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Neighbors Foundation Photos - Dec. 2008
(left) Students are shown with Business Teacher Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain.
(right) rom left Mike Seaman, Jenna Cardone, Brooke Chamberlain and Kristen Grienert
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   Twenty nine students from DECA and Student Council once again assisted in the sorting of food for the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation. This monumental task is something the students look forward to every year, according to Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain, DECA advisor. The holidays are a little brighter for families because of the generousity of the students in all of the schools, and businesses that participate in this worthwhile effort.

Grand Island High School Hockey Alumni Night - Jan. 2009

   Alumnus from past Grand Island High School hockey teams will be playing a game on Saturday, January 10th at 5:45 p.m. at Hyde Park Ice Pavilion in Niagara Falls. The honorary coaches for this game are the original coaches of the hockey program, John Goodfellow and Jim Szafran. Some of the players are Bob Wright '72-74, Mike Gallagher '75-79, Steve Colan '74-77, Gene Mongan, Bill Burns '70-74, John Bruno '82-84, Joe Chadima '83-87, Gene Kozek '83-86, Joe Cunnigham '85-87, Ryan Martin '99-02 and many more. This game will be followed by the GIHS Club Hockey team game against Lancaster and a Chinese auction, food and beverages. Tickets are $20 and include both games, auction, food and beverages. Tickets are available at the door or call John Koller at 316-8834. An autograghed Thomas Vanek jersey and many other items will be auctioning off. Former players may contact Gene Kozek at 773-5391 or email "". "We have a few spots left for the game and they can get on the list for next year's game." All proceeds benefit the GIHS Club Hockey program.

Concert Choir Hosts 7th Annual Alumni Sing - Jan. 2009

    The Grand Island High School Concert Choir along with choir director, Carolyn Lokken, will host the seventh annual Alumni Sing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in the High School Choir Room. This is open to all current and former Concert Choir members. Sing, reminisce, and catch up with old friends.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending December 31, 2008
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GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending December 24, 2008
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Neighbors Foundation Photos - Dec. 2008
(photo #1) Shown from left are Alyssa Spada and Rachel Surdi
(center photo) Shown from left are Alyssa Pioli, Lauren Fermoile, Jimmy Pezzino, and Kaitlyn Czerwonka
Students are shown with Business Teacher Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain.
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   Students from Grand Island High School's DECA, Interact and Student Council sorted food at the Knights of Columbus on Whitehaven Road for the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation holiday food distribution. This yearly event is the capstone for this food drive in our community and was held on December 18th.

Project Sticker Shock - Dec. 2008
(right photo) Shown from left are Michaeline Dera and Michele Rossi
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    Grand Island’s “One Island, One Team, One Dream-To Be Drug Free” Initiative sponsored Project Sticker Shock at Tops Market on Grand Island Blvd. on Thursday, December 18, 2008. The students, mostly from the senior government classes, placed stickers on alcoholic beverage containers at Tops and at other stores throughout the Island. Stickers are a reminder to the alcoholic beverage purchasers that underage drinking is not a minor problem and that purchasing or providing alcohol to anyone under age 21 could result in a fine up to $1,000 or a year in jail.

Boys Varsity Basketball - Wed., Dec. 17, 2008

Grand Island 48 - Kenmore East 47
Lance Robinson (GI) - 4-for-4 from free throw line
Jonas Stalyga (GI) - 17 points
Alex Neutz (GI) - 16 points
Greg Feathers (GI) - 10 rebounds
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Boys Junior Varsity Basketball - Wed., Dec. 17, 2008

Grand Island 51 - Kenmore East 33
Jeremiah Moore (GI) - 20 points
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GIHS Helps Neighbors Foundation Share Your Happiness’ Drive - Dec. 2008

From left: Lauren Fonte & Hillary Figler
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   A group of students from the Grand Island High School DECA Club, Interact Club and Student Council, on Thursday, December 18th, sorted food at the Knights of Columbus for the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation. The "Share Your Happiness" drive is going to help 64 families this holiday season by providing food and gifts. Each family will receive a ham or turkey along with non-perishable goods and Christmas gifts.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending December 18, 2008
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High School News - Dec. 2008

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By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, December 18, 2008 . . . Christmas is almost here and the Grand Island High School is ready!! This year many teachers and students have been participating in the annual door decorating contest. Each first period class gets to decorate their classroom door with a unique, but Christmas, idea. The doors will be judged Thursday throughout the day and announced Thursday before the last bell rings. If the classroom door is voted the best it will win a paid for breakfast from Tim Horton’s! Good luck to all :)
   Not only is this year a time for receiving but also, giving. This year is the annual food drive. All teachers are to collect canned goods and school supplies for the more unfortunate. It gives the students a great opportunity to understand to appreciate what they have because someone else always has it worse. Show that you care and please participate in any Christmas donations. Even if you can’t make the whole entire world happy, at least you can make one person’s Christmas better.

Grand Island High School Honor Roll - December 2008

   The following Grand Island High School students have attained honor roll status for the first marking period of the 2008-2009 school year:
    High Honor Roll
Grade 9: Makallie Banker, Sonia Brar, Alexandra Corrao, Jordan Davis, Kaitlyn Gilbert, Jonathan Groc, Katlyn Holt, Samantha Kahn, Megan Karpie, Kallan McMillan, Joshua Miller, Dominic Morell, Samuel Railey, Sarah Ramsperger, Danyelle Redmond, Rachel Ripellino, Kenneth Rogoza, Nicolette Scerra, Alexandra Seibert, Zachary Smith, Sarah Stanczyk, Jessica Ungaro, Jonathan Voyzey, Sarah Williams, Nathalie Winder
Grade 10:Aliena Cook, Anna Ferrante, Emma Henderson, Ava Jackson, Jessica Osvath, Evan Shaw, Sara Victor, Stephen Vitello, Jessica Yarnes
Grade 11: Luke Burkhart, Nathan Busch, Michael Chauby, Lauren Fonte, Alexander Fry, Susan Head, Tara Hook, Seth Kline, Jeffrey Lariviere, Elizabeth Roberts, Mary Scherrer, Christopher Stessing, Jameela Syed
Grade 12: Chelsea Bernardi, Hannah Cliff, Kira Dennis, Samantha Forysinski, Alexandra Imperi, Alexandra King, Charles Lavallee, Michael Rustowicz, Kayla Salonek, Nicholas Vitello, Kelly Williams
    Honor Roll
Grade 9: Reem Abdellatif, Gabrielle Ailinger, Sumr Ali, Chelsey Amacher, Laura Amantia, Brian Argy, Jessica Bamberg, Joshua Bastian, Korey Bennett, Alexandria Black, Amanda Blanton, James Bobak, Conner Bolles, Shannon Boreali, Diana Boulden, Sarah Brady, Christopher Brownschidle, Elliot Busch, Justin Canazzi, Marshall Cancilla, Amber Carpenter, Alanna Cedrone, Jesse Ciffa, Eric Colon, Mikaela Connors, Emily Dauphin, Maggie DeMarco, Shannon Doctor, Allison Donahue, Sydney Dudish, Rebekah Evans, Talia Fabiilli, Matthew Foote, Alyssa Fuoco, Matthew Gannon, Rebecca Gasiorek, Ashley Gorman, Olivia Graziano, Deanna Green, Jonathan Grenda, Thomas Grenke, Anmol Grewal, Brianna Guagliano, Marissa Haley, Jessica Hall, Mackenzie Howe, Lynne Huffnagle, Ryan Hughes, Mary Irving, Andrew Jasek, Casey Jelonek, Morgan Kaczmarowski, Dylan Kelly, Paige Kippley, Korey Kostek, Victoria Kostenbauder, Elizathe Kowalik, Victoria Kustra, Mitchell Lariviere, Jenna Lee, Jodi Lee, Elise Lenzner, Kelsie Loos, Brendon Lutnick, Mark Lydle, Michael Malaney, Madelyne Mankowski, Rebecca Masse’, John McGinty, Casey McNamara, Shannon McNaughton, Brendan Mergel, Alec Metro, Mia Michael, Nigel Michki, Ryan Miller, Kailah Moss, Hallie Nowak, Samuel Ousler, Alexis Pearce, Kristen Percival, Jamison Phillips, Alyssa Pino, Ryan Proctor, Brittanee Ramallo, Zackary Reese, Stefani Rhodes, Loretta Scherrer, Michael Sendlbeck, Glenn Skelly, Emily Sommer, Brittney Sonnenberg, Jessica Spencer, Adam Stoddard, Angelina Stromberg, Taylor Sweet, Bridget Thompson, Harrison Thompson, Rachel Watt, Dominic Zannin, Alicia Zartman
Grade 10: Danya Abdellatif, Karl Albrecht, Matthew Arida, Christa Baron, Shannon Becker, Kathryn Boutet, Brian Brink, Justine Call, Michael Campanella, Jenna Cardone, Jason Chadwick, Brooke Chamberlain, Amandip Cheema, Nicholas Colao, Kevin Colman, Samuel Cummings, Brooke DeMarco, Robert Dickinson, Sara Diletti, Thomas Dzielski, Christopher Ernst, Geoff Federspiel, Korin Frantz, Larissa Gelyon, Christian Gibson, Rebecca Hammett, Julie Hasselbeck, Amanda Heftka, Kyle Held, Angelina Howe, Emily Jones, Allison Kaminski, Alex Killian, Matthew Killian, Taylor Kozlowski, Justin Lee, Kelly Lorence, Nicholas Masiello, Ryan McCarthy, Ariana Mendel, Christopher Meyer, Shelbi Milkas, Shannon Moody, James W. Mysliwiec, Kevin Neary, Emily Pease, Jack Pilie, Alexzander Prine, Jenna Raepple, Hannah Roberts, Paige Rockwood, Scott Rogers, Kathleen Rustowicz, Miranda Santa Lucia, Rachel Schauger, Amy Schooping, Michael Seaman, Christopher Shemik, Benjamin Sherman, Sarah Stewart, Rebecca Sturniolo, Eugenia Taylor, Benjamin Tomkins, Nicholas Wallinder, Danielle Wegrzyn, Courtney Weiser, Alyssa Yaeger, Andrew Yockey, Melissa Zytariuk
Grade 11: Samuel Ali, Jonathon Anderson, Stephanie Aronica, Elisabeth Asbach, Kimberly Asbach, Catherine Aughey, Stephanie Aughey, Alissa Bailey, Conrad Baker, Jovana Bichler, Christina Borden, Steven Boyle, Patrick Brady, Lisa Braun, Anthony Bruno, Sean Burke, Alexandra Buscaglia, Victoria Cacciatore, Evan Carey, Kenneth Cerrillo, Kaitlyn Chapin, Krystal Chapin, Brittany Cieri, Kathryn Cobello, James Cooke, Courtney Cox, Thomas Cribbs, Samantha Darby, Brett Dlugosz, Renee’ Doermer, Sarah Dolan, Jordan Dudish, Kara Dudley, Maria Edel, Marwa Eltagouri, Kearney Erhard, Nicholas Ernst, Hillary Figler, Jeremy Figler, Joseph Fischer, Victoria Fleming, Rahsanica Ford, Christopher Franklin, Kate Garten, Jonathan Gebhard, Mary George, Krista Glownia, Sara Grana, Anthony Grande, Maria Grant, Jill Greinert, Amy Grenke, Kelly Hooven, Krystin Hoppel, Courtney Justus, Raman Kaur, Ramandeep Kaur, Zachary Kelly, Joel Klock, Lauren Kucharski, Brian Kulak, Savanna Kustra, Steven Lillian, Joshua Little, Elizabeth Lorence, Jonathan LoTempio, Michael Lydle, Daniel Major, Aman Mattu, Thomas McDonnell, Nicole McGuire, Megan McInerney, Sara McNulty, Jennifer Mellett, Hayley Metro, Christopher Moody, Christopher Mornelli, Michael Mucci, Andrea Nicolia, Jared Northrup, Erika Osberg, Ryan Osvath, Sarah Palazza, Deanna Paternostro, Danielle Perri, Breanne Rafferty, Dhriti Ramesh, Ian Rogers, Anthony Russell, Kaitie Samland, Robert Schiffhauer, Kyle Schutrum, Spencer Seese, Zaeem Shah, Courtney Silsby, Allison Snell, Jamie Sobieski, Thomas Sommer, Vincent Spada, Michael Sperrazza, Michael Stallard, Jonas Stalyga, Blake Stanwick, Rachel Starr, Alexander Strauss, Rachel Surdi, Caitlin Taylor, Abram Thompson, Samantha Tilkins, Maritina Tsembelis, Patricia VeRost, Kristin Wegrzyn, Eric Weigold, Sara Wilczek, Nicole Winter, Arida Yanicki
Grade 12: Kevin Acquisto, Zachary Adams, Joseph Aladeen, Alexa Amato, Robert Amsdill, Kaitlin Arida, Nichole Barrett, Daniel Basile, Sarah Bastian, Lee Becker, Viktoria Belous, Amy Bidell, Jeremy Bobak, Courtnnie Booker, Tyler Booth, Allison Boron, Danielle Bush, Maria Buyer, Simarjot Cheema, Kyle Clayton, Amanda Colman, Caitlin Cook, Kaitlyn Czerwonka, Shawn Davis, Darren DelSignore, Amber Duda, Jonathan Dudley, Mary Egloff, Nicolette Fadel, Jenna Fanara, Melissa Fargino, Shannon Farmer, Lauren Fermoile, Brianna Fetzer, Julia Figliotti, Ashley Fike, Kelsey Foote, Victoria Fortman, Leah Gangloff, Rachel Gaydosh, Amanda Geis, Jordan Gibson, Zachary Gilbert, Kaitlin Hager, Meghan Haley, Kaitlyn Hardison, Adam Helman, Michael Hillock, Scott Holler, Jenna Hutzler, Molly Hyland, Kaitlin Incorvia, Taylor Jackson, Joshua Kahn, Michael Karpie, Taylor Kaufman, Brittany Keel, Benjamin Kose, Victoria Kowzan, LeAnna Kozlowski, Tristen LaBarre, Timothy Lewis, Matthew Ludwig, Mia Magliazzo, Jacqueline Maitner, Matthew Major, Kelsey Mash, Kimberley Mellett, Charlene Meyer, Alyssa Muranyi, Jessica Mysliwiec, Alexander Neutz, Genna Nuchereno, Shawn O’Rourke, Joseph Oliverio, John Osberg, Marvin Pawlowski, Destiny Perez, James Pezzino, Andrey Platonov, Christopher Podlucky, Lauren Priest, Jamie Raepple, Alexander Richter, Jennifer Schaber, Victoria Schaber, Anthony Schojan, Sierra Seese, Nicole Serra, Timothy Shantler, Kayleigh Shepard, Kaileen Shoemaker, Kuljit Singh, Eric Siwicki, Griffin Smith, Alyssa Spada, Sara Stenzel, Tess Stewart, Joshua Stoddard, Jeffrey Szczepaniak, Jordan Tripi, Evan Tsembelis, Justine Vanthoff, Megan Wagner, Allison Walker, Lauren Whitney, Brianna Wojnar, Arlene Wunsch, Amanda Zernickel, Tyler Zikuski

