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Herkimer BOCES students inducted into National Technical Honor Society
Feb. 29, 2016



 
Video slideshow from the induction ceremony shown above.



HERKIMER – Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES welcomed 10 students as the 2016 inductees to the National Technical Honor Society on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the lobby at Herkimer BOCES.

During the ceremony, Ryan DeMars, the Herkimer BOCES career and technical education assistant principal, told the inductees that having the honor society on their resumes will be looked at as a valuable asset by colleges and employers.

“This is truly an honor you all should be very proud of and take with you as you move on throughout your days,” he said.

The 2016 National Technical Honor Society inductees were:

Cosmetology students:
  • Elizabeth Jones, of Mount Markham.
     
  • Erin McElwain, of Mount Markham.
     
  • Naiya Patel, of Herkimer.

Child and family services students:
  • Danielle Beach, of Herkimer.
     
  • Melanie Campione, of Little Falls.
     
  • Elizabeth Valenta, of Owen D. Young.

Criminal justice student:
  • Alexandria Foti, of Little Falls.

Health science careers students:
  • Rebecca Baker, of Poland.
     
  • Amber Bala, of Herkimer.

Visual communications/media arts student:
  • Myranda Davies, of West Canada Valley.

The ceremony was organized by Herkimer BOCES National Technical Honor Society co-advisors Kim Fragetta, the child and family services instructor, and Melinda Maycock, the visual communications/media arts instructor.

At the start of the ceremony, Herkimer BOCES Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Laurie Hedges welcomed everyone to the event and spoke to the inductees.

“Congratulations on your incredible achievement,” she said. “We’re so proud of you.”

Hedges told the inductees’ families and friends in attendance to enjoy the event, and said BOCES teachers and administrators enjoy the students every day.

“We are very happy to have you here as part of the ceremony,” she said.

Leigh (Bennett) Parks-Brewer, a graduate of the Herkimer BOCES early childhood education program, which is now called the child and family services program, served as the keynote speaker for the event.

Parks-Brewer spoke about learning work ethic and how to work with children in her class at Herkimer BOCES. She also said she couldn’t believe how much BOCES staff still wanted to help her after she graduated and that she got a job at BOCES as an aid after graduation.

She then continued her education at Herkimer College and obtained a job as an early childhood teacher at the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, where she still works now.

Parks-Brewer advised the inductees to remember when they leave BOCES and pursue their careers that it’s important to know how to work with others.

“No matter what career you choose, teamwork will be an important attribute in your success,” she said.

Parks-Brewer finished her speech with more words for the inductees.

“Congratulations to each and every one of you,” she said.




National Technical Honor Society inductees
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Herkimer BOCES. Pictured, from left to right: child and family services student Danielle Beach, of Herkimer; child and family services student Elizabeth Valenta, of Owen D. Young; health science careers student Amber Bala, of Herkimer; health science careers student Rebecca Baker, of Poland; visual communications/media arts student Myranda Davies, of West Canada Valley; child and family services student Melanie Campione, of Little Falls; cosmetology student Naiya Patel, of Herkimer; cosmetology student Erin McElwain, of Mount Markham, and criminal justice student Alexandria Foti, of Little Falls. Absent from photo: cosmetology student Elizabeth Jones, of Mount Markham.


keynote speaker
Leigh (Bennett) Parks-Brewer, a graduate of the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES early childhood education program, which is now called the child and family services program, gives the keynote speech during the 2016 National Technical Honor Society Induction on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the lobby at Herkimer BOCES.




 
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