Farrell Citizen of the Year - Award Recipients
The Herald (Sharon, Pa) July 26, 2004
Farrell and Wheatland honored those who make their communities shine Saturday during an awards ceremony of the 2004 Farrell Homecoming.
Riley Smoot Jr. and Gabino Madrazo received the distinction of being named citizens of the year, while Jessie McFarland and Andrew Mastrian III were honored with the junior citizen of the year awards.
It was the third year for the award presentation, which Ted Pedas founded.
Pedas, who handles and funds the awards, established them to honor the time, dedication and talents that each recipient gives to the community.
Pedas, a former teacher, Farrell High School graduate and lifelong Farrell citizen, also established the Hall of Fame award to honor graduates who have helped build the legacy of Farrell schools.
Pedas was not able to attend Saturday's gala, so Farrell Mayor William Morocco presented each winner with a certificate recognizing their meaningful, positive and significant contributions to their respective communities.
Riley Smoot Jr., who is chief of police for Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Department, was lauded for his professionalism and enthusiasm within the department and his participation in programs such as D.A.R.E., Sharon/Farrell Weed and Seed and Communities that Care. He's also a football official for Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, and he coaches Farrell girls' softball. Smoot has been with the Farrell police department since 1979 and became a sergeant in 1982. Smoot is married to Cheryl and is father to Ashley, a sophomore at Slippery Rock University, and Allyson, a junior at Farrell Area High School.
Gabino "Gabby" Madrazo was honored for serving on the Farrell Area School Board in the late 1960's. He's been a member of Farrell Kiwanis Club for 45 years and served twice as club president. Madrazo has been chairman of the club's Pancake Day for 45 years and is a 50-year member of Farrell Boosters. He was a former member of Farrell Recreation Commission for 35 years and was a member of the Farrell Centennial Committee in 2001. Madrazo has been an extensive supporter of Farrell girls volleyball and is still among those Farrell area high sports fans who attend as many away competitions as possible.
Jessie McFarland is a seventh-grader at Farrell Area Middle School and was honored for her care and compassion for others. The daughter of Duane and Roberta McFarland of Wheatland, Jessie has received numerous awards including bonds from Aramark, Duferco, Farrell Corp., Elementary PTO, Family Counseling and Children's Services and other special academic awards. She also received the gifted support award, the President's Academic award, a special art award and music recognition. Twelve-year-old Jessie was also a Farrell Area Elementary School representative in the Herald Spelling Bee for three consecutive years, and she was named valedictorian during the sixth grade recognition day.
Andrew Mastrian III, 18, was commended for his responsible, caring and encouraging ways towards others. A son of Andrew and Tina Mastrian, of Farrell, Andrew won a scholarship to Kent State University, which he plans to use to study aeronautics in the fall. He also received a Farrell Area School District Alumni Association Industrial Arts Award, Duferco Award, Ted Pedas Motivational Award and a Farrell Boosters Club award. Andrew was in the National Honor Society and has a pilot's license.
In addition to a certificte from the city, each recipient also received a $500 prize.
Farrell Area School District Alumni Association gives an annual award to someone who has put in many years or has much enthusiasm toward the district. The person could be either an employee or member of the association, Morocco said.
This year the association gave its blue and gold award to George Pedas, Ted's brother who heads technical education and support for the district. Pedas is responsible for the district's computer systems and other areas of communications.
"The award program was successful and the homecoming was enjoyable," Morocco said.
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