Grand Island High School News Web Page 2009

Grand Island High School Website

Previous News Pages

GIHS Football Page

"GIHS Sports Schedules/Information"

Sandra Anzalone

44th GIHS Commencement - 2009

    An estimated 281 Grand Island High School seniors received diplomas at the school's 44th commencement held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2009 at Art Park, Lewiston, NY. Charlene Meyer is the class Valedictorian and the daughter of Wendy and Richard Meyer. She will attend the State University of Buffalo, majoring in pharmacy. Taylor Jackson, daughter of Stephen and Kathy Jackson, is the class Salutatorian. She will attend Duke University, majoring in biology. See
"Potential Graduates" for the list of Grand Island High School Potential 2009 Graduates.

All-Niagara Frontier League Softball - 2009

    First Team: Danielle Frye (Senior, INF, Kenmore West), Jenna Rickan (Senior, OF, Kenmore West), Caitlin Attfield (Freshman, INF, Niagara-Wheatfield), Kelly Bourque (Junior, P, Niagara-Wheatfield), Joanna Fretthold (Senior, INF, North Tonawanda), Shaina Bunker (Sophomore, C, North Tonawanda), Holly Conte (Junior, P, Niagara Falls), Nikki Kraft (Senior, C, Niagara Falls), Kristen Deschenes (Senior, P, Kenmore East), Emily Thompson (Senior, P/OF, Grand Island), Carly Knight (Senior, P, Lewiston-Porter), Emily Belfield (Freshman, OF, Lockport).
    Second Team: Lexi Santa Maria (Sophomore, P, Kenmore West), Kaley Vazquez (Junior, INF, Kenmore West), Shelly Maggard (Junior, INF, Niagara-Wheatfield), Angela Elliott (Senior, INF, Niagara-Wheatfield), Natalie Hils (Senior, OF, North Tonawanda), Caitlin Kirbis (Junior, INF, North Tonawanda), Jamie Olander (Senior, INF, Niagara Falls), Jordan Dudish (Junior, INF, Grand Island), Kasey Sumnar (Junior, C, Grand Island), Alex Dickson (Junior, INF, Kenmore East), Janeanne LePage (Senior, C, Lewiston-Porter), Megan Anderson (Senior, P, Lockport).
    Third Team: Kirsty Webb (Junior, C, Kenmore West), Ashley Krier (Junior, INF, Kenmore West), Katie Gruarin (Sophomore, OF, Niagara-Wheatfield), Katie Destino (Junior, C, Niagara-Wheatfield), Allie Gibson (Junior, P, North Tonawanda), Julie Harmon (Senior, INF, North Tonawanda), Chelsea O’Laughlin (Junior, OF, Lewiston-Porter), Sam price (Senior, C, Kenmore East), Savannah Sanders (Senior, OF, Kenmore East), Sam Tilkins (Junior, P, Grand Island), Megan Cuda (Freshman, INF, Lewiston-Porter), Kelly McKeever (Freshman, INF, Lockport)

Gazette Baseball Players of Year - 2009

"6/30/09 Niagara Gazette".

Prom Photo - June 2009

Click photo for larger view.

   This group of prom goers gathered at the home of Guyanne and Bob Schiffhauer on West Oakfield Road before taking a lemo to Salvatore’s Italian Garden on June 19th for the GIHS Class of 2009's Senior Prom.
   Shown are (left) Mike Kelly, Jessica Sharrow, Ryan Harnden, Katie Raiser, John Bidell and Samantha Gieselman, Michael Scheid, Kaitlin Incorvia, AJ Guenther, Arlene Wunsch, Phil Alexander, Kaitlyn Czerwonka, Cory Butler, Amanda Geis, Mark Argy, Stefane Samland, Dan Basile and Malorie Bennett.

After Prom Party - June 2009

(left) Bob Simpson and Richard Little - (center) Jousting - (right) Prom Queen and King Molly Hyland and Joe Oliverio

   A Post Prom Party, a first for the high school, was held after the senior prom at Salvatore’s Italian Garden on June 19th at the high school, and was a huge success. Bob Simpson and his crew of parents, students and staff worked diligently to plan and promote the event, and raise money for donations. Over $12,000 worth of donations were collected and over 280 students attended. The party ran from 1 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. Thanks to everyone who donated to the event and all the faculty, staff and parents who helped with the party. A big thank you to Mr. Bob Simpson for organizing the entire event.

Joel Klock Gazette Baseball Player of the Year - 2009

"6/23/09 Niagara Gazette" story by Nate Beutel.

Grand Island High School Potential 2009 Graduates

(left) Charlene Meyer and Taylor Jackson

   Click "Potential Graduates" for the list of Grand Island High School Potential 2009 Graduates.
   Charlene Meyer is the class Valedictorian and the daughter of Wendy and Richard Meyer. She will attend the State University of Buffalo, majoring in pharmacy.
   Taylor Jackson, daughter of Stephen and Kathy Jackson, is the class Salutatorian. She will attend Duke University, majoring in biology.

Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship Winners - 2009

(left) Alex Imperi and Charlene Meyer
   Alex Imperi was awarded the New York Lottery 2009 Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship. The LOT Scholarship was created as an extension of the Lottery's mission to raise revenue for education in NY State, and as a means to recognize New York's most community-minded students. The judges on the 2009 LOT Scholarship review panel were impressed with the qualifications of the applicants submitted this year for consideration. After a rigorous review process, the judges selected Alexandra Imperi to receive the $5,000 LOT Scholarship award.
   Charlene Meyer has been awarded a $1500.00 NY State Scholarship of Excellence.
    The following Seniors are receipients of the 2009 New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. If they attend a college or university in NY State, they will receive a $500.00 award each year:
Hanna Cliff Taylor Jackson Joshua Kahn
Michael Karpie Charles LaVallee Evan Tsembelis
Kelly Williams

Senior Prom Photos - 2009

   Senior Prom 2009 photos will be added to the Grand Island High School news page at To submit photos for consideration, email to

GM Fuel Cell Car Demonstration - June 2009

Left: Director of Fuel Cell Commercialization Mr. Daniel B. O'Connell

Jodi Robinson Photos - click for larger view.

