The following awards and scholarships were presented to the members of the Grand Island High School Class of 2008 at the Forty-Third Commencement Program on June 26, 2008.  The members of the Grand Island community support the forty-four different offerings valued, this year, at over $ 45,000.  A very unique aspect of this program is that it involves Grand Island businesses, organizations, and families through their support and selection of the recipients…a truly authentic school-community partnership. 


In addition, several students were honored with specific awards sponsored by the high school. 


We would like to praise, one more time, the Class of 2008 Scholarship and Award recipients, as follows:


Principal’s Awards for Outstanding Senior – Amber Hultgren, Joshua Kaplan, Jordan Toth:

Principal’s Viking Spirit Awards – Sara Kurpiewski and

Theodore ‘T.J.’ Slipko:

Principal’s Awards for Perfect Attendance – Ellen Betterson,

Christopher Eley, and Jessica Sturniolo:

Class of 2008 Military Recognition – Salvatore Niro:

Class of 2008 Foreign Student Recognition – Rafael Duenas, Jarkko Etula, Laura Saini, Eduardo Toledo:

GIBCO, Invitrogen Technologies, inc.  Scholarships – Samuel Kilb for Sciences and  Brittany Stallard for Education:

The Elderwood Health Care at Riverwod Scholarship – Alicia Sommer:                                      

The Fuccillo Auto Group, Inc. Scholarship – Alicia Sommer:

The Rupp Family Scholarship – Anthony Poupalos:

The Bennett Family Scholarship – Bailey DeGlopper:

Grand Island Rotary Club Scholarships – Amber Hultgren, Alicia Sommer, Michael Soos, Brittany Stallard:

The Koppmann Family Trades & Technology Scholarship – Marc Velocci:

Grand Island “Dollars for Scholars” Scholarships— Caitlyn Driscoll and Joshua Kaplan:

American Legion Grand Island Post 1346 Scholarships – Laura Emmi and Michael Soos:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars: Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post 9249 Scholarship – Jennifer Ciechoski:

Grand Island Moose Lodge Laverne Luther Memorial Scholarships

Stefane Samland and Alicia Sommer:                                                                       






Grand Island Disabled American Veterans Chapter 168 Scholarship

            in Memory of Kenneth Wagner – Michael Soos:

            in Memory of Paul Kane – Nicole Stickl:

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Sara Kurpiewski:

Grand Island Professional Women's Club Scholarship – Ciara Morreale:

Grand Island Lions Club Scholarships – Bailey DeGlopper,

Samuel Kilb, Michael Soos, Shana Wierchowski:

The Grace and Frances Stewart Humanities Scholarship

Jessica Sturniolo:   

Tonawanda Lodge No. 247 Free & Accepted Masons Scholarships

Samuel Kilb and Michael Soos:

Isle Chapter Order of De Molay  - Stephen H. Jamieson Memorial Scholarship – Cassandra Coffey:

Grand Island Little League Baseball & Softball Scholarships

Matthew Klock and Brittany Stallard:

Grand Island Art Scholarship Award – Kaitlyn Little:

The Grand Island Soccer Club Scholarships – Caitlyn Driscoll, Cathryn Hilliard, Richard Karpie, Alexandra Weiser:       

Andrew Dlugosz Memorial Scholarships – Casey Carminati, Jaclyn Coe, Ryan Hagen, Kurt Makowski:

John A. Gentz Memorial Scholarships– Alicia Sommer and

Shana Wierchowski:

Leila C. Biancucci Memorial  Scholarship – Samuel Kilb:

Kenvin Moreau Music and Arts Memorial Scholarship – Giovanna Andolina:

Michael Morrisey Memorial Scholarships – Meaghan Hayes and

Sara Orsolits:

George W. Shaw Memorial Scholarships – Stefane Samland and

Nicole Stickl:

Grand Island High School Alumni Association Scholarships– Nicole Stickl and Brittany Stallard:                                                                                                              

June Glassman PTA Council Scholarships– Kelcie Hanaka and

Joshua Kaplan:

Grand Island High School PTSA  Scholarships – Matthew Klock,

Michael Soos, Brittany Stallard, Jessica Sturniolo, and Shana Wierchowski:

Connor Middle School PTA Scholarships – Caitlyn Driscoll and

Samantha McCollum:

Huth Road Elementary School PTSA Scholarships – Steven Accardo and James Sica:

Kaegebein Elementary School PTA Scholarships – Kelly Cich and Theodore “T.J.” Slipko:

Sidway Elementary School PTA Scholarships – Sara Kurpiewski and Nicholas Tomkins:

Grand Island High School Music Scholarships – Jacob Ferrante,

Kelcie Hanaka, and Brenna McCabe:




Grand Island High School DECA Scholarships – Sara Kurpiewski,

Ciara Morreale, and Brittany Stallard:

Grand Island High School Art Club Awards – Danielle Nash and Nicole Nash:

Grand Island High School ‘Venture’ Yearbook Scholarships in onor of HoHonoHHHHHHonor of

Roberta Frisoni – Lauren Braun, Alicia Camizzi, Samantha McCollum, and Alexandra Weiser:

Grand Island High School National Honor Society Scholarship

Kahla Cerrillo: 

Grand Island High School Student Council Scholarship – Sara Kurpiewski:

G.I.T.A. Richard & Edwina Meredith Faculty-Child Scholarship

Stefane Samland:

Gene Masters Memorial Scholarship --  Alexander Webb




            The following scholarships were presented at Class Day:


James Mc Cartin Memorial Scholarship – Brittany Papaj: 

            Honorable Mention:  Sara Kurpiewski and Samantha McCollum

Grand island Teachers’ Assciation Scholarships – Matthew Klock and Theodore ‘T.J.’ Slipko:


            The following scholarship was awarded at the Music Banquet.

Zachary R. Zarbo Spotlighters Memorial Scholarship – Rachel Olszewski