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Holiday Gift Idea - Grand Island Beanie! - Nov. 2007

   Need a Holiday gift for someone? Support the Senior Class at Grand Island High School and purchase a Grand Island Beanie! Cost of the beanie is $12.00 each and they will keep you warm! To purchase, contact the High School at 773-8820 and ask for Julie Bowen.

GIHS DECA Installation Dinner - 2007

(Left) Cheryl Chamberlain and Brittany Stallard; (right) Brooke Chamberlain and Erica Barrett
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   Salvatore's Italian Gardens was the setting on November 6th for the annual DECA Installation Dinner as students from Grand Island High School were inducted in this national leadership organization. Ten high schools from all over WNY participated in this ceremony to promote DECA's co-curricular program of leadership, community service, business/vocational understanding and professionalism. Grand Island's Regional Representative, Brittany Stallard gave an outstanding performance discussing her role as Vice President of Social Activities. Over 75 students, parents, and administrators from Grand Island attended this worthwhile event and were impressed by the guest speaker, Mr. Jon Cervoni, who discussed his history as a DECA member and educator.
   Grand Island High School will host the DECA Regional Conference on January 13th, 2008.

Fresh Florida Citrus Fruit Sale
GIHS Annual Music Dept. Fund Raiser - Nov. 2007

   The Grand Island High School Music Department’s fund raiser continues until November 19. Choose from grove fresh Florida naval oranges and grapefruit available in 10, 20 and 40 pound cartons. Prices range from $14 to $30 a box. Help send a high school instrumentalist to national competitions in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Call a high school instrumentalist or the High School Music office at 773-8868 to place your order.

K-12 “Artist of the Month” Continues- 2007

(Left) Nichole and Danielle Nash holding some of their artwork - Click for larger view

   The Art Department of the Grand Island Central Schools is pleased to continue with its new forum of honoring the many talented art students throughout the school year. Pictured holding some of their most recent artworks are twins Danielle and Nichole Nash, recipients of October’s K-12 “Artist of the Month.” These Grand Island High School seniors enjoy making art as a way of expressing themselves, and both plan to attend college for art. This past summer the young ladies attended The New York Summer School of the Arts for an intensive four-week art program at SUNY Brockport.
   It was when people began to compliment Danielle’s artwork, that she realized she possessed natural talent. She says, “I started my art career in Mrs. Incao’s class, and have never stopped!” With the encouragement of her high school art teachers and her sister Nichole, she has worked hard to develop her talent. Danielle enjoys realistic two-dimensional art, and appreciates the work of American illustrator Norman Rockwell.
   Art became an important part of Nichole’s life when she decided for herself that she loved making it. She feels that the on going support from her parents has been the biggest influence on her growth as an artist. She says that her parents “support me in anything that I choose to do.” Nichole favors the art of Renoir and the other impressionists. Although she is capable of using many different materials, her preferred medium is graphite. She plans to go into art conservation.
   The Art Department of the Grand Island Schools wishes to congratulate these two hard working art students on their achievements, and wishes them success for the future.

Fabulous Band Concert- 2007

(Left) Mr. Martin Allen and Concert Band; (right) Jazz Band takes a bow.
Jodi Robinson Photos - Click for larger view

   The Grand Island High School Music Department presented its first concert of the 2007-2008 season and it was FABULOUS! The Jazz Band led by Mr. Marty Allen began the program with "No B-3 Blues" with much student improvisation throughout. The great jazz music continued and ended with "Things Ain't What They Used To Be" conducted by new music instructor Craig Poissant of Huth Road Elementary School. Mr. Poissant has been joining Mr. Allen and the students for their 6:30 a.m. practice before school. The Jazz Band received a standing ovation for their efforts.
   The Grand Island High School Concert Band was next with three pieces conducted by Mr. Allen. "Guadalcanal March" was followed by "On A Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss," a reflective composition" based on a true story of a man who lost his four daughters in a ship sinking in the late 1800's in the Atlantic. The final piece, "Into The Raging River," was inspired by a whitewater rafting trip on the Gauley River. The concert band did a tremendous job. Especially nice was the program that accompanied the concert. Program notes described all pieces from the concert band and wind ensemble and the story behind the music.
   World renowned, special guest conductor Mr. Timothy Reynish was humorous and complimentary of his time spent with the wind ensemble. In the area teaching at Fredonia Music School for the semester, he was convinced by Mr. Allen to come to Grand Island and work with the students on a piece entitled "Dances From Crete." Mr. Reynish had the work commissioned to commemorate his son, William, who tragically died in a mountaineering accident in 2001. The music's premier took place in London in November 2003. Mr. Reynish noted that he had approached a university wind ensemble to perform the piece but they turned it down as "too hard." The Island students and Mr. Reynish captivated the audience and received a long standing ovation.
   Mr. Allen conducted the wind ensemble in two pieces, a march titled "The Sinfonians" and a wonderful work based on a chant from the Russian Orthodox Church titled "Salvation Is Created." Mr. Allen has much to be proud of with all of his students and his work in the music department. Don't miss the next concert!

GIHS Parent/Teacher Conferences - Nov. 2007

    Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 26, 2007 in the High School from 12:00–3:00p.m. and 4:00- 7:00 p.m. Teachers will be in their rooms – a list of room assignments will be posted. Appointments are not necessary.

Attention: GIHS Boys Swim/Dive Team Grades 7-12 - Nov. 2007

   An organizational meeting will be held for the Grand Island Senior High School Boys Swimming and Diving Team at 2:15 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2007 in room 214 in the high school. GIHS boys in grades 9-12 should attend this meeting if interested.
   An organizational meeting for the Grand Island Senior High School Boys Swimming and Diving Team will be held at 3:45 p.m. Monday, November 5th in the Connor Middle School Little Theater. Grand Island boys in grades 7 and 8 should attend this meeting if interested.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Nov. 1, 2007
Click "Sports Briefs 11/1/07" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

GIHS Boys Volleyball Team Takes 2nd In Island Tournament - 2007

   Parents and teammates of the Grand Island High School Boys Volleyball Team hosted a very successful volleyball tournament at the Grand Island High School courts on October 27, 2007. Chairman of the 12-team event was Sally Khreis. North Tonawanda won the tournament and the Grand Island team took second. The GIHS volleyball team would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous donations:
Bob Piatek/State Farm Insurance Co.
Contract Interiors
DeSignet International
Grand Island Auto Tech Inc.
Grand Island Moose Lodge
Grand Island Rite Aid
Grand Island Rod & Gun Club
Mary Dunbar-Daluisio
McDonald's Restaurant
Niagara Frontier Publications
Rainbow Collision
Rocky's Pizza
Say Cheese Pizza
Tim Horton's
Tops Markets
Wavelengths Hair Salon
Wendy's Restaurant
WNY Metro Town Center Realty Inc.
   A special "thank you" is sent out to all the volleyball parents who have donated their time and talents during the 2007-2p008 season and tournament.

High School News - Nov. 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Sophomore) - Student Writer

   Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007 . . .As many of us know the Grand Island schools once again made the news. This time, a student diagnosed with MRSA short for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. According to the New York State Health Department, this bacteria is resistant to many antibiotics and is spread by direct contact. Did you know that some people can carry MRSA for days to many months, even after their infection has been treated? Careful hand washing is the single most effective way to control the spread of MRSA. An area of concern that comes to my mind is whether or not the physical education areas, especially the pool, are receiving any extra precautionary cleaning now that a student has been diagnosed.
   On to a more pleasant note, there is a high school band concert this Thursday evening at 8 p.m. The first marking period ends on November 9, so a word to the wise, you’d better put in a last ditch effort to save yourselves. There is no school on November 12th as we celebrate Veteran’s Day. Spotlighters will be performing "The Hobbit" on November 16 and 17, time to be announced. High school musical auditions will be held November 19-21 and last but not least Parent Teacher conferences will be held the Monday after Thanksgiving, so mark your calendars.

Cross Country Wins NFL League Championship Meet - Oct. 2007

Tsembelis/Carter Lead the Charge
Boys Team Co-Champs at 13-1 in NFL
Girls Team Finishes 2nd at 12-2 in NFL

(left) Nick Masiello, Jordan Gibson, Evan Tsembelis, Captain Chris Carter, Jason Chadwick, Captain Ryan Hagen and Derek Stacy
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   Beaver Island State Park - October 28, 2007 . . . The Cross Country Teams battled not only 40 mph gale force winds, rain and cold but also Lockport. The Boys team avenged its only loss in the NFL this season by beating Lockport by 3 points 61 to 64. After an earlier drubbing, the Vikings fought its battle and came out on top. “I am so proud of our teams this year,” noted veteran coach Don Sauer. “After being beat in our dual meet, they came back and ran spectacular at the league Championship Meet.” Key to the victory was the number 3-4-5 men as they stepped it up a notch. Senior Co-Captain Ryan Hagen ran tough race finishing 14th, Freshman Nick Masiello placed 18th and Junior Jordan Gibson took 22nd. The Team was led by Junior Evan Tsembelis 3rd and Co-Captain Chris Carter 4th. It is the team's 4th title in the NFL, winning earlier in ’80, ’84, ’85, and ’93.
   The Girls Team also ran impressively as they finished their best season in recent history, placing 2nd in the meet and league standings with a 12-2 record. The team had some outstanding performances. Top finisher was Freshman Dominique DeGregorio placing an impressive 10th followed closely by sophomore Maritina Tsembelis in 13th place. Sophomore Amber Spiesz continues to improve, placing 19th. Senior Captain Caitlyn Driscoll cramped up at the halfway point and finished 21st. “Caitlyn had an off-day but she didn’t quit. She knew she had to finish for the team and that’s what she did,” noted Coach Sauer. “She has been our top runner all year and had an off-day; she’ll bounce back next time.” Emily Thompson also ran a strong race placing 24th.
   The top JV finisher was T J Howley taking an impressive 6th. Next meet is Sectionals on Friday, November 2, 2007 at Elma Meadows. The Boys run at 12:30 p.m. and the Girls run at 3 p.m.

Gazette Features Oliverio And Klock - Varsity Viking Football - Oct. 2007

   For feature story on Varsity Vikings Joe Oliverio and Matt Klock See "Niagara Gazette Story 10/26" by By Nate Beutel.

GIHS Instrumental Booster Club Meeting - November 2007
   An Instrumental Booster Club meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2007 in the Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Oct. 25, 2007
Click "Sports Briefs 10/25/07" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

High School News - Oct. 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Sophomore) - Student Writer

   Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007 . . .I would like to begin this article with a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered and attended the Roses for Rosanna Benefit. It was a HUGE success with over 550 people in attendance. The weather cooperated, which allowed for a very pleasant evening. So Thank You GI for coming through!
   This week was basically just a week of congratulations for GIHS. The tennis banquet was held on Tuesday and attended by all members as well as the athletic director, Mr. Jon Roth. Many of the seniors were given awards for their special talents. The Viking Awards were given to Lauren McGowan and Brittany Stallard for their aggressiveness and love for tennis. The team presented coach, Mrs. Julie Neville with a basket full of baby gifts. We were happy that she lasted the season. We had an awesome team and an excellent year. We will miss our senior girls!
   Rumors are flying that there was another party this past Saturday night and guess who was there? The buzz around school is that there was another party where some under aged people consumed illegal products. There is word that the police did show up and some of the kids were given a breathalyzer, and others ran away when they saw authorities. There is no excuse now. You know that they are taking this no drinking, no drug policy seriously!

High School Band Concert - Nov. 2007
   The Grand Island High School bands, under the direction of Mr. Marty Allen, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2007 in the Grand Island High School auditorium. The concert will include the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. Guest artist conducting the Wind Ensemble will be Timothy Reynish. See Timothy Reynish for his complete biography.

2007 Lady Vikings Tennis Team 14-0 NFL Champions - October 2007

Top Row- Left- Brittany Stallard, Ashley Koerntgen, Kristen Laurendi, Lauren McGowan, Micahlena Beyer, Brittany Papaj, Danielle Bruno and Courtney Catalano Middle Row- Left- Catherine Aughey, Stephanie Aughey, Kaitie Samland, Julie Hasselbeck, Alexandra Buscaglia, Anna Ferrante, Simarjot Cheema and Kelsey Mash. Bottom Row- Left- Courtney Papaj, Tara Hook, Molly Wynne, Breanne Rafferty, Alyssa Accardo, Caitlin Taylor, Kimberly Asbach.

   For the first time in Grand Island history, the Lady Vikings Tennis Team finished the season in 1st Place in the NFL. With a 14-0 NFL record (14-1 overall), the Lady Vikings had their first undefeated season!
   Many girls contributed to the team's success this year. The team was led by senior, Brittany Stallard, who was undefeated at 1st singles. She will be representing the NFL as Grand Island's #1 singles seed at sectionals on October 26th. Senior captains, Courtney Catalano and Lauren McGowan, teamed up this year at 1st Doubles with a 13-2 overall record. The dynamic duo will be representing the NFL as GI's #1 doubles seed at sectionals. Senior captain, Ashley Koerntgen, played 2nd Singles and had a 10-5 overall record.
   Ashley had two big wins over Ken East and Niagara Falls to allow the team to stay undefeated in the NFL. The 2nd Doubles team consisted of sophomores, Alexandra Buscaglia and Kaitie Samland. The pair ended the season with a combined 7-5 record. Three seniors shared the 3rd singles position, Micahlena Beyer, Danielle Bruno and Kristen Laurendi. All three combined for an 8-6 record. Senior, Brittany Papaj, had a varsity win against Lewiston Porter in the Girls' last match this season.
   Leading the JV team were veteran players, Alyssa Accardo, Kimberly Asbach, Catherine Aughey, Stephanie Aughey, Julie Hasselbeck, Tara Hook, Kelsey Mash, Courtney Papaj, and Breanne Rafferty. GI tennis newcomers consisted of Simarjot Cheema, Anna Ferrante, Caitlin Taylor and Molly Wynne.
   Receiving NFL honors were Brittany Stallard, who received 1st Team All League in singles and Lauren McGowan and Courtney Catalano, who received 1st Team All League in doubles. Congratulations to all three players.
   Many girls received individual awards at this year's banquet. The JV MVP was awarded to junior, Kelsey Mash. The Varsity Most Improved player was sophomore, Alexandra Buscaglia, who made a huge impact this year. Most Dedicated award went to senior, Courtney Catalano. Receiving the MVP award this year was senior, Ashley Koerntgen. Seniors, Lauren McGowan and Brittany Stallard were awarded the “Viking Award” for their excellence in leadership, dedication and hard work their entire Varsity careers. Serving as tennis team captains next year will be Kelsey Mash, Alexandra Buscaglia and Breanne Rafferty.
   "Good Luck to all 8 seniors for their undefeated season and outstanding careers. We’ll miss you next year!"

JV Football Team wins Final Game 41-29 Over Williamsville East - Oct. 2007

Jodi Robinson Photo - Click for larger view

    The Grand Island JV football team played their final game of the season Saturday, October 20 against the Williamsville East Flames. It was all Grand Island in the first half with some stand out performances by wide receiver Chris Gibney, running backs Andrew LaLonde and Tygue Busch, and quarterback Joel Klock. Brett Dlugosz scored on a run in the first quarter followed by the extra point by Klock. LaLonde scored at the end of the first quarter to make it 13-0. At the start of the second quarter, Lalonde ran in a touchdown from the 22-yard line but it was brought back due to an illegal block to the back to the Vikings 43. Marching back down the field Gibney caught a pass from Klock and adding the two point conversion the score was 21-0. LaLonde and Busch scored again to make the score 35-0. The half ended with Andrew Dale blocking a punt and Nick Kellner recovering the ball.
   The second half the Flames came back all fired up and scored twice in the third quarter to make it 35-14. The fourth quarter was more of the same with Williamsville East scoring two more times, score 35-29. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Flames were again threatening to score when GI recovered a fumble and marched down the field to score. With a missed extra point the score was 41-29. Williamsville East scored again at the end of the quarter, final score GI 41, WE 35.
   The JV team ended the season with a 5-3 record, winning the last 5 games.

Grand Island Has New Basketball Coach - 2007

   The Grand Island School Board recently hired Greg Ross for the position of Boys Basketball Coach. Ross held the JV Coach position for the past two years and has as head coach at North Tonawanda High School for many years. He is also a physical education instructor at North Tonawanda High. According to a Niagara Gazette article by By Nate Beutel, "He will replace Chris Simpson, who was asked not to return to the varsity position due to philosophical differences between he and the administration."
   The Niagara Gazette also reported that, "Multiple sources have told Greater Niagara Newspapers that Simpson, a former player and coach under Pat Monti at LaSalle High School, fell out of favor with many GI parents, players and administrators because of his tough-nosed demeanor."

JV Girls Soccer Team Finalize Undefeated Season - 2007

Sandi Cunningham Photos - Click photos for larger view

   The Grand Island High School Jr. Varsity Girls Soccer Team finalized their undefeated season on Thursday, October 18, 2007 with a 5-0 win over Ken West. It was an incredible season at 18-0 with only 4 goals scored against the team. A big congratulations to this talented group of Grand Island's finest soccer players!

Girls Varsity Soccer Team Wins 8th NFL Championship - Oct. 2007

   The Grand Island High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team won the Niagara Frontier League Championship on Thursday, October 18, 2007 just as they have for the past seven years. Kenmore East lost to the Grand Island girls with the final score 4-1. See Niagara Gazette Story.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Oct. 18, 2007
Click "Sports Briefs 10/18/07" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

Setter Mike Heftka Featured In Niagara Gazette - 2007

   The following is a feature story by Nate Beutel published in the Thursday, October 18, 2007 edition of the Niagara Gazette.
Mike Heftka blossoms into a star at Grand Island
HS Volleyball: Vikings senior has taken over role as leader on and off court.

   GRAND ISLAND . . .With Paul Holler and his immense amount of leadership and skill lost to graduation, Grand Island coach Paul Schultz knew he needed to find someone to fill the void.
   He already knew he'd get increased production from Holler's younger brother, Scott. But what he wasn't yet aware of was the performance he'd get from senior Mike Heftka.
   "He just keeps getting better and better, " Schultz said. "He leads the team in assists, hits left and right and he's our best jump server, too."
   Schultz added that he believed Heftka learned a lot from the elder Holler, especially in terms of leadership.
   And Heftka agreed.
   "I knew I had to take on a bigger role this year," the team captain said. "We all came up together, but this season I'm taking a bigger stand when we get into trouble. I try to relax everybody and not let things get out of control."
   On the court, Heftka handles most of the setting duties. But the Vikings often play with two setters on the floor at once, so that gives Heftka the opportunity to also play at the net for certain points.
   "I put the ball down when I need to, " he said.
   Schultz said Heftka is working closely with freshman setter Tyler Hinaman, and the two have formed a close relationship that has translated both on and off the court. Heftka, meanwhile, said that his relationship with his teammates is one of the biggest reasons for his breakout season.
   "We've got a lot of chemistry here," he said. "I've kind of gotten to know where everybody is going to be, so it's much easier to set the guys up."
   Heftka believes if the Vikings are at their best, they can compete with some of the top teams in Class A when sectionals begin. That's been evidenced as GI has beaten Niagara-Wheatfield, who's been ranked in the Western New York poll almost the entire season, and took NFL-unbeaten North Tonawanda to five games on Monday.
   "I think this team can play with anybody as long as we don't stoop down to anybody else's level," he said.
   Schultz believes Heftka has the talent to play in college and he's trying to convince him that a school like D"Youville or Medaille would be a great fit. But for now, Heftka, whose older brother Chris played four years at D'Youville, plans to attend Genesee Community College for computer-aid design or architecture.
   "I actually don't want to follow in my brother's footsteps," Heftka said. "I want to be my own person."

JV Girls Soccer Team Continues Wins - 2007

Sandi Cunningham Photos - Click photos for larger view

   The Grand Island High School Jr. Varsity Girls Soccer Team beat Lew-Port 6-0 on Thursday, October 11, 2007.
   The JV Girls beat Clarence 3-1 on Monday, October 15 (McNulty 2, Chiarevelle 1)
   The team won over Lockport 3-1 (McNulty 2 and Chiarevelle 1) on Tuesday, October 16th.
   The girls are 17-0 for the season to date, with the final game on Thursday, October 18th at home 4:30 p.m.

Cross Country Results - Vikings Beat Lockport - 2007

   For Grand Island High School Cross Country Results of October 16, 2007, see
Cross Country Results 10/16

JV Football Team Wins Again - Oct. 2007

Jodi Robinson Photos - Click for larger view

   The Grand Island JV football team traveled to Starpoint on Saturday, October 13th on a bright but chilly morning. The Starpoint facility was state of the art and after some give and take on the field the Vikings' Andrew LaLonde scored at the beginning of the second quarter on a run. Pat Gallagher had a busy game with many excellent runs as did LaLonde who scored again with 3:46 left in the third quarter to make the score 12-0. Tygue Busch scored at the beginning of the fourth quarter and Joel Klock added the extra point to make the score 19-0. Chris Gibney intercepted a pass with 4:17 left in the quarter to stop a drive by the Spartans and the score remained 19-0 final. The JV Vikings will play their last game at home on Saturday, October 20 against Williamsville East.

String & Choral Concert Wednesday - 2007

   A Grand Island High School String and Choral Concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2007 in the Grand Island High School auditorium. The concert will be under the direction of music teachers Carolyn Lokken and Deb Remson.

Homecoming Bonfire Returns To GIHS - Oct. 2007

Right: "Cheerleader" Lee Schuster.
Left: Seniors-Lauren McGowan, Casey Carminatti, Allie Weiser, Sarah Sukmanowski (holding her), Ashley Mazurkiewicz and Tiffany Dickenson.
Right: Jenna Hutzler, Mia Magliazzo, Sam Forysinski, Jamie Raepple, Jessica Mysliwiec, Alexa Amato, Carly Snyder
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   Thanks to the GIHS Student Council, the bonfire is back after 35 years. The high school threw a big party after the middle school boys modified football game on Thursday, October 11th. The junior-senior girls powder puff football game ended with 35-21 win for the seniors. Pizza and pop were served and a DJ from Kiss98.5 was on hand to provide background music. The bonfire was lit after the football game and everyone agreed it was a great event.

High School News - Oct. 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Sophomore) - Student Writer

   Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007 . . .The annual pep rally took place at GIHS filling our school with the colors blue and white. As our tennis team dressed up as “Queens of the Court” and our swimmers, “Lifeguards,” everyone looked great. At this year's pep rally, we had a great performance by Marc Scibilia and from our baton twirlers or the “Vikingettes” as they call themselves. There was a tug of war between some of the staff and a select few of our football players. The result was, well, we will just say our football players must not have gotten any sleep the night before.
   Grand Island’s homecoming game was played Saturday against Starpoint. Without a question we won 20-14. There was great playing by Shawn Vanderbrook, Alex Webb, and Lance Robinson. Congratulations guys and keep up the good work. Also, this weekend was the GIHS homecoming dance attended by many of our seniors and juniors. Many of our seniors were shocked when they found out they were in the Homecoming Court for 2007. Allie Weiser and Nick Tomkins were chosen this year's king and queen.

Intergenerational Community Sing At High School - 2007

   Singers of all ages are invited to join forces with current members of the Grand Island Senior High School vocal department for an intergenerational sing. Singers of all ages are welcome to attend in an evening of song and fellowship Monday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Senior High School Choir Room. High school choral director, Carolyn Lokken, is hoping students, parents, grandparents, neighbors and Grand Island alumni will take this opportunity to join together for this event. Sing-ins are popular in communities around the country and are unique is bringing together singers of different generations. No experience is necessary. Hope to see you there!

Varsity Football Wins At Homecoming - Oct. 2007

Left: Parents and senior football players and cheerleaders are announced.
Right: Players pumping each other up before the game.
Jodi Robinson Photos - Click for larger view

   The Grand Island Varsity Football Homecoming game on Saturday, October 13, began with the announcement of senior players, cheerleaders and their parents. The JV cheerleaders joined the varsity squad on the tarmac in honor of homecoming. Many members of the Class of '67 were on hand as they celebrated their 40th reunion weekend. The Vikings beat the Starpoint Spartans 20-14 at the final whistle but it was a hard fought victory. Christian Nestark had 16 tackles, Nick Tomkins had nine tackles and a fumble recovery for the Vikings. Quarterback Joe Oliverio was 6 for 8 passing for 140 yards and two touchdowns and Alex Webb had 22 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown for GI. The Vikings clinched the second playoff spot in Class A North and face Williamsville East on Saturday, October 20th in their final regular season game.
   Scroll down for Pep Rally photos and story, and for the Niagara Gazette coverage of the homecoming game.

Runner Chris Carter Featured In Niagara Gazette - 2007

   The following is a feature story by Nate Beutel published in the Tuesday, October 16, 2007 edition of the Niagara Gazette.
Carter Helps Carry GI To the Top
HS Cross Country: Vikings senior has blossomed into a top competitor with the help of an underclassman teammate.

   GRAND ISLAND . . .Chris Carter is admittedly not the best runner on his own team. So how is it then that Carter has topped the list of finishers For Grand Island in each of its Niagara Frontier League races thus far this season?
   "Evan (Tsembelis) has backed off at the end and let me win the races," Carter said. "He doesn't have to do it, but he does. I don't think any other team's top runner would do that for a teammate."
   Tsembelis, a junior, allows the senior, Carter, who has spent countless hours working out with Tsembelis, said he's very grateful to have such a good relationship.
   "Evan has helped me a lot," he said. "He's the one who has pulled me through it all."
   Veteran GI coach Don Sauer believes the relationship is a byproduct of the team's leadership the past few seasons.
   "Evan learned a lot from Tim Fargino last year and this year with Chris. I think there's a respect-type thing there since they've worked so hard together," he said. "I think the relationship has made them both better."
   With Fargino gone, Carter knew he needed to step up his workouts and that he did this past year as he kept incorporating more and more miles to his workouts. He also moved to a plan that included workouts twice a day.
   Vikings assistant coach Jon Lacki, a former runner at Niagara University, said that Carter's increased workload is one of the main reasons the team has bolted out to an undefeated start heading into today's key NFL dual meet against fellow-unbeaten Lockport at Beaver Island.
   "He really set himself and the team up to have a monster season," Lacki said.
   The Vikings will be down their No. 3 man today, but Carter still believes if Tsembelis can beat Lockport's Drew Perilli for the top spot and the back end of GI's starting five can be better than Lockport's, GI will come out on top.
   "I know we have a good enough team to pull through this and win," he said.
   Carter, who's best time of the season is 16 minutes, 38 seconds, is also hoping that his magical senior year continues into November for the NFL and Section VI Championships. He wouldn't mind being the team captain of the first GI team to take home a Section VI team title in over a decade, either.
   Carter is looking into joining the military next year and if he were to attend an Academy that had cross country, he'd definitely be interested in giving it a shot.

High School Pep Rally Is WILD - Oct. 2007

Left: Cheerleaders; right: Twirlers.
Left: Freshman; right: Mark Scibilia performs.
Left: Varsity Football Team. Right: Male Faculty.
Left: Homecoming Court; right: Social Studies Teacher Kevin Murray.
Jodi Robinson Photos - Click for larger view
Left: Girls Soccer Team; right: Nick Tomkins and Allie Weiser
Jude Kuehne Photos - Click for larger view

Left: Lee Schuster & friends; right: Lee Schuster and Lauren McGowan
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   Friday, October 12 . . .The Grand Island High School was hoppin' the week of October 15th. Spirit week began with each class wearing a color to identify their year. The next day was character day when the students dressed up as different characters. Friday was blue & white day and also the pep rally. Many students dressed up in crazy outfits with the blue/white color scheme. After all lunches everyone headed to the gym for the rally. Director of athletics Jon Roth began the assembly by announcing that Grand Island had five ranked teams in the fall line-up: girls tennis, varsity boys football, girls soccer and the undefeated teams of girls and boys cross-country. The pep band was awesome, the cheerleaders entertained the packed gym, and then a quartet of twirlers, the Vikingettes, brought the house down with a routine that began with music from the Twilight Zone.
   A fundraiser for the sophomore class was held during the week. It was a song contest where students voted for their favorite songs by paying 25 cents a vote. A surprise visit by the #5 vote getter, "Terrified," songwriter and singer and former GIHS student Mark Scibilia put on a performance that brought the crowd to their feet.
   All the seniors from the fall teams came forward by team, introduced themselves and pumped up the crowd. The captains of the boys cross-country team ate live worms at their introduction. The boys varsity football team had a tug-a-war with some of the willing male faculty members and lost....twice! after declaring a rematch. Mr. Kevin Murray did the blue/white sneaker shout-out that retired science teacher Mr. Jim Mazza started many years ago. The Homecoming court was announced and Nick Tomkins and Allie Weiser were named king and queen. The court also included Lauren Quatrinni and Nick Argi, Autumn Kaiser and Mike Martinec, and Joycie Rockwood and Sam Kilb.

Vikings Beat Starpoint, 20-14 - Head To Playoffs 2007

   The Grand Island High School Varsity Vikings made the playoffs after beating Starpoint 20-14 at their homecoming game Saturday, October 13, 2007 on Masters Field. See
"Niagara Gazette Story" by Nate Beutel.

