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Herkimer BOCES honors local adult students for earning their diplomas

July 3, 2019



 Adult literacy students pose together outside the WEB Complex prior to graduation


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult literacy graduates who attended a Graduate Recognition Program on June 20 pose for a picture outside the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer. From left: Viktoria Talbot-Cross, Kendall Perrone, Dakota Brunette, Gabrielle Rose, Brandee Jones, Debra Van Buren and Cheri Van Nort.




HERKIMER – Forty-four local adults recently earned their diplomas through the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES adult education literacy program.

Herkimer BOCES District Superintendent Sandra Sherwood welcomed guests to the ceremony and spoke to the graduates.

“I know it’s not easy to go back to school, so good for you,” she said. “Congratulations on your hard work.”

Herkimer BOCES adult students who graduated from either taking the National External Diploma program or the high school equivalency test called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion or TASC were honored at the Adult Literacy Graduate Recognition Program on June 20 at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer.

Pianist Patricia Snyder and vocalist Jean Smith performed, adult literacy instructors in attendance were acknowledged and Herkimer BOCES Adult, Early Childhood and Outreach Education Director Mary Kline spoke to graduates. Kline continued her annual tradition of reading a children’s book that has a strong message for the graduates by reading “I Wish You More” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

Herkimer BOCES Board of Education President Daniel LaLonde also spoke to graduates – encouraging them to continue inspiring their families and build on what they learned.

“Don’t let this be the end of your education,” he said. “We’re always learning, so keep it going.”

The following is a list of this year’s adult literacy graduates:

National External Diploma graduates:

  • Sheri DeLong

  • Natachia Ventura

High school equivalency graduates:

  • Valerie Alshabi

  • Marcus Balderston

  • John Barhydt

  • Kristopher Bass

  • Abigail Bergevin-Huyck

  • Dakota Brunette

  • James Chromczak

  • Brandon Congdon

  • Deryk Congilaro

  • Catherine Coonrod

  • Nicholas Cushing

  • Andrew Day

  • David DiBrango

  • Angela DuPuis

  • Elijah Greif

  • Breanna Grower

  • Samantha Hall

  • Dakota Hayes

  • Felicia Jimenez

  • Matthew Jodway

  • Brandee Jones

  • Trista Jones

  • Kristen Knapp

  • Brandon Leonard

  • Kyle Lynch

  • Carla Lyon

  • Brooke Major

  • Christopher Marriott

  • Andrew Naugle

  • Kendall Perrone

  • Mia Price

  • Gabrielle Rose

  • Jacob Shortt

  • Preston Smith

  • Cody Streeter

  • Viktoria Talbot-Cross

  • Jacob Tanzillo

  • Jordan Thur

  • Debra Van Buren

  • Cheri Van Nort

  • Kala Williams

  • Shantel Williams



Sandra Sherwood speaking on stage to adult education graduates to her left


Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES District Superintendent Sandra Sherwood speaks to adult literacy graduates who attended a Graduate Recognition Program on June 20 at the Herkimer BOCES William E. Busacker Complex in Herkimer.