News from your neighbors: McGraw earns Gold Award, teacher honored

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Caroline McGraw earned her Gold Award, the highest award in the Girl Scouts, for planting a solar garden at Niskayuna Town Hall.Photo provided Caroline McGraw earned her Gold Award, the highest award in the Girl Scouts, for planting a solar garden at Niskayuna Town Hall.

Scout Caroline McGraw earns Gold Award

Niskayuna High School Senior Caroline McGraw has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. For her project, McGraw planted a solar garden, a diverse selection of native plants and flowers, around the Town Hall’s solar panels.

The goal is not just to beautify the space but to create an environment that encourages pollinators.

The solar garden is reported to be the first of its kind in the state. The ribbon-cutting took place on Oct. 28 and was attended by Assemblyman Phil Steck along with community leaders and members of McGraw’s Girl Scout Troop 2383.

The Gold Award is the highest honor for Girl Scouts.

Teacher receives award as Outstanding Mentor

Niskayuna middle school teacher Frank Adamo recently received the Dr. Ruth Everett Award at the 67th annual New York State English Council’s conference in Albany.

Each year, the council honors a cooperating teacher who has mentored future English language arts teachers in student teaching, intern or residency programs.

Adamo has taught English at Iroquois Middle School in the Niskayuna Central School District for 17 years. He is a National Board Certified Teacher, and the recipient of the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. Throughout his career, he has mentored a number of interns for Clarkson University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, and it is through these experiences that he is recognized for his work in mentoring new teachers into the profession.