GIHS Boys Volleyball Team To Host Tournament
Donations For Food & Refreshments Would Be Appreciated - 2007

   The Grand Island High School Boys Volleyball Team will host a volleyball tournament at the Grand Island High School courts. The parents of the players will sponsor the food and refreshment portion of this event and would be most appreciative of donations of food, drink, and/or monetary gifts from the community businesses to help with this event.
   The parents group is seeking monetary donations and/or product specific donations such as breakfast pizza, pizza, coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice, donuts, sandwiches, subs, soup, chili, chowder, chips, candy, soda pop, Gatorade, water, paper products, etc.
   All proceeds from the volleyball tournament will be used solely to support the Grand Island Boys Volleyball team. To make a donation, contact parent representative Sally Khreis at 773-7423 or 432-2386 as soon as possible. "We would love to have you join us at this event to cheer for our hometown youth," Mrs. Khreis said this week.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Oct. 11, 2007
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GIHS Student Travels To Washington, D.C. - October 2007

Dustin Coryn

   Grand Island High School junior Dustin Coryn has returned home from the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security (NYLF/NS): Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense. Dustin, who was nominated for this prestigious award by teachers Cheryl Chamberlain and Karl Koppmann, traveled to Washington, D.C. for five days where the explorations offered at NYLF/NS allowed Dustin a chance to observe key leaders in diplomatic institutions, military installations and intelligence agencies as they went about their daily tasks. This firsthand exposure provided him with valuable and practical information about careers and opportunities in these communities. In addition, Dustin and his fellow scholars spent time exploring some of Washington, D.C's most famous sites, including Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museums and the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. Dustin was in awe after this trip and said it was the "adventure of a lifetime." To explore your career area options through the internship program at Grand Island High School, contact the School-to-Work office at 773-8879.

High School News - Oct. 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Sophomore) - Student Writer

   Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007 . . .This was Grand Island High School's traditional spirit week which was very exciting and chaotic. Tuesday, October 9th was color day where each class had their own color. Seniors were pink, Juniors were green, Sophomores were orange and the Freshmen were yellow. This was a competition to see which class had the most school spirit and the Juniors won by a hair. Wednesday was character/hero day. Most students were full of spirit while others felt it wasn’t their day to shine. Spirit week continued with Thursday being Hawaiian day and on Friday, the yearly Blue and White day. Also, something new this year is a school bonfire where all grades are able to attend. There will be a powder-puff game between the seniors and the juniors, and a DJ. Since the juniors won the color day they will not have to pay but everyone else will have to pay $2 each in order to attend.
   Another exciting event that occurred was the completion of the Girls tennis team season and the answer is yes, they came in first place and were undefeated. On Thursday a select few will be attending sectionals that will be held at Sportsplex in North Tonawanda. Good Luck to those in sectionals and congratulations to all!

Varsity Vikings Beat Williamsville South 35-7 - 2007
By Kris Christensen
"Varsity Football Roster 2007" for names

Left photo: Kaegebein Elementary employees Ann Marie Stewart and Mary Ann Stanko work the gate.
Right photo: from left, Josh, Zach and Mrs. Billie Jean Harper purchase pom-poms from Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain.

From left: Special Teams Huddle, Cheerleaders, Mr. Marty Allen leading the Pep Band.
Jodi Robinson Photos - Click for larger view

   Friday, October 6, 2007 . . .In spite of some well documented off-the-field issues, the Grand Island Vikings cruised to a 35-7 victory over undermanned Williamsville South at Masters Field Saturday afternoon, moving closer to securing a spot in the Section VI playoffs with two regular season games remaining.
   Grand Island dominated from the outset with a 10-play, 70-yard opening drive capped off by a three-yard Eddie Weiser run. After Greg Feathers blocked a Williamsville South punt, Weiser scored on the next play, going in from ten yards out to make the score 14-0 after one of five Feathers’ extra points on the day.
   On Grand Island’s next possession, quarterback Joe Oliverio hit a wide open Greg Stephan in the flat and Stephan raced into the end zone untouched for his first score of the season. Oliverio only attempted two passes on the day, completing both of them (the other went to Alex Neutz for 15 yards).
   The Grand Island defense picked up where it left off in the second half of the Albion game, limiting South minus 19 yards of offense in their first five possessions, allowing Grand Island coach Dean Santorio to nearly empty his entire bench before halftime.
   Weiser continued his torrid running with second quarter touchdown runs of 12 and three yards before the half, making the score 35-0 with six minutes left in the half and the starting offense done for the day.
   The Billies got on the board with under a minute left in the half as quarterback Daeshaune Clark found Tim Krempa from one yard out to close out the scoring.
   VIKING GAME NOTES: Kickoff was delayed about 25 minutes because of the heavy thunder and lightning that moved through the area early Saturday afternoon…As it has all season, the field held up exceptionally well despite the weather. Kudos to the Grand Island grounds staff for getting the field in such great shape following the mess that was created following last year’s storm. The field is among the best natural surfaces in Western New York now. Now, if we could just do something about the grandstand, press box, lights (or lack thereof), visiting bleachers, restrooms, and concessions stand we’d really having something to be shout about…A win against Starpoint on Saturday will move the Vikings back into the Section VI playoffs for the sixth time in eight years and the fifth time in Santorio’s seven-year tenure…At 1-5, Starpoint may be the most disappointing team in Section VI this season. The Spartans came into the season with high hopes of breaking a 16-year playoff drought but one-point losses to Albion and Lewiston-Porter and a six-point loss to Sweet Home crushed those expectations. An 18-point loss to Kenmore East last Saturday may be a strong indication of where the Spartans are at right now…With all of the talk about balance in Class A North this season, a predictable scenario is close to playing itself out once again. Since 2000, 16 playoff spots have been contended for in the division (two per year). With Sweet Home already assured a spot and Grand Island only needing to win one of its last two games, the two schools will have accounted for 12 of those 16 berths…Two weeks ago, Western New York High School Sports called Albion “a lock” for the playoffs. Two weeks and two losses later the Purple Eagles appear headed to a bowl consolation game…If Grand Island does qualify for the playoffs, they will be the second seed in Class A North (barring a highly unlikely collapse from Sweet Home that would require two losses), heading to either Cheektowaga or Iroquois for the first round of the playoffs. After six weeks, both teams are undefeated, awaiting a Week Eight match-up at Cheektowaga.

Tsembelis "The Kid From New York" - October 2007
Teams Run W2ll At South Coast Challenge
Boys Team Takes 2nd/Girls 7th

Cross Country team members who enjoyed a lot of sight seeing, are shown in front of Fenway Park.
Allie Boron Photo - Click photos for larger view

   The Grand Island Cross Country ventured into new territory over Columbus weekend with a road trip to the South Coast Cross Country Challenge in New Bedford, MA. Junior Evan Tsembelis used a strong, sizzling kick to win the race and set a new course record by more than 20 seconds. The junior pressed the pace from the starting line and never let up as he fought challenges from a few of the “local favorites” running a 16:07.2 for a semi-hilly 3.1 course in 86-degree heat. He led the team with Senior Co-Captains Chris Carter and Ryan Hagen running strong with a 9th place and 12th place finish respectively. Junior Jordan Gibson ran another strong race placing 22nd and freshman Nick Masiello placing 32nd. The team, with 76 points, placed 2nd out of 18 teams entered from MA, RI and CT. The local newspaper (South Coast Today) was impressed with Tsembelis’ performance as they headlined that a local favorite would have won if the “kid from NY had not run.” Derrek Stacey and Jason Chadwick ran in the Frosh race placing an impressive 7th and 11th.
   The GI Girls Team also made their mark as they place a strong 7th. Freshman Dominique DeGregorio and newcomer Maritina Tsembelis both ran very outstanding races placing 11th and 12th respectively with times of 21:46 and 21:47. Amber Spiesz, Emily Thompson and Allison Boron all ran their best times.

JV Vikings Beat Williamsville South, 32-14 - 2007
By Jodi Robinson

   The Grand Island High School Jr. Varsity Vikings football team beat the Billies with a final score of 32-14 Saturday morning, October 6th away on Main Street in Williamsville. Williamsville scored first with 5:37 remaining in the first quarter and couldn't convert the extra point. The Vikings' Joe Connors intercepted with 2:46 left in the quarter and Joel Klock kicked a field goal for 3 points. The second quarter began with a nice return by Patrick Gallagher to the 40-yard line. With a couple of running plays the Vikings were in the end zone on a run by Tygue Busch. Joel Klock converted the extra point and GI was ahead 10-6. After a number of fumbles on both sides, the score remained 10-6 at the half.
   At the start of the second half Andrew LaLonde carried in a nine-yard run and scored the touchdown to make it 16-6. After GI failed to convert the extra point the W.S. Billies took over on the 20-yard line and were 1-2-3 out, with the Vikes taking over on the 48-yard line. Chris Gibney had a nice catch and Andrew LaLonde had a 16-yard gain that brought the Vikes to within field goal range where Joel Klock kicked the ball in for 3 points and a score of Vikings 19-Billies 6. The fourth quarter began with a 4-yard pass to Tom Dzielski that made it 1st & goal. Joe Connors caught a pass in the end zone and with the extra point by Klock the score was 26-6 Vikings. With 3:50 left in the 4th quarter the Billies scored a touchdown and ran the ball in for an extra 2 points, score 26-14. The game ended with a final touchdown run by Pat Gallagher to give the Vikings the 32-14 win. The JV Vikings will travel to Starpoint on Saturday, October 13th for a 10:00 a.m. game.

Vikings Beat Williamsville South, 35-7 - 2007

   The Grand Island High School Varsity Vikings scored on their first five possessions and beat the Williamsville South team, 35-7. The complete story by sports writer Kris Christensen will be posted on Thursday, October 11, 2007. Go Vikings!

Cross Country Results - October 2 - 2007

   For Grand Island High School Cross Country Results of October 2, 2007, see
Cross Country Results 10/2

JV Vikings Beat Albion, 6 - 0 - 2007

   The Grand Island High School Jr. Varsity Vikings football team beat Albion with a final score of 6-0 Saturday morning, September 29th at home at Masters Field. The team plays Williamsville South Saturday morning, October 6.

Kim Ludwig Photos - Click for larger view

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Oct. 4, 2007
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Varsity Vikings Beat Albion 33-27 - 2007
By Kris Christensen
"Varsity Football Roster 2007" for names

   Friday, September 28, 2007 . . .To paraphrase Buffalo Bills play-by-play man John Murphy, if you weren’t there, you should have been. The Grand Island Vikings stunned an overflow crowd at Spierdowis Field and walked away with a dramatic 33-27 come-from-behind win against previous unbeaten Albion Friday night.
   The Vikings win was preserved on a diving, fourth-down tackle by defensive end Chris Podlucky on Albion running back Brandon Brewer with 1:32 remaining in the game. Following a partially blocked Grand Island field goal attempt, the Purple Eagles drove from their own 20-yard line to the Vikings 44. Brewer was stopped cold by the middle of the Grand Island defense on first down before quarterback Justin Ward threw incomplete on second down and had his third down pass broken up by Alex Neutz. Following a Grand Island timeout, the Purple Eagles tried to slip the ball to Brewer on a middle screen pass but Podlucky fought off his blocker to make the play that sent the Grand Island sideline into a frenzy.
   The Vikings still needed to run the clock out and were able to do so when Eddie Weiser busted off tackle on third and seven with 1:23 remaining in the ball game.
   The first half was a back and forth affair as neither team had much success stopping the other. The Vikings struck first following a 66-yard interception return by Neutz on the game’s second play from scrimmage. Alex Webb pounded off tackle on three successive runs, scoring from four yards out to put the Vikings on the board just over two minutes into the game.
   Just under two minutes later, Ward hit speedster Morris Taylor on a flanker screen and he raced 56 yards for the touchdown. The Purple Eagles missed the extra point and Grand Island held a 7-6 advantage.
   On the next possession, the Vikings marched 73 yards in four minutes with Webb going in again, this time from 14 yards out. The key play of the drive was a third-and-eleven pass from junior quarterback Joe Oliverio to Neutz that gained 35 yards. Making his first start of the season, Oliverio showed great composure in completing 11 of 19 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
   The scoring continued as Colby Ellis brought the Eagles within one on a 51-yard sprint down the sideline with just over two minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Purple Eagles took a 20-13 lead three minutes into the second quarter as Ward found tight end Mike Warren in the back of the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown pass. Ellis ran in the two-point conversion.
   Grand Island came right back on the next possession to tie the game. Starting from the their own 46 thanks to a 32-yard kickoff return by Neutz, the Vikings again came out pounding off left tackle behind Christian Nestark and left guard Tim Boorady with Webb and Weiser. On fourth-and-one from the Albion 45, Weiser gained five yards up the middle to keep the drive alive. Oliverio completed two passes to Neutz to get the Vikings to the Purple Eagles 15 where Weiser took it in with 4:28 remaining in the half. Greg Feathers’ extra point evened the score at 20-20.
   It took the Purple Eagles just over three minutes to recapture the lead as Taylor ran in from 24 yards out on third and eleven. The drive was keyed by a 24-yard pass from Ward to Taylor.
   With just 1:27 on the clock, the Vikings again drove the length of the field to even the score as Neutz took a pass from Oliverio and extended himself over the goal line with just nine seconds left in the half. The Vikings had taken a big chunk of yardage on a 42-yard pass from Oliverio to Neutz that got the ball to the Albion 11.
   The Vikings started the second half moving the football, mixing the run and pass. The Purple Eagles had no answer for Neutz who hauled in two passes on the half’s opening possession for 35 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown throw from Oliverio that Neutz stretched for to give the Vikings the 33-27 lead five and a half minutes into the third quarter.
   Grand Island changed up their defensive strategy in the third quarter, going from their usual four-man front to a 5-3 look, leaving Neutz to cover Taylor with little help. The change paid off as the Vikings limited Albion to one yard of total offense in the third quarter and consecutive three-and-out possessions.
   With 1:04 left in the third quarter the Vikings were pinned on their own 13. Once again, the combination of Webb and Weiser got the Vikings out of the hole. On first down, Webb went for 15 yards followed by a seven-yard Weiser run. Weiser opened the fourth quarter with a 15-yard burst to midfield and an eight-yard run into Albion territory. On second and 14, Oliverio once again went up top for Neutz on a 26-yard pass play that took the ball to the Albion 16 where the Vikings stalled out, settling for the field goal attempt that was blocked.


Grand Island 	13	14	6	0		33
Albion		12	15	0	0		27

GI – Alex Webb 4 run (Greg Feathers kick)
A – Morris Taylor 56 pass from Justin Ward (kick failed)
GI – Alex Webb 14 run (kick failed)
A – Colby Ellis 51 run (run failed)
A – Mike Warren 7 pass from Justin Ward (Colby Ellis run)
GI – Eddie Weiser 15 run (kick failed)
A – Morris Taylor 24 run (Monacelli kick)
GI – Alex Neutz 11 pass from Joe Oliverio (Greg Feathers kick)
GI – Alex Neutz 16 pass from Joe Oliverio (kick failed)
VIKING GAME NOTES: For a regular season contest in this area, the game had a lot of pre-game build-up and it certainly lived up to the hype. There was a sense from the Albion side that the game was little more than a coronation for coach Dick Diminuco in joining Canisius’ Johnny Barnes and Grand Island’s own Gene Masters in the exclusive 200-win club…Dick Gallagher, the respected editor of Western New York High School Sports made the trip out to Orleans County for the game, bypassing some key match-ups in Class AA…Grand Island offensive line coach Mike Stauffer got off the best line of the night when he told Gallagher he wouldn’t be needing his camera that night to take a picture of Diminuco following his 200th career victory…In the midst of the chaos on the Grand Island sideline following Podlucky’s big tackle, someone was overheard asking if there was a freezer big enough in the Village of Albion to keep the oversized cake purchased for the expected celebration from going stale…The performance Neutz put on was an “all-timer” in the storied history of Grand Island football. Nine receptions for 182 yards, a 66-yard interception return, 70 yards worth of returns in the kicking game, and a complete shutdown of the sprinter Taylor in the second half including two passes defended – not bad for a volleyball player… The play of the offensive line can be summed up with more than 400 yards of total offense and 33 points on the scoreboard. The line that had some protection problems against Lew-Port held up well against Albion. Only once was Oliverio flushed from the pocket and forced to take a loss. In addition to Nestark and Boorady on the left side Shawn Vanderbrook moved from right guard to center to replace his brother, Justin, who was injured prior to the Lew-Port game. Ryan Harnden and DJ Perri split time at right guard and right tackle Greg Feathers appeared fully recovered from the ankle he injured against Sweet Home while keeping the throwing lanes clear for Oliverio. …The Vikings got a great effort in the second half from their three interior defensive linemen, Harnden, Nick Tomkins, and Sam Clarke, limiting the Purple Eagles to 41 yards of offense…Great to see longtime Grand Island assistant coach Duke Ratel on hand Friday night…. The win was a testament to the Grand Island players and coaches. Toughness and preparation overcame decided size and speed advantages for Albion (not to mention the huge homecoming crowd) proving once again that football is a game of desire and passion…1-4 Williamsville South visits Masters Field at 2 p.m. Saturday…While their record doesn’t reflect it, the Billies are much improved under veteran coach Kraig Kurzanski who is in his first year as head coach at South…Playoff scenarios will become much clearer after this weekend. If the Vikings win their remaining three games, they will be playoff participants for the sixth time in eight years, a mark only outdone by a seven for nine stretch from 1986 to 1994.

GIHS Business Dept. Brings Business First Into Classroom - 2007

(left) Kathryn Cobello and Courtney Papaj; (center) Michael Montaldi and Lisa Mager; (right) Jordan Kaufman, Michael Seaman, Ryan Hoople, Kathryn Cobello, Courtney Papaj
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   The Grand Island High School Business Department is excited to bring Business First into the classroom. Each week current copies of Business First are provided through the generous sponsorship of Aurora Consulting Group, for Cheryl Chamberlain's Career and Financial Management Class. Mrs. Chamberlain attended a workshop conducted by Tim Oshei, managing editor of Business First, where innovative ways of utilizing the paper with existing curriculum were introduced. Grand Island is one of a select group of schools that will enable students to study current financial and marketing news as reported by this publication. Grand Island is also proud to be a "top ten" district as recognized by Business First.

High School News - Sept. 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Sophomore) - Student Writer

   Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 . . .Who do you believe? How can you believe one person over another? What ever happened to being innocent until proven guilty? Just because someone says it, doesn’t make it true! GIHS has been in chaos for the last few days due to a party on Saturday night. Present at this party were many of our schools students as well as alcohol and drugs. During the summer, all fall sports athletes had to sign an agreement which stated that as an athlete you are not permitted to use drugs or alcohol or even be around it outside of school. Somehow a list of students in attendance was submitted to school administration and students were called down individually to speak with either of our two vice principals. Currently, all of the athletes are awaiting their fate. Naturally, the rumors are spreading like wild fire. Students and their parents are questioning the accuracy of the list. What began as an innocent birthday party evolved into a party with 75-100 kids. Was nobody watching? I think my parents would notice more than 10 kids in our yard. I haven’t heard if anybody belonging to band or orchestra was there, but if they were, would they be held accountable? Or what about those that don’t do any extracurricular activities. How will they be punished? What about those who may have been there in the beginning but left early on? I think that there is no way that list of names can be validated by a reliable source, unless the police were called and a list was created, otherwise its hearsay. I don’t doubt there was a party but who really knows who was there. Oh, just for the record I wasn’t there!
   On the bright side, our Lady Vikings Tennis Team is unstoppable, having a match score of 12-0! Great matches were played by both Varsity and JV players. You can go and watch them play against Lockport at home on Thursday and Tuesday against Lew-Port which will be away. Congratulations girls and keep up the good work!

JV Girls Soccer Victorious Over Niagara Wheatfield - 2007

Shown are warm ups and the JV Victory Run - Click photo for larger view

   Grand Island's JV Girls Soccer Team beat Niagara Wheatfield 7-0 on the home field Friday night, September 28, 2007. Highlights of the game include a Hat Trick of headers from Jeanne Taylor, Katlyn Holt and Jessica Osvath! The Grand Island JV team went on to win again at the Aquinas Institute in Rochester on Saturday evening with a score of 4-1. Scoring for the JV Vikings were Katlyn Holt, Brooke DeMarco and Sara McNulty (2)
   The JV Girls Soccer Team is coached by Coach Joe Sirianni.

Vikings Beat Albion, 33-27- 2007

   The Grand Island High School Varsity Vikings football team beat Albion "under the lights" with a final score of 33-27 on Friday night, September 28th at Albion in Orleans County in front of a crowd of approximately 5000 people. The complete story by sports writer Kris Christensen will be posted on Thursday, October 4, 2007. Go Vikings!

College Loan Awareness- 2007

Jodi Robinson Photo - Click for larger view

   New York State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo's Chief Trial Counsel Benjamin Rosenberg was joined by Supervisor Peter McMahon and Schools Superintendent Robert W. Christmann at Grand Island High School on Thursday, September 27, 2007. Attorney General Cuomo has initiated a groundbreaking statewide educational initiative alerting students to pitfalls and new protections regarding the student loan industry.
   Mr. Rosenberg briefed 17 students who were nominated by school guidance counselors about Cuomo's Student Bill of Rights. The first of its kind in the nation, the bill is part of a new state law resulting from an ongoing investigation of the $85 billion/year college loan industry. It provides new rights and protections against deceptive practices in the college loan industry. For many, a college loan is the second biggest loan expenditure they will take on in their lives. The bill gives to students and families the right to choose a lender, even if the lender is not included on the school's preferred lender lists.
Additionally, the law grants the right to:

* To get unbiased advice about loans and lenders from schools' financial aid officers.

* To get the criteria a school uses to select preferred lenders.

* To know whether preferred lenders are paying the school or financial aid officers.

* To know what benefits or rate discounts lenders offer, and whether those benefits or discounts will be made
  immediately available, or only after a certain number of consecutive timely payments.

* To know if a lender has agreed to sell its loans to another lender.

* To know whether borrower benefits and discounts will continue if the loan is sold.

* To know the interest rate for the loan before borrowing.

* To exhaust federal borrowing options before turning to higher cost private loans.
   Mr. Rosenberg went on to highlight some of the worst practices discovered during the investigation, including the illegal steering of students to preferred lenders by specific schools, revenue sharing between schools and lenders, gifts and trips from lenders to financial aid directors and stock options given to financial aid officers by lenders. To download a copy of the Student Bill of Rights and for more information visit

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Sept. 27, 2007
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High School News - Sept. 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Sophomore) - Student Writer

   Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 . . .I really don’t wish to brag and I hope I don’t jinx ourselves but as of Monday, Girls Tennis match against Niagara Wheatfield, the Lady Vikings remain undefeated. Yesterday’s game was rained out but will be rescheduled for Monday.
   Want to be on stage? Auditions for this year’s musical, The Hobbit, will take place on September 26 and September 27. Sign up outside Miss Scarafia’s room. DECA membership dues are to be turned in to Mrs. Chamberlain by October 4th. Senior luncheon will be this Friday at the Niagara Club. Transportation will be provided by the school. A fairly new club, Donate Life, is seeking new members. The club’s focus is to promote awareness of transplant services. If interested, see Mr. Head or Mrs. Krauss. Remember Homecoming is October 13.

DECA Competition Coming To Grand Island High School In January - 2007

   The Grand Island Chapter of DECA, An Association of Marketing Students, is pleased to announce that Region 12 competition is coming to Grand Island High School on January 13, 2008. Over 500 high school students from all over Western New York will compete in business related events during this conference. In addition, over 120 business and education leaders will assist as judges and proctors for this remarkable event. Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain, DECA Advisor, is excited to bring the entire WNY DECA membership to Grand Island. DECA is a state and national organization with goals that promote leadership development, civic consciousness, social intelligence and vocational understanding.

2007 Grand Island Venture Yearbook Receives Design Award - 2007

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   The 2007 edition of the Grand Island Venture Yearbook has been given a local Cover Design Award from Lifetouch Photography. The award winning “Island, Grand Island” yearbook cover features a James Bond theme.
   The yearbook cover displays a film strip, an opened camera lens with the Viking, along with the year 2007 and the 007 is raised to portray the Bond theme. This cover now qualifies for Lifetouch’s National recognition contest called the Best of Volumes.
   Along with being entered into the national contest, the 2007 edition of the Grand Island Venture Yearbook is showcased in the company’s yearbook guide for both design and creation of a themed cover.
   “Tri-editor Ashley Ray was the brainstorm behind the James Bond theme," High School Yearbook Advisor Chris Simpson said. "Along with help from tri-editor Corey Dudish, the two created a cover design that fit perfectly with the current year and was able to carry the theme throughout the book,” Mr. Simpson said.

Varsity Vikings Beat Lew-Port 13-7 - 2007

By Kris Christensen
"Varsity Football Roster 2007"
   Saturday, September 22, 2007 . . . Lewiston-Porter locked in a 7-7 defensive stalemate midway through the fourth quarter at Masters Field Saturday, something had to give. In a game that featured touchdown drives of only 42 and 27 yards, it was fitting that the defense would deliver the deciding points in the Vikings 13-7 win. Even more appropriate in such a tight game was a transfer from Lew-Port, outside linebacker Eddie Weiser, ripping the ball from running back Anthony Kukovicka at the Lancers nine-yard line and returning it for the score. The score was set up as Weiser, linebacker Christian Nestark, and safety Mike Martinic converged on Kukovicka allowing Weiser to make the critical play.
   The Grand Island defense was stout throughout the contest, allowing only 127 total yards while limiting the Lancers to 23 yards rushing on 22 carries and 3.9 yards per pass attempt. Nestark led the charge with nine tackles and a sack on the game’s second last play.
   The Vikings opened the scoring with 3:23 remaining in the first half as Alex Webb ran in from four yards out to cap a seven-play, 42-yard drive. Tom Shanor added the extra point for the Vikings. As usual, Webb was the Vikings workhorse on the drive as he carried five times for 28 yards. For the day, Webb carried the ball 31 times for 129 yards. Alex Neutz made a tip-toe catch along the right sideline for a 10-yard gain that kept the drive moving down to the Lew-Port 20.
   The Vikings appeared headed to intermission with the lead before Vincent Gambino came off the left side of the Vikings punt formation and blocked Adam Helman’s punt with only 57 seconds left in the first half with the Lancers taking over at the Grand Island 27-yard line. It appeared the Vikings only had 10 men on the field for the punt. The Lancers moved quickly as quarterback Matt Cattarin completed four of five passes on the drive including a 14-yard pass touchdown to tight end Nick Sabha with 30 seconds left in the half. Nick Polley added the extra point to tie the score.
   The Vikings didn’t record a second half first down until 9:42 remained in the game when quarterback Matt Klock gained one-yard on a quarterback sneak at midfield. After the drive stalled, Helman got off a 41-yard punt that pinned the Lancers at their own nine leading to the game deciding turnover. Grand Island was able to milk almost five minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter with 11 straight runs that took the ball from the GI 45 to the Lew-Port 13. Webb, who ran nine times on the drive, was stopped inches short on fourth down allowing the Lancers one last gasp attempt at pulling out the win with 59 seconds remaining and no timeouts.
Lewiston-Porter 0 7 0 0 7
Grand Island 0 7 0 6 13
GI – Alex Webb 4 run (Tom Shanor kick) 3:23 LP – Nick Sabha 14 pass from Matt Cattarin (Nick Polley kick) :25 GI – Eddie Weiser 9 fumble return (kick failed) 6:30

   VIKING GAME NOTES: A Grand Island win over Lewiston-Porter is nothing unusual as the Vikings won for the 22nd time in the last 25 meetings between the two schools dating back to 1984. The teams didn’t play in 1995 and met twice in 2003 (including a 45-12 Viking win in the Section VI Championship) and 2006 (due to the scheduling problems of the October Storm) . . .Nestark has been absolutely dominant on defense. His nine tackles against Lew-Port were his lowest output of the season. At the start of the season, Grand Island coach Dean Santorio said Nestark had a chance to be one of the best linebackers ever to play at Grand Island, a pretty bold statement. Nestark’s play has done nothing but back up his coach’s assessment . . .The Vikings head to Albion Friday night (7:00 kickoff) in a game critical to both team’s playoff chances. The Vikings (2-1, Class A North) have no margin for error while the Purple Eagles stand atop Class A North at 4-0, a half game ahead of 3-0 Sweet Home. Albion and Sweet Home meet in Week Six at Sweet Home . . . The climate at Albion for a varsity football game is probably as close as we come in upstate New York to a true small town America “Friday Night Lights” experience. Make the short trip to Orleans County and check it out. Get there early though as a homecoming crowd in excess of 5,000 is expected as Coach Dick Diminuco goes for his 200th career win . . .While the two schools have only met twice, both games have gone down to the wire. On their wild run to the Section VI Championship in 2005, Grand Island rallied in the fourth quarter to win at Albion 30-28 on a Ryan Breier field goal as time expired. Last season, the Purple Eagles won the season opener at Grand Island, scoring in the last two minutes to pull out a 12-7 win in a game that was played in a driving rainstorm . . .As Coach Dean Santorio said in the preseason, he needed more consistency in the passing game. To pull off the upset Friday night quarterbacks Matt Klock and Joe Oliverio will need to throw the ball effectively and the offensive line will need to seal up the protection problems that plagued them against Lew-Port.

