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Pulaski National Honor Society Holds Induction Ceremony

Pulaski High School inducted nineteen new members into the Pulaski Chapter of the National Honor Society at a ceremony held on June 11.

New members included: Nicholas Allen, Jade Armstrong, Courtney Clark, Larissa Clark, Cassandra Delgado, Isabel Engelbrekt, Grace Farrell, Craig Gibbons, Megan Jennings, Samantha Jones, Aleah LaFlamme, Darby Leaf, Matthew McNitt, Randall Novak, Erik Oakes, Kaeleigh Paternoster, Nicholas Peters, Caleb Sedore and Mary Young.

Nineteen students were inducted into the Pulaski Chapter of the National Honor Society at a ceremony held on June 11.

Nineteen students were inducted into the Pulaski Chapter of the National Honor Society at a ceremony held on June 11.

The students and guests were welcomed by Pulaski High School Principal Jay Altobello who called the ceremony “a testament that hard work pays off.” Altobello also went on to say, “I am so proud of this school and this community that we make being educated a priority.”

Pulaski teachers Kim Lawrence and Mary Williams were the guest speakers for the evening and shared their common story of growing up in the same town, going to the same school, working in the same districts and developing a lifelong friendship.

They also talked about Dr. William Glasser’s Quality World theory which defines the five things necessary for a quality world: survival, love and belonging, empowerment, freedom and fun. The two shared their advice for latter four needs including building lifelong friendships.

“Find that one true friend,” they said, “it may be someone sitting right next to you or someone you have yet to meet.” They also advised the students to “set your dreams, make things happen, and build a life.”

The new inductees were individually “tapped” for induction and escorted to be pinned by current members and then congratulated by both Altobello and Pulaski Superintendent Dr. Marshall Marshall.

“Rituals and traditions surround those things that are important to us,” Dr. Marshall said noting that the NHS induction ceremony serves as a perfect example of a tradition that exemplifies everything that is good about young people.

The new members joined present NHS members: Jordan Bennett, Breann Burns, James Carnes, Samantha Corcoran, Christopher Cushing, William Delgado, Miranda Edick, Joseph Falciatano, Annamarie Forestiere, Kyle Glenister, Rebecca Hall, Lawrence Halsey, Cassondra Horridge, Alyssa Kingsley, Leonardo Marino, Jacqueline Novak, Luke Pacyon, Jessica Pastuf, Kathryn Paye, Jadon Powell, Amber Roberts, Shelby Sheehan, Margery Skilinski, Kathryn Southwell, Thomas Taplin, Emma van der Heide, Bryce Waite, Taylor Walpole, Rebekah Watters, and Callie Wilson.

Pulaski High School names Valedictorian and Co-Salutatorians for class of 2014

Pulaski Senior High School Principal Jay Altobello recently announced Emma van der Heide as Valedictorian and Jacqueline Novak and Annamarie Forestiere as Co-Salutatorians for the class of 2014.

Pulaski High School’s 2014 Valedictorian and Co-salutatorians were recently announced by Principal Jay Altobello. From left are: Annamarie Forestiere and Jacqueline Novak, Co-salutatorians; and Emma van der Heide, Valedictorian.

Pulaski High School’s 2014 Valedictorian and Co-salutatorians were recently announced by Principal Jay Altobello. From left are: Annamarie Forestiere and Jacqueline Novak, Co-salutatorians; and Emma van der Heide, Valedictorian.

Valedictorian van der Heide, is the daughter of Jill Eccleston and Jan van der Heide. She earned a cumulative grade point average of 99.67 and will attend Harvard University in the fall with an as yet undecided major. She has expressed an interest in biology or linguistics. Her favorite class in school was English, due in part, to her favorite teacher, Mr. Alan Woods. When asked why, she explained, “Mr. Woods encourages discussion and encourages us to look at the human condition rather than focusing on plot lines.”

When asked what she will miss most, she said “a lot of things, mostly my friends.” Her advice to others? “Remember that nobody’s perfect, so do the best you can, and be forgiving.” She has been involved a number of activities at the school including the boys varsity swim team and track team for four years, marching band, jazz band, chorus, drama productions, Envirothon, National Honor Society, and outside of school she has played piano for more than nine years.

