Student Recognition Ceremony celebrates achievements and service
A full house of family and friends greeted more than 250 students – the second largest class of all time–graduating from HFM BOCES Career & Technical Center on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The crowd had gathered to help celebrate the accomplishment on a warm, summer evening at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.
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. He thanked FMCC for hosting the event, this year celebrating its tenth year on the campus.
HFM BOCES Board of Education president David Edwards joined Broadalbin-Perth student Michael Deuel to lead in the Pledge to the Flag. Deuel, a Criminal Justice graduate, will enter the U. S. Marine Corps after school.
District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel congratulated the students and their families for their achievement, pointing out that every one of them was exceptional.
“You are the smart ones,” Dr. Michel told the students. “You took the time to get a set of marketable skills. You now have freedom to make choices most other high school graduates don’t have.”
He told the story of his barber, a young man who learned his trade at a BOCES, and was now setting out to move to Colorado.
“He told me that he had a skill that people wanted, and allowed him to go anywhere he wanted to go and find a good paying job,” Dr. Michel said.
He asked for applause for the faculty and staff of HFM BOCES, saying of 30 years work in education he had “never worked with a more phenomenal group of educators.”
Career and Tech Administrative Coordinator Michael DiMezza introduced the teachers from each of the 15 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.
Student winners were announced for nine major awards::
CTC Director Jay DeTraglia presents the award in honor of the late Dr. Davis in recognition of scholarship, community service, integrity and the transforming influence of music.Dr. Geoffrey H. Davis Memorial Award – presented to Johnstown student Victoria Marie Baker (New Visions Health Careers).
HFM BOCES Teachers’ Association Award – presented to Gloversville Cosmetology student Kiersten Young and Canajoharie Environmental Construction student Kenneth Sullivan, Jr.
HFM Superintendents’ Association Award was given to Digital Multimedia student Madison Tompkins of Fonda-Fultonville and Environmental Construction student Connor Hogan of Fort Plain.
HFM BOCES Outstanding Professional Student Award was presented to Careers in Education student Molly Morrison (Johnstown) and Digital Multimedia student Kaitlyn Phillips (Amsterdam).
Ben Conte “Pay It Forward” Scholarship Award was presented to Construction Technology student Jay Hadcock of Johnstown.
ACTEA Thomas Olivo Leadership Award was given to Cosmetology student Hannah Elizabeth Taylor from OESJ.
New Visions Outstanding Professional Student Award was presented to Canajoharie student Alexander I. Vroman.
Student Achievement Awards were presented to Foundations of Food students Chiann Richards of Fonda-Fultonville and Nathan Hodge of Gloversville.
Area III Skills USA Awards were presented to Digital Multimedia students Justin Dunham of Fonda-Fultonville and Jared Roman of Gloversville.
National Technical Honor Society
In addition to the recognitions presented to students in each program, Mr. DiMezza announced the inductees from HFM BOCES in the National Technical Honor Society, which honors the achievements of top CTE students in their academic and technical programs.
Inductees in the second annual honor society roll were:
- Kaitlyn Whitney Devine (New Visions Health)
- Abigayle Dybas (Digital Multimedia & Communications)
- Grace A. Montenaro (Criminal Justice/Security)
- Kayla Lynsey Peruzzi (New Visions Health)
- Kaitlyn Ashleigh Phillips (Culinary Arts)
- Malina Rivera (New Visions Health)
- Gianna Isabella Romano (New Visions Health)
- Renee Michelle Bellinger (New Visions Health)
- Nathan Leo Frascatore (Digital Multimedia & Communications)
- Chelsea A. McKeever (Medical Assisting)
- Hannah Rose Priamo (New Visions Health)
- Carly Amanda Sheffer (New Visions Health)
- Cassandra Pamela O’Connor (Digital Multimedia & Communications)
- Alexander Ian Vroman (New Visions Health)
- Christopher John Dunbar (Digital Multimedia & Communications)
- Kimberly Soo Galusha (New Visions Health)
- Johanna Irene Hentnik (New Visions Health)
- Shawn Lansing (New Visions Health)
- Madison Georgeen Tompkins (Digital Multimedia & Communications)
- Rachael Anna Vecchio (Digital Multimedia & Communications)
- Breanna Marie Viscosi (Criminal Justice/Security)
- Jamie Ashmarie Putnam (New Visions Health)
- Desiree Janet Ives (New Visions Health)
- Victoria Marie Baker (New Visions Health)
- Jonathan Milton Bearden (New Visions Health)
- Colin Michael Bump (Medical Assisting)
- Mattie A. Clough (Digital Multimedia & Communications)
- Alexis Nyree Darling (Medical Assisting)
- Courtney Alexis Hill (Digital Multimedia & Communications)
- Reily Jordan Kotwasinski (New Visions Health)
- Felicia Lynn Smith (New Visions Health)
- Lauren Nicolle Ellis (New Visions Health)
- Taylor Jean Fancher (New Visions Health)
- Devante James Marshall (Digital Multimedia & Communications)
Oppenheim Ephratah-St. Johnsville
- Amanda Marie Cummings (Criminal Justice/Security)
- Cynthia A. Smith (New Visions Health)
- Alexandra Emelia Brenan (New Visions Health)