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ESM Wall of Distinction

Induction Ceremony Feb. 3, 2024

The East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation (ESMEF) will honor four people as the 2024 inductees for the ESM Wall of Distinction at a special ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 3 prior to the Foundation’s dinner dance at the Doubletree Hotel on Carrier Circle. The 2024 East Syracuse Minoa Wall of Distinction inductees are Jason “Jay” Dardano (Class of 1994), Michael Scheibel (Class of 1977), Cheryl West (ESM Director of Counseling, Youth Development and Leadership) and Todd Zion (Class of 1993).
A Dinner-Dance will follow the induction ceremony. "A Night Among The Stars" is at 6:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel on Carrier Circle. In addition to food stations and an open bar, there will be raffle baskets and music by The Mere Mortals. Tickets are $85 per person or $800 for a table of 10.

Proceeds benefit the ESM Education Foundation. The not-for-profit, volunteer-run Foundation enhances and supports the educational experience for ESM students. To date, the Foundation has funded almost $300,000 in grants that have been used for a number of exciting and innovative programs that would not otherwise be funded by tax dollars or state or local funds.

Visit to reserve and pay online no later than Jan. 26, 2024. To RSVP by mail, send a check payable to: ESM Education Foundation, c/o Kelly Dutton and mail to 107 Whiskwood Lane Minoa, NY 13116. General donations may also be made using the link.

If you have any questions or are interested in being a sponsor or donating a raffle basket for the event, email or Kelly Dutton at
Wall of Distinction

The East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation (ESMEF) accepts nominations for the ESM Wall of Distinction in odd years (2025, 2027, etc.) to recognize distinguished alumni, staff and community members of the ESM School District who serve as role models for today’s students and demonstrate the importance of making a contribution to our society, our community or their field of work.

The next nominations will be accepted until Aug. 1, 2025. Eligibility criteria for nomination and selection include: excellence in his/her profession, outstanding service to his/her community (local, regional or national level) and/or outstanding contributions to humanity (local, regional or national level).

Nominees must be a graduate of 10 or more years from East Syracuse Minoa Central High School (or East Syracuse or Minoa High School) or a current or retired staff member who worked at least 10 years in the ESM District, or a community member for at least 10 years.

The Wall of Distinction is sponsored by the ESM Education Foundation, which will host the induction ceremony in 2020 and present commemorative display plaques to the honorees and to the school district.

To nominate someone visit Wall Of Distinction Nomination Forms (updated during odd years: 2025, 2027, etc) Call 315-434-3008, e-mail or visit if you have questions. 

ESM Wall of Distinction Members

Russ Brandon, ’85
Tom Richardson, ’81

William “Bill” Brazill, ’78
Jared Susco, ’97

Dom Cambareri, ’79
Michael Beresik, ’81
Charles “Chuck” Voudouris, ’99 

Kathleen Alaimo, ’78
Lauren Barnello, ’87
Nancy Edwards, ’89
Kathleen Crossett Garver, ’97
Lauren Kochian, ’96
Danny Liedka, ’86

Jason “Jay” Dardano, '94
Michael Scheibel,  '77
Cheryl West, ESM Director of Counseling, Youth Development and Leadership
Todd Zion, '93