District to Honor Four Wall of Distinction Inductees on Friday, February 28The North Syracuse Central School District is pleased to announce its 2020 Wall of Distinction inductees. This year, the district will induct the following alumni:
- Suzanne (Argy) Meyer (deceased), formerly of Cicero, NY (North Syracuse High School Class of 1967)
- Pete Moore of Cicero, NY (Cicero-North Syracuse High School Class 1984)
- Roxanne (Corl) Trew of Cicero, NY (Cicero-North Syracuse High School Class of 1986)
- Lee James Turner of Marcellus, NY (North Syracuse High School Class of 1974)
The North Syracuse Central School District Wall of Distinction was created to recognize and honor graduates from North Syracuse High School, Cicero High School or Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Each year, an Advisory Committee considers nominated graduates who have achieved a high level of prominence in their personal and/or professional lives and who have participated in extensive community service or volunteer activities to be inducted into the Wall of Distinction.
About this year's inductees:
|Suzanne (Argy) Meyer is a 1967 graduate of North Syracuse High School. Sadly, Suzanne passed away in 2009, six months after being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.
Suzanne lived her life devoted to caring for others. After graduating from the District, Suzanne earned nursing degrees locally and went on to provide tremendous care for patients in the area at various medical facilities.
Suzanne was devoted to her family and will be remembered as their leader and protector. She obtained her degrees and earned certification as a diabetes educator while also raising three children. Her children followed in her footsteps and graduated from North Syracuse Central Schools. Suzanne was a constant supporter of her children’s school activities and even used her nursing skills to volunteer as a field band nurse for the school band.
In her career, Suzanne worked with patients of all ages and abilities, where she stood out for the exceptional care she provided. She has been recognized locally and nationally for excellence and expertise in the field of diabetic care. In 2001, she received the New York State Professional Nurse of the Year Award while serving on the Governor’s Initiative for Children with Diabetes. In 2007 she was recognized with Upstate Medical University’s Nursing Excellence Award.
Suzanne contributed to numerous diabetes research studies and co-authored multiple research papers including articles published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
|Pete Moore is a 1984 graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Pete has been working for the North Syracuse Central School District for the past 30 years, currently at Cicero-North Syracuse High School as a teaching assistant for students with special needs.
As part of the District, Pete has coached countless students in extra-curricular activities such as football, field hockey, track, lacrosse and basketball. As a certified Level 1 and 2 USA Strength Trainer, Pete works directly with the C-NS varsity football team for their training needs.
As a coach, trainer and teacher, Pete serves as a mentor to students and athletes alike. In 2016 he received the Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
Pete is devoted to creating and cultivating a positive environment within the North Syracuse Central School District community and beyond. Through the Vera House Coaching Boys Into Men program, Pete teaches young, male athletes the importance of respect for themselves, others, and in particular, women and girls.
Pete has been a motivational speaker at District events and was the keynote speaker for the New York State Therapeutic Recreation Association. Pete’s extraordinary journey with young athletes was the inspiration behind his 2015 book, Sport and Motivation, a testament to his unique approach to helping young people synchronize mind, body and spirit.
|Roxanne (Corl) Trew is a 1986 graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School. After graduation, Roxanne went on to SUNY Oneonta, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She then continued her education at Syracuse University, earning a master’s degree in reading and K-12 certification as a reading specialist.
Roxanne currently works for East Syracuse Minoa (ESM) Central School District as a Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teacher at Pine Grove Middle School. Roxanne has been honored as a teacher of the year both locally and statewide. She was named Teacher of the Year by Central Area FACS in 1996 in the area of home economics and in 2014 in the area of family and consumer science.
In 2015, she was named the New York State Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the Year. She is an active member of the New York State FACS Association and served as their coordinator for 10 years.
Roxanne is involved with several faculty and student committees in the ESM School District. She has spearheaded various fund-raising activities in order to provide students the opportunity to take part in once in a lifetime trips to New York City and Boston. Over the course of her career, Roxanne has spent countless hours organizing the events for her students and has attended each and every one of the 18 three-day excursions.
|Lee James Turner is a 1974 graduate of North Syracuse High School. Lee credits his former teachers at Roxboro Road Middle School with helping him discover his passion for music.
After graduating from high school, Lee pursued his passion by earning a bachelor’s degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in 1978. He also received a Certificate of Merit and a Performer’s Certificate and has gone on to become an accomplished professional musician.
Lee earned his master’s degree in Applied Music Performance/Trumpet in 1980 from Ohio University. Upon finishing his education, Mr. Turner returned to his alma mater and became a band director for the North Syracuse Central School District in 1980.
Throughout his career, until his retirement in 2016, he shared his musical passion with countless students. Lee currently plays with the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, Excelsior Cornet Band, the Federal City Brass Band and Fingerlakes Brass Works. He also performs as a soloist with several local choirs and orchestras.
He voluntarily shares his musical talents by giving performances at many charity and community events while continuing to perform professionally. Some of the many accomplished musicians with whom Mr. Turner has performed include Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Aaron Copland, Natalie Cole, Regis Philbin, The Four Freshman, The Temptations, Mickey Rooney and The Four Tops.
For additional information about the Wall of Distinction, please contact Christopher R. Leahey, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, North Syracuse Central School District at 315/218-2148.
Click here to view a listing of inductees by year.