Co-salutatorian Novak is the daughter of Ronald and Katherine Novak and earned a 99.328 GPA. She will attend Clarkson University in the fall to study environmental engineering. Her favorite classes at Pulaski High School were English and Science and her favorite teacher was Mr. Woods. “He uses literature to teach us about real life and morals. He encourages us to be ourselves.” She will miss the relationships she has developed with her teachers, her fellow students and the overall sense of community in the school. Her advice to others? “Make the most of every opportunity you are given – Carpe Diem!”

Novak has made the most of her time at the school with involvement in many extra-curricular activities including: student government, Earth Day, prom, pep fest, marching band, and Envirothon to name just a few.

Co-salutatorian Forestiere is the daughter of Paul and Patricia Forestiere and earned a 99.36 GPA. She will attend the University of Rochester in the fall and study Business Administration and Music which she hopes “will lead to my owning my own business or running someone else’s, and if that could be music-related that would be perfect,” she said. Her favorite classes were music theory and economics and Mrs. McCullough was her favorite teacher. “She is a teacher and a friend at the same time,” said Forestiere, adding, “and everything she teaches us is what we can use in real life.”

She has been involved in music, drama and musical productions, marching band, all-county band and chorus, cabaret and java jam to name a few of the music-focused activities. She has also been involved in many civic and community service projects at the school as well.

Sandy Creek top students named for class of 2014

The top two students for the Sandy Creek High School Class of 2014 were recently announced by Maureen Shiel, principal at the school.

Gabriella Guarasce was named Valedictorian and Clarice Thibault was named Salutatorian for the graduating class.

Sandy Creek High School Valedictorian Gabriella Guarasce, right, and Salutatorian Clarice Thibault were named the top two students at the school by Principal Maureen Shiel.

Sandy Creek High School Valedictorian Gabriella Guarasce, right, and Salutatorian Clarice Thibault were named the top two students at the school by Principal Maureen Shiel.

Guarasce, with a 96.225 overall average, is the daughter of Amy and Tom Guarasce. She will attend Clarkson University for their physician’s assistant program and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. Her favorite class was fashion design and her favorite teacher was Miss Morris, who teaches calculus at Pulaski High School. Guarasce is transported to the neighboring school district so that she can take advantage of the opportunity through Pulaski to earn college credit for the math course. Her advice for others? Live every moment like it’s your last. Some of Guarasce’s favorite activities have been her involvement in softball, soccer, ski club and show choir. She said she will miss seeing her friends every day, as well as Big Mac pizza from a local pizza shop.

Thibault, with a 95.585 overall average is the daughter of Priscilla and Glenn Thibault. She will attend Houghton College in the fall and study Elementary Education and Psychology. She hopes to become an elementary teacher or a guidance counselor. Her favorite classes were fashion design and woodshop, and her favorite teacher was Mrs. Maxon. Her advice: follow your dreams and don’t let others put you down. Do what makes you happy. Thibault has been involved in many activities and clubs during her years at Sandy Creek High School. Her favorites include: cheerleading, dance, show choir, mock trial, drama club and band; and it is those activities that she will miss the most.

Guarasce and Thibault both thanked their parents and gave credit to them for supporting all of their endeavors.

They were also grateful for the supportive community in which they live, and credited the small school district with providing them additional opportunities that would not have been available to them at a larger, less personal district.

GRB High Honor Banquet recognizes seniors for outstanding academic achievement

Sixty-nine graduating seniors were recognized in a special ceremony and banquet at G. Ray Bodley High School for having achieved high honor academic status all four years of high school. The students were presented with special high honor pins they will wear at graduation.

Pictured are G. Ray Bodley High School students who were recognized for their high honor status at a banquet held at the school recently.

Pictured are G. Ray Bodley High School students who were recognized for their high honor status at a banquet held at the school recently.

Following a welcome by GRB Principal Donna Parkhurst, the guest speaker for the evening was introduced. Former graduate Robin Verschneider Meier, from the class of 1990 talked to the students about her memories of growing up in Fulton and wished the students well as they prepare to go to college.

Fulton City School District Superintendent Bill Lynch said, “I congratulate you for this academic achievement and also for the effort and perseverance that you have put forth to get to this celebration.” He called the ceremony one of the shining moments of the school district.

