School Boards Institute announces student awards

Christian Egelston of Rome Free Academy, Samantha Netzband of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and Julie Ferris of Holland Patent school are among those receiving Student Achievement Awards from the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer School Boards Institute.

In addition, VVS Superintendent Norman Reed will be among local school personnel to receive a Distinguished Service Award from the institute, which represents 250 school board members and 53,000 students from 36 school districts and 3 BOCES in the region.

Its annual meeting and awards ceremony is May 10 at the Radisson Hotel in Utica, according to an institute announcement. Each year the organization and the Mohawk Region Association of School District Administrators recognizes students and school personnel nominated by staffers in their districts.

A total of nine secondary-grade pupils in the three-county area are receiving the Student Achievement Award; its recipients perform academically to the best of their ability, participate in extracurricular and community activities, exhibit strong character values and a post-graduate commitment toward a career goal or higher education, the institute said.

Reed, who in June plans to step down after 14 years as VVS superintendent and serve as assistant superintendent for finance for a year before retiring, is one of five area administrators or board members receiving the Distiguished Service Award. It recognizes the dedication of time, support, and action in serving public education and children’s welfare.