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21st Assembly District MLK Jr. Awardees

Recipients of the 21st Assembly District Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Citation: The Cititation is presented by Assemblyman Tom Alfano.


  • 2010 - Nkenge Gilliam, Tiria Onwuchekwa, Divinity Babb, Ivana Roman
  • 2009 - David Duchatellier, Sage Bowen, Francis Mitra, Xavier Roberts
  • 2008 - Ian Feurtado, Walter Aksionoff, and Ken Rosner
  • 2007 - John Sullivan, Joel Jackson
  • 2006 - Richard Mastrocola, Esq (posthumously), Randall Clarke
  • 2005 - Lillian B. Mitchell
  • 2004 - Livingston Chrichlow

Lillian Williams Bowers Mitchell
hails from North Carolina and came to New York at age thirteen. After becoming an insurance broker in 1950 and a real estate broker in 1951, she opened an office and conducted business in both fields until her retirement in1984.

Mrs Mitchell is a lifetime member of the National Association of NegroBusiness and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. She was treasurer of the civicfor her area, the Jamaica Square Improvement League, from 1983 to 2004.  She is currently an Honorary Life Board Member of the League and an activeand devoted member of the Emanuel Baptist Church in Elmont, NY.  “Even though the barriers that keep us out of the main stream of the economicarena are far less visible, they still exist and we must develop a keenersensitivity to recognize these under-currents and be sufficiently strong tochallenge them.”

 


Walter Aksionoff
has served as the Principal of the Dutch Broadway School for the past sixteen years.  Throughout his thirty year career in the Elmont Union Free School District, he has by word and action, created a warm, positive, learning environment in one of the largest elementary schools in Nassau County.  He is the President of the Elmont Elementary Administrators’ Association, and has served on the district-wide committees to develop and adopt the Elmont Comprehensive Educational Plan, the Elmont Shared Decision-Making Plan, and the District Technology Committee.  The Dutch Broadway School enjoys a fine reputation among elementary schools in Nassau County and New York State due to Mr. A’s outstanding leadership and talented staff.
Mr. Aksionoff is a proud member of a number of professional organizations:
·    Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
·    National Association of Elementary School Principals Association
·    International Reading Association
·    National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Kenneth Rosner
is the father of two children, Jayme and Justin.  He and his wife, Jodi, have been living in Farmingdale for the past ten years.  He  started his teaching career as a teacher aide at The Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, working with children with severe orthopedic and health impairments.  After two years, he earned his Masters degree in Special Education and started working for the NYC Dept. of Education as a sixth grade special education teacher at PS 329, Brooklyn. Kenneth went on to teach various grade levels throughtout the Borough rising through the ranks to become Assistant principal, along the way he earned special recognition as the Teacher of the Year award from the Queens chapter of C.H.A.D.D (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder).  Kenneth developed a professional development program that helped support the Teaching Fellows program initiated in New York City. During his last year as Asst. Principal, Kenneth was given a Proclamation by the NYC Council, 19th and 28th District for his dedication to the children of PS 160 and Jamaica community.  In August of 2006, Kenneth took over the Principalship of the Clara H. Carlson Elementary School.  Under his leadership, the school has developed and initiated many new and exciting programs such as the Teachers of Tomorrow, Community Read, Adopt-A-College, and the Black History Month celebrations.  State test scores show growth across all grades in reading, math, science, and social studies.    Mr. Rosner would like to thank the entire Elmont community for their support, especially the Elmont School Board, Mr. Al Harper, Superintendent of the Elmont UFSD, and the children of the Clara H. Carlson School.  I now know what the sign on Linden Blvd. means…”Welcome to Elmont, A Community with Pride.”
Ian Feurtado (MLK youth award)
is a distinguished member of Elmont Memorial’s class of 2008.  He is an extremely intelligent young man and displays a maturity far beyond his years. During his tenure at Elmont Memorial, Ian Feurtado excelled academically and always maintained the most rigorous course load available.  Due to his tireless efforts, Ian will graduate with a New York State Advanced Regents diploma. Ian’s list of extra-curricular activities is impressive: President of his 2008 Senior Class; President of the Tri-M Music Honor Society; Vice president of MU Alpha Thata Math Honor Society; An active member of the Key Club; National Senior High Honor Society; and Drum major of the Elmont Memorial Senior High School Band.  Ian was an Ambassador in the People to People Program where to traveled to Japan.  For several years now he has served as an intern to Assemblyman Tom Alfano. While at Elmont, Ian has immersed himself in the performing arts program.  He played the lead role in The Wiz and Aida.  He is an extremely caring and compassionate young man.  At Elmont Memorial High School, he is universally respected by his peers and adored by his teachers.
 

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