   The Grand Island High School and Connor Middle School Technology departments were in their glory on Monday, June 15th. GIHS hosted a car of the future run by fuel cells, a GM made Equnox, and Mr. Daniel B. O'Connell, Director of Fuel Cell Commercialization. Mr. O'Connell gave a powerpoint presentation describing where the U.S. and world is at regarding petroleum usage and the benefits of a car run by fuel cells. Students and teachers learned of a program entitled "Project Driveway" where 100 cars are being test driven by ordinary citizens since its inception in January of 2008. These cars have passed all safety tests, get 50 miles per gallon of hydrogen and are easier to maintain as there are one tenth of the moving parts in a gasoline powered vehicle. The goal of GM is to have the cars in production within 5-6 years, and a 2020 goal of having a significant portion of vehicles in service. When hydrogen production can meet the demand of that goal, a cost of $2 per gallon is expected. The fuel cell car hums like a fan on low, can reach speeds of up to 100 mph, gets twice as good mileage as the fuel efficient cars of today and creates 100 kilowatts of electricity. For a look at how the fuel cells work, check out the GM information page
   Students enrolled in Grand Island’s Project Lead the Way program were invited to attend this special viewing. Grand Island High School, partnered with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), offers a pre-engineering program to students called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). The program offers a hands-on, project based approach to learning that incorporates math, science, English and technology skills to prepare students who plan to continue their education in the field of engineering. Students that complete the necessary requirements may apply for RIT college credit for those courses. Since its inception in 2007, enrollment for the Project Lead the Way Program has grown exponentially with more than five times the number of students registered than anticipated.

GI Track Takes 2nd & 4th At States - June 2009
Helman is 2nd in Pole Vault
Tsembelis Breaks School Record in 1600

Adam Helman

   The Grand Island Track & Field Team broke two school records and took a second and fourth place in the New York State Track & Field Championships at CNS High School over the weekend (June 12-13). Adam Helman capped his high school career by taking 2nd place in the Pole Vault. He vaulted 14’ – 9” and barely missed at 15-0. It was Helman’s first loss this year after winning all five Invites during the season as well as the NFL and Sectional titles. “Adam had a great season. He was more consistent in the mid to upper 14-foot range this year. He’s a lot stronger and faster this year with doing the long jump and the 4x100 relay”, noted Coach Don Sauer. “He the second best Vaulter in the State, both Indoor and Outdoors,” noted Assistant Coach Jim Patterson.
   The other top finisher was Senior Evan Tsembelis in the 1600. He was seeded number 10 in the race and came up big with an impressive 4th place finish. In the final straight-a-way, he had moved into second place but faded to 4th in the last 20 yards. The winner of the race set a new state record. Tsembelis’ time improved his own school record to 4:13.24. “He ran a perfect race, with splits of 63, 64, 64 and 62”, noted Sauer. “He moved up in the 3rd quarter to put him in contention and the most difficult lap to run.” The day before, Tsembelis anchored the 4x400 relay team to a 2nd place in their heat and a new school record. Shaun Winter led off with a 51.7 split followed by Jordan Gibson followed with a 52.8. Chris Stessing came back with a 51.2 and Evan finished with a 51.6 for a time of 3:27.45. “I told them to go out and run their best, even break the record if they want, and they did!” “It is a great way to end a fantastic season” an elated Coach Sauer expressed after the race. “They just don’t give up….ever,” noted Assistant Coach Jim Patterson. Greg Feathers placed 8th in the Discus with a 148’ 7” effort. “He threw well and had a great accomplishment making it to the States. I am proud of the fact he is here representing Grand Island and Section VI” commented Sauer.

Track Is Grand At Sectionals - June 2009
School Records Fall
Tsembelis Wins 800-1600
Helman, Feathers 4x4 Win Big

Evan Tsembelis

   The Boys Track and Field Team capped a phenomenal 2009 season with some outstanding performances at the Sectional State Qualifiers at Pioneer. The Vikings had 5 individual winners and a relay team representing the girls and boys teams that broke two school records in the process.
   On Friday, Senior Evan Tsembelis won the 800 in a 1:55.52 and came back on Saturday to win the 1600 in one of the most exciting races of the day. He kicked with 150m to go and held off a challenge by Joe Whelan, the State Cross Country Champion from Hamburg. An hour later, he anchored the 4x400 relay team to a win with a new school record of 3:28.16. Teammates Shaun Winter, Jordan Gibson and Chris Stessing carried Tsembelis off the track in jubilation after the race. The team was the top 4x4 relay team in WNY all season. “This just makes their mark on their efforts this season,” noted an elated Coach Don Sauer. “They ran their hearts out and just wouldn’t give up as they were challenged by Hamburg, Lancaster and in the final leg, Lockport. We have a lot of respect for those teams and I think they now respect us,” Sauer commented. The relay was the “icing on the cake”!
   On Friday, Senior Captain Greg Feathers followed the footsteps of his older brother, Mike, to the State Meet in the Discus. He placed second and with a throw earlier in the season of 152’ 7” qualified for the State Championships at CNS this weekend. Senior Captain Adam Helman won the Pole Vault in near perfect conditions with a season best of 15’-0”. “Adam had a real good day as he had some really solid jumps that should give him some confidence going into the State Meet”. Adam is rated 2nd in the vault in the State.
   Other notable performances included Sophomore Chris Meyer breaking the Class Record in the 800 with a 2:01.7 seventh place finish. Shaun Winter placed 2nd in the Long Jump while Derek Stacey was 6th in the Steeplechase. Junior Chris Stessing and Jordan Gibson got PR’s (personal records) in the 400 running 52.03 and 53.36 respectively. The 4x100 relay team also set a new school record with a time of 43.76 in the finals placing an impressive 3rd. Helman, Alex Neutz, Eric Breier and Winter as a quartet had flawless hand-offs. The 4x800 relay team of all sophomores ran to a 9th place finish. Chris Meyer, Nick Masiello, Matt Killian and Derek Stacey ran 8:44.44.
   The winner on the girls' team was Jenna Raepple winning the Long Jump with a 17’ 73/4” effort and taking 2nd in the Triple Jump at 35’ 11 ¼”. Eighth grader, Alex Brown, jumped 5’ in the High Jump placing an impressive 4th. The girls 4x100 of Amber Duda, Laurie Wilczak, Jenna Raepple and Jamie Raepple placed 2nd with a season best of 50.62. The 4x800 relay team of Maritina Tsembelis, Amber Speisz, Dominique DeGregorario and Kelsey Mash was 5th in 10:10.85. Maritina Tsembelis was 4th in the 800 in 2:20.06 and 9th in the 3000 with a time of 11:08.47.