Grand Island High School Merit Roll - Dec. 2008

   The following Grand Island High School students have attained merit roll status for the first marking period of the 2008-2009 school year:
Grade 9: Amir Abdellatif, Alexander Ahne, Megan Ambellan, Jeremy Anderson, Eric Aronica, Elora Bascello, Matthew Beauchamp, Katelyn Benns, Philip Boudrow, Joseph Carrato, Andrew Chorey, James Cooke, Natalee Culbert, Samantha DeMarco, Kevin Dobson, Bridget Doyle, Brittney Ducette, Kodie Fahrer, Donald Failing, Lenny Fike, Michael FitzGerald, Brent Fred, Sean Garten, Morgan Green, Manraj Grewal, Charles Grunzweig, Alexander Hastings, Ashley Johnson, Edward Krecisz, Nathan Kulak, Victoria Lewis, Anthony Mallais, Marisa Marino, Shannon McDonough, Kyle R. Meyer, Kyle T. Meyer, Lindsay Morano, Gabriela Nizialek, Corey Price, Kayla Pyc, Matthew Robinson, Eric Sander, Stephanie Senn, Ryan Sharrow, Gagandeep Singh, Cassidy Smith, Tyler Smith, Jessica Spiesz, Phyllip Stallard, Keith Starke, Katherine Studley, Erica Surdi, Kathryn Turner, Samantha Warden, Laurice Wilbert
Grade 10: Samira Amin, Dale Baran, Taylor Bedford, Scott Bennett, Nathanial Benoit, Nathaniel Beyer, Alexandria Bleich, Geoffrey Bolton, Christopher Boulden, Nicholas Bruno, Brennan Carey, Brianna Catanzaro, Tyler Ciffa, Amanda Cinelli, Nicolette Corrao, Andrew Dale, Elizabeth Davis, Austin Dee, Dominique DeGregorio, Alexandra DeMita, Nicholas DePietro, Kaleigh Deuser, Liam Dodd, Sara Dzielski, Chelsea Fairbairn, Carson Filips, Craig Fusco, Patrick Gallagher, Carmela Gentile, Vincent Golda, Heather Graff, Lucas Hazelet, Steven Henderson, Molly Higgins, Lindsay Hodan, Katherine Holcombe, Alex Howard, Ryan Jackson, Mark Jurga, Thomas Kalman, Kyle Keifman, Samantha Kuszczak, Domenic Luciani, Bradley Ludwig, Jaime Magaris, Chelsea Mazurkiewicz, Jennie McCoy, Sarah Meyers, Marc Naples, Jaclyn Nusstein, Katie Oursler, Robert Petrilli, Cameron Pezzino, Michael Pless, Jeremy Rockwood, Christopher Rose, Noah Rothberg, Chelsea Rupert, Daniel Ryan, Kayla Schmidt, Michael Sharon, Rachel Spiker, Catherine Sponn, Allison Stewart, Matthew Sundeen, Amanda Sutter, Victoria Sutton, Ashley Swiantek, Megan Tates, Ambria Tim, Adam Townsend, Sarah Webb, Zachary Wojnar, Patrick Worbs, Tyler Wunsch, Richard Yager
Grade 11: Isam Abdellatif, Alyssa Accardo, Kaitlyn Affuso, Sarah Ali, Nicholas Alizadeh, Courtney Amacher, Richard Amantia, Antonio Amin, Adam Asbach, Benjamin Bakula, Kolby Banker, Nicole Brady, Eric Breier, Rhianna Broady, Tygue Busch, Jason Caldwell, Amanda Camizzi, David Campuzano, Julianna Capizzi, Anthony Carrato, Mary Chiaravalle, Seana Chirico, Stacy Cich, Anne Cooper, Ryan Darnley, Anthony Darpino, Christie DeMaria, Alexander Fabiilli, Michelle Fanara, Kayla Fermoile, Anthony Genova, Christopher Gibney, Thomas Gilewicz, Maria Guidotti, Brandon Hagen, Chelsea Hall, Eric Harnden, Kelsey Hayden, Timothy Howley, Sara Huttenmaier, Brandon Imerese, Shaughn Irving, Julia Johnston, Matthew Kasprzycki, Kristy Knickerbocker, Laura Koller, Timothy Krecisz, Andrew LaLonde, Bethany Leiner, Phillip Lenz, Sarah Lew, Ernest Little, Kori Loder, Scott Ludwig, Trevor Maddi, Zackery Manquen, Daniel Mathes, Keran Mattu, Intisar Mohamed, Michael Montaldi, Kelsey Mulvey, Sean O’Donnell, Courtney Papaj, Michael Phillips, Jessica Randhawa, Michael Rayhill, Alexander Re, Elizabeth Restey, Robert Ross, Ashley Rutland, Jonathon Seaman, Kodie Shamrock, Margaret Shonitsky, Dominique Simmons, Keith Skelly, Benjamin Soos, Paige Speidel, Amber Spiesz, Kasey Sumner, William Sundeen, Scott Suszczynski, James Toney, Brittney Wall, Zakiyyah Wilbert, Molly Wynne, Rebecca Zimmerman, Travis Zukic
Grade 12: Peter Aronica, Alexandria Avery, Sean Benninger, Jeffrey Blanton, Edward Bolton, Marissa Booker, Brianna Busch, Jonathan Caruana, Philip Cavuoto, Olivia Chopra, Christiana Christiano, Allison Cislarski, Dustin Coryn, Aaron D’Angelo, Jason Davis, Michaeline Dera, Korey DiMatteo, Shane Eddy, Joseph Edel, Gregory Feathers, Christopher Fiels, Andrew Fix, Angela Fusco, Kayla Gallagher, Samantha Gieselman, Andrew Ginsburg, Stefan Harzt, Cody Hogrewe, Ryan Johnson, Caroline Kaminski, Jatinder Kaur, Joseph Khreis, William Koller, Beau Lapp, Drew Lazelle, James McDonnell, Danielle McGuire, Mikki McMahon, David McMichael, Ashley McRae, Amanda Meyer, Samantha Morrison, Katie Nordvik, Brian O’Keefe, Susan Pioli, Kathryn Raiser, Lance Robinson, Michele Rossi, Robert Rutland, Richard Ryder, Lee Schuster, Thomas Shanor, Carly Snyder, Kyle Spratford, Mitchell Stessing, Robert Tates, Emily Thompson, Charanjot Tiwana, Ryan Vertino, Robert Whalen, Christopher Wilczek, Shaun Winter, Aaron Wood

NT Beats Varsity Swimmers - Dec. 2008
Click "12/16/08 Swim Results" GI NFL Record 1-3

Varsity Swimmers Beat Ken East - Dec. 2008
Click "12/12/08 Swim Results"

Small Business and Marketing Students Tour Walden Galleria Mall - Dec. 2008

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   You know it is going to be a good day when your teacher tells you to shop at the mall as your assignment, and business teachers Cheryl Chamberlain and Christopher Simpson did just that. On Tuesday, December 9th, 31 high school business students went on a scavenger hunt, tour, and conference at the Walden Galleria Mall. Mr. Russ Fulton, Marketing Manager at the Galleria, served as tour guide and speaker for this interesting excursion in the retail arena. The Galleria past, present and future was the conference topic and students were intrigued by the various job opportunities at this enormous retail center. In addition, students were asked to develop ideas for mall management on how they could improve traffic flow in the new area of the mall! This opportunity to brainstorm ideas for the mall allows the students to use what they learn in class and apply it to a real life business and marketing problem! For more information on business classes at Grand Island High School contact them at 773-8820.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending December 11, 2008
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Grand Island Vikings Large School Hockey News - Dec. 2008

Dec. 10th
   The Grand Island Viking Large School Hockey team defeated Olean 4-1 Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at Hyde Park. Joe Oliverio had 2 goals, with Robert Schiffhauer and Ryan Vertino also scoring. Taylor LeFevre had 2 assists. Mitch Stessing stopped 20 shots in net. The Vikings are 5-1 in league play.

High School News - Dec. 2008

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, December 11, 2008 . . .Christmas is definitely in the air, especially at the high school with the help of our Madrigal Singers. Madrigals are not only a style of music that lacks accompaniment, but is also the name of an audition-singing group. The conductor of this group is Carolyn Lokken, and the group continues each season to put smiles on all of the listeners’ faces. This past week they have definitely been busy. A performance was held at M&T Bank in downtown Buffalo. They also performed at Ken Ton and the Buffalo Launch Club for the Rotary Club. Each year, the members plan their own date and bundle up, face the cold, and carol around Grand Island. This holiday season is what the chorus looks forward to every year. Thank you to the clubs that took the time to enjoy our music, and to other friends and family members who came out for even more support. It is greatly appreciated.

Girls Soccer Standout Jenna Raepple Receives All-State Honors - Dec. 2008

   Jenna Raepple, a sophomore honor roll student at Grand Island High School, has been named to the New York State Sportswriters Association's Class A Second Team for girls soccer. Jenna, a forward for the GIHS Girls Soccer Team, has also excelled in gymnastics and track & field.

