John Sindoni of Cicero watched his youngest son, Nicholas, receive his diploma from Christian Brothers Academy this May with a mix of emotions. John’s wife Cil could not attend CBA’s graduation because she was at son Andy’s college graduation at the very same time at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Penn. His daughter Laura was not in attendance because she graduated from Villanova School of Law on Friday night that same weekend. Of course, Sindoni was proud of Nick’s accomplishments, but this was an end of an era! For 24 years running, at least one Sindoni child had been enrolled at the school. Nicholas ’10, Andrew ’06, Laura ’01, Michael ’98, Valerie ’95, and Joseph ’92 are all “Brothers,” along with their dad. When they enrolled their firstborn, Andy and Nick were not even in the picture.
“Our oldest child enrolled at CBA in 1986 when girls began being admitted to the school. That obviously changed the complexion of the school, but the core values together with its excellent academic programs and highly-fulfilling extracurricular opportunities remained consistently outstanding during the past 24 years,” said Sindoni, himself a member of the CBA Class of ’63. “We have had the good fortune of having all of our children attend Christian Brothers Academy, as I did. The Catholic, values-based education has been important in our lives, and that belief, coupled with the appreciation for the outstanding rigorous academic programs offered at CBA were the main factors in our children attending this fine school.”
While in school, Sindoni was a center on the football team, covered sports for the Purple and Gold, a student publication; and sang in the annual musical. After graduating from Holy Cross College and receiving a law degree from Cornell University, Sindoni returned to Syracuse to raise his family and practice law at Hiscock and Barclay. Over the years, he has remained a loyal member of the CBA Alumni Association and a driving force behind the school’s fundraising efforts — from chairing the Lasallian Dinner and Auction with Cil, to the recent $11 million To Be the Best Campaign; and he has served on the board of trustees and its various committees, including a term as chair.
In 1997, Sindoni received the Christian Brothers Academy Purple and Gold Award from the Alumni Association for his continued support of the best interests of the students, faculty and alumni, for his dedicated years of service to the school and for his commitment to the ideals and principles of his alma mater. He is also an Affiliated Brother, the highest title accorded by the Christian Brothers, in recognition for his efforts on behalf of the school and the Brothers.
“John Sindoni and his family truly reflect the very best of CBA,” said Brother Dennis Owen AFSC ’44, “Under John’s guidance, the Sindoni family has gone the extra mile, time and time again, to embrace the Lasallian spirit and support this school. For 24 years, the Sindoni children have walked the halls of CBA, played on its sports fields and participated in every aspect of CBA life as they continued the legacy of Brothers’ pride established by their father when he himself was a student here. We thank John for his example and share with him and his wife, Cil, the joy of watching their sixth and last child graduate from a school that has truly been embraced by this fine family.”