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Publish Date: 5/19/2017

RELEASE: County Hosts First Students & Educators Made Of Something Stronger Breakfast

Event Established By County To Recognize, Celebrate Strength Exhibited By Students & Teachers

Attachment: 2017 Students Educators Program

FONDA — On Friday, Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort hosted the first Students & Educators Made of Something Stronger Breakfast at the Winner’s Circle, in Fonda. All five school districts in Montgomery County nominated students from the senior class and a teacher who are “Made of Something Stronger.” The event was held in a packed room, with the nominees, school administrators, parents, county department heads and county legislators in attendance. 

“Our county government is focused on sharing the positive stories of people who live and work here,” Ossenfort said. “These nominees have all showed strength in times of adversity or overcome hurdles in their lives. That’s what life is all about. It’s that resiliency that makes people from this area stand out.”

Ossenfort and the County Legislature established this event to recognize and celebrate the strong students and teachers who help make Montgomery County special. Each of the nominees received a certificate and a “Made of Something Stronger” gift bag, with a few special tokens that have the county emblem on them. Since 2015, “Made of Something Stronger” has been identified as something that sets the area apart and has been used as a catalyst for both economic development and community pride.

Photo of nominees (students and teachers) from the Students and Educators Made of Something Stronger Breakfast

The nominees from the county’s first Students & Educators Made of Something Stronger Breakfast pose for a photo. The students and teachers pictured were identified by their school district as being “Made of Something Stronger.” They are from one of the county’s five school districts (Amsterdam, Canajoharie, Fonda-Fultonville, Ft. Plain & Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville). The event was held, Friday, May 19, in Fonda.

“This is a great event,” Legislative Chairman Roy S. Dimond (District 3) said. “This county is full of strong people. An event like this helps to showcase those individuals who help make this area truly a great place to call home.”

The nominees and their respective school districts are listed below … 

Amsterdam High School

  • Victoria Barone-Lopez
  • Tim Kline
  • Kelsey Veeder
  • Calynn Vitus
  • Kevin Wilary (Teacher)

Canajoharie High School

  • Lucas Draffen
  • Geri Fredericks
  • Francesca Nare
  • Jacob St. Martin
  • Carol Ann Hammons (Teacher)

Fonda-Fultonville High School

  • Avery Cook
  • Angelique La Freniere
  • Dakota Livingston
  • Sarah Subik
  • Mary Brown (Teacher)

Fort Plain High School

  • Andrew Fureno
  • Timothy Hazzard
  • Izzy Lambert
  • Julia Stockwell
  • Lisa Petty (Teacher)

Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville High School

  • Addie Brundage
  • Aidan Eggleston
  • Abby Mosher
  • Liam Sammons
  • Sarah Jewett (Teacher)

Supreme Court Judge Honorable Joseph M. Sise was the event’s guest speaker. Judge Sise praised the students for the strength they have exhibited through their young lives and encouraged the honorees to chase their dreams by not letting a day go by without accomplishing what they set out to do.

“There is only a certain amount of time we have to achieve our goals,” he said. “The clock is ticking. If you have something to do, don’t wait, get it done.”

The original idea to honor and recognize individuals from the academic sector of the county came from Legislator Robert Headwell, Jr., (District 4). 

“I want to thank Legislator Headwell for having this idea and helping to see it to fruition,” Ossenfort said. “I’m hopeful that this will continue to grow and become an annual event where we are able to recognize students and teachers from our five school districts that are successful in the classroom, but also place a strong priority on giving back to our community.”

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