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Judith Bury, Chris Gibson, Gail Nadeem Helfer and E. Joyce Gould Robinson Inducted Into Ichabod Crane Wall of Fame


Judith Bury, Chris Gibson, Gail Nadeem Helfer and Jim Gould, accepting on behalf of E. Joyce Gould Robinson

(June 25, 2018) Four outstanding individuals were inducted into Ichabod Crane's inaugural Wall of Fame on Friday, June 22, 2018. In front of family, friends and supporters, Judith Bury, Chris Gibson, E. Joyce Gould Robinson and Gail Nadeem Helfer were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments.

The Wall of Fame is to recognize the contributions of a diverse group of graduates, former employees, volunteers, and/or friends of the District. These individuals have achieved noteworthy and outstanding accomplishments in their chosen fields or in service to the District and shall serve as role models for students currently enrolled in the Ichabod Crane Central School District.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018:

Judith Bury, Distinguished Community Member
Graduate of Ichabod Crane High School - Class of 1956

Mrs. Bury taught Home Economics at Ichabod Crane for nearly 30 years. She volunteers countless hours at her church and for the Ichabod Crane school community. Her ongoing dedication to Ichabod Crane is evidenced by her support of numerous programs aimed at helping others, including the Ichabod Crane Teen Weekend Meal Program, the Giving Tree and serving as a co-advisor of the high school’s Habitat for Humanity Club. Mrs. Bury is an active and dedicated volunteer in the greater community, including 4H and Warm Up America. Through her church, Mrs. Bury was instrumental in starting the Summer Free Lunch Program, which provides healthy lunch to Ichabod Crane students.

Chris Gibson, Distinguished Alumni
Graduate of Ichabod Crane High School - Class of 1982

Mr. Gibson earned a PhD in Government from Cornell University. He served 24 years in the US Army, rising to the rank of Colonel. Mr. Gibson deployed seven times, including four combat tours to Iraq and was awarded numerous medals, including four Bronze Star Medals and the Purple Heart. He taught American Politics at West Point. Mr. Gibson was elected to Congress to serve the 20th Congressional District in 2010. He was re-elected to serve the 19th Congressional District for terms in 2012 and 2014. As Congressman, Mr. Gibson made every effort to be an active part of the district. He visited the schools to speak with students and shared his fond memories of his time at Ichabod Crane. He also made it a priority to meet with the 8th grade students during their annual visit to DC and provide them with the best and most informative opportunities during their visit. Mr. Gibson is now the Stanley Kaplan Distinguished Visiting Professor of American Foreign Policy at Williams College and the author of the books Securing the State and Rally Point.

Gail Nadeem Helfer, Distinguished Faculty

For 25 years, Mrs. Helfer taught music and high school theater at Ichabod Crane. She created the theater classes at the high school and assisted in developing state curriculum for high school theater. During her teaching career and as the long-time director of the Crane Acting Troupe, Mrs. Helfer instills in her students a passion for musical theater and performing. Under her leadership, two generations of Ichabod Crane students have gained on-stage and backstage experience and the Crane Acting Troupe has earned a reputation of excellence for its Broadway-style shows. The skills taught by Mrs. Helfer extend beyond her students’ formal education and positively impact their lives, whether they pursue a career in theater or something else. Former students and taxpayers who have no other connection to the school come back to her productions year after year.

E. Joyce Gould Robinson, Distinguished Faculty in Memoriam

For 35 years, Mrs. Gould Robinson taught social studies and economics at Ichabod Crane Central School District at the middle and high school levels. She was a chairperson of the social studies department, advisor to student council and cheerleading and an active member of the Booster Club. Mrs. Gould Robinson and students created Operation Cheer Up, a monthly newsletter which was mailed to district alumni in the Persian Gulf War to help them feel closer to home. .She created the Jerry B. Gould Memorial Scholarship to help graduating seniors continue their student/athletic education beyond high school. After retiring from Ichabod Crane in 1998, Mrs. Gould Robinson began a 10-year career with the NYS Assembly. She passed away in 2012. The E. Joyce Gould Robinson Scholarship is presented annually to an Ichabod Crane graduating senior who best exemplifies the ideals she aspired to instill in her students: a passion for US history, a civic minded spirit and a drive to better the school and community.

Congratulations to the Ichabod Crane Wall of Fame Class of 2018 and their families!

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