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Ticonderoga High seeking distinguished alumni

Cooper, Dedrick cited in 2011

Joyce Cooper, right, receives her Distinguished Alumni Award from Betty Arthur.

Joyce Cooper, right, receives her Distinguished Alumni Award from Betty Arthur.

— Berryessa Union School District, which encompassed 13 schools, named her its 2001 Teacher of the Year.

Cooper retired and returned to Ticonderoga in 2001 with her husband Jerry, becoming a driving force in community projects.

She became the first president of the Ticonderoga Alumni Association.

AS chairwoman of the town parks and recreation committee, Cooper was instrumental in the construction of the new Black Point beach house, with running water and flush toilets. She is still known to many as “The Beach Lady.”

Cooper is also past president and a continuing active member of both Kiwanis and Carillon Garden Club. She has been active in the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership since its beginning as secretary, board member, and committee member.

Dedrick, a long-time teacher and coach in the Ti Central School District, retired to become town supervisor.

Bob attended SUNY-Plattsburgh receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. He returned home to marry his wife Annette and teach in the Ticonderoga Middle School. During his 32 years of teaching, he served as Teachers Association President and coached football and basketball. He also organized the Ti Middle School Science Fair and was administrator of the summer enrichment program for five years.

When fellow teacher Keith Dolbeck suggested forming an alumni association whose primary purpose would be the awarding of scholarships, Dedrick embraced the idea. They became the founding fathers of the Ticonderoga Alumni Association.

Dedrick also distinguished himself during 10 years of service in town government. After a term on the town board, he was elected supervisor and served three terms. While supervisor, he was instrumental in the construction of the North Country Community College building, the acquisition of the Armory, helped create the Black Point and Wicker Street sewer districts and secured 18 annual national bass tournaments for Ticonderoga.

The Lord Howe re-enactments, the Waterfests, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train’s annual visits and many other community events bear his mark.

Still an active leader in our community, Dedrick is currently president of Ticonderoga Kiwanis Club, a board member of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership and member of the Interlake Health Board of Directors.

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