Niagara Falls Beats Grand Island JV & Varsity Swim Team - Dec. 2008
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High School News - Dec. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

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   Thursday, December 11, 2008 . . .Well this week Saturday was the start of a great organization; the Neighbors Foundation. Every year the Neighbors Foundation makes Christmas happier for unfortunate families on the Island. Many high school students were seen at the event including Samantha Forysinski, Ashley Rutland, Antonio Amin, and several others. Students had the jobs to organize toys, scarves, toddler clothes, and books. This donation process will continue throughout the next few weeks at the Nike Base until the helpers are satisfied. I strongly encourage all students to participate and help others.
   So wouldn’t it be cool for students to actually get to go on fieldtrips again? Well they are!! This week is full of fun activities. On Tuesday, December 9th several students from the small business classes and various students from yearbook classes are attending the Walden Galleria Mall for a tour and an actual chance to go shopping! The chaperones include Mr. Simpson and Mrs. Chamberlain. Another activity new this week on Wednesday is the French trip to the Melting Pot. Here they learn about different nationalities and also get to enjoy tasty treats. What a way to learn! Now all we have to do is encourage those Spanish teachers to come up with a fun trip for their students :)

High School News - Dec. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, December 4, 2008 . . .Well we’re back in school again with only a few weeks left until our two weeks Christmas break!! To help us celebrate the holidays the Grand Island High School’s Interact Club has decided once again to go caroling at the local nursing home, Elderwood, as well as earning some money for the Salvation Army by ringing the bells at Tops Friendly Market here on the Island. Not only is this a great way for volunteer hours but also to help your community. On that note I would also like to suggest to everyone to participate in the Neighbors Foundation Holiday Drive, which is held at the Nike Base. The deadline is approaching soon, but I encourage everyone to join in.
   Here is a way one extraordinary woman has given back to her community just recently. Her name is Roseanne Russell. She is a mother of two children and is currently battling cancer. Her love for reading and positive attitude has inspired her to give back to Roswell by doing a book drive for the Pediatric wing. This book drive is known as “Everything’s Comin’ up Rosie.” If anyone would like to participate, please drop off brand new books only for children ages 1 to 14 years in bins located at Sidway, Huth, Kaegebein, Connor Middle, G.I. High School, and Dick & Jenny’s Bake & Brew. It is for an extremely good cause and remember your story may possibly brighten up the day of one of these unfortunate children.
"Rosie Book Drive for complete information.

Grand Island Vikings Large School Hockey News - Dec. 2008

Nov. 26th
   The Grand Island Viking Large School Hockey team defeated rival North Tonawanda 4-3 in an exciting game that was decided in the last 29 seconds when Anthony Russell put in the game winning goal with assists from Ryan Vertino and Robert Schiffhauer. John Osberg started the scoring, assisted by Vertino. Schiffhauer made it 2-0 assisted by Marvin Pawlowski. NT then game back and scored 3 unanswered goals. With the score 3-2 NT, Vertino tied the game with a wrap around goal. Rob Tates was outstanding in goal for the Vikings.
Dec. 3rd
   The Vikings pulled out another close game on Dec. 3rd, beating St. Joe’s 3-2 when Ryan Vertino scored the winning goal, banking the puck off the goalie’s leg from behind the net with 1 second left on the clock. Vertino had the first tally on a breakaway shorthanded. Anthony Russell then scored with assists by Taylor LeFevre and Matt Major. Mitch Stessing was net. The Vikings are 4-1 in league play.
   The Vikings are off to Jamestown this weekend for the National Invitational PA Hockey Tournament. Their next home game is Wed., December 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Hyde Park against Olean.

Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
December 2008


Alexa Amato                      Victoria Fortman              Michael Karpie           Tim Lewis

   Alexa Amato is the daughter of Gary and Lisa Amato and has been a resident of Grand Island since moving from Niagara Falls in 2002. She is currently a senior at Grand Island High School.
    Since coming to Grand Island Alexa has taken part in many school, community organizations and events. In school Alexa started out as a member of the sixth grade Band. She was a member of the Connor Middle School concert band. During her high school years she played the clarinet with the High School concert band and as a twelfth grader she has been chosen to participate in the prestigious Grand Island Wind Ensemble. She has traveled with concert band to Chicago, Illinois and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Alexa is also a member of the pep band and has participated in many band booster fundraisers.
   Alexa has been a member of the Grand Island High School soccer program for five years. She was selected as a co-captain of the Junior Varsity team during her freshman year. She has been a member of the Varsity soccer squad for three years and has been a part of a Section VI championship team and two NFL division champions. She has also received her Varsity letter. She has been a two-time recipient of the coaches’ award, which is given to the player who exemplifies an outstanding work ethic and team spirit. Alexa has also participated with the GIHS track and field team.
   Alexa has achieved success in the classroom as well as the athletic field. She has been a member of the High Honor or Honor roll every marking period since coming to the Grand Island school district and has challenged herself by taking an AP Biology course. She has been recognized as a Pride of the Island recipient as well as receiving the certificate of academic excellence, academic pin honoree and academic letter.
   Outside of school Alexa has many other interests. She is involved in the Grand Island Ski Club and has danced since the age of four and competed in dance competitions since she was six years old. She has studied tap, jazz, lyrical, acrobatic and ballet during her dance career. While participating in dance and other sports during her lifetime, she has also given back to the community by assisting in dance classes, teaching younger students and also has volunteered as a youth soccer instructor for the Niagara PAL Soccer Club. She is also an active member in her church community. Among other charitable causes, she has been active with the Relay for Life Organization that raises funds for the American Cancer Society.
   Alexa plans on attending a 4-year college after graduation and will major in Exercise and Sports Science and minor in Spanish.
   Victoria Fortman grew up in Kenmore, New York where she attended St. Paul's School until high school. Victoria began attending Grand Island public schools during her freshman year of high school. Adjusting to the new atmosphere of Grand Island was not very easy in the beginning but she found herself involved in many sports and socially quickly once she met other residents. The outdoors have always inspired Victoria as she has involved herself in biking, snowboarding, tubing, and many other outdoor activities. Throughout her high school career, she has involved herself in advanced classes, multiple sports, and also clubs. Some sports she has participated in include swimming, basketball, softball, track, and snowboarding. She has maintained status on the honor roll and high honor roll throughout her academic career on Grand Island and has been noticed as a scholar athlete for swimming, basketball, and outdoor track.
   Recently, she was named captain of the Varsity Swim Team and takes her involvement in sports seriously while keeping academics her first priority. Outside of sports and academics, Victoria has been involved in community and political service activities including a political campaign for a town justice candidate. Also, Victoria keeps up a part time job holding between ten to twenty hours life guarding at the Grand Island Holiday Inn. Other things that have interested Victoria include College Basketball with North Carolina and Syracuse being her two favorite teams. Victoria is also a Buffalo Bills and Sabres Fan and attends as many Viking sporting events as possible. Victoria loves spending vacations in Clearwater Beach, Florida in her family's condo when she gets a break from the busy life of high school. High school on Grand Island has been an exceptional experience for Victoria and she is sure that college will not be a problem when faced in the near future.
    After high school, Victoria plans to attend the UB Business School to study International Business and continue her dedication to her studies. Some destinations she would love to visit during her collegiate career include both England and Spain.
   Michael Karpie has been a resident of Grand Island for his entire life and has been enrolled in Grand Island schools since kindergarten. He has been an active member of his Grand Island community, as well as Grand Island High School through extracurricular activities, volunteer service and sports.
   Since the beginning of middle school, Michael has excelled in his academics and has been on either the Honor Roll or High Honor Roll each quarter. He has taken many Advanced Placement, honors and college level courses throughout his high school career and is currently ranked in the top 5% of his class. He has been recognized for his achievements in the classroom by being awarded the Academic Achievement Award three times, as well as the Scholar Athlete award twice and Pride of the Island award twice. In addition to the awards, Michael was inducted into the National Honor Society last year and is now in his second year as a member.
   Academics aside, Michael is also a dedicated athlete who takes pride in his hard work. At age six, Michael began playing baseball in the Grand Island Little League and is now a member of the Varsity Baseball Team. Last season he helped the team to a 15-1 record and a number one ranking in Western New York. Michael has also played on the Grand Island Volleyball Team since ninth grade. This year he helped lead the team to a Niagara Frontier League Championship for the first time in school history as the starting middle hitter. During his junior year, Michael was a member of the Southtowns Volleyball Club that competed at a national tournament in Virginia. Besides participating in sports, Michael has participated in other school activities. For the past two years, Michael has been a member of DECA where he competed in the regional competition last year, and has been a participant in the Corporate Bowl.
   Along with the extracurricular activities and academics, Michael still finds time to stay involved in his community through various organizations. Over his high school career, Michael has been involved in the Lions' Club Special Kids Picnic as well as the Buffalo Lives Clean-up Day in an attempt to give back to his community. He and his family are members of St. Stephen Church where he has volunteered his time to the St. Stephen's Basketball Camp over Easter break, as well a their annual Hoopla over the summer. Through DECA, Michael has assisted with the annual Neighbors Foundation Food Drive to help Grand Island families in need over the holidays. Michael has been a participant in Relay for Life for three years. He enjoys being an active member of the youth group, Young Life.
   Outside of school, Michael has been employed by the Town of Grand Island to assist with its summer playground program as well as the adult recreational leagues. He also has been a youth basketball referee through the community education department.
   Upon graduating from Grand Island, Michael hopes to pursue chemical engineering at Penn State or the University at Buffalo.
   Timothy Lewis was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and has been a resident of Grand Island since the first grade. He has attended Sidway Elementary, Huth Road Elementary, Veronica Connor Middle School, and Grand Island Senior High School. He has tried to balance his high school career with challenging academics, a large musical involvement, and extracurricular clubs.
   Tim has been taking higher-level classes since the earliest opportunities were offered to him. He is currently taking A.P. Biology, having completed A.P. US History and College Spanish in his junior year. He has been recognized both locally and nationally for his academic successes by Who’s Who Among American High School Students, National Honor Roll, and has received the PTSA Academic Certificate, Pin, and Letter. Tim has also received a Varsity Letter, Bar, Pin and White Letter in Music. He is currently a member of the National Honor Society.
   Tim is very dedicated to his music activities. He has been an active member of the choir ensembles offered to him since beginning high school. These include Vocal Jazz, Choir/Concert Choir as well as Madrigals and the High School Musical. Tim has also participated in All-County Choir. He has also been active in the bands at the high school, including Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Pep Band. Along with participating in the many ensembles, Tim is also taking the A.P. Music Theory course this year.
   For many years, Tim has also been a part of many extracurricular activities. For three years, he has been a part of both the Masterminds/Chess team as well as Art Club, which included participating in Art Alive at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Tim is also a member of History Club and Donate Life and was a member of the Boy’s Swim Team in 9th and 10th grades. He has also participated in Corporate Bowl having advanced to the semifinals this past school year.
   Tim is currently the corresponding secretary for the high school PTSA, having volunteered at numerous PTSA activities. His is treasurer of Masterminds/Chess and the Humanities Club. He is also a Red Cross Blood Donor and a former Altar Server who received the Altar Server of the Year award through the Buffalo Diocese.
   After high school, Timothy plans to attend college to major in Biology/Pre-Med while also majoring in Music and hopes to someday work in the medical field.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending December 4, 2008
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High School News - Dec. 2008

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, December 4, 2008 . . .We all have been revealed to global warming and recycling. Going Green is becoming a fashion trend. People, who do not even recycle or take part in helping the environment, wear the shirts that support it. You know, the clothes where the profit all goes to the company, leaving nothing for the funds to help our home? For all of you readers who do not attend GIHS, you would most likely see at least five kids wearing shirts that support the environment, but within themselves they truly are not helping. However, the Grand Island Central School District has given students the chance to help make a difference in a very simple way!
   In the past, only select classrooms held recycling bins. Then they were only used for recycling. On top of that, out of those select used correctly, they were only for paper!!! There is more you can recycle than just paper! So, an addition was made to GI school cafeterias. They all received separate bins to recycle their bottles. You can’t miss them with their brightly animations. On the can is text that reads, “Drink it, or Sink it!” By this small addition to the island schools, and hopefully many others worldwide, a great difference may be made towards our environment. This small, new bin may seems like nothing, but with numerous ways to help the environment the bigger impact we will create. Encourage yourself and others to recycle and buy environmental friendly products. Every person can help make a difference!

