The Saugerties Community Youth Awards committee recently recognized Christopher Pelletieri, 12, and Kyle Rendel, 17, for good deeds and actions.
Pelletieri was nominated by Char Fraske, his sixth-grade teacher last year at Mount Marion Elementary School, who said Christopher’s courage has “touched her heart.” He entered Mount Marion in fourth grade after being adopted by the Pelletieri family, and, according to a statement by Fraske, “after having had a rough, challenging start in life, [Pelletieri] has incredibly managed to grow strong emotionally, socially and academically over the past three years,” adding that “his courage and bravery have touched my heart.”
Kyle Rendel has been working for the Saugerties Boys & Girls Club for the past three months. His employer, Roland Carito, describes Rendel as “a dedicated and intelligent young man that has taken it upon himself to strive for success.” The award praises his initiative and a “work ethic that is unmatched by his peers.” Carito states that he has “seen him to continue to improve with his duties and willingness to learn and adapt his style when necessary,” and describes Rendel as “a role model, not only to the kids he works with, but also to his peers.”
The program is supported by the town and village of Saugerties, the Saugerties Central School District, the Saugerties Boys & Girls Club and Family of Woodstock. The award program was initiated by Saugerties is About Growth Experiences (SAGE).
Shown are, left to right: supervisor Kelly Myers, Kyle Rendel, councilman Bruce Leighton, Christopher Pelletieri, deputy supervisor Jimmy Bruno and councilwoman Leeanne Thornton.