'Most generous' – PYA Class of 2016

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

With combined donations to three local organizations, the Penn Yan Academy Class of 2016 has donated $5,200 back to their community in thanks for supporting them through all their school years.

Top left: Ashley Owens, Treasurer of the Penn Yan Academy Class of 2016, presents a check for $3,000 to Carol Worth, Penn Yan Rotarian and Friends of the Outlet Trail board member, to support a Rotary coordinated project for the construction of park benches to be installed on the Keuka Outlet Trail. These new tubular steel benches will be constructed by John Kriese’s Career and Technical students at PYA.

Top right: Dennis Youngs, Secretary of the Class of 2016, right, presents a check for $1,100 to Jamie Sisson, Exalted Ruler of the Penn Yan Elks Lodge, and Treasurer of the Yates Substance Abuse Coalition, to help YSAC educate the youth of Yates County about the dangers of drug use.

Bottom: Youngs and Owen present a check for $1,100 to Dave Hoffman, King Lion, and Ron Miller, former King Lion. The Class of 2016 gift will be used to support a Lions Club 2017 Legacy Project to replace the playground at Red Jacket Park. The original Lions playground, built in 1988, will be removed, and the new playground will be installed closer to the restrooms.

[Correction: The Sept. 21 print edition of The Chronicle-Express erroneously listed Owens as class secretary, Youngs as class president, and Sisson as Chairman of the Elks “Just Say No” Committee. Craig Gerhardt is President of the class of 2016, and Brian Minor is the Chairman of the “Just Say No” Committee. The Chronicle-Express regrets the error.]