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Cancer and Lawson deemed 'Men of Valor'

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 30, 2017) -- Congratulations to Albany High School alums and staffers Issac Cancer (’82) and Decky Lawson (’93) for being named 2017 Men of Valor by the Frank Chapman Memorial Institute.

 

Cancer, left, has worked in Albany schools for 20 years, most currently as the senior hall monitor at Albany High. or He was a radio DJ for a total of 40 years at Siena College WVCR 88.3 and JAMZ 96.3, retiring in 2014. He also is a 26-year member of the Metropolitan New Testament Baptist Church and serves as its vice chairman of the Diaconate Ministry.

 

Lawson, a teaching assistant at Albany High, is coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team and an active member of Albany’s Arbor Hill and South End communities. He is commissioner of the Arbor Hill softball field and founder of the “Decky Lawson Bring ‘Em Out” basketball tournament. Through softball and basketball, he provides opportunities for both youth and adults. He runs from coaching both the Junior Falcons youth team and the Lady Falcons varsity team to his singing gigs. In between, he prepares the softball field so it is playable every night.

 

The Frank Chapman Memorial Institute is devoted to providing Albany residents with life skills, work training and personal development resources through after-school enrichment, a computer lab, summer day camp, mentoring, a community garden and a basketball program.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,600 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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