Leibers was looking to the future when he said, "This recognition sets the bar at a certain level, and that's where it ought to be. Let's use the energy that we get from this day to push us to continue in our efforts."
At the award celebration, John Sharkey, a teacher at Niskayuna High School, spoke about his unexpected visit to Ellis.
He said he was coaching the track team and felt as if his arms were heavy. He went to the hospital and found out he needed an angioplasty.
"The care I received at this hospital was superb," Sharkey said. "Thank you for what you've given me and all the other patients."