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Seven To Receive Clarkson University Inspirational High School Educator Awards

Clarkson University has announced the recipients of the 2003 Clarkson Awards for Inspirational High School Educators.  The winners will be honored during Commencement Weekend, May 10-11.

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 14th year Clarkson has sponsored the award.

"As a university, we are in a unique position to see quite clearly the formative and long-lasting influence that dedicated high school educators have on our students," said Clarkson's Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Kelly. "We therefore wish to recognize and honor several of these remarkable individuals who have given so much time and energy to help young people develop the motivation and skills necessary to meet the special challenges of adult life."

The recipients of the 2003 awards are:

  • Kirk Baldwin of New Hartford, N.Y., an instrumental music and drama teacher at Westmoreland Central School in Westmoreland, N.Y. Nominated by Jennifer E. Truesdail of Vernon, N.Y., a technical communications/Project Arte major.
  • Michael Baratto of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., retired varsity golf coach at Hoosick Falls Central School in Hoosick. Nominated by Mark J. Fitzpatrick of Hoosick Falls, a computer engineering major.
  • Wayne Dederick of Saugerties, N.Y., a retired chemistry teacher at Red Hook Central High School in Red Hook, N.Y. Nominated by Matthew Rizzolo of Red Hook, an interdisciplinary engineering and management major.
  • George Goodfellow of East Freetown, Mass., a chemistry teacher at New Bedford High School in New Bedford, Mass. Nominated by Heather L. Crossman of New Bedford, an electrical and mechanical engineering major.
  • Gerald Hill of Castleton, N.Y., a mathematics teacher formerly at Maple Hill High School in Castleton (now at Loudonville Christian School). Nominated by Nicole M. Berney of Castleton, an industrial hygiene major.
  • David Kelly of Hill, N.H., a physics teacher at Pembroke Academy in Pembroke, N.H. Nominated by Michael P. Kozar of Hooksett, N.H., a physics and mechanical engineering major.
  • Margaret Swingle of Spencerport, N.Y., a retired business teacher at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y. Nominated by biology majors Adrianne Schepler and Lisa Dietrich, both of Rochester.
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