The following students were recognized and presented with pins at the ceremony:

Amanda Abraham, James Bailey, Savannah Bray, Seth Britton, Kristen Budd, Neal Burke, Joshua Burnard, Rylie Bush, Logan Carvey, Nattalie Castellano, Amelia Coakley, Bradley Crofoot, Seth DeLisle, Courtney DeLong, Roxanne DeProspero, Elizabeth DeSantis, Johnelle Dishaw, Meriah Dishaw, MacKenzie Fanciulli, Kristyn Garrison, Sophia Giovannetti, Mackenzie Grow, Anna Guernsey, Mikayla Guernsey, Sarah Halstead, Austin Haskins, Paige Havener, Erin Hayden, Rebecca Hill, Kari Holbrook, Michael Holcomb, Jenna Hudson, Emily Hyde, Samantha Ingersoll, Jeremy Langdon, Tessa LiVoti, Julia Ludington, James Martin, Ashley McCann, Maureen McCann, Konner Myers, Matthew Nelson, Perrin Ogden, Cassondra Orr-Savage, Jensen Paget, Angela Paul, Lena Pawlewicz, Keisha Pierce, Joshua Plonka, Derek Prosser, Justin Purtell, Connor Relf, Daniel Renner, Paul Reynoso, Alissa Robinson, Taylor Rose, Danielle Rupert, Anthony Semeraro, Casey Shannon, Abigail Shatrau, Daniel Shatrau, Tevin Simard, Noah Sorbello, Jordyn Stone, Jacob Strauss, Nicholas Summerville, Jessica Suphan, Mariah Whipple, and Julianne Zaryski.

Hannibal High School students earn scholarships

Hundreds of thousands of dollars were awarded to Hannibal High School students during a year-end awards ceremony June 18.

The funding, which came in the form of grants, scholarships and awards, will help defray some of the costs for students to attend college.

Hannibal Central School District seniors Zane Pointon, Devin Sorell and Charles McCraith are all smiles after receiving $500 each in Country Cruizers scholarship funds during an awards ceremony June 18.

Hannibal Central School District seniors Zane Pointon, Devin Sorell and Charles McCraith are all smiles after receiving $500 each in Country Cruizers scholarship funds during an awards ceremony June 18.

“Each recipient has demonstrated a level of hard work and discipline that leads to achievement and success,” said High School Principal Jim Chupaila. “I would like to personally congratulate them.”

Joining Chupaila on stage to congratulate the 69 award-winners were Superintendent Donna Fountain and Athletic Director Pat Keefe. The trio presented students with a number of awards, while others were presented by community members, school personnel, clubs and business representatives.

The Hannibal Dollars for Scholars organization presented the awards bearing its namesake to Makayla Fowler, Meagan Gage, Natasha Waloven, Dustin Ouellette, Benjamin Slate, Samantha Holmes, Brenten Kapuscinski and Billy Skipper. The organization also presented Country Cruizers Awards to Devin Sorell, Charles McCraith and Zane Pointon; the Shumway Scholarship to Malana Scott; the Sterling Stage Scholarship to Elyssa Terry-Derycke; the Trooper Amanda Anna Memorial Scholarship to Gabrielle Griffin; and the Dale Osborn Scholarship to Elyssa Terry-DeRycke.

The following other scholarships and awards were also presented:

Valedictorian Award (Elyssa Terry-DeRycke); Salutatorian Award (Gabrielle Griffin); U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award (Elyssa Terry-DeRycke); U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Awards (Charles McCraith and Page McKenzie); U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award (Zane Pointon); Jennifer Joyce Memorial Award (Olivia Cacchione); Agnes H. Meade Memorial Award (Erin Sly); Terry Weldin Memorial Award (Benjamin Raymond); Senior Student Council Citizenship Award (Malana Scott); Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award (Liam Mason); Hannibal Free Library Memorial Award (Makayla Fowler); LeMoyne College Heights Award (Olivia Cacchione); Alpha Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (Makayla Fowler); Outstanding Senior Athlete Awards (Gregory Hadcock, Benjamin Slate and Devin Sorell); Oswego County Board of Realtors Award (Charles McCraith); Oswego County Counselors’ Association Award (Jessica Stauring); and the Leonard Earl Memorial Awards ( Brittany Clark, Meagan Gage, Gabrielle Griffin, Ashley McKenzie, Zane Pointon, Malana Scott, Erin Sly, Devin Sorell and Natasha Waloven).

