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  Partnerships, Scholarships, Service, and Recognition

At the annual Student/Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program, the Foundation recognizes students from the NYS School for the Deaf and RFA, along with the Most Influential Educator (MIE) each honoree feels has had the most significant influence on his or her life. Financial grants of $400 are presented to the students.

Students were selected by the administration of each school using the following selection criteria:

  • One of the top senior students academically
  • Strong SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Participation in school and community activities
  • Excellent citizenship qualities.

2016 STAR Recipients

   Miranda Matthews — MIE   Brooke Erickson
   Francesca Zegarelli — MIE  Shari Santiago

   Spencer Parrish — MIE  Jake Meiss
   Sarah Chien — MIE  Michelle Rushford-Madonia

Lisa Matte, Immediate Past President of Rome College Foundation; Maria Smith, Rome City School District Assistant Superintendent; Mary Faith Messenger, President of Rome College Foundation; Michelle Rushford-Madonia, Most Influential Educator of Sarah Chien, RFA Outstanding Student; and Spencer Parrish, RFA Outstanding Student with his Most Influential Educator, Jake Meiss.