Attorney General Cuomo's Community Partnership Initiative Brings College Loan Awareness To Grand Island - 2007

Date: Thursday, September 27th
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, Grand Island, NY
   Chief Trial Counsel Benjamin Rosenberg brings Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's Student Bill of Rights and the Community Partnership Initiative to Grand Island. Rosenberg will join Supervisor Peter McMahon, Superintendent Robert W. Christmann and other guests to speak with Grand Island High School students.
   "All college-bound students deserve a powerful gift that provides the knowledge and the know-how needed when shopping for a college loan," said Rosenberg. "Attorney General Cuomo's ongoing investigation has uncovered many unethical and sometimes illegal practices in the industry, and we're working hard to make sure that all New York students know the law now protects them and that they should ask the right questions when meeting with loan officers and lenders."

GIHS JV Football - Game 4 - 2007

(Left) Viking Offense; (right) Post Game Gathering.

(Left) #22 Andrew LaLonde, #7 Joel Klock; (right) Cheerleaders
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   The JV Vikings were off to a fast start in their fourth game of the season on Saturday, September 22nd. Nick Kellner scored the first touchdown against Lew-Port in the beginning of the first quarter. Andrew LaLonde scored later in the first quarter and with the bootleg by Joel Klock the score was 14-0. In the second quarter LaLonde scored again and Klock kicked the extra point to make it 21-0. Steve Vitello finished up with a catch at the end of the second quarter that made the score 27-0, with the extra point by Klock. The Vikings left the field at the half up 28-0.
   With no scoring in the third quarter, the Vikings went into the fourth quarter up 28-0. Lew-Port scored with 4:48 left on the clock and the score was 28-6. Pat Gallagher put the icing on the cake by scoring a touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter. Final score 35-6 for the JV Vikings. This week's game is home at Masters Field against Albion at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 29th.

Varsity Vikings Beat Kenmore East 31-16 - 2007

By Kris Christensen
"Varsity Football Roster 2007"
   Saturday, September 15, 2007 . . .Alex Webb’s 162 rushing yards were a critical part of a ball control offense that propelled the Grand Island Vikings to their first win of the season, a 31-16 decision against Class A North rival Kenmore East at Masters Field on Saturday.
   Webb carried the ball eight times on the Vikings five and a half minute, 81-yard opening drive that culminated with a seven-yard Eddie Weiser touchdown run. In limiting the Bulldogs to 23 yards in total offense for the half, the Vikings held a 16:28 to 7:32 edge in time of possession.
   The Vikings ground game was again effective during their second possession as they drove the ball from their own 10-yard line to midfield with seven straight runs. Heading into a strong wind, Grand Island coach Dean Santorio decided to go for a fourth-and-one from his own 19-yard line. The coach’s decision paid off with a 22-yard run from Weiser.
   Following a Grand Island punt to the Kenmore East 15, the Grand Island defense took charge. After a two-yard loss on first down, the Vikings defense forced Bulldogs quarterback Jon Wiltberger to make a bad option pitch. Wiltberger ended up recovering the ball but was tackled in the end zone by Dan McKenna for the safety.
   After trading punts, the Vikings started a drive at the Kenmore East 45. On first down quarterback Matt Klock hit Alex Neutz for a 27-yard gain along the right sideline. Once again it was up to Webb to get the Vikings into the end zone as he reeled off runs of 12, five, and three yards to cap off the two-minute scoring drive. Reserve quarterback Joe Oliverio hit tight end Greg Stephan on the two-point conversion pass to put the Vikings up 16-0 at the half.
   Following a Dan McKenna interception of Wiltberger that he returned to the Bulldogs 22, Klock threw a strike to Weiser along the sideline for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Klock ran the extra point in to give the Vikings a 24-0 lead with one minute remaining in the third quarter.
   The Bulldogs looked to make a game of it early in the fourth quarter as Wiltberger found tight end Dan Wagner along the goal line for a six-yard touchdown pass. Wagner then ran the extra point in. The Vikings fumbled the ensuing kickoff which the Bulldogs pounced on at the Viking 10-yard line. On the next play from scrimmage, Grand Island linebacker Christian Nestark stepped in front of Wiltberger’s pass snuffing out any hopes of a Kenmore East rally.
   Tom Shanor added a five-yard run to close the scoring out for the Vikings with just under three minutes left while Wiltberger again found Wagner from seven yards out with under a minute to play in the game.
   VIKING GAME NOTES . . .Saturday’s win was Grand Island’s 17th straight against Kenmore East dating back to 1982 . . .With a 24-0 lead thru three quarters, Grand Island coach Dean Santorio was able to empty his bench for the first time this season. . . The win puts the Vikings in the thick of the Class A North playoff hunt. Sweet Home has gotten over two big hurdles (Grand Island and Starpoint) with Albion remaining in Week Six. Unbeaten Albion travels to Starpoint Saturday (Sept. 22) in the league’s key match-up of the week . . .The Vikings host Lewiston-Porter on Saturday (Sept. 22) at Masters Field. The Lancers are off to a 2-1 start under first-year coach Dick Lindamer with wins over Wilson and Williamsville South. When they stepped up in competition last week they were shut out 33-0. . . The Lancers have played all of their games on the road to this point of the season as they are waiting a new artificial playing surface to be completed at their home field.

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High School News - Sept. 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Sophomore) - Student Writer

   Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007 . . .Great news tennis fans, the Grand Island Girls tennis team coached by Julie Neville is undefeated so far and they are half way through their season. Keep up the good work! Tonight is open house for the high school beginning at 6:30 p.m., so get your child’s schedule and meet their teachers so that when your child complains about them, you’ll be able to put a face with the name. Members of the Class of 2010 are selling Tastefully Simple products if anybody is interested. Senior Luncheon will be at the Niagara Club. Tickets are $25 each. New rule this year is that seniors will not be allowed to drive on their own. They must take the bus. An important date to remember is October 13 for our Homecoming game and dance.

GI Cross Country Off And Running At Franklinville Invite - 2007

By Donald Sauer, Cross Country Coach
   The Grand Island Cross Country Teams had an impressive showing at the 18th Annual Franklinville Cross Country Invite on Saturday, September 15, 2007. The Boys Team placed an impressive 4th among the Large Schools with 145 points. Junior Evan Tsembelis and Senior Co-Captain Chris Carter led the Vikings in placing 2nd and 7th overall. Tsembelis' time was 16:06 while Carter was a mere .37 seconds back in 16:43. Senior Co-Captain Ryan Hagen also ran his best placing 30th in 17:31 while Freshman Nick Masiello ran outstanding in placing 45th followed by Junior Jordan Gibson in a strong performance taking 61st.
   The Girls Team placed a strong 10th with 287 points and was led by Senior Captain Caitlyn Driscoll's 35th place. Her time was her best in 21:26 though was a bit quick for the first mile. Freshman Dominique DeGregorio placed an impressive 45 only 33 seconds behind Driscoll. Maritina Tsembelis was 62 in 23:36 with Emily Thompson and Amber Spiesz working together, finishing 73 and 76 respectively.
   In the JV race, Frosh Jason Chadwick placed 24th (19:44) with TJ Howley and Noah Yanicki running their best times of 20:31 and 21:10 respectively. The girls JV team was led by 56th placeJamie Sobieski followed closely by Erika Osberg (58), Allison Boron (60), and very impressive Kate Garten (73), Emily Pease (87) and Olivia Chopra in 95.
   The team runs at Beaver Island this Saturday (Sept. 22) at the WNY Officials Invite.

GIHS JV Football - Game 3 - 2007

(Left) JV defense lines up; (right) Cheerleaders brave the cold.
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   The Grand Island JV football team endured the cold at Parker Field on Saturday, September 15th with a close loss to Kenmore East, 8-6 final score. The Bulldogs scored a touchdown with 3 minutes left in the first quarter and added 2 extra points to make the score 8-0. In the second quarter, Viking linebacker Brett Dlugosz intercepted a pass from the Ken East quarterback. GI running back Andrew LaLonde made an eight-yard gain to the nine-yard line and Tygue Busch ran the ball in to score the Vikings only touchdown of the day. The Vikings were unable to convert the extra points and the day ended with a score of 8-6. Lew-Port is up next.

High School Open House - Sept. 2007

   Grand Island High School will hold its annual Open House on Thursday, September 20, 2007 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Parents will follow their child’s schedule which provides an opportunity to meet with each teacher and gain an overview of the curriculum for that subject area.

GIHS Class of 2010 Fundraiser Dates Extended - Sept. 2007

   Members of the Grand Island High School Class of 2010 are holding a Tastefully Simple Fundraiser! Sales will begin on Monday, September 17th and continue until Friday, September 28th. A limited supply of products will be available to sample and purchase during Open House on Sept. 20th at the high school, 1100 Ransom Road. Stop by and check out the display in the foyer near the office.
   The goal of the students is to raise $2000 this school year. These funds are needed to help defer costs for their junior and senior proms, senior luncheon and other class activities. The co-chairs for this event are students Hillary Figler and Eric Harnden. Additional questions may be answered by their moms, Heather Figler (773-4722) and Vicki Harnden (773-3138), who are both Tastefully Simple consultants. You may also contact the high school at 773-8820 to speak with Mrs. Wynne or Mr. DeDario - class of 2010 advisors.

Varsity Vikings Lose To Sweet Home In Close Contest - 2007

By Kris Christensen
"Varsity Football Roster 2007"
   Saturday, September 8, 2007 . . .With a first down on the Sweet Home 30-yard line, a 10-7 lead and less than nine minutes to play and plenty of momentum, everything was set for the Grand Island Vikings to walk out of Robert Barczak Stadium with a huge win against the heavily favored Panthers last Saturday. That’s when the roof came crashing down on the Vikings' hopes. Mike Martinic bobbled an option pitch from Matt Klock that was recovered by the Panthers on their 40-yard line. Five plays later the Vikings fate was sealed as Deshanaro Morris scored his second touchdown of the game from 16 yards out with 6:25 remaining to secure the Panthers 14-10 win.
   On the ensuing kickoff, Grand Island’s fortunes went from bad to worse as kick returner Lance Robinson slipped down at his own one-yard line. Grand Island wasn’t ready to fold as Klock hit Alex Neutz along the right sideline beating Sweet Home’s All-Western New York defensive back Marcus Johnson for a 33-yard gain. The Vikings stalled out as Klock missed tight end Chris Podlucky over the middle on third down and Neutz on fourth down along the Vikings sideline.
   The slow pace of the game played right into the Vikings hands as they controlled much of the first half. Grand Island opened the scoring with their only pass of the first half on a perfectly placed 16-yard fade route from Klock to Neutz in the right corner of the end zone with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter. The Vikings started the seven-play drive following a daring 24-yard punt return by senior Greg Stephan. Greg Feathers added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
   After the teams exchanged punts, Neutz intercepted Panthers quarterback Casey Kacz at the Sweet Home 20. The Vikings ground attack of Alex Webb and Paul Chiaravalle got the Vikings down to the Panthers' three-yard line before Klock was taken down for a five-yard loss attempting a bootleg around left end. The Vikings settled for a 25-yard Feathers field goal.
   The Panthers finally got in gear as Johnson took the following kickoff 32 yards to the Sweet Home 41. The Panthers then drove 59 yards in nine plays to get on the scoreboard. Morris scored from one-yard out subbing for Johnson who left the game following a 30-yard run.
   Grand Island started the second half with a six and a half minute drive taking the ball from their 22 down to the Sweet Home 18 before Feathers was wide left on a 35-yard field goal try. The Grand Island defense held tough limiting the Panthers to eight plays and 37 yards of offense in the quarter.
   Another big punt return by Stephan gave Grand Island great field position at their 48 with 11:02 remaining in the game. On third-and-two, fullback Eddie Weiser blasted up the middle for 13 yards to the Sweet Home 30. The crucial fumble came two plays later as Klock was pressured and forced to pitch the ball quickly.

Grand Island (0-1, 0-2)		7	3	0	0		10
Sweet Home (1-0, 2-0)		0	7	0	7		14

GI – Alex Neutz 16-yard pass from Matt Klock (Greg Feathers kick)
GI – Greg Feathers 25-yard FG
SH – Deshanaro Morris 1-yard run (Michael Lewandus kick)
SH – Deshanaro Morris 16-yard run (Michael Lewandus kick)

   VIKING GAME NOTES: With the loss to Sweet Home, the Vikings have already put themselves in a hole battling for one of the two playoff spots in Section VI, Class A North. The Vikings will probably need to “win out” much like they did two years ago to qualify for the playoffs…Was it sportsmanship, confidence or confusion? The Panthers elected to let the clock run out in the game’s final minute inside Grand Island’s five-yard line. If the Panthers remain unbeaten in the division it will be a combination of sportsmanship and confidence. With the crazy nature of the league and big games remaining with Albion, Starpoint, and much improved Kenmore East, the Panthers might regret not having a bigger point differential later in the season if they happen to lose a game…Speaking of Kenmore East, they took division favorite Albion to overtime last week before coming up on the wrong end of a 39-32 decision…The Bulldogs (1-1 Class A North, 1-1 Overall) visit Masters Field at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon. The winner will remain in the thick of the playoff race while the loser’s hopes will fade considerably…Kenmore East has been a great opponent for the Vikings over the years as the Vikings have won 17 straight against the Bulldogs…The most memorable game between the two teams came in Week Five of the 2000 season at Parker Field as both teams entered the game undefeated in Gene Masters' last season as the Vikings coach. Despite being outplayed for most of the game the Vikings rallied from a 10-0 deficit in the last four minutes to pull out a 14-10 victory and claim the league title. Nick Bergmann hit star wide receiver Mark Hanjos deep down the right sideline with just over a minute left to win the game.

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High School News - Sept. 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Sophomore) - Student Writer

   Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007 . . .Summer has come and gone, and now we’re all back to the same old routine. Walking down the halls at Grand Island High School, you’ll see some new and unfamiliar faces like Mr. Andrés R. Arroyo, a new assistant principal along with some other new faculty and staff. New freshman are roaming the hallways in search for their classes and struggling with lockers, while last year’s juniors are quick to take on the role as seniors and last year’s seniors are just a mere memory.
   Fall sports are well underway and many of the school’s clubs are just having their first meetings. Club Officers are being selected, fundraisers are being chosen, school events are being planned and it feels like we never left. Again this year I would like to encourage everyone to take an active role in the many clubs and activities that the school offers. There’s a lot of learning that takes place outside of the classroom and taking part in something bigger, really does make you feel good. Remember it’s easy to complain and criticize about things when you’re not the one out there helping. I urge both parents and students to keep an eye on the Grand Island School website that may be easily found on the left hand side of the web page. It is a valuable resource and contains everything from the lunch menu to the school board minutes. It is definitely worth book marking under favorites!

JV Soccer Teams Victorious - Sept. 2007

   The Grand Island High School Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Team beat East Aurora 1-0 at home on Thursday, September 6, 2007. The girls are coached by Joe Sirianni.
   The Grand Island High School Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Team was victorious over Sweet Home at Sweet Home with the final score of 6-1. The boys are coached by Frank Butcher.
   The GIHS Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Team (now 3-0) won over Niagara Falls, 9-0 on Sept. 12, in a home game.
   The GIHS Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Team beat Niagara Falls at Niagara Falls Sept. 12 with final score 8-0 in Niagara Falls.
   Editor's Note: The GIHS junior varsity teams deserve to be recognized here at All reports submitted in regard to the JV games, will be considered for publication. Email

Girls JV Volleyball Wins Tournament - 2007

Shown front left are Amanda Heftka, Sam Darby, Maria Guidotti, Ambria Tim; (back) Chelsea Hall, Rachel Spiker, Korin Franz, Morgan Ward, Kelly Lorence, Katie Brady, Shannon Moody, Kayla Pyc, and Coach Daneen Gallagher. Participating in tournament but missing from photo: Kelly Stark and Kate Boutet
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   The Viking's JV Volleyball team won the Cheektowaga Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at Cheektowaga High School. The girls won 7 out of 8 games in Pool Play and beat Westfield in the Semi-Final match. The final match came down to the host school, Cheektowaga against Grand Island. The Vikings lost the first game but rallied back to win the second. In the final game - played to 15 - the score was tied at 10, tied at 11, and tied at 12. Sam Darby served the last three points to secure the win and the Championship for the Vikings.

GIHS JV Football - Game 2 - 2007

(Left) Opening kick-off; (right) Player Pat Gallagher and trainer.

                                                                  Cheerleaders at the half.
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   The Grand Island JV football team took on another tough opponent Saturday, September 8th at Masters Field. The Sweet Home JV team scored the first touchdown and added to it when they ran the ball in for an extra two points. Grand Island Sophmore Andrew LaLonde answered back soon after by scoring a touchdown, but the Vikes were unable to score the extra points. With 8:52 left in the quarter, Sweet Home scored a touchdown, and unable to make the extra points the score was 16-6 in favor of Sweet Home. Two more touchdowns were scored in the second quarter by the Panthers making the score 28-6 at the half. The Sweet Home Panthers went on to add another touchdown and point after in the second half to win with a final score of 35-6 over the Vikings. The next JV game will be on Saturday, September 15th at 10 a.m. playing away at Kenmore East.

GIHS Student Body Hears Special Guests - 2007

(left) Anthony Brindisi, Andres Arroyo, JOanne Kud, Chris Swiatek, Mrs. Sandra Anzalone, and Michael Hilliker
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   Administrators and special guests spoke to the Grand Island High School student body on opening day Wednesday, September 5th in the main auditorium. On hand to talk about how students can get involved in various activities throughout the school year were Mr. Anthony Brindisi, founding member of GISBA (Grand Island School and Business Alliance), Mrs. Joanne Kud, President of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, and Deputy Michael Hilliker from the Erie County Sheriff's Department, a former GICSD employee.
   Grand Island High School Principal Mrs. Sandra Anzalone introduced all three special guests as well as Assistant Principal for Grades 11-12, Mr. Chris Swiatek, and the new assistant principal for Grades 9-10, Mr. Andres Arroyo.
   Mr. Brindisi spoke first about all the programs that GISBA sponsors including Corporate Bowl, where every year $7,000 in scholarship money is awarded to GIHS students. Job Search and Shadow Day are two more events throughout the school year that prepare and enrich a student's choice in careers and life after high school.
   Mrs. Kud detailed how eligible sophomores, juniors, and seniors can become part of the Youth Ambassador Program with the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. These students get a glimpse of the inner workings of the political and social structure within the Town of Grand Island. The Youth Ambassadors hold a very important role representing the school and the Chamber at various town events.
   Mr. Hilliker addressed the students about the Dollars for Scholars walk on October 20th in Veterans Park on Grand Island. This gives each class the opportunity to raise money for various school functions throughout their time at GIHS. Registration is at 11 a.m., with the event beginning at noon.

GIHS JV Football - 2007

JV football team waiting to be announced.

Clarence JV Offense, GI Sideline and Cheerleaders.
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   The Grand Island JV Vikings Football Team never quit in their opening game, a loss to Clarence Saturday, September 1st. The score ended up 34-14 in favor of the Red Devils, but Coach Brian Willats said he was proud of his team's efforts. Next game is Saturday, September 8th and will be at home at 10 a.m., when the JV Vikings face Sweet Home.

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Varsity Vikings Lose To Clarence In Non-League Opener - 2007

By Kris Christensen
"Varsity Football Roster 2007"
   Saturday, September 1, 2007 . . .CLARENCE – Name a transgression that angers the football gods and the Grand Island Vikings probably committed it the first half of their season opening 28-14 loss at Clarence on Saturday.
   On the second play from scrimmage quarterback Matt Klock’s pass over the middle was intercepted by Clarence linebacker Matt Krumm who returned it to the Vikings’ 18-yard-line. Four plays later Ryan Connolly scored from three yards to put the Red Devils up 7-0. On the ensuing possession, Vikings punter D.J. Perri bobbled the snap from center and was taken down at the Grand Island 23. This time the Red Devils needed only three plays to score as Joshua Rawdin ran in from six yards out. Clarence’s third possession again started on Grand Island’s side of midfield and finished five plays when Connolly scored from 25 yards out putting the Red Devils up 21-0.
   Grand Island finally got their offense in gear when Klock hooked up with Alex Neutz on a 45-yard pass late in the first quarter. The drive stalled out when Klock was sacked for a five-yard loss on second down and then back-up quarterback Joe Oliverio misfired on fourth down.
   Clarence’s final score came on a 64-yard pass from Josh James to Ed Haroff. On the next possession the Vikings were on the move just before the half when Klock hit Neutz for a 29-yard gain followed by another five-yard pass to Neutz. An apparent 19-yard hookup between Klock and wide receiver Lance Robinson down to the Clarence 19 was wiped out by a holding penalty. On the next play Klock scrambled for 24 yards before throwing incomplete on the last play of the half under heavy duress.
   Despite trailing the Vikings defense did not fold, limiting the Red Devils to 68 yards in total offense in the second half.
   On their second possession of the second half the Vikings moved the ball deep into Clarence territory thanks in large part to a 54-yard run by Paul Chiaravalle. Alex Webb got the Vikings to the Red Devils’ six before coughing the ball up on the next play. The Vikings were stopped on downs at the Clarence one on their next possession.
   Grand Island finally broke through on the scoreboard midway through the fourth quarter when Mike Martinic took Joe Oliverio’s option pitch in from 10 yards out to cap a four-play, 54-yard drive that was set up by consecutive completions from Oliverio to Neutz of 19 and 31 yards.
   On Grand Island’s last possession of the afternoon, Oliverio again connected with Neutz on a 54-yard pass down the right sideline.
Grand Island (0-0, 0-1)		0	0	0	14	14
	Clarence (0-0, 1-0)		21	7	0	0	28

	C – Ryan Connolly 3 run (Kyle Ippolito kick)
	C – Josh Rawdin 6 run (Kyle Ippolito kick)
	C – Ryan Connolly 25 run (Kyle Ippolito kick)
	C – Ed Haroff 64 pass from Josh James (Kyle Ippolito kick)
	GI – Mike Martinic 10 run (Greg Feathers kick)
	GI – Alex Neutz 54 pass from Joe Oliverio (Greg Feathers kick)

   VIKING GAME NOTES: Junior wide receiver Alex Neutz proved why he is an All-Western New York candidate with seven receptions for 195 yards…For the first time in school history the Vikings are now carrying a dubious mark having lost five games in a row dating back to last season…Grand Island coach Dean Santorio had nothing negative to say about Clarence coach Tom Goddard’s curious decision to attempt nine passes in the fourth quarter despite holding a 28 – 0 lead entering the period. The Red Devils had thrown eight passes in the game’s first three quarters and attempted to catch GI off-guard by running a deep hitch-and-go route down the left sideline with a 28 – 7 lead and two minutes remaining in the game…Grand Island defensive tackle Ryan Harnden was battered but not broken after suffering a hand injury and a leg contusion in the second half. Santorio said that Harnden will be ready to go this week…Offensive guard Shawn Vanderbrook did a nice job coming over to the defensive side of the ball to fill in for Harnden in the second half…The Vikings will have their hands full at league rival Sweet Home on Saturday. The Panthers scored an impressive 34-21 win at Lancaster on Friday night with a combination of speed and power…Since their series renewed in 1996 following a near 30-year layoff the Vikings are 1-4 against Sweet Home in September but are 5-3 in October and November…Grand Island leads the overall series 8-7…Grand Island’s last two wins against the Panthers are among the most memorable in the history of the program. In 2004, the Vikings rallied from a 27-7 deficit to win 35-27. In 2005, GI pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Section VI playoff history with a 20-14 win at Ralph Wilson Stadium…The Vikings and Panthers have had a stranglehold on the Class A North Division since 2000. Grand Island won the league in 2000, 2001, 2003, and were co-champs with Sweet Home in 2005. Sweet Home won the league in 2002, 2004, and 2006…The Vikings have Kickoff Saturday at Robert Barczak Stadium is 2 p.m.

GIHS Viking Football Preview - 2007

(left) Water Break - Coach Santorio & Offense - Running Back
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By Kris Christensen
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   October 2006 is a month a lot of Western New Yorkers would like to forget. Count Grand Island football coach Dean Santorio among those people. Much like the October Storm that swept through the area, the Grand Island Vikings suffered through some once-in-a-generation experiences.
   The Vikings entered October with an outside playoff chance before suffering a blowout, home loss to rival Sweet Home before closing out the season with bitter losses to Lewiston-Porter (a team they defeated earlier in the season) and Hamburg. At 3-5, the Vikings were out of the playoffs with their first losing record during Santorio’s tenure and only the fourth losing season in the school’s 44-year history.
   “We got banged up pretty well in the middle of the season,” Santorio said, “and we just didn’t want to play when we were outmanned.”
   Santorio thinks things are different in 2007, pointing to offensive guard/linebacker Christian Nestark in particular as someone he thinks will play a major role in restoring the Vikings to their winning ways. Nestark was lost for the season early on in Week Five at Lewiston-Porter and the coach sites his loss as a “turning point” in the forgettable season. “He has a chance to be one of the best linebackers who have ever played here,” Santorio said, “and that’s saying an awful lot.”
   “Christian has instincts for finding the football that you just don’t coach at the high school level.” according to Defensive Coordinator Steven Steck.
   Steck likes what he sees not only in Nestark but thinks the back seven of his Tampa Two defense has a chance to be exceptional, starting with cornerbacks Alex Neutz and Lance Robinson and safeties Joe Tanbakuchi and Mike Martinic. “We should be able to play more pressure packages than we ever have because of our corners and get our safeties up more in run support,” Steck says of the defensive scheme he has employed for the last six seasons.
   Joining Nestark at linebacker will be senior Alex Webb, a two-way starter in 2006, and junior Eddie Weiser. “I like our linebackers a lot,” Steck said, “they’re fast enough and they’re all really good tacklers.”
   The Vikings will be stout along the defensive line with senior Nick Tomkins and junior Ryan Harnden giving the Vikings a pair of 280-pound run stuffers in the middle. “Nick had a great year last year,” Santorio said, “and we expect him to be an all-league player this year and more.”
   Senior Greg Stephan will see time at defensive end along with juniors Greg Feathers, Chris Podlucky, and Adam Helman.
   Offensively, the Vikings' success will depend largely on the play of the quarterback position. Senior Matt Klock and junior Joe Oliverio shared the duties for the first half of 2006 before an injury to Klock made Oliverio the starter for the rest of the year.
   “Both of our quarterbacks need to be more consistent,” Santorio said, “we’ll play the guy who gives our team the best opportunity to win.”
   One thing that should help the consistency of the Vikings quarterback is a wealth of talented receivers. Santorio raves about the two juniors Neutz and Robinson on the offensive side of the ball and has great depth in Tanbakuchi and senior Eddie Mallwitz.
   “Alex runs great patterns and adjusts to the ball as well as any receiver we’ve had,” the coach says, “and Lance has really matured physically and with his mental understanding of the game.”
   Santorio likes the potential of his offensive line but acknowledges they will need some time to gel. “The mental part has to improve because it allows us to be more consistent,” he said, “because when they know what they need to do they are physical.”
   Senior Tim Boorady returns at left tackle along with Nestark at left guard. Shawn Vanderbrook will start at center while his brother Justin will be at right guard along with Feathers at right tackle. Podlucky and Stephan will split time at tight end.
   Santorio says that Webb and Weiser will see time at both fullback and halfback, while juniors Justin Raiser and Paul Chiaravalle will also take turns at fullback. Martinic is also expected to see time at halfback.
   Adam Helman is expected to handle the punting duties for the Vikings while Feathers will be the place kicker.
   As usual, the Vikings get no breaks with the schedule, opening at 2006 Class AA runner-up Clarence on Saturday (Sept. 1) coupled with key league contests at Class A runner-up Sweet Home in Week Two and preseason favorite Albion in Week Five. Despite the schedule, Santorio likes the direction of the team.
   “I think we’re getting to where we need to be with the attitude and character of our team,” he said, “guys who aren’t captains are starting to take ownership for what happens with this team.”

Grand Island Takes 2nd At Lewison Chalk Walk - 2007

(left to right) Island artists are Jenna Hutzler, Ariel Brucato and Erin O'Connor
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   Three talented Grand Island art students ventured onto the extremely warm asphalt for the very first time on Saturday, August 11, 2007 to participate in the 23rd Annual WNY High School Chalk Walk Competition held in Lewiston. Ariel Brucato, Jenna Hutzler, and Erin O’Connor took the respectable Second Place trophy and prize money. Placing second is a major accomplishment for first time members who have never really experienced drawing in such an enormous scale with a medium reserved for sidewalks. The team’s composition, based on this year’s theme, On the Go with Van Gogh in Western New York, referenced to Van Gogh’s famous painting of his bedroom. With whimsical additions of Buffalo icons, locations and places along with other famous Van Gogh images, the artists used their individual skills to develop the fantastic drawing. The team was cheered on and supported during the four-hour contest by a large audience who witnessed the creation. Congratulations Ariel, Jenna and Erin on a fabulous achievement this summer!

