Sandy Creek Central School District’s Wall of Distinction recently gained three new members as alumni Jessica Yerdon Callanan, Denise Stafford Elkin and David Weisenburger were all recognized for the honor.
The Wall of Distinction was created 10 years ago by the district’s board of education as a way to celebrate alumni who have achieved a high level of prominence in their personal and professional lives and who represent a positive role model.
Elkin, a graduate of the class of 1978, taught in the Sandy Creek Central School District for more than 30 years. She helped start a community soccer program, was an active member of the Little League Association and is an internationally published author. Elkin is known for motivating struggling students and helping out community members in need.
Weisenburger, who graduated from Sandy Creek in 1949, was drafted by the US Army in 1952 and discharged as a Sergeant in 1954. In 1960, he accepted a teaching position at Rome Free Academy where he taught technology and driver’s education. Weisenburger introduced the first-ever technology class for girls at RFA. Weisenburger was also an active community member, belonging to multiple clubs and organizations.
Jessica Yerdon Callanan graduated from Sandy Creek in 1994 and went on to become the district’s first graduate to attend a United States military academy. At West Point, she majored in international relations and systems engineering and was a four year letter winner on the woman’s softball team. After graduation, she served in the US Army for five years and attained the rank of Captain. After obtaining several teacher certifications and degrees, she is currently working as an assistant principal at Salem High School in Salem, MA.