High School News - June 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, June 11, 2009 . . . School is finally out!!!!!! Well, actually Friday is our last day. Wow, how the year flew by. I have to say this has been the most exciting year by far; from the bonfire and the powder puff game, to all the dances, and all our sports teams defeating and dominating other teams. This school year seemed to leave an impact on everyone’s life. But, it isn’t exactly over yet. Senior Prom will be held at Salvatore’s Italian Garden on June 19th and then finally the graduation at Art Park on June 28th at 2 p.m. I want to wish all the seniors good luck in their futures and hey, you finally are graduating high school!!!!!! We will miss you! And now I must of course bring up the worst. I would like to remind everyone that next week and part of the next is exam weeks. All students must arrive on time for their exams or they will fail the class. The exam schedule is posted online and if you have any questions just contact either the main office or your child’s teacher. So students don’t forget to study :)

Vikings Track Star Evan Tsembelis - June 2009

   See "6/6/09 Niagara Gazette" story by Nate Beutel and David J. Hill.

Vikings Baseball Team Ends Excellent Season With Loss - June 2009

   See "6/10/09 Buffalo News" story by Amy Moritz.

Summer Concerts Announced - June 2009
   A summer concert series has been scheduled at Grinders Skate Park featuring three+ island bands. The dates are June 27, July 18 and August 28th with concerts beginning at 6:00 p.m. Check out concert information for all the details. The concerts will benefit the Grand Island Relay For Life.

10th Annual Cook-Out - June 2009

Left: Food Service employee Judy Prior, Food Service Director Dennis Donovan, Superintendent Robert Christmann and Guidance Counselor Tom Marshall.
Right: From left: Sarah Young, Jovana Bichler and Jordan Dudish.
Jodi Robinson Photos - Click for larger view

   Ever since Dennis Donovan became Food Director for the Grand Island School District he has had a cook-out in June. Ten years later, Dennis still gets help from teachers and staff roasting hot dogs for the high school students. This year's roast took place on Tuesday, June 9th under sunny skies.

Varsity Vikings Baseball Team Wins Section VI Class A Championship - June 2009

   See "6/5/09 Buffalo News" story by Rodney McKissic.

Vikings Win NFL Track Championships - May 2009
Boys Win 5 Events
Team Depth is Factor

   The Grand Island Boys Track Team won the NFL Championships for the second year in a row scoring 143 points, beating runner-up Niagara Falls by 4 points. It was an exciting two days with four different teams challenging for top honors but the Vikings were not to be denied. The squad had more depth than anyone scoring needed points in every event. "It wasn't just our top people that got points, we won with a total team effort, scraping for points in every event," noted Coach Don Sauer. "We knew where we would score big points but it was the 3, 4, 5 and 6th place finishers that pulled us through. I am really proud of that," commented Sauer.
   Evan Tsembelis was a double winner taking the 800 and 1600, then anchoring the 4x800 to a second place finish and anchoring the 4x400 in a hard fought battle.
   Greg Feathers won the Discus and took 2nd in the Shot.
   Shaun Winter was second in the Long Jump and High Jump.
   Adam Helman won the Pole Vault. He was a member of the second place 4x100 relay along with Eric Breier, Alex Neutz and Shaun Winter.
   Senior Alex Neutz had a big day placing 2nd in the 200 and 4th in the 100.
   In the Pentathlon, Zach Manquen took 2nd and Anthony O'Meally was 5th.
   Derek Stacey was 4th in the Steeplechase. Later he teamed up with Nick Masiello, Chris Meyer and Tsembelis to take 2nd in the 4x800 relay.
    The relays ran well taking two seconds and a first.
   Senior Bob Rutland placed 4th in the Discus.
   In the Hurdles Jared Northrup had a strong day placing fourth in both High and Intermediate Hurdles.
   Fifth place points were had by Chris Meyer in the 800, Nick Masiello in the 3200 and Matt Killian in the Intermediate Hurdles.
   Long Jumper Eric Breier placed 6th.
   Junior Chris Stessing took 5th in the 400 and was 4th in the Triple Jump, the final event of the day to earn 4 points!
   The Team competes at Sectionals this weekend to qualify for the State Meet next weekend at Circero-North Syracuse.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending June 4, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 6/4/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.

GIHS Student Earns BEEP Scholarship - June 2009

Pictured are Chelsea Bernardi, Mrs. Chamberlain and Jenna Hutzler. Missing from the photo is Kaitlyn Czerwonka
Click photo for larger view

   Three GIHS students enrolled in Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain's Business Education Employability Portfolio Class (BEEP) competed against 14 other WNY schools for scholarships provided by the Niagara Frontier Industry and Education Council (NFIEC). Chelsea Bernardi, Kaitlyn Czerwonka and Jenna Hutzler were chosen as finalists for this prestigious scholarship after a grueling interview process where they defended their career/professional portfolios created in class. Jenna Hutzler earned the top scholarship of $1,000 at this competition. Congratulations goes to all three candidates for their hard work on their portfolios.

High School News - June 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, June 4, 2009 . . .Well, the year is finally dwindling to an end. Our seniors will begin their futures and our juniors will begin to dominate the school. But still to come, on Friday June 5th, is the annual Senior Class Day where all seniors will be allowed to enjoy the day at Beaver Island. Since yearbooks were distributed on Monday and Tuesday it would be a great time for signing and writing down memories about how each and every person became friends with someone they would have never thought would hold a spot in their hearts. This event will be supervised of course so I hope everyone has a great time. The weather should be nice so enjoy it. Also is the Senior Prom which is held on June 19th and finally graduation. It has been a great year and all the seniors will be truly missed. As for the rest of the students, another year will be coming around the bend sooner than we all think. Next year school will start on September 1st! But for right now we will just ponder on what a great summer this will be and with only one week left of school and then exams it will soon be here.

CEIP/Internship Students Assist with Kindergarten Orientation at Sidway! - June 2009

Lauren Fermoile is shown with the bear (Joey Khreis).
Click photos for larger view

   A long time tradition of high school students welcoming new kindergarten students at Sidway School during their orientation was a sight to behold on Tuesday, May 19th. Twenty five junior and seniors from Cheryl Chamberlain's CEIP Internship course enjoyed an afternoon working with these incoming students to help them adjust to life in the school setting. Many of the interns were once students of Sidway and they enjoyed reminiscing about their time in kindergarten and first grade at this wonderful school. For more information on the internship program at Grand Island please call 773-8820.

GI Varsity Baseball Team To Play In Class A Final - June 2009

   The Grand Island Varsity baseball team defeated Cheektowaga 6-4 on Monday, June 1st and earned their way to the Class A finals. The game against Albion will be played Thursday, June 4th at 7p.m. at Coca-Cola Field, formerly Dunn Tire Park. Tickets are $5.00 and fans are asked to enter through the Pettibone entrance.