Spring Choral Concert - 2007

   The Grand Island High School's Spring Choral Concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2007 in the Grand Island High School auditorium. Several choral groups including the men's chorus, "Dominant Force," will perform. The concert will be under the direction of music teacher Carolyn Lokken.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending May 17, 2007
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High School News - May 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, May 17, 2007 . . .Anybody happen to catch the 11 p.m. ABC News on Tuesday night? According to the media coverage, there is a serious problem with prescription drugs among both the middle and high school. Personally, I find this revelation very disturbing. I’ve walked the halls of the high school for nine months now and wasn’t aware that such a problem existed. Apparently there are bigger problems than the flip flop issue to deal with! According to the report, prescription drugs are harder to detect than “street drugs”. Principal Sandra Anzalone believes that our proximity to the Canadian border is also to blame for their availability to students. Administrators of both the middle and high schools are working together with town Supervisor Peter McMahon to educate both parents and students in order to stop this impending crisis.
   The Grand Island middle and high school will be participating in a practice evacuation drill on Friday, May 18, 2007. Students received letters stating that high school students will be transferred to Huth Road Elementary School and middle school students will be taken to Kaegebein Elementary. Faculty, staff and students have been instructed to take this drill very seriously. Students will not be dismissed early unless there is written documentation from a physician or dentist. Parents will be questioned by the attendance office if they report their child’s absence and this may be followed up by a call from a school administrator. This evacuation drill is scheduled to occur at 12:45 p.m. and will last for approximately one hour. Students will be returned to the Ransom Road complex by 2:03 p.m. in order to catch their bus home. High school students will have shortened classes that day rather than missing any classes.

Class of 2009 Chicken Dinner, A Success - 2007

(left) Sophomore class members Samantha Gieselman, Nicole Serra, Joey Khreis, and Class President Andrew Stange
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   May 15, 2007 . . The Grand Island High School Class of 2009 held a Krolicke’s Chicken Bar-B-Q at the school in conjunction with the School Budget vote. The chicken dinner fundraiser has become a tradition on budget vote days for several years. The sophomore class was successful in their fundraising efforts and would like to thank Grand Island residents for their support. They also wish to thank their dedicated class advisors, Mrs. Rachael Hickey and Miss Elizabeth Dunn for their exceptional commitment to the Class of 2009.

GIHS Internship Students Assist at Sidway! - May 2007

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   Nineteen Grand Island High School Internship Students went back to kindergarten on Tuesday, May 15th to help the faculty, staff, and PTSA at Sidway Elementary during their annual Kindergarten Orientation. This partnership is a favorite of the student interns because it involves working with children and helping them transition to school. Special thanks goes to Christian Nole who was the Charlotte Sidway "Bear" for the afternoon. Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain, GIHS School-to-Work Coordinator, commented that "internship is a wonderful opportunity to explore the career you want to pursue in college," and she encourages any current sophomore or junior at Grand Island to consider enrolling in the internship program at the high school.

High School News - May 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, May 17, 2007 . . .Don't be alarmed if you are not able to drive down Ransom Road this Friday, due to numerous police cars and emergency vehicles. Grand Island High School and Veronica E. Connor Middle School are preparing for an emergency evacuation drill that will occur at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. At this time, high school students will be evacuated from the schools, through the back fields, until they reach the buses safely, parked on Bishops Gate Road. Middle School students will be evacuated to buses waiting for them on Tracey Lane. The School Board has spent a lot of time and money preparing for this drill and all hope that it goes smoothly.
    Who wouldn't love a signed Max Afenigenov jersey Or how about an autographed JP Losman jersey, or a game-worn Buffalo Bandits jersey? Well, all of this could be yours with just one winning pick. Team Fleet Feet, a Grand Island Relay for Life team of girls' cross country runners, is selling raffle tickets for these items now, through Relay, and the winners will be picked on the night of Relay. Tickets are 1 for $5, or 5 for $20. You can call 773-9254 to get tickets, or come to their garage sale Saturday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to see the raffle items for yourself.

Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
May 2007


Julie Pangborn                     Traci Aladeen               Brett Fiedler

   Julie Pangborn, a lifelong resident of Grand Island, attended Charlotte Sidway, Huth Road Elementary, Veronica E. Connor Middle and Grand Island Senior High schools. Julie has been a Pride of the Island recipient multiple times and is a National Honor Society member. She has taken many advanced classes since 6th grade and is currently enrolled in AP Calculus and college-level Spanish. While excelling in the classroom, she has also been very involved in music, theatre, volleyball, and community service.
   Julie was a participant in Choir in 9th grade and has been a member of Concert Choir for grades 10-12. She has also been a part of Vocal Jazz for the past four years. Julie was selected to perform in the elite Madrigals Ensemble in her junior and senior years. She was chosen as a member of the All-County Choir for 10th and 11th grade and is looking forward to another concert in the spring. She has capitalized on the opportunity for self-development and excelled in the NYSSMA Solo Festival for the last three years. Currently, she has received high honors in the festival, and will subsequently perform in the 2007 Conference All-State Women's Chorus.
   Julie has extended her love of music through theatre beginning in 8th grade. Winning the Rookie Award in her last year of middle school, she has gone on to participate in Guys and Dolls, Seussical, and She Love Me. She hopes to continue her involvement in theatre in college.
   Volleyball has been Julie's true passion since 7th grade. She was on junior varsity for 9th and 10th grade and varsity for 11th and 12th. Currently a co-captain on the varsity squad, she has shown leadership qualities both on and off the court. To develop her skills further, she attended three summer camps in the past two years, as well as playing all year round in 11th grade. Julie wishes to pursue a volleyball career at the collegiate level.
   Community involvement has also been very important to Julie throughout her life. Her parents, Therese and Timothy Pangborn, have taught her that life is about giving back. To exhibit this, she has prepared lunches at Saint Luke's Mission of Mercy, served dinners at The Islandview Senior Apartments, and has been a participant for three years and a team captain in her junior year in the annual Relay For Life fundraising event. As captain, her team raised approximately $1,500 for cancer research.
   Her scholastic achievement has earned her an Academic Excellence Certificate, letter and pin. In the areas of athletics and music she has received her varsity letter and pin as well.
   Julie plans to attend a four-year institution for a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education after graduation.
   Traci Aladeen was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She moved to Grand Island in 1996 and has been enrolled in the Grand Island School District ever since.
   From Kaegebein Elementary to Grand Island High School, Traci has succeeded academically. She has taken advanced classes and maintained honor roll and high honor roll averages since the sixth grade, and will have completed seven AP courses by the end of this year. She has received an Academic Excellence certificate, pin, and varsity letter. She received recognition for being a PSAT/NMSQT merit scholar, and scored in the 99th percentile for her SATs as well.
   Traci has been involved in many athletic activities, and has received a "Scholar Athlete" award every year of high school. She has been a member of the Piranhas Swim Club for almost ten years, and played Grand Island travel soccer from sixth grade until her sophomore year. She has completed four seasons of varsity cross country and three seasons of varsity track, and participates in Ski Club in the winter.
   Outside of sports, she is also active in the Masterminds team and the National Honor Society, and is a very dynamic participant in the Grand Island High School Music Program. She has played flute and piccolo in the Wind Ensemble for three years, along with pep band, pit orchestra, All County ensembles, and private studies outside of school. She has received both of her varsity letters, a pin and a varsity bar.
   Traci is also active in her church and community. She attends weekly youth group meetings at Trinity United Methodist Church, and has participated in its work camp for five years. She has been a part of numerous volunteer activities, including the annual CROP Walk, and the Friends of Lynette bike tour.
   After graduation, Traci plans to attend college, pursuing a minor in music and a possible major in the sciences.
   Brett Fiedler has spent 16 of his 17 years on Grand Island. Born in Buffalo, he moved to the Island just following his first birthday. He attended the Charlotte Sidway School for kindergarten and 1st grade, before graduating to Huth Road Elementary for grades two through five. He attended the Veronica E. Connor Middle School and is currently in the senior year at the Grand Island Senior High School.
   Brett has proven himself again and again in the field of academics throughout his education. He has earned straight A's since 6th grade and has never earned anything lower than the Honor Roll. He has been on the honors track in science, English, and history since the 7th grade. He has also challenged himself with several Advanced Placement courses in high school. He scored a 4 on the AP European History exam and a 5 on the AP US History exam. Currently he is enrolled in four AP classes such as AP Physics and AP Statistics.
   Next to his academic successes, Brett has also kept up a busy schedule since his entrance into high school. He has participated in Cross Country for four years, Indoor Track and Field for one year, and Outdoor Track and Field for two years. He earned a Rookie Award for Cross Country in his freshman year, and a varsity letter, and three varsity bars. He was also a captain of the boys' team his senior year. He earned a varsity letter and a varsity bar for outdoor track, and for Indoor he earned his varsity letter. He also took part in the school musical for two years in which he held two lead parts.
   Brett has taken part in such activities as the Corporate Bowl and the Relay for Life. He also takes part in many community services such as volunteering at the Golden Age Center and the YWCA.
   Brett currently plans to continue and excel in his academic career in college where he will most likely major in chemistry.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending May 10, 2007
Shari Geblein Feature
Evan Tsembelis Feature
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High School News - May 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, May 10, 2007 . . .And the fifth place winner is……Grand Island Senior High School, in Kiss 98.5’s High School Spirit 2007, pennies for Carly’s Club contest. Needless to say there won’t be any concert hosted by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus or even Madonna for that fact, just a good feeling of coming together for a great cause, along with the hopes of winning a concert. Here’s a thought, maybe we should plan ahead and start saving our pennies now for next year’s contest.
   Well… prom season is just around the corner and I thought I would do a little research as to where and why prom evolved. Did you know that Prom is short for promenade or promotion, and is used to describe a formal dance held at the end of the high school academic year. Common prom activities include dining, dancing, the crowning of a prom King and Queen, and socializing. In most cases, high school students accumulate funds for their class prom through fundraisers over the four years they attend their high school. The wait is nearly over.This year juniors will celebrate their prom locally at the Grand Island Holiday Inn on Saturday, May 12.
   Not too much new on the flip flop controversy, still not supposed to wear them but everybody is still trying to sneak them. It’s just my opinion but it makes me wonder if there aren’t more serious issues that administrators should deal with in place of the “No Flip Flop Policy!”
   On a more positive note, warm weather is here, just in time, as we all buckle down to complete those assigned, last minute projects, studying for tests, local and regents exams and let’s not forget “summer” assignments for those taking honors classes. If you ask me, the timing is all off, I don’t have any suggestions to make it better, all I know is that I think most of us have “Spring Fever” and this end of the year planning just doesn’t seem right.

High School News - May 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, May 10, 2007 . . .There's exactly one month to go, and Grand Island is really getting into their "Relay Spirit". Grand Island Relay for Life is fast approaching, Friday June 8th, and Relay teams all over the Island are fund raising like crazy for it. Even the schools are getting into it, and the big buzz around GIHS is whether or not we can raise enough money by Relay for Mr. Swiatek, the assistant principal, to die his hair purple, and Mrs. Cannata, a hall monitor, to shave her head. Who wouldn't love to see that?
   Another popular fund raiser many teams are having is a garage sale. In fact, this Friday, May 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 71 Old Carriage House Road, Team Huth is hosting a garage sale to raise money for Relay. On Friday, hot dogs and pop will be sold. Similarly, on Saturday, May 26th, Team Fleet Feet, comprised of 10 GIHS Cross Country girls, is having a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 120 Bishops Gate Road. At this sale, they will be selling raffle tickets for a signed Max Afinogenov jersey, signed JP Losman jersey, and Buffalo Bandits autographed jersey. Keep your eyes open when local papers come out to scope out the latest garage sales or fund raisers for many other GI Relay For Life teams.

Substance Abuse Trends & Paraphernalia - May 2007

Sally Yageric displays paraphernalia.
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   Sally Yageric from the office of the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse gave a presentation on Monday, April 30, 2007 for the parents of students in the Grand Island School District. The statistics are frightening regarding the age of first use for alcohol, tobacco and drugs in New York State. According to Mrs. Yageric, within the last year 11.9% of 6th graders have used beer, 19.1% have used wine coolers and 4.6% have used liquor. The average age of first use of marijuana is 14 years old and 48.4% of 12th graders have used in the past year. Inhalants were addressed and the percentage of use in all grades is listed as an average of 6%. Usage of inhalants attacks the central nervous system and can kill during the first use.
   Locally on Grand Island heroin pills and prescription drugs were named as the drugs of choice, with the painkillers Oxycodone and Oxycontin being widely available. Mrs. Yageric displayed many different types of paraphernalia to the audience. Examples were lipstick tubes and chap stick tubes that are actually bowls for smoking marijuana and containers for holding drugs that are exact replicas of water bottles and snack containers. The presentation is shocking and informative. The drugs of today are much more potent than 30 years ago. The chance of addiction and overdose has risen as a direct result.

President's Council on Physical Fitness - National Fitness Test - May 2007

Standing in the back are Erika Osberg, Maria Guidotti, Sarah Palazza, and Amy Grenke. Kneeling in the front are Jamie Sobieski, Jessica Mysliwiec, and Kate Garten.
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   The girls pictured above are Grand Island High School's top scorers in the President's Council on Physical Fitness - National Fitness Test. The 9th and 10th grade girls scored in the top 15% of the nation and have shown outstanding ability in health and fitness related skills. They were tested in areas of flexibility, muscle strength, muscle endurance, body composition and cardiorespiratory endurance.

High School Talent Show Huge Success - April 2007
(left) Adrian Grant and T. J. Rains performing “Drum Off” - Ms. Rachael Fraser performing ballet dance “It Ends Tonight” - Digital Ladies (rock band) Andrew Stange and Lee Becker (Ryan Guagliano not pictured) performing “I am a Robot”

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   A very successful Grand Island High School Talent Show took place April 26, 2007 in the Grand Island High School auditorium and included seventeen performances by students and a teacher, Ms. Rachael Fraser. The entertainers met rousing applause from a full house as they performed a variety of acts including dance, vocals and rock bands. Advisors for the annual event were Mrs. Amanda Souliske, Mrs. Julie Bowen and Mrs. Mary Kate McDermott.

High School News - May 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, May 3, 2007 . . .Did you ever wonder what spreads faster, a wild fire or a good piece of gossip? My guess is gossip. Everybody knows that Grand Island Senior High School was actively participating in Kiss 98.5’s High School Spirit 2007, pennies for Carly’s Club. The high school with the most pennies this year wins a concert with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus AND the senior class heads off to Darien Lake for a FREE Graduation Celebration! Well…here’s the gossip, while at lunch one day last week, a group of students came up with the story that the second place school would have Madonna perform at the school, another student overheard it and passed the little tidbit of information along and before the day was out everyone was talking about it. So for anybody that doesn’t know it, Madonna is not scheduled to appear at anybody’s school. Students are anxiously waiting to hear which lucky school is the winner!
   Grand Island Senior High School is fortunate to have its own talent as bravery, excitement and fun raged through the school auditorium last Thursday evening. It was wonderful to watch some of our students perform with their bands, as well as the soloists, dancers and comediennes. On another exciting note, I would like to mention that for Relay for Life, Mr. Swiatek will dye his hair purple and Mrs. Cannata has agreed to shave her head if we raise a certain amount of money. I will let you know what the price tag is for this to happen in next week’s article. Here’s a thought . . . maybe Mrs. Anzalone and Mr. Swiatek would let us do a Relay for Life Fundraiser by having students donate a dollar and in exchange, we get to wear flip flops!

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending May 3, 2007

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High School News - May 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, May 3, 2007 . . .With May already here, and AP examinations fast approaching, it is easy for students to begin to slack off on their school work. However, students must stay on the ball for these last few weeks of school. To ease the stress of constant test pressure and study time, I have researched some tips to help students cope with the weight of exams. Students need to learn to manage their time and plan out their schedules before exam time. While intensely studying, don't forget to schedule in study breaks to get your mind cleared. Some extra tips include getting the right amount of sleep prior to exams, and exercising to relieve any built up tension or stress. Finally, don't forget to keep it all in perspective. It's not the worst thing in the world if you don't ace every exam or test. Just do your best, because you know that you are a great student. Good Luck everyone!

Stacey Cyman:
Art Work Accepted At Albright Knox Art Gallery's "Future Curators" Exhibition - May 2007

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    Stacey Cyman, a senior at Grand Island High School, has had her sculpture, entitled "Sushi," accepted into the Albright Knox Art Gallery's "Future Curators" Exhibition. Stacey's sculpture will be on display in the Gallery from May 11 through May 13.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending April 26, 2007

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High School News - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, April 26, 2007 . . .Numerous students from Grand Island High School are participating in both an instrumental and vocal NYSSMA Solo/All-State festival on Saturday, April 28. Students play very well prepared solos for judges, and this year one of the most popular options is vocal duets. This is a very fun way for singers to "get their feet wet" in the festival without having the pressure of being judged for an All-State score. Some of the many talented students who are playing would have to be a group of clarinetists. Nine Wind Ensemble clarinet players are performing The Marriage of Figaro, with all clarinets, ranging from the e flat clarinet all the way to the alto and bass clarinets. Nonetheless, students from all areas are performing, including several instrumentalists as well as vocalists. This festival should be very exciting and rewarding for both students and music teachers of Grand Island High School.

High School News - April 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, April 26, 2007 . . .Spring has finally arrived and with it comes the school’s dress code. Most of us can understand the policy of not being allowed to wear shorts and skirts that are too short, or the 2-inch strap rule on tank tops but the policy of forbidding flip flops is killing us. I don’t believe that we’ve ever been told as to why we can’t wear them, just that if we get caught in them, we may have to serve time in detention. Nobody in their right mind wants to do that when the weather is nice!
   Looking ahead, May 12th is Junior Prom at the Grand Island Holiday Inn. Tickets will be on sale after May 1st and they are $35.00 each. May 2 and May 4 will be the last days to preorder your Venture Yearbook. Cost is now $65.00. Those who hesitate lose out! Please come out the evening of April 26 for an evening of fun and talent as the Grand Island Senior High School presents its annual talent show. Tickets are on sale at the door for $5.00.

Grand Island High School Honor Roll - April 2007

   The following Grand Island High School students have attained honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2006-2007 school year:
    High Honor Roll
Grade 9: Steve Boyle, Luke Burkhart, Alexandra Buscaglia, Kara Dudley, Kearney Erhard, Nicholas Ernst, Hillary Figler, Lauren Fonte, Alexander Fry, Jill Greinert, Tara Hook, Seth Kline, Lauren Kucharski, Jonathan LoTempio, Megan McInerney, Andrea Nicolia, Ryan Osvath, Sarah Palazza, Kaitie Samland, Mary Scherrer, Christopher Stessing, Jameela Syed, Caitlin Taylor, Maritina Tsembelis
Grade 10: Kelli Adreon, Alexandria Avery, Simarjot Cheema, Darren DelSignore, Amber Duda, Julia Figliotti, Ashley Fike, Kelsey Foote, Angela Fusco, Rachel Gaydosh, Taylor Jackson, Joshua Kahn, Charlene Meyer, Marvin Pawlowski, Alexander Richter, Carly Snyder, Jordan Tripi, Evan Tsembelis, Kelly Williams, Brianna Wojnar, Amanda Zernickel
Grade 11: David Benko, Ellen Betterson, Kelly Cich, Alexandra Davis, Jacob Ferrante, Samuel Kilb, Ashley Koerntgen, Amber Meyers, Anthony Perna, Theodore Slipko, Robert Stewart, Nicholas Taylor, Jordan Toth, Marc Velocci, Shana Wierchowski
Grade 12: Juliana Burkhart, Abigail Cliff, Vincent Covatto, Brett Fiedler, Karen Figliotti, Shannon Howley, Emily Kahn, Cassandra Lange, William Lewandowski, Kayla Mornelli, Sarah Mye, Robert Potter, Tara Rogers, Sydney Seese
    Honor Roll
Grade 9: Alyssa Accardo, Kaitlyn Affuso, Sarah Ali, Richard Amantia, Jonathon Anderson, Stephanie Aronica, Adam Asbach, Elisabeth Asbach, Kimberly Asbach, Catherine Aughey, Stephanie Aughey, Christina Borden, Patrick Brady, Lisa Braun, Sean Burke, Nathan Busch, Amanda Camizzi, Kenneth Cerrillo, Michael Chauby, Brittany Cieri, Kathryn Cobello, James Cooke, Courtney Cox, Samantha Darby, Anthony Darpino, Sarah Dolan, Maria Edel, Marwa Eltagouri, Victoria Fleming, Kate Garten, Mary George, Sara Grana, Anthony Grande, Maria Guidotti, Eric Harnden, Susan Head, Kelly Hooven, Krystin Hoppel, Timothy Howley, Emily Incorvia, Courtney Justus, Raman Kaur, Joel Klock, Kristy Knickerbocker, Brian Kulak, Savanna Kustra, Jeffrey LaRiviere, Scott Ludwig, Daniel Major, Aman Mattu, Keran Mattu, Thomas McDonnell, Nicole McGuire, Sara McNulty, Jennifer Mellett, Christopher Moody, Christopher Mornelli, Kelsey Mulvey, Jared Northrup, Erika Osberg, Breanne Rafferty, Jessica Randhawa, Michael Rayhill, Alexander Re, Ashley Rutland, Kyle Schutrum, Spencer Seese, Zaeem Shah, Margaret Shonitsky, Courtney Silsby, Keith Skelly, Jamie Sobieski, Benjamin Soos, Vincent Spada, Michael Sperrazza, Blake Stanwick, Kelly Stark, Rachel Starr, Alexander Strauss, William Sundeen, Rachel Surdi, Scott Suszczynski, Samantha Tilkins, Kristin Wegrzyn, Eric Weigold, Zakiyyah Wilbert, Sara Wilczek, Nicole Winter, Molly Wynne, Aria Yanicki
Grade 10: Zachary Adams, Joseph Aladeen, Alexa Amato, Kaitlin Arida, Nichole Barrett, Sarah Bastian, Lee Becker,Viktoria Belous, Chelsea Bernardi, Tyler Booth, Allison Boron, Conor Bryan, Maria Buyer, Olivia Chopra, Kyle Clayton, Hannah Cliff, Caitlin Cook, Dustin Coryn, Kaitlyn Czerwonka, Aaron D’Angelo, Jason Davis, Shawn Davis, Kira Dennis, Korey DiMatteo, Shane Eddy, Joseph Edel, Mary Grace Egloff, Nicolette Fadel, Jenna Fanara, Melissa Fargino, Gregory Feathers, Brianna Fetzer, Victoria Fortman, Samantha Forysinski, Jordan Gibson, Samantha Gieselman, Andrew Ginsburg, Kaitlin Hager, Meghan Haley, Kaitlyn Hardison, Matthew Hazelet, Michael Hillock, Scott Holler, Craig Hooper, Jenna Hutzler, Alexandra Imperi, Caroline Kaminski, Michael Karpie, Taylor Kaufman, Jatinder Kaur, Brittany Keel, Alexandra King, Benjamin Kose, LeAnna Kozlowski, Erin Krieger, Beau Lapp, Charles Lavallee, Timothy Lewis, Carolina Luciani, Matthew Ludwig, Mia Magliazzo, Jacqueline Maitner, Kelsey Mash, Andrew Mrzygut, Jessica Mysliwiec, Alexander Neutz, Mallory O’Connor, Shawn O’Rourke, Joseph Oliverio, John Osberg, Destiny Perez, Susan Pioli, Christopher Podlucky, Lauren Priest, Jamie Raepple, Kathryn Raiser, Michael Rustowicz, Robert Rutland, Jennifer Schaber, Victoria Schaber, Lee Schuster, Sierra Seese, Nicole Serra, Alexander Seyler, Timothy Shantler, Kayleigh Shepard, Kuljit Singh, Griffin Smith, Sara Stenzel, Tess Stewart, Joshua Stoddard, Robert Tates, Emily Thompson, Nicholas Vitello, Megan Wagner, Allison Walker, Lauren Whitney, Shaun Winter, Arlene Wunsch, Tyler Zikuski
Grade 11: Giovanna Andolina, Alma Aponte, Nicholas Argy, Kimberley Banas, Chelsea Baran, Ashley Bass, Teighlor Bennett, Kelsey Borgeson, Richard Boss, Lindsey Boyle, Jasmeet Brar, Lauren Braun, Thomas Breier, Lauren Brindisi, Heather Brooks, Courtney Catalano, Kahla Cerrillo, Jeremy Chopra, Jaclyn Coe, Cassandra Coffey, Theresa Covatto, Denise Curcio, Ashley Curry, Shannon Curry, Anthony Daubney, Bailey DeGlopper, Bryan Deuble, Casey Deuser, Tiffani Dickinson, Michael Dinsmore, Jessica Doyle, Caitlyn Driscoll, Sean Duff, Christina Eldridge, Victoria Eldridge, Lauren Emmi, Abigail Evans, Kelsey Fortman, John Gannon, Marc Gerfin, Ashley Green, Ryan Hagen, Kelcie Hanaka, Molly Hayes, Michael Heftka, Lea Hinaman, Jennifer Huber, Alexander Hultgren, Amber Hultgren, Lisa Huttenmaier, Amanda Jaeger, Sara Johnson, Joshua Kaplan, Richard Karpie, Nathaniel Keefe, Amanda Kennedy, Jordan Kessler, Ryan Killian, Matthew Klock, Natalie Krieger, Todd Kunze, Jeremy LaBarre, Marissa Lange, Jacob Leffler, Kaitlyn Little, Christina Logel, Michael Magaris, Morgan Majewski, Adam Masse’, Brenna McCabe, Samatha McCollum, Courtney McCoy, Lauren McGowan, Craig Meaney, Jeremy Meyer, Ciara Morreale, Danielle Nash, Nichole Nash, Sara Orsolits, Jordan Paolucci, Brittany Papaj, Michelle Paternostro, Alexandra Peters, Matthew Riley, Joycelyn Rockwood, Carrie Schooping, Patrick Sexton, James Sica, Damanpreet Singh, Brandi Skill, Kimberly Snell, Rebecca Sobol, Alicia Sommer, Michael Soos, Brittany Stallard, Jessica Sturniolo, Michael Symington, Joseph Tanbakuchi, Scott Thompson, Kristin Toellner, Nicholas Vallina, Alexander Webb, Alexandra Weiser, Kacey White, Noah Yanicki
Grade 12: Kenneth Agnello, Traci Aladeen, Janeen Amantia, Benjamin Angelo, Amanda Arki, Michael Asbach, Rebecca Asbach, Lauren Aughey, Adam Bakula, Erin Banas, Alicia Barnaby, Karen Bellanca, Ryan Benninger, Krista Burzynski, Evan Busch, Heather Buzzelli, Christine Call, Stephanie Cartwright, John Certo, Anna Cislarski, Lauryn Clingersmith, Lyndsey Clingersmith, Lianna Connors, Stephanie Cope, Karen Coughlin, Laura Curcio, Brian Dolan, Matthew Dommell, Courtney Donner, Kristin Duggan, Emily Eisenberger, Rachel Eisenhauer, Ashley Fabio, Bridget George, Devan Golda, Emily Hasselbeck, Meghan Higgins, Lamar Hogan, Jaime Justen, Rachel Kaplan, Ashley Kippley, Brianna Konopa, Matthew Lang, Ryan Link, Lawrence Loveless, Dianne Maerz, Joseph Mash, Sean McDermott, Justin McInerney, Mattthew McKenna, Jarrad Mendel, Thomas Minarcin, Andrea Monaco, Abram Morgan, Connor Neff, Alicia Neutz, Ian O’Rourke, Julie Pangborn, Valerie Paris, Justina Potenzo, Christopher Rajczak, Ashley Ray, Amanda Richter, David Rosati, Vida Rostami, Lindsey Samland, Ryan Samland, Nicholas Shemik, Forrest Smith, Matthew Stoddard, Shannon Tegler, Stephanie Tolbert, Zachary Tondera, Donald Turner, Cassandra Ungaro, Christie Utz, Philip Wendt, Melanie Wing, Rhianna Wing

