On Monday, November 25 Wayne-Finger Lakes region superintendents gathered to honor 23 deserving students at the inaugural Wayne-Finger Lakes Superintendent Award Program. The event was hosted by Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES in its conference center on the Newark campus.
The program, which is set to occur annually, was devised to provide special recognition to standout students from across the Wayne-Finger Lakes region. Students within each district were eligible to apply for the award and then selected by district leaders based on qualities such as honesty, compassion, perseverance, responsibility, kindness, resiliency and industriousness.
This year’s award winners include:
- Bloomfield: Jesse Crocker
- Canandaigua: Alexandra Braniecki
- Clyde-Savannah: Emma Rath
- Dundee: Isabella Levanduski
- Gananda: Helene Becker
- Geneva: Suhaily Garcia
- Marcus Whitman: Liam Prendergast
- Honeoye: James Hallett
- Lyons: Derrick Tandle
- Red Jacket: McKenzie Schaertl
- Marion: Cameron Miller
- Naples: Giana Vest
- Newark: Lauren MacTaggart
- North Rose-Wolcott: Lauren Bullard
- Pal Mac: Elizabeth Wieber
- Penn Yan: Rachel Wheeler
- Midlakes: Molly Mueller
- Romulus: Olivia Morse
- Seneca Falls: Michael Eller
- Sodus: Daniella Santacruz
- Victor: Veronica Dominguez
- Wayne: Claire Brewer
- Williamson: Rachel Ramsdell
From the 23 district winners, three overall winners were selected and presented with a scholarship. Winning first place was Claire Brewer (Wayne), second place went to Michael Eller (Seneca Falls) and Derrick Tandle (Lyons) received third place.
Finger Lakes Community College President Dr. Robert K. Nye served as the guest speaker for the event. Nye spoke of the importance of leadership and striving for success in all that you do, a poignant message for the group of students in attendance. Student scholarship recipients who choose to attend FLCC will have their scholarships matched by the college.
The program was made possible through the generous support of Campus Construction Management, Ferrara Fiorenza PC and Reliant Community Credit Union.