YCSD honors

Youngstown City School District is pleased to announce the award recipients for the Youngstown Honors employee recognition dinner on Thursday, May 11, 2023. 


Awards in numerous categories will recognize our educators' outstanding efforts in supporting our scholars with educational opportunities and fostering an environment of excellence. Awards will also be distributed to educators with perfect attendance and retirees for their years of service. Awardees were nominated by their peers, YCSD families, and community members. 


"It's no secret that education has been especially challenging the past several years," said Youngstown City School District Superintendent Justin M. Jennings. "Youngstown City Schools and the Youngstown Board of Education wanted to venture outside the traditional recognition event and showcase how much employees are valued and appreciated. We are blessed to have such a magnificent team, and we look forward to highlighting those well-deserving individuals who make YCSD thrive." 


Youngstown Honors will be held at the Maronite Center, 1555 S Meridian Rd, Youngstown, OH 44511, from 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $50.00, include a buffet dinner and drink ticket and must be purchased by cash or check by April 6. Visit the official Youngstown Honors web page for the order form and up-to-date event details. 

Youngstown City Schools is thankful to Quickmed Urgent Care for serving as the Shining Star Sponsor. YCSD is also grateful to the countless other sponsors who have given to support Youngstown Honors. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available, and in-kind donations are being accepted. Contact Director of Talent Acquisition, Professional Learning, and Development Crystal Hawthorne for more information at crystal.hawthorne@youngstown.k12.oh.us or (330) 744-8021.

The 2023 Youngstown Honors Award Recipients:

Administrator of the Year

Dr. Martin Freeman

Anthony DeNiro Distinguished Service Awards

Ernest Anderson

Madonna Barwick

Daisy Ocasio-Corso

Shannon Sefcik

Ithica Stewart-Brown

Academic Coach of the Year

Sharon Ragan


Athletic Coach of the Year

Marlon McGaughy


Deb DiFrancesco Principal of the Year

Dr. Maureen Donofrio 


Lifetime Achievement Award

John Grahovac


Newcomer (1st Year Teacher) Award

TaNeka Allison


Superintendent’s Volunteer Service Award

Ed Komara Jr. 


Teacher of the Year Award

Savanna Boals

Attached below is the list of Youngstown Honors Sponsors: