Syracuse City Schools celebrate excellence

Marguerite "Peggy" Conan, who has had three of her children attend Nottingham High School, has become an active member of the Nottingham community. She has become "an outstanding example of parent involvement, the kind of engagement that is needed in every school."

Courtney Dornton, a senior at Henninger, "whose hard work and efforts will bring her to graduation next month." She works with senior citizens as a volunteer at the Frank DeFrancisco Community Center, helps assemble Christmas packages for the needy, and performs numerous other selfless acts. "Giving to others is second nature to her. Caring about others is what Courtney is all about."

Walter Eilend, who has established mentorships models at Blodgett K-8 and Fowler High School, is co-founder of "100 Black Men of Syracuse," a mentoring organization that provides models for community and school collaboration. He is "forever advocating for all students throughout the school district."

Paul Grace is referred to as "the man who came to Corcoran but never left." He has continually demonstrated his love for his alma mater through constant efforts aimed at the cleanup and maintenance of the Corcoran grounds. To this end, he has recruited and organized volunteer groups, started the Corcoran Environmental Awareneess Club, organized Earth Day clean up projects and been active in promoting the Ted Grace Reading Grove.

Vanessa Johnson, the Corcoran High School hall monitor who is "one of the kindest and most pleasant people you could ever meet." She excels at a generally thankless and underappreciated job through setting a great example, giving and receiving respect in the act of diffusing difficult situations she encounters. She is described as "a person without comparison for her grace and class."

Christine Kane, who, as the president of Clary Magnet School's PTO, "has built a common bridge between the parents and staff members at Clary," thus creating a strong network of student support within the Clary community.

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