The Alden Central School District announced the first recipients of the semiannual Distinguished Alumni Award. The criteria for this award are excellence in a chosen field, outstanding service to community or profession, outstanding contribution to humanity, and had graduated from Alden High School over 10 years ago.
The ceremony will be held on October 4, 2019 in the High School Auditorium starting at 5:30 pm. Honorees will also be recognized at the Homecoming football game (October 4th) at half time.
Adam Zyglis
Staff Editorial Cartoonist for “The Buffalo News”

Zyglis’ work has appeared in magazines such as “The Week,” “Time,” and “MAD Magazine.” In 2013, he won the Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award; in 2007, 2011 and 2015 he won a National Headliner Award. He was awarded the Grambs Aronson Cartooning with a Conscience Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
James Marks, MD.

Marks had a 26-year career at the Centers for Disease prevention and was the assistant surgeon general of the U.S. and was a rear admiral in the USPHS. He led the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for almost 10 years. He had a 13-year career at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He retired as executive vice president in 2019. He has been recognized for several different awards including the US Public Health Service Distinguished Service Award, the Surgeon General’s Medal of Excellence, and The Foundation Special Award of Appreciation 1998.
Brett Gornewicz
U. S. Army Specialist

Gornewicz gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and was killed in the line of duty. His integrity, character and bravery are why he was nominated for this award. He became a combat engineer where his chief responsibility was to construct fighting positions, place explosives, detect mines, and prepare firing systems to assist in combat situations. He was awarded numerous medals during his time in the Army for distinguished service including two Bronze Stars for saving a fellow serviceman during a fire fight and a Purple Heart.