Grand Island JV Vikings Football Wrap-Up - Dec. 2008

(Left) JV Football MVP's - Offense - Patrick Gallagher, Coach Brian Willats and Defense - Ben Tomkins
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   The Grand Island Vikings JV football team ended their season with a 6-3 overall record. Coached by Brian Willats and assisted by Pat Lester and Mike Chorey, the team had a 4-1 Division record. The football banquet was held AT Classic's V on Monday, November 24th where numerous awards and accolades were announced.
Team Awards
Coaches Award - Ben Tomkins
Offensive MVP - Patrick Gallagher
Defensive MVP Ben Tomkins
Lineman of the year - Scott Rogers
Viking Awards - Liam Dodd, Stephen Vitello, Nick Kellner
Super Sophomores:
Tom Dzielski - completed 51%, passing for 670 yards and 9 TD's 
Nate Benoit - 22 of 25 PAT's, 33 yard FG
Nick Rossi - 17 Tackles, Offensive Line
Michael Paasch - Receiver, Cornerback
Eddie Gauthier - Lineman
Tyler Wunsch - Offensive Line
Dallas Broady - Offensive line 
Contributing Freshmen:
Elijah Geis - 49 Tackles
Elliot Busch - 101 yards rushing, 1 TD 
Glenn Skelly - 22 Tackles
Ryan Hughes - 27 Tackles @  Cornerback
Conner Murray - 1 TD, 11 Tackles
Chucky Grunzwieg - Lineman
Sam Oursler - Lineman
Eddie Krecisz - Cornerback

Grand Island Varsity Vikings Football - Dec. 2008

   The Grand Island Varsity Vikings Football Team had a fantastic season with a 7-2 record. The Vikings were defeated in the second round of the Class A playoffs by Iroquois by a mere 3 points. The Varsity team is coached by Dean Santorio who is assisted by Steve Steck, Mike Stauffer, Dan Wichlacz, Mike Dunlop and Keith Rogers. Various team and league awards were announced at the banquet at Classic's V on November 24, 2008.
Team Awards
Offensive MVP - Alex Neutz
Defensive MVP - Brett Dlugosz
Lineman of the Year - Greg Feathers
Gene Masters Memorial Award - Eddie Weiser
Viking Award - Alex Neutz, Adam Helman, Chris Podlucky, Bobby Rutland, Ben Kose, Joe Oliverio, Lance Robinson
All League
1st Team
Alex Neutz - WR
Eddie Weiser - RB
Joe Oliverio - QB
Chris Podlucky - TE
Greg Feathers - DE
Lance Robinson - FS
Adam Helman - P
2nd Team
Ryan Harnden - DL
Brett Dlugosz - LB
Paul Chiaravalle - FB
Andy LaLonde - FS
Pat Antonelli - OL
Honorable Mention
Keith Skelly - OL
Matt Krupczyk - DB
League Awards
Class "A" North Offensive Player of the Year - Alex Neutz
Niagara Gazette Crunch Player of the Year - Alex Neutz
Cross Training Football Heart of a Champion Award - Matt Krupczyk
Super 7 Athlete of the Week - Joe Oliverio
Connolly Cup Nominations - Alex Neutz, Eddie Weiser, Joe Oliverio
Trench Trophy Nomination - Ryan Harnden

High School News - Nov. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, November 27, 2008 . . .Well finally our break is here. With the long week off I’m sure everyone is having a great time. Just to recap this week I would like to congratulate all members of this year’s musical, “Fiddler of the Roof.” As the auditions started last week Wednesday, several students got call-backs and other did make the cut. Thanks to all for participating. Also, I would like to remind all students and parents that Monday, December 1st is the Parent Teacher Conferences, therefore allowing the day off for the students. The times include 12-3 p.m. or 4-7 p.m. It is indeed the only Parent Teacher Conference day the high school has this year, so everyone is welcome. Finally, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and a word of advice from a teacher of mine. “The best way to prepare isn’t by starving yourself so you can eat more, but by over eating so your stomach expands and can hold more food.” Ha, thanks Mr. Arnone, I think I’ll try it.

Kallie Banker - Basketball - Nov. 2008

   Kallie Banker is featured in an article in the
"11/25/08 Niagara Gazette".

Art Students Create Bookstore Signs! - Nov. 2008

Jenelle Walters paints the large door

Calla Clark and Stephanie Aronica paint the Viking dutch door
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   When the new Grand Island High School Bookstore needed signs to promote their location, art teacher Paul Thompson stepped in with his talented students to get the job done. Space was a limitation due to the Bookstore location in the hallway off of the Viking Mall area. Mr. Thompson suggested painting the doors to the store to alert potential customers to the location of the recently relocated store and within a span of two weeks, his students completed the designs. A running viking with a book in his hand adorns one door and a viking head with the letters G.I.H.S. is on top of the dutch door closest to the auditorium. Mr. Thompson suggested these two designs and the students of Grand Island were excited to see the signs come to life everyday after school. For more information on Mr. Thompson's classes in photography or printmaking call him at 773-8820.

Alex Neutz Offered Full UB Scholarship - Nov. 2008

   Alex Neutz is featured in an article by Nate Beutel in the
"11/20/08 Niagara Gazette".

Parent/Teacher Conferences - Dec. 2008

   Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, December 1, 2008 in the High School from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Teachers will be in their rooms – a list of room assignments will be posted. Appointments are not necessary.

High School News - Nov. 2008
Much Ado About Nothing

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

(left) Rachel Gaydosh, Hannah Cliff, Aaron D'Angelo, Kaitlyn Affuso
Molly Wynne, Alissa Bailey
Taylor Kaufmann, Girffin Smith, Aaron D'Angelo
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   Thursday, November 20, 2008 . . .GIHS made history last Friday and Saturday by putting on the show Much Ado About Nothing. This was the first full-length Shakespeare production at GIHS. It was a good turn out and the audience really seemed to enjoy the play. It was presented as close as possible to how Shakespeare would have, by the house lights remaining lit throughout the play. Also, extra seating was placed in the pit. During Shakespeare’s time, the pit area is where the groundlings were placed and the upper levels were for the aristocrats. The cast and crew strongly encouraged viewers to participate as groundlings for those two nights. The result of this was more energy in the acting and participation with the audience. So, in the cast’s case it was, the more groundlings the better! Thank you to all who took a night (or for some, even two!) to go back in time all the way to Shakespeare. Coming from a cast member, we had a great time and truly appreciated all who came out for support. Great job to all of the cast and crew and of course the directors of the production, Mrs. Macro, and Miss Tracy. No one could have made the experience any better.

High School Hockey Team News - Nov. 2008

   The Grand Island Vikings large school varsity hockey team defeated Lancaster 4-3 last night (Nov. 19) in the season opener at Hyde Park. Ryan Vertino lead the team with two goals and an assist, including the game winner. Marvin Pawlowski and Robert Schiffhauer each put in a goal, with Chris Podlucky, Anthony Russell and Courtney Cox getting assists. The next game is Saturday night, November 22 at Hyde Park against the always tough North Tonawanda. Game time is 5:45 p.m.

High School Store Stocked with Great Gift Ideas - Nov. 2008

   Looking for holiday gift ideas? The Grand Island High School store has a great variety of Viking items, all reasonably priced. See
High School Store.

High School News - Nov. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, November 20, 2008 . . .The snow is falling and the reports cards are in. Is anyone grounded for the Thanksgiving weekend? The second marking period has officially begun; buckle up it is going to be a bumpy ride! So what do you think about the new look of the report cards? Personally, I think they look like they are missing something…and I don’t mean A’s. Perhaps I’m just used to the old look, but I think they looked a little more professional. There was a great turn out for the Spotlighter’s production of Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing. Kudos go out to Aaron D’Angelo as Leonato, Lee Becker as Claudio, Jordan Dixon as Benedick, and Hannah Cliff as Hero. Everyone did a great job. Anybody notice that there are some new voices giving us the morning announcements? The new voices belong to football players, Alex Nuetz and Chris Podlucky. Their senses of humor help get us off to a great start to the day. So far so good, guys! Good Morning Grand Island! Looking ahead we’ve got Thanksgiving on Thursday and for the first time in my academic career we’ve got the Wednesday off before, the Friday after and the following Monday, due to parent-teacher conferences. Can we get any luckier? Enjoy the week and have a great holiday!

NFL Volleyball Standout Scott Holler - Nov. 2008

   Grand Island High School Varsity Vikings Volleyball star Scott Holler, is featured in an article by Nate Beutel in the
"11/20/08 Niagara Gazette ".

DECA Installation Dinner - Nov. 2008

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    Salvatore's Italian Gardens was the setting for the installation of High School DECA members from all over WNY into State and National DECA. DECA is an association of marketing students which promotes leadership, civic consciousness, social intelligence and vocational understanding. Throughout the school year students compete in business related events at the local, state, and national level and are trained in leadership and job readiness skills. A very enjoyable speech was given at the dinner by Mr. Russ Fulton, Marketing Director for the Walden Galleria Mall. Mr. Fulton expressed the importance of marketing and networking in any career field. Grand Island High School is part of Region 12 DECA, comprising 13 schools in the WNY area with over 600 student members.

High School News - Nov. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, November 13, 2008 . . .This was a week to honor those who have fought for our country and chose to take a path and leave their families and friends to honor America. On Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Grand Island High School students had the opportunity to listen to five individuals that had served several years in the armed forces. They spoke of their lives and what exactly Veteran’s Day meant to them. We heard stories of the horrors of losing friends that these individuals once became close with or even the intensity of the boot camps they attended. One thing in particular that these honorable people never did was complain. They were average people who didn’t lie and say being part of the armed forces representing America was perfect but, they never discouraged us to join. Each individual was proud of being who they are today. Not only were they American citizens who protected our country, but they also had families; children. It was especially inspirational to see two out of the five individuals being women. Students were shocked but also very moved by their speeches. I would like to now thank all individuals who are now fighting for our country or have once fought for America.
   Well the time has come again for the GIHS annual play. This year's production is Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing.” This play shall be very entertaining and enjoyable. It will be performed on Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Island High School auditorium and tickets will be sold at the door for $5.00. I hope to see everyone there, and good luck to all cast members!

Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
November 2008


Julia Figliotti                      Amanda Zernickel

   Julia Figliotti has lived on Grand Island her entire life and has always been an independent and overachieving individual, both in academics and in life. She has won numerous awards since elementary school, including Outstanding Spanish Student, Most Improved Musician, and her Academic Certificate, Pin, and Letter. She has also been awarded her two Pins, Varsity Letters, White Letters, and Bars, for her involvement in both band and choir. She has made Honor Roll and High Honor Roll consistently since sixth grade.
   Along with being strong academically, Julia is involved in many extracurricular activities. She has been a percussionist for eight years and is currently the president of the Grand Island High School Wind Ensemble. She has been singing since third grade, and is now a member of such ensembles as Concert Choir, Madrigals, Jazz Choir, and Women of Note. In December of 2007 she was a member of the Conference All-State Mixed Chorus, and she has participated in All County Chorus since sixth grade. Julia has been involved in school musicals since seventh grade and is a member of National Honors Society and the Varsity Master Minds team.
   In her spare time, she enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding, and scuba diving. She has been playing soccer since she was four years old and snowboarding since she was eleven. Julia started scuba diving three years ago with her father, and the two are now Master Divers. Julia also enjoys writing poems and stories, and hopes to one day get published as a children’s author.
   Julia gives back to her community by volunteering monthly to raise money for HIV and AIDS research and prevention, and has gone to many peace rallies and war protests. She has been an active participant in the annual Grand Island Relay for Life since middle school.
   Julia plans to continue her education at Stony Brook University, where she will major in marine vertebrate biology.
Amanda Zernickel is a lifelong resident of Grand Island and currently a senior at Grand Island Senior High School. She has managed to balance her time between academics, extracurricular activities, a part-time job, and community service.
   Throughout her high school experience, Amanda has continuously achieved honor roll and high honor roll status. She has challenged herself academically by enrolling in honors and Advanced Placement courses and has received an academic excellence certificate, pin and letter for her achievement in academics. Her hard work and dedication led to her induction into the National Honor Society in her junior year. She has been recognized by the National Honor Roll for the past two years, Who’s Who Among High School Students, and is a recipient of the Pride of the Island award.
   While at Grand Island High School, Amanda has been active in various extracurricular activities. She has been a member of DECA for the past two years and is a member in Interact Club. She had participated in Regional Competition for DECA in Restaurant/Food Service Management and was accepted to go to State Competition. In her junior year, she created an employability portfolio through the CEIP/Internship program and received certification by Business Education Employability Portfolio. She also attended the Job Search Seminar held at the Grand Island Holiday Inn and helped middle school students participate in a Junior Job Search Seminar through her internship program.
   Amanda has been playing the violin for 8 years and has been a member of the Grand Island High School Orchestra for the past four years. She is currently serving as treasurer and in her sophomore year served as librarian. Amanda received the Rookie of the Year Award in her freshman year and also her violin section received the Most Outstanding Section award.
   Dancing also plays a major role in her life. She has been dancing at Miss Bev's Dance Studio for the past 13 years spending many hours a week training for various competitions. She has challenged herself in many advanced classes such as tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, production, modern, and musical theater. She is a member of Miss Bev's advanced competition dance team and has won numerous awards over the years including New York State Dance Champion. She is also a teacher assistant and youth mentor in many of the younger dance classes.
   Amanda has demonstrated a commitment to community service. She has dedicated her time with numerous organizations such as Kids Escaping Drugs, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Sisters Hospital Foundation, and Habitat for Humanity.
   After graduation, she plans to attend a university to major in Environmental Engineering.

