TICONDEROGA - The Ticonderoga Booster Club recently honored all the varsity senior athletes at the annual Senior Athletic Awards Banquet.
All athletes and their families were given a spaghetti dinner followed by a presentation. Guest speaker Mr. Rolland Yaw, a World War II veteran, was chosen not only for his athletic coaching abilities but also because many graduating seniors are pursuing military careers.
Yaw left high school early to serve his country after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He enlisted in the United States Navy and was assigned for duty in 1942 after a strenuous completion of a 16-week boot camp in only eight weeks. During his time, he was assigned to various duties around the world. He was honorably discharged on March 13, 1946.
Yaw is retired from the International Paper mill after working there for 38 years. He also served as a member of the Ticonderoga Fire Department and EMS squad. Yaw was also a member of the Army's National Guard for 18 years.
After the conclusion of the presentation, all varsity athletes were awarded a plaque that honored all senior sports in which they participated. All varsity coaches as well as the athletic director, Robert Sutphen, presented them with their plaques.
The senior athletes include Bryant Austin, Jocelyn Barber, Hayley Best, Zach Blanchette, Chelsea Budwick, Jeff Burns, Todd Carr, Ben Chapman, Taylor Denno, Samantha Diehl, Miles Genier, Brittany Holt, Katie Karkoski, Robert Kearns, Alex LaFrance, Nate Laundree, Brian Losher, Kaley Manning, Alex Moser, Dylan Overbeek, Rusty Paquin, Jamie Patchett, Jessie Patchett, Qirsten Ross, David Schryer, Vinny Scuderi, Ashley St. Andrews, Robert teRiele, Ralph Todd, Megan Vradenburg, Ryan West and Alex Yaw.
People interested in joining the Ticonderoga Booster Club can Email the club secretary at TiconderogaBoosterClub@gmail.com.