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Hall of Pride Event Celebrates Rondout Valley Alumni

The Rondout Valley Central School District Hall of Pride stands as a tribute to the dedication, determination, and outstanding achievements of Rondout Valley students and graduates. This year's remarkable cohort of inductees—Noel King, Adam Lewkowicz, and Dr. Angela Amato Sally–were celebrated on April 12 during a ceremony hosted at Rondout Valley High School, surrounded by students, administrators, staff members, and community members. 

The Hall of Pride began in 2012 as an initiative by the District to recognize graduates who have made notable contributions to their communities or in their respective fields, or have been recognized for their outstanding achievements. The District’s goal was to establish a tradition that enriches relationships and fosters networking among students, alumni, and community members. 

In addition to encouraging nominations of alumni who are role models for students, the Hall of Pride Committee seeks nominations of individuals who are critical thinkers, self-directed learners, and effective leaders and communicators. They should also be collaborative and community service oriented, and should have proved themselves to be exceptional in terms of their personal or professional accomplishments, academic achievements, and/or service to their schools or communities.

Inductee Noel King, Class of 1999, is currently the host of “Today, Explained,” a popular daily news radio show and podcast. She has been instrumental in bringing the show to National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country. Building on her years of journalism experience, King rose to become a host of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” the most-listened-to news radio program in the United States. She has won national Murrow and Gracie Awards for her reporting, writing, and interviewing, and in 2020, received the Radio Hall of Fame’s “One to Watch” award. King pre-recorded a video for the audience, and Robert Vosper, who nominated her, accepted her plaque on her behalf. King’s plaque was sponsored by the Rondout Valley Education Foundation. 

Retired teacher James Malak introduced inductee Adam Lewkowicz, Class of 1998, who is currently the director of Amateur Scouting Operations for the Texas Rangers baseball team. He leads the Rangers’ network of scouts, focusing on evaluating talent and synthesizing information. He harnesses that knowledge on Draft Day to select future Major League Baseball players, and as a professional in the field, has had the opportunity to span the globe looking for baseball talent. Since becoming an executive for the Rangers in 2009, he has been part of four American League West Championships as well as the 2010 and 2011 American League pennant-winning clubs. Another career milestone occurred in 2023, when the team won its first World Series title in franchise history. His plaque was sponsored by the Rondout Valley Federation of Teachers and School-Related Personnel. 

Dr. Angela Amato Sally, Class of 2002, was honored posthumously. Before her passing in October of 2023, she left an indelible mark on the lives she had touched. She was passionate about medicine throughout her life. Even before medical school, when she worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she made significant contributions to medical research, discovering ways to treat squamous cell carcinoma and kidney cancer. Dr. Sally completed her family medicine residency at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, where she was chief resident and was named resident of the year. She also served as an assistant professor and regional director of Student Medical Education at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine and, most recently, as an associate medical director at Duke Regional Hospital. Rondout Valley alumnus Jonathan Wong, who was a friend of Dr. Sally, introduced two individuals who spoke on her behalf: another friend, Ruth Fasoldt, and Dr. Sally’s sister, Nicole Lawrence. They accepted her plaque, which was sponsored by the Rondout Valley Board of Education and Superintendent Joseph Morgan.

After the ceremony, guests gathered in the library for a celebratory lunch, joined by administrators and staff members. RVHS Principal Jessica Torok was thoroughly pleased with the event. “May today’s celebration serve as an inspiration for students and members of the Rondout Valley community for years to come,” she said. 

More information on nominating a Rondout Valley alumni can be found here.