Early this week, the South Colonie Board of Education announced Stephanie Cogan as the most recent inductee to the Colonie Central High School Hall of Fame under the humanitarian and service category.
Cogan, a resident of the district, currently serves on the South Colonie Board of Education and as Colonie Central High School PTSA President. She became active in supporting the district when her children began school working in various capacities and serving in officer roles for the Shaker Road Elementary PTA, Colonie Central High School PTSA, and PTA District Council. In her 20 years of PTA service at South Colonie, Cogan was president for 16 of those years earning a Lifetime Member award in 2013. In addition to raising more than $150,000 in funds through volunteer support to benefit South Colonie students, Cogan has also served and supported many other district stakeholder committees.
“We are thrilled to recognize Stephanie for her commitment to the South Colonie district,” said Edward Sim, board of education president. “Her years of service have demonstrated her continuous commitment to the needs of our students and families. She dedicates her time and attention to the details that create a lasting impact and we are truly thankful for her service.”
Cogan was raised and educated in Pennsylvania earning a Bachelor of Finance from Pennsylvania State University. After graduation, she moved to the Capital District to begin her career as a bank examiner with the federal government. Soon after, she met and married Jim Cogan (CCHS ‘84) and stayed to eventually earn the honor of being a 30 year resident of South Colonie. Cogan and her husband have three children Kyle (CCHS ‘13), John (CCHS ‘16), and Julia, Class of 2020.
In addition to her service to the school district, Cogan also is active in the community. She served as president of the South Colonie Girls Lacrosse Booster Club, a trustee at Christ Our Light Church, and treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 1022, from which both of her sons Kyle and John earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Cogan also owns a business that manages professional associations.
“I am thrilled to have been selected by the Board of Education to receive this recognition,” Cogan said. “The South Colonie school community has been so welcoming to me and my family, it was natural to dive in and support the students. I can finally say with great pride that I am a true Raider!”
Since 1994, more than 65 graduates have been honored in the Colonie Central High School Hall of Fame. The inductees represent a variety of high school classes and accomplishments. In 2010, a new Military Wing was added to the Hall of Fame – dedicated to those CCHS graduates who lost their lives while on active duty.