Voice Recognition

Wall of Fame 2024!

S-E Wall of Fame (file)

Sherburne-Earlville invites families, friends and community members to its Wall of Fame ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, in the MS/HS Auditorium. A welcome reception will start at 5:30 p.m.

The Wall of Fame’s Class of 2024 features Kenneth J. Martin, Gerald E. Parry Sr. and Orrin James Wyman. The trio will be recognized along with 2020 Wall of Famers Roy Balma, Martha Conklin and Colonel Richard S. Lindsay III, whose ceremony was postponed because of the COVID-19 health crisis.

Tuesday’s ceremony will bring the official count of S-E Wall of Famers to 54. Dedicated in 2009, the S-E Wall of Fame pays tribute to graduates and staff members who have made significant contributions to humanity, improved the quality of life, or achieved noteworthy recognition in their careers or education.

Future selections will be announced during even-numbered years as S-E Wall of Fame ceremonies alternate with Athletic Hall of Fame ceremonies (odd-numbered years).

Visit the S-E Wall of Fame page online at https://www.secsd.org/SherburneWallofFame.aspx to read about all of our inductees and to learn how to nominate candidates for future consideration.

Kenneth J. Martin: Ken graduated from SEHS in 1990, having spent grades 2-5 at Earlville Elementary and 6-12 at the middle/high school. He then earned a bachelor’s from Brandeis University, a law degree from Boston University, and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Ken chose a career in management consulting, helping many of the largest communications companies in the world with strategic decisions. Ken is a partner at Altman Solon, the world's largest strategy consulting firm focused on the communications industry, and leads the firm’s global machine learning and artificial intelligence practice. He has helped dozens of companies decide where to build multi-billion dollar fiber networks and has led analytics projects to manage billion dollar marketing budgets. Ken and his wife, Niressa, live in the Boston area, and they have four children.

Gerald E. Parry Sr.: Gerald attended Sherburne-Earlville Central School, graduating in 1970. He was a member of the Sherburne-Earlville FFA Program for four years under the leadership of Teacher/Advisor Keith Harvey and received the degrees of Greenhand, Chapter Farmer, Empire Farmer and North Atlantic Regional American Farmer. Gerald took his knowledge and skills learned, and applied them to his family, career, and community. He has held many offices in the community and county, one of many, Town of Smyrna's Supervisor for over 14 years. He owns and operates the Parry Family Farm in Smyrna with his wife, Debbra, and family by his side.

Orrin James Wyman (1994-2022): A 2013 graduate of Sherburne-Earlville Central School, Orrin was a well-known beef and hay farmer from Poolville and South Hamilton. Orrin had a deep love for animals and the land he worked. He was like most farmers and worked from sun up until sun down, and would talk about farming non-stop to anyone who would listen. Orrin loved freedom and he chose farming to achieve that. He believed in farming. He attended Morrisville State College and majored in Dairy Science. Friends would say Orrin was the only person they knew who truly lived their dream and made it a reality. He would do anything for his friends, family and fellow farmers. Orrin tragically died in a truck accident on February 23, 2022. He had two sons whom he loved with all his heart, Bradlee and Orrin, Jr. He leaves his love and legacy of farming to them.

Roy T. Balma (1942-2001): “Color Guard Instructor Extraordinaire” Balma is a 1960 graduate of Sherburne Central Schools and served his alma mater as its color guard instructor from 1964-1975. Under his leadership, the Sherburne/S-E Color Guard won Mid-York Color Guard Circuit, NYS American Legion, NYS Fair, International CG Circuit, All-American Judges Association, and Canadian Open Championship titles, as well as many other contests. Roy was an active Sherburne Pageant of Bands Committee member who organized and judged color guard and field band competitions. He was president of the NYS Field Band Judges Association and was inducted into the MYCGC Hall of Fame. Roy held his color guard members to the same high standards that he asked of himself: diligence, focus and total dedication. At least eight of his former color guard members have become color guard instructors.

Martha Conklin (1931-2018): Known as “Marti” or “Gram,” Martha was a beloved physical education teacher, mentor, role model, coach, personal counselor, and friend to students for more than 30 years. A graduate of Cortland State Teachers College, Marti’s career in Sherburne began in 1955. Her students were figuratively her own kids, and she taught them how to make the right choices in life and to enjoy themselves in whatever activity they chose. Her dedication and fairness earned the heartfelt respect not only of her students, but also of their parents and her colleagues. An avid runner, Marti participated in the New York City Marathon and often could be seen jogging around her family home on Chenango Lake.

Colonel (Retired) Richard Lindsay III: A 1988 graduate of Sherburne-Earlville, COL (R) Lindsay spent 30 years in the United States Army before retiring in the summer of 2022. COL (R) Lindsay served for 13 years in overseas locations, including Afghanistan, South Korea, and Germany, and culminated his career as the Deputy Commanding Officer/Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Army Healthcare System-Korea, responsible for the day-to-day healthcare provided to U.S. military forces and their families assigned to the Republic of South Korea. COL (R) Lindsay earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland and his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Baylor University. While attending Sherburne-Earlville Central Schools, COL (R) Lindsay participated in wrestling, baseball and basketball. Since retiring from the U.S. Army, COL (R) Lindsay has been serving as the Vice President of Operations at the University of Maryland-St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland.

 Posted 6/6/2024
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