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New Slate of Honorees into Husky Hall of Fame Announced

Three members of the local community will be inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame on April 23. The Alumni Hall of Fame inductees are Lenny Auchmoody and Peter Miller. Retired Highland teacher Pattie Steffens is the recipient of this year’s Husky Pride award.

The trio of Hall of Fame inductees will be honored as part of the Highland Educational Foundation’s annual dinner dance and silent auction fundraiser, which will be held as a Spring Gala this year at Novella’s in New Paltz.

The Hall of Fame was created four years ago to recognize the achievements of accomplished alumni and dedicated faculty and staff of the Highland Central School District (HCSD), and to inspire today’s students to do great things with their education. As in the past, this year’s honorees display an impressive level of commitment to the Highland community.

Miller, Class of 1971, works as the District’s Director of Operations and Maintenance and is also the Fire Chief of the Highland Fire District. Miller embodies everything that makes for a good community member—he likes to get things done, he likes to keep things looking good, and he cares a lot about people. He is also involved with the Lloyd Police Department, the Lloyd Town Planning Board, the Highland Town Water and Sewer Committee, and with school sports teams and Girl Scout troops.

Auchmoody serves as a Councilman and is Deputy Supervisor for the Town of Lloyd. He has been a member of the American Legion for 48 year and also has served as a member of the Highland Landing Committee, where he played a large part in the development of Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park. As the owner of Leonard Auchmoody & Sons, he donated the use of a host of heavy equipment to help transform what had been a vast yard for oil storage tanks into the pristine, family-oriented park we see today. Lenny has also worked as a member of the Water Sewage Committee in Highland, and was a part of the Highland Rail Trail Association, which was responsible for the redevelopment of the former railway into the highly popular walkway so many local residents enjoy. 

Steffens has been a fixture in Highland Schools since she was hired as a Spanish teacher in 1987. Over her many years of service, she taught Spanish and French at the Middle and High Schools, and is known for her lively foreign language classes (which at one point, after a trip to Argentina, even included tango lessons). She has led adventurous trips all over Canada, Spain, France, and Italy. After her retirement in 2010, she continued to serve the Highland community as a translator who helps with parent communications. Working with students in Highland High School’s Interact Club, along with District cafeteria staff and the Highland Senior Center, Pattie facilitated 10 years of the “Senior Citizen Prom,” and she looks forward to continuing the popular event. She also started the “Love Out Loud” award in memory of her daughter Alicia, who tragically died in a car accident, and has since given out more than $21,000 in scholarship money to graduating Highland students.

The honorees will be formally recognized at the Spring Gala, which will be held on April 23 from 6-10 PM at Novella's in New Paltz. Tickets are $65 each, with a cash bar. There will be dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Tickets are available by calling or texting Luke at 845.430.5679. Proceeds will support teacher mini-grants for projects to benefit HSCD students. 

Plaques bearing photos of the honorees will be added to the Hall of Fame wall located at Highland High School, joining the past three years of distinguished inductees.

Anyone wishing to nominate a future Hall of Fame for the induction committee’s consideration should contact cjacobsen@highland-k12.org or call 845.691.1014.