More than 270 students – one of the largest classes in the history of the HFM Career & Technical Center – received their certificates and awards during the 2017 Recognition Night Tuesday, June 20.
Career and Technical Center Director Jay DeTraglia opened the ceremony by recognizing the BOCES Board of Education, administrators and teachers in attendance as well as the many administrators from the component school districts, who came to the event to show their support.
HFM BOCES Board of Education Vice President Joanne Freeman joined Fort Plain student Trent Logan to lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. Logan, who studied culinary arts, will enter the U. S. Marine Corps after school.
District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel started his address by thanking the CTE teachers.
“I’ve always believed we have one of the best career and technical education staff in the state. They prove that everyday,” Dr. Michel said.
To the students, Dr. Michel pointed out that in the past many students stopped their education once they completed high school, and then entered the workforce. The workforce, he said, has changed and he predicted that many of the CTE graduates would go on an earn additional degrees. He credited the students for getting a head start by getting marketable job skills while still in high school.
“You are the smart ones because you know what you want to do, and you know where you are going. The vast majority of high school graduates in our state are unsure about what they want to do in the future. You took the time, not only to do your high school work, but you actually volunteered for more work,” he said.
Also during the ceremony, DeTraglia recognized two retiring faculty members. Glenn Marcucio is retiring after 25 years as a vehicle repair and maintenance instructor, and John Pecora is retiring after 14 years as a criminal justice instructor. Click here to read more about the retiring instructors.
During the ceremony, several special awards were presented to students including:
Dr. Geoffrey H. Davis Memorial Award (CTC Director Jay DeTraglia presents this award in honor of the late Dr. Davis in recognition of scholarship, community service, integrity and the transforming influence of music) – presented to Harrison J. Harper of Mayfield
HFM BOCES Teachers’ Association Award – presented to Megan Lee Alikonis of Amsterdam and Nicholas Bruce of Gloversville
HFM Superintendents’ Association Award – presented to Julia R. Roth and Jordan E. Spaid, both of Johnstown
HFM BOCES Outstanding Professional Student Award – presented to Georgia Schaffer of OESJ and Nalia A. Swartz of Canajoharie
Ben Conte “Pay It Forward” Scholarship Award – presented to Thomas J. Mogensen of Mayfield
New Visions Outstanding Professional Student Award – presented to Anne Marie Sinicropi of Fonda-Fultonville
Area III Skills USA Awards – presented to Megan Lee Alikonis of Amsterdam
Additional program awards were given to students prior to Tuesday’s cerermony. Click here to see the honorees.
National Technical Honor Society
The 2017 inductees in the National Technical Honor Society were also recognized during the event. The inductees are:
Amsterdam: Cinderae Chrzanowski, Mikayla A. Gunneson, Celine Victoria Gustas, Martina M. Hughes, Jesse S. Kellogg, Arianna Marti, Katrina B. McConville and Alexis N. Tirado
Broadalbin-Perth: Holly Noel Neznek and Ashlyn M. Nowicki
Canajoharie: Maddyson K. Casler, Elaina C. Lamb and Nalia A. Swartz
Fonda-Fultonville: Karlin E. Alberts, Harold Florez, Jacob A LaGreca and Anne Marie Sinicropi
Fort Plain: Kierra Jean’Reid, Georgia A. Rolle and Allie Rae Schuyler
Gloversville: Amanda M. Bakyta, Mikayla Lynn Beaudet, Nicholas Bruce, Natalie R. DelCostello, Kierra L. Fountain, Ckailea A. Kewley, Charli Isabelle Morgan, Schuyler Smith, Taylor A. Wadsworth and Lillian Elizabeth Willis
Galway: Jennifer C. Rumsey
Johnstown: Lindsey E. Blackwell, Michael A. Brown, Chelsea R. Cirillo, Paula C. Coleman, Raina M. Danylak, Nicholas M. Frasier, Claire E. Hayes, Jordan W. Herron, Cecelia Marie Mowery, Jordan L. Rose, Jordan E. Spaid, Patrick J. Sprouse, Casey A. VanValkenburgh and Kaila M. Young
Mayfield: Haley J. Almy, Kylie B. Cotugno, Harrison J. Harper and Molly Y. Lambo
Northville: Michael Darling
Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville: Aidan F. Eggleston
Wells: Justin Morse and Daniel Elias O’Connor