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Friday, May 13, 2011

Scholar Recognition

I very rarely post the names of members of the Green Island School community for reasons of maintaining privacy but this evening I'm making an exception. I'm straying from practice because the names of these two individuals have already been publicized in a special insert in the regional newspaper this week.

Douglas Schneidmuller is the valedictorian of the Class of 2011 of Heatly High School. Doug was featured in  the 2011 Scholars' Recognition published by the Albany Times Union. When Doug was asked to nominate a teacher who influenced his life in a significant way he selected Science teacher Jenny Starr. Doug prepared a written statement for the Scholars' Recognition program panel explaining how Mrs. Starr made a difference to him. 

We are very proud of Doug's accomplishments at Heatly. He has truly generated considerable energy and effort at pursuing his individual goals while simultaneously advancing the school toward its organizational goal of sustaining improved instruction and increased performance. Doug not only excelled in the classroom but he was also an active participant in an array of extracurricular programs. In addition, Doug earned his Eagle Scout award in the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. Doug will be attending the Albany School of Pharmacy in the fall within a program of study that will lead to becoming a pharmacist.

We are also very pleased at the distinction accorded Mrs. Starr as the teacher who most influenced Doug at school. Her dedication to her profession and her passion for teaching have extended well beyond her influence of Doug. She exercises leadership responsibilities among her colleagues, assist in extra-curricular activities, and serves as the district's Chief Information Officer.

Thanks to both Doug and Jenny for allowing their well deserved and hard earned individual honors to reflect positively on our school district. They will be guests at the annual awards banquet sponsored by the Scholars' Recognition program and underwritten by several generous businesses.

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