Also, the Sandy Nininger Key Club Service Award (Natasha Waloven and Gabrielle Griffin); President’s Award for Academic Achievement (Dallas DeNise, Abigail Dixon, Aaron Gardenier, Samantha Holmes, Charles McCraith, Benjamin Raymond and Nicole Waldron); President’s Award for Academic Excellence (Hunter Beckwith, Brittany Clark, Makayla Fowler, Meagan Gage, Gabrielle Griffin, Brenten Kapuscinski, Alicia Kimpland, Ashley McKenzie, Page McKenzie, Zane Pointon, Thomas Schaperjahn, Malana Scott, Erin Sly, Devin Sorell, Jessica Stauring, Elyssa Terry-DeRycke and Natasha Waloven); New York State Office of the Comptroller Award (Makayla Fowler, Gabrielle Griffin, Zane Pointon, Malana Scott and Natasha Waloven); Fulton Savings Bank Scholarships (Brenten Kapuscinski and Brittany Clark); Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award (Johnna Ball); University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award (Kristen D’Angelo); English Department Award (Natasha Waloven); Frontier Communications Community Spirit Award (Charles McCraith); University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology (Benjamin Harrell); University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award (Spencer Kenney); Russell Sage College Student Recognition Award (Lindsey Wheeler and Austin Donhauser) and U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award (Benjamin Slate and Jessica Stauring).

Also, RIT Computing Medal Awards (Liam Mason and Olivia Cacchione); New York State Academic Excellence Scholarships (Elyssa Terry-DeRycke, Gabrielle Griffin, Brenten Kapuscinski and Meagan Gage); Fulton Women of Rotary Award (Makayla Fowler); Hannibal Senior Band Achievement Award (Alyssa Mann); Hannibal Senior Choral Achievement Award (Rachel Herrmann); Perfect Attendance Awards ( Samantha Holmes, Chumani Ketcham, Devon Simpkins, Aaron Stone, Ethan Straub, Andrew Wheeler and Lindsey Wheeler); Business Achievement Award (Erin Sly); Hannibal Masonic Lodge Award (Meagan Gage); Science Department Award (Meagan Gage); Hannibal Music Boosters Awards (Chumani Ketcham, Ashley McKenzie and Natasha Waloven); Senior Student Council Scholarship (Zane Pointon); Hannibal Faculty Association Scholarship (Devin Sorell); Hannibal Home and School Scholarship (Makayla Fowler and Malana Scott); A.L. Lee Memorial Hospital Scholarship (Meagan Gage); American Red Cross HS Challenge Scholarship (Zane Pointon); Jeff LaMont Scholarship (Devin Sorell); Oswego Teachers’ Employees Federal Credit Union Scholarship (Charles McCraith); The Elmira Key Award (Michelle Sharkey); U.S. Air Force Awards (Samantha Holes and Dustin Ouellette — technology); Meagan Gage and Zane Pointon –math and science; Erin Sly and Dustin Ouellette –scholar athletes); Hannibal Free Library Annual Award (Makayla Fowler); and Distribution Contractors Association Award (Charles McCraith).

Also, LeMoyne College Trustee Scholarship (Natasha Waloven); Clarkson School Scholars Award (Samuel McCraith); Clarkson Scholarship (Devin Sorell); Messiah College Provost’s Scholarship (Elyssa Terry-DeRycke and Page McKenzie); Janet H. Griswold Memorial Scholarship (Makayla Fowler); Rochester Institute of Technology Innovation & Creativity Award (Benjamin Harrell); Roberts Wesleyan Founders’ Scholarship (Ashley McKenzie); Roberts Wesleyan Alumni Scholarship (Ashley McKenzie); St. John Fisher Founders’ Scholarship (Charles McCraith); SUNY Canton-Betty Evans Endowed Scholarship (Makayla Fowler); Utica School of Commerce Excellence in Business Award (Brenten Kapuscinski); Fulton Savings Bank Scholarship for a student planning to attend SUNY Oswego (Brenten Kapuscinski); and Fulton Savings Bank Scholarship for a student planning to attend CCC (Brittany Clark).

Pulaski senior Novak receives National Honor Society Scholarship

Jacqueline Novak, a senior and member of the National Honor Society at Pulaski High School, has been named one of 200 state finalists in the National Honor Society Scholarship from the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Jacqueline Novak was selected to receive a National Honor Society Scholarship.

