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School Boards Institute honors 2019 Student Achievement, Distinguished Service winners

May 23, 2019



13 Student Achievement Award winners pose at the School Boards Institute awards dinner


Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute 2019 Student Achievement Award winners pose together during the institute’s annual General Membership Dinner Meeting on May 9 at Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club in New York Mills. From left, front row: Emily Dickan, of Madison-Oneida BOCES and Oneida City School District; Gianna Guy, of Oneida City School District; Shawn Cross, of Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES and Remsen Central School District; Rhiannon Corsette, of Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and Central Valley Central School District; Kara Reinhardt, of Central Valley Central School District, and Mariah Saxe, of Madison-Oneida BOCES and Rome City School District. Back row: Mark Polk, of Whitesboro Central School District; William Linscott, of Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District; Cory Hagmann, of Morrisville-Eaton Central School District; Darin Champney, of Madison-Oneida BOCES and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School District; Vincent Russitano, of OHM BOCES and Holland Patent Central School District; Michael Senkiv, of Herkimer BOCES and West Canada Valley Central School District, and Sarah Eastwood, of Herkimer Central School District. For more photos from the event, visit www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.





NEW YORK MILLS – The Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute recently recognized local students who have overcome challenges on their way to success in school and educators who have provided longstanding service during the institute’s annual awards dinner.

New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer said during the event that he attends many award ceremonies across the state, but O-M-H SBI dinner stands out.

“Here, you do something very, very special,” he said. “You’re making a difference in these children’s lives. That is incredible.”

The Student Achievement Awards and Distinguished Service Awards were given out during the O-M-H SBI’s annual General Membership Dinner Meeting on May 9 at Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club in New York Mills. The O-M-H SBI includes 35 school districts in the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES and Madison-Oneida BOCES regions.

Prior to the dinner, a Morrisville-Eaton Central School District band led by music director George Jweid performed, and O-M-H SBI President Michael Head welcomed guests.

NYSSBA President William Miller, who is a Herkimer BOCES board member, also spoke during the event and praised the student award winners. There were 13 students chosen for awards out of about 4,000 juniors in the three-BOCES region.

“These kids, they’ve shown so much determination,” Miller said.

Miller also presented Kremer with a special Recognition of Service award from the O-M-H SBI.

Student Achievement Awards

The Student Achievement Awards are presented to high-school juniors who have demonstrated a positive attitude, which reflects initiative, a sense of responsibility and an ability to interact with others, including peers and faculty.

Recipients also perform academically to the best of their ability, have overcome a significant adversity and participate in extracurricular and community activities. Other criteria include strong character values and a post-graduate commitment toward a career goal or higher education.

The Student Achievement Awards were presented this year to the following students:

  • Rhiannon Corsette, of Herkimer BOCES and Central Valley Central School District, nominated by John Martin.

  • Michael Senkiv, of Herkimer BOCES and West Canada Valley Central School District, nominated by Alana Connolly.

  • Kara Reinhardt, of Central Valley Central School District, nominated by Michelle DelConte.

  • William Linscott, of Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District, nominated by Anthony Reina.

  • Sarah Eastwood, of Herkimer Central School District, nominated by Leah Zorn.

  • Darin Champney, of Madison-Oneida BOCES and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School District, nominated by Holly Sroka.

  • Mariah Saxe, of Madison-Oneida BOCES and Rome City School District, nominated by Ann Husak.

  • Emily Dickan, of Madison-Oneida BOCES and Oneida City School District, nominated by Leigh Anne Staudt.

  • Gianna Guy, of Oneida City School District, nominated by Sandra Davis.

  • Cory Hagmann, of Morrisville-Eaton Central School District, nominated by Janine Anderalli.

  • Vincent Russitano, of OHM BOCES and Holland Patent Central School District, nominated by Erin Murray.

  • Shawn Cross, of OHM BOCES and Remsen Central School District, nominated by Fay Harper.

