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Hilton Board of Education recognizes Friends of Education

Every school year the Hilton Board of Education honors individuals and organizations in the Hilton school community who have contributed to the education of Hilton students through volunteer or other efforts.

2016 Friends of Education  Hilton High School Principal Brian Bartalo recognized parents Peter and Janel Miles for Peter’s involvement in the Breakfast with a Scientist event and Janel’s assistance with various class activities and events; Music Department Chairperson Linda Davis presented the award to Deborah and Daniel Florio for serving as chaperones for music functions and taking the time to record all of the performances for each of the instrumental groups; Athletic Director Michael Giruzzi recognized Laurie Carbone and Lara Coyle for all they have done for the varsity ice hockey program over the past six years; Merton Williams Middle School Principal Tracie Czebatol presented the award to Tammy Haynes for supporting the musical productions by sewing costumes for chorus members; Northwood Elementary School Principal Kirk Ashton recognized Anjelica Russo for being an integral part of VEPTO, the parent-teacher organization; serving as volunteer coordinator; pitching in with many events; and organizing fundraisers, such as the highly successful Spring Fling and BBQ; Village Elementary Principal Ben Rudd recognized Brenda Avedisian for teaching many lessons to students on the process of hatching chickens, such as candling eggs, graphing results and weighing the eggs; and Bobbi Sarnov, a volunteer at Quest Elementary School, was recognized by Principal Renee Mulrooney for dedicating the past 10 years to support Quest by serving on the PTSO in multiple capacities, serving as a valuable contributor to school-wide events and helping in classrooms. The district wide Friends of Education Award was presented by Superintendent Casey Kosiorek to Jennifer Green, parent and Hilton United Methodist Church pastor, for her work in providing a summer backpack program to ensure that students have food when school is not in session.

2015 Friends of Education  Hilton High School recognized parents Ron Bourret and Steve DeLucia for their work with the Drama Club. Jim Whittemore, parent, was recognized for volunteering countless hours to the Hilton music program. Tony Caraglio of Caraglio’s Pizza was recognized for going out of his way as a Hilton business to give back to the school, community and athletic program. Merton Williams Middle School presented the award to Christine Gizzi, a parent and volunteer who regularly supervises the Student of the Month room, and volunteers during team spirit days and other special events. Northwood Elementary recognized Joan Potter for her work with the library programs and kindergartners. Village Elementary Principal recognized The Old Cruzers, a motorcycle club, for helping students in need. Karen Reynolds, a volunteer at Quest Elementary School, was recognized for her work over the past 23 years assisting Quest teachers and helping to organize special events. The district wide Friends of Education Award was presented to George Kaufman for being instrumental in bringing the national Make a Difference Day to Hilton.


2014 Friends of Education  Brian Heed was recognized for providing a backbone of support for the nationally-recognized High School Drumline; Doug Wall spends countless hours supporting the instrumental music program; Kim Sile heads initiatives that directly benefit student athletes; Cheryl Conolly, an active parent volunteer at Merton Williams is involved in the student of the month program, Student Council Fun Night and serves as a chaperone for the eighth-grade Washington, D.C. trip; Maryanne Chaffee, Northwood VEPTO president, uses a variety of means to support staff and students, and has been especially instrumental in raising funds for the new playground; Deborah Traut, Village library volunteer, keeps 150 books dropped off daily organized all while maintaining a positive, loyal and collaborative attitude; and Peggy Gilbert, a volunteer at Quest Elementary School, assists teachers with special projects and is the epitome of the “can do” attitude. The district wide Friends of Education Award was presented to the Parma Public Library staff for their willingness to serve the underserved and for welcoming everyone to learn and use the library’s resources. The librarians and library clerks recognized are: Becky Tantillo, head librarian, Mikayla Bennett, Marcia Benton, Laurie Cordaro, Linda Dimino, Amy Hogue, Janice Hogue, Loretta Kirk, Sylvia Kulwicki, Rosalind Lipomi, Robin Steeson, Gerry Wolf and Brenna Zanghi.

