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Joshua Lisikatos, BOCES Student of Distinction, Powered by Positive Attitude



March 19, 2019

Students don’t get more well-rounded than Joshua Lisikatos, a senior at Haldane High School. He is also a student in the welding track at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, captain of Haldane’s lacrosse team, and a member of the National Honor Society.
 
Joshua was recognized by BOCES as a Student of Distinction at the Haldane Central School District Board of Education meeting on March 19, 2019 for the character trait that makes these successes possible—his exemplary attitude.
 
Dr. Philip Benante, Haldane’s superintendent of schools, awarded Joshua a medal of distinction while Dr. James M. Ryan, district superintendent of BOCES, gave him a commemorative certificate. John McCarthy, BOCES’ assistant superintendent, and James Bellucci, principal of the Career Academy at BOCES, were also in attendance.
 
“Josh comes to school every day with a big smile on his face, excited to be there,” said Bellucci.  “Josh’s welding teacher, Robert Stanford, is also duly impressed. He told me that Josh takes on all of his projects with a smile on his face and a love for what he does. It’s not only his welding skills. It’s his attitude. He’s a great kid.”
 
Turning towards the Lisikatos family, Bellucci said, “You should be so proud.”
 
 “Josh always knew he wanted to go into welding,” said Chantal Lisikatos, Joshua’s mother, afterwards. “He’s a go-getter. He wanted a hands-on career.”
 
“He’s been around welding and construction his whole life,” said Nick Lisikatos, Joshua’s father, referring to the family business, Lisikatos Construction. “Things are always breaking and being welded. Plus, his cousin attended BOCES Tech Center. He’s about to retire now, but spent his career in the Ironworker’s Union.”
 
“BOCES Career Academy is a lot of fun,” said Josh with a smile. “You meet lots of people from different schools. It has a good atmosphere.”