Graduating seniors from area high schools were honored at the 29th Annual Scholars’ Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at the Marriott Hotel in Albany.
The annual event honored outstanding scholastic achievement by members of the graduating classes of the public, private, parochial, and BOCES secondary schools in 11 neighboring counties. These students were chosen by their schools on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and service to their schools and communities. Each of these students then identified the teacher who had the most significant influence on him or her to join them at the dinner. Teachers chosen several times over the years of the program were individually recognized at the dinner.
The dinner also included a keynote speech by Dr. Carolyn Stafanco, President of The College of St. Rose. Dr. Stafanco gave a moving speech about the pursuit of academic excellence regardless of socio-economic background and the importance of mentors.
The students and teachers were also featured in a supplemental insert in the Times Union the morning before the ceremony. The insert included photos and quotes from both the students and their teachers. The student quote explained why the teacher had inspired them while the teacher quote expressed what it was like to have the student in class.
The Scholars’ Recognition Program is an innovative Capital Area Business and Education Partnership among the School of Education at the University at Albany; Price Chopper; Freihofer’s; Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna, LLP; CDPHP; CSArch; CAP COM Federal Credit Union; and CASDA.