Local police agencies and school districts recognize good kids

CANANDAIGUA — One of the students always offers to help not only her fifth-grade classmates, but her teachers as well — and with a warm smile to share.

Another works hard to support her family, while maintaining her status as an outstanding student. One student not only embraced the challenges he faced in the classroom as a result of anxiety issues, he surpassed them and now offers support and guidance to others who also face issues in the classroom.

These reasons and others are why students earned honors as part of the Do the Right Thing program, and why local law enforcement and schools saw the need to revive the program.

More than 30 students were nominated and six were recognized formally during a ceremony last month.

The effort is meant to highlight the good deeds young people in Ontario County do, during a time when it seems there is so much negative news about kids and law enforcement, according to Donna Schaertl, executive event coordinator of the Ontario County Police Benevolent Association.

“We have so many kids who do the right thing,” Schaertl said.

Canandaigua Police Chief Stephen Hedworth said the response to the program from police and schools was “fabulous.”

“It’s tremendous,” Hedworth said. “It also feels good to recognize kids who overcome adversity in their lives.”

Here are this year’s winners:

From Bloomfield, Cortland Greindl, Zachary Barker and Tessa Reyes.

From Canandaigua, Samaya Morse, Connor Bryan, Orestes Papas and Tyler Castle.

From St. Mary’s, Ryan Pare, Paige Spiehler, Melanie Khan, Sarah Neubecker and Julia Carey.

From Geneva, Tyler Scaglia, Zachary Martinez, Anthony Alexander, Shannon Gallagher, Darrick Russ, Maxwell Harris and Carlton Moore.

From Marcus Whitman, Timothy Cornish, Miranda Hampton and Nolan Yarger.

From Red Jacket, Sage Anderson, Sarah English, Cameron Kincaid, Anthony Hopper, Katharine Wesche and Hunter North.

From Naples, Chloe Louthan-Green.

From Midlakes, Abigail Sloane and Denver Remacle-Grimm.

From the Finger Lakes Technical Career Center, Joshua Herman (Victor), Amanda Gonzalez-Lyke (Victor), Kyle Ingerick (Penn Yan) and Paul Pereira (Penn Yan).

The program was started a few years back, but was discontinued. Schaertl said every law enforcement agency in the county jumped on board, from the large State Police organization down to the smallest of village departments — and all in between.

“Everyone agreed to come together,” Schaertl said.

And the program will continue.

“If we can change one kid's path, we’re going to give the effort,” Schaertl said.