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Briarcliff Freshman Honored As BOCES Student of Distinction

PNW BOCES Student of Distinction Declan Fullerton stands with family and BOCES representatives at Briarcliff Board of Education meeting on June 5.
PNW BOCES Student of Distinction Declan Fullerton stands with family and BOCES representatives at Briarcliff Board of Education meeting on June 5. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. --  Declan Fullerton is known for his kindness and character at school.

Fullerton, a freshman in the Oasis Program at Walter Panas High Schol run by Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, was honored as Student Of Distinction at a Briarcliff Board of Education.

Fullerton, who lives in Briarcliff, was joined at the meeting by family members and BOCES’ representatives including his teacher, Margot Schepart.

“He is a wonderful member of our learning community. Declan is a very inquisitive, generous and interested member of our classroom. He is always a breath of fresh air when he comes into Oasis,” Schepart said. “He is a fun and sincere student who contributes to every class discussion, every presentation and every brainstorming session that we do. He is vital to the success of our class and I’m happy he is there.”

The admiration was mutual as Fullerton praised his teacher and the program.

“I like how flexible Oasis is,” he said. “I’m looking forward to another year of being with Ms. Schephart.”

John Fullerton, Declan's father, also noted the special bond his son and teacher have formed and credited the relationship with contributing to his son’s success in the classroom.

“Declan needs teachers he trusts and respects, and there is just a mutual respect here that I think has helped him be successful as a student,” his father said.

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