High School News - Nov. 2008

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, November 13, 2008 . . . “I learn in this letter that Don Peter of Arragon comes this night to Messina!” Well, you have heard right! November 14th and 15th the high school will be performing Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. All the excitement will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. You will see Aaron D’Angelo as Leonato, Lee Becker as Claudio, Jordan Dixon as Benedick, and Hannah Cliff as Hero; just to name a few of the leads. This play is not like any Shakespeare masterpiece; its transformation made it to be held during the '70’s. Not only will the creative plot take you in, but also the disco and costumes will surely hold your attention. Please support the Spotlighters Drama Club by attending this performance. Tickets are sold at the door for $5.00 and doors open at 7 p.m.

High School News - Nov. 2008

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, November 6, 2008 . . . This football season has been one of the best yet. Our Grand Island Varsity Vikings played this season like pros. At our Homecoming game they dominated 47-0 against Williamsville East. A few weekends later they beat Niagara Falls almost just as bad. The supporting fans were at the edge of their seats the entire time. It was the great plays, to the unique routines from the cheerleaders and our newly added baton twirlers, and pep band that kept them going! G.I. made it all the way to the playoffs. The last game we played was to determine who went to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the championship game. Saturday night we were faced against Iroquois and the winner moves on to championships. It was a close game, but unfortunately our season ended with a tight score of 26-23. Even though we didn’t make it all the way, they played a great season, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. Thank you to all the supporting fans, and of course, congratulations to the teammates. Well done, and we hope for another great time next season!

Student Mentors Host Fall Festival - Nov. 2008

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   Veronica Conner Middle School turned into a pumpkin village on Tuesday, November 4th when GIHS students hosted a Fall Festival for middle school students. This festival is part of the 40 Developmental Asset Mentor training that high school interns had the opportunity to participate in as part of their internship class. Dan and Linda Stinson, trainers for this leadership-based curriculum, and Cheryl Chamberlain, business teacher, hope that more students will participate in mentoring because of the positive values it helps to build. The middle school students were excited and smiling during this two-hour festival and coordinators look forward to a spring event similar to the amazing race on the school grounds. Students interested in becoming a mentor can contact Mrs. Chamberlain at 773-8820.

Shakespeare comes to GIHS! - Nov. 2008

   For the first time ever in the history of Grand Island High School, the Spotlighters Drama Club will be performing Shakespeare. Under the direction of Katherine Macro and Tracie Groves, the students are working on a lively and funny production of the comedy, Much Ado About Nothing.
   Much Ado About Nothing is a delightful play about love and honor. Hero and Claudio are in love – at first sight – and are to be married in a week’s time. An evil plot is meant to destroy their wedding and marriage when Hero’s honor is questioned. Meanwhile, Beatrice and Benedick, the main characters, are in love but “hate” each other too much to admit it and are manipulated and tricked by all those around them to fall in love and get married. The evil plot is foiled by Dogberry and his watchman, a couple of Shakespearean clowns, and as in any good comedy, all works out well in the end.
   The production features Rachel Gaydosh (Beatrice), Jordan Dixon (Benedick), Hannah Cliff (Hero), Lee Becker (Claudio), among many others. The production will be set in the 1970’s disco era, and will feature lots of 70’s pop culture references that are always good for a laugh.
   Groves and Macro are also using some more traditional methods however, in the staging of the play and the atmosphere of performances. There will be house lights on, groundlings in the pit, and actors talking directly to the audience just as they did in Shakespeare’s time, and continue to do today at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. The production looks to be an exciting and entertaining evening. Performances are scheduled for Friday November 14, and Saturday November 15 at 7:00 in the GIHS auditorium. Tickets are $5.00 and will be sold at the door.

Vikings Lose Section VI Class A Semifinal - Nov. 2008

   The Grand Island Varsity Vikings had a great football season, making it to the Section VI Class A Semifinal. However they lost to Iroquois in a close 26-23 game on Saturday, November 1, 2008. See
"11/2/08 Niagara Gazette Story" By Nate Beutel.

WNY 2012 From Vision to Reality! - 2008

(left) James Pezzino, Carissa Bailey, Keran Mattu, and Lauren Fermoile
(right) Carissa Bailey and Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain

   Students and faculty from Grand Island High School attended The Fall Forum Breakfast at the Millennium Airport Hotel on Tuesday, October 28th. The forum was sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council which promotes a bridge between schools and the business community. For the first time a student was asked to serve on this distinguished panel. Former GIHS student, Carissa Bailey, Class of 2006, was chosen to fulfill this honor and spoke about her experience in the Business Education Employability Portfolio (BEEP) program at Grand Island. Other distinguished panelists included in this forum were President of ECC Mr. Jack Quinn and Hilbert College President, Ms. Cynthina Zane. Students from all over WNY had the opportunity to interact with the panel and pose questions about their future in college and business in our community. For more information about the BEEP program, contact Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain at 773-8820.

High School News - Nov. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

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   Thursday, November 6, 2008 . . . Grand Island Girls Tennis finished off their season on October 30, 2008 with a banquet at the Grand Island Holiday Inn. Awards were presented to singles player Alexandra Buscaglia, and the first doubles team of Kim Asbach and Julie Hasselbeck for being Second Team All League. Senior Kelsey Mash received the NFL Sportsmanship player award and the Viking Award. Grand Island ended its season 8-6 and ranked 5th in the Niagara Frontier League. Coach Julie Neville initially thought this was going to be a rebuilding year due to the loss of many seniors last year but was obviously proven wrong. Kaitie Samland and Alex Buscaglia teamed up to play doubles in the NFL Qualifiers at Sportsplex placing second but lost when they played the Section VI Tournament at the Village Glenn against Williamsville South. The Girls Tennis Team wishes senior players Kelsey Mash and Sim Cheema all the best as they end their tennis careers at Grand Island Senior High School.
   Please note the following activities:
   WNY POLAR PLUNGE: Help show your support for the athletes of Special Olympics NY. Join our “Viking” team by registering for the WNY Polar Plunge. This year GIHS is proud to announce that we have agreed to be the “Host High School” at the event on Sat. Nov. 22nd at Beaver Island State Park. To register visit, or stop by the school store for a brochure. Let’s be the largest team in the water this year!
   KAN-JAM: The Junior Class will be holding a Kan-Jam Tournament in the gym on Nov. 19th at 7pm. The cost is $5 per person. Sign up next week during lunches. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Start forming your teams of 2 now.
   SENIORS: The GIHS Scholarship bulletin is published on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. This bulletin is now being published on our school’s web site under 2008 Scholarships, Awards, and contests, at:
   SKI CLUB: Deadline is extended to Wed. Nov. 5th. Applications available outside office.
   UNDIE SUNDAY: Nov. 9th is Undie Sunday. Please donate new packaged underwear and socks. Place your name on the package and you will be entered in a drawing for a Viking wear prize pack. See the showcase outside Rm. 211 for more info.

Cross Country Takes 2nd at Sectionals
Ahhhhh! So Close
Tsembelis and Masiello To States - 2008

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   Coach Donald Sauer's Report . . .In spite of outstanding performances, both GI Cross Country Teams placed an impressive 2nd at the Section 6 Championships on Friday. "The team certainly had the effort and desire as they came within seconds of winning the title," noted Coach Don Sauer. "They ran their hearts out and I am very proud of them. We had a great season but the most exciting part is we have 6 of the 7 runners back for next year on both teams.
"    The Girls placed 4, 7, 9, 21, and 24, to have a score of 65. Starpoint had 64 points to win the race. Junior Maritina Tsembelis led the squad in 4th place. She had a great race as she passed 2 runners in the last 800 meters to secure a spot on the Section 6 team at the State Meet this weekend on Long Island. Freshman Megan Karpie ran impressively taking 7th while Sophomore Dominique DeGregorio was a strong 9th. Freshman Maggie DeMarco ran very well in placing 21st and Junior Amber Spiesz also running well was 24th. Sophomore Angelina Howe was 33rd and Senior Captain Emily Thompson finished 41st.
   The Boys team also had some outstanding performances. Led by Senior Captain Evan Tsembelis placing 2nd, he was followed by sophomore Nick Masiello placing an impressive 5th to also earn a spot to the State Meet. "Nick ran methodically pacing himself and gradually moving from 15th to 5th over the course of 3 miles. He sort of sneaks up on you and in the end, he's there, commented Sauer. Sophomore Derek Stacey ran an awesome race taking 11th while Jay Chadwick placed 24th and Rob Arsenault took 25th. Sophomore Nick Wallinder was 41st and Freshman Cory Price was 46th. The Boys Team scored 67 points to Hutch Tech's 65 points.

JV Vikings Beat Cheektowaga - 2008

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   The JV Vikings were victorious over Cheektowaga with the final score Grand Island 28 - Cheektowaga 0. It was a Friday night game under the lights on October 24th.

High School News - Oct. 2008

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, October 30, 2008 . . .Humans just assume that we are unlike everything from this world. It’s just, humans are humans, and we are in charge. If we all just took a step back from our chaotic day and looked around us, we would realize that we are not the only living things here on this earth. There are other life forms that can be compared to us, even the simplest of things, such as trees.
   Have you ever seen two humans exactly alike? We have similar hair, skin, and eye color, but we also differ inside ourselves, not just physically. Each family comes from a different background, and as the family tree carries on, it only becomes more and more different, creating a greater amount of diverse people. We enjoy all different types of hobbies and music, and befriend with others who have passion for the hobbies similar to our own. We love the first sip of warm cider in the fall, and the first splash of river water in the summer. The feeling to be someone’s shoulder to cry on is so uplifting, along with knowing that they are your shoulder as well when the tables turn. Different situations of pain that require recovery is what all of our lives feed off of, and is how we learn life’s lessons to carry us from one day to the next. Is this not what makes up an average person’s life?
   Now you’re wondering, “How could trees possibly be similar to us?” I think the better question is, “How could they not?” You will never find two trees that are exactly alike, no matter how far you travel. No branch, twig or leaf will ever be in the same exact place or position as another. Sure, they have similar bark and leaf colors, but so many different other organisms are held inside their trunks. No tree has the same roots. Each tree has a different path of where they are exposed through the earth and where they fall back into the dirt. The way they intertwine is an image all their own and will never be created by another again. Trees are commonly with others like themselves. Pines in a forest, palm trees on the beach and apple in an orchard. We could assume that they like to shed the weight of their leaves to color the streets of red and yellows, but to also drink in the first rainfall in the spring to restart the process, yet again. They are always standing tall to shade us from the beating rays of the sun between soccer quarters, or games of tag. They never expose you in an intense game of hide and seek, and give you plenty of leaves to entertain you with in autumn. They learn from pain just as we do. When a twig is removed to toast a marshmallow, or when nails are drilled into its trunk for a son’s fort, they recover by growing a new and unique branch. However, if they are too weak to grow one, do they not suffer through sickness until one of us humans cut it down?
   This world has much more to it than just us. Try not to assume that only humans matter. Think about other life forms that are similar to us. Help spread the word. Attempt to help make this world a safer and healthier place for humans, and all of earth’s gifts, to live. We are not the only things that matter; everything around us is equal. We are all here for a reason. Respect each other. Respect nature.

High School News - Oct. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, October 30, 2008 . . .Do you feel it? It’s like our whole world is crashing down around us and there is no end in site. Is this not yet another sign of destruction? No…I’m not talking about Time Warner’s blackout of channel 4, nor the Sabres loss, but rather channel 7’s report on New York State’s financial deficit. I thought I might have misheard it, as I crunched my way through a bowl Smart Start cereal, but it was later confirmed once again during the 6:00 news. Then I went online and pulled up the local paper. According to the Buffalo News, “Paterson shocked Albany with word that not only had the current year’s deficit swelled to $1.5 billion, but the state is now staring at a $12.5 billion shortfall in the fiscal year beginning next April 1. Over four years, the gap is a staggering $47 billion — nearly double what was projected just before the recent Wall Street collapse. While state officials blame the fiscal nightmare on the nation’s economic turmoil, there have been warning signs over the years. The state’s unemployment rate, at 5.8 percent, is the highest in more than four years. Officials predict that next year it will reach 6.5 percent. Employment is expected to decline in all economic sectors except two: education and health care.” Again I think age might be to blame, but at 15, I just don’t understand why the government isn’t proactive instead of reactive? This is not the first time this has happened, and just knowing that would make one wonder why it keeps happening over and over again. Think about those job cuts, they’re not going to happen at the top, it’s going to be the little guy that earns every penny of his full time, minimum wage, with no benefits job. So, here’s a thought, since these messes are coming from the decisions made at the top, cuts should start at the top.

