Alicia Sirk has been named to serve as the North Country regional vice chair on the Board of the New York State Young Republicans. Her main territory includes her home county of Clinton, as well as Franklin, Essex, St. Lawrence, Hamilton, Warren and Washington counties. In addition, she will be advocating and reaching out to other counties within the 21st Congressional District. Sirk recently founded and credentialed the Clinton County Young Republicans at the State Young Republicans biennial convention on Staten Island, and she will be making her way across her district to start and credential new chapters. “I am thrilled to have Alicia join the officers of the New York State Young Republicans as our North Country Regional Vice Chair,” State Chairwoman Diana Sepulveda said in a statement. “In the few months that I have gotten to know Alicia, she has demonstrated the many attributes that are fitting for this role — leadership, drive and dedication. I look forward to working with her to establish Young Republican clubs and assist Republican candidates in her region.” Sirk also serves as chairwoman of the Clinton County Young Republicans and was appointed to the Young Republican National Federation Campaign Committee and Communications Committee at the national convention in Mobile, AL. Sirk has several years of campaign experience, having run campaigns that include Congress, State Assembly and local races.
Two local residents placed high in chess tournaments. Dan Newell, 31, of Plattsburgh playing in his first tournament in the New York State Open held in Lake George won five out of six games. He finished tied for second place but was given third place due to the tiebreaker system. His only loss came against opponent who placed in the national tournament in Tennessee. Also, Jeremy Davies, 15, of Plattsburgh finished the World’s Biggest Open Tournament, held in Washington, D.C., with three wins, three loses and three ties. Davies, who represents the Clinton County Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) program, played in a competitive division of 63 people. He is the son of Matt and Vanessa Davies. Both Newell and Davies are students of Mike James of Plattsburgh.