Jacqueline Novak was selected to receive a National Honor Society Scholarship.

These 200 NHS state finalists were first chosen from among nearly 5,000 applicants. Each finalist receives a $1,000 college scholarship.

“Jacqueline Novak is more than deserving of this honor. She is an exemplary role model for her academics, her leadership, and for her involvement and organization for the multitude of initiatives in which she participates,” said Jay Altobello, principal at Pulaski High School.

Participating National Honor Society chapters from across the country nominated at least two senior high members to compete in this year’s program.

Finalists were selected on the basis of their leadership skills, participation in service organizations, clubs and other student groups at school and in the community; and their academic record.

As a finalist, Novak is recognized as one of the top 200 NHS members in the nation this school year.

“We are proud to recognize Novak, for her outstanding achievements and contributions to her school,” said Ann Postlewaite, NASSP student programs director. “Students nominated for the NHS Scholarship not only demonstrate academic excellence, but also extraordinary performance in service, leadership, and character – traits that are more important today than ever before. In recognizing leadership and involvement in student activities as well as strong academic performance, the NHS Scholarship acknowledges the importance of a well-rounded education.”

While at Pulaski High School, Novak has been student body secretary, a member of the varsity softball and swim teams, marching band, and the Pulaski Envirothon team, and involved in several service projects.

This fall, she plans to attend Clarkson University to student Environmental Engineering.

NHS Scholarships have been awarded by NASSP since 1946, providing more than $12 million in scholarships to outstanding NHS members. Now in its 68th year, the program annually awards $250,000 in scholarships to eligible members of active chapters.

Outstanding achievement, effort recognized during JCB ceremony

Phoenix High School students have been trailblazers in the classroom and their efforts were celebrated during a June 13 ceremony in the auditorium.

Birdlebough High School Assistant Principal Patrick Fitch presents a JCB Award to senior Kaitlyn Clapp for her outstanding effort and talent in art. More than 400 students were recognized for their classroom achievements during a recent assembly.

Birdlebough High School Assistant Principal Patrick Fitch presents a JCB Award to senior Kaitlyn Clapp for her outstanding effort and talent in art. More than 400 students were recognized for their classroom achievements during a recent assembly.

The assembly honored 42 students with Blaze Awards, which recognized ninth through 12th graders for dedication, effort, work ethic, commitment, service, discipline and communication.

“These awards are given that name because you are the Firebirds. It’s connected to the mission statement of (John C. Birdlebough High School),” said JCB Principal Greg Molloy. “A blaze is something that spreads and carries, and your actions have done that.”

In addition to the Blaze Awards, more than 400 JCB students were recognized by their teachers for excellence, improvement and other positive attributes exhibited in the classroom.

For the 85 seniors who took home JCB Awards, the assembly was another indication that high school is drawing to a close.

“You won’t realize how great of an experience (high school) is until about two years after you have graduated,” Molloy said as he praised the seniors for their efforts. “I couldn’t have asked for a better example of senior leadership this school year. Your leadership has helped guide the way for the students behind you.”

Lake Ontario, Lake Erie Sea Grant Educators Receive Great Lakes Network Awards

Ithaca, NY – The New York Sea Grant Extension Office at Cornell University, Ithaca, has announced that two of its Great Lakes program educators have been honored for excellence by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network. The network of Sea Grant programs in the eight Great Lakes states presented the awards at its 2014 Great Lakes Sea Grant Network conference June 17 in Erie, Pa.

Sea GrantNew York Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist Mary Penney, Oswego, received the 2014 Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Mid-Career Award. New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske, Buffalo, received the 2014 Great Lakes Outstanding Outreach Programming Award with five colleagues for programming which provides teachers with field experiences to improve watershed education in the classroom.

‘In just eight years of service with New York Sea Grant, Mary Penney has applied a community-driven needs assessment approach to identify and respond to the priority issues of decision-makers in the Eastern Lake Ontario region and its inland water areas including the Salmon River,’ said New York Sea Grant Associate Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth, based at Cornell University, Ithaca.

As New York Sea Grant Coastal Community Development Specialist, Penney assists local leaders interested in land use planning, watershed protection, managing climate impact, coastal business retention and development, and developing stewardship volunteerism. She often facilitates multi-interest stakeholder communication forums to promote sustainable coastal community development.

