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Blast from the Past

Teryn Rynone graduated from Newfield High School in 2011 and graduated with a BS and Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  While at RIT, Teryn made life-long friendships, learned a lot, and participated in many activities including the ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) Tiger Battalion.

Teryn is currently stationed in South Korea where he is a Platoon Leader in charge of 43 soldiers.  “I get to lead them, guide them & impact their lives…in a different country to top it off.  I look forward to every day because there is always something new.”

Teryn’s wants Newfield students to know that that “it’s truly ok to not have it all figured out.  All you need is the basic picture.  Work hard, follow your dreams and see where it takes you.  Know your end goals & build towards them.  Take advantage of opportunities along the way and never be afraid to alter your plans.  Stay resilient, stay situationally aware and stay positive.”

Blast from the Past
Josh Delfino graduated from Newfield High School in 2005 and continued his education at Tompkins Cortland Community College and SUNY Oswego, where he earned a degree in History.  Josh was a member of the NYS 2005 Final Four Newfield basketball team and continued to follow his passion of basketball in college as his career path unfolded.

In college, Josh got involved in activities that surrounded his interests in basketball.  He networked and made connections with people and programs that eventually provided him an opportunity that very few people will ever have in their life.  Josh was invited to play basketball and travel with the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters!  This experience allowed him to visit 40+ countries and play (and lose) over 500 basketball games.

Josh is now a small business consultant in Denver, Colorado and offers the following advice to the students of Newfield: “Regardless of your interests or skillsets, there is a niche for you to succeed.  Get involved, try something new and step outside of your comfort zone.  Follow what you love and that will keep you fulfilled.”


Blast from the Past
Jasmine Miller graduated from Newfield High School in 2014 (a year early) and attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to pursue a degree in music therapy.  During Jasmine’s senior year, she continued her participate in a rigorous course load while exploring post-secondary programs that would allow her to pursue her passion of music.

Although she far away from Newfield, Jasmine settled right into life at the University of Minnesota where she was able to fully immerse herself into her program (which she was so passionate about to begin with).  She was also able to pursue all of the rewarding volunteer experiences that would help her in the future. She volunteered with Make-A-Wish foundation and that strengthened her passion for working with children with terminal illness.  She also worked with the American Cancer Society and was able to gain invaluable experience working with cancer patients and their families.

Jasmine advises Newfield High School students to work hard and take advantage of the dual-enrollment courses that are offered through TC3.  Her decision to do this allowed her to graduate early from Minnesota and provided opportunities to take fun electives in college, instead of the required coursework she already obtained. 

Blast from the Past
 
Meghan Sinn (Newfield Class of 2010) will graduate from Washington and Jefferson College where she studied Accounting and Computer Information Studies.  After graduation, Meghan will be working as an IT Attestation Associate for KPMG, LLP in Philadelphia and plans to obtain her CPA.
 
Washington and Jefferson was not on Meghan’s top choices of colleges to attend.  After she visited, she realized the W&J was a smaller school with a tight-knit community (similar to Newfield) that she was looking for.  Although W&J was smaller than many other schools she was looking at, they offered many opportunities for her that included the chance to study abroad (Europe, Mexico, Honduras and Belize) and to have a funded internship with the company that led to her permanent employment.
 
Meghan’s advice for Newfield students is to step outside their comfort zone.  “Getting out and experiencing more of the world than just Upstate New York has been by far the best learning experience I've had in my college years.  I made new connections, became much more independent, and have achieved things that I never would have thought were possible coming from such a small town as Newfield.”  Meghan also encourages students to “take a variety of classes that may push you to realize new things about yourself…you never know what may happen!”

Blast from the Past

Mikayla Myers graduated from Newfield High School in June 2011. She attended the University of Albany and is scheduled to graduate with a BA/MPA this year.  This means she will earn her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science: American Politics as well as Public Policy: International Policy and her Master's in Public Administration for Homeland Security and Cyber Security all within four years of graduating from Newfield. 
 
Mikayla’s decision to attend the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany had a lot to do with the programming that she was passionate about.  “They offered me everything I wanted regarding opportunities in the political and policy world.”  While at Albany, Mikayla has been involved many organizations including, a residential assistant, the Presidential Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor's Society), Rockefeller College Dean's Leadership Council and many other clubs on campus. Even more impressive, Mikayla has accepted an internship with the Department of State in Washington DC for the Spring 2014 semester.
 
Mikayla’s advice to current Newfield students is to “dream big! There is a whole world out there waiting for you.  Don’t be afraid to go after your dreams and don’t be afraid of failure…when one door closes another door opens. Always remember where you came from and in order to make your dreams become a reality, YOU need to put the effort in.”
November Blast from the Past


Mikayla Myers graduated from Newfield High School in June 2011. She attended the University of Albany and is scheduled to graduate with a BA/MPA this year.  This means she will earn her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science: American Politics as well as Public Policy: International Policy and her Master's in Public Administration for Homeland Security and Cyber Security all within four years of graduating from Newfield. 
 
Mikayla’s decision to attend the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany had a lot to do with the programming that she was passionate about.  “They offered me everything I wanted regarding opportunities in the political and policy world.”  While at Albany, Mikayla has been involved many organizations including, a residential assistant, the Presidential Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor's Society), Rockefeller College Dean's Leadership Council and many other clubs on campus. Even more impressive, Mikayla has accepted an internship with the Department of State in Washington DC for the Spring 2014 semester.
 
Mikayla’s advice to current Newfield students is to “dream big! There is a whole world out there waiting for you.  Don’t be afraid to go after your dreams and don’t be afraid of failure…when one door closes another door opens. Always remember where you came from and in order to make your dreams become a reality, YOU need to put the effort in.”
 
If you know of a former Newfield graduate interested in sharing their Blast from the Past, contact Rick Pawlewicz @ rpawlewicz@newfieldschools.org.

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