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    ROTTERDAM — Schalmont officials are looking for a few good alumni.
    For the second year, the district plans to honor a group of noteworthy and successful alumni on the school's Wall of Distinction. Nominees should serve as role models for students and as symbols of the high caliber of graduates produced by Schalmont, district officials said.
    All nominations for the 2008 honorees should be received by the district no later than March 13. Nominees not selected this year will be kept on file for reconsideration during the following year, district officials said.
    Last year, the district honored Michael Piotrowski, Alfred DeCarlo, Leonard Parker, Christine Patneaude-Krahulik and Michael Saccocio. Each honoree has a plaque prominently displayed outside the Schalmont High School gym.
    To make a nomination download a form at http://www.schalmont.org  or pick one up at the district offi ces.
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Schalmont graduates cited for achievements

Anderton, Eichler, Gaus recognized
BY JUSTIN MASON Gazette Reporter

    Margaret Anderton was offered a full-time job teaching social studies when she graduated from the University at Albany.
    But the experience of working at the Schenectady Boys and Girls Clubs during her summers had already steered the former academic standout at Schalmont High School into a different direction. Anderton found herself wanting to teach those most in need of her help.
    "I decided the world of not-forprofits was more interesting than teaching in public school," she recalled Wednesday.
    In 1997, Anderton became the executive director of Bethesda House. She helped transform what was once a drop-in center into an agency that now serves hundreds of disadvantaged city residents and is on the verge of a major expansion.
    The 1978 graduate joins Thomas Eichler, a social service advocate, and Valerie Gaus, an psychologist, as the three chosen to be honored by Schalmont on the Alumni Wall of Distinction during a ceremony May 29. They join a group five alumni honored last year — the district’s 50th anniversary — with plaques outside the high school gymnasium.
    The current three were chosen from more than 60 nominations. Sandra Beloncik, on the nominating committee and the Board of Education, said the three are examples of well-rounded students who went on to excel in life.
    "Reading the nominations gave me a great sense of Schalmont pride," she said. "There were so many impressive alumni to chose from, and I’m sure there are many more that have yet to be nominated.”
    Anderton is also a founding member of the C o m m u n i t y Crisis Network of Schenectady and served as chairwoman of the Housing and Support Services Network of Schenectady. She advised Schalmont students to never give up on their goals and to always remember the impact they can have on the world around them.
    "You cannot just think about yourself when you do anything," she said. "Everything you do affects someone else and you can use that to make a difference."
    Eichler graduated in 1962 and later earned a master's degree from UAlbany. He amassed an impressive record of public service from the office of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to the regional offices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Delaware.
    Eichler's recent work has focused on ensuring that government services reach the people they are intended to help. Now a resident of Bear, Del., he serves as the chief of staff at Nemours Health and Prevention Services, which tries to improve health care services for children.
    Eichler said he was glad he had teachers who piqued his interest in public service. "If you make the best use of the education, it will give you the best foundation for later in life."
    Gaus, a 1982 graduate, devoted her life work to helping those with developmental disabilities. After receiving her doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she became a psychologist specializing in autism.
    Gaus now serves as a board member of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, among other roles. She recently authored a bookon adult Asperger syndrome.
    Now a resident of Cold Spring Hills, Long Island, Gaus credits Schalmont with giving her the freedom to explore her passions in life. She painted a mural that remains in the high school lobby today.
    "It sounds corny but follow your passion," she advised. "Try to do something you love."

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Schalmont to add
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    ROTTERDAM — David Van Patten left the Schalmont Central School District with more than a high school degree.
    His teachers boosted his confi - dence and his coaches boosted his self-esteem.
    So by the time he graduated in 1972, Van Patten was captain of Schalmont's varsity football team, a member of the National Honor Society and a representative in the student council.
    “I plugged into sports and some key teachers, and together they really helped build my confidence and prepare me for the future,” he said.
    And Van Patten used his newfound confidence to excel at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and later earn a master’s degree from Harvard University. By 1991, he was founding Dare Mighty Things, a rehabilitative and outreach program that helps support service agencies serving at-risk populations.
    Schalmont will honor Van Patten, HD Supply executive Gail DeAngelo and Schuylerville Elementary School Principal Michael Mugits on the district's alumni wall of distinction today.
    District officials will conduct a public ceremony and reception, starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Schalmont High School library
    DeAngelo, Schalmont's valedictorian in 1988, overcame a childhood neurological disorder that left her paralyzed from the chest down and only partial use of her left arm. She went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University at Albany and enjoyed a successful 15-year career at General Electric before taking a position at HD Supply, a leading wholesale distribution company.
    Mugits, who graduated Schalmont in 1971, went on to become the youngest principal in Maine at the age of 24.
    Since that time, he has served as an educational consultant in the United States, Jamaica and Nicaragua, in addition to authoring a number of publications on school improvement.

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I am a BG-ND grad.  Third in my class.  I know you'd never know it by my typing. LOL
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I am a BG-ND grad.  Third in my class.  I know you'd never know it by my typing. LOL


Maybe your fingers just aren't as quick as they were, over the keyboard???? 3rd in your class....very good......I couldn't tell you
where I was.....all I knew is that I couldn't wait to get out of 'the herding of cattlestudents'.......


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SCHALMONT NOMINEES
    ROTTERDAM — Nominations are being accepted for the next group of inductees on Schalmont High School’s Alumni Wall of Distinction through Monday, March 14.
    Those nominated must have:
    Graduated from Schalmont High School after 1957.
    Been out of secondary school for at least fi ve years.
    Demonstrated signifi cant contributions to their school, community and/or country in areas such as professional achievements, community/civic involvement, educational achievements, honors or awards, leadership, ethical/humanitarian efforts, and personal/ family accomplishments.
    To nominate someone, download a nomination form (PDF) or call 355-9200, ext. 4006, to receive one by mail.
    Selected nominees, or their representatives if they were nominated posthumously, will be asked to attend an induction ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, in the high school. The ceremony will be open to the public.
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Schalmont adds Ryan, Troiano to wall of honor

BY JUSTIN MASON Gazette Reporter
Reach Gazette reporter Justin Mason at 395-3113 or jmason@dailygazette.net.

    Dr. James Ryan’s blue sweater came to be more than just an article of clothing.
    The Rotterdam native, a renowned oncologist, was wearing it one day when a terminal cancer patient he was treating remarked about how splendid it looked. Without a thought, he presented the sweater to the ailing woman and she wore it proudly until her death.
    The sweater came to represent Ryan’s caring approach toward his patients and medicine alike. It symbolized how he brought warmth to a profession that could be cold, impersonal and frightening for those battling a life-threatening disease.
    The woman’s family returned the sweater to Ryan after her death. He would later wear it himself, right up until his lost his own fi ve-year battle with cancer in 2006.
    “That blue sweater represented love, comfort and patience — something that Dr. Ryan gave all of his patients day in and day out,” said Sandra Boloncik, a member of Schalmont’s Board of Education, during a ceremony where the district honored Ryan and fellow alumnus Edward Troiano for their achievements.
    Ryan and Troiano, an acclaimed engineer, Thursday became the most recent additions to Schalmont’s growing Wall of Distinction. Both epitomize the type of lifetime achievement that should inspire the district’s students to strive for greatness, Superintendent Valerie Kelsey told a small crowd gathered at the high school. ........................>>>>................>>>>......................http://www.dailygazette.net/De.....r01001&AppName=1
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