Penney, based at SUNY Oswego in Oswego, has developed science-based fact sheets and packaged traveling education trunks for use by school districts throughout the Eastern Lake Ontario region.

Penney has trained young professionals to be stewards for the Lake Ontario dunes– Salmon River system, and as watercraft inspection stewards educating the public in seven Central New York counties about how boaters can help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species in New York’s recreational waters. She is currently completing development of the New York State Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Handbook.

Working with educators from the Sea Grant programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois-Indiana, New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske provides professional development training that equips K-12 grade-level teachers to actively engage thousands of students in Great Lakes environmental stewardship.

Domske is a respected and award-winning proponent of Great Lakes literacy training. Her teach-the-teachers approach extends science-based learning and activities to support curricula development focused on Great Lakes and New York resources.

The following efforts are among the results inspired by Domske’s programming in 2014:

. 10 student-led beach or stream cleanups in Western NY
. student-developed informational materials on the proper disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals and personal care products
. 100 Oswego County students interacted with biologists at the New York State Salmon River Fish Hatchery
. Oswego high school students participated in an invasive species mapping project at a local field station
. students upgraded Sandy Bottom Park and a boardwalk on Honeoye Lake and built and installed wood duck nesting and bat boxes with educational signing, and
. Williamsville High School students created a Leaders for Environmental Awareness and Protection (LEAP) Club.

‘The Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Outstanding Outreach Programming Award recognizes success built on exceptional leadership and teamwork that creates significant effect on the Great Lakes environment – that describes the impact of New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske’s programming every year,’ says Bunting-Howarth.

New York Sea Grant is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of NOAA. The Program engages the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conversation of aquatic resources. New York Sea Grant has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about New York’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971.

Find research reports, project updates, newsletters, RSS, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links at www.nyseagrant.org.

Phoenix grad and rising music star hosts drum clinic

As a John C. Birdlebough High School graduate, Kayleigh Moyer has deep roots in the Phoenix community and its music scene, so it was only natural for her to return to the district and show Phoenix students some tricks of the drum trade.

Kayleigh Moyer, a graduate of Phoenix schools and a rising star in the music industry, teaches Dillon students the art of drumming during a recent clinic she put on at the school.

Kayleigh Moyer, a graduate of Phoenix schools and a rising star in the music industry, teaches Dillon students the art of drumming during a recent clinic she put on at the school.

According to middle school band teacher James DeMauro, he had a hunch that Moyer was destined for success when she was just in middles school.

“You just knew she was something special when she was in fifth grade, and now she is on her way to becoming a world-class star,” he said.

Although Moyer is busy recording and performing in Nashville, Tenn., she recently made time to teach Emerson J. Dillon Middle School students some of the techniques she uses to impress music critics. She performed a solo on the timpani drums and showed students the differences in sound that the drum can make based on where it is struck.

“You can really rock out on the timpani drums,” she said as the students asked her questions about her technique.

In addition to receiving instruction from a rising star in the music industry, DeMauro said he wanted Moyer’s visit to serve as an inspirational tool for his students.

“Hopefully they will be inspired and realize that, as with anything, if you put the time and effort into it, you can do anything,” he said. “She’s got a passion for music and her hard work is being recognized now with a drum company endorsement and she’s touring in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. She deserves all of her success and this is only the beginning.”

The up-and-coming star is entering her senior year at Belmont University, where she is studying commercial music percussion.

Exceptional Students Honored at 2014 Commencement Ceremony

The Exceptional Education Department at Oswego County BOCES honored the class of 2014 with a commencement ceremony in mid-June.

Morgan Seaver smiles as she shows off her graduation credentials that she earned at the Oswego County BOCES Exceptional Education 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

Morgan Seaver smiles as she shows off her graduation credentials that she earned at the Oswego County BOCES Exceptional Education 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

Earning graduation distinctions at the ceremony were students:

Taylor Sharron from the Camden Central School District; Phillip Bullock, Alicia Richer, and Morgan Seaver from the Central Square Central School District; Gabriel Desantis, John Hess, and Ashley Timmins from the Fulton City School District; Shane Vezzose from the Hannibal Central School District; Dakota Wardhaugh and Larry Wilcox from the Mexico Academy and Central School District; and Jacob Clark and Rodney Worden from the Phoenix Central School District.

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