SOMERS, N.Y.-Several members of the Somers High School community received prestigious statewide leadership awards at a conference in Albany.
Victoria Dotto, a senior and student council president at the high school, was awarded the Kristen Haver Memorial Award at the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities (NYS CLSA) at the organization’s 30th annual leadership conference recently.
The award is NYS CLSA’s highest honor, recognizing a member of the NYS CLSA student board who exemplifies hard work and outstanding leadership qualities. Student council co-advisers Brenda O’Shea and Doreen Stoecker describe Dotto as a quiet leader who doesn’t need the spotlight and who brings determination to everything she does.
“She makes a point of knowing people,” said O’Shea. “And not for political or networking purposes, but because she is interested in others. She inspires and gathers people together.”
Dotto is enrolled in the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES New Visions health program where she is studying medicine. She is also conducting research related to Legionnaires’ disease at the high school.
Senior Evan Kader won an Outstanding Leader award at the conference. Kader also is enrolled in the BOCES New Visions health program. He is a junior member of the Somers Fire Department and plans to study nursing in college.
Brenda O’Shea received the Earl Reum Advisor of the Year Award. A social studies teacher, O’Shea was nominated for the award by her students. Co-adviser Doreen Stoecker said she has never met a more selfless person.
“Brenda dedicates all of her time and efforts to making sure that students at Somers High get every opportunity available,” said Stoecker. “Anything the kids dream up, Brenda supports and finds a way to make it happen. And it is always for the betterment of the kids.”
This is O’Shea’s 15th year as student council adviser at the high school.