continued She holds an undergraduate degree from Russell Sage College, Troy, and completed master level work at SUNY-Plattsburgh. McDonald is very active in regional professional, political, civic organizations and has served as the chairwoman of the Essex County Republican Committee and president of the Heritage Museum Board of Directors in Ticonderoga. She is a member of the North Country Community College Foundation Board.
The Distinguished Alumni awards recognize graduates of Ticonderoga High School who have succeeded in their personal and professional lives. Alumni selected have distinguished themselves by virtue of their contributions to community and/or society as well as to their careers.
A goal of the award is to introduce positive role models to the Ticonderoga High School community.
Previous Distinguished Alumni Award winners include Kari Boyce and Dr. Marilyn Meserve in 2012, Joyce G. Cooper and Robert C. Dedrick in 2011, Sanford W. Morhouse, Esq, Donald B. Dedrick in 2010, Richard (Dick) Arthur, Thomas Burleigh and Elliott Shaw, Jr. in 2009, Charles (Chuck) Moore, Howard W. Rathbun Jr. in 2008, Richard (Rick) Belden and Peter M. Lawson in 2007, Charles (Chuck) Gijanto and Anthony (Tony) Reale in 2006, and Dr. William R. Bolton, Gen. (Ret.) James King, Virginia LaPointe, Tom W. Malaney and Susan Rathbun in 2005.
Previous Special Service Awards have gone to Richard (Dick) Nadeau and the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad in 2012, Dieter Schmidt and the Ticonderoga Fire Department in 2011, Sandra (Ferguson) Hurlburt and Joyce (Dedrick) Martin Barker in 2010, John Bartlett and Donald Gijanto, Sr. in 2009, Robert (Bob) Dedrick and William (Bill) Dolback in 2008, Sylvia Boyce and Daniel (Dan) Crossman in 2007, Keith Dolbeck and Jean Hopkins in 2006, and Michael C. Hayes and Percy Thompson in 2005.
Friend of Ticonderoga High Award Awards has been given to Scott Hearburg and Robert Palandrani Sr. in 2012, Paul B. Ingrey in 2011, and Dr. William Brennan in 2010.
More information is available online at www.ticonderogaalumni.org.