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2017 Cattaraugus County National Honor Society dinner

Mon, Jun 12th 2017 11:00 am

 Written by Tom Dinki, Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — The Cattaraugus County National Honor Society's 46th annual recognition dinner Wednesday night was both a time to reflect and look to the future.

While the approximately 400 students and educators certainly gathered to recognize the accomplishments of students in National Honor Society chapters, there were also constant reminders that National Honor Society membership is just the beginning of their academic and professional careers.

Students from all 12 high schools in Cattaraugus County were recognized for their work in academics, service and leadership, and awarded scholarships to strengthen their futures. The dinner, held at Good Times of Olean, is sponsored by the boards of education throughout the county, as well as the Cattaraugus-Allegany Superintendents' Association.

Guest speaker Patrick Vecchio, a former Times Herald managing editor and St. Bonaventure University journalism professor, challenged students to not be satisfied with their high school accomplishments.

He frankly told students their future bosses and professors will care little about their induction as National Honor Society members, and that while it sets them apart from their peers now, they'll soon be surrounded by people who are just as, if not more, accomplished and talented.

"You can't assume the success that you've had so far — the success that has brought you into this room tonight — you cannot assume it will automatically occur in the future," Vecchio said. "It is easier to fail than to succeed, but if you remember your core strengths, if you remember your core values, and if you remember the four characteristics (scholarship, service, leadership and character) that brought you here tonight, your chances for success will be much, much greater."

Instead of asking students to simply applaud for their teachers, Vecchio asked students to tell their teachers face-to-face how much they appreciate them. He reminded students they may never see their teachers again after graduation.

There were goodbyes at the dinner to two retiring superintendents. Dr. Colleen Taggerty of Olean City School District and Mark Ward of Ellicottville Central School District and a former OCSD superintendent, were recognized by dinner chairman Betty Pappas. She thanked them for their support for not just the banquet, but young people in general. Taggerty and Ward received a standing ovation.

 

FIVE SCHOLARSHIPS of $1,000 each honoring the originators of the banquet were awarded to students who competed on academic achievement and writing ability. The recipients were:

• Lee Frair Scholarship — Olivia Lynch, Franklinville Central School

• Ray Leahy Scholarship — Kristie Drzewiecki, Pioneer Central School

• Mary Elizabeth Eaton Scholarship — Kiley Kinney, Allegany-Limestone Central School

• James Doyle Scholarship — Saad Mirza, Olean High School

• Betty Pappas Scholarship — Olivia Cashimere, Hinsdale Central School

 

Plaques to the Outstanding Chapter Member of each school were presented by Pappas to:

• Kiley Kinney, Allegany-Limestone

• Grant Stephen, Archbishop Walsh Academy

• Casey Krajenski, Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School

• Haley Saunders, Ellicottville Central School

• Katherine Frascella, Franklinville

• Michael Chapman, Hinsdale

• Peyton Kunselman, Olean

• Tristan McAfee, Pioneer

• Mathew Waugh, Portville Central School

• Annalise Boyer, Randolph Central School

• Emma Isaac, Salamanca Central School

• EmmaLea Erwandson, West Valley Central School

 

The Scholastic Excellence Award was given to the senior National Honor Society member from each school with the highest combined SAT score on any one test date. Awards were given to:

• Claire Fischer, Allegany-Limestone

• Grant Stephen, Archbishop Walsh

• Tanner Stern, Cattaraugus-Little Valley

• Haley Saunders, Ellicottville

• Katherine Frascella, Franklinville

• Olivia Cashimere, Hinsdale

• Saad Mirza, Olean

• Nathan Schiener, Pioneer

• Anna Wray, Portville

• Ethan Meleen, Randolph

• Tiffany Nary, Salamanca

• Kelsey Chai, West Valley

 

The Distinguished Services Awards for the "unsung hero" of each school were presented to:

• Garrett Martin, Allegany-Limestone

• Kyla McNell, Archbishop Walsh

• Kaitlyn Parmenter, Cattaraugus-Little Valley

• Hanna Chew, Ellicottville

• Jacob Pollock, Franklinville

• Jacob Carey, Hinsdale

• Grace Wroblewski, Olean

• Kaitlyn Wood, Pioneer

• Kaitlyn Collins, Portville

• Jordan Lux, Randolph

• Courtney Sherwood, Salamanca

• Jacob Kearney, West Valley

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