Aug. 30, 2017: A former LaFayette Central School District student was recently honored for his commitment to academics and the community.
During a June 6 Onondaga-Madison-Cortland BOCES graduation ceremony, then-senior Casey Crouse received the Joseph S. Tucci Memorial Award. For more than 30 years, the award has been given annually to a student who has exemplified effort and achievement while receiving special education services from OCM BOCES in Cortland.
The award was established in memory of former and longtime OCM Board of Education member Mr. Tucci whose desire was to better serve students with special needs.
For several years, Casey participated in OCM’s STAR Program at Homer High School. The program offers students of various abilities the opportunity to become educated according to New York State Learning Standards while having their individual needs met.
Casey was nominated for the award by his STAR Program teacher, Ms. Rebekah Stull, and program counselor Trisha Ladley, who in their nomination letter referred to Casey’s work ethic as “relentless.”
He is a seven-year member of Boy Scout Troop 81, an Onondaga Nation member, and recently performed a school-to-work job session at Greek Peak Mountain Resort. He frequently volunteers in his community and shovels sidewalks and driveways during the winter months.