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August 18, 2013

LHS to recognize Distinguished Alumni

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — They’ve done some amazing things. And next week the Lockport High School Foundation will honor eight individuals as the newest class of Distinguished Alumni.

The seventh class will be honored at a special ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend.

Here are this year’s inductees:

• Dr. Helen Cappuccino, Class of 1981: Cappuccino is a surgical oncologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and an associate professor at the University at Buffalo. She was nationally honored as one of 50 of America’s most positive physicians. Her recent business endeavor, Vertebra Film Development, has produced five feature length films featuring actors such as Colin Firth, Emily Blunt and Eli Roth. She serves on several boards, including the Albright Knox Art Gallery and devotes much of her time to philanthropic endeavors. She received her B.A. and M.D. from the University at Buffalo.

• Wayne Ginty, Class of 1973: Ginty taught at Lockport High School for 33 years. He was twice named WNY Teacher of the Year. Wayne also coached basketball throughout his tenure. In addition, he served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C. and as the secondary teacher consultant at the National History Center at U.C.L.A. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his service, including the Lockport Unsung Hero Award. Ginty graduated from SUNY Geneseo, magna cum laude and received a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo.

• Bill Hayes, Class of 1956: Hayes served as the superintendent at Byron-Bergen Central School, outside of Rochester, for 21 years. He also served as the chairperson of the teacher education department at Roberts Wesleyan College, where he remains on the faculty. He is the author of 15 books, numerous articles and active in his community, his church and the New York State Superintendents Organization. Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree from Geneseo and a master’s degree from Albany.

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