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Canandaigua school district shines light on volunteers

A professional engineer who helped start the robotics team at Canandaigua Academy was recognized Thursday by school administrators and the Board of Education as the district’s Volunteer of the Year.

Superintendent Jamie Farr announced the honor at a regular board meeting which Karl Dueland was unable to attend — but he heard part of the announcement by speaker phone held by Steve Schlegel, technology and engineering lead teacher.

Dueland, a Xerox executive, has mentored the Team 3003 Tan[x] robotics team for the past 10 years.

“I can’t wait to meet you,” Farr said, holding up the award. “We thank you so much for your service and on behalf of the board and the Canandaigua City School District.”

He said he will present the award to Dueland at a picnic early next month.

The nomination notes Dueland brings his professional engineering and management skills to life within the team, leading by example.

He not only mentors the team members, but supports students in fundraising efforts, tows the robotics trailer in parades, participates in team car washes and promotes the team at the Ontario County Fair and other corporate demonstrations.

Dueland donates more than 200 hours of time per year and has used his own personal vacation days to work with students on different competitions.

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