Sydney Hayes graduated from Liverpool High School and is headed to Stony Brook University to study marine biology! Below are some of her extensive accomplishments throughout her time in high school.

  • Top 3 for Excellence in Academic Achievement
  • Excellence in Academic Achievement in Spanish
  • National Junior Honor Society (9-10)
  • National Honor Society (11-12)
  • Clarkson University Leadership Scholarship
  • Honor Roll (9-12)
  • Liverpool Mathematics Honor Society
  • Liverpool Girls Varsity Swim Team (9-12)
  • Liverpool Jets Swim Club (9-12)
  • LHS Spanish Club
  • Orchestra (violin)
  • Camp Talooli Lifeguard and Counselor
  • Lifeguard for LHS and Jets
  • Helping Hounds Dog Rescue Buddy Volunteer
  • Humane CNY Volunteer
  • Timer for Boys and Girls Varsity and Modified Teams

We asked Sydney what value she sees in the credit union’s philosophy of “people helping people.” She said, “Compared to for-profit financial institutions, credit unions serve their members as a part of the family, rather than only looking to make money. For-profit institutions, like banks, keep the money they make off of customers, while credit unions use the profit from their members to return it straight back to help the members for more savings in the form of better interest rates, mortgage rates and lower fees on savings accounts or loans. Therefore, the value of the people helping people philosophy foundation of credit unions is the increased care they have for their members, which directly results in increased savings and success of the members. Money Federal Credit Union is about creating a community that celebrates the successes of its members, while also helping them through the not so successful times.”

This is 100% true and what makes credit unions different. Our focus is not on the bottom line, but on who we serve.

We commend Sydney on her impressive accomplishments and can’t wait to see what her exciting future brings!