Niagara Gazette — Claudia Tower Andres, class of 1976, has music running through her blood. She left Lew-Port much like Diez Orsi did, looking for her education diploma, which she found at the Crane School of Music and Arizona State University. She returned to Western New York and has been the choral director at Wilson High School for the past eight years. Outside of school, Andres has taken a leading role in the musical happenings at the Youngstown First Presbyterian Church, including organizing the Tri-Nation Choir of Canadian, American and Tuscarora singers, which performs for the first time on American soil Sunday in Lewiston. She was named Youngstown's 2013 Citizen of the Year.
Patrick Roemer, a member of Lew-Port's class of 1981, received his bachelor's degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.. He was commissioned as an engineer officer in the army in 1985 and in the state's Air National Guard in 1994. Now ranked as a Lieutenant Colonel, Roemer's duties have included tours in Panama, both Desert Shield and Desert Storm operations in Iraq and in Operation Restore Hope, a United Nations effort in Somalia, Africa.
While this year's group is set, Shippy said the committee still needs to see more nominations for distinguished alumni in the future. There's only one qualification nominees need to meet, which is being an alumni of Lewiston-Porter.
"There's no age requirements," he said. "We try to keep it to people who've been out of school a few years, but there's no rule. One of problems with this is getting people to put (names) in for this. We don't get a large number of nominees. There are a lot of people out there, but a lot of them are on the board with us already."Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.