Students and staff were honored for their 2011-2012 achievements during the May BOE meeting.
A Recognition Ceremony honoring students and staff was held during the regularly scheduled May Board of Education meeting. The special event, with Deputy Superintendent Dr. Julie Davis Lutz announcing the honorees, demonstrated the appreciation of the administration and the cabinet. “There are wonderful things that happen across this agency every day,” Dr. Lutz stated. “What you see here this evening is just a small representation of the good things that happen in our buildings.” The large audience included families, friends, and colleagues.The focus of the ceremony was students’ accomplishments and staff members who have developed and implemented innovative projects. “It has been said many times that the strength of Eastern Suffolk BOCES is our employees,” continued Dr. Lutz. “Therefore, it is with great pleasure that the Board has the opportunity to recognize some of the many things that have gone on this past year.” The first name called in the category of Staff Awards was Rob Becker, director of Special Education, who is the “2012 Person of the Year in Suffolk County” by the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators.
Director of Special Education Rob Becker (above) displays his recognition certificate, joined by Board members Walter Denzler and Anne Mackesey.Student Awards honored Eric Casey of the Television, Video, and Digital Film Production program, who received “Best in Show” in the Computer/Video Animation category at the Long Island Media Arts Show at Five Towns College.A second student, Richard Anderson, received “Best in Show” in the Computer/Video Animation category.Student Eric McNamara from the Advertising Art and Design class was honored for creating the winning design of the new staff Outstanding Attendance pin.Students who won First Place in the SkillsUSA State Competition in Syracuse were recognized for their accomplishments. They are Kiona Bustamante, Michelle Mallardi, Ron Melocoton, Scott Delong, and Yennifer Tejada. Combined Staff and Student Awards were presented to Vehicle Mechanical Repair teacher Michael O’Hara and Michael Rutkoski and Kevin Herrera for placing fifth in the nation at the 2012 National Automotive Technology.
Joining Mr. O’Hara and students Michael Rutkoski and Kevin Herrera (above) are Board members William Miller and Susan Lipman.Barbering teacher Luke Mahoney and students Kevin Kilanowski and Marino Cura were recognized for their success at the International Beauty Show in New York City.
Joining Mr. Mahoney and student Kevin Kilanowski are Board members William Miller and Susan Lipman. Student Marino Cura was not present.The Lighthouse Awards, the final category of the evening, honored staff who exemplify the agency’s vision statement of “Educational Services that Transform Lives.” Recognized were William Bender, Nicholas DeBlanco, Kathleen Burns, and Kate Davern. Additional photos are below.