Wide Receiver
Lance Robinson
Niagara Gazette Feature - Oct. 2008

10/30/08 Niagara Gazette story by Nate Beutel.

Boys Volleyball Team Wins Section VI Quarterfinal - 2008

"10/29/08 Niagara Gazette Story".

Girls Team finishes at 14-0, Boys take 2nd at 12-2 - 2008

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   Coach Donald Sauer's Report . . .The Grand Island Cross Country Teams had an excellent showing at the NFL League Championships Saturday (Oct. 25) at Beaver Island. The Girls Team completed their NFL season undefeated (14-0), the first in the school's history. The Lady Vikings defeated league perennial Lockport for the first time in seven years. They had some outstanding performances to secure the hard fought win in gale force winds. The 1-2-4 finish by junior Maritina Tsembelis, freshman Megan Karpie and sophomore Dominique DeGregorio led the assault. Angelina Howe and Maggie Demarco completed the scoring placing 9 and 14th respectively. "They ran awesome is such poor conditions", noted Coach Don Sauer. "Dom ran another very strong race while Maggie Demarco stepped it up to place 14th." Grand Island scored 30 points to Lockport's 35 points.
   The Boy's team was also impressive as they placed 1-3. Senior Captain Evan Tsembelis won handily while Sophomore Nick Masiello ran impressive. "I was so impressed with Nick's finish. He ran an even race and was able to handle the wind because he is so strong", noted Sauer. Fellow sophomore Derek Stacey also ran a stellar performance in placing 10th. "I yelled at him this week, so maybe it worked", lamented Sauer. "I know he likes Beaver and his performance proved it." Jason Chadwick placed 17th and Rob Arsenault was 25th to complete the scoring.
   The Teams will compete at Sectionals on Friday (Oct. 31) at Elma Meadows. The Girls team runs at 12 Noon and the Boys compete at 2:30 p.m. The wining teams will compete at States next week on Long Island.

GIHS Cross Country Teams News - 2008

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   Monday, October 27, 2008 . . .The Grand Island High School Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country teams recently travelled to Sunken Meadows, Long Island for the Suffolk County Officials Invitational Meet. Competing against twelve other schools, the Boys varsity team consisting of Evan Tsemblis, Nick Masiello, Derek Stacey, Jason Chadwick, Corey Price, and Nick Wallander took second overall with Evan Tsemblis placing second overall and Nick Masiello placing sixth overall. The girls' team took fourth place. The team was led by Maritina Tsemblis in seventh place overall and teammates Meghan Karpie, Dominique Degregario, Amber Spiesz, Angelina Howe, Maggie DeMarco, and Allison Boron finishing with a strong finish. The team travelled to NYC for the balance of the weekend where they visited Ground Zero, NBC studios, The Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square and many other venues. It was a successful and wonderful trip!
   This past weekend at Beaver Island State Park our Grand Island Varsity Cross Country Team competed for the Niagara Frontier League Championships. Our Girls team led by Mairitina Tsemblis took first place with a score of 35-30 over Lockport. Our Varsity boys took second place to Lockport boys. Leading the GI boys was Evan Tsemblis in first place and Nick Masiello in 3rd place. Both JV teams did well in very poor weather. The Varsity teams will compete for sectionals at Elma Meadows on Friday, October 31 to try and make it to the State meet. The girls run at 12 p.m. with the boys running at 2 p.m.

Girls Soccer Team Wins Section VI Quarterfinal - 2008

"10/26/08 Buffalo News Story".
See also "10/26/08 Niagara Gazette Story" by Nate Beutel

Vikings Win Section VI Quarterfinal - 2008

"10/26/08 Buffalo News Story"
See also "10/26/08 Niagara Gazette Story" by Nate Beutel

JV Vikings Suffer Lost To Niagara Falls - 2008

#52 Liam Dodd
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   The JV Vikings lost to Niagara Falls 8-6 in Niagara Falls on Saturday afternoon, October 18, 2008.

High School Band Concert - 2008

The Grand Island High School Bands will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 29 in the high school auditorium.

Volleyball Champ Lexi Raepple
Niagara Gazette Feature - Oct. 2008

10/23/08 Niagara Gazette story by Nate Beutel.

High School Sports Schedule - 2008

Sat., 10/25 Girls Soccer game is scheduled for 2:30 pm - Iroquois @ GI
Sat., 10/25 Varsity Football is scheduled for 2:00 pm - Cheektowaga @ GI
Fri., 10/24 Varsity Girls Volleyball scheduled for 5:30 pm - Iroquois @ GI

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending October 23, 2008
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Alex Fry, Junior Trombonist Chosen to Play at the All-State Festival - 2008

Alex Fry

   Alex Fry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fry, has been chosen to represent Grand Island at the New York State School Music Association All-State Festival to be held December 4-7 in Rochester, New York. Alex competed against thousands of students throughout New York State for this honor. A junior trombonist in the Grand Island High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Marty Allen, he also studies privately with Dick Myers, former trombonist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

High School News - Oct. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, October 23, 2008 . . .I just can’t contain myself. I need to say it and I need to say it out loud…this race for presidency is like a three ring circus. Just yesterday, I heard that the sales of special sugar cookies with pictures of McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden would help to determine our next president by which had higher sales. While I know it’s all in fun, I just can’t help but wonder where these people stand, if they answered all questions honestly. As a teenager I see and hear what our country is facing. The economic fiasco is the result of greed, and unfortunately I have yet to hear that anyone has stepped up to accept any responsibility. The economy has gone bust and fear is knocking at everyone’s door. We hear from financial experts to sit tight and ride it out, don’t be too quick to move money around. Is this sound advice? I don’t know… I’m only fifteen. The war in Iraq appears to have few results, are we really any closer to victory? Healthcare is still an issue and now, there is all the fuss over illegal immigrants. Call me crazy but haven’t we dealt with these issues in the past… they really aren’t new to us. I would think that some of these issues would be a little closer to be resolved. Now back to our candidates…I liked McCain for awhile, then I liked Obama for awhile, now I say let’s start this whole process over. Like a job interview, if an employer doesn’t like any of the applicants, he is able to start the search all over. Why settle when the best is still out there? I’m sure it’s an understatement to say that this race is going to get uglier by the minute. We’ll hear talk about the “race” card from those pulling for Obama and “gender” card for those pulling for McCain. I think many will agree that it’s a turn-off and it’s growing old, which then brings up the “age” card... All I want is the truth. I want it from the individuals running for office, not from the parties they represent. And do you know what? I think it’s okay if they answer “I just don’t know!” I’m thinking that Ralph Nader is looking pretty good…are you with me?

GIHS Small Business Students Recognize School Board - 2008

(left) Mrs. Chamberlain, Rachel Surdi, Katie Cobello, Sarah Dolan and Courtney Justus
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   Wed., October 20, 2008 . . . After an unexpected day off due to a water problem, high school students from Cheryl Chamberlain's Small Business Class thanked the Grand Island School Board at their meeting Monday night. October is School Board Recognition Month and it was the perfect opportunity for students of the new High School Bookstore to give their appreciation to the Board members for their continued support of all high school programs. In addition, School Board members had the opportunity to try the fruit Swirl Slushies sold after school everyday!

JV Girls Soccer Team Ends Season Undefeated - 2008

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   The Grand Island JV Ladies soccer team finished their season at Ken West Thursday, October 16 with a final score of 1-0. The team finished the season undefeated in league play 15-0-0 and 17-0-1 overall for the 2008-2009 season. The team, coached by Joe Sirianni, went 18-0-0 in the 2007 - 2008 season.
   This team has worked hard again this year despite losing strong players to our GIHS Varsity team. They have played and defeated their league opponents, often by significant margins, having only a few goals scored against them and losing only one game, to rivals Aquinas Institute of Rochester in a Non League game with a score of 1-0.
   The team members are Brooke DeMarco, Elena Pariso, Katlyn Holt, Jess Braunschidle, Chelsea Mazurkiewicz, Meghan Tates, Emily Nitkowski, Janelle Walters, Jess Yarnes, Jenn Amato, Amanda Cinelli, Julia Kelly, Sydney Dudish, Jess Osvath, Maggie Weiser, Bridgette Kennedy, Danielle Wegrzyn, Allison Kaminski, Sarah Victor and Stephanie Senn.
   Congratulations to the ladies and Coach Sirianni. Thank you to the Grand Island School District and Athletic Director Jon Roth!

GIHS, Middle School Closed Due to Water Break - 2008
Connor Middle School and Grand Island High School will be closed Monday, October 20 due to a water break.

JV Vikings Beat Starpoint - 2008

Ben Tomkins
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    On Saturday, October 11 the Grand Island Vikings JV football team hosted the Starpoint Spartans. Despite a slow start by Grand Island in the first half, they managed to pull things together for a strong second. In the first half the only scoring came on a play action pass from Tom Dzielski to Nick Kellner for a 60-yard touchdown. The extra point failed and the Viking led 6-0. The second half began with a 51-yard kick-off return by Pat Gallagher, that put the Vikings in great field position. Five plays later Gallagher took the hand off and ran in from 9 yards out for the second score of the game. Dzielski then completed a 2-point conversion to Michael Paasch to make the score 14-0. The remainder of the game was dominated by the Vikings defense led by Ben Tomkins and Scott Rogers. Tomkins capped the scoring off for Grand Island by intercepting a pass and taking it 50 yards for the score in which Kellner had a huge block to clear the way. The final score was 21-0. The Vikings improved their record to 5-1 and will travel to Niagara Falls for a non-league contest on Saturday, October 18. The game will be played at LaSalle Middle School on Buffalo Ave.

High School News - Oct. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, October 16, 2008 . . . It is ironic that such a beautiful weekend could have produced such tragedy. I am at a loss for words; I don’t know what someone can say to help take away the pain except that I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the families and friends of Meaghan Grotz, Timothy Weczerek and John Zbock Jr. Each of you left your mark on this world and you will not be forgotten. God Bless you always!
    Congratulations to Girls Varsity Tennis, and Varsity doubles team juniors Alexandra Buscaglia and Kaitie Samland, came in second place during NFL matches held at Sportsplex on Tuesday, October 14. As a result they now qualify for Sectionals to be held on October 24, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. at the Village Glen in Williamsville. Keep your fingers crossed.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending October 16, 2008
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High School News - Oct. 2008

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, October 16, 2008 . . .Humans fear so many unnecessary situations. We often fear the unknown or change, when it usually concludes into something for the better. I always thought to myself how I fear to be alone which would make me autophobic. However, after I thought about it more deeply, I realized I really wasn’t. I uncovered the meaning, in my own mind, of autophobia and being left behind. I don’t fear being alone. I honestly love the silence from time to time, ever since I was in elementary school. I used to run into the woods and stay hidden in the trees and fields for hours. I would never leave if I didn’t have to, just as some kids would never leave a carnival. Well, to me, the woods were my carnival. When I’m all alone, I’m swallowed by silence. My mind is inspired to open itself and consume me with thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. Things that I hadn’t even noticed were there. When I’m flooded with all of my mind's questions and ideas, I begin to accept and understand things that I hadn’t once before. So how could being alone and letting your mind break free, be a bad or scary thing? It’s not.
   When a majority of people think they're autophobic, they are most likely just afraid of being left behind. When you have a certain group of friends, it hurts if they move on without you, or exclude you. You’re then left behind to find new friends, which can be one of the hardest things in life. When you’re left behind, you have no one to open up to, only yourself. You want to let your mind open up and let loose every now and then, but also you are supposed to take in others' thoughts and ideas. By taking in a diverse amount of ideas, it will broaden your own mind. If you open yourself up to different things, your own thoughts will also become more exquisite and unique. So let your mind break free and take in new knowledge. Your mind can never stop growing.

GIHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team
Niagara Gazette Feature - Oct. 2008

10/16/08 Niagara Gazette story by Nate Beutel.

Girls JV Volleyball - 2008

   Members of the GIHS Girls JV Volleyball Team won their match against Niagara Falls on Friday evening, October 10, 2008. The girls won all 3 games in the match with an unified effort by all 16 team members. This was the first of three final games without setter Kallie Banker who underwent knee surgery Friday afternoon. Elizabeth Kowalik will be filling in on the first team in Kallie's absence. Jenna Lee played outstanding with pinpoint serving and powerful spiking at the net. Amanda Heftka continued her consistent, effective play as she ran the offense in the setting position. She was so successful at serving that she attempted two jump serves, both of which scored points. Shannon Moody and Kelly Lorence both shined in their offensive hitting positions as they executed unreturnable spikes. Shannon plays the outside hitter while Kelly, a lefty, hits from the right side. Together they present an undeniable force. The girls head to Niagara Wheatfield on Thursday, October 16 with their final game Monday, October 20, at home against Ken West. The Girsl JV Volleyball Team is coached by Mrs. Daneen Gallagher.

