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East Otto student to attend council

EAST OTTO — Apryl Poch of East Otto was selected to participate in the Council for Learning Disabilities, and received the Hardin Pettit Scholarship and the Irion Scholarship from the College of Education at the University of Missouri. The CLD Leadership Academy gives students opportunities to assume leadership roles on local, state and national levels, while serving children with learning disabilities and their families. Academy leaders receive mentoring from leaders in the field of learning disabilities.

“I am honored to be named to the 2013 cohort of the CLD Leadership Academy,” Poch said. “The guidance, mentoring and leadership skills that I will receive and develop through participating will make me a better leader, researcher and future professor.”

Poch also received the Hardin Pettit Scholarship and the Irion Scholarship. Established in 1989 by Veralee Hardin and Neila Pettit, the Hardin Pettit Scholarship is awarded to graduate students who work with children who are experiencing academic difficulties. The Irion Scholarship was established in 1953 and is awarded to students pursuing careers in special education.

Poch, who graduated from Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central High School in 2002, is a graduate student at MU studying special education with an emphasis in learning disabilities. She has an assistantship through the Department of Special Education and serves as a coach through the National Center on Intensive Intervention for a local school district. She is the daughter of Michael and Marcia Poch.

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