Grand Island High School Merit Roll - April 2007

   The following Grand Island High School students have attained merit roll status for the third marking period of the 2006-2007 school year:
Grade 9: Rachel Abarca, Isam Abdellatif, Nicholas Alizadeh, Antonio Amin, Patrick Antonelli, Alissa Bailey, Conrad Baker, Benjamin Bakula, Kelsey Bettinger, Jovana Bichler, Jason Bogue, Eric Breier, Anthony Bruno, Nicholas Brzezinski, Tygue Busch, Victoria Cacciatore, Kaitlyn Chapin, Krystal Chapin, Mary Chiaravalle, Thomas Collins, Ian Conner, Joseph Connors, Ryan Darnley, Kayla Deuble, Brett Dlugosz, Renee’ Doermer, Jordan Dudish, Alexander Fabiilli, Kayla Fermoile, Jeremy Figler, Joseph Fischer, Rahsanica Ford, Christopher Franklin, Anthony Genova, Christopher Gibney, Maria Grant, Samantha Green, Amy Grenke, Chelsea Hall, Kelsey Hayden, James Heberlein, Sara Huttenmaier, Shaughn Irving, Matthew Kasprzycki, Nicholas Kelly, Zachary Kelly, Jacob Killian, Laura Koller, Phillip Lenz, Steven Lillian, Ernest Little, Joshua Little, Kori Loder, Elizabeth Lorence, Michael Lydle, Zackery Manquen, Daniel Mathes, Travis McGilveary, Timothy McMahon, Michael Montaldi, Michael Mucci, Michael Neumann, Sean O’Donnell, Courtney Papaj, Deanna Paternostro, Danielle Perri, Elizabeth Restey, Robert Ross, Anthony Russell, Robert Schiffhauer, Jonathon Seaman, Kodie Shamrock, Dominique Simmons, Allison Snell, Amber Spiesz, Michael Stallard, Kasey Sumner, Timothy Symington, Rebecca Zimmerman, Travis Zukic
Grade 10: Robert Amsdill, Peter Aronica, Daniel Basile, Sean Benninger, Amy Bidell, Jeffrey Blanton, Courtnnie Booker, Marissa Booker, Brianna Busch, Jonathan Caruana, Philip Cavuoto, Mariah Christie, Christopher Colan, Michaeline Dera, Natalie Dommell, Shannon Farmer, Christopher Fiels, Andrew Fix, Kayla Gallagher, Leah Gangloff, Amanda Geis, Krista Goff, Anthony Gugino, Ryan Harnden, Adam Helman, Karen Hillock, Stephanie Hunt, Molly Hyland, Kaitlin Incorvia, Ryan Johnson, Adam Kelly, Tristan Kessler, Joseph Khreis, William Koller, Victoria Kowzan, Tristen LaBarre, Drew Lazelle, Matthew Major, James McDonnell, David McMichael, Kimberley Mellett, Kristin Millar, Ryan Mock, Jenna Modica, Samantha Morrison, Davis Nelson, Katie Nordvik, Genna Nuchereno, Erin O’Connor, Brian O’Keefe, James Pezzino, Lindsay Pieri, Scott Quider, Brandon Robinson, Lance Robinson, Rachel Rogers, Michele Rossi, Kayla Salonek, Kaileen Shoemaker, Eric Siwicki, Alyssa Spada, Kyle Spratford, Andrew Stange, Mitchell Stessing, Nicole Styliades, Charanjot Tiwana, Harlin Torres, Tiffany Turner, Justine Vanthoff, Ryan Vertino, Edward Weiser, Alexandra Whitford, Christopher Wilczek
Grade 11: Steven Accardo, Joseph Amsdill, Danielle Asbach, Jared Billica, Timothy Boorady, Robert Borden, Haley Breier, Brandon Caldwell, Molly Clingersmith, Taylor Cool, Vincent Coty, Richard Cribbs, Colleen Danahy, Daniel DeMarco, Meghan Dollard, Andrew Donahue, Christopher Eley, Timothy Franklin, Chelsea Fulle, Shari Geblein, Mallory Griffiths, Meaghan Hayes, Cathryn Hilliard, Sean Hook, Matthew Huber, Ian Johnson, Autumn Kaiser, Alexandria Kelly, Joseph Kobza, Sara Kurpiewski, Pasquale Lemme, Jessica Lew, Matthew Little, Shawna Long, Maria Lorence, Tyle Magliazzo, Kurt Makowski, Edward Mallwitz, Kirk Manquen, Stephen Mathes, Amanda Mayes, Ashley Mazurkiewicz, Ashley McGuire, Nathaniel Miles, Courtney Mulvey, Christian Nestark, Salvatore Niro, Rachel Olszewski, Jessica Oyer, David Perri, Anthony Poupalos, Lauren Quattrini, Caitlin Radecki, Justin Raiser, Jordan Ricigliano, Adam Ripellino, Blake Rockwood, Stefane Samland, Audrey Senf, Aleem Shariff, Shawn Speidel, Lauren Stanwick, Jacquava Thompson, Nicholas Tomkins, Kaitlin Turner, Elizabeth Wilson
Grade 12: Alexandra Angelo, Carolyn Asbach, Ryan Ayers, Brandon Bettinger, Erik Billica, Erin Bonaquist, Caroline Boron, Chase Cedrone, Samantha Chambers, Kong Chen, Kiel Clarke, Michael Coty, Jessica Coughlin, Jamison Crawford, Thomas Cunningham, Ashley DeMaria, Paul Dhand, Courtney Donovan, Sara El Houssieny, Kate Endres, Timothy Fargino, Brian Foy, Joseph Fusco, Thomas Geib, Mark Gramza, Cassidy Hogrewe, Paul Holler, Megan Kaleta, Jared Kazmierczak, Jordan Kubik, Jessica Kuehne, Erik Lang, Jacqueline Lunick, Alex Missert, Nicole Morgan, Christian Nole, Kelsey Nordvik, Sean O’Brien, Patrick O’Donnell, Casey Olszewski, Jessica Perry, Kevin Pifer, James Rayhill, Abigail Richards, Jasmine Rivers, Travis Rockwood, Andrew Rogers, Justin Samland, Peter Schaber, Adam Schopp, Alysse Schuster, Matthew Scibilia, Ajit Singh, Joshua Snyder, Ryan Stanko, Jordan Stickl, Kari Suszczynski, Kristen Swan, Melissa Thompson, Keith Wegrzyn, Amanda Williams, Bessie Zhang

GIHS Collecting Pennies For Good Cause, Big Prize
Deadline For Collection Friday, April 27th - 2007

   The Grand Island High School students, with the DECA Club heading up the Kiss 98.5 High School Spirit 2007 Contest/fundraiser, are in the midst of a competition with other high schools to collect the most pennies to win a nice prize. Kiss 98.5 is the official station in charge of this fundraiser and the prize is a concert with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus AND the senior class heads off to Darien Lake for a FREE Graduation Celebration!
   The pennies will go to a donation called Carly’s Club which helps to support kids and families with cancer as well as the cancer research in Western New York. Everyone is invited to help the high school students win by donated, pennies and pennies only! Contact a high school student to pick up your donation now. Donations must be made by Friday, April 27th.
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A Celebration of Inspiration at Grand Island High School - 2007

(Left) Courtney Donner and Marty Allen; (right) Richard Anzalone, Corey McGowan, Jordan Litz and Cheryl Chamberlain.
(Left) Tracey Beatty and Justina Portenzo; (right) Michael Murray and Jen Freiermuth.
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Teacher Sandy Burns is honored by Ray Page and Jess Coughlin

   The Celebration of Inspiration marked its 15th year of teacher appreciation by Grand Island High School seniors on Wednesday evening, April 18, 2007. This event is sponsored by the PTA Council and this year honored 33 teachers from the school district. Each presenter spoke of how the teacher inspired them and made a difference in their lives. The honoree then spoke about the student and appreciation for their mutual admiration. A plaque was given to each teacher.
List of Honoree(s) and Presenter(s)

Marty Allen - Courtney Donner Mike Murray - Jen Freiermuth John Arnone - Pierre Tanguay John Ball - Brian Nusstein Tracy Beatty - Justina Portenzo Mollie Bowen - Adam Schopp Lori Burns - Don Turner, Dan Dinsmore Sue Campbell - Sarah Mye, Carrie Boron Cheryl Chamberlain - Ian O'Rourke, Jordan Litz, Richard Anzalone, Corey McGowan Carrie Earnst - Cassie Lange, Abe Morgan Kathy Fik - Ashley Fabio Roberta Frisoni - Val Paris Johnathan Head - Ashley Ray Maggie Kennedy - Rebecca Asbach Rose Krauss - Bessie Zhang Barbara Leifer-Lavitz - Forest Smith Maureen Littlefield - Rachael Kaplan Carolyn Lokken - Andy Rogers, Vince Cobatto, Sydney Seese, Sara El Houssienny Carolyn Manzo - Carl Grant Art Meaney - Corey Dudish Julie Porter - Alicia Barnaby Craig Reynolds - Janeen Amantia Kathie Scarafia - Missy Thompson Joanne Stafford - Julie Pangborn Mike Stauffer - Chris McDonnell Steve Steck - James Rayhill Val Swain - Bill Lewandowski Dan Sweeney - Emily Kahn, Trey Minarcin Mary Therrien - Abby Richards Tim Williamson - Sean McDermott Cindy Wynne - Tim Burns

High School News - April 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, April 19, 2007 . . .This week was the beginning of a new marking period for this year. Many students at Grand Island High School are counting down the days. Also, this week many students were recognized for their great achievements within the classroom. These outstanding students received Grand Island’s “Pride of the Island” award. The students who were recognized now have the honor of marching in the July 4th parade. Congratulations to all in succeeding. Also, GIHS is honoring other students this Friday (Apr. 20) from classes of the 1970’s! These students include Neil Tetkowski (Class of 1973), Dr. James Desemone (Class of 1975), William Whitford (Class of 1972) and Lee Zeplowitz (Class of 1976). These four previous students all became something in life and are helping to change the world around them. All of the current students will be attending unless a note is given to the office for an early dismissal. The assembly will start at 12:55 p.m. and go until 2:03 p.m.
   GIHS is now in competition will many other schools to win a concert from the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and in addition the senior class will be able to head off to Darien Lake for a free Graduation Celebration. But there is one catch; the High School that brings in the most pennies wins. The pennies will go to a donation called Carly’s Club which helps to support kids and families with cancer as well as the cancer research in Western New York. So, don’t forget your pennies! The GIHS DECA Club is heading up this event.

GIHS Annual Talent Show - 2007

   The Grand Island High School Class of 2008 will sponsor the Annual Talent Show 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2007 in the Grand Island High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5. There are twenty different acts including the following: Brenna McCabe (Irish Dancing), Rebecca Sobol (Baton), Cassie Ungaro (Vocals), and Christina Sergakis (Greek Dancing/Vocals). Numerous bands including Vega and Zephyr Kri will play. A skit at the end of the show will feature performances from several Grand Island High School teachers.

High School News
Celebration of Inspiration - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, April 19, 2007 . . .Seniors in high school have the opportunity to recognize a teacher who has made a significant impact in their lives during their enrollment in Grand Island schools. This night is called Celebration of Inspiration, and is always a favorite of both seniors and teachers. Celebration of Inspiration will occur on Wednesday night, April 18, 2007, with refreshments starting at 6:30 p.m., and the ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. Students will make a short speech about the impact that their teachers have had on them, which allows students to reflect back on great memories and lessons learned during their education. It is a wonderful night full of memories and gratitude, and it is a heart-warming way to end your senior year.

GIHS Students Participate In Shadow Day - 2007
(left) Huth Road second grade teacher Mrs. Beth Boron and student Miss Kacey White - (right) students Alicia Sommer and Kelly Cich with Dr. Lopat from Island Pediatrics
(left photo) Miss Piatek from State Farm Insurance with student Erica Barrett - (right) Student Janeen Amantia at Sidway School
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   Over 80 juniors and seniors from Grand Island High School had breakfast at the Buffalo Launch Club with some very interesting local business leaders from all over Western New York on Wednesday April 4th. The topic of discussion was all about future careers and the students were very excited to spend the day "shadowing" their possible future job area. Sandy Burns and Cheryl Chamberlain coordinate the Career Exploration and Internship Program (CEIP) at Grand Island High School, and Shadow Day is one of the benefits of being an intern. This one of a kind experience is also available to the students due to the generous assistance from the Grand Island School Business Alliance (GISBA). GISBA is a unique partnership between education and business. Grand Island Schools Superintendent Robert Christmann is very impressed with the positive relationship that the community, business, and schools on Grand Island continue to build upon.
   Some of the locations students shadowed were: Grand Island Town Supervisor Peter McMahon, Attorney Mark Frentzel, State Farm Insurance, the Grand Island Holiday Inn, Sidway School, Kaegebein School, Huth Road School, The MOG, Walden Galleria Mall Security, Island Pediatrics, and the Erie County Sheriff's Department.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending April 5, 2007

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Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
April 2007


Emily Kahn                    Nicholas Shemik               Sydney Seese

   Emily Kahn moved to the Island at the age of one and a half, and has since attended school in the Grand Island district, attending Kaegebein for elementary school. She has maintained superior grades since elementary school, followed by honors track through middle school and taking Advanced Placement courses in high school, constantly challenging herself to work harder. To date, she has earned the highest score possible on all of her Advanced Placement exams.
   Emily has participated in the Grand Island Corporate Bowl each year since she entered high school, and her team placed second in the competition two years in a row, defeating upperclassmen, even as freshmen, to earn scholarship money.
   Succeeding athletically as well as academically, Emily has played a sport each season since her sophomore year, running cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track. She has earned a varsity letter in each of these sports, and was named as the cross-country M.V.P. in hr junior year.
   Emily has been recognized by the College Board for exemplary achievements in several areas of standardized tests. She was named as a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist for outstanding grades on her PSATs. She was also acknowledged as an "AP Scholar with Honor" for grades on Advanced Placement examinations.
   Emily is also actively involved in the Grand Island community at all times of the year. A National Honor Society member, she routinely participates in such community service activities as the Crop Walk and Relay for Life, in addition to bi-weekly cleanups of the Buffalo city area for the environmental group, the Niagara River Keepers.
   Nicholas Shemik was born in Niagara Falls, New York and has been a Grand Island resident for the past fifteen years. He has been enrolled in Grand Island's Central School District since kindergarten, previously attending Trinity Church's preschool. Nick has always strived for academic excellence while maintaining involvement in both the school and local community.
   Nick has excelled through the use of honors courses that push him to his potential. His current course load includes AP Psychology, AP Government and Politics, AP Calculus, and college level Spanish. Throughout Nick's academic years on Grand Island, he has been awarded with numerous achievements including The Pride of Grand Island Award, Who's Who Among High School Students, the President's Award for Academic Excellence, a Scholar Athlete Award, Academic Excellence certificate and varsity letter, and acceptance into the National Honor Society.
   Nick has earned his varsity letter in both soccer and lacrosse while remaining a driving force in Grand Island's Mock Trial Team. He has also been a devoted soccer player to Grand Island's Travel Soccer Club for the past decade, while playing both summer and winter club lacrosse.
   Nick volunteers his time regularly as a student member of the Town of Niagara's Historical Society, where he works diligently to preserve history. He also volunteers at St. Leo's Church in Niagara Falls, often seen lending a hand in St. Leo's Bingo Hall. Nick has also helped at the Lions Club's Special Kids Picnic and has given back to the community by coaching Grand Island Little League Lacrosse.
   In the near future, Nick plans on attending a four-year university for Pre-Law studies with a minor in business Administration. Nick ultimately plans on becoming a Corporate Lawyer after graduation from Law School.
   Sydney Seese was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and lived there for three years. She and her family then moved to Ohio and resided in both Orville and Wooster. Finally, she moved to Grand Island before entering fifth grade and has attended Grand Island schools ever since.
   Sydney has challenged numerous advanced courses in her middle school and high school careers while still allotting time for a variety of extracurricular activities including the musical, S.A.D.D., and student council. In recognition for her efforts, she has received many awards such as an Academic Excellence certificate, pin and letter, and two letters in music. Sydney currently holds positions as a Class Representative and Secretary of Choir.
   Sydney has been involved with Relay for Life since her freshman year. She has been a team captain and a performer for the event, using her talents to aid the important cause. She has also participated in vacation Bible school for the Presbyterian Church as a bus helper and teacher helper.
   As part of a family of six and the eldest of four daughters, Sydney has learned patience and responsibility. Her parents have been very supportive of her goals and greatly helped her become a successful student and person.
   After she graduates, Sydney plans to attend a liberal arts college to double major in Music and Spanish Education.

High School News - April 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, April 5, 2007 . . .On the evening of March 30th, Interact Club along with members of the National Honor Society spent the night outdoors in attempt to raise both awareness and money for the homeless. It was not quite the evening that I expected. Here I was with my friend Ashley Rutland, my sisters Lindsey and Stefane and a whole group of teenagers. I expected to have fun. I do not know why I assumed that I would, but instead I was cold, and miserable. I can’t imagine what it would feel like on a colder, windier, rainy or snowy night, yet those nights do come and many people have no choice but to endure them. I couldn’t wait until 6 a.m. when we were allowed to go home. My bed was calling my name. This event has served as a dose of reality in the fact that one never knows what hardships the future holds and that in any given moment everything you know could be taken away. One night of cold and discomfort gave me a new appreciation for everything that I have. (Editor's note: scroll down for photo of the writer and friends.)
   The Grand Island High School’s annual volleyball tournament takes place Thursday, April 26th. Those who are not playing are welcome to watch. Spring break officially begins at 2:03 p.m. on Thursday as we board the buses for home. Enjoy the break, have fun, rest up and for those going away to some place warm, please send us back some sunshine.

Students Spend a Chilly Night Sleeping in Boxes to Benefit the Homeless - March 2007

Students shown (left) are Lindsey Samland, Kaitie Samland and Ashley Rutland
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   Friday, March 30, 2007 . . .. Grand Island High School Interact and National Honor Society members constructed a cardboard box “village” and spent the night behind Grand Island High School to promote awareness on the plight of the homeless and raise donations to benefit the Friends of the Night People. Despite near freezing temperatures, the students braved the elements and kept their spirits high from 9 p.m. Friday night until 6 a.m. Saturday morning for this worthy cause.

High School News
Annual Talent Show - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 29, 2007 . . .Even though the musical may be over, you can still enjoy listening to music, as well as enjoy talents of multiple students from the high school. On Thursday evening, April 26th, Grand Island High School will be holding its annual talent show. The show is run by the Junior class of 2008 at GIHS, and they will be selling tickets and refreshments to the audience that night. In order to be part of the show, students had to audition for the junior class officers and advisers to see who would make the cut. A list was posted in school, displaying the participants in this year's show. There will be two acts to the show, with some amazing performances by all students. The show is open to anyone who wants to come for a night of entertainment. Congratulations to all who tried out and Good Luck on Thursday night!

Keith Wegrzyn Receives Merit Award For Art Work - April 2007

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   Grand Island High School senior Keith Wegrzyn took the 22nd Storrs All High Photo Show Merit Award for Grand Island High School for his black and white photographic print called Opening Day. Keith printed this photograph of his father and grandfather scouting out the perfect fishing spot using his darkroom experience. The All High Photo Show opened on Sunday, April 1, 2007 in the Kenan Center and will remain on view until April 22nd. Twenty-eight school districts in Western New York and beyond were involved in the competition.

Class of 2009 Offers Chicken Barbecue - 2007

   The Grand Island High School Class of 2009 is sponsoring a chicken barbecue on Tuesday, May 15th, the day of the district budget vote. Dinners, to be served in the GIHS small cafeteria, will be catered by Krolick’s and include: chicken, salt potatoes, macaroni salad, and roll and butter. Each dinner will be sold for $8. Pre-sale tickets are available now through the HS library (773-8886 or or the day of the sale. Dinners will be served between 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hope to see you there!

Girls Basketball Tops In Winter Sports Season - 2007

   The Lady Vikings Basketball team finished 2nd in the NFL for the second consecutive year, two points shy of a NFL Championship. Coach Jen Banker's Vikings were led by 6’2” All Star center Courtney Donovan, only the third Lady Viking to score 1,000 points. Courtney finished with 1070 points, but more importantly had one of the greatest single seasons in Lady Viking history. Congratulations Lady Vikings.
   The Boys Swimming & Diving team once again finished with a winning record (8-6) and competed very successfully with the top teams in the NFL. Senior Ian O’Rourke finished his diving career as the greatest Viking diver in GI history. Ian accomplished everything possible which puts him in New York States elite company as 2006 State Champion.
   The Boys Basketball team had their most successful season in three years winning 10 games of which 6 came against NFL opponents. The Vikings were led by leading scorer and rebounds sophomore 6’4” Greg Feathers, a 2nd team All Star.
   The Boys (7-7) and Girls (4-10) Bowling teams were very competitive in this year's NFL. Coach Craig Davis feels the G&B Bowling program will continue to improve.
   The Wrestling team continues to improve through its Modified team and successful youth program. Coach Jeff Johnston feels this year’s team took a huge step in competing in the toughest league in WNY. The Vikings return all but two seniors, which should compete among the top teams in the league.
   The Girls and Boys Indoor Track program competes primarily individually, but finished 10th at the league Championships as a team. Coach Don Sauer has built the Indoor Track program in its short three-year existence into a very competitive program in WNY, setting 14 school records. Senior captain Tim Fargino led the winter track season with a school record in the 1000m run and a trip to the States. Fargino also anchored the record 400 relay team with teammates Evan Tsembelis, Ryan Hagen and Jordan Gibson. Meaghan Hayes set a school record in the 55 hurdles for the Girls team.
   Congratulations to all the winter season athletes and coaches for the outstanding efforts, accomplishments and sportsmanship.
Winter Sports Season for the 2006-2007 VIKING WINTER ALL STARS.

High School News - March 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 29, 2007 . . .This week was a competition to all. The Student Olympics was held on Wednesday March 28. Here any student can join others and create a team. In this Olympics competition all different challenges were create. Even teachers were allowed to join. Also this week, the competition between grades and the students is over. On Thursday, March 29th grades will be closing therefore the third marking period will be over. Students of all grades will have Friday March 30th off due to Superintendent’s Day.
   This Friday (Mar. 31) our Grand Island High School Interact members and National Honor Society members will be sleeping outside in a box! The money collected will be given to Friends of the Night. This event will start at 9 p.m. and last until 6 a.m. Students are required to bring their own boxes and collect donations. A new project our members are working on is the opportunity to take a field trip and listen to important facts on how to protect our earth.

GIHS Art Exhibit - 2007
Jodi Robinson Photos
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   The artwork of the Grand Island High School art classes was on display the week of March 26th in the Viking Mall. T.A.C.O or Teen Artwork Creatively Organized was the title of the exhibit that celebrated March as Youth Art Month.

24th Annual High School Student Olympics For Special Athletes - 2007

(left) Grand Island Special Olympic Athletes; (right) High School Olympic Teams

(left) Turtles; (center) Obstacle Course; (right) Top 3 - Team Uniform

Team Top Gun (left) Richard Anzalone, Ashley Ray, Corey Dudish, and Christian Nole

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   The 24th Annual Student Olympics for Grand Island's Special Athletes took place on Wednesday, March 28th in the high school gym. Over 100 students competed in silly events to raise money for the special athlete group that meets on the Island. In the past two weeks the students have raised over $2400. The athletes use the money to buy uniforms, equipment, cover travel costs, and enhance their activities. In the past they bought mountain bikes, cross country skis, and team uniforms. This year's top money raiser was the team of Kasey Sumner, Molly Wynne, Tom McDonald and Jon LoTempio who raised $367.
Top Six Teams Overall:
1st - Team 7 - Nick Tomkins, Tim Boorady, Caitlyn Driscoll, Meagen Hayes
2nd - Team 19 - Kiel Clarke, Dan Gadowski, Jessica Keuhne, Courtney Donovan
3rd - Team 10 - Susan Pioli, Amber Duda, Alex Neutz, Joe Oliverio
4th - Team 13 - Corey Dudish, Rich Anzalone, Ashley Ray, Christian Mole
5th - Team 23 - Kolby Barker, Heather Goris, Matt Ludwig, Alexa Amato
6th - Team 29 - Allie Weiser, Sara Kurpewski, Ryan Benninger, Kevin Pifer

GIHS Students Participate In 58th Annual All-County Music Festival - March 2007

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   Saturday, March 24, 2007 . . .The Erie County Music Educators Association held the last in a series of four spring concerts comprising its 58th annual music festival at the Lippes-Slee Auditorium on UB’s North Campus this past weekend. ECMEA is a non-profit organization that represents and supports music education throughout Western NY. Over 4,000 students auditioned for this year’s festival with selection dependent on “exceptional musical talent, extraordinary achievement and a high degree of discipline and commitment.” Mrs. Carolyn Lokken, Grand Island High School Vocal Music Teacher, co-chaired the Senior High SATB Chorus portion of the festival.
   Grand Island students participating:
Senior High SATB Chorus
Sara El Houssieny, Shannon Farmer, Alexandra Imperi, Chelsea Bergmann, Caroline Boron, Karen Figliotti, Sierra Seese, Sydney Seese, Cassandra Ungaro, Sarah Bastian, Amy Bidell, Julia Figliotti, Dianne Maerz, Julie Pangborn, Forrest Smith, Vincent Covatto, John Gannon, Ryan Hagen, Jordon Toth, Brett Fiedler, Tim Lewis, Ryan Link, Robert Potter, Ryan Gualiano, Sean Hook, Andrew Stange, Rhianna Wing, Stephanie Cartwright.
Senior High All County Band
Abram Morgan (French Horn), Traci Aladeen (Piccolo), Nichole Nash (Flute), Courtney Donner (Eb Clarinet), Kelcie Hanaka (Clarinet), Taylor Jackson (Clarinet) Ashley Fabio (Bass Clarinet), Josh Kaplan (Tenor Sax), Emily Thompson (Trumpet), Matt Little (Tuba)
Senior High All County Orchestra
Noah Yanicki
Stephanie Cartwright (Viola)

High School Musicians Provide Orchestra For Niagara Wheatfield High School Production - March 2007

   Several Grand Island High School string orchestra students, under the direction of Niagara Wheatfield Band director, Christine Reiderer, a Grand Island resident, will be providing the music for the Niagara Wheatfield High School production of Jane Eyre tonight (March 29) through Saturday at 7 p.m. A Dinner/Theatre Package is available on Saturday evening. Island students performing are:
Stephanie Cartwright and Lauren Emmi (Violin I)
Amy Bidell and Jessica Doyle (Violin II)
Jacob Ferrante (Cello)
Noah Yanicki (String Bass)
   "It is a great opportunity for our Orchestra kids to play outside our district!" Music Teacher Miss Deb Remson said.
   Niagara Wheatfield is locate at 2292 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn, NY.
   Ticket information:
Tickets are $7
Dinner theater packages for Saturday's performance are available for $20 by prior reservation only (dinner 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., catered by Macri's Restaurant - 215-3605)

Basketball Star Courtney Donovan - March 2007

   Grand Island High School senior and fantastic athlete Courtney Donovan has averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per basketball game this season. According to the Buffalo News, she ends a three-year career as a starter with 1,070 points, leaving her second all-time at the school." The News went on to say that Courtney "has a season-high 30 points against Lockport and netted 24 against eventual Class A champion Kenmore East. Her impact on the game is incredible, every aspect of the game . . .with the ball, without the ball,” coach Jen Banker said. Courtney led The Varsity Vikings to a 17-5 finish.
    Courtney was a three-year starter on both the Grand Island High School varsity volleyball and basketball teams and participated in varsity track for three years. In her junior year she was named to the 1st Team All-League for both volleyball and basketball. She also played on a Niagara P.A.L. AAU Basketball Team for three years in the summer. Courtney was a key player her sophomore year when the Grand Island Girls Basketball Team went undefeated, winning both the NFL and Section VI titles. She was voted Outstanding Female Athlete of her freshman, sophomore and junior classes. She was also voted Most Athletic by her senior class in the superlative polls.

High School News
Special Athletes - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 29, 2007 . . .Thirty-three teams made up of students, and some of teachers, at Grand Island High School supported the Grand Island Special Athletes on Wednesday night, March 28th, by putting on Student Olympics in the gym. Students created teams of four, two boys and two girls, and competed in various silly events, including Musical Chairs, Egg Toss, Obstacle Course, and Tug of War. Teams were also encouraged to dress up in team uniforms, which were voted on during the opening parade into the gym. In order to participate, teams collectively had to raise a minimum of $75 and the total money raised was given to the Grand Island Special Athletes. Trophies were awarded to the first, second and third place teams, and the excitement of the night kept everyone in good spirits. Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Order Your High School Yearbooks - March 2007

   Grand Island High School yearbooks (Venture 2007) may be pre-order for the last time on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 2-4, 2007. These are the last days for students to reserve a copy of this year's edition of the Venture Yearbook. Only 250 copies remain for sale. Pre-orders will be taken outside of the large cafeteria during all lunches. Again, this is the last chance to guarantee yourself a book for this school year. The cost is $65.00 and checks may be made payable to VENTURE 2007.
   Books will be on sale during Class Day, June 4th, but the staff cannot guarantee how many books will be available. If you have any questions, feel free to call the business office at 773-8879 or if you would like to mail your check, you can send it to: GRAND ISLAND HS, C/O CHRIS SIMPSON, 1100 RANSOM ROAD, GRAND ISLAND, NY 14072.

Girls Soccer (HSBC) Take 2nd In Tournament - 2007

(left photo) (left front) Alicia Barnaby, Alexa Amato, Catie Hilliard, Kristin Wegrzyn; (back) Allie Weiser, Nicole Fischer, Sam Drexelius, Carly Snyder, Casey Carminati, Coach Dave Bowman
(right photo) Coach Dave Bowman and Alicia Barnaby with her All-Tournament Team plaque
Click photos for larger view.

   The Grand Island Lady Vikings placed second at the NAIA Houghton College Indoor Soccer Tournament on Saturday March 3, 2007. The Vikings (HSBC) went home with a record of 4 wins and 2 losses and defeated the Arkport and Livonia team whose varsity programs just earned NY State Championship titles. The Vikings (HSBC) scored 14 goals in their six games and allowed only 7. Scoring for the Vikings (HSBC) was Alicia Barnaby with 5 goals, Catie Hilliard with 4 goals, Carly Snyder with 3 goals, Alexa Amato with 1 goal, and Sam Drexelius with 1 goal. Playing solid defense for the Vikings (HSBC) were Nicole Fischer, Casey Carminati, Kristin Wegrzyn, and Allie Weiser while Weiser and Wegrzyn made some key saves in goal during the tournament. Barnaby was named to the six-member All-Tournament team out of a field of approximately 144 players. The Lady Vikings represented the Grand Island branch of HSBC Bank and would like to thank Mike Samland and the rest of the branch for their support of Vikings soccer.

High School Club Promotes Organ, Tissue Donation Awareness - March 2007

(left) teacher Rose Krauss shown with members of Life Lessons, Amanda Richter, Rachael Kaplan, Anthony Poupolos, Kayla Mornelli, Andrea Monaco, Brianna Konopa and Tara Rogers.