High School
Technology Fair - 2009

   A Grand Island Technology Fair, a first for GIHS, will be presented by the students from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 in the High School Viking Mall. "Come see everything that our students have been working so hard on all year," a spokesman for the students said this week. This will be a great opportunity to see what the Middle and High School Technology programs do. You will be able to drive the heavy weight sumo robots, compete in a “Hockey-Bot” competition, race air cars, try out the “Cyborg” electronic guidance system, watch as students test a large scale bridge for strength, race magnetic levitation cars, see a kayak being built, witness the unveiling of “Viking Hoops”, look at the amazing architectural designs that students have been building, and so much more. This is going to be a fun evening, open to parents, students of all ages, and the public. Come share in the excitement and join us for a great time!

High School News - May 2009

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, May 28, 2009 . . .It’s that time of year again! The sun is out, the birds are chirping, the kids are at play, and…what is that?! The cars are covered in dirt, pollen and salt?! Don’t you want your car free from the winter and spring debris? However, you probably have been putting it off. Well here is your chance to get your car sparkling again, and all you have to do is start your engine and drive to the Blizzard Car Wash! Stop by the car wash on Grand Island Boulevard located next to the Asian Buffet. This Saturday, May 30th, the money raised will be donated to the GIHS Class of 2010! (GO JUNIORS!) This fundraiser will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. One wash is priced at only $5.00! You may even have a friend clean your car, since there will be added staff during these hours. They will all be students from the junior class. So stop by the Blizzard Car Wash and help out the GIHS Class of 2010! We hope to see you there!

High School News - May 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, May 28, 2009 . . . Isn’t it odd that as the year winds down, we are moving quicker than ever to “finish” up loose ends? Whatever happened to relaxing and reflecting on what the past school year represented? Did I do my best? Was there room for improvement? (Unfortunately…yes) Any regrets? Students don’t have time to think, let alone reflect. The end of the year means pressure. Papers are due, tests and exams are being crammed in and we are receiving invitations that request our presence at National Honor Society Induction ceremonies, and PTSA award presentations. While always a pleasure to be recognized, it means that we must undergo further constraints on our already limited time. For many, summer jobs have begun, looming exams hover over us like a dark cloud…and now the summer heat is starting to spike. I think I once heard that 85 degree temperatures are a prerequisite to administering exams. All I know is… thank goodness we’re kids. We’re resilient; we bounce back, down one minute and up the next. Just a note- Mark your calendars - Relay for Life is June 6 and Congratulations go out to Mr. Reddien and his new bride as they were married this past weekend. I wish them a lifetime of happiness.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending May 28, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 5/28/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.

GIHS Rugby News - May 2009

Click link above for photo

   The GIHS Rugby Team won their last match of the season but 3 of our players were taken from the field to area hospitals with significant injuries. "These guys played a hard first year in Division II Rugby" See Rugby Team Roster

GIHS Boys Track News - May 2009

Track Photo A
Track Photo B
Click links above for photos

   GI Boys are 4-0 with a 76-65 win over the Falls.
Vikings also won the Batavia Invite and the Pioneer Invite.!! At Pioneer, the boys won the 4x4 and 4x1 relays, The Long Jump (Shaun Winter) the 800 Evan Tsembelis, Adam Helman in the Pole Vault.
Monday is the last HOME meet vs Lew Port. Donate a pair of pre-used running sneakers and take them to the Track meet to be sent to the need in Appalachia!

Kelsey Mash Featured In Niagara Gazette - 2009

   See 5/27/09 Niagara Gazette Story By Nate Beutel.

Three Grand Island Athletes Nominated For Buffalo Fan Awards Network - May 2009

Pictured above are Alex Neutz who was named Football player of the Year; Jon Roth, Athletic Director for Grand Island High School; and Adam Helman who was named Track & Field Player of the Year.
Click photo for larger view

   Shea’s Buffalo Theater was the setting for the first annual Buffalo FAN Awards Network Show which took place on May 21, 2009. Fan Awards Network provides fans the opportunity to vote on-line for their favorite high school, college and pro athletes. Nominated from Grand Island High School were Adam Helman for Boys Track and Field High School Athlete of the Year, Joe Oliverio for Boys High School Athlete of the Year Large School, and Boys High School Baseball Player of the Year, and Alex Neutz for High School Football Player of the Year Large School.

High School News - May 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

Jr. Prom Photo
Jr. Prom Photo
   Thursday, May 21, 2009 . . .In case you were wondering …the school budget passed. However, this does not mean that everything improves or even stays the same. The district will make changes as per the capital project; students may not see some of these improvements because they go beyond cosmetic. Other changes that will be more noticeable will be the absence of some faces that we’ve “come” home to every September. One face missing from our September lineup will be Assistant Principal Mr. Swiatek, we wish him and his new students the best of luck.
   While we talk about the day to day faces we encounter that affect our lives as students, let’s not forget about our governing body, the Board of Education. They too, may be facing some changes as there was a tie between Mr. George Casey and Mrs. Teresa Price. The public will vote again in approximately 45 days. One thing I’ve learned at Grand Island High School is that when placing a bet you should go with a sure thing. Mr. George Casey has been a sure thing. He is aware of the needs of our schools and his reputation exceeds him. He has always put children first. I encourage you to make a wise choice and vote Mr. Casey. He hasn’t disappointed us yet!
    Wednesday evening, Grand Island Senior High School and National Honor Society welcomed 65 new members. A speech by Mr. Christmann applauded these high achievers of being able to know when to say yes and when to say no. When peer pressure is at every turn, he firmly believes that these students possess a firm foundation to overcome most obstacles and will definitely find success in whatever they choose to do.
    Junior prom has come and gone, but the memories will last forever. Thank you to everyone who helped make it special. As you can see by the picture the junior class cleans up pretty well.

Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
May 2009

Taylor Jackson                      David McMichael

   Taylor Jackson was born in Detroit, Michigan, moving to Grand Island when she was two years old. She has always had a deep desire to succeed, and has demonstrated this drive throughout her academic career. Beginning in Charlotte Sidway School, Taylor earned the distinction of being Pride of the Island in the first grade, and would later receive the honor again in Grade 5 as a student at Huth Road Elementary School. At Huth, and at Veronica E. Connor Middle School, Taylor earned several distinctions and awards.
   In high school, Taylor continued to pride herself on being conscientious, hard working, and ambitious. She has chosen, from the beginning of her freshman year, to take the most challenging courses possible, including honors and advanced placement classes. Upon graduation, she will have completed 9 Advanced Placement courses, along with the NUSTEP program, earning college credits in Spanish. She has maintained a GPA of 4.01 throughout high school, and is currently ranked first in her class. Her high school awards include Outstanding Honors Biology Student, Grand Island High School Parent Teacher Student Association Award for Academic Excellence, Grand Island High School Parent Teacher Student Association Academic Pin, Grand Island High School Parent Teacher Student Association Academic Letter, Williams College Book Award, Outstanding AP Biology Student, Outstanding Foreign Language Student, Semifinalist in the 2009 National Achievement Scholarship Program, and the AP Scholar award, for earning at least a 3.25 on all four of her AP exams thus far.
   Taylor is also involved in many extracurricular activities. She is an active member of Grand Island High School’s music program. She was a member of Concert Band during her freshman and sophomore years, playing the clarinet and the trombone, and of Wind Ensemble as a clarinetist for the last three years. She has also participated in Pep Band, All County Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble and Pit Orchestra. Outside of music, Taylor is also involved in school government. She has represented the Class of 2009 as Treasurer all four years of her high school career. She is also Vice President of the National Honors Society. In addition, Taylor has also been a three-year participant in the Corporate Bowl, finishing second in last year’s event. In an effort to further explore her interest in medicine, she also attended the University of Buffalo’s Mini-Medical School in 2008. Taylor is also employed at Tops Markets, working as a cashier and in the department of price discipline, controlling the pricing in the store.
   As a young person able to enjoy the benefits of a good education and a loving family, Taylor has always felt compelled to donate her time to those less fortunate. She was a member of Interact Club in her freshman year. Through this club, she was given the opportunity to act as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. She also sold jewelry that was hand crafted by women in an African village, and the profits were returned to the village to help stimulate their economy. Outside of school, Taylor also volunteered at the Buffalo Science Museum.
   While she prides herself on her academic achievements and extracurricular activities, it is her character and integrity which distinguish Taylor from her peers. She plans to continue her education through a pre-medicine program in college, majoring in biology.
   The youngest of three children, David McMichael is the first of his siblings to enjoy spending most of his life growing up in one community. Born in Great Bend, Kansas, he has lived on Grand Island since he was eighteen months old, attending Grand Island schools from preschool onward. In both elementary and middle schools Dave earned the President’s Award and has also been awarded the Pride of the Island. Dave has been an Honors student throughout high school, earning four Advanced Placement credits by the end of his junior year. He is currently enrolled in five additional AP courses. As a junior he was inducted into the National Honor Society and was the recipient of the University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology in 2008. Dave is Captain and a high scorer on the Grand Island Masterminds team, which came in second place in the 2008 Regional tournament, and won third place with his Corporate Bowl team “Ninjas” in 2007. He has been a scholar/athlete member of the tennis team for the past three years as well. An avid snowboarder, Dave, who is a member of the Grand Island Ski Club, was able to tackle every peak at Breckenridge, Colorado this past winter. He took up cycling this summer, averaging 120 miles a week. In his spare time he likes to build computers for friends and family.
   Boy Scouts has always played a large role in Dave’s life, starting with his Cub Scout years in Pack 254 and culminating with his earning the rank of Eagle Scout earlier this year. His interest in fossil collecting inspired him to develop an Eagle project benefiting the Penn Dixie Fossil Site in Hamburg. Dave acquired donations and supervised volunteers in planting over 60 saplings and small shrubs to fulfill the requirements of his project and meet the needs of the site. Currently, he is Senior Patrol Leader at Boy Scout Troop 254. In addition to his community service in scouting, Dave participates regularly in the Ride for Roswell and Paws in the Park, a fundraiser for the SPCA. Service as an officer in the United States Army is a family tradition that Dave would like to continue; his father and two of his uncles are West Point graduates, and his 4th uncle served as an officer in Military Intelligence. Dave is seeking an appointment to the United States Military Academy or an ROTC scholarship and plans to earn a degree in engineering.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending May 21, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 5/21/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.