Vikings Efficient As Ever
Niagara Gazette Feature - Oct. 2008

10/12/08 Niagara Gazette story by Nate Beutel.
   See also Quarterback Joe Oliverio 10/12/08 Niagara Gazette story.

High School News - Oct. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, October 9, 2008 . . .I don’t know when it happened, at the mere age of fifteen, it’s safe to say I’ve got a lot to learn, but what happened is that a lot of educated adults have lost their minds. The devastating fall of Wall Street and the financial bail out? Even your average teen knows you can’t spend more than you have (not that we don’t try) and now borrow money to pay it back?? Where is the money going to come from to pay it back? You are already way over your head. Face it people, this isn’t right and I predict there is going to be more disaster down that road. So while we are tempted to dream about new renovations within our school districts, isn’t it safe to step back and think about if they are really necessary at this point and time. People are buckling down their wallets, I’ve already been told Christmas is going to be a little slimmer this year, so with that in mind let’s be more realistic, like the huge houses and fancy cars that people bought with borrowed money, isn’t it safe to conclude that a smaller house and maybe a used car provide the same result as the more fancier version. Yes, everyone loves new things but those are just things. A school, meaning the actual facility, is just a protective covering where learning takes place. It is the teachers and staff that teach students. And yes, my friends that can occur any where old or new. On a happier note, the Columbus Day weekend promises to be beautiful with temperatures in the mid 70’s. Do you think global warming has anything to do with it? Enjoy your week! Next week politics?? Don’t even get me started!

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending October 9, 2008
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High School News - Oct. 2008

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, October 9, 2008 . . .When someone thinks of beauty, their mind usually skips right to the covers of magazines, supermodels, and top line clothing lines. If everyone’s thoughts and eyes were opened to something different, I’m sure they would be in for a change of mind. If everyone and everything were the same inside and out, our world would lack beauty. Beauty is not only appearance but also uniqueness and diversity.
   Everything that has an existence has its own charm, all we have to do is seek and observe it. For all we know, it could be a reason why we are here; to find beauty in the least expected of things. If it were easy to uncover beauty it would not result in the feelings that overcome you afterwards. There are so many different things that we come into contact with that we take for granted. Nature within itself is one, and the changes in weather and seasons. Take notice of the sounds the crisped autumn leaves make, and the smell they fill the chilly air with. Or, how the detailed snowflakes border your windowpanes, the sound the icicles create as they drip from your rooftop, the stillness of winter and how everything is peaceful and quiet. The first spring flowers that blossom always bring smiles upon peoples faces, and the warm summers never fail to bring great adventures and memories.
    Silence is another fixation that people do not look into. It enables you to absorb into your company and to take notice of all of your surroundings. You can look deep into your own self and find beauty that you maybe did not realize was there. Silence accents the ability to let your mind run wild if only for a few moments every day.
    Day after day, people overlook the goodness in simple things such as these, and don’t search to uncover the happiness it can all really bring. Find the mysteries in all of life’s creatures and seek the unknown. Look into everything that we take for granted, your every breath, the wind, the animals, and another’s heartbeat. It is all there waiting to be discovered. All you have to do is seek it, and enjoy.

JV Vikings Beat Williamsville South - 2008

(left) Coach Brian Willats and Tom Dzielski
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   On Saturday, October 4 the Grand Island Vikings JV Football Team took on the visiting Billies from Williamsville South. Even though Grand Island entered the game without injured running back, Pat Gallagher, they still managed to rush 31 times for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Tom Dzielski accounted for almost half of that on just 4 carries for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns. The other rushing touchdown came on a 55-yard end around by wide receiver, Nick Kellner. The Vikings only passing touchdown came on a forth down play in which Dzielski found tight end, Stephen Vitello, for a 32-yard strike. Grand Island's defense continued to dominate its opponent by forcing 2 fumbles in the first half of the game. The defense was led by Ben Tomkins, Scott Rogers, Sam Oursler and Mike Paasch. The final score was 28 - 15 in favor of the Vikings. Grand Island improved their record to 4-1 and will host the Starpoint Spartans in their last league game on Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m.

Martina Tsembelis Leads GI Cross Country Team - Oct. 2008

Niagara Gazette 10/7/08 story by Nate Beutel.

String/Choral Concert - 2008

   The high school string and choral groups will present a concert in the high school at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 15.

More Homecoming Week Photos - September 2008

(from left) Juniors - Bon Fire - Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain, Principal Sandy Anzalone, Mrs. Mandy Myer
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(left) Seniors - sophomores (right)

(left) teachers' tug-o-war -

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GIHS Homecoming Dance - September 2008

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King and Queen of Homecoming Dance Joe Oliverio and Molly Hyland

(left photo) Sam Banas, Rebecca Zimmerman and Brittany Farmer
(right photo) Nikki Zimmerman, and Jaime Magaris

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   The Homecoming 2008 dance was held Saturday evening, September 27 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the school gym. Approximately 700 students attended. This was the first year the dance was open to all high school students in grades 9th through 12th grades. The students, who named Joe Oliverio and Molly Hyland King and Queen, danced the especially warm night away right to the end.
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GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending October 2, 2008
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High School News - Oct. 2008

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, October 2, 2008 . . .This year’s high school spirit week was a great success! Last Thursday, the school hosted the bon fire and powder puff game for the students. The result of the game was a victory for the juniors. However, the seniors see it as a tie. Whatever the tie score really was, there was a great turnout and it seemed as if everyone had a lot of fun,
   The football stands were flooded with people of all ages Saturday at the homecoming game. Grand Island defeated Williamsville East with a score of 47-0! Alissa Bailey, Molly Wynne, and Shelbi Milkis performed a baton routine prior to the cheerleaders team. Both were excellent and drew the crowd's attention.
   Thanks to all who came out and supported these exciting events!

High School News - Oct. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, October 2, 2008 . . .Did anybody happen to catch the school district's plan for renovation? Its focus is to include preschool and further technology, and increase classroom size. If approved by the public in February 2009, the project would make Sidway Elementary a center for a universal pre-k program and include grades k through 2. Huth and Kaegebein would educate grades 3 through 5. There is also talk of moving the district office to Sidway, and the new space would allow additional room for music, art and technology. My question is this…Did we ever finish the capital project that was started when Dr. Ramming was superintendent?
   Last week Grand Island students enjoyed an awesome homecoming! It went off without a glitch, from the pep rally, spirit week, homecoming game to ending the week with the homecoming dance. Great job Vikings!

JV Vikings Beat Williamsville East - 2008

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   On Saturday September 27 the Grand Island Vikings JV football team traveled to Williamsville East to take on the Flames. The Vikings struck first when Pat Gallagher returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown. On the next defensive series Gallagher came up big again with an interception on a deep pass attempt by the Flames. Grand Island capitalized on the turnover when fullback Elliot Busch scored on a 39-yard touchdown run. The next two scores for the Vikings came on 16- and 18-yard touchdown receptions by tight end Stephen Vitello from quarterback Tom Dzielski, to put the Vikings ahead 28-6 at the half. During the second half Grand Island continued to play solid defense led by defensive tackle Scott Rogers and linebacker Ben Tomkins. The Vikings added a late 33-yard field goal by Nathan Benoit, who also remained perfect on the year by tacking on 4 extra points. The final score was 31-14. Grand Island improved their record to 3-1 and will host the Williamsville South Billies on Saturday at 10 a.m.
   The JV Football Team is coached by Brian Willats.

Vikings Win Homecoming Game -
Grand Island 47 - Williamsville East 0 - Sept. 2008

Buffalo News 9/28/08 story
See also Niagara Gazette 9/28/08 story

High School Open House Welcomes New School Store! - September 2008

Right photo (from left) Business Teacher Cheryl Chamberlain with students Alyssa Spada and Kayla Gallagher
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   Business teacher Cheryl Chamberlain and her Small Business & DECA students opened a much anticipated school store at the open house Thursday, September 18, 2008. Thanks to Mrs. Jean Harper for donating cookies and to Chris Swiatek, Andrews Arroyo, Sandy Anzalone, Sandy Burns and Chris Simpson.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending September 25, 2008
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High School News - September 2008

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, September 25, 2008 . . .This week has been quite an exciting week for the students and faculty at Grand Island High School. One week per school year an event called Spirit Week is held. With every school day there is a different theme. Faculty and staff are all welcome to dress according to the theme. The majority of students participate in this event and have a great deal of fun. So far we have had mismatch Monday, class color Tuesday, western Wednesday, and tropical Thursday. All these themes lead up to our exhilarating Pep Rally on Friday. We start the school spirit by having a Powder Puff game of junior and senior girls playing touch football. A bonfire and a DJ are there as well. Following the bonfire, most kids get together with all their friends and stay up all night getting ready by painting their shirts, dying their hair and making crazy outfits for the pep rally. We then all meet back at school Friday morning, with no sleep, and file into the gymnasium where we all lose our voices. All the fall sport teams present their teammates and achievements they’ve made this season, cheerleaders root for our school, and each graduating class chants their year in hopes to be the loudest of the other three. Traditions that have been going on for years are Mr. Murray’s shoes, and the cross- country boys eating live worms (we don’t really know why). After pep rally, our spirit week is still not over. The varsity football team, cheerleaders, and pep band all return to school along with the die-hard fans for our homecoming game. This is yet another day in which the stands are packed with blue and white. After our win (we hope), we return home and dress up for the homecoming dance; which is not only for juniors and seniors this year but also for the freshman and sophomores. So with our last ounces of energy we dance with all of our friends, and usually get a bite to eat after. As long and tiring as this spirit week may seem, it goes by so fast and is never a bore. The thought of how tired we are never usually crosses our minds until we return home Saturday night, or Sunday morning. Pep rally is one of the best weeks of the school year. It shows how strong and supportive we are towards our school and our peers. It is the one week in the year where we all work together to prove to everyone how much spirit we really do have. All are welcome to come out and help support our varsity football team on Saturday the 27th at 2:00 p.m.!

High School News - Sept. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, September 25, 2008 . . .Bored? Looking for something to do? Why not think about joining DECA, Masterminds, Interact Club or Greenhouse. Involvement is the key to becoming part of the big picture. Sure you attend all of your classes and do all of your homework, but there is so much more that is offered. Sports, music, theater, and clubs offer something for everyone. Do yourself a favor and get involved!
   Both tickets for Homecoming and the bon fire are being sold during student lunches. Tickets are $10.00 for the dance and $2.00 for the bon fire. Spirit week is proving to be just as exciting as it always has been. Remember, Thursday evening is the Powder Puff game and the bon fire and Friday is our annual Pep Rally, Saturday is our homecoming football game along with our dance which has now been opened up to all high school students. So please come out and enjoy some or all of these events!

Grand Island Honors the Father of Viking Athletics at Homecoming Game - September 2008

H. David Myers

   Grand Island High School Varsity Vikings will recognize H. David Myers on Saturday, September 27, 2008, for his contributions to Viking athletics as they set out to beat Williamsville East in this season’s homecoming football game scheduled for 2 p.m.
   Deemed the Father of Viking Athletics, Dave Myers was the first athletic director and physical education teacher for Grand Island Central School District where he worked from 1948-1983. He was one of the original thirteen faculty members as well as the first male faculty member employed at Grand Island Central School District. Dave named Grand Island athletic teams “The Vikings” and designed the athletic fields and indoor facilities. He also served as the first director of the town recreation department.
   Students, faculty and fans will honor Mr. Myers for his outstanding influence and contributions to Viking Athletics at this Saturday’s half time break.

JV Vikings Beat Ken-East Bulldogs - 2008
JT Tomkins Photos

    On Thursday September 18 the Grand Island Viking JV football team took on the Kenmore East Bulldogs. Both teams came into the game on a short week of practice and the Viking proved they were ready from the start. Grand Island forced Kenmore to punt in their first offensive series and on the Vikings first play on offense Nick Kellner went on a 65-yard end around for the first score of the game. Grand Island did not let up from there, scoring on their next two series. The second touchdown came on a pass from Tom Dzielski to tight end Stephen Vitello, in which Vitello ran through defenders on his way to the end-zone. The third score of the first half came on a 40-yard play action pass from Dzielski to Patrick Gallagher. During the second half Grand Island controlled the ball on the ground and capped off the scoring with a short touchdown run by Connor Murray. The Vikings defense played an outstanding game and were led by team captain Ben Tomkins. Nathan Benoit remained perfect for the year by adding 4 extra points. Final score Grand Island 28 - Ken-East 8 This week Grand Island's JV team travels to Williamsville East on Saturday September 27.
   The JV team is coached by Brian Willats

Flagstone Patio is Gift To GIHS - September 2008

Pictured are Diane and Mark Hassan and teacher Sandy Burns.

