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South Colonie Central School District News

Eagle Scout honored
girl playing violin
boy playing viola
tim ryan and jon buhner
board members honored

Top to bottom: Eagle Scout honored, two high school musicians play for Board of Education, school board members honored for professional development.

Board of Education Honors Eagle Scout, Board Members and Musicians

The South Colonie Board of Education last night honored an Eagle Scout, fellow board members for professional development and two high school students for their musical achievement.

Eagle Scout Recognition

John Cogan, a senior at Colonie Central High School, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and received the board’s President’s Spotlight Award for his achievement. He was recently recognized at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor. John is a member of the Twin Rivers Council Troop 1022, and has earned more than two dozen badges in Scouting since he started as a Tiger Cub in 2004. John’s Eagle Scout project involved building an 18-hole portable miniature golf course that can be used at any of the eight South Colonie schools for fundraising purposes or for any school activities.

Board Achievement Award – Level 1

Superintendent Jonathan Buhner recognized Board of Education members Christine Badger Mele, Rose Gigliello, David Kiehle, and Ed Sim for earning the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Board Achievement Award. The program is designed to recognize extensive time and effort for school board members who strive to continually expand their governance knowledge and skills. Members qualify for recognition by participating in NYSSBA developmental activities such as the Board Officers Academy, the Annual Convention, conferences, regional workshops, or district-level custom improvement programs totaling 75 points.

Board Mastery Award – Level 3

Superintendent Jonathan Buhner recognized Board of Education member James (Tim) Ryan for earning the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Board Mastery Award. The program is designed to recognize extensive time and effort for school board members who strive to continually expand their governance knowledge and skills. Members qualify for recognition by participating in NYSSBA developmental activities such as the Board Officers Academy, the Annual Convention, conferences, regional workshops, or district-level custom improvement programs totaling 250 points.

Student Musical Performances

In recognition of National Music in our Schools Month, Carolyn Miner performed a short solo on the viola and Lucas Richard performed a short solo on the string bass. Both students are juniors at Colonie Central High School and are members of the Empire State Youth Orchestra.