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Tyler Sharihowane Sunday: Student Success Story

Posted August 23, 2012

Tyler Sunday Jr. is the 17 year old son of Shannon and Tyler, with sister Sabrina. He is a senior at Massena Central this year and a very busy one at that. Recently, Tyler was nominated by one of his teachers Mrs. LaGarry to attend a week long conference at Columbia University to help build his interests in the field of medicine and healthcare professions. He was the only student selected from Massena Central and this opportunity has been a valuable experience. Tyler is an excellent student and has been involved in sports, clubs and high school programs.

There were many interesting lectures at the conference called “Lead America” for the Medical Healthcare Conference, with high school students from across the US. Tyler had the opportunity to learn about the most significant and controversial issues that face present day medical professions and discuss how these issues can impact future professions. He was also taken through the process of diagnosing and treating a patient by physicians and educators.

Each day was a busy one beginning at 7:30 am with about 6-7 hour long workshops throughout the day and a room check at 10:30 nightly. His visits to Mount Sinai Medical Center were most interesting. When asked which lecture he enjoyed the most, he replied, “the neuroscientists were very informative with stories and thought provoking questions.” There were about 200 participants from all over and they were grouped into about 20 each. The same group was together throughout the week so this is where friendships were made. Tyler is still in touch with some through Facebook.

Tyler enjoys Math and Science the most while at school with math being his strength. He shared that at the end of the 2012 school year, he was the best in math for his grade. He enjoys all his teachers and he feels that Massena Central is a very good school and prepares the students well for college and university. Tyler is a high achiever and earned himself many awards and honors. He has been a high honor student for the previous three years receiving letters and academic achievement pins. He is also a member of the National French Honor Society as well as receiving a Presidents Award in French. In May 2012, he was inducted into the National Honor Society along with many other scholastic awards. The Lead America Medical and Healthcare Conference is the latest of his accomplishments.

Besides academics, Tyler involves himself with some sports and school clubs. He plays golf and played football from 2008-2011. The language clubs that he is involved with are French and Mohawk. He is also a member of the Potsdam Akwesasne Talent Search and North Country Science and Technology Entry Program.

Outside of school, he enjoys golfing and hanging out with his family. It is obvious that his family is very close and this is so important.

The schools Tyler has shown interest in are Syracuse University, Albany, and Rochester. Rochester has offered Tyler a generous scholarship ($7500 per yr.) if he chooses their school. An award came to Tyler from Bausch and Lomb (Rochester) as an Honorary Science Award.

Tyler was recently chosen to be on the “Link Crew” at Massena Central. This program has students assist the incoming freshman as they start high school. They take a couple of days to show the new students around the school, schedules and answer questions they may have. The Link Crew will also check on the freshman during the school year just to make sure the grade 9’s are doing alright.

Tyler and his family have really appreciated the assistance given to him so he could attend the conference at Columbia U. This opportunity was so valuable and thanks to all of you who helped.

Mohawk Council of Ahkwesahsne

Twin Leaf Express and Gas--Carey Terrance

Legion Post 1479

Sons of the American Legion

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Donation Committee

Uncle Maday and Aunt Sharon

The Family

Jodi LaGarry for her nomination of Tyler

Sharihowane, I want to personally congratulate you as you continue your road of success. As your former teacher my heart swells with pride in you as you’ve grown to a wonderful young man. I wish all young people could set goals and work toward them as you have done. Wish you the best!


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