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May 7, 2014

Banquet to salute local high-school scholars

Outstanding scholastic accomplishments by members of area graduating classes are being recognized at an annual dinner today.

The 11th Annual Scholar Recognition Banquet will start at 6 p.m. at the Hunt Union Ballroom at State University College at Oneonta. It will recognize the accomplishments of 41 students at public, private and parochial secondary schools in the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego and Otsego Northern Catskills BOCES areas.

Each student nominates a teacher that has influenced their education, who is also honored, said Stacie Haynes, DCMO BOCES’ coordinator of enrichment services. Students are chosen by their schools on the basis of scholarship, leadership and service to their communities. Teachers can be from any subject or grade level. It’s an opportunity for business and school leaders to recognize students for academic achievement and involvement in the community, she said.

From Walton Central School, Heather Ogden was selected.

“Her exceptional caliber is easily noted as one views her success in academic, athletic and extracurricular endeavors,” according to the event program. “Her involvement in her school and community is not only impressive but diverse as well.”

Ogden said: “It is a great honor (to be chosen), especially since we have so many great students.”

She said she plans on attending SUNY Geneseo in the fall, where she will major in business administration and communications. She has been on the student council for three years and is currently its vice president. She was captain of the varsity soccer team and participated in track, and the school musical among her activities.

She chose high school English teacher Simone Tucker because “she’s had such a great impact on me.” She is not only a quality teacher but “someone I can turn to for advice.”

Tucker, who received similar recognition in 2012 and 2013, said being chosen “really touches your heart.” Over the years, she has seen Ogden become “a strong confident young women who will make a difference in the world.”

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