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DCMO BOCES Student Receives Akshar All-Star recognition

Cordel VanDermark, a senior at Bainbridge-Guilford Central School and Conservation Program and also a student at DCMO BOCES, received the All-Star award from the 52nd Senate District Office of Honorable Fred Akshar. This monthly award is the Senator’s initiative to recognize a handful of students based on their demonstration of great leadership, compassion, school spirit, or improvement among their peers.

Each "Akshar All-Star" is recognized with a t-shirt, framed certificate, and a challenge coin. "This is a great opportunity for us to work with school districts throughout the 52nd Senate District to recognize outstanding young people who are doing wonderful things in our community," Akshar said in a statement.


VanDermark is a student in the Conservation and Heavy Equipment Technology Program at DCMO BOCES. He received Student of the Year in 2016.  VanDermark is the BOCES Future Farmers of America (FFA) President. He has completed training for operating a skid steer, excavator, backhoe, bulldozer and wheel loader, as well as safety and operation of chainsaw, wood splitter and greenhouse. In November of 2017 VanDermark was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.


At his homeschool, in addition to maintaining good grades, VanDermark is a member of the soccer and track and field teams. He has received the Scholar-Athlete Award in both sports. He has also participated in YES!Leads, chorus, and orchestra. According to his School Principal, William Zakrajsek, VanDermark is a leader by example, both in the classroom and on the athletic field. “He is patient and willing to help others without hesitation,” commented Zakrajsek. 


Outside of school VanDermark is a volunteer firefighter in Bainbridge and received the Rookie of the Year Award. He is a Rank Life Boy Scout. He has worked for McKowns Lawn Care and Landscaping since 2013. In his spare time, he enjoys building and racing remote control trucks. 


VanDermark's Conservation instructor, Zach Whittaker shares: “Cordel has shown outstanding toughness and character while in the Conservation Program. He has had to balance school, work, firefighting and most importantly, family this past year. He is always positive and upbeat regardless of what he is encountering each day. Cordel’s natural talent, knowledge, attitude, and character will ensure his success in whatever he chooses in this future after graduation.”  


VanDermark has recently been accepted at the SUNY Cobleskill for the Diesel Mechanics Program.