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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 27, 2022

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. Previous winners of the John Wilcox Award are: Rick Gollaher, Brian Dermody, Arlene DeVinney, Deborah Wilbur, John Michalko, Trish Kelley, John LaFave, Annette Annesi, Greg Kane, Amy Principato, Brian Amesbury and Mandy Dedrick-Gerstner.

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 27, 2022 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

Thank you

Past Winners of the John Wilcox Award

2021- Mandy Dedrick-Gerstner, School Psychologist

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