CENTRAL SQUARE – Three Central Square alumni were recently inducted into the school district’s wall of distinction, an honor bestowed to individuals whose hard work, dedication and volunteerism have benefited the school and community.
The fourth annual wall of distinction ceremony recognized Dean Burdick, Maryellen Commisso and Kenneth Sherman.
Burdick of West Monroe is a 1964 graduate of Paul V. Moore High School, and he has been active in the Central Square community and the Central New York region ever since.
He is a volunteer with the Food Bank of CNY and the Divine Mercy Food Pantry. He organized a group called God’s Gracious Cleaners to utilize the produce left behind after farmers’ harvest and is also a state representative for the Society of Saint Andrew that provide potatoes to area pantries.
Burdick helped to start the Central Square Historical Society, is a vice president of the Coit Cemetery Association and lends a hand with the Lions Club Christmas Basket distribution.
In addition, he is an active member of the United Methodist Men as well as his church choir and the Community Cantata.
Commisso is a 1977 graduate of Paul V. Moore High School and currently serves as chair of the Central Square Village Planning Board. She has also been the payroll clerk for the school district since 2008.
Commisso has been an active Central Square Fire Company auxiliary member for the past 34 years, is a Red Cross volunteer and former Girl Scout Troop Leader.
She enjoys participating in the Patriot Run, Relay for Life, Breast Cancer awareness and Make a Wish. She is also very active at her church where she volunteers at the parish thrift store known as the Downstairs Scott.
Sherman is a 1990 graduate of Paul V. Moore High School and is probably best known as the mayor of the village of Central Square.
He has served on the Planning and Zoning boards, is a member of the Community Endowment Fund and is the vice president of the Oswego County Conference of Mayors. He also organized the Patriot Run, which raised more than $30,000 for local charities.
Sherman owns his own business, Sherman Vincent Associates, a company that has been involved with numerous local projects including the Dunkin Donuts, Fulton Savings Bank, Taco Bell, Fastrac as well as many residential projects.
His company has donated time and materials for numerous beautification projects through the Central Square Village.
Central Square Superintendent Tom Colabufo said these three individuals are rooted in volunteering and in their devotion to their community.