Academic Achievement Dinner Honors Top Students
On May 30, Sullivan BOCES held its Thirty-fourth Annual Academic Achievement Dinner to honor the County’s top students. The Superintendents of Schools, Principals, and Board Presidents attended the event. Mr. Jay Quaintance, President of SUNY Sullivan, was the guest speaker.
Mr. Quaintance spoke to the students of his experiences that lead him to his current role in education. He emphasized that the students should let their experiences help define their role and passion. “It’s not about your role, but what drives you and creates your passion,” said Quaintance. He told the students it was his experiences that united his skills, interest, and aptitude which lead him to find his passion and life’s purpose and to help others access to quality education. Quaintance encouraged the students to follow their interests and engage with people who can help nurture their interest and talents. He told them not to shy away from the curiosity that something else may be interesting. “This very thing may be something that you never imagined, but it may be a perfect fit,” he said. The college president closed with the statement, “When you have the opportunity, take a different path - If you don’t like it leave it. If you have the opportunity to help others and elevate them, do it. We will all be better off.”
At the ceremony, the students received a backpack donated by the Times Herald Record.
Asabelle (Jerikah) Fleischman
Morgan Rose McHugh