Grand Island High School Honor Roll - May 2009

   The following Grand Island High School students have attained honor roll status for the third marking period of the 2008-2009 school year:
    High Honor Roll
Grade 9: Amanda Blanton, Sonia Brar, Christopher Brownschidle, Alexandra Corrao, Jordan Davis, Maggie DeMarco, Allison Donahue, Kaitlyn Gilbert, Jonathan Goc, Katlyn Holt, Ryan Hughes, Megan Karpie, Victoria Kustra, Brendon Lutnick, Rebecca Masse’, Shannon McNaughton, Nigel Michki, Joshua Miller, Dominic Morell, Samuel Railey, Sarah Ramsperger, Danyelle Redmond, Rachel Ripellino, Kenneth Rogoza, Nicolette Scerra, Alexandra Seibert, Zachary Smith, Jessica Spencer, Sarah Stanczyk, Taylor Sweet, Sarah Williams, Nathalie Winder
Grade 10: Thomas Cameron, Sara Diletti, Anna Ferrante, Julie Hasselbeck, Emma Henderson, Ariana Mendel, Shannon Moody, Jessica Osvath, Evan Shaw, Stephen Vitello, Danielle Wegrzyn, Jessica Yarnes, Melissa Zytariuk
Grade 11: Antonio Amin, Luke Burkhart, Krystal Chapin, James Cooke, Joseph Fischer, Lauren Fonte, Alexander Fry, Susan Head, Tara Hook, Krystin Hoppel, Ramandeep Kaur, Seth Kline, Jeffrey Lariviere, Megan McInerney, Michael Mucci, Erika Osberg, Mary Scherrer, Zaeem Shah, Jonas Stalyga, Christopher Stessing, Jameela Syed
Grade 12: Chelsea Bernardi, Maria Buyer, Kira Dennis, Samantha Forysinski, Alexandra Imperi, Alexandra King, Timothy Lewis, Sara Stenzel, Nicholas Vitello, Kelly Williams
    Honor Roll
Grade 9: Amir Abdellatif, Reem Abdellatif, Alexander Ahne, Gabrielle Ailinger, Jessica Bamberg, Makallie Banker, Elora Bascello, Joshua Bastian, Matthew Beauchamp, Korey Bennett, Alexandria Black, James Bobak, Conner Bolles, Shannon Boreali, Diana Boulden, Sarah Brady, Justin Canazzi, Marshall Cancilla, Amber Carpenter, Alanna Cedrone, Emma Chambers, Jesse Ciffa, Eric Colon, Mikaela Connors, Natalee Culbert, Emily Dauphin, Shannon Doctor, Sydney Dudish, Rebekah Evans, Talia Fabiilli, Donald Failing, Matthew Foote, Brent Fred, Alyssa Fuoco, Matthew Gannon, Ashley Gorman, Olivia Graziano, Deanna Green, Thomas Grenke, Anmot Grewal, Brianna Guagliano, Marissa Haley, Jessica Hall, Mary Irving, Andrew Jasek, Casey Jelonek, Ashley Johnson, Morgan Kaczmarowski, Samantha Kahn, Dylan Kelly, Paige Kippley, Korey Kostek, Elizabeth Kowalik, Jenna Lee, Jodi Lee, Kelsie Loos, Mark Lydle, Michael Malaney, Madelyne Mankowski, John McGinty, Kallan McMillan, Casey McNamara, Brendan Mergel, Kyle Meyer, Mia Michael, Ryan Miller, Jeremiah Moore, Lindsay Morano, Kailah Moss, Gabriela Nizialek, Hallie Nowak, Alexis Pearce, Kristen Percival, Jamison Phillips, Alyssa Pino, Ryan Proctor, Brittanee Ramallo, Loretta Scherrer, Emily Sommer, Brittney Sonnenberg, Adam Stoddard, Angelina Stromberg, Erica Surdi, Bridget Thompson, Harrison Thompson, Kathryn Turner, Jessica Ungaro, Jonathan Voyzey, Rachel Watt, Laurice Wilbert, Dominic Zannin
Grade 10: Danya Abdellatif, Karl Albrecht, Matthew Arida, Shannon Becker, Kathryn Boutet, Brian Brink, Justine Call, Jenna Cardone, Jason Chadwick, Brooke Chamberlain, Bethany Cinelli, Nicholas Colao, Kevin Colman, Aliena Cook, Samuel Cummings, Brooke DeMarco, Alexandra DeMita, Thomas Dzielski, Christopher Ernst, Chelsea Fairbairn, Geoff Federspiel, Korin Frantz, Christian Gibson, Rebecca Hammett, Amanda Heftka, Kyle Held, Angelina Howe, Ava Jackson, Emily Jones, Mark Jurga, Alex Killian, Matthew Killian, Taylor Kozlowski, Justin Lee, Kelly Lorence, Nicholas Masiello, Ryan McCarthy, Christopher Meyer, Shelbi Milkas, Kevin Neary, Emily Pease, Jack Pilie, Jenna Raepple, Jeremy Rockwood, Paige Rockwood, Scott Rogers, Chelsea Rupert, Kathleen Rustowicz, Rachel Schauger, Amy Schooping, Michael Seaman, Christopher Shemik, Catherine Sponn, Sarah Stewart, Rebecca Sturniolo, Benjamin Tomkins, Sara Victor, Nicholas Wallinder, Courtney Weiser, Patrick Worbs, Tyler Wunsch, Alyssa Yaeger, Richard Yager, Megan Young
Grade 11: Alyssa Accardo, Kaitlyn Affuso, Sarah Ali, Jonathon Anderson, Patrick Antonelli, Stephanie Aronica, Elisabeth Asbach, Kimberly Asbach, Catherine Aughey, Stephanie Aughey, Alissa Bailey, Conrad Baker, Kolby Banker, Christina Borden, Steven Boyle, Anthony Bruno, Sean Burke, Alexandra Buscaglia, Nathan Busch, Amanda Camizzi, Evan Carey, Kenneth Cerrillo, Kaitlyn Chapin, Brittany Cieri, Kathryn Cobello, Courtney Cox, Samantha Darby, Renee’ Doermer, Sarah Dolan, Jordan Dudish, Maria Edel, Marwa Eltagouri, Kearney Erhard, Nicholas Ernst, Kayla Fermoile, Hillary Figler, Jeremy Figler, Victoria Fleming, Christopher Franklin, Kate Garten, Mary George, Christopher Gibney, Krista Glownia, Lena Gormady, Sara Grana, Anthony Grande, Jill Greinert, Amy Grenka, Maria Guidotti, Kelly Hooven, Sara Huttenmaier, Julia Johnston, Raman Kaur, Zachary Kelly, Joel Klock, Kristy Knickerbocker, Lauren Kucharski, Brian Kulak, Savanna Kustra, Sarah Lew, Steven Lillian, Joshua Little, Jonathan LoTempio, Michael Lydle, Daniel Major, Thomas McDonnell, Jennifer Mellett, Intisar Mohamed, Christopher Moody, Christopher Mornelli, Kelsey Mulvey, Andrea Nicolia, Jared Northrup, Ryan Osvath, Sarah Palazza, Courtney Papaj, Deanna Paternostro, Breanne Rafferty, Jessica Randhawa, Kellsie Rassega, Ian Rogers, Anthony Russell, Kaitie Samland, Kyle Schutrum, Spencer Seese, Margaret Shonitsky, Keith Skelly, Vincent Spada, Michael Sperrazza, Amber Spiesz, Michael Stallard, Blake Stanwick, Rachel Starr, Sean Steele, Rachel Surdi, Scott Suszczynski, Caitlin Taylor, Samantha Tilkins, Maritina Tsembelis, Kristin Wegrzyn, Eric Weigold, Sara Wilczek, Aria Yanicki, Rebecca Zimmerman
Grade 12: Kevin Acquisto, Alexa Amato, Kaitlin Arida, Sarah Bastian, Lee Becker, Jeffrey Blanton, Jeremy Bobak, Allison Boron, Brianna Busch, Danielle Bush, Jonathan Caruana, Simarjot Cheema, Allison Cislarski, Kyle Clayton, Hannah Cliff, Amanda Colman, Caitlin Cook, Dustin Coryn, Kaitlyn Czerwonka, Darren DelSignore, Amber Duda, Mary Egloff, Melissa Fargino, Gregory Feathers, Brianna Fetzer, Julia Figliotti, Ashley Fike, Kelsey Foote, Victoria Fortman, Angela Fusco, Kayla Gallagher, Rachel Gaydosh, Jordan Gibson, Zachary Gilbert, Andrew Ginsburg, Kaitlin Hager, Meghan Haley, Kaitlyn Hardison, Stefan Harzt, Scott Holler, Jenna Hutzler, Molly Hyland, Taylor Jackson, Joshua Kahn, Carolina Kaminski, Michael Karpie, Benjamin Kose, Charles Lavallee, Mia Magliazzo, Matthew Major, Kelsey Mash, Alicia McGarvey, Kimberley Mellett, Charlene Meyer, Alexander Neutz, Shawn O’Rourke, Joseph Oliverio, Destiny Perez, James Pezzino, Christopher Podlucky, Jamie Raepple, Alexander Richter, Robert Rutland, Kayla Salonek, Jennifer Schaber, Victoria Schaber, Nicole Serra, Timothy Shantler, Kayleigh Shepard, Kaileen Shoemaker, Kuljit Singh, Griffin Smith, Alyssa Spada, Mitchell Stessing, Tess Stewart, Joshua Stoddard, Jeffrey Szczepaniak, Emily Thompson, Charanjot Tiwana, Evan Tsembelis, Megan Wagner, Allison Walker, Lauren Whitney, Andrea Wilson, Brianna Wojnar, Arlene Wunsch

