Students and Teachers are Honored by the Camillus Optimists

Camillus Optimist Youth Techer Year
Pictured above in the front row from left to right are teachers Kristin Duschen (CMS), Thomas Cole (WGHS), and Emily Bush (EH). In the back row from left to right are students Amelia Jennings and Giovanni Capria from CMS and James Tully and Abigail Fassinger from the high school.

Abigail Fassinger and James Tully from West Genesee High School; Amelia Jennings and Giovanni Capria from Camillus Middle School; and the entire student body at West Genesee Middle School were honored by the Camillus Optimists with the David Kenna Outstanding Student Award.

Thomas Cole (West Genesee High School social studies teacher), Kristin Duschen (Camillus Middle School math teacher), and Emily Bush (East Hill Elementary School special education teacher) each received the 2021 Joseph A. Witowski Outstanding Teacher Award.

Honorees and their families were guests of the Optimists on November 4 at the Tuscarora Golf Club. School administrators introduced each honoree and described their unique contributions. Optimist David Philippone coordinated the program.

Teachers were selected by their peers for being sensitive to the needs of their students; for creating an exciting and challenging classroom atmosphere; and contributing to the quality of instruction at West Genesee.