The Monticello community gathered in the High School’s auditorium on Friday, Nov. 6 to watch the induction of five notable men and women into the district’s Hall of Distinction. For the first time since the inception of the Hall of Distinction three years ago, high school juniors and seniors were included in the celebration of Monticello excellence.
“We decided to hold the event during school hours so that our students might be inspired by these revolutionary leaders with roots in Monticello,” Superintendent of Schools Tammy Mangus said. “If our students don’t see excellence in front of them, they won’t have role models.”
The 2015 inductees included four alumni of the district, as well as a former Monticello High School teacher and principal, including:
· Anne Grant, Alumna, Class of 1963
· Robert Harding (1959-1994), Teacher, Monticello High School Principal
· Hon. Judith Kaye, Alumna, Class of 1954
· Rubin Pollack, Alumnus, Class of 1941
· Dr. Robert N. Schock, Alumnus, Class of 1956
“This ceremony’s primary purpose is to show our students how they, too, can make a difference in this world,” said Mangus. “These inductees represent everything we want Monticello to be known for: resilience, work ethic and determination. Our juniors and seniors heard firsthand about the inductees’ personal paths to success. My hope is that their stories and experiences light a fire under our students and help them strive to be the very best they can be.”
The Monticello Central School District Hall of Distinction, established in 2012, honors highly successful graduates and former students, employees and Board of Education members of the Monticello Central School District who have achieved distinction, outstanding accomplishments or made significant contributions within their school, family, career, community and/or personal lives. Award recipients are selected annually by the Hall of Distinction Committee, comprised of various stakeholders in the Monticello community.
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