Robin E. Springborn, a longtime member of the greater Westerly community, was elected to succeed Ramon Garcia as president of Literacy Volunteers of Washington County during a meeting of the board of directors held in November, according to Mary Carol Kendzia, the executive director of the not-for-profit organization that strives to change lives by promoting adult literacy. Garcia, who served as president for eight years, will remain at the organization as a tutor, a role he first took on in 2002. "We all appreciate Ramon’s leadership as president for eight years and his dedication to literacy in the greater Washington County area," Springborn said in a statement. Karen Christian was elected to succeed Springborn as vice president, Kendzia said. Other officers elected were Janell H. Bruno, secretary and Stephen K. Lynner, treasurer. The organization offers free English literacy, math and computer skills instruction with priority given to people at lower literacy levels who demonstrate the ability to study independently. Qualified volunteers and participants are supported by staff in the literacy center and technology lab based at the Tower Street Community Center.

Hannah Sherron of Mystic, a first-year student at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, where she is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program, will receive two merit scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year, the university announced recently. Sherron will receive a $3,000 Pine Tree College Grant and a $5,000 Trustee Scholar Award. Merit scholarships at Husson are awarded on the basis of academic achievement.

Benjamin Lang of Westerly, graduated from Troy University during term 1 of the 2018/2019 academic year. Lang attended TROY Online and graduated with the Master of Science in Management degree.

Gabriela Hoops was of Stonington, a senior goalkeeper for Worcester Polytechnic Institute's soccer team, was selected to play in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Senior Bowl recently at Merrimack College. Hoops, the inaugural NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, moved up to the All-NEWMAC first team after spending the last two on the second following a 10-6-2 campaign. A co-captain of the team, Hoops completed the regular season ranked second in save percentage in 940 minutes played in NEWMAC matches that featured a career-high 19 stops in a 2-2 tie versus MIT. Four of Hoops' six shutouts were in conference play, including a double OT draw at Wellesley. For her career, Hoops posted a 35-14-9 record with 24 shutouts and shared seven more while boasting a 0.63 goals against average in 60 starts and 64 games played. Hoops also made 238 saves in nearly 5518 minutes of action. Hoops also went 19-9-6, which included an 8-1-1 record in 2016, in NEWMAC regular season contests. The Engineers won, and hosted, their first-ever conference tournament game that saw Hoops register a 1-0 shutout of Springfield en route to their first-ever NEWMAC tournament title with a 3-1 win over MIT. A week later in the NCAA tournament, Hoops made eight saves in a scoreless draw with Trinity at William Smith.

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