   The Grand Island High School has organized a new student club this year, Life Lessons, whose mission is to promote awareness of organ and tissue donations in Western NY. During the last week of March, club members will kick off an educational campaign by organizing a week long trivia contest, passing out prizes during lunch hours, and their biggest project, having a Life Lessons Fair on Saturday, March 31st. The Fair will be in the high school cafeteria from 11 am - 2 p.m. Students and family of all ages are welcome. Guest speakers, several from Grand Island, will share their experiences about donations. In addition, there will be entertainment from local student bands, carnival games, plenty of food and prizes! Life Lessons would like to thank the Grand Island Rotary for generously donating funds to buy T-shirts designed with the Donate Life theme. Students will be very excited to wear them during the week long campaign.

GIHS T.A.C.O. Art Show - 2007

GIHS freshman Alex Re

    The Art Department of Grand Island High School will be showcasing the artworks of talented students on Monday, March 26th in a show titled T.A.C.O. – Teen Artwork Creatively Organized. The work displayed in the foyer of the high school will represent works from all grade levels and all high school art classes. The art, ranging from photographs, paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and textiles, will be comprised of various mixed media and exhibit individual, creative skills. Students who are preparing to send their art portfolio to Albany for Advance Placement credit will also be exhibiting a few of their works. The show will be introduced from 6-7 p.m. but many of the works will remain on display through the remainder of the week during school hours. Stop by and be amazed by the wonderful artistic talents of our Grand Island teenagers.

High School News - March 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 22, 2007 . . .Now that Spring has officially arrived, most of the students at Grand Island High are anxiously awaiting Spring Break! Most of us agree that the sunshine and warm weather give us some much needed energy to finish off the year. Corporate Bowl was once again a successful event. Congratulations to Ryan Link, Rachael Kaplan, Cassie Lange, and Forrest Smith, otherwise known as Team MXA, for winning first place. Students can now look forward to the annual volleyball tournament on April 5 and the Grand Island High School’s Talent Show, Health Fair on March 31, and Student Olympics. Please see the guidance office if you need to register for the SAT, are seeking summer employment or wish to do some volunteer work. Remember that the counselors are there to help you!

High School News
Students Prepare For All-County Music Festival - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 22, 2007 . . . Grand Island Senior High's finest instrumentalists and singers are headed to University of Buffalo this Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, to prepare for the Senior High All-County festival. Grand Island is delighted to have a number of students participating in the chorus, band and orchestra. Intense rehearsals begin on Friday afternoon and go until Friday night. Students travel back home and return again on Saturday morning for another rehearsal and finishing with concerts for parents and friends to enjoy in Slee Concert Hall on Saturday afternoon.
   The preparation for the festival was months in the making, beginning with instrumental solo auditions for band and orchestra, and quartet auditions for choir students. Students selected for the instrumental groups, had to begin diligently working to learn the music in time for this weekend. Mr. Martin Allen, the Grand Island High School band director, always strives for the best among his players and to be the most prepared players at the festival. Similarly, Mrs. Carolyn Lokken, the high school choir director, had prepared her students to their fullest ability before the January auditions to give them the best possible chance at being selected. Each year, Grand Island students go into the festival very well prepared and I'm sure their directors greatly appreciate the hard work of both teachers and students alike. It is quite an honor to have our community so widely represented throughout this year's Senior High festival.

High School News - March 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 15, 2007 . . . Grand Island High School is definitely one busy place. GIHS hosted Tuesday night's annual Corporate Bowl. It was a great time shared by both contestants and the audience. Thumbs up to everyone who made it such a success! According to morning announcements, some other upcoming events include our own Student Olympics, Talent Show and Life’s Lessons Fair. Please be charitable, if you are asked to donate to the Interact Club as they spend the night outdoors sleeping in boxes and braving the elements to raise money to help out the homeless. This “sleepover” takes place the night of March 30.
   Spring sports are also starting to gear up; boys' tennis, track, and lacrosse have already begun practices. Our senior athlete of the week is Lauren McGowan. Last week she scored five goals against Williamsville South in Indoor Lacrosse. She now has 17 goals and 14 assists for the season!

Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
March 2007


Sean McDermott                    Ashley Fabio               Cassandra Ungaro

   Sean McDermott has lived on Grand Island since third grade. He started at Grand Island High School as a freshman in September 2003 and has taken a challenging curriculum, including such classes as AP Biology, AP Physics, AP Calculus and a Niagara University course in sign language. In addition to an intense course schedule of school work, he is also very active in extracurricular activities. He plans to major in a field of Computer Sciences and attend Law School after completion of his undergraduate studies. Although Sean knows he wants to become a lawyer, he is exploring what field of law to study.
   Sean McDermott has received his academic certificate, pin, letter, and he is currently working towards an academic bar. Sean received the honor of being "Pride of the Island" his freshman year. Last year he was inducted into the National Honor Society and was also the recipient of the Rochester Institute of Technology Computing Medal Award. He holds firm to self the belief that hard work and determination pays off.
   Sean has participated in extracurricular activities in the community and the school. He joined the Boy Scouts of America and has obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. In addition, Sean is active in the Order of the Arrow (OA), the honor society of the Boy Scouts. He is a Vigil Member, which is the highest honor of the Order. He currently holds the OA positions of Polaris Chapter Chief and 2008 Section Conclave Chairman. This past summer, he worked at Schoellkopf Scout Reservation as the Order of the Arrow representative, where his duties included visiting campsites, teaching Citizenship in the World Merit Badge, and a variety of other tasks.
   Sean believes and relies deeply on his faith. As a member of the church choir, he sings everything from regular masses to church rededications. Occasionally, he will help with other parts of the mass. Sean's Eagle Scout Project was carried out at his church where his crew removed old landscaping and planted a tree and several bushes.
   The extracurricular activities Sean participates in at the high school are the Mock Trail, Chess Team, Audio Visual Crew, Ski Club, Spotlighters and Relay for Life, which raised over $120,000 in 2006.
   Sean has found his four years at Grand Island High School challenging and rewarding. He looks forward to attending Rochester Institute of Technology to study Applied Networking and System Administration.
   Ashley Fabio has been a life-long resident of Grand Island and has attended Grand Island public schools her entire academic career. During her school years, she has always tried to excel academically as well as participate in many after school activities. Ashley has maintain honor roll and merit roll throughout high school, receiving awards for her academic achievements, including her academic excellence letter and pin.
   Ashley has been very active in the Music Department since the fourth grade. She plays the clarinet and bass clarinet and is presently a member of the high school wind ensemble. She also participates in the pep band. She ahs earned her Varsity letter, pins, white letter and should soon earn her bar this year. She has been a member of all county bands for the past five years. Ashley has participated in school musicals since the 8th grade including Annie Jr., Guys and Dolls, Seussical, and She Loves Me.
   Ashley has been a member of the Grand Island girls swimming and diving team for four consecutive years. She earned her varsity letter last season.
   Outside of school, Ashley has become a certified lifeguard and currently works at the Grand Island Holiday Inn. She has been a volunteer at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital and Our Lady of Peace nursing home. She participates in Relay for Life as well as the Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis each year. She is an active member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church and youth group where she served at a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. This past summer she attended the National Lutheran Youth Convention in San Antonio, Texas for one week and participated with Habit For Humanity to help rebuild homes for needy families.
   After graduation, Ashley plans to attend college to pursue a major in becoming an X-ray and ultra sound specialist.
   Cassandra Ungaro has lived on Grand Island all of her life. She has been enrolled in the Grand Island school district since the sixth grade and has taken on academically advanced classes along with many extracurricular activities.
   Currently Cassandra is taking classes that include AP Psychology, AP Theory, AP Statistics, and AP Literature and Composition. She has received many academic awards including the National Honor Roll Award for Academic Achievement, National Student Leadership award, Who's Who for American High School Students, People to People Ambassador and Presidential Classroom Scholar. She received the Scholar Athlete for Soccer and Lacrosse, a Varsity letter in soccer, music, and lacrosse, a Varsity Letter (PTSA) Academics, a Certificate of Academic Excellence, and a Academic Pin of Achievement. Cassandra is also currently a member of the National Honors Society.
   Cassandra has been involved in many extracurricular activities. She has been a member of the GIHS soccer team, where she traveled with her team to the State Tournament, lacrosse and ski club programs in which she has received her varsity letters. She enjoys taking part in her church youth group and Young Life.
   Ever since Cassandra can remember she has shared a passion for music. Along with playing her flute in Wind Ensemble, she enjoys singing in the High School Concert Choir, Vocal Jazz, playing her flute in Pep Band, and participating in the High School Musicals. She has traveled with the Wind Ensemble to Tennessee, Baltimore, Maryland and Chicago, Illinois. Outside of school she has competed in many vocal and flute competitions: ECMEA Festivals, All-County auditions, Area All-State, Conference All-State alternate. Cassandra was chosen as a finalist in the Kingdom Bound Talent Search of 2005, National Christian Artist Talent Search of 2005, and recently the Exalting Him 2006 National Talent Search.
   Cassandra has contributed to the Grand Island community by activities such as Mission Trip to Gulfport for Katrina relief, Vacation Bible School, Special Music Ministry, Fire of Worship teams, Relay for Life, Student Olympics, and Christmas Caroling.
   After graduation, Cassandra plans to attend college at Liberty University and pursue a major in the field of music education.

Indoor Track Star Tim Fargino Enters National Meet - 2007

   Thursday, March 15, 2007 . . .Grand Island High School indoor track star Tim Fargino, a senior, ran at the "Nike National Scholastic Championship" in Landover, MD over the weekend of March 9-11. He qualified for his performances during the indoor season with his time in the 1000m races (2:36.00). He ran the 800m (shorter distance) and was 2nd in his race at nationals, which was one of six different races. Tim's time was 1:59.62 which set a new school record for Indoor Track here at Grand Island. It was his best time by 2.5 seconds (He ran 2:01 last year outdoors). Overall, he was 25th out of 52 runners from all the races. In Section VI Indoor League and Invitational Meets he was undefeated this winter in both the 600m and the 1000m races with school records in both. He won the Southern Tier Invite and the RIT Invite, the Indoor League Championships and the Section VI Title with impressive performances.
   The son of Bob and Denise Fargino, Tim is looking at University of Louisville, Oswego State and University of Miami (FL.) to continue his college studies.
   Grand Island High School Track Coach Don Sauer contributed to this story.

Choral Kaleidoscope Concert - 2007

High School Choir directed by Mrs. Caroline Lokken
Jeff Stange Photo - Click photo for larger view.

   The school district's Choral Kaleidoscope Concert was presented on Thursday, March 8, 2007 in the Grand Island High School auditorium. Music groups taking part were the Connor Middle School Sixth Grade Chorus directed by Susan L. Waters, Connor Middle School Seventh Grade Chorus directed by Annalea Masiello, Connor Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus directed by Annalea Madiello, Grand Island High School Choir directed by Carolyn Lokken, and the Grand Island High School Concert Choir directed by Carolyn Lokken. See Concert Program for the music presented and most appreciated by the large audience.

High School News
Choral Kaleidoscope Concert - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 15, 2007 . . . There was beautiful music to be heard as you walked through the Viking Mall on Thursday night, March 8, as the Choral Kaleidoscope Concert was taking place. The concert consisted of five choirs, including Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade chorus, as well as the High School Choir and Concert Choir. The Sixth Grade Choir was conducted by choir director Mrs. Susan Waters, as well as a student teacher, and the Seventh and Eighth grade Choirs were conducted by Mrs. Masiello. All three groups did a wonderful job, singing fun songs for the audience to enjoy. The High School Choirs were conducted by Mrs. Carolyn Lokken, who did a wonderful job with the Choirs. The numbers selected showed off a lot of talent from each group, and it was obvious that a lot of hard work and time was put in to preparing for their performances.
   Now the High School Choirs will be preparing for NYSSMA competition, where your group performs in front of a panel of judges and gets rated on performance. Good Luck to those taking part in the competition, and congratulations on a fabulous concert!

Grand Island DECA Students Take Top Honors at State Competition! - 2007

(left) Group picture; (right) Kayla Mornelli and Christian Nole win 3rd place

(left) Andrew Czerwonka, Kori Loder, and Maritina Tsembleis - (right) Ian O'Rourke and Cheryl Chamberlain

(left) Don Turner wins! - (right) All of the guys

All of the girls

Cheryl Chamberlain photos - Click for larger view

    Twenty-one students from Grand Island High School attended the New York State Career Conference on March 7 – 9 in Rochester, NY. Students competed with over 2,000 businesses and marketing students from all over the state in areas such as: travel and tourism, sports and entertainment marketing, and decision making. Grand Island was once again victorious in many events and overall brought home 15 medals and three trophies. Janeen Amantia took first place in the state for her extraordinary Chapter Scrapbook and credits the entire GIHS DECA Club for this prestigious award. Kayla Mornelli and Christian Nole also won third place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, securing them a spot at the National DECA Conference in Orlando, FL. Corey McGowan helped to nominate the New York State Officers to their new positions and was applauded by the State Committee for his efforts. School Board member, Mr. George Casey, volunteered his business expertise as a judge for some of the state events and cheered our winners!
   Other state top-ten medals winners from Grand Island were:
• Andrew Czerwonka and Ross Aydelotte for Travel and Tourism
• Don Turner for Quick Serve Restaurant Management
• Maritina Tsembleis and Kori Loder for Decision Making Marketing
• Corey Dudish for Visual Advertising
• Ian O’Rourke for Career and Financial Management
   Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain and Mr. Christopher Simpson, Grand Island High School business teachers, were proud to chaperone and assist these outstanding students on this worthwhile leadership conference.

GI JV Hockey Team Suffers Loss At Championships - March 2007
   The Grand Island JV Hockey Team lost to North Tonawanda 4-2 on Saturday, March 3rd in the WNY Club Hockey Championship Game. Ryan Vertino and Eddie Weiser scored for Grand Island.

O’Rourke Takes 2nd In State Diving Championship - March 2007
   Grand Island High School senior Ian O'Rourke, winner of the state diving championship for the past two years, took 2nd place in the 2007 NYS Diving Championship on March 3, 2007. First place winner is Nathan Geary, a Lancaster High School senior.
"" for Diving Results and "" for all results.

High School News - March 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 8, 2007 . . .This week was full of nerves. Spring Sports tryouts started on Monday, March 5th. These sports included baseball, softball, boys tennis, and, girls/boys lacrosse. Good luck to all students. Also, this week a hand full of DECA members will travel to Rochester on Wednesday, March 7th for competition. This event will be chaperoned by Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain and Mr. Christopher Simpson. On Thursday, March 8th seven members from Grand Island’s Interact Club will be going on a field trip spreading the word about what they do. Joining them will be other schools as well.
   Grand Island High School is yet again getting involved. At this week's Interact meeting held by Mrs. Laura Briganti, the members discussed their yearly "sleep in a box" event. Joining them this year will be the Grand Island National Honor Society members. All members of both groups will bring a box to sleep outside of the Senior Cafeteria and have the opportunity to raise money. The participants will be served hot chocolate. This event will take place on March 30th starting at 9 p.m. until March 31st.

High School News
High School Corporate Bowl - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 8, 2007 . . . Do you like to watch Jeopardy? Well, you won't have to watch it on television next week. Just come and see it for yourself! The Grand Island High School Corporate Bowl will be held next Tuesday, March 13th at 7 p.m. with the final round the following week, March 20th. The Corporate Bowl is an academic trivia game in which two teams compete against one another to win scholarship money. Students are ready to go this year, with 22 teams of four players each and $7,000 available in scholarship prize money. Each of the games will be taped by Adelphia channel 13 and will air in the coming weeks after the competition. All are welcome to attend and support the student teams. Best of luck to all teams competing!

GIHS Artists In Daemen Art Show - March 2007
   Six Grand Island High School art students participated in the Daemen College All High Art Show on March 4th. Rich Cribbs, Samantha Drexelius, Samantha Chambers, Cassidy Hogrewe, Nicole Nash and Tim Burns displayed their original pieces in the show. Tim Burns received an Honorable Mention and a $1,000 scholarship for his sclupture. The All High Art Show will displayed through March 30th.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending March 1, 2007

"Sports Briefs 3/1/07" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

High School News - March 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 1, 2007 . . .This week was hard for everyone. The break is over and we are all back in school looking forward to our next day off. Lucky for the high school students as they get a half day on Friday, March 2nd because of parent teacher conferences. The students will be let out around 10 a.m. and the conferences will start at 12 p.m. and run until 2:30 p.m.. On this half day the high schoolers will be having an assembly to help give the principals a chance to get reacquainted with the students. The monthly GISBA meeting was held on Wednesday, February 28th. At this meeting the members discussed the yearly Corporate Bowl which will be held March 13th and March 20th. Also discussed was the States Competition for DECA which will be held on March 7th until March 9th.
   I would now like to congratulate two members of our high school staff. First to congratulate would be Mrs. Cheryl Mulvey. She was one of the most loved lunch monitors and is now headed to Daemen College. Second to congratulate is Mr. Andrew Bowen. He was an excellent math teacher and cared for all of his students. Now, he is the new principal at Saint Mary’s High School. Congratulations to both.

2006 Scholar Athletes - March 2007
   The 2006 Fall Scholar Athlete Teams recognized by the NYS Public High School Athletic Association are: Golf, Footbal, Girls Tennis, Girls Cross Country, Boys Cross Country, Boys Volleyball, Girls Volleyball, Boys soccer, Girls Soccer and Girls Swimming and Diving.
   To qualify, a varsity team must average a minimum of 90% with several additional requirements considered.
   The following students were recognized at a January 2007 Board of Education meeting in Grand Island High School.
Girls Tennis - 92.67
Alyssa Accardo
Kimberly Asbach
Catherine Aughey
Stephanie Aughey
Danielle Bruno
Alexandra Buscaglia
Courtney Catalano
Courtney Donner
Julie Hasselbeck
Tara Hook
Shannon Howley
Ashley Koerntgen
Kelsey Mash
Lauren McGowan
Breanne Rafferty
Vida Rostami
Kaitie Samland
Brittany Stallard

Golf - 90.53
Sean Benninger
Brian Brink
Jeremy Chopra
Anthony Daubney
Darren Delsignore
Chris Eley
Alex Fry
Alex Killian
Casey Olszewski
John Osberg
Chris Rajczak

Girls Cross Country - 91.00
Traci Aladeen
Karen Bellanca
Caroline Boron
Brooke DeMarco
Caitlyn Driscoll
Bridget George
Emily Kahn

Boys Cross Country - 93.38
Tim Fargino
Brett Fiedler
Christian Gibson
Jordan Gibson
Ryan Hagen
Forest Smith
Evan Tsembelis

Girls Volleyball - 90.45
Haley Breier
Tiffany Dickenson
Courtney Donovan
Ashley Kippley
Jessica Oyer
Julie Pangborn
Alex PEters
Susan Pioli
Ashley Ray

Boys Volleyball - 90.92
Paul Dhand
Korey DiMatteo
Brian Dolan
Mike Heftka
Scott Holler
Paul Holler
Rich Karpie
Todd Kunze
Scott Ross
Jeff Szczepaniak

Football - 90.17
Joe Amsdill
Matt Klock
Ed Mallwitz
Matt McKenna
Alex Neutz
Pat O'Donnell
Joe Oliverio
Justin Raiser
Dave Rosati
Ajit Singh
Joe Tanbukuchi
Nick Taylor
Zach Tondera
Richie Vanthoff
Alex Webb
Phil Wend

Girls Soccer - 90.00
Alexa Amato
Alicia Barnaby
Lindsey Boyle
Heather Buzzelli
Casey Carminati
Jackie Coe
Amber Duda
Jordan Dusish
Alicia Fisher
Catie Hillard
Jordan Kessler
Ashley Mazurkiewicz
Jamie Raaepple
Carly Snyder
Allie Weiser
Kristin Wegrzyn

Girls Swimming - 90.58
Erin Bonaquist
Emily Eisenberger
Kelsey Fortman
Victoria Fortman
Mallory Griffiths
Jamie Justen
Rachael Kaplan
Mallory Griffiths
Megan McInerney
Kristin Millar
Nicole Morgan
Jessica Mysliwiec
Alicia Neutz
Alyssa Spada
Kristin Toellner

Boys Soccer - 90.03
Mike Asbach
John Berger
Jared Billica
Kiel Clarke
DJ DeMarco
Matt Hazelet
Sam Kilb
Kurt Makowski
Justin Samland
Ryan Samland
Joe Shanor
Nick Shemik
Josh Snyder
Kristin Toellner

NYS High School Boys Swimming, Diving Championships - March 2007
2007 NYS Swimming and Diving Championship Meet will be held March 1-3, 2007. Qualifiers from Grand Island, NY
Grand Island High School
Josh Kaplan - Junior - 100 Backstroke
Ian O'Rourke - Senior - 1-Meter Diving - Sixth NYS Meet
St. Joe's
Angelo Ciraolo - Senior - 50 and 100 Freestyles
See overview sheet for the NYS Meet at
"" This lists all the entries from fastest to slowest in the meet. As results become available, they will posted on this page. Scroll down and click 'psych sheet' for a listing of fastest to slowest entries for the each event at the NYS meet.

High School News
Half Day On Friday
Wind Ensemble Trip - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 1, 2007 . . . This Friday, March 2, Grand Island High School students will only be having a half- day off of school, due to parent-teacher conferences. Personally, as a high school student, I enjoy half days because you get out of classes around 9:45 in the morning and you then have the whole day to hang with your friends or sleep! I now hope that everyone is informed and has a fun afternoon off of school.
   The High School Wind Ensemble will be taking a field trip to Kleinhan's Music Hall in Buffalo on Wednesday, March 8 to record a tape for the Mid- West Competition. This tape will be the ensemble's audition piece, of which only five bands from the country will be chosen for. It is an honor to be considered for this competition, and the ensemble feels honored to be considered by auditioning. If chosen, the 2007-2008 Wind Ensemble will perform at the Mid-West competition with the pieces selected from the tape.

GI JV Hockey Team Needs Your Support! - March 2007
   The Grand Island JV Hockey Team will play for the Western New York Club Hockey JV Large School Championship on Saturday, March 3, 2007 at Buffalo State Hockey Arena at 12 noon. The team finished the season in 2nd place with a record of 12 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie. They beat Niagara Wheatfield in the play-offs by scores of 5-2 and then 3-2 in triple overtime to advance to the championship. They will play North Tonawanda. Come out and support the Grand Island JV Hockey team!!!
Four JV Hockey Players Selected to WNY Club Hockey All-Star Team
1st Team 
Ryan Vertino - Forward 
Bill Koller - Defense 

2nd Team 
Marvin Pawlowski III - Defense 
Mitchell Stessing - Goaltender 

High School News
GIHS Madrigals Sing For Wedding - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 22, 2007 . . . It was a beautiful sunny day, a perfect day for a winter wedding. On Saturday, February 17, the GIHS Madrigal singers filled the Canisius College chapel with beautiful music as they sang at a high school social studies teacher's wedding. It really meant a lot to have been asked to sing at Mr. DeDario's wedding, because many of the Madrigals singers had already known him through his work with this year's musical. Under the direction of Mrs. Carolyn Lokken, the Madrigals performed most of the music for the ceremony and were well received by both guests and clergy.
   Special music chosen by the bride and groom included Voice Dance, Set Me as a Seal, Red, Red, Rose, Pachabel's Canon, More, and a Parting Blessing, which all fit beautifully with the service. As for what we thought of the wedding, an alto of Madrigals states, "It was cool that he thought we were good enough to sing at his wedding. Everyone loved us." I'm sure that all of us were flattered that we had this chance, and were more than ready to help someone who gave so much of his time and talent to help us.

High School News - February 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 22, 2007 . . . Is winter over for 2007? This week was the first time we saw the sun in a month! The temperatures this week seemed to have reached 37. This weather will continue on until next week with a few snow showers in between. This weather probably made it hard for the skiing areas. The Grand Island Ski Club had the opportunity to finish the season with five days of skiing starting on Saturday, February 17th. What a great week to have off. The Grand Island school district began its winter/spring week off on Friday, February 16th. But it will be hard to get back into the swing of things on Monday. For our GI high school students, they will have a half day due to parent teacher conferences. Therefore they will be released from school around 10 a.m.
   The high school’s annual Job Search took place last week on Thursday, February 15th. This was held at the Grand Island Holiday Inn where the students had a chance to interview with various business workers including Bryant & Stratton College, the Grand Island Recreational Program, Wegmans, Tops and Sidway School Principal Mrs. Denise Dunbar, just to mention a few. This event was chaperoned by Business Teacher Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain. Also, this week on Thursday night was the last GIHS Varsity Basketball game for our senior cheerleaders, Lindsey Samland and Kate Endres. Each was honored with a yellow rose and silver key chain. Congratulations girls!

GIHS Instrumental Booster Club Meeting - March 2006
   An Instrumental Booster Club meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2007 in the Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.

Viking Basketball Player Greg Feathers - Feb. 2007
   Grand Island High School sophomore Greg Feathers, a top basketball player for the Vikings, was featured in the February 21, 2007 issue of the Niagara Gazette. For the story by Nate Beutel, click "GIHS Basketball Player Greg Feathers".

More Beauty and the Beast Photos - 2007

Jeff Stange Photos

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Beauty and the Beast was presented February 1-3, 2007 by Grand Island High School students. Click Beauty And The Beast for more photos and story

Job Search – A One of a Kind! - 2007

(left) Brittany Stallard, Josh Camizzi, Rich Karpie, Tim Burns, Lindsey Boyle, Karen Coughlin, Rebecca Asbach, Ashley Ray and Nick Culp.
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Left: Nick Culp and Town Council member Mary Cooke, Right: Mr. Michael Heftka interviewing Christian Nole.
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Business Teacher Cheryl Chamberlain and student Ashley Ray.

    The Grand Island Holiday Inn was the setting on Thursday, February 15, 2007 for Job Search Seminar 2007 where over 65 Grand Island High School business students participated in interviews with 25 local leaders from business, government and education. These interviews are a part of each student’s Career Exploration and Internship Portfolio and the feedback was extremely positive. A group of interviewers from Astellas Pharmaceutical, located here on Grand Island, said that “in the seven years doing Job Search Seminar, this was the best group of students we have had the pleasure of interviewing.” Cheryl Chamberlain, School-to-Work Coordinator, scheduled the students for their interviews and was pleased with the results. “For many of our students, this is their first official interview, and quite a few walk away with job opportunities.” The “One of a Kind” theme proved quite useful, as senior Ashley Ray spoke during the opening program. She told the audience that Job Search has helped her be more assertive and confident when speaking at interviews. Miss Ray also spoke highly of the interviewers and how their positive comments helped her to improve her interviewing skills.
   This program was enhanced by Bryant and Stratton College. The college presented different career clinics to the students throughout the morning. Also in attendance were Superintendent Robert Christmann, High School Principal Sandra Anzalone, Assistant Principal Christopher Swiatek and Business Department Coordinator Sandy Burns. The Business Department Faculty at Grand Island prepared students before and during the seminar.
   Job Search is sponsored by GISBA (Grand Island High School Business Alliance) which is comprised of local businesses and education working together to help Grand Island students excel in their future career. Those with an interest in being a part of GISBA, are asked to contact Cheryl Chamberlain at 773-8820.