   The high school courtyard has a new addition! A beautiful flagstone patio has been installed for students and faculty to enjoy through the generous flagstone donation by Mark and Diane Hassan. Mike Rotella of Wayside Nursery donated his company's time and effort for the installation! Mark, Diane, and Mike are proud, former graduates of Grand Island High School. Another donation came from the Student Council in the form of umbrellas and tables, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful fall and spring days outside.

A Message from GIHS Principal - Sept. 18, 2008

"A Message from GIHS Principal Sandy Anzalone

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending September 18, 2008
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High School News - Sept. 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, September 18, 2008 . . .Despite the popular belief of many parents, teachers and administrators, teens do not have it all that easy. Myself, like my friends, must meet the expectations of so many adults. If we do not, then we not only feel the pressure that we put on ourselves but we also feel like a failure to the many adults who we try to please. As a varsity tennis player, playing first singles, I feel intense pressure to make the grade. Knowing that I was a second doubles player last year, jumping to this spot is a bit surreal to me. Let me remind you that I’m now playing in the spot that was once cherished by Brittany Stallard. Now those are some mighty big shoes to fill! This week alone, we’ve had tennis games on Monday Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Those evenings don’t end until 7:00 p.m, if I’m lucky. Quickly I inhale dinner, then, I’m off to shower and do my homework. God forbid if I’ve got a test which I did on Tuesday. I was hit with an AP Euro test and a physics test! I know it may appear that I’m complaining, I’m not… really! I’m trying to show you that just like any adult, teens feel stress too. They feel that with all of their responsibilities, they are being pulled in a million directions. We understand about spreading ourselves too thin and having so much on our plates that just maybe we don’t achieve the results that we know we are capable of. I guess my point is that growing up isn’t easy! Don’t forget that tonight is open house at the high school. I welcome every parent to see what pressure we’re under. High School Spirit Day is next Friday, and Homecoming Football game and dance are on Saturday, September 27th. Participate and enjoy it, we deserve it!

High School News - September 2008

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, September 18, 2008 . . .Saturday was a big day for two local bands and their supporting fans. The high school bands, INLITE and Sleepless City, performed at the Music is Art Festival. It was held at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, and was flooded with people of all ages, news teams and record producers, all ready to take in beautiful music and art. The constant rain did not stop the amazing performances. Drew Lazelle, Craig and Travis Perno, and Cody Hogrewe of Sleepless City performed at 1:20 p.m. and INLITE took the main stage at 2 p.m. Jordan Dixon, Griffin Smith, Nick Kelly, Josh Little and Lee Becker grasped a majority of the audience's attention and received an encore! Congratulations and best of luck to both bands with their upcoming shows and recordings; and thanks to all who went out to support them.

JV Football Team Suffers Loss To Sweethome - 2008

(right) Patrick Gallagher carries the ball.

Kicking the extra point
JT Tomkins Photos - Click for larger view

    Grand Island Vikings Junior Varsity football team suffered a loss to Sweethome on Saturday, September 13 at Sweethome. Final score was 28-21.

Inlite Performs At Music Is Art Festival - 2008

Inlite band members are Grand Island High School students Jordan Dixon, Griffin Smith, Nick Kelly, Josh Little and Lee Becker

Phil Cavuoto photos - Click for larger view.

   Inlite captured the audience at the Music Is Art Festival Saturday, September 13, 2008. See Buffalo News 9/17/08 story by Leigh Giangreco, NeXt Correspondent, Buffalo News.

Scott Holler - 2008

   Scott Holler, a Grand Island High School senior and star volleyball player for the Vikings, was featured in the Niagara Gazette on Tuesday, September 16, 2008. See
"Niagara Gazette" for the story by Nate Beutel.

High School Open House - 2008

   Grand Island High School will hold its annual Open House on Thursday, September 18, 2008 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parents will be given schedules in the Viking Mall starting at 6:15 p.m. and may follow that schedule which provides an opportunity to meet with each teacher for 10 minutes and gain an overview of the curriculum for that subject area.

GIHS Store To Have Grand Opening! - September 2008

   The Grand Island High School Bookstore is under new advisement and has moved to a new location in the school, the Viking Mall! Business teacher, Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain, is excited to teach and assist her Small Business Class in the operation of this business venture at GIHS. New products include an expanded apparel line and food/drink items for students after school. The school store initiative could not have been possible without the help of former advisor Sandy Burns, GIHS maintenance personnel and Assistant Principal Mr. Christopher Swiatek. "Look for our grand opening the night of open house, September 18th!" For more information on the school store, contact Mrs. Chamberlain at 773-8820.

High School News - September 2008
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, September 11, 2008 . . .It is with bittersweet emotion that I report that school is now in session. The stressed out “June” faces of faculty, staff and administrators have been replaced with “better, refreshed, approachable, “September” smiles. We are well into our first week of school and the teachers took no time in assigning mounds of homework. What ever happened to easing us back into a routine? It’s hardly begun and many of us wish it were over! Fall sports are in full swing; last Friday night Grand Island beat Lewiston Porter in both Football and Tennis. Way to go Vikings! Please check your school calendar. School pictures for GIHS are September 11 and 12, Open House is September 18 at 6:15 p.m., Senior Luncheon is September 19, High School Spirit Day is September 26 followed by our annual Homecoming Dance on the 27th, which has now been opened up to include freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending September 11, 2008
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Girls Varsity Soccer Teams Victorious - 2008

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    Monday, September 8th was another successful afternoon for the Grand Island Vikings Ladies Soccer Program, with both the Varsity (13-0) and JV teams logging double digit wins with shut outs credited to the goalies when they played at Niagara Falls High School.

JV Football Team Beats Lew-Port - 2008

JT Tomkins Photos - Click for larger view

    Grand Island Vikings Junior Varsity football team opened its season at home against the Lew-Port Lancers with a 14 - 0 victory on Saturday morning, September 6. It was a scoreless first half in which Grand Island failed to score in the red zone on three straight visits. The second half both teams continued to give the opposing offenses problems. The Vikings got on the board when defensive End, Tom Dzielski, scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery in the 3rd quarter and Ben Tomkins scored on a 40-yard run in the 4th quarter with only two minutes remaining. Grand Island's defense continued to give the Lancers problems and recorded the first shut-out in the first game. The Vikings fullback, Ben Tomkins added a 37 yd. touchdown to cap off the scoring. Nathan Benoit was good on 2 of 2 on extra points. "It was an overall great effort by our defense to hold Lew-port scoreless," Head Coach Brian Willats said. Team captains are Ben Tomkins, Nick Kellner and Stephen Vitello and Assistant Coach is Pat Lester.

GIHS Class of 2010 Ice Cream Fundraiser - September 2008

   Why cook Saturday Night? - Support the Class of 2010 instead! The Class of 2010 will hold an end of summer fundraiser at Adrian's Custard & Beef this Saturday, September 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come to Adrian's and enjoy the great food and ice cream! The Junior class will receive a portion of all sales made from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. What a great way to support the class, gather with friends and family, and not have to cook dinner! Wear your blue and white! See you there! Go Vikings! Go 2010

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending September 4, 2008
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Grand Island High School Vikingettes Place 2nd at Nationals - August 2008

(left photo) Molly, Rebecca, Shelbi and Alissa are joined at AYOP by twirlers Samantha Kenyon and Alyssa Fuoco
(center photo)Molly, Shelbi, Alissa, Mr. Williamson, Rebecca and Mrs. Wynne - The Vikingettes were pleasantly surprised when their science teacher showed up to cheer them on! Mr. Williamson was conducting research at the University of Notre Dame this summer.
(right photo) Grand Island Vikingettes are (back) Molly Wynne and Shelbi Milkas; (front) Alissa Bailey and Captain Rebecca Sobol

   The Vikingettes, Grand Island High School’s new baton team, traveled to South Bend, Indiana this past July to compete at the AYOP Competition (America’s Youth on Parade). As the most prestigious twirling event of the year, AYOP brings together the best baton athletes, teams and corps for a series of National and World Championship contests. The national event was held in the Athletic and Convocation centers on the University of Notre Dame campus.
   New to AYOP this year was the 2008 USA High School Twirling Championships. The Vikingettes twirled to a mix of Celtic inspired tunes bringing home second place in the High School Line, Dance Twirl contest.
   The team is under the direction of high school teacher Cindy Wynne. In addition to the high school event, each girl competed in solo competitions, and as members of The Islettes Elite Majorettes of Grand Island, directed by Heidi Sue Mumm.

Chalk Walk Results - August 2008

Grand Island's Chalk Walk Team
By Nichole and Danielle Nash

    Results of the Western New York Chalk Walk Competition, held Saturday, August 9, disappointed the Grand Island team. The Island team for years has placed in the top three and has even received first place for many of those years but did not place this year. This year's first place winner was the Lewiston Porter team and second and third place went to St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Kenmore-East.
   The Grand Island design featured scenes of the Lockport locks, the Niagara-Ontario skyline, Old Fort Niagara, the Western New York Chalk Walk Competition, the Seneca Casino and Hotel, the Power Lines and the majestic scene of Niagara Falls. The Grand Island mural was quite exceptional and the team was told by volunteers that they were baffled as to why Grand Island did not win this year. The team wishes to send out thanks to all those Grand Islanders who came out to support them on Saturday.

High School Announces Freshmen/New Student/Parent Orientation - August 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 6:30 - 8:00 P.M. Freshmen/New Student/Parent Orientation
   High School Auditorium
All freshmen, new students, and parents are encouraged to attend high school student and parent orientation:
6:30 p.m. - Pick up student packets
   Receive a Student-Parent Handbook
   Receive a schedule, with locker location
6:45-7:45 p.m. - Program (auditorium)
7:45-8:00 p.m. - Student and parents have the opportunity to tour the high school
Refreshments will be available in the high school cafeteria

Student Reporters Invite All To Lewiston Chalk Walk Competition - August 2008

By Nichole and Danielle Nash

   Every year the Lewiston Council on the Arts hosts a competition for talented high school students. This competition, the Western New York Chalk Walk Competition, allows high school students to depict a theme through a chalk drawing. The annual event is held at the Lewiston Art Festival. Team members representing Grand Island this year are Chris Jurga, Allisa Bailey, and Jenna Hutzler and their supervisor Megan Gaiek. Chris, a recent graduate of Grand Island High School, plans on attending Bryant & Stratton College this fall with a major in design. Allisa and Jenna will be continuing their studies at Grand Island High School this fall. Allisa will be a junior and Jenna will be a senior. Grand Island High School art teacher, Megan Gaiek, has been supervising the Grand Island team for twelve years and out of those twelve years the Island team has taken first place four times and has always placed in the top three.
   Every year the Lewiston Art Festival chooses a theme the competitors must illustrate to the best of their abilities. This year’s theme is 200 Years of Diversity, which was chosen to observe the Niagara County bicentennial. Teams may be depicting different landmarks of the Niagara County area or different activities that can be done in the Niagara County area. Their objective is to showcase two-hundred years of history. This year’s team is fantastic and is planning on placing yet again. Their strategy is to incorporate a vast array of color while including a lot of historical content.
   These talented artists who are representing Grand Island deserve our community support. So come out and support them on Saturday, the 9th. They begin drawing at noon and the judging takes place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Chalk Walk is only one part of the festival, which takes place both Saturday, August 9th and Sunday, August 10th, and the drawings for chalk walk will be on Center Street between 5th and 6th Street in Lewiston.

Isle Students To Compete In "Chalk Walk - August 2008

   After many long and hot practices on the pavement in the back parking lot of Grand Island High School, three talented students will prove their artistic skills as they compete in this year’s 24th Annual WNY High School Chalk Walk competition in Lewiston. The Island team is comprised of returning member, Jenna Hutzler, last year’s alternate, Alissa Bailey and new member, Chris Jurga. The competition takes place on Saturday, August 9th on Center Street, beginning at 12 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m. This year’s theme is 200 Years of Diversity in Niagara County. Judging of the 8’ x 10’ drawings will immediately follow. Come cheer on Grand Island!!

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