Celebrating Our Graduates
Seventy-two Capital Region BOCES students from our Schoharie Career & Technical School campus received certificates of completion, honors and awards during a June 11 ceremony.
With parents, friends, school and BOCES administrators cheering while watching on live stream, students from the Schoharie, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Schalmont, Voorheesville, Duanesburg, Middleburgh, Sharon Springs and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school districts were celebrated.
The ceremony marked the completion of one- and two-year programs at the school, including culinary, cosmetology, commercial construction/heavy equipment, criminal justice, network cabling tech/smart home technology, residential construction and automotive technology.
Speaker after speaker praised the graduates for going above and beyond to secure bright futures.
“I am extremely proud of you, our students, our faculty and staff for all you have accomplished in such challenging times,” said Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy.
Work-Based Learning Coordinator Jim Haas told the students that their successes in the face of adversity like a pandemic is “truly inspiring. It gives me hope.”
Meanwhile, Interim Principal Robert Loggins sounded a more traditional message, reminding students that their diploma “is an insurance policy that is paid in full based on your hard work over the last 13 years… the value of that policy depends on how much you put in to your education and what you will do it with it now that you have graduated.”
Many of the graduates are going on to college and trade schools; still others are going straight into the workforce thanks to the skills they learned and the connections they made at BOCES. Among them is Adam Burton, a Network Cabling Tech/Smart Home Technology graduate from Cobleskill-Richmondville who was hired by Aaron Electric in Middleburgh.
“Thanks to BOCES, I feel like I am have a better understanding and knowledge of the technology and what it takes to be successful,” Burton said.
Classmate Chris Rarick has already started his own technology company—Rarick Technologies.
“I have been working now on the side installing security cameras and wiring. I had to run cable to all the remote locations, test them and make sure they were operational. I feel like this has already helped me reach my goals and taught me everything I need to know to get started in wiring and cabling,” the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk senior said.
Following are the students who received the 2021 Schoharie Career & Technical School’s campus-wide awards. Program awards will be announced later this week.
- Construction/Heavy Equipment Advisory Board Scholarship—Lawson Masi, Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment, Schalmont
- Construction/Heavy Equipment Advisory Board Scholarship—Brandon Diamond, Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment, Middleburgh
- Curtis Lumber Award—Dylan Conto, Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment, Cobleskill-Richmondville
- Joseph N. Fuchs Award—Brianna Burke, Criminal Justice, Schalmont
Outstanding Student of the Year—Isabel Philipp, Criminal Justice, Middleburgh
- Outstanding Student of the Year—Chris Rarick, Network Cabling Technician/Smart Home Technology, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk
- Richard A. Conklin Scholarship Award—Jacob Olsen, Commercial Construction/Heavy Equipment, Schalmont
- Schoharie Valley Region AACA Scholarship—Evan Carpenter, Automotive Trades, Cobleskill-Richmondville
- Schoharie Valley Region AACA Scholarship—Destiny Honsinger, Automotive Trades, Cobleskill-Richmondville
- SkillsUSA Award—Hunter Bouck, Criminal Justice, Schoharie
- Thomas Olivo Leadership Award—Destiny Honsinger, Automotive Trades, Cobleskill-Richmondville
Watch a Replay of the June 11 Schoharie CTE Graduation