Grand Island High School Honor Roll - February 2007

   The following Grand Island High School students have attained honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2006-2007 school year:
    High Honor Roll
Grade 9: Steven Boyle, Luke Burkhart, Alexandra Buscaglia, Michael Chauby, Kara Dudley, Kearney Erhard, Nicholas Ernst, Hillary Figler, Lauren Fonte, Alexander Fry, Susan Head, Tara Hook, Seth Kline, Lauren Kucharski, Jeffrey LaRiviere, Jonathan LoTempio, Megan McInerney, Jared Northrup, Erika Osberg, Ryan Osvath, Sarah Palazza, Kaitie Samland, Mary Scherrer, Christopher Stessing, Jameela Syed, Caitlin Taylor, Maritina Tsembelis
Grade 10: Darren DelSignore, Korey DiMatteo, Amber Duda, Julia Figliotti, Ashley Fike, Victoria Fortman, Rachel Gaydosh, Taylor Jackson, Joshua Kahn, Benjamin Kose, Charles Lavallee, Matthew Ludwig, Charlene Meyer, Joseph Oliverio, Marvin Pawlowski, Robert Rutland, Jeffrey Szczepaniak, Jordan Tripi, Evan Tsembelis, Kelly Williams
Grade 11: Kelly Cich, Cassandra Coffey, Bailey DeGlopper, Caitlyn Driscoll, Joshua Kaplan, Samuel Kilb, Ashley Koerntgen, Anthony Perna, James Sica, Theodore Slipko, Robert Stewart, Nicholas Taylor, Jordan Toth, Shana Wierchowski
Grade 12: Abigail Cliff, Vincent Covatto, Brett Fiedler, Karen Figliotti, Shannon Howley, Jaime Justen, Emily Kahn, William Lewandowski, Sarah Mye, Sydney Seese, Forrest Smith
    Honor Roll
Grade 9: Alyssa Accardo, Sarah Ali, Jonathon Anderson, Elisabeth Asbach, Kimberly Asbach, Catherine Aughey, Stephanie Aughey, Alissa Bailey, Lisa Braun, Anthony Bruno, Nathan Busch, Victoria Cacciatore, Amanda Camizzi, Kenneth Cerrillo, Brittany Cieri, Kathryn Cobello, James Cooke, Samantha Darby, Sarah Dolan, Maria Edel, Marwa Eltagouri, Kayla Fermoile, Jeremy Figler, Joseph Fischer, Victoria Fleming, Kate Garten, Anthony Genova, Mary George, Christopher Gibney, Sara Grana, Anthony Grande, Jill Greinert, Maria Guidotti, Kelly Hooven, Krystin Hoppel, Emily Incorvia, Courtney Justus, Raman Kaur, Zachary Kelly, Joel Klock, Kristy Knickerbocker, Brian Kulak, Savanna Kustra, Daniel Major, Aman Mattu, Keran Mattu, Nicole McGuire, Jennifer Mellett, Christopher Moody, Christopher Mornelli, Kelsey Mulvey, Michael Neumann, Andrea Nicolia, Deanna Paternostro, Danielle Perri, Breanne Rafferty, Jessica Randhawa, Michael Rayhill, Alexander Re, Elizabeth Restey, Ashley Rutland, Spencer Seese, Zaeem Shah, Keith Skelly, Jamie Sobieski, Benjamin Soos, Vincent Spada, Michael Sperrazza, Blake Stanwick, Kelly Stark, Alexander Strauss, Rachel Surdi, Scott Suszczynski, Samantha Tilkins, Kristin Wegrzyn, Eric Weigold, Zakiyyah Wilbert, Sara Wilczek, Nicole Winter, Molly Wynne, Aria Yanicki
Grade 10: Zachary Adams, Kelli Adreon, Joseph Aladeen, Alexa Amato, Robert Amsdill, Kaitlin Arida, Alexandria Avery, Sarah Bastian, Lee Becker, Chelsea Bernardi, Amy Bidell, Courtnnie Booker, Allison Boron, Conor Bryan, Maria Buyer, Simarjot Cheema, Kyle Clayton, Hannah Cliff, Dustin Coryn, Kaitlyn Czerwonka, Aaron D’Angelo, Jason Davis, Kira Dennis, Shane Eddy, Mary Grace Egloff, Nicolette Fadel, Melissa Fargino, Gregory Feathers, Kelsey Foote, Samantha Forysinski, Angela Fusco, Leah Gangloff, Samantha Gieselman, Kaitlin Hager, Meghan Haley, Kaitlyn Hardison, Matthew Hazelet, Karen Hillock, Michael Hillock, Scott Holler, Craig Hooper, Jenna Hutzler, Alexandra Imperi, Caroline Kaminski, Michael Karpie, Taylor Kaufman, Alexandra King, LeAnna Kozlowski, Erin Krieger, Beau Lapp, Timothy Lewis, Carolina Luciani, Mia Magliazzo, Jacqueline Maitner, Matthew Major, Kelsey Mash, David McMichael, Andrew Mrzygut, Jessica Mysliwiec, Alexander Neutz, Genna Nuchereno, Shawn O’Rourke, John Osberg, Destiny Perez, Susan Pioli, Christopher Podlucky, Lauren Priest, Jamie Raepple, Alexander Richter, Brandon Robinson, Lance Robinson, Michele Rossi, Kayla Salonek, Jennifer Schaber, Victoria Schaber, Lee Schuster, Sierra Seese, Nicole Serra, Timothy Shantler, Kayleigh Shepard, Kaileen Shoemaker, Kuljit Singh, Alyssa Spada, Tess Stewart, Joshua Stoddard, Emily Thompson, Justine Vanthoff, Nicholas Vitello, Megan Wagner, Lauren Whitney, Shaun Winter, Brianna Wojnar, Arlene Wunsch, Amanda Zernickel, Tyler Zikuski
Grade 11: Joseph Amsdill, Giovanna Andolina, Nicholas Argy, Danielle Asbach, Chelsea Baran, Ashley Bass, David Benko, Teighlor Bennett, Ellen Betterson, Richard Boss, Jasmeet Brar, Lauren Braun, Heather Brooks, Brandon Caldwell, Courtney Catalano, Kahla Cerrillo, Jaclyn Coe, Theresa Covatto, Denise Curcio, Ashley Curry, Colleen Danahy, Anthony Daubney, Alexandra Davis, Bryan Deuble, Casey Deuser, Tiffani Dickinson, Meghan Dollard, Sean Duff, Christina Eldridge, Victoria Eldridge, Lauren Emmi, Jacob Ferrante, Kelsey Fortman, John Gannon, Ashley Green, Ryan Hagen, Kelcie Hanaka, Meaghan Hayes, Lea Hinaman, Jennifer Huber, Alexander Hultgren, Amber Hultgren, Amanda Jaeger, Sara Johnson, Richard Karpie, Amanda Kennedy, Ryan Killian, Matthew Klock, Natalie Krieger, Todd Kunze, Jeremy LaBarre, Morgan Majewski, Adam Masse’, Ashley Mazurkiewicz, Brenna McCabe, Samantha McCollum, Courtney McCoy, Lauren McGowan, Craig Meaney, Jeremy Meyer, Amber Meyers, Ciara Morreale, Danielle Nash, Nicole Nash, Sara Orsolits, Brittany Papaj, Michelle Paternostro, Alexandra Peters, Matthew Riley, Joycelyn Rockwood, Carrie Schooping, Audrey Senf, Damanpreet Singh, Brandi Skill, Kimberly Snell, Rebecca Sobol, Alicia Sommer, Michael Soos, Brittany Stallard, Jessica Sturniolo, Joseph Tanbakuchi, Kristin Toellner, Nicholas Vallina, Marc Velocci, Alexander Webb, Alexandra Weiser, Kacey White, Elizabeth Wilson, Noah Yanicki
Grade 12: Traci Aladeen, Alexandra Angelo, Amanda Arki, Michael Asbach, Lauren Aughey, Erin Banas, Alicia Barnaby, Karen Bellanca, Erin Bonaquist, Caroline Boron, Juliana Burkhart, Evan Busch, Christine Call, Stephanie Cartwright, Kiel Clarke, Lyndsey Clingersmith, Karen Coughlin, Jamison Crawford, Laura Curcio, Brian Dolan, Courtney Donner, Kristin Duggan, Rachel Eisenhauer, Nicole Fischer, Devan Golda, Cassidy Hogrewe, Rachael Kaplan, Chelsea Kendra, Ashley Kippley, Matthew Lang, Cassandra Lange, Dianne Maerz, Joseph Mash, Sean McDermott, Matthew McKenna, Jarrad Mendel, Thomas Minarcin, Andrea Monaco, Nicole Morgan, Kayla Mornelli, Brian Nusstein, Ian O’Rourke, Julie Pangborn, Valerie Paris, Robert Potter, Christopher Rajczak, Amanda Richter, Jasmine Rivers, Tara Rogers, David Rosati, Vida Rostami, Lindsey Samland, Matthew Scibilia, Nicholas Shemik, Ajit Singh, Stephanie Tolbert, Zachary Tondera, Donald Turner, Cassandra Ungaro, Christie Utz, Bessie Zhang

Grand Island High School Merit Roll - February 2007

   The following Grand Island High School students have attained merit roll status for the second marking period of the 2006-2007 school year:
Grade 9: Kaitlyn Affuso, Richard Amantia, Antonio Amin, Patrick Antonelli, Stephanie Aronica, Adam Asbach, Benjamin Bakula, Kolby Banker, Malorie Bennett, Jovana Bichler, Jason Bogue, Christina Borden, Patrick Brady, Eric Breier, Sean Burke, Julianna Capizzi, Kaitlyn Chapin, Krystal Chapin, Mary Chiaravalle, Ian Conner, Joseph Connors, Anne Cooper, Courtney Cox, Anthony Darpino, Kayla Deuble, Brett Dlugosz, Jordan Dudish, Alexander Fabiilli, Rahsanica Ford, Christopher Franklin, Maria Grant, Samantha Green, Amy Grenke, Korey Hagen, Chelsea Hall, Eric Harnden, James Heberlein, Sara Huttenmaier, Shaughn Irving, Matthew Kasprzycki, Laura Koller, Andrew LaLonde, Phillip Lenz, Sarah Lew, Steven Lillian, Kori Loder, Elizabeth Lorence, Scott Ludwig, Michael Lydle, Thomas McDonnell, Travis McGilveary, Timothy McMahon, Sara McNulty, Michael Mucci, Courtney Papaj, Robert Ross, Anthony Russell, Kyle Schutrum, Jonathon Seaman, Margaret Shonitsky, Dominique Simmons, Allison Snell, Amber Spiesz, Michael Stallard, Rachel Starr, Kasey Sumner, William Sundeen, Patricia VeRost, Sarah Young, Rebecca Zimmerman, Travis Zukic
Grade 10: Adam Alkhatib, Peter Aronica, Danathon Aunchaleenukoul, Daniel Basile, Viktoria Belous, Sean Benninger, Tyler Booth, Jonathan Caruana, Maria Christie, Ciatlin Cook, Michaeline Dera, Natalie Dommell, Joseph Edel, Jenna Fanara, Shannon Farmer, Brianna Fetzer, Christopher Fiels, Andrew Fix, Kayla Gallagher, Amanda Geis, Jordan Gibson, Zachary Gilbert, Andrew Ginsburg, Krista Goff, Heather Goris, Anthony Gugino, Brendan Hall, Adam Helman, Stephanie Hunt, Molly Hyland, Kaitlin Incorvia, Jatinder Kaur, Brittany Keel, Tristan Kessler, Haroon Khawar, Joseph Khreis, Victoria Kowzan, Tristen LaBarre, Drew Lazelle, Nicholas Lovetro, James McDonnell, Dan McGuire, Kimberley Mellett, Kristin Millar, Jenna Modica, Nicholas Muoio, Davis Nelson, Brain O’Keefe, James Pezzino, Kathryn Raiser, Rachael Reagle, Joseph Romano, Richard Ryder, Anthony Schojan, Alexander Seyler, Eric Siwicki, Griffin Smith, Alexander Spies, Kyle Spratford, Sara Stenzel, Mitchell Stessing, Robert Tates, Ryan Vertino, Allison Walker, Edward Weiser, Alexandra Whitford, Christopher Wilczek
Grade 11: Steven Accardo, Alam Aponte, Kimberley Banas, Jourdain Benoit, Chelsea Bergmann, Micahlena Beyer, John Bidell, Jared Billica, Kelsey Borgeson, Haley Breier, Thomas Breier, Lauren Brindisi, Jennifer Ciechoski, Molly Clingersmith, Taylor Cool, Richard Cribbs, Shannon Curry, Daniel DeMarco, Neal DeMartin, Andrew Donahue, Jessica Doyle, Christopher Eley, Abigail Evans, Timothy Franklin, Chelsea Fulle, Shari Geblein, Nicholas Geib, Marc Gerfin, Nicole Goelz, Mallory Griffiths, Molly Hayes, Michael Heftka, Cathryn Hilliard, Sean Hook, Matthew Huber, Lisa Huttenmaier, Ian Johnson, Nathaniel Keefe, Alexandria Kelly, Jordan Kessler, Joseph Kobza, Marissa Lange, Jacob Leffler, Pasquale Lemme, Kaitlyn Little, Matthew Little, Shawna Long, Maria Lorence, Michael Magaris, Kurt Makowski, Stephen Mathes, Nathaniel Miles, Christian Nestark, Salvatore Niro, Jessica Oyer, Sarah Palazzolo, Jordan Paolucci, David Perri, Anthony Poupalos, Lauren Quattrini, Caitlin Radecki, Justin Raiser, Jordan Ricigliano, Blake Rockwood, Scott Ross, Stefane Samland, Joseph Shanor Aleem Shariff, Lauren Stanwick, Gregory Stephan, Michael Symington, Jacquava Thompson, Scott Thompson, Nicholas Tomkins
Grade 12: Kenneth Agnello, Janeen Amantia, Benjamin Angelo, Carolyn Asbach, Ryan Ayers, Adam Bakula, Ryan Benninger, John Berger, Heather Buzzelli, Ellen Cameron, Bradley Caruana, John Certo, Samantha Chambers, Kong Chen, Anna Cislarski, Lauryn Clingersmith, Lianna Connors, Michael Coty, Jessica Coughlin, Stacey Cyman, Ashley DeMaria, Joshua Doermer, Matthew Dommell, Courtney Donovan, Corey Dudish, Emily Eisenberger, Kate Endres, Ashley Fabio, Timothy Fargino, Jennifer Freiermuth, Joseph Fusco, Thomas Geib, Emily Hasselbeck, Meghan Higgins, Lamar Hogan, Paul Holler, Andrew Hooper, Megan Kaleta, Daniel Kilian, Brianna Konopa, Jessica Kuehne, Ryan Link, Lawrence Loveless, Jacqueline Lunick, Christopher McDonnell, Justin McInerney, Samantha Miller, Abram Morgan, John Naumovich, Connor Neff, Alicia Neutz, Christian Nole, Kelsey Nordvik, Sean O’Brien, Patrick O’Donnell, Casey Olszewski, Kevin Pifer, Justina Potenzo, Ashley Ray, James Rayhill, Sarah Rivers, Andrew Rogers, Justin Samland, Ryan Samland, Michael Scappechio, Peter Schaber, Adam Schopp, Alysse Schuster, Joshua Snyder, Ryan Stanko, Jordan Stickl, Matthew Stoddard, Kari Suszczynski, Kristen Swan, Shannon Tegler, Keith Wegrzyn, Amanda Williams, Melanie Wing, Rhianna Wing

Winter Ball 2007 Photos

(left photo) Nick Argy, Kevin Pifer, John Naumovich, Ben Angelo, Dan Gadowski;
(right photo) Dan Gadowski, Erin Banas, Ben Angelo, Nicole Fischer, Joe Strano, Jessica Kuehne, and Adam Schopp
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   The annual Grand Island High School Winter Ball was held on Saturday, February 10, 2007 in the school. Send your Winter Ball photos for consideration on this page to

GIHS Parent/Teacher Conferences - 2007

High School Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held from 12:00 – 2:30p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2007 in the high school. Teachers will be in their rooms – a list of room assignments will be posted. Appointments are not necessary. Students will be dismissed at 9:45 a.m.

Alicia Barnaby Signs Letter Of Intent - 2007

Alicia Barnaby (left) with her parents, Terri and Ed Barnaby.
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Photo by Jodi Robinson
   Thursday, February 15, 2007 . . .Alicia Barnaby, a senior at Grand Island High School, signed a letter of intent on Thursday, February 15, 2007 to accept an athletic scholarship to St. John's of the Big East Conference. Alicia has been a four-year starter on the Grand Island Girls Varsity Soccer Team. The name Alicia Barnaby has become well known within the soccer circles of Western New York, as she plays in both the Buffalo and Rochester areas. Alicia is undoubtedly one of the best midfielders that Grand Island has ever produced. Her distribution, decision making, confidence, scoring ability, and overall control of a game made her a player that other teams needed to control in order to be successful against the Vikings. During her tenure, the Vikings had a record of 77-7-9 and won four NFL Titles, four Section VI Titles, three Far West Regional Titles, and participated in the NYSPHSAA tournament three times. In her full, four-year varsity career Alicia was a four-time NFL team player, three-time All-WNY team player, and three-time All-NYS team player.
   While her accomplishments and accolades speak for themselves, Alicia gave the team stability knowing that it was always in a game and at any moment a scoring chance could occur because all her teammates had to do was get open and she would find them. This is evidenced by the team recording exactly 400 goals in the four years she was there. What Alicia has done for Grand Island soccer is amazing and she will be a player who cannot be replaced. As the Lady Vikings move forward, it will be a difficult task to find someone to step into her role on the field.

Jessica Kuehne Signs Letter Of Intent - 2007

Jessica is shown signing the letter of intent with her mother, Jude Kuehne to her left and Jessica's brother, Peter Jr. and father, Peter, behind them
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Jodi Robinson Photo

   Thursday, February 15, 2007 . . .Grand Island High School senior Jessica Kuehne signed a letter of intent to accept a scholarship from Sienna College for this coming fall. Jessica has been a four-year starter on the Grand Island Girls Varsity Soccer Team. Her talent and reputation have become very well known around Western New York in both the Buffalo and Rochester areas. Jessica started her varsity career as an 8th grader as she was called up from the Junior Varsity team for sectional play in which she contributed some valuable minutes to a team that advanced to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's championship tournament. This experience paved her way to a very successful career as one of the Lady Vikings all time best defensemen. During her tenure, the Lady Vikings had a record of 77-7-9 and won five NFL Titles, five Section VI Titles, four Far West Regional Titles, and participated in the NYSPHSAA tournament four times. In her full, four-year varsity career, Jessica was a four-time NFL team player, three-time All-WNY team player, and three-time All-NYS team player.
   While her accomplishments and accolades speak for themselves, Jessica gave the team, and coach on the sideline, a very comfortable feeling knowing that she was back there on defense and an opponent would have to do something pretty special to beat her and get to the goal. This is evidenced by the team recording 62 shutouts while she was on it. Jessica complimented the rest of her teammates very well while providing the confidence and stability that any coach would be grateful to have.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending February 15, 2007

"Sports Briefs 2/15/07" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

High School News - February 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 15, 2007 . . .Once again Mother Nature cast her spell and left us with a pretty hefty blanket of snow. Many of us ignored its beauty as we made our way to either school or work. Many of us were so disappointed that we had school. It appeared that our neighbors to the north were closed as well as our friends in districts such as Hamburg, and Orchard Park. Then there are our other friends in districts like the Holland, where you're left to ask wouldn’t it just make more sense just to list if their school is open since they’ve used so many snow days already. However, we are fortunate that our snow days have not yet disrupted either our February or Spring breaks.
   Weather did not prevent many of the Grand Island High School students from enjoying Winter Ball last weekend. Appointed King and Queen were Rich Anzalone and Ashley Ray. Members of the court include Max Kilb and Joycie Rockwood, Amber Duda and Alex Neutz, Joel Klock and Mallory Bennett.
   According to morning announcements, anyone interested in spring sports should see their Phys. Ed teachers for information. Sports candidates’ questionnaires are available from the coaches, Athletic Dept., and Phys. Ed. teachers ONLY! Mrs. Chamberlain’s Portfolio and Internship will attend a day long job fair at the Grand Island Holiday Inn on Thursday February 15, 2007. Students will have the opportunity to meet and interview with prospective employers.

High School News
Beauty & The Beast - "Chip the Teapot," How Did They Do That? - 2007

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By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer
   Thursday, February 15, 2007 . . .Grand Island High School's performance of Beauty and the Beast (Feb. 1-3) was a huge success, and I am grateful for the chance that I was given to perform in it. Whenever I am recognized as Chip the teacup by friends and family, I am always asked the same question. How did you fit into that box? Well, here is the answer for all of the inquiring minds out there who want to know. The box was actually a cart on wheels, made out of wood. It was almost like I was performing a magic trick each time that I had to climb in and out of it. And I had many lovely assistants who helped me perform my wonderful feat of limberness, as I transferred my body from one cart to another. I sat on a bench inside of the cart, and then on a phone book on top of that. There was a hole in the top of the cart that my head fit through. There was one other important part of my costume. No, it wasn't the suspenders or the red cheeks, but the cup head. Believe it or not, that part of my costume was able to come on and off as I pleased, and was held on by a strap of elastic band that went around the back of my head. This was surprisingly the most comfortable part of my costume. It was almost like a nice pillow to rest on if I got tired.
   However, after closing night, I had to say good-bye to my home of nearly the past three weeks. This was one of the best musicals I have ever been in by far, and I am so glad that my senior year was an unforgettable show. I had an amazing time during the musical season, and I am so thankful for all of the friendships and opportunities that have been given to me.

High School News
GIHS Wind Ensemble - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 15, 2007 . . . For two years, I have been a member of the prestigious Grand Island High School Wind Ensemble, an audition only group of the highest caliber players in our school. This group, under the direction of Mr. Martin Allen, has competed in various musical competitions nationwide, and has done extremely well for a high school band. We are now about to begin preparing an audition for the Mid- West competition. During a few days in March, Wind Ensemble will be making a recording that will then be sent in to the judges at the Mid- West competition. However, multiple bands in the country will submit tapes, but only a few high schools will be selected. If the selection works out in our favor, and the Wind Ensemble is chosen to perform at Mid-West, then the 2007-2008 Wind Ensemble would fulfill the request.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending February 8, 2007

"Sports Briefs 2/8/07" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

Beauty and the Beast Performance Photos - 2007

Amy Morgan Photos
(left) Sara El Houssieny - (right) Sara Mye - Click photos for larger view

(left) Vincent Covato, Sara El Houssieny, Forrest Smith; (right) Sarah Mye and Forrest Smith
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(left) Caroline Boron, Rhianna Wing, Julie Pangborn - (right) T.J. Slipko and Sarah Mye - Click photos for larger view

(left) Robert Potter; (right) Patty Sexton

(left) Napkins in action!; (right) Julie Pangborn

(left) Robert Potter, Vince Covatto, Sarah El Houssieny - (right) Caroline Boron, Sara El Houssieny

(left) Sarah Mye and Brett-Fiedler - (right) Abe Morgan

(left) Ensemble, "Be Our Guest" - (right) Abram Morgan, Sarah Mye
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   Audiences all seemed to be amazed at the caliber of the performances of the Grand Island High School production of Beauty and the Beast presented February 1-3, 2007. Stormy weather didn't seem to keep anyone away as the auditorium was nearly packed at all four performances. Saturday's matinee was not a sell out, but attended by families with little kids. And for their benefit, the entire cast made it a point to go to the Viking mall in costume so the awestruck children could shake hands and see their favorite characters.
See "Cast"
See "Behind The Scenes"
   See "Between The Bridges"

High School News - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 8, 2007 . . . On Saturday, February 10th, Grand Island High School will hold its annual Winter Ball, which is open to grades 9-12. Tickets are $10, and this year's theme is Rock and Roll/ 50's Night. Student Council members have been hard at work putting together decorations for the dance, which will be hung up in the Viking Mall for fellow classmates to enjoy. For each dance, students get to vote on the Court or Royalty. The Winter Ball allows each class to vote on a pair to represent their grade at the dance. Students vote on the following - King and Queen (Senior class), Prince and Princess (Junior class), Duke and Dutchess (Sophomore class), and Lord and Lady (Freshman class). Student Council is eager to put on this dance for all to enjoy, and I hope all who attend have a wonderful time!

High School News - February 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 8, 2007 . . .Should we be thanking Mother Nature or our new Superintendent Mr. Christmann for having Monday off due to the cold weather? According to the news canceling or not canceling school due to weather is quite controversial. One would think that there should be a “set” criteria that determines whether or not the schools should be closed due to weather. I believe that Channel 7 said that it has been nine years since we’ve had such bone chilling temperatures. Is this weather a fluke or is it somehow related to global warming?
   Monday wasn’t the only day for a surprise. Wednesday offered us a surprise as well. Many of us received our second quarter report cards. Fortunately, nobody was grounded at my house, but we were given the “speech” about improving and the reminder to do our best. Although we’ve just received our report card, the third marking period actually started about two or three weeks ago. So…. we are definitely on the downhill!
   Grand Island High School’s version of Beauty and the Beast proved to be the next best thing to Broadway. Each show was well attended, and the cast never tired. Kudos to everyone involved.
   Another gala event will take place this Saturday night at Grand Island High School, as students dressed in their finery will attend the 2007 Winter Ball. Who will be crowned King and Queen?

Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
February 2007


Caroline Boron                    Courtney Donovan               Karen Figliotti

   Caroline Boron has attended Grand Island schools throughout her entire academic career and has shared her many talents with her schools, church and community.
   During her years at Grand Island High School, Caroline has been very active with a number of musical groups. She plays clarinet in the High School Wind Ensemble, sings in the Concert Choir, and is currently the treasurer of the Madrigals singers. Carrie also sings in the Vocal Jazz group and plays piano in the Jazz Band. She has participated in All-County for both choir and band since sixth grade, receiving A+ ratings in each competition. Her dedication to music has earned her choral and instrumental varsity letters and pins.
   Caroline is currently enrolled in College Spanish, as well as in AP Music Theory. She is an active member of Student Council, having served as the treasurer in eleventh grade, and as president in her senior year. Since junior year, Carrie has been involved with the High School Interact Club, which is involved with community service acts around the area. She has also participated in the Crop Walk and Relay for Life.
   Caroline has been very active in extra-curricular activities. She is a member of the Varsity Cross-Country and Track teams, earning both varsity letters in eleventh grade. She has had the pleasure of participating in all four high school musicals. Caroline currently writes a weekly high school column for the online newspaper -
   Carrie is also passionately involved in her church community. She has been a member of her church Youth Choir since age nine, as well as a piano accompanist and an acolyte. She enjoys staying involved in her church pageant from year to year, knowing that the younger students look up to her for it. Realizing that her life is full of blessings, Caroline has always been willing to give back to her church community in any way that she can.
   Caroline has always strived to achieve her best, and her hard work has reflected in the many achievements she has made. She received the Triple "C" Award in eighth grade, as well as the Pride of the Island Award. This year, Caroline was proud to receive the Who's Who Among American High School Students, Who's Who Among American High School Students-Sports Edition, and National Honor Roll Awards.
   The community has always been important to Caroline, as she was honored at a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at six months of age. Carrie suffered from coarctation of the aorta at birth, and had her first surgery at nine days old. She is grateful to the community for their aid and support given to her family during such a desperate time in her young life.
   Caroline has always wanted to give back to her community, having done so by becoming involved in Grand Island's Relay For Life for the past two years. She has donated her time and funds to the American Cancer Society through Relay, knowing that her effort has continued to help fight the ongoing battle with cancer. Other volunteer activities include working at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, helping at the Huth Road Bazaar, participating in Habitat for Humanity, and Student Olympics.
   Caroline plans to attend college after graduation, possibly majoring in journalism.
   Courtney Donovan has been a resident of Grand Island for the past thirteen years. She lives with her parents, Dennis and Debra, along with her younger brother, Sean.
   Courtney developed a love for books at an early age and began reading at the age of four. Mrs. Boron, her kindergarten teacher at Charlotte Sidway, had her reading books to her fellow classmates. She continued to excel in all subjects throughout Kaegebein Elementary School and began taking honors classes in sixth grade. In eighth grade she received a perfect score on her regents Spanish exam and was named Spanish Student of the Year. Courtney began taking Advanced Placement classes in ninth grade and will complete a total of five AP courses upon graduation. Her senor year schedule is a challenging one and includes: AP Calculus, AP Psychology, and AP Biology.
   Courtney has maintained High Honor and Honor Roll status throughout all of her middle and high school years. She is the recipient of several scholar athlete awards and three Varsity Letters. She has been selected twice as a "Pride of the Island" student. She has been a member of the National Honor Society, Superintendents Communication Council, and Student Advisory Council since her junior year. Currently the president of SAC, she has also been active in Relay for Life for several years.
   Courtney was a three-year starter on both the varsity volleyball and basketball teams and participated in varsity track for three years. In her junior year she was named to the 1st Team All-League for both volleyball and basketball. She also played on a Niagara P.A.L. AAU Basketball Team for three years in the summer. Courtney was a key player her sophomore year when the Grand Island Girls Basketball Team went undefeated, winning both the NFL and Section VI titles. She was voted Outstanding Female Athlete of her freshman, sophomore and junior classes. She was also voted Most Athletic by her senior class in the superlative polls.
   Courtney has excelled both in the classroom and on the court and plans to take both to the next level. She will study Biochemistry in college, and eventually attend Pharmacy School. She also plans to play basketball at the college level.
   Karen Figliotti has lived on Grand Island for sixteen years and has been enrolled in the Grand Island School District since kindergarten. While she places a strong emphasis on academic success, she remains active in numerous musical and extra curricular activities, as well as community events.
   Karen has been a part of various choirs since third grade and now participates in Vocal Jazz and is secretary for Concert Choir and Madrigals. She has participated in the musical and All-County choir since eighth grade and has also taken part in Solo Festival for voice. Karen began playing the French horn in elementary school and is currently a member of the Wind Ensemble. She actively participates in Student Council, Masterminds, and National Honor Society.
   Karen has achieved Honor and High Honor Roll status since sixth grade and has received numerous awards for her academic and musical success. She has earned the Pride of the Island Award twice as well as the Academic Certificate, Pin, and Letter. She was recognized with the Outstanding French Student and Outstanding Science Student awards and has also received two pins, a Varsity Letter, and a White Varsity Letter for music involvement.
   Karen actively volunteers for the Greyhound Rescue and Adoption Team, through which she educated others about adopting retired racing greyhounds as pets. She has worked with children affected by HIV/AIDS with the Children's Hospital PACT Clinic and volunteered at St. Luke's Mission. In addition, Karen has ridden in both Tour de Cure and the Ride for Roswell. She has taken part annually in Relay for Life to help raise money for the American Cancer Society and has also distributed flyers encouraging people to vote in the Erie County Legislature elections.

