Canajoharie honors U.S. Army general during
Hall of Fame ceremony
The Canajoharie Alumni Hall of Fame honored Lt.
Gen. Sean MacFarland as its first ever inductee during a ceremony at
the high school Tuesday, Oct. 25.
A 1977 Canajoharie High School graduate, Lt. Gen.
MacFarland is the Commanding General of III Armored Corps and Fort
Hood, Texas. From September 2015 until August 2016, he was also the
Commanding General of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation
Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria. In April 2016, he was named
among the “100 Most Influential People” by Time magazine.
The general was accompanied by family members at
the induction ceremony, which was attended by high school students,
teachers, staff and administrators.
Lt. Gen. MacFarland said he felt humbled by the
honor of being inducted into the new Hall of Fame and credited his
teachers for making his educational experience in Canajoharie
(click here to see a video of the speech)
“This is a great school, and it was when I came
through. What made it so great was the teachers who provided us with
the best possible education,” the general said.
year the school plans to induct a notable alumni into the Hall of
Fame. The hall will honor graduates who have distinguished
themselves in a specific field – whether it be civic or humanitarian
affairs or in other activities that merit special recognition.
Beginning this year, a committee will select an inductee from
nominations submitted by members of the public.
(click here to download a nomination form)
During his remarks, Lt. Gen. MacFarland lauded
the opportunities available to students in small districts like
Canajoharie and encouraged students to take advantage of those
opportunities and participate in extra-curricular activities.
“When I went to West Point from here, I was
competing against kids from the biggest and some of the best schools
across the country,” he said. “But, I never felt at all
disadvantaged because of where I came from because the education
here was just that good.”
Lt. Gen. MacFarland’s induction into the hall was
first announced at the high school’s June commencement. The general
was overseas in command of Operation Inherent Resolve at the time
and unable to attend.
High School Principal Rebecca Gleason said she
looks forward to continuing the Hall of Fame tradition.
“It is our hope that today’s students see in our
inductees people worthy of emulation. We believe the Hall of Fame
program will help develop a more positive school culture and bring
our community together in sharing the successes of our native sons
and daughters,” she said.
Captions: Top: Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland
speaks with Canajoharie High School junior Hunter Congdon following
the Canajoharie Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony Tuesday, Oct.
Middle: Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland speaks with L to R Canajoharie High
School senior Chris Schrell, freshmen Connor Alkinburgh, sophomore
Jaden McGuigan and freshmen Caleb Crouse.
Bottom: MacFarland family members and Canajoharie administrators L
to R Tracey Stetin, the general’s sister; Joe MacFarland, brother,
Nancy and Garth MacFarland, the general’s parents; Lt. Gen.
MacFarland and his wife Lynda; Canajoharie High School Principal
Rebecca Gleason; Canajoharie Superintendent of Schools Deborah
Grimshaw; Alicia Stetin, the general’s niece and Dan Stetin, brother