The Ticonderoga Alumni Association will honor a veteran and an educator/community leader during its ninth annual awards ceremony. Lt. Col. (Ret.) Peter Charboneau of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Anne B. McDonald of Ticonderoga will be presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards.
The Ticonderoga Alumni Association will honor a veteran and an educator/community leader during its ninth annual awards ceremony.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Peter Charboneau of Costa Mesa, Calif., and Anne B. McDonald of Ticonderoga will be presented with Distinguished Alumni Awards.
The event will be held Friday, July 26, at the Best Western Inn. A hors d’oeuvres reception will be held at 5 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
Special Service Awards will also be given to June Curtis and Sue Liddell for their service to the community.
The association’s newest award, the Friend of Ticonderoga High School Award, will be given to Ticonderoga High School English teacher Deborah Breitenbach of Silver Bay. The award honors non-alumni who have made significant contributions to the Ticonderoga school community.
The public, friends,and family of the awardees are encouraged to attend.
Charboneau, a Ticonderoga native, retired in 2011 after 30 years in the Marine Corps — starting as a private and working his way up the ranks to become one of the corps’ most honored members, a “mustang.”
The century-old term “mustang” identifies enlisted men who worked their way up the ranks to officer status. Fewer than 5 percent of enlisted Marines become officers; fewer than 1 percent reach the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Charboneau was a standout athlete at Ticonderoga High School, graduating in 1980.
During his career Charboneau has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees along with a slew of medals and commendations — including the Legion of Merit.
The Legion of Merit was established by Act of Congress in 1942 and is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States for exceptionally outstanding conduct in the performance of meritorious service to the United States.
McDonald is a retired Ticonderoga Central School teacher who has served on a myriad of boards, committees and other community service projects. She is now a member of the Fort Ticonderoga board of trustees.
She holds an undergraduate degree from Russell Sage College, Troy, and completed master level work at SUNY-Plattsburgh. McDonald is very active in regional professional, political, civic organizations and has served as the chairwoman of the Essex County Republican Committee and president of the Heritage Museum Board of Directors in Ticonderoga. She is a member of the North Country Community College Foundation Board.
The Distinguished Alumni awards recognize graduates of Ticonderoga High School who have succeeded in their personal and professional lives. Alumni selected have distinguished themselves by virtue of their contributions to community and/or society as well as to their careers.
A goal of the award is to introduce positive role models to the Ticonderoga High School community.
Previous Distinguished Alumni Award winners include Kari Boyce and Dr. Marilyn Meserve in 2012, Joyce G. Cooper and Robert C. Dedrick in 2011, Sanford W. Morhouse, Esq, Donald B. Dedrick in 2010, Richard (Dick) Arthur, Thomas Burleigh and Elliott Shaw, Jr. in 2009, Charles (Chuck) Moore, Howard W. Rathbun Jr. in 2008, Richard (Rick) Belden and Peter M. Lawson in 2007, Charles (Chuck) Gijanto and Anthony (Tony) Reale in 2006, and Dr. William R. Bolton, Gen. (Ret.) James King, Virginia LaPointe, Tom W. Malaney and Susan Rathbun in 2005.
Previous Special Service Awards have gone to Richard (Dick) Nadeau and the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad in 2012, Dieter Schmidt and the Ticonderoga Fire Department in 2011, Sandra (Ferguson) Hurlburt and Joyce (Dedrick) Martin Barker in 2010, John Bartlett and Donald Gijanto, Sr. in 2009, Robert (Bob) Dedrick and William (Bill) Dolback in 2008, Sylvia Boyce and Daniel (Dan) Crossman in 2007, Keith Dolbeck and Jean Hopkins in 2006, and Michael C. Hayes and Percy Thompson in 2005.
Friend of Ticonderoga High Award Awards has been given to Scott Hearburg and Robert Palandrani Sr. in 2012, Paul B. Ingrey in 2011, and Dr. William Brennan in 2010.
More information is available online at www.ticonderogaalumni.org.