County honors Canjo students, staff at ‘Something Stronger’ event

Four Canajoharie High School seniors and one teacher were honored May 19 at the inaugural Montgomery County Students & Educators Made of Something Stronger event.

The event was established to “shine a spotlight on the strong work ethic and strong character that students and educators from our county possess,” according to a letter from the office of the county executive. Four students and one teacher from each school in the county were invited to participate.

Francesca Nare, Lucas Draffen, Geri Fredericks and Jacob St. Martin were chosen to represent Canajoharie at the event.

Nare is senior class president, and has been involved in National Honor Society, Science Club, History Club, International Club, Prom Committee, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, varsity volleyball, basketball, Athletic Association, and band and choir, serving as treasurer of the band.

Draffen is the first student chosen as a representative on the Canajoharie Board of Education. He is also involved in history club, football, Nordic ski and the school musical, in addition to many volunteer opportunities.

Fredericks is active in Computer Science Interns, and has also been involved in Battle of the Books, Drama Club, National Honor Society, Chess Club, SADD, Science Club and National Junior Honor Society.

St. Martin recently earned his Eagle Scout award, and has been involved in Student Council, National Honor Society, History Club, Science Club, NADA, choir, Ski Club, Athletic Association, and has competed on the cross-country ski team, soccer team and track and field.

According to Principal Rebecca Gleason, school officials chose students who have distinguished themselves not just academically, but through rich involvement in school life.

Special education teacher Carol Ann Hammons was also chosen for the honor in recognition of her work to create the Student Teacher Activity Rally (STAR) program, and her involvement as co-chair of SADD.