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Maine-Endwell Honors Distinguished Graduates

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ENDWELL, N.Y. -

The Maine-Endwell School District honored six distinguished graduates Friday night in its 10th bi-annual Graduate of Distinction ceremony. 

Over 90 people attended the ceremony at The Riverdale Banquet Hall in Endwell. Former and present students attended along with members of the community.

One of the 2018 Graduates of Distinction is Johnson City Police Officer Lou Cioci. 

“Try to give them a positive role model to look after and give them some advice and share some of my experiences." — Lou Cioci, Johnson City Police Officer, Graduate of Distinction Recipient 

In 2016, Cioci was New York State’s Police Officer of the Year. That same year, he also received the Public Safety Medal of Honor from former President Barack Obama, the highest award given to members of law enforcement. 

According to M-E Principal Tom Burkhardt, a hand-selected committee works with the applicants and reviews them. The committee looks at whether the applicant has a distinguished career with a significant return to the community either within their career or through volunteer activities. 

The 2018 Graduates of Distinction are:

Lou Cioci, Class of 1990, Police Officer, Johnson City Police Department; Congressional Medal of Valor recipient; 2016 NYS Police Officer of the Year;

John Furey, Class of 1965, Former high school teacher and administrator; Professional Development liaison at Salisbury University (Award presented posthumously);

Kristine (Kenien) Kennedy, Class of 1971, Broke gender barrier as a high school athlete; Retired IBM engineer; Cape Vincent, NY, Citizen of the Year;

Amanda Meredith, Class of 1990, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims;

Mary (Fuller) Petryszyn, Class of 1980, Sector Vice President and General Manager, Land and Avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems;

Sarah Schlagter, Class of 1997, Senior Grant, Contract and Export Controls Officer, Cornell University.