justice. The Antone Ralbovsky Memorial Scholarship is given in honor of Ralbovsky, who served 27 years with the Gloversville Police Department and was the former chairman, as well as longtime member, of the traffic safety board, according to the release. 

Eaton is this year’s salutatorian at Johnstown and belongs to numerous clubs and organizations, according to the district. She will attend SUNY Brockport in the fall to major in psychology. 

During the event, three law enforcement officers — Jeremy Gandara of the Gloversville Police Department, State Trooper Matthew Bowers and Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Sherwood — were also recognized for their efforts to stop DWI.

By Shenandoah Briere

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