The 31st Annual Scholars’ Recognition Dinner was held on Wednesday, May 17 at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY. This annual event recognized high achieving high school seniors from public, private, parochial, and BOCES secondary schools in the Greater Capital Region. It also honored teachers nominated by each student scholar for having had a significant influence on their education. The evening’s keynote address was delivered by Charles Giglio, 2015 New York State Teacher of the Year.
Similar to years past, the 2017 ceremony featured more than 100 exceptional high school seniors, their parents and the teachers who most influenced their academic careers in attendance. Students were selected not only for their academic achievement, but also for their qualities of citizenship and leadership. The students and educators who were honored came from eleven counties in the Greater Capital Region including Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Fulton, Montgomery, Greene, Columbia, Warren, Washington and Essex counties.
“We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments and contributions of this year’s scholar recipients and the educators who have inspired their academic careers” said Dr. James Butterworth, CASDA Executive Director. “These remarkable students have already proven they have the capacity to change the world for the better and we were excited to honor them at this year’s dinner.”
The Scholars’ Recognition Program is part of the innovative business-education partnership formed by the School of Education at the University of Albany to honor excellence in education. This year’s sponsors included Stewarts, Capital District Counseling Association, University at Albany’s School of Education, Freihofer’s, CSArch, Whiteman, Osterman, & Hanna LLP and CASDA.