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Seniors Nicole Paladino and Kyle Blaker Recipients of Fall Awards 2019

Seniors Nicole Paladino and Kyle Blaker Recipients of Fall 2019 Homecoming Awards

The presentation of the distinguished Robert C. Freeman Citizenship Award comes with great pride for the Caledonia-Mumford Central School District.

Freeman Award Presentation

The recipient of the 2018 Robert C. Freeman Citizenship Award is Senior Nicole Paladino.  

Congratulations Nicole. Your name is among many other outstanding Red Raiders who have carried on the ideals of leadership and good citizenship in their careers and in their communities.

The award is given to a member of the Senior class who exemplifies outstanding citizenship. The award honors the late Mr. Robert C. Freeman, who spent the majority of his life here at CMCS, as an outstanding and well respected student, athlete, teacher, guidance counselor and coach, both within the walls of Cal-Mum School and in the community. He placed a great deal of emphasis on good citizenship and his leadership was an inspiration to all who worked with him, studied under him or knew him.

Mr. Freeman entered Caledonia Elementary School as a student in 1918. In high school he played Caledonia High School football from 1929 – 1932. In his sophomore year, Mr. Freeman played on the infamous and historic 1929 football team whose season record was 9-0 and whom no opponent had scored upon.

After graduation from Caledonia High School in 1932, Mr. Freeman attended and graduated from Niagara University. Mr. Freeman returned to his beloved alma mater to teach history in the newly opened Caledonia High School building, located at 99 North Street.

His career was cut short by his three year service in the U.S. military at the start of WWII. He returned to Caledonia High School to resume teaching history and also went on to assume the role of guidance counselor. Mr. Freeman became the head varsity football coach for the newly centralized Caledonia-Mumford Central School. He coached the team for 10 years before becoming principal of the junior-senior high school.

Students, faculty and the community held deep respect for Mr. Freeman for his firmness and fairness, realizing his motivation was the wellbeing of the students and the school. He was admired as a great man, a great coach, a great American and above all else – a truly great Red Raider.

Nicole, this award is presented to you by Dr. Chenaille on behalf of the whole school community. Your character and commitment to citizenship have earned you a place next to so many before you who strived to make Cal-Mum great. Congratulations and thank you for your contributions to our school and community.

Several family members of the late Thomas Callan were at Hamilton Stadium on Homecoming, October 11, 2019, to proudly present the 2019 Tom Callan Football Award.

Callan Award Presentation

The 2019 recipient of the Tom Callan Award is Senior Kyle Blaker.

The award is given to a Red Raider player who best exemplifies the values that Mr. Callan stood for both on and off the football field. The type of hard work and dedication that characterized Mr. Callan's life has become the cornerstones upon which the Cal-Mum football tradition is based. Tom believed that football games are won by the people who handle the under-appreciated chores of blocking and tackling. The names of these people are often lost in the headlines, but without them no team can win.

Congratulations Kyle.