Resolution J584-2013

Congratulating Reginald Dennis as recipient of the 2013 Student of the Year Award

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  • Feb 28, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 28, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Feb 22, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION congratulating Reginald Dennis upon the occasion
of his  designation  as  recipient  of  the  New  York  Association  for
Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) 2013 Student of the Year Award

WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body to take note of those
individuals who have distinguished themselves  through  their  exemplary
pursuit of education as adults; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to  congratu-
late  Reginald  Dennis upon the occasion of his designation as recipient
of the New York  Association  for  Continuing/Community  Education  2013
Student  of  the  Year Award; he will be honored at NYACCE's 30th Annual
Student Awards and Legislative Event on March 6, 2013,  in  Albany,  New
York; and
  WHEREAS,  NYACCE  represents  adult  education  professionals with its
primary missions of maintaining and  expanding  education  and  training
opportunities for undereducated adults throughout New York State; and
  WHEREAS,  NYACCE  strives to ensure that the opportunities afforded to
these students continue to be available, and that additional  adults  in
need  of  these  services  continue to be served without barriers; it is
well understood that individuals who continue  their  education  have  a
greater chance of improving their employment and quality of life; and
  WHEREAS,  Reginald  Dennis  understands the value of education and the
challenges and hardships that are sometimes faced when trying to  obtain
that education; and
  WHEREAS,  By age 15, Reginald Dennis had dropped out of school and was
living on his own and working various jobs to  survive;  he  even  found
himself homeless at one point during his youth; and
  WHEREAS,  Reginald  Dennis knew he had to make some major life changes
when he started caring for his own family at age 20, so  he  decided  to
return to school to obtain his high school equivalency diploma; and
  WHEREAS,  While pursuing his diploma through a High School Equivalency
program at OCM BOCES, Reginald Dennis  had  to  overcome  several  chal-
lenges,  including  full-time work commitments and a lack of transporta-
tion, but he persevered and eventually received his GED in  December  of
2011; and
  WHEREAS, Reginald Dennis, a resident of Liverpool, New York, is now on
a path to achieving personal success by meeting his goals; he received a
full scholarship to attend Syracuse University through the Higher Educa-
tion  Opportunity Program and is presently studying Business Management;
and
  WHEREAS, Reginald Dennis also remains active in supporting  the  adult
literacy programs at OCM BOCES by speaking to middle school students who
are at risk of dropping out; and
  WHEREAS,  Reginald  Dennis continues to inspire at-risk youth, and all
who meet him, by demonstrating the importance of  hard  work  and  dedi-
cation; now therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Reginald Dennis upon the occasion  of  his  designation  as
recipient of the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education
2013 Student of the Year Award; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Reginald Dennis.

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