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Casino holds luncheon for high school, college students to hand out scholarships, honor interns

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AKWESASNE - The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort Education and Recruitment Department held a Scholarship Luncheon on Aug. 5. This recognition ceremony cited current summer interns and four scholarship recipients who will be entering college this fall.

Patrick Bassney, General Manager of Mohawk Gaming Enterprises, LLC, said, “I have high regards to this program. It’s a great opportunity for young adults from Akwesasne to explore their options while getting hands on training in an exciting gaming industry.”

With 25 current college students integrated into the casino work life, there is an optimistic view on our future. “The goal is to cultivate future managers and leaders to continue moving the casino forward and growing for many years to come,” Mr. Bassney said.

Along with the interns, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort awarded four high school students with scholarships as they enter their first year in college. The following recipients were awarded $1,000 applicable to further their education in the field they chose to study:

Amber Arquette, Massena Central High School

Dillion Point, Salmon River Central School

Dawson David, Salmon River Central School

Shyla Oakes, Cornwall Collegiate Vocational

2013 Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort Interns

Cory Bigtree-Thompson, Valet, Onondaga Community College

Nicole Burk, Finance, SUNY Canton

Hunter Cooke, Retail Clerk, SUNY Morrisonville

Kyle Cooke, Groundskeeper, Elmira College

Dale George-Conners, Slot Attendant, Niagara College

Brennan Gordon, Finance Analyst, McGill University

Skye Herne, Hotel Front Desk, Iohahiio Adult Education

Marlee King-Jacobs, HR Clerical, SUNY Plattsburgh

Randy Jereo, Housekeeper, Algonquin College

Logan Francis-Mitchell, Valet, Loyalist College

Teesha Mitchell, HR Clerical, SUNY Plattsburgh

Tia Mitchell, F&B Clerical, SUNY Canton

Emma Phillips, Compliance, St. Lawrence University

Diane Ransom, Security, Iohahiio Adult Education

Jamie Ransom, F&B, Mohawk Valley College

Skasenniio Shenandoah, Warehouse Clerical, St. Lawrence College

Kolby Smoke, Groundskeeper, Lincoln Tech College

Mahlon Smoke, Kitchen Utility, SUNY Canton

Jaime Terrance, Marketing Clerical, St. Lawrence College

Tammy Terrance, Marketing Clerical, Iohahiio Adult Education

Alicia Thompson, Guest Service, Iohahiio Adult Education

Corey Thompson, Guest Service, Lasalle College

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