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  Partnerships, Scholarships, Service, and Recognition

At the annual Student/Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, the Foundation recognizes students from the NYS School for the Deaf and RFA, along with the Most Influential Educator (MIE) each honoree feels has had the most significant influence on his or her life. Financial grants of $400 are presented to the students.

Students were selected by the administration of each school using the following selection criteria:

  • One of the top senior students academically
  • Strong SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Participation in school and community activities
  • Excellent citizenship qualities.

2018 STAR Recipients

   Christina Burns — MIE   Harry Baran, social studies teacher
   Alexis Beckwith — MIE  Kasey Baillie, speech and language teacher

   Jeremy Amoroso — MIE  Jake Meiss, music teacher
   Tristan Hunzinger — MIE  Melissa Richardson, math teacher

NYSSD – A pair of graduating seniors and their influential educators at the New York State School for the Deaf were among those honored in 2018. From left: Pam Havens, President of the Rome College Foundation; Harry Baran, NYSSD social studies teacher; Christina Burns, graduating senior; Alexis Beckwith, graduating senior; Kasey Baillie, NYSSD speech and language teacher; and NYSSD Superintendent David Hubman who served as host for the NYSSD students and educators (photo courtesy Rome Sentinel).

The RFA students and teachers honored in 2018, from left: Jacob Meiss, RFA music teacher; Jeremy Amoroso, graduating senior; Lisa Matte, member of the Board of Trustees of the Rome College Foundation who served as host for the RFA students and educators; Tristan Hunzinger, graduating senior; and Melissa Richardson, RFA math teacher (photo courtesy Rome Sentinel).