2017 Banquet

Wednesday April 26, 2017 at the Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY

The Academy for Character Education honors outstanding positive leadership in our schools and communities at our annual Champions of Character Awards Banquet. This event attended by approximately 250-300 individuals honors students, educators, schools, and business and civic leaders and organization throughout the Capital Region and Northeastern United States who have gone above and beyond in the character education initiative by providing leadership and dedication to the vision and mission of fostering positive character development in our school and communities.

Honorary Committee & Supporters:

Chairmen: Susan C Scrimshaw, The Sage Colleges, President and Allan Stern

Honorable Kathleen Jimino, Rensselaer County

Honorable John T. McDonald III, Assembly Member, District 108

Randy Hall, Commissioner of Social Services, Rensselaer County

Michael J. Castellana, CEO, SEFCU

Fredrick W. Erlich, CEO, Living Resources

Joan Monk

Marra’s Pharmacy

Honorable Paula Mahan, Supervisor, Town of Colonie

Mel Horowitz

Dr. Angelina Maloney, Superintendent, Brunswick CSD

Honorable Lynn Kopka, Troy City Council

Samuel Shevat, CS Arch

Dr. Susan Groesbeck, Emma Willard

Dr. Marie Wiles, Superintendent, Guilderland CSD

Educational Vistas, Inc.

You are urged to help in honoring these “Champions of Character” by joining the Honorary Committee, placing an ad in the banquet program, donating a raffle basket and/or becoming a supporter of The Academy. This can be done by contacting The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges via phone or e-mail.

Click 2017 Banquet Honorary Committee form if you wish to join the Honorary Committee

Click Here to RSVP to this year’s Champions of Character Banquet

2017 Honorary Committee


Announcing the 2017 “Champions of Character”

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE COMPLETE LIST OF THE 2017 CHAMPIONS OF CHARACTER HONOREES

                     To show your support, please consider placing a program announcement for the SCHOOL, INDIVIDUAL or GROUP/ORGANIZATION you would like to honor and/or registering to attend the event.
Click Here to RSVP to this year’s Champions of Character Banquet

Educators and Students:

Laura Schmitz, Principal, Clayton A. Bouton High School

Elizabeth Floud, Student, Mechanicville CSD

Beth Martinez, Education Director, Albany Region of the Anti-Defamation League

Patrick Mulligan, Teacher Leader, Jonas E. Salk Middle School

Amara Grace Engel, Student, Chatham High School

Linda Bille, Social Worker, Algonquin Middle School

Margaret Rose Goodman, Teacher Leader, West Patent Elementary School

Dr. Ralph Napolitano, Superintendent, Yorktown Central School District

Sarah Hemmerle, Hannah Brisee, Catherine Hannigan, Students, Averill Park CSD

Brian Beaury, Basketball Coach, St. Rose College

Liz Gialanella, Psy. D., School Psychologist, Albany High School

John Sawchuk, Principal, Columbia High School

John Carmello, Superintendent, Troy City CSD

Emiley Filuta, Student, Carroll Hill

Asheena Baez, Youth Advocate, Beacon City School District

Gretchen Lynch, Guidance Counselor, Shenendehowa High School

Cheri Vandenberg, Guidance Counselor, Menands School

Elizabeth Conners, Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment, Fulton City School

Egypt Ufele, Youth Leader, Queens NY

Business and Community Leadership Award:

Lou Stutzke, Business Owner, Fuel-n-Food, Mayfield NY

Seth Appert, Autism Advocate, Capital District

Roberta Sandler and Mary Partridge-Brown, Directors of Grass Root Givers, Albany NY

Jerry Ford, Block Center for Troy Boys & Girls Club, Troy NY

Mark Weintraub, Jewish Community Center of Schenectady, Schenectady NY

TrustCo Bank, Corporate Office in Glenville, NY

The Sage Colleges Champions of Character:

Administrator, Kat Aviza

Faculty, Dr. David A. Salomon

Student, Kathleen Giarratano, Community Counseling of Psychology , Sage Graduate School

Student, Kaylee Dalaba, Creative Arts Therapy, Russell Sage College

 

2016 NEW YORK STATE SCHOOLS/DISTRICTS OF CHARACTER:

NYS School of Character: West Patient Elementary School, Bedford Hills, BCSD

Honorable Mention: Como Park Elementary School, Lancaster, LCSD

Honorable Mention: Lee Road Elementary School, Wantagh, LUFSD