Joyce Cooper, right, receives her Distinguished Alumni Award from Betty Arthur.
Outstanding Ticonderoga High School graduates are being sought.
The Ticonderoga Alumni Association will once again honor leading graduates this July during the annual Alumni Golf Tournament weekend.
Distinguished Alumni Awards are given each year to alumni who have distinguished themselves through their career success and contributions to community and society. Recipients of this award are selected by a committee from nominations submitted by the public.
Nominations for the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards will be accepted through May 25. Any person who graduated from THS before 2002 is eligible to be nominated. Current residency in Ticonderoga is not a requirement.
“The Ticonderoga Alumni Association Board of Directors is pleased to once again have the opportunity to recognize special alumni,” Joyce Cooper. Ti Alumni Association president, said. “It is hoped their career achievements and contributions to community and society will inspire future graduates of the Ticonderoga school community.”
For more information or a nomination form, visit www.ticonderogaalumni.org or contact Cooper at 585-2640.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards have been given annually since 2005. Recipients include Richard (Dick) Arthur, Richard (Rick) Belden, Dr. William Bolton, Thomas Burleigh, Joyce Gallant Cooper, Donald Dedrick, Robert C. Dedrick, Charles (Chuck) Gijanto, Virginia La Pointe, James (Jim) King, Peter Lawson, Thomas (Tom) Malaney, Charles (Chuck) Moore Jr., Sanford (Sandy) Morhouse, Howard Rathbun Jr., Susan Rathbun, Anthony (Tony) Reale and Elliott Shaw Jr.
In 2011 awards went to Cooper and Robert C. (Bob) Dedrick.
Cooper attended Harpur College after graduating from Ti High in 1959. She continued with graduate work in the SUNY system and in California. She had a career as a teacher, moving to California in 1983.
She became a project mentor, developing a K-5 environmental education curriculum and activities guide for her district. She was a math/science staff developer who presented in-service classes to introduce new math and science methodology and curriculum to district teachers. She served as a new teacher mentor and lead mentor.
Berryessa Union School District, which encompassed 13 schools, named her its 2001 Teacher of the Year.
Cooper retired and returned to Ticonderoga in 2001 with her husband Jerry, becoming a driving force in community projects.
She became the first president of the Ticonderoga Alumni Association.
AS chairwoman of the town parks and recreation committee, Cooper was instrumental in the construction of the new Black Point beach house, with running water and flush toilets. She is still known to many as “The Beach Lady.”
Cooper is also past president and a continuing active member of both Kiwanis and Carillon Garden Club. She has been active in the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership since its beginning as secretary, board member, and committee member.
Dedrick, a long-time teacher and coach in the Ti Central School District, retired to become town supervisor.
Bob attended SUNY-Plattsburgh receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. He returned home to marry his wife Annette and teach in the Ticonderoga Middle School. During his 32 years of teaching, he served as Teachers Association President and coached football and basketball. He also organized the Ti Middle School Science Fair and was administrator of the summer enrichment program for five years.
When fellow teacher Keith Dolbeck suggested forming an alumni association whose primary purpose would be the awarding of scholarships, Dedrick embraced the idea. They became the founding fathers of the Ticonderoga Alumni Association.
Dedrick also distinguished himself during 10 years of service in town government. After a term on the town board, he was elected supervisor and served three terms. While supervisor, he was instrumental in the construction of the North Country Community College building, the acquisition of the Armory, helped create the Black Point and Wicker Street sewer districts and secured 18 annual national bass tournaments for Ticonderoga.
The Lord Howe re-enactments, the Waterfests, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train’s annual visits and many other community events bear his mark.
Still an active leader in our community, Dedrick is currently president of Ticonderoga Kiwanis Club, a board member of the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership and member of the Interlake Health Board of Directors.