Westfield: Proud moment for school, county

For Chautauqua County – and the nation – it is a first.

On Tuesday morning, it was revealed that Westfield Academy and Central School’s Kent Knappenberger had won the Music Educator Grammy Award. Last week, an assembly in his honor was held at the school. This week, there is jubilation and pride in the region.

Even in accepting the inaugural honor – on national TV’s CBS “This Morning,” Knappenberger was humbled.

“When I found out, I cried,” he said in the CBS segment. “The people I teach and what I do is very important to me. … I know there is a country filled with very talented educators. As much as I learned about the other finalists, I’m just so glad to be part of something that they do.”

He and his family will head to California for the award presentation. What an honor.