GIHS Boys Jr. Varsity & Varsity Swim Results - Jan./Feb. 2007
   Grand Island - Lockport - See "1/26/07 Swim Meet Results - GI Vs. Lockport"
   Grand Island - Kenmore East - See "1/30/07 Swim Meet Results - GI Vs. Kenmore East"
   Grand Island - Niagara Wheatfield - See "2/2/07 Swim Meet Results - GI Vs. Niagara Wheatfield"
Niagara Frontier League - "2/6/07NFL B Meet Results"

Class of 2008 To Hold Basket Raffle - February 2007
   The Grand Island High School Class of 2008 will hold a Basket Raffle in the Viking Mall during the All Island Band Concert that begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 12th. Basket Raffle tickets - $5.00.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending February 1, 2007

"Sports Briefs 2/1/07" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

High School News - February 2007
Lights, Camera, Action
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 1, 2007 . . .Lights, camera, action...The Grand Island High School production of Beauty and the Beast will grace the stage with evening shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and an afternoon matinee on Saturday. This show is the product of the hard work of many individuals including Sara Mye (Belle), Forrest Smith (Beast), Caroline Boron (Chip), and a host of others. Every person associated with the production should be given credit for a job well done.
   The third marking period has begun and that means that for many of us our half year classes have ended and perhaps new classes will start. Many friends have been moved from shared lunch periods and from gym classes, causing some stress. New rules from the school administration are also causing some students to stress. The crackdown on being on time for class with no exceptions, is difficult when the halls are crowded with a long distance to walk and you just pray that you don't need to stop at your locker and don't even think of using the bathroom between classes. A new battle with administration is their ban on teachers using full length movies to teach any part of the curriculum. They are limited to 10 to 15 minutes per class period. Speaking for myself, I always enjoy watching a film after reading a particular piece of literature because it allows you to compare and contrast the two. I'm sure that despite our inability to see what was wrong with the way things were done previously, administration has our best interest at heart. So we'll just have to learn to walk a little faster and to enjoy TV at home.

Basketball League Tryouts At GIHS - February 2007
   Tryouts for an elite 15- and 16-and-under AAU basketball team will be held by the Niagara Police Athletic League. Tryouts run from 9-11 a.m. Sunday, February 11, 2007 at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. The team will travel to college recruiting tournaments this summer. For further information, call Jenepher Banker at 773-4905.

Beauty and the Beast This Weekend - 2007

(left) Forest Smith as "The Beast" and Sarah Mye as "Belle" - (right) Brett Fiedler as "Gaston" - Click photos for larger view

(left center) Molly Wynne and Nick Vallina; (right) T. J. Slipko and Brett Fiedler - Click photos for larger view

   The Grand Island High School production of Beauty and the Beast takes place at Grand Island High School auditorium February 1-3, 2007.
• Thursday, February 1 - 7:30 p.m. - $7
• Friday, February 2 - 7:30 p.m. - $7 - Senior Citizens will be admitted free at the door with a Senior Citizen ID
• Saturday, February 3 - Matinee 1 p.m. - $5
• Saturday, February 3 - 7:30 p.m. - $7
    Tickets are $7 general admission for the evening shows and $5 general admission for the matinee. Tickets are available from all cast members and may also be held on reserve by calling the High School Music Department at 773-8868.
   Scroll down for cast etc.

High School News - Beauty and the Beast - 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 1, 2007 . . .Do you realize what talent is right outside your back door? Eighty plus of Grand Island's finest are performing Beauty and the Beast on from February 1 through February 3, with two shows on February 3. The cast, pit orchestra, and directors have been hard at work getting a great show ready for the community to see. Due to such a large cast, there was no stage crew needed, but there were many generous hands at work backstage. The high school Art Club and art classes have been very busy in painting all of the wonderfully decorated displays and some of the sets. Their hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated by both cast and directors. This year's cast has really taken on a challenge and is ready to put on a spectacular show for all. We hope that you will be a part of this magical show, and come support the young adults of Grand Island this weekend!

Behind The Scenes - "Beauty And The Beast" - January 2007

Matt Eddy - Student Artist - Click poster for full view
   Grand Island Senior High School students are busy behind the scenes preparing for the opening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Dates and times for the four performances are Thursday, February 1; Friday, February 2; Saturday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. and a Saturday Matinee at 1 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Tickets are $7 general admission for the evening shows and $5 general admission for the matinee. Tickets are available from all cast members and may also be held on reserve by calling the High School Music Department at 773-8868.
   With opening night one week away, a dedicated set painting crew under the direction of Mr. Mark Tollner has been putting finishing touches on the French provincial town and the castle to create an Old World European set on the high school stage. The set artists include Stacey Cyman, Samantha Chambers, and Caitlyn Cook.
   Stage Manager, Mr. Mike DeDario, is organizing the giant cast to handle the quick changes between scenes. Mr. Mark Gorton is creating the lively town and eerie castle with lighting effects. Assisting him are students Sean McDermott with Samantha Tilkins and Kalla Clark on spotlights.
   "Our cast is indebted to the dedication and hard work of the Pit Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Martin Allen," music teacher Carolyn Lokken said this week. "This ensemble composed entirely of students is a reflection of the high caliber of talent among the student body," she said. Members of the orchestra include: Traci Aladeen on piccolo and flute; Carolyn Asbach on flute; Kori Loder on oboe and English Horn; clarinetist, Courtney Donner; and Jen Huber on bass clarinet. Trumpeters Nick Ernst, Michael Chauby; French horn players Shana Wierchowski, Caitlin Taylor, Jill Greinert; trombonist, Alex Fry and Brian Kulak on tuba complete the brass section. Accompanying on strings are violinists, Stephanie Cartwright, Jessica Doyle, Rachael Kaplan, Lauren Emmi, Ashley Green and Mary Grace Egloff; cellists, Jacob Ferrante, Alex Angelo and Jonathan LoTempio, and bassist, Ellen Cameron. Percussionists include Marc Gerfin, Val Paris, Theresa Covatto, and Nichole Nash. Kelcie Hananka and Mr. Adam Potter will assist on keyboards.
   Students fill the many jobs necessary to make a musical come to life each year. The poster and program was designed by Matt Eddy. Students assisting Mrs. Nancy Lang with choreography are Kim Snell, Giovanna Andolina, Ciara Morreale, Jessica Sturniolo, Kahla Cerillo and Cassie Ungaro. Student Producer CJ Whiting has been busy in the art department preparing the layout of the program under the watchful eye of producer, Mrs. Cindy Wynne. She is also mentoring student, Stacey Cyman, who is sewing additional costume parts in conjunction with her AP Art portfolio. Other artists have been busy this week; they are Sara Johnson, Jacquie Maitner, Jared Kazmiercz, Bob Elsaesser, Desire Link, Ashley Rutland, Samantha Tilkins, Erik Lang, Kenneth Cerillo, Jen Huber, Katie Nordvik, Amanda Arki, Cassidy Hogrewe, Rhianna Broady, Tim Burns and David Benko. Meghan Yahner will be videotaping the performances.
   With a cast of 80 students and over 50 students working behind the scenes, Beauty and the Beast is truly a home grown production. "Please join us for curtain time on Feb. 1, 2, and 3."

High School News - January 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 25, 2007 . . . At this week's Board of Education meeting, scholar athletes were invited to an ice cream social prior to the meeting for their hard work and dedication during the fall and winter sports season. In order for any team to be invited, they had to collectively have a team average of 90 percent or higher. The athletes also received a scholar athlete t-shirt and pin during the social, before attending the meeting. During the meeting, Mr. Roth, the Grand Island High School Athletic Director was proud to announce that for the 2006-2007 fall and winter sports seasons, all 10 teams qualified for the scholar athlete award. He also introduced each coach, who shared a few highlights of each team's season with the audience. This was a great honor for each team and athlete, as well as a wonderful way to allow their hard work and achievement to be shared with our community.

High School News - January 2007
Cheerleaders Place 4th In Competition
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 25, 2007 . . . This was a winning week for Grand Island High School. On Sunday, January 21, 2007 Grand Island Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleaders competed in the Lockport Cheerleading competition placing 4th overall. At Monday night’s Board of Education Meeting, 10 athletic groups were honored for being Scholar athletes. Along with receiving a special t-shirt and pin, these students were honored with an ice cream reception. Special Recognition was given to James Rayhill (Varsity Football), Jessica Kuehne (Girls Varsity Soccer) and Alicia Barnaby (Girls Varsity Soccer).
   Many of you, like myself, are enjoying almost a full week off due to regents exams. It’s a lovely thing but just keep in mind that on Monday we should be ready to embark on our third marking period. So it’s probably time to start buckling down if you haven’t done so already. It’s not all bad. We do have next Friday off for Staff Development.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending January 25, 2007

"Sports Briefs 1/25/07" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

Rayhill Named to 2006 First Team All State Football Team - January 2007

James E. Rayhill
   The New York State Sportswriters Association has chosen Senior Grand Island Vikings football captain James Rayhill to be on the 2006 First Team All State Football Team, representing Class A at the defensive end position. James has been a starting Grand Island varsity football player for two years, coached by Mr. Dean Santorio and Mr. Steve Steck. He has played defensive end, offensive tackle and guard, tight end, long snapper, and special teams for the Vikings.
   In addition, at the Western New York Football banquet, James was chosen to the First Team All Western New York Football Team, First Team All Western New York All Academic Football Team, and was one of three Section VI Class 'A' Defensive Players of the Year.
   James has applied to John Hopkins University, Lehigh University, Hobart, and Albany. Rayhill hopes to play football at Lehigh, Hobart, or Johns Hopkins. He is also interested in playing Division I lacrosse at Hobart, as a goalie. James is the son of Donnette and Mike Rayhill of Timberlink Drive.

GIHS Boys Jr. Varsity & Varsity Swim Results - January 2007
   Grand Island's Jr. Viking Swim Team beat Lew-Port with a score of 63-27 on January 16, 2007 when the Varsity Vikings lost to Lew-Port 52-50. Click for "1/16/07 Swim Meet Results - Lew-Port."
   Grand Island swimmers met Niagara Falls on January 19, 2007 when the Jr. Varsity team beat the Falls 105-48 and the GI Varsity Vikings won over Niagara Falls 102-83. Click for "1/19/07 Swim Meet Results - Niagara Falls."

McGowan To Represent Region 12 DECA at State International Career Conference - January 2007

Corey McGowan
   Corey McGowan, a senior at Grand Island High School, has been chosen to represent Region 12 DECA as a member of the Nominations Committee at the New York State International Career Conference in March. Currently, Corey is the president of the Grand Island High School DECA chapter. Advisor Cheryl Chamberlain recommended Corey to this position based on his continued service and future career path as a business major. Corey will also have the opportunity to represent the Western New York Region 12 DECA at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida at the end of April.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending January 18, 2007

"Sports Briefs 1/18/07" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

High School News - January 2007

By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 18, 2007 . . . On January 22, 2007 the Junior Varsity and the Varsity Girls Tennis Teams will be honored by Interim Superintendent Dr. Zacher and the Board of Education for having achieved academic excellence by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for their 2006 fall season. Students on the team are Courtney Donner, Shannon Howley, Vida Rastami, Michelina Beyer, Sara Kurpewski, Lauren McGowan, Brittany Stallard, Courtney Papaj, Kristen Laurendi, Danielle Bruno, Kelsey Mash, Stephanie Aughey, Catherine Aughey, Kim Asbach Alexandra Buscaglia, Tara Hook, Kaitie Samland and Brittany Papaj.

High School News
Administration Cracking Down On Policy - January 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 18, 2007 . . .The new year at Grand Island High School has brought with it a renewed sense of order in our school. In an effort to maintain the educational atmosphere, the administration is cracking down on the late, and dress code policies. Students are now being penalized for arriving late to class even one time, receiving a detention. This policy certainly brought students to realize that they are to pass through the hallways in four minutes, and I saw a definite improvement in student compliance since the long weekend. When asked about the new late policy, Dianne, a senior at GIHS, said, "I think it's unfair because students should be given a second chance. I mean, something happens like your locker gets jammed and your late...if you're constantly late, I'd understand, but one time, you've gotta give kids a break."
   Similarly, students are to dress appropriately for the school day, and a few winter outfits have now been banned from the school dress code like scarves, hoods with fur, summer-wear during the winter, ski jackets, and other winter outdoor apparel. I hope that these policies work to enforce the rules of student life at Grand Island, but also work to create a more unified student body.

Attention GIHS Rock Bands - January 2007
   Niagara University will host its second annual High School Rock Band Showcase on Friday, April 13. Prizes for the winners of the High School Rock Band Showcase, sponsored by Jackson Music of Grand Island, will include a $300 Jackson Music gift certificate plus free studio recording time at GB Audio, Cheektowaga. Bands interested in competing are to e-mail Fred Heuer, assistant vice president for marketing at Niagara University, at for consideration. Include band member names, high school and phone numbers.

Rehearsals For "Beauty and the Beast" In High Gear - January 2007

Matt Eddy - Student Artist - Click poster for full view
   Rehearsals for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast are in high gear at the High School in anticipation of opening night Thursday, February 1st at 7:30 pm. Friday’s performance is being billed as Senior Night. Senior Citizens will be admitted free at the door with a Senior Citizen ID for the 7:30 pm curtain time. A Saturday matinee will be held on Saturday, February 2nd at 1:00 pm with a general admission ticket price of $5.00. The final curtain call will be Saturday, Feb. 3rd at 7:30 pm. General admission for the evening performances is $7.
   Beauty and the Beast is based on an age old fairy tale. The musical incorporates characters and story lines from a French tale into a new classic. The musical, made popular on stage and screen, has introduced some new showstoppers to the Broadway repertoire: Be Our Guest, Human Again, Gaston, If I Can’t Love Her and the title song "Beauty and the Beast."
   The chorus has a major role in this musical. The demanding singing roles of Townsfolk, the Enchanted Castle objects, Gaston’s Cronies and the Silly Girls are filled by: Giovanna Andolina, Julia Figliotti, Karen Figliotti, Rachel Gaydosh, Dianne Maerz, and Cassie Ungaro (Silly Girls); Ryan Link, Andrew Stange (Cronies); P.J. Lemme (Narrator); Cassie Lange (Enchantress); Aaron D’Angelo (Young Prince); John Gannon (Bookseller); Patrick Sexton (Townsperson) Andrew Fix ((Baker); Rebecca Asbach (Lady with a Baby); Rachel Olszewski (Lady with a Cane); Sydney Seese (Aristocratic Lady); Alex Davis (Milkmaid); Jordan Dixon (Fishman); Lee Becker (Eggman); Matt Little (Candleman); Andrew Rogers (Hatseller); Kearney Erhard (Shepherd Boy); Kim Asbach, Lauren Fonte (Sausage Curl Girl); Amy Bidell (A Mother); Alex Re, Griffin Smith, Nick Vallina, Donald Turner (Wolves) Alyssa Accardo, Kaitlin Affuso, Beth Asbach, Alissa Bailey, Chelsea Bergmann, Allie Boron, Kahla Cerrillo, Mariah Christie, Karen Coughlin, Renee Doermer, Sarah Dolan, Kara Dudley, Ashley Fabio, Shannon Farmer, Hillary Figler, Victoria Fleming, Tom Gilewicz, Kaitlin Hager, Tara Hook, Tayler Kaufman, Alex Kelly, Kaitlyn Little, Samantha Miller, Ciara Morreale, Andrea Nicolia, Sarh Pici, Liz Restey, Sierra Seese, Spencer Seese, Kim Snell, Alicia Sommer, Sara Stenzel, Tess Stewart, Jessica Sturniolo, Kasey Sumner, Maritina Tsembelis, Kacey White, and Molly Wynne (Townsfolk and Enchanted Objects).
   Tickets for all performances may be purchased in advance from all cast members or by placing your ticket order by phone with the Grand Island Senior High School Music Department at 773-8868. Beauty and the Beast is a storybook musical experience. “Be Our Guest” and join us Feb. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the High School Auditorium.

GIHS Boys Varsity Swim Teams Beat Kenmore West - January 2007
   Grand Island's Jr. Viking Swim Team beat Kenmore West with a score of 91-32 on January 12, 2007 when the Varsity Vikings also were victorious over Ken-West 103-76. Click for "1/12/07 Swim Meet Results - Ken-West."
   Grand Island swimmers met Niagara Wheatfield on January 5, 2007 when the NW Jr. Varsity team beat the Vikings 103-57 and the NW Varsity team beat Grand Island 94-67. Click for "1/5/07 Swim Meet Results."
   North Tonawanda beat Grand Island's JV Swim Team 108-65 on January 9, 2007. The Varsity Vikings also suffered a loss to NT with final score 123-63. Click for "1/9/07 Swim Meet Results."
   Thanks to Swim Coach Rob Collard for these results.

Niagara Gazette Features Top Viking Swimmer Adam Bakula - Jan. 2007
   Grand Island High School senior Adam Bakula, a top swimmer for the Vikings, was featured in the January 10, 2007 issue of the Niagara Gazette. For the story by Nate Beutel, click "GIHS Swimmer Adam Bakula".

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending January 11, 2007

"Sports Briefs 1/11/07" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
January 2007


Shannon Howley                    Rachael Kaplan               Philip Wendt

   Shannon Howley was born in Charleston, WV, and has been enrolled in the Grand Island school district since the seventh grade. She has continuously excelled academically while being involved in numerous extracurricular activities.
   Throughout her middle and high school years, Shannon has maintained High Honor Roll while taking many advanced classes. She is currently enrolled in AP Statistics, AP Government, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Psychology. Shannon has received many academic awards including an Academic Excellence certificate, pin and varsity letter. She was also a recipient of the outstanding Foreign Language Award for French.
   In school, Shannon has been very involved in extracurricular activities. She has participated in National Honor Society, SADD, Ski Club, and Student Government. She was a member of the varsity gymnastics team for three year, where she earned her varsity letter and pin. She has also participated in track and field since the seventh grade and earned her varsity letter and pin. In addition, Shannon has been a member of the girls' tennis team for two years.
   Shannon has also been a recipient of the Pride of the Island Award, the Scholar Athlete Award, and Who's Who Among American High School Students Award.
   She has contributed to the Grand Island community by donating her time over the past five years to St. Stephen's Church as a religious education teacher. She has also helped as a classroom aid for two years at St. Stephen's Vacation Bible School. Other volunteer activities include working at the Huth Road School Bazaar and Sisters of St. Francis Soup Kitchen.
   After graduation, Shannon plans on attending Niagara University, where she wishes to major in Psychology and minor in French. Later, Shannon plans on pursuing a law degree at the University at Buffalo's Law School.
   Rachael Kaplan is a lifelong resident of Grand Island and has attended the Grand Island school system since kindergarten. She is the daughter of Steve and Jill Kaplan.
   Rachael is a high honor roll student who plays an active role in her school and community. She maintains a busy schedule and constantly challenges herself by striving to succeed in Advanced Placement courses. She has also received her academic letter, Biology Award, French Award, Presidential Academic Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Pride of the Island. This has permitted her to be recognized as an AP Scholar with Honor. She is currently the president of the National Honor Society. Rachael is a member of Interact and has participated in many of the club's functions such as Habitat for Humanity and the community clean up. She is also involved with Life Lessons, a group devoted to the promotion of organ donation.
   Rachael is a talented musician who plays the violin in the Grand Island orchestra. She has competed in numerous music festivals and achieved top honors. She has also been a member of the Erie County and Area All-State Orchestras for multiple years. Rachael has been a part of the girls' varsity swimming and diving team for the past two years. She has had the opportunity to compete in the Niagara Frontier League meet and has qualified for sectionals. Previously, she was a member of the varsity gymnastics team, where she competed in sectionals for four consecutive years. Collectively, Rachael has earned four varsity letters and four varsity bars.
   Outside of school, Rachael trains year-round at Gleason's Gymnastics, where she has been a part of the competitive team for seven years. In 2005, she was the Level 8 State Champion on the floor exercise, and in 2006 she also received top honors. Rachael has been the recipient of the Coaches' Award multiple times for her excellent work ethic and effort.
   Every Sunday, Rachael volunteers at Temple Beth Zion as an assistant kindergarten teacher. She is also a Certified Therapy Dog Handler and has taken her dogs to various local schools, nursing homes, and hospitals.
   Rachael plans to continue her education in college and pursue a career in either medicine or marine biology.
   Philip Wendt was born in Norwich, New York. He moved to Grand Island in 1994 just before starting kindergarten and has been a Grand Island student every since.
   Philip has earned Honor Roll distinction throughout high school and has received the academic excellence certificate, pin, and letter for his achievements recognized by the PTSA. Philip has also received the scholar athlete award for lacrosse as a sophomore and for football as a junior.
   He has also been involved in extracurricular activities since he was in middle school. Philip is a member of the Grand Island football and lacrosse teams. He received his varsity letter in football, hockey, and lacrosse, as well as a varsity bar in lacrosse. Furthermore he has received a sectional patch for the football team's Section VI championship in 2005. In addition, Philip has also had the honor of playing on the number two ranked travel hockey team in the nation according to as of March 2006. With this team he has won a state championship in 2006, the north eastern regional tournament twice and also finished in second place at internationals twice.
   Philip has devoted much of his time to the community as well. He has been a little league lacrosse coach as well as a little league soccer coach over the past few years. Likewise, he has spent time at the Buffalo City Mission volunteering and has lent a hand helping cut and remove fallen branches from people's homes and property from the recent snow storm this past October.
   After high school, Philip hopes to attend a liberal arts college and play college lacrosse.

High School News - January 2007
Silly String Collection To Aid Soldiers In Iraq

DECA students shown at recent competition - (back) Cheryl Chamberlain, Courtney Justus, Jasmine Rivers, Richard Amantia, Christopher Simpson; (front) Meghan Haley, Lauren Fonte, and Corey Dudish
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 11, 2007 . . . The Grand Island school is getting involved. This Sunday, January 7, 2007 was the DECA Billboard Competition. Students were chosen to create a billboard to support a New York State business. One student was Lauren Fonte. In an interview with Lauren, she stated that her billboard was a “New York State Highway Billboard for the Girl Scouts of America.” When asked if she recommended DECA, she stated, "Yes, I do because it is a great way to learn how to better market yourself, and it provides research and experiences for future careers.”
   This Monday, January 8, 2007 there was the monthly Interact meeting held by Mrs. Briganti and Mrs. Webb. At this meeting they discussed the activities for the rest of the year. They decided within the days January 17-19 there will be a collection of Silly String. This collection was inspired by a New Jersey lady who’s son is in Iraq. The new way to look for explosive wires is to spray silly string. The Interact members will be collecting either cans of silly string or money to help support the cause. On March 30th, the yearly sleep out will occur. This sleep out is when you sleep in a box outside but first you need to earn a little money. Now for plans that may change throughout other meetings. In February, a soup kitchen was in effect and also, in April Habitat for Humanity. A reminder for all Interact members, your yearbook picture will be taken on January 16th in the Viking Mall.

High School News
All-County Music Festival Auditions - January 2007
By Caroline Boron (Senior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 11, 2007 . . . From fifth grade on, instrumental and choral students can participate in the Erie County All-County Music Festival where they can show off their musical talent in front of a judge. Students who audition for All- County Band must perform a solo on their specified instrument. This process is a very long, difficult road to success. Nevertheless, students must truly enjoy the success that comes from diligent practice in order to perform their solo to the best of their ability. The All-County festival continues into the senior high level, where students are still interested. I had the pleasure of talking to one student in particular about her experience auditioning for All-County. Rachel Gaydosh, a sophomore at Grand Island, explains her reason for auditioning with the following, " I like the experience of going to the festival, preparing for the judges, and hearing what they have to say. I try to improve from there." Many students share this same desire for a great experience, while being able to share their musical talent with others.

43 Students Take Part In DECA Club State Conference - 2007

(left) Maritina Tsembleis wins in her event; (right) group of winning GIHS seniors

(left) Richard Anzalone and Ashley Ray receiving their awards; (right) Grand Island's Regional Representative Janeen Amantia and GIHS Business Teacher Cheryl Chamberlain

Cheryl Chamberlain photos - Click for larger view

   Forty-three Grand Island High School students attended Regional Competition at Williamsville North High School on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007. Over 500 students from all over WNY competed and 16 students from GIHS qualified for New York State Competition in March 2007.
   DECA is a national business and marketing club and is growing every year at GIHS. A special thank you goes to School Board members Neil Seaman and George Casey for judging, along with town Councilwoman Mary Cooke, also a judge. Many thanks to Christopher Simpson, GIHS business teacher, for his assistance in DECA at GIHS, and the many teachers who helped with this event. "I could not be more proud of these students and the effort they put forth everyday in and out of school," Mrs. Chamberlain said.
   The winners are listed below along with their categories.
Ashley Ray, Decision Making Human Resources
Richard Anzalone, Decision Making Human Resources
Marwa Eltagori, Decision Making Marketing
Maritina Tsembleis, Decision Making Marketing
Brittany Stallard, Decision Making Marketing
Erica Barrett, Job Interview
Donald Turner, Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Stephanie Tolbert, Public Speaking Extemporaneous
Alicia Barnaby, Public Speaking Prepared
Amanda Camizzi, Food Marketing
Laura Curcio, Buying and Merchandising Management (team event)
Shannon Quinn, Buying and Merchandising Management (team event)
Jasmine Rivers, General Visual Advertising
Corey Dudish, General Visual Advertising
Andrew Czerwonka, Travel and Tourism (team event)
Ross Aydelotte, Travel and Tourism (team event)
   Other students may qualify for States if students from other schools cannot attend...we may have more!

GIHS Readying Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast" Production - January 2007
   The clanging of flatware and the crashing of plates on the Auditorium stage is not noise of students hurriedly finishing their lunch. It is the sounds of students putting the finishing touches on Be Our Guest, a production number from the high school’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Student auditions are complete and the sounds and sights of their favorite Disney characters fill the auditorium each day after school in anticipation of the curtain going up Thursday, Friday, and Saturday February 1st , 2nd and 3rd.
   Beauty and the Beast is the fairy tale built around the theme of inner beauty. A handsome, young Prince (Forrest Smith) is warned by an old beggar woman not to be deceived by appearances. The Prince turns the old woman away only to see her transformed into a beautiful Enchantress. She casts a spell that turns the Prince into a hideous Beast and places his castle and all who live there under a spell only to be broken if the Prince can learn to love and earn another’s love in return.
   In a nearby village an intelligent young girl, Belle, (Sarah Mye) lives with her eccentric father, Maurice, (Abe Morgan). The village brute Gaston (Brett Fiedler) has his sights set on marrying the young girl and makes a plan with his bumbling side kick, LeFou, (T.J. Slipko) to woo Belle. The story takes a turn, when Maurice attempts to drive his latest invention to the village fair. He is overtaken by wolves (Alex Re, Griffin Smith, Donald Turner and Nick Vallina). Maurice escapes and takes refugee in a castle. Maurice discovers it is populated with enchanted objects including Lumiere, a charmingly handsome candelabra (Vincent Covatto), a high strung clock (Robert Potter), a matronly teapot (Sara El Houssieny), her little boy, Chip, (Caroline Boron), an opera diva turned Wardrobe (Julie Pangborn), an attractive little feather duster (Rhianna Wing) and a cast of flatware, napkins, doormats, egg beaters and other assorted kitchenware.
   The story continues with brave attempts to save Belle’s father, lessons in manners and charm for the Beast, deceitful plots to have Maurice committed to an insane asylum and a good old fashioned food fight. In true fairy tale form there is a happy ending for almost all characters.
   Directors Nancy Lang, Carolyn Lokken and Michael DeDario are working with the ensemble of over 80 students who complete the cast of Townspeople, Gaston Groupies, and Enchanted Objects. A student orchestra led by instrumental music teacher, Martin Allen, comprises the pit orchestra. The High School Advertising Class under the tutelage of Art teacher Cindy Wynne has worked on program design and a team of artists headed by art teacher Mark Tollner will turn the High School stage into the enchanted castle.
   The curtain times are as follows:
Showtime - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 3rd, Friday, February 4th, and Saturday, February 5th - General Admission $7. Friday Night Only Senior Citizens admitted free with Senior ID
Showtime - 1 p.m. - Saturday matinee (February 5th) - General Admission $5
   Advance tickets may be purchased from cast members or by phone order at 773-8868.

GIHS Regents Schedule - Bus Schedule - 2007
   Click "January Regents Schedule" for the New York State Regents Examination schedule for January 2007.
    Click "January Regents BUS Schedule" for busing information.

GIHS Boys Varsity Swim Team Beats Ken-East - January 2007
   Grand Island's Boys Varsity Vikings swim team beat the Kenmore East Bulldogs 99-66 on Wednesday, January 3, 2007.
   Click for
"12/19/06 Swim Meet Results."
   Thanks to Swim Coach Rob Collard for these results.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending January 4, 2007

"Sports Briefs 1/4/07" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

Niagara Gazette Features Top Viking Wrestler Lee Schuster - Jan. 2007
   Grand Island High School sophomore Lee Schuster, a top wrestler for the Vikings, was featured in the January 3, 2007 issue of the Niagara Gazette. For the story by Nate Beutel, click "GIHS Wrestler Lee Schuster".

High School News - January 2007
By Kaitie Samland (Freshman) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 4, 2007 . . . It’s hard to believe that the holiday break is over and unfortunately it feels like we never left. Congratulations to Mrs. Briganti’s, Miss Dunn’s and the chorus room for winning this year's Share the Holiday Contest. Mrs. Briganti’s homeroom was first place in their collection of food, clothing and toys. The chorus homeroom took first place for their collection of monies and Miss Dunn’s homeroom won first place for the door decorating contest. I’m not sure where room 211 placed in the door decorating contest, but I would like to thank Mrs. Briganti, Thomas McDonnell, and Susan Head for all of their help.
   I know it doesn’t seem possible but the second marking period closes on January 26, 2007. No need to panic folks, there is still some time to honor the New Year’s resolution of doing better in school and if that doesn’t work out then we’ll just have to focus on the third semester. Some things to look forward to include Martin Luther King’s Birthday, All County Auditions on the 20th, Regents exams during the week of January 22 through the 26, and the high school musical of Beauty and the Beast on February 1-3, 2007.

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