CASDA Honors Schassler, Tomaso at Scholars Recognition Dinner

Margot Schassler and Patrice Tomaso pose outsideChatham High School’s Margot Schassler and art teacher Patrice Tomaso were honored at the 2019 Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholars Recognition Dinner. This annual event salutes the highest achieving Capital Region high school seniors and the teachers that inspire them.

As part of this recognition, CASDA published an article on Margot that states, “Margot Schassler was inspired to become an architect in the fourth grade. Margot has participated in the Girls Inc. STEM program at SUNY Poly for the past five years. Summers for Margot included architectural camps at RPI as well as engineering and architecture internships that she organized for herself. She is currently in the New Visions STEM program at RPI. Margot has earned various prestigious awards offered at CHS that enabled her to earn this CASDA honor.”

CASDA grants each student honoree the opportunity to nominate a teacher who has had a significant influence on their education. In her CASDA write up, Margot notes that “Artist Patrice Tomaso makes you feel so good about yourself. Her gentle spirit inspires us to try our best and tap into our unique creative gifts.”

CASDA recognized Margot and Mrs. Tomaso alongside other student and teacher honorees from around the Capital Region at the Albany Marriott Hotel and Conference Center the evening of May 16. To see all the 2019 honorees, please visit

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