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Ti High alumni cited

TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Alumni Association has again honored its own.

Elliot Shaw Jr. of Delmar and Thomas Burleigh of Dunwoody, Ga., and Ticonderoga were recently presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Special Service Awards were given to Richard Arthur of Ticonderoga, John Bartlett of Ticonderoga and the late Don Gijanto Sr.

The awards ceremony was held at Ticonderoga Country Club.

"I think, other than giving scholarships, this is the most important thing the alumni association does," said Joyce Cooper, president of the alumni association. "It's important that we recognize and honor successful Ti High graduates for their accomplishments."

Shaw, a 1977 Ti High graduate, attended Siena College, where he served an internship with The Business Council of New York State. After graduation he stayed with the council for 20 years, becoming director of government affairs.

He worked with Governors Mario Cuomo, George Pataki and Elliott Spitzer and helped draft major legislation relating to health care and state worker's compensation.

Shaw is now director of government affairs for WellCare of New York, where he monitors New York's Medicaid system.

He has served on many boards relating to health care as well as the Albany International Airport board of directors and the SUNY-Albany Prevention Research Center board.

Shaw lives in Delmar with his wife, Penny, and children, Chris and Ted.

Burleigh, a 1952 Ti High graduate, attended Union College and had a long career in sales and marketing.

He spent 20 years with International Paper as manager of sales before moving to Keith Clark Company, where he eventually became president. He ended his career as president of the American division of the British firm Portals, Inc.

In retirement Burleigh, who lives in Georgia and spends summers in Ticonderoga, has been active in many charitable organizations such as the St. Vincent dePaul Society, Missionaries of the Poor, Atlanta homeless shelters and Habitat for Humanity.

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