Student of Distinction: Ryan Bynes

October 22, 2018

Flags of the world fluttered in a circle high above third grader Ryan Bynes as he received a Student of Distinction Award from Richard Kreps, president of the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Board. The brief ceremony took place in the Yorktown High School Library Media Center at the beginning of the Yorktown Central School District’s October 22 Board of Education meeting.
Eight-year-old Bynes, dressed in a blue dress shirt, tie, and trousers, accepted a Student of Distinction medal and certificate from Kreps at the podium. Dr. Ron Hattar, superintendent of the Yorktown Central School District, came up to shake his hand.
“Ryan has demonstrated outstanding achievements and remarkable personal growth,” said Lina DaRonco, Bynes’ teacher in BOCES’ Local School Building Program at Lincoln Titus Elementary School in the Lakeland School District. The small, structured classes infuse social skills instruction into the daily curriculum.
DaRonco described Bynes’ academic and social growth, citing an improved work ethic and acting in a more respectful manner towards staff and peers alike.
As if on cue, when Bynes and his guests left the Board of Education meeting, he stepped aside and let his guests go first.
Photos were taken after the ceremony of Bynes with his mother, Jessica Bynes, and guests from Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, including Dr. Shelley Einbinder-Fleischmann, director of special education, Dr. Lynn Allen, assistant superintendent, and Dr. Melissa Cafaro, special education supervisor of the Local School Building Programs.
“Ryan has made tremendous strides, and we are proud of him,” his mother beamed.