Grand Island High School Merit Roll - May 2009

   The following Grand Island High School students have attained merit roll status for the third marking period of the 2008-2009 school year:
Grade 9: Sumr Ali, Chelsey Amacher, Laura Amantia, Megan Ambellan, Jeremy Anderson, Katelyn Benns, Philip Boudrow, Elliot Busch, Thomas Butcher, Joseph Carrato, Andrew Chorey, Samantha DeMarco, Kevin Dobson, Michael FitzGerald, Sean Garten, Rebecca Gasiorek, Morgan Green, Jonathan Grenda, Manraj Grewal, Mackenzie Howe, Lynne Huffnagle, Robert Kerr, Victoria Kostenbauder, Nathan Kulak, Mitchell Lariviere, Elise Lenzner, Victoria Lewis, Anthony Mallais, Marisa Marino, Shannon McDonough, Alec Metro, Kyle Meyer, Alexander Mirgorod, Samuel Oursler, Corey Price, Kayla Pyc, Zackary Reese, Stefani Rhodes, Matthew Robinson, Eric Sander, Michael Sendlbeck, Stephanie Senn, Ryan Sharrow, Gagandeep Singh, Glenn Skelly, Cassidy Smith, Tyler Smith, Jessica Spiesz, Phyllip Stallard, Katherine Studley, Chandan Tiwana, Samantha Varden, Alicia Zartman, Anthony Ziurinskas
Grade 10: Samira Amin, Amanda Annarino, Robert Arsenault, Dale Baran, Scott Bennett, Nathanial Benoit, Nathaniel Beyer, Alexandria Bleich, Geoffrey Bolton, Christopher Boulden, Nicholas Bruno, Michael Campanella, Brennan Carey, Brianna Catanzaro, Amandip Cheema, Tyler Ciffa, Amanda Cinelli, Nicolette Corrao, Austin Dee, Dominique DeGregorio, Nicholas DePietro, Kaleigh Deuser, Robert Dickinson, Liam Dodd, Sara Dzielski, Matthew Edwards, Carson Filips, Craig Fusco, Patrick Gallagher, Larissa Gelyon, Carmela Gentile, Vincent Golda, Kaitlyn Greiner, Steven Henderson, Molly Higgins, Alex Howard, Thomas Kalman, Allison Kaminski, Kyle Keifman, Nicholas Kellner, Samantha Kuszczak, Domenic Luciani, Bradley Ludwig, Jaime Magaris, Chelsea Mazurkiewicz, Jennie McCoy, Alaina Pariso, Robert Petrilli, Cameron Pezzino, Alexzander Prine, Christopher Rose, Noah Rothberg, Miranda Santa Lucia, Michael Sharon, Benjamin Sherman, Rachel Spiker, Allison Stewart, Amanda Sutter, Victoria Sutton, Ashley Swiantek, Megan Tates, Eugenia Taylor, Ambria Tim, Philip Valore, Jenelle Walters, Andrew Yockey, Nikki Zimmerman
Grade 11: Isam Abdellatif, Samuel Ali, Courtney Amacher, Richard Amantia, Adam Asbach, Benjamin Bakula, Jovana Bichler, Nicole Brady, Patrick Brady, Lisa Braun, Eric Breier, Rhianna Broady, Tygue Busch, Victoria Cacciatore, David Campuzano, Julianna Capizzi, Michael Chauby, Mary Chiaravalle, Seana Chirico, Stacy Cich, Justin Ciechoski, Thomas Cribbs, Ryan Darnley, Anthony Darpino, Kara Dudley, Alexander Fabiilli, Rahsanica Ford, Jonathan Gebhard, Anthony Genova, Maria Grant, Korey Hagen, Chelsea Hall, Emily Incorvia, Jacob Killian, Laura Koller, Timothy Krecisz, Andrew LaLonde, Ernest Little, Kori Loder, Elizabeth Lorence, Scott Ludwig, Meghan Mahiques, Zackery Manquen, Daniel Mathes, Aman Mattu, Keran Mattu, Nicole McGuire, Sara McNulty, Hayley Metro, Sean O’Donnell, Kelsey Patterson, Danielle Perri, Michael Rayhill, Alexander Re, Elizabeth Restey, Robert Ross, Ashley Rutland, Robert Schiffhauer, Courtney Silsby, Dominque Simmons, Allison Snell, Jamie Sobieski, Benjamin Soos, Paige Speidel, Kelly Stark, Alexander Strauss, Kasey Sumner, William Sundeen, James Toney, Patricia VeRost, Brittney Wall, Zakiyyah Wilbert, Nicole Winter, Molly Wynne
Grade 12: Zachary Adams, Joseph Aladeen, Robert Amsdill, Alexandria Avery, Nichole Barrett, Daniel Basile, Viktoria Belous, Sean Benninger, Courtnnie Booker, Marissa Booker, Tyler Booth, Olivia Chopra, Mariah Christie, Aaron D’Angelo, Shawn Davis, Christie DeMaria, Michaeline Dera, Korey DiMatteo, Shane Eddy, Joseph Edel, Nicolette Fadel, Jenna Fanara, Andrew Fix, Leah Gangloff, Amanda Geis, Samantha Gieselman, Brendan Hall, Michael Harper, Adam Helman, Michael Hillock, Craig Hooper, Kaitlin Incorvia, Taylor Kaufman, Tristan Kessler, Victoria Kowzan, LeAnna Kozlowski, Tristen LaBarre, Damon Lewis, Jacqueline Maitner, James McDonnell, Danielle McGuire, Ashley McRae, Kristin Millar, Samantha Morrison, Alyssa Muranyi, Jessica Mysliwiec, Genna Nuchereno, Brian O’Keefe, Anthony O’Meally, John Osberg, Marvin Pawlowski, Susan Pioli, Kathryn Raiser, Lance Robinson, Michael Rustowicz, Richard Ryder, Anthony Schojan, Lee Schuster, Sierra Seese, Thomas Shanor, Carly Snyder, Andrew Stange, Lindian Steele, Nicole Styliades, Jordan Tripi, Robert Whalen, Amanda Zernickel, Tyler Zikuski

GIHS Students Enlist In Air Force - 2009

   NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. - The U.S. Air Force Reserve will be presenting 3 graduating seniors from Grand Island High School with brand new snowboards during the senior class day awards presentation on Friday, June 5, 2009 in the high school auditorium.
   Seniors Darryl Myles, Waldemar Vazquez and Matthew Krupczyk will each receive their snowboard and enlistment certificate into the Air Force Reserve from 914th Airlift Wing recruiter, Tech. Sgt. David Williford. All three students were recruited by Tech. Sgt. Williford into this Niagara Falls based military unit.
   "Not often do we have three seniors from the same high school enlist into the Air Force Reserve," said Senior Master Sgt. Pasquale Muoio, 914th Airlift Wing senior recruiter. "We are giving these snowboards to these three outstanding young men for their commitment and desire to serve this nation and the United States Air Force."
   The 914th Airlift Wing flies the C-130 Hercules aircraft and maintains the highest state of readiness in support of the nation.
   The U.S. Air Force Reserve: Stationed locally, serving globally.
   To learn more about the opportunities the Air Force Reserve has to offer please contact the 914th Airlift Wing recruiting office at 716-236-2207.

GIHS Rugby News - May 2009

Click photo for larger view

   Sunday, May 10, 2009 . . . The Grand Island Boys Rugby Team hosted the Kenmore East boys on Sunday, May 10th at Beaver Island State Park. The Grand Island team played the best half of rugby this year during the first half. They were playing solid defense and working very well as a team. They found themselves winning 28-12 at halftime. The second half didn't go their way however as several calls by the official went against the GI boys. Grand Island ended up losing by a score of 39-28. The players and coaches are disappointed with the loss, but very excited about the promising rugby the boys displayed during the first half against an experience Kenmore East team.
   Sunday, May 3, 2009 . . . The Grand Island Rugby Team traveled to play the School With Out Walls rugby team on May 3rd. The SWOW team had a roster of 40 players and had a considerable size advantage over Grand Island. The GI boys played a tough game, but couldn't match the depth of the SWOW team. The match ended in a 33-14 loss for the Grand Island team.
   Next Match: The boys travel to West Seneca to play the Southtown Saints this Sunday, May 17 at 1 p.m. The final match for Grand Island will be played on Sunday, May 24th at Beaver Island State Park. KO will be 1 p.m.

High School News - May 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, May 14, 2009 . . .This was an extremely busy week for all of Grand Island High School students. On Saturday, May 9th the annual GIHS Junior Prom was held at the Holiday Inn. This year’s theme was “I’ll Be” with the King and Queen being Chelsea Hall and Jared Northrup. The dance had a great turn out of people and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. Also this week and part of last week were the AP Exams for all advanced students. I wish everyone good luck :) Also, this week was a field trip given only to seniors. On both Wednesday and Thursday all seniors have the opportunity to visit the local Air Force Base where they get the chance to actually drive drunk. This field trip is targeted at students to make them safe and to learn not to drink and drive. And finally this week senior pictures will be taken of the students who will graduate in 2010. Students will get the chance to take their senior pictures during school by the yearbook’s Lifetouch photographer. If the students choose not to have them taken this year in school, they may visit the Lifetouch studio in Tonawanda or the photographers will be coming back next year sometime.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending May 14, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 5/14/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.

Andrea Wilson - Digital Design Talent Overall Winner - May 2009

(left) Donald Rosiek, Andrea Wilson and Scott Airey from Bryant & Stratton College
Click photo for larger view

   Donald Rosiek, Erie 1 BOCES Graphic Design Technology Instructor at Kenton Career & Technical Center, is celebrating the success of several students. In March Bryant & Stratton College held a Digital Talent Contest. Two students from Rosiek’s class won first place, one for Web Page design and another for vector art work. Andrea Wilson from Grand Island High School won the over all competition for vector or raster art work. She was awarded with a $5,000 dollar scholarship and a 27 inch flat screen TV.
   Kristopher Satterwhite (Kenmore West)) took first place in Web Page design. He won a $250 dollar Ipod.

Star Pitcher Joel Klock - 2009

   Joel Klock threw a “no-hitter” against Kenmore East High School on Wednesday, April 29th at Grand Island High School. Joel struck out 18 batters out of a possible 24 since the game went into extra innings. Grand Island Varsity won the game 1-0 in the bottom of the 8th when Marvin Pawlowski hit a home run to win the game for Grand Island.
   A junior at Grand Island High School, Joel is three-year starter for the varsity baseball team, and was all-league as a sophomore. He is currently being recruited by Niagara University, UB, Cansius College, St. John Fisher College and Columbia. Also, a pro scout from the Milwaukee Brewers is to take a look at Joel this coming week.
   See "4/30/09 Niagara Gazette Story.

Joe Fischer Featured In Niagara Gazette - 2009

   See 5/8/09 Niagara Gazette Story By Nate Beutel.

GIHS Softball Pitcher Sam Tilkins - 2009

   See 5/11/09 Niagara Gazette Story By Nate Beutel.

Star Pitcher Joel Klock - 2009

   See "4/30/09 Niagara Gazette Story.

High School News - Relay Event - May 2009

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, May 7, 2009 . . .Do you want to be a participant and helper for Relay For Life? Well on May 13th, a perfect opportunity is available to the public! On the 13th in the Grand Island High auditorium, numerous performances will take place including Sleepless City, The Pinheads and Inlite! Also, two GIHS faculty members will be performing: Mr. DeDario and Mr. Miller! All the entertainment starts at 7 p.m., but if you're really excited, you can get there as early as 6:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are only $3.00 and may be bought at the bookstore in the Viking Mall. Also, volunteers of this show will be selling them before the event as well. If you are not able to buy pre-sale tickets, don’t sweat it! They are also going to be sold at the door for $5.00. And don’t forget, all proceeds are being donated to Relay For Life! So, please come out to GIHS on Wednesday, May 13th to enjoy awesome music for a great cause! Bring your family and friends and spread the word!
    For pre-sale ticket information, or any questions about the event, please contact: Kaitlyn Affuso at 525-7000.

High School News - May 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, May 7, 2009 . . .Well, we’ve reached our peak of the school year and we’ve begun to descend at such a speed that it will be over before we know it. Fourth quarter has begun and report cards from the third marking period arrived at our doorsteps earlier in the week. Myself, I was pleasantly surprised! I’m surprised that my teachers are still able to find something good to comment about…thank you. My parents appreciate it! Junior prom is on Saturday. It’s going to be at the Grand Island Holiday Inn. I’m sure I’m not the only one sharing both feelings of excitement and nervousness about the whole thing, everything from having a date to finding the perfect dress. Pressure I say! But the memories will be worth it.
   The rumors having