CHATHAM — Chatham High School senior Ryan Graziano and social studies teacher Mark Pearson were honored as 2021 Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholars Recognition Recipients. This annual recognition salutes the highest achieving Capital Region high school seniors and the teachers who inspire them.

Along with pursuing academic excellence, Ryan is actively involved in music, playing trumpet in his school band and the NYSSMA All-County Band, and as a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He is also president of Chatham High School’s National Honor Society chapter and enjoys playing golf, volleyball, and baseball.

CASDA grants each student honoree the opportunity to nominate a teacher who has had a significant influence on their education. In his CASDA write up, Ryan explains that he nominated Mr. Pearson because he “is someone who has passion and enthusiasm when he teaches and I appreciate everything he has done to help me become a better speaker and student.”

To see all of CASDA’s 2021 honorees, please visit

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