AHS Senior, Elizabeth Roe, was all smiles when she presented the 2017 teacher of the year award to AHS art teacher Mickey Cereghino. Elizabeth introduced Mickey with high praises, "Mr. Cereghino has not only been a great teacher, he has been a great role model for how I want to live my life. He has made a positive difference both in the classroom and community."
Cereghino, was an easy choice for the selection committee because of the work that he has done to bring both student art into the community and bringing community artists into the schools. Working with the Astoria Visual Arts program, artists have come into the school to share their talents. He has also arranged for multiple showings and special events where students have had the opportunity to share their work with the community.