Volney Elementary School recently held a Sixth Grade Awards Ceremony where students were recognized for their participation in Band/Chorus/Orchestra and other special areas. Selected to receive the Andrew M. Cuomo Triple C Award for Character, Courage, and Commitment were Volney sixth graders Miwa Burdic and Miranda Prosser.
Sydnie Harrington was awarded the State Comptroller Award during the Volney Elementary School 6th grade awards program in recognition of her hard work, dedication and success.
In recognition of his academic achievement, school involvement, and his love of learning, people and the community, the Robert and Alice Jonas Award and accompanying dictionary was presented to Kyle Perry.
Presidential Academic Achievement Awards were presented to the following students: Asia DeSantis, Austin Greenier, Sydnie Harrington, Willow Painter, Tyler Potts, Miranda Prosser, Joseph Barbagallo, Kimberly Hall, Victoria Izyk, Audrey Johnston, Jared Marden, Kyle Perry, Miwa Burdic, Elizabeth Buxton, Alexis Caruana, Josephine Collins, Sabrina Furgal, Paige Rowlee, Sabrina Verdoliva, Makhali Voss, and Marissa Whaley.
Rounding out the awards portion of the ceremony was the presentation of the Laurence P. LaFrate Memorial Award. The awards recognized students who excel in one of three areas: Academic, which was presented to Alexis Caruana; Artistic Talent, which was given to Brandon Tice; and Social/Character, which went to Joel Feliciano.
As is the tradition, a special guest speaker, G. Ray Bodley senior Kayla Hancyzk, a former Volney student, spoke to the students. She talked about involvement in sports and activities that taught her not only perseverance and determination, but how to work as a member of a team, an important skill in life. She also shared how her participation in activities was a way to make friends who share similar interests, but cautioned the students to be careful not to spread themselves too thin.
Following the presentation of certificates of completion by the sixth grade teachers, Volney Principal Jeff Hendrickson decided to vary from his prepared speech and instead left the students with a few quotes that could capture the spirit of his wisdom to the students including: “You can tell a lot about a man’s character by what he does when no one is looking” and “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted, counts.” But for the sixth graders, they will always remember the saying that Mr. Hendrickson says the most often: “As you go on to do great things, always remember to DO YOUR BEST!” with the sixth graders joining with Hendrickson to complete the quote.