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Schalmont school alumni honored

Mugits currently serves as an elementary school principal in Schuylerville and expects to complete his coursework for a doctorate from Sage Graduate School in August.

"I consider it both an honor and at the same time a very humbling experience," said Mugits of his nomination to the Wall of Distinction.

As a fourth-grader at Jefferson Elementary School, DeAngelo, who currently lives in Schenectady, developed a neurological disorder that left her paralyzed from the chest down and with limited use of her left arm. Instead of giving up, she viewed her disorder as a challenge that she would rise above through hard work and perseverance.

She went on to become the valedictorian of the Schalmont High School Class of 1988. During high school, she was inducted into the National Honor Society and served as business editor and later co-editor in chief of the yearbook.

"High school taught me how to work hard to achieve a goal. It also taught me to treasure friendships and that you can learn something from everyone you know," said DeAngelo in a written statement.

In 1992, she graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Albany, where she earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and business management. After college, she worked for GE for 15 years, filling roles such as financial analyst, account analyst, project leader, team leader, certified quality Black Belt leader, and fulfillment manager. She also served as a GE disaster recovery representative and was a member of the GE TIP/Mod United Way Cabinet and GE Recognition Team. She is now a senior manager for Business Process Improvement at HD Supply.

Over the years, DeAngelo has earned numerous awards, including those from GE, the SUNY Albany Women's Club Award, and more.

"To be selected to be part of this group is a true honor. If even one person finds my story and accomplishments inspiring, that is a true privilege," said DeAngelo.

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