  • Mark Polk, of Whitesboro Central School District, nominated by Margo Testa.

Distinguished Service Awards

The Distinguished Service Awards are presented to outstanding volunteers – such as school board members – and superintendents who have dedicated time, continued support and vigorous action in the service of public education and the welfare of children.

Recipients may have also demonstrated a positive influence in the greater community and in the state.

The Distinguished Service Awards were presented this year to the following school officials:

  • Herkimer BOCES Board of Education President Daniel LaLonde, nominated by the Herkimer BOCES Board of Education.

  • Herkimer Central School District Board of Education Vice President Mark Conley, nominated by the Herkimer Central School District Board of Education.

  • Clinton Central School District Board of Education President Mary Lou Lauchert, nominated by Clinton Superintendent Stephen Grimm.

  • Madison-Oneida BOCES Board of Education Vice President John Costello, nominated by the Madison-Oneida Board of Education.

  • Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Board of Education member Thomas Moats, nominated by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Superintendent Martha Group.

 

Three NYSSBA officials posing including executive director in middle holding a recognition award


New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy Kremer received a special Recognition of Service award from the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute during the organization’s annual General Membership Dinner Meeting on May 9 at Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club in New York Mills. From left: NYSSBA Area 5 Director Russell Stewart, Kremer and NYSSBA President William Miller, who is also a member of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education. For more photos from the event, visit www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.




Dan LaLonde holds Distinguished Service Award with two other officials by him


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education President Daniel LaLonde received a Distinguished Service Award from the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute during the organization’s annual General Membership Dinner Meeting on May 9 at Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club in New York Mills. From left: Herkimer BOCES Board of Education Vice President Thomas Shypski, LaLonde and O-M-H SBI President Michael Head. The other Distinguished Service Award winners were Herkimer Central School District Board of Education Vice President Mark Conley, Clinton Central School District Board of Education President Mary Lou Lauchert, Madison-Oneida BOCES Board of Education Vice President John Costello and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Board of Education member Thomas Moats. For more photos from the event, visit www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.




John Costello speaks at School Boards Institute event


Madison-Oneida BOCES Board of Education Vice President John Costello speaks during the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute’s annual General Membership Dinner Meeting on May 9 at Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club in New York Mills, where he received a Distinguished Service Award. The other Distinguished Service Award recipients were Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education President Daniel LaLonde, Herkimer Central School District Board of Education Vice President Mark Conley, Clinton Central School District Board of Education President Mary Lou Lauchert and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Board of Education member Thomas Moats. For more photos from the event, visit www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.




Mary Lou Lauchert speaks at School Boards Institute event


Clinton Central School District Board of Education President Mary Lou Lauchert speaks during the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute’s annual General Membership Dinner Meeting on May 9 at Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club in New York Mills, where she received a Distinguished Service Award. The other Distinguished Service Award recipients were Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education President Daniel LaLonde, Herkimer Central School District Board of Education Vice President Mark Conley, Madison-Oneida BOCES Board of Education Vice President John Costello and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Board of Education member Thomas Moats. For more photos from the event, visit www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.




Thomas Moats speaks at School Boards Institute event


Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Board of Education member Thomas Moats speaks during the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute’s annual General Membership Dinner Meeting on May 9 at Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club in New York Mills, where she received a Distinguished Service Award. The other Distinguished Service Award recipients were Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Board of Education President Daniel LaLonde, Herkimer Central School District Board of Education Vice President Mark Conley, Clinton Central School District Board of Education President Mary Lou Lauchert and Madison-Oneida BOCES Board of Education Vice President John Costello. For more photos from the event, visit www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.




Morrisville-Eaton Central School District band led by music director George Jweid performs at School Boards Institute event


A Morrisville-Eaton Central School District band led by music director George Jweid performs at the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute’s annual General Membership Dinner Meeting on May 9 at Twin Ponds Golf and Country Club in New York Mills. For more photos from the event, visit www.facebook.com/HerkimerBOCES.