Kids caught doing right

(Photo by Robert Ford)

Pictured from left to right: Mayor William Murphy, Hannah Bagshaw, Maceo Bland, Alex Santiago, Meaghan McDonough, and in front, Ivan Avallone. (photo by Robert Ford)

“Of all the things that I have to do as mayor, this is my favorite one,” said village mayor William Murphy as he presented awards to five village youths for outstanding service to the community at Monday’s board meeting.

“In light of what happened in Connecticut, presenting these awards tonight is a little special,” Murphy added. “In this day and age with all that’s going on, it’s important that we give our kids positive reinforcement for the good deeds that they do.”

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Honored by the mayor and village trustees were:

Hannah Bagshaw – a 17-year-old senior at Saugerties High School, nominated for the award by Daphne Celli who teaches religious education at St. Mary of the Snow. Bagshaw volunteers her time each week to help in Celli’s first grade religious education class. “She always goes above and beyond what is expected of her,” said Celli. “She gets involved with sports, community service and many clubs at school, all while getting great grades.”

Maceo Bland – an 11-year-old, described as having “a heart of gold.” He volunteers every year along with his mom, and runs the community sports equipment day. He also uses his own money each year to purchase Christmas presents for less fortunate children.

Ivan Avallone – an 8-year-old third grader at Cahill School, nominated by his teacher Sally DePoala, who describes him as “an exceptional student. He comes to class prepared and willing to learn.” He also helps his fellow students without being asked to, and “his work is of the highest quality. It’s a pleasure to have such a respectful, kind and caring student in my class,” DePoala said.

Meaghan McDonough – a 13-year-old eighth grader at Saugerties Junior High School was nominated by her math teacher Greg Vail. She volunteers for the Saugerties Animal Shelter. “She is a young lady that is giving of her time for the good of the community,” Vail said.

Alex Santiago – a 13-year-old seventh grader at the middle school, was nominated by Roland Carito for his work at the Saugerties Boys and Girls Club. “He is always a reliable and intelligent young man, but this recognition is based on his willingness to create a full-day arts program for elementary members during a recent no-school day,” Carito said. “Alex was focused on their enjoyment and education throughout the project.”

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