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Local News: Rotary Honors Outstanding Educators

Utica, NY:  The Rotary Clubs of Utica, North Utica/Whitestown, and Sauquoit honored six Utica-area teachers on Friday, June 3rd, at their annual Outstanding Educators Awards Program. The program, presented during a Utica Rotary luncheon at the Yahnundasis Golf and Country Club in New Hartford, is an annual event of the area Rotary Clubs’ community service committees.  

The 2022 recipients of the Outstanding Educators Awards are: 

Clinton Central High School: Kathleen Washburn
New York Mills Junior/Senior High School: Tim Papienuk
Notre Dame Junior/Senior High School: Noah Howard
T.R. Proctor High School: Master Chief Mark Williamson
Sauquoit Valley High School: Brett Cardillo
Whitesboro Central High School: Charles Hamilton

The awards program comes at the culmination of a year-long program during which area Rotary clubs hosted two students from each of six area high schools. At each of two weekly Rotary membership meetings over the past school year, the students each had an opportunity to introduce themselves to the Rotary members, and to learn about Rotary’s community, regional and international service, which are the fulfillment of the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” 

At the end of the school year, the students from each school are asked to select the teacher whom they believe exemplifies the Rotary motto, and the values of Rotary, as exemplified in its Four Way Test: 

  • Is it the Truth?
  • Is it Fair to all concerned? 
  • Will it build Goodwill and better Friendships?
  • Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
Mark Ziobro
Mark Ziobro
Mark is the current Managing Editor for The Utica Phoenix, and a Central New York Native.

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