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10 Most Fascinating Central New Yorkers of 2012: The results are in!

With another year drawing to a close, NewsChannel 9 released its list of the "10 Most Fascinating People of 2012." We asked all of Central New York to vote for the most fascinating person. Now, after hundreds of votes on our Facebook page, the full list is in.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - With another year drawing to a close, NewsChannel 9 released its list of the "10 Most Fascinating People of 2012."

We asked all of Central New York to vote for the most fascinating person.  Now, after hundreds of votes on our Facebook page, the full list is in.

Scroll down to see the results.





#1: Sophia Gettino

Doctors never thought Gettino would live to see her second birthday. She had a rare brain tumor called pineoblastoma. In January, she continued to defy the odds and turned 16.

Link: Story from January


#2: The Johnson Family

Diana and Dave Johnson are known for the immense love and support they give to their 17 children and 12 foster children. The community decided to give that support back by renovating their entire home.

Link: Story from May
Video: Miracle Makeover special


#3: Sergeants Crayg Dykes and Jeremy Young

A 96-year-old woman was saved from her burning house in June by these two sergeants from the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office. They crawled through the flames to rescue her.

Link: Story from June


#4: McKenna Squire

9-year-old McKenna Squire proved to be a natural in her first year playing fast-pitch softball. Born without a right hand, she inspired others on and off the field.

Video: Watch her story


#5: Karen Klein

A cell phone video of Klein, a school bus monitor, being bullied by students went viral in June. The video spread around the country and an online campaign to give Klein a vacation raised more than $700,000.

Link: Story from June


#6: Jim Boeheim

In the 2011-2012 season, while controversy surrounded SU off the court, Boeheim led the team to a 34-3 record. This season, he is on his way to his 900th career win.

Photos: Boeheim through the years


#7: Jill Smith

Smith, a young mother from North Syracuse, voluntarily opted to have a double mastectomy in October that she didn’t necessarily need, but she did it to beat the overwhelming odds of getting breast cancer.

Link: Story from October


#8: Nick Ziobro

This singer may only be a junior at Fayetteville-Manlius High School, but he has already been compared to Michael Bublé. This year, he won Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Vocal Competition.

Video: Watch Carrie Lazarus' profile of Ziobro


#9: SU Standouts: Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph and Dion Waiters

These three Orange basketball standouts helped lead the team to a 34-3 record in the 2011-2012 season. Syracuse was the Big East Regular Season Champion and made it to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.

Stories: Scoop | Kris | Dion


#10: Jamie Otis

Otis, a 25-year-old registered nurse from Dryden, was part of ABC’s hit reality show "The Bachelor" in February.

Link: Story from February




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