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Going by the book: Honors announced by county school boards

Bill Carlson, retiring Board Member from Cassadaga Valley after 30-plus years of service, received the Friend of Education Award. He is pictured with Sylvester Cleary and Jeanne Oag, a Cassadaga Valley Central School board member.

The Chautauqua County School Boards Association held its Annual Meeting and Honors Night at the Williams Center on the State University at Fredonia campus recently.

Raymond J. Fashano, executive director, welcomed the honored students, their families and friends, administrators, staff and school board members from each of the Chautauqua County school districts and the Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES.

Makayla Press, Forestville Honor Student, played a piano piece entitled “Sonetto 104 del Petrarca” during the ceremony. Patrick Longo, New York State School Boards Association member relations manager, extended greetings on behalf of his organization.

Honor students were recognized by Fashano assisted by Sylvester Cleary, association president from Forestville, and Jeanne Oag, first vice president from Cassadaga Valley.

The students gave a brief statement about their accomplishments and future plans.

Jeff Chase from Pine Valley Central School was the recipient of the Board Member of the Year Award. He is pictured with Raymond Fashano and Sylvester Cleary.

Each received a certificate and memento from the CCSBA. The Honor Students are:

BOCES (LoGuidice): Zenobia Peck and Charlesa Le-Tran

BOCES (Hewes): Katelyn Bean and Riley McKinsey

Bemus Point: Madison Price and Milton (Hal) Svetanics

Brocton: Jaylyn Fred and Matthew Stahlman

Cassadaga Valley: Brooke Jasinski and Angela Ryen

Chautauqua Lake: Sydney Hawkins and Sophia Shearer

Clymer: Ian Dunnewold and Karlen Honey

Dunkirk: Natalie Norton and Genesis Cosme

Falconer: Hannah Cross and Joseph Krenzer

Forestville: Samuel Reuben and Makayla Press

Fredonia: Erin Schrantz and EvaRose Wienke

Frewsburg: Peyton Yost and Veronica Nowak

Jamestown: Annika Spitzer and Madison Arthurs

Panama: Halle Karlson and Kurtis Olson

Pine Valley: Jade Giambrone and Margaret King

Sherman: Samantha Henning and Jenna Fisher

Silver Creek: Abigail Rice and Jade Bouvier

Southwestern: Ethan Livingston and Melissa DeVore

Westfield: Lauren Bills and Joseph Smith.

The Falconer Central School Board of Education was the recipient of the School Board Professional Development Award.

Jeff Chase from Pine Valley Central School was the recipient of the Board Member of the Year Award.

Bill Carlson, retiring Board Member from Cassadaga Valley after more than 30 years of service, received the Friend of Education Award.

Board of Education members leaving service were also recognized.

Bert Lictus, superintendent of Panama Central School and vice president of the Far West Council of School Superintendents, presented scholarship awards to a student from each participating district. The recipients are:

BOCES (Hewes): Samantha Reale

BOCES (LoGuidice): Genesis Cosme

Bemus Point: Katelyn Ruhlman

Brocton: Jena Vacanti

Cassadaga Valley: Grace Zahm

Chautauqua Lake: Sophia Shearer

Clymer: Karlen Honey

Dunkirk: Ashton Witkowski

Falconer: Tessa Spangenburg

Forestville: Makayla Press

Fredonia: Lauren Sercu

Frewsburg: Matthew Thompson

Jamestown: Cecelia Eklum

Panama: Bridgette Rourke

Pine Valley: Jade Giambrone

Sherman: Samantha Henning

Silver Creek: Jade Bouvier

Southwestern: Avery McKay Young

Westfield: Lauren Bills

Fashano recognized corporate sponsor representatives in attendance from Young & Wright Architectural, Hodgson Russ LLP and C&S Companies. He thanked all corporate sponsors for their support, including the State University at SUNY Fredonia College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for sponsorship of the evening’s event.

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