Tech honors 2012 graduates
Student Recognition Program celebrates achievements and
19, 2012 - A large crowd gathered on a warm evening to
cheer for the accomplishments of more than 265 students
graduating from HFM BOCES Career & Technical Center. The program
at Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s gymnasium on Tuesday,
June 19 filled the large room.
Career and Technical Center Director Jay DeTraglia opened the
ceremony by recognizing the BOCES Board of Education,
administrators and teachers for their contributions to the
success of HFM BOCES career and technical programs.
Auto Technology student Cody Kietzmann from Fonda-Fultonville
lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel congratulated the students for
their achievement, and asked them to give a round of applause
for their parents, friends and teachers there to support them.
“Never before has career and technical education been more
important to our country’s future,” Dr. Michel told the
students. “You honor us by the commitment you have made to the
careers you have chosen.”
After thanking parents and staff for their considerable efforts
and support, Board of Education President Robert Townsend
commended the students for their achievement, and then
encouraged the entire class to rise and turn to the left, then
the right, to pat their neighbor on the back and tell them,
“The CTC certificate you have earned is a great accomplishment,”
Mr. Townsend said. “Along with your high school diploma, you
hold the passport to a successful future.”
Mr. Townsend told the students that five key priorities would
lead them to a fulfilling life.
your successes; learn from your mistakes.
compromise your integrity.
others. Honor diversity in the people around you.
● Pay it
forward through service to your friends, family and community.
forward to your future with expectation and excitement. You are
career ready,” Mr. Townsend concluded.
Career and Tech Administrative Coordinator Duilio Viscusi
introduced the teachers from each of the 16 technical programs
who recognized their students as they proceeded to the stage.
High school seniors and adult learners shared the applause as
they were honored for their achievements.
In addition to the recognitions presented to students in each
program, winners were announced for five major awards:
Dr. Geoffrey H. Davis Memorial Award
- presented to Criminal Justice student Heather Bowles of
HFM BOCES Teachers' Association Award
- presented to Northville student Rachel Scharr (Culinary Arts)
and Amsterdam's Olajuwon Lewis (Digital Multimedia).
NBT Bank Award recipients
were Digital Multimedia student Allyssa Kilmartin of Canajoharie
and Environmental Conservation student Eric Fancher of Mayfield.
HFM Superintendents' Association Award
was given to Medical Assisting student Olivia Hinds of Wells and
Computer Information Technology student Gabriel Cirtwell of
HFM BOCES Professional Student Award
was presented to Equine Science student Veronique I. Krohn of
Amsterdam and Automotive Technology student Cody Kietzmann of
For a complete list of all awards and scholarships earned by
Career & Tech students in 2012, click