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Nassau BOCES honors outstanding students with George Farber Awards

Fifteen exceptional Nassau BOCES students earned the agency’s prestigious George Farber Outstanding Student Award. These students have demonstrated a variety of remarkable attributed including talent, commitment, honesty, diligence, compassion and high moral standards. The students will be honored during a virtual celebration this month.

“These students exemplify the very best of Nassau BOCES,” said District Superintendent Dr. Robert Dillon. “Each of them embodies the true spirit of George Farber. They have shown kindness to other students, exhibited an excellent work ethic and demonstrated outstanding commitment. They have eagerly shared their knowledge and made contributions to their communities. Their collective stories are an inspiration to us all.”

For the past 13 years, outstanding students have been earning this award in memory of former Nassau BOCES Board President George Farber, whose passion for improving the lives of students was surpassed only by his love and care for them. Farber was the longest-serving board member in Nassau County, having served from 1971 to 2009.

Following are the 2020 George Farber Outstanding Student Award honorees, their Nassau BOCES program and home school districts or home town:

Children’s Readiness Center 
Hempstead UFSD

Kerrington Boards
Career Preparatory High School 
Westbury UFSD

Thomas Camisa
GC Tech
Massapequa UFSD

Ricardo Candido
Center for Community Adjustment
East Meadow UFSD

Emily Castillo
Jerusalem Avenue Elementary School 
Baldwin UFSD Douglas 

Salvatore Costanza
Adult Career & Technical Education

Colleen DiLello
Adult Learning Center  
Garden City Park

Charles Douglas
Seaman Neck Middle School 
Malverne UFSD

Bianca Duffer-Bajana
Twilight Alternative High School Program  
Hewlett-Woodmere UFSD

Jacqueline Edwards
Long Island High School for the Arts 
Bellmore-Merrick CHSD 

Jefferson Guaman-Pina
Robert Williams School
Westbury UFSD 

John O’Meara
Barry Tech  
Farmingdale UFSD

Julian Picardal
Iris Wolfson High School 
Westbury UFSD

Wayne Reddick
Carman Road School 
Hempstead UFSD

Shiyann Shuford
Rosemary Kennedy School 
Baldwin UFSD 

To learn more about the Nassau BOCES George Farber Outstanding Student Award and to see the stories of this year’s winners, visit