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John Wilcox Award - Seeking Nominations

John Wilcox
John Wilcox's silhouette is painted on the wall at Canandaigua Academy. He occupied that seat at CA sporting events.
The Canandaigua City School District seeks nominations for the John Wilcox Award - Nominations due by Friday, May 21, 2021.

The John Wilcox Award is the Canandaigua City School District’s highest award given to academic and support staff. John Wilcox served as the Canandaigua Academy Principal from 1967-1986. His leadership was exemplified by his high principles and his own personal code of conduct. Mr. Wilcox believed:

  • In putting students first, in honoring them for who they are and celebrating their victories.
  • To ensure student success, staff and family must show students they care – through love, support and involvement in the student’s life.
  • Every student, when given the chance, could be successful.
  • All students need and want structure, rules and discipline in their lives.
  • In hard work and commitment, doing whatever it took to get the job done and more.
  • In the Canandaigua City School District’s Character Education principles in all that he did both professionally and personally.
  • In the Canandaigua School System, the community of Canandaigua and all who live and work here.

To honor the memory of Mr. Wilcox, who passed away on December 3, 2008, the Canandaigua City School District established the John Wilcox Award. This award is given at Commencement to a Canandaigua City School District staff member whose professional principles mirror those of John Wilcox. 

This award has been established to honor the memory of former Academy Principal John Wilcox, who served our district from 1967 – 1986.  Mr. Wilcox passed away in December of 2008.

This award recognizes a staff member who embodies the characteristics of Mr. Wilcox:

  • believe in putting students first, in honoring them for who they are and celebrating their victories. 
  • believe that to ensure student success, staff and family must show students they care – through love, support and involvement in the student’s life.
  • believe that every student, when given the chance, can be successful.
  • believe that all students need and want structure, rules and discipline in their lives.
  • believe in hard work and commitment, doing whatever it took to get the job done and more. 
  • embody the Canandaigua City School District’s Character Education principles in both professional and personal behaviors.
  • believe in the Canandaigua School System, the community of Canandaigua and all who live and work here.

Any member of the Canandaigua City School District may be nominated; this award is not intended to recognize only the teaching staff but is open to teachers, administrators, support staff, bus drivers, cafeteria employees and our custodial and maintenance crew. 

Written nominations are welcome from any member of the Canandaigua community. Your nomination should highlight the reason the staff member you are nominating exemplifies the characteristics described above. Your nomination letter can be sent to Matt Schrage by Friday, May 21, 2021 at the following address:

Matt Schrage, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
Canandaigua City School District
143 North Pearl Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

or you may nominate via e-mail to Mr. Schrage at schragem@canandaiguaschools.org. Email nominations are preferred.

 

Past Winners of the John Wilcox Award

2020- Brian Amesbury, Elementary Principal

2019- Amy Principato, School Psychologist

2018- Greg Kane, Music Curriculum Area Lead Teacher

2017- Annette Annesi, Elementary Teacher

2016- John LaFave, Director of Student Support Services

2015- Trish Kelley, Academy Players House Manager

2014- John Michalko, Middle School Enrichment Teacher

2013- Deborah Wilbur, Academy Special Education Teacher

2012- Arlene DeVinney, Academy Administrative Aide

2011- Brian Dermody, Academy Science Teacher

2010- Rick Gollaher, Bus Driver

John Wilcox
John Wilcox (left) in an undated photo
John Wilcox Academy Principal
John Wilcox
CA Principal 1967-1986