North Creek The sophomore honors English program, in collaboration with board members, community members, teacher Katie O’Dell and Superintenent Michael Markwica, exhibited their commitment to create positive connections with the community with the 2014 Wall Of Fame.
In it’s initial year, 2013, the district announced during graduation ceremonies a new initiative for the district and rolled out the Wall of Fame program. At that time Markwica detailed the program as a new tradition celebrating past alumni for outstanding achievements. These alumni would be listed on a Wall of Fame and receive certificates of recognition.
In a move to increase student involvement, the sophomore honors English class was assigned the task of intervieiwng the inductees in a graded assignment and additionally helping put together the written portion of the Wall Of Fame exhibit. Honors students Aaron Conlon, Sara Pierson, Paige Guy, Makayla Denno and Emily Persons took the task seriously and learned many lessons along the way.
“It was a learning experience,” said Galusha. “I was very nervous at first but once I got talking it improved and a sense of humor came out.”
Six alumists are set to be honored in this years Wall Of Fame. The criteria were simple.
“We were looking for individuals that have gone above and beyond to help the community or the school in some way,” said Markwica.
“This was an honor,” said Pierson. “I just never knew that somone from North Creek could ever do and accomplish these things, I learned a lot and increased my confidence.”
Indutee, whose profiles were written by the students, include:
Helen Ordway Cornwall
Professional/Career Achievements: Helen Cornwall ran the nursery at Gore Mountain Ski Center from the mountain’s opening in the 1960’s until the early 1990’s. Helen realized that people who came to ski were tied up with their children and she wanted to help. “It was a lot of fun. 1 worked with the little ones, and they were fun.” The kids were dropped off in the morning, picked up for lunch, and returned until Gore closed for the day. Helen also served on the Johnsburg Town Board. “1 enjoyed that a lot: the people and (resolving) the problems that faced the town.” She worked on the board for 19 years, and was the only female member: “That was fine with me!”