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Six To Receive Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Awards

Clarkson University has announced the recipients of the 2002 Clarkson Awards for Inspirational High School Educators. The winners will be honored during Commencement Weekend, May 11-12.

The Award recognizes secondary school educators who have made a significant and lasting impact on their students and in the field of education. Each year, Clarkson seniors are invited to nominate an educator whom they feel has shaped their lives and influenced their higher education decisions and career pursuits. This is the thirteenth year Clarkson has sponsored the award.

“As a university, we rely on the talent and dedication of high school educators to prepare our students for the special challenges of college and adult life,” said Clarkson’s Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Kelly. “It seems fitting, then, to recognize those remarkable individuals who have given so much time and energy to help young people develop the motivation and skills necessary to ensure their futures.”

The recipients of the 2002 Awards are:

  • John E. Beggs of Rome, N.Y., a technology education teacher at Strough Junior High School in Rome. Nominated by Peter Jones of Rome, a mechanical engineering major.
  • Joel Brunetto of Gloversville, N.Y., a mathematics and physics teacher at Amsterdam High School, Amsterdam, N.Y. Nominated by Patricia Jablonski of Amsterdam, a mathematics major.
  • The Rev. Louis Garaventa, S.J. of Buffalo, N.Y., an American history teacher at Canisius High School in Buffalo. Nominated by Michael Haley of Clarence Center, N.Y., a civil & environmental engineering major.
  • Joan Imhoff of Williamson, N.Y., a biology teacher at Wayne Central High School in Ontario Center, N.Y. Nominated by Jason LeFevre of Ontario, N.Y., a mechanical engineering major.
  • Kirk Simonis of Binghamton, N.Y., a Spanish teacher at Chenango Valley High School in Binghamton, N.Y. Nominated by Matthew Hunt of Port Crane, N.Y., a civil & environmental engineering major.
  • Donald Titus of Bristol, Conn., an American history and social studies teacher at Northwestern Regional High school in Winsted, Conn. Nominated by Jarett Lowman of Barkhamsted, Conn., a civil & environmental engineering major.
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