2013 Friends of Education  Linda Lovejoy, Wegmans Community Relations manager, was recognized for coordinating breakfast and lunch donations for over 100 volunteers during Make a Difference Day; Pat and Dan VanVleck volunteered to help the music department in any way possible taking on tasks to alleviate the burden on staff; Angela Ruta was recognized for her involvement in the Hilton Sports Boosters and many initiatives that support the betterment of all Hilton athletes; Kim Francis of Zarpentine Farms received the award for donating apples, donuts, fritters and cider to the MW Fall Festival that recognized students for doing the right thing; Lynn Spurr and Roberta Bilski were recognized for their volunteer work in the NW library assisting with shelving, inventory, literacy-related special projects, and sharing their artistic talents by creating bulletin boards; Erna Lever was recognized for being highly competent, reliable, a wonderful role model, and having meaningful interactions with both students and staff at VE; Bridget Skinner was awarded as an active member of the QE PTSO who attend almost every meeting, co-facilitates fundraisers, author visits, surveys to families, the Thanksgiving feast for 175 students and their families, volunteers in the classrooms and supported students during Exhibition; Pastor George Grace from the First Bible Baptist Church was recognized for supporting the Hilton School District’s mission by graciously providing his church facility for events and concerts, and helping the district with whatever is asked of him.

2012 Friends of Education  From Hilton High School the award went to Richard 'Rick' Alexander, Parma Town Judge, attorney and advisor for the High School's Mock Trial Team; from the HS Music Department the Leeroy Williams award went to Bob Viavattine, Music in the Arts representative who has volunteered at the Evening of Jazz; from the Athletic Department the award was presented to Sports Booster volunteer Jim Branciforte; from Merton Williams Middle School the award went to Tonya Melrose for her volunteering efforts at the school including "Student of the Month" activities; from Northwood Elementary School the award was presented to Bonnie Gargano for her VEPTO volunteering and fundraising; from the Village Elementary School the award went to Joann Shearn, Co-President of VEPTO; from Quest Elementary School the award went to Ann Lacey and Kathleen Richard for the "Tales for Tails" therapy dog reading with students, accepted by Tales volunteer Diane Weaver; and from the District the award went to John Abbott, past HCSD Board of Education member, president and currently member of the Monroe2-Orleans BOCES Board of Education. 

2011 Friends of Education  Hilton High School nominated music department volunteer Ana Maria Ban; music volunteer Sharon Rivais received the LeeRoy Williams Music Award; the Athletic Department nominated three Boys Lacrosse volunteers Patrick Clark, John Pace and Robert Trowbridge; Merton Williams Middle School nominated parent volunteer Herve Dauvergne; Northwood Elementary School nominated Monroe County Sheriff's Deputy Wendy Malsegna for her work with the DARE program; the Village Elementary School nominated Reading Buddies volunteers Tracy LaFountain and James Maley; Quest Elementary School nominated parent volunteer Nancy Pickering; and the District Improvement Team nominated Sarisa Zoghlin.

2010 Friends of Education  Hilton-Parma Chamber of Commerce was nominated by Hilton High School for its efforts and support for last fall's "Make a Difference Day"; Dominic Pettinari received the LeeRoy Williams Music Award; Varsity Baseball statistician John Ayers was nominated by Hilton Interscholastic Sports; parent volunteer Paul Davis was nominated by Merton Williams Middle School; parent volunteer Annie Angelucci was nominated by Northwood Elementary School; Town of Parma Historians, Don Stilson, Frank Thomas and Marilyn Wright  were nominated by the Village Elementary School; school volunteer Kimie Romeo was nominated by Quest Elementary School; the Board of Education's Audit Committee nominated community members, Sharon Brunett, Cerri Cupples, Ellen Pelkey and James Steiger.

2009 Friends of Education  From left, were: Toni Sangermano, Northwood; Joan Smith, Merton Williams; representing Kathy Farese, Quest, Nick, Michael and Mike Farese, in memory of their wife and mother, Kathy; Denise O’Toole, Learning Support Services; Christopher Roides, Athletics; Rev. Walter Steenson; Barb Maier, Village; Rachel Forberg, Village; and Lucy Bonanno, Learning Support Services; missing were Dede Kalvestran and Trish Wise, Learning Support Services. 

Friends of Education Awards  For more information: 585-392-1000, ext. 7099.