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ELCS Hall of Fame

Our inaugural Hall of Fame inductions will take place as part of Graduation on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM.  This year, four (4) individuals will be inducted during the school’s graduation ceremony.HOF  
 
The ELCS Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the school or who have achieved outstanding contributions to society as a graduate of ELCS.
 
The 2015 Inductees are:
 
CHARLES H. “CHARLIE” MARTIN (posthumous)
The late Charles H. Martin served on the ELCS Board of Education, elected to a five-year term from 1982-1987, was widely known for his teamwork and respect for fellow Board members.  Former fellow Board members recall Charlie Martin’s devotion and dedication to the School Board, highlighted by his careful consideration to all discussions and decisions. 
 
Charlie Martin left a profound mark on the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School community, guided by a strong belief to give back to the community that accepted him and his family upon moving to the town of Lewis in 1969.  Charlie Martin also volunteered for numerous years with the Elizabethtown-Lewis Youth Commission, Cub Scouts, Lewis Volunteer Fire Department, Elizabethtown-Lewis Rescue Squad, and Lewis Town Council – broadly influencing the school community in numerous positive ways.
 
DONALD R. “COACH” HUNTLEY
Don “Coach” Huntley is a retired ELCS teacher, coach, and Athletic Director serving the school community for 33 years before his retirement in 1998.  Don Huntley represented himself and the district as a true professional, and still does today, visiting and assisting custodians while also facilitating the district’s annual budget vote.  A longtime physical education teacher, coach, and athletic director enabled Coach Huntley to form positive and lasting relationships with students and families.  Coach Huntley also held the position of Dean of Discipline, working to teach life lessons beyond the classroom with students. 
 
ERNEST H. “ERNIE” LAPINE
Ernie LaPine retired from Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School in June of 1998 after a distinguished service career of 29 years.  Ernie LaPine served in multiple capacities in addition to his regular teaching duties, such as Chairperson for CSE, Internal Auditor, Director of Transportation, coach, and multiple building-wide committees.  Characterized as a team player and a community-minded citizen, Ernie LaPine is described consistently by many as a consummate professional, kind and giving person to his students, athletes, community and family.  Ernie LaPine’s relationships formed at ELCS are long-lasting.
 
RICHARD W. LAWRENCE, JR. (posthumously)
The late Richard W. Lawrence, Jr. served on the ELCS Board of Education shortly after he moved to Elizabethtown in 1947.  Richard Lawrence is widely known for interest and passion for both education and the environment; the North County widely benefited, and still does today, from the life and work of Richard Lawrence.
 
Dick Lawrence also served as chairman of the College Council of Plattsburgh State, as founder of the Council of Councils of NY State Universities and as past chairman of North Country Community College. He served as president of the Crary Foundation in Elizabethtown from 1973 until his retirement in 2000. This organization, which he helped found, provides scholarships for Adirondack students to pursue higher education. He served as a trustee of the Elizabethtown library and was founder of the state’s first multi-county library association, the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System. 
 
Mr. Lawrence was also founder of the Essex County Historical Society and served for many years as a trustee of the New York State Historical Association. His interest in the environment and conservation led to his appointment by Governor Rockefeller, in 1971, as first chairman of the Adirondack Park Agency. He stepped down from that position in 1975, but continued for many years to serve on the boards of the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Council, the New York Parks and Conservation Association and the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.
 
Mr. Lawrence is remembered as a man of humor and intellect who had a visionary and stubborn dedication to the creation of educational opportunities and the protection of the environment.

NYS Champ

ELCS senior Dominic DeMuro, son of Dr. Robert and Karin DeMuro of Elizabethtown, earned top honors at the NYS Champion New York State SkillsUSA "Champions at Work" contest at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.
 
Dominic placed 1st for New York State in the Culinary Arts competition among 40 participants from various regions across the state.   Dominic is in his second year of study at CV-TEC's culinary arts program, where Dominic attends courses in the afternoon of each school day, to sharpen his skills while completing New York State graduation requirements at the same time.  The state competition involved tests of critical cooking skills like cutting, chopping, and use of available kitchen space.
 
Last year Dominic placed 9th in the State at the same competition.
 
Dominic's achievement was featured in the 4/28/2015 edition of the Press Republican; you can view the article here, authored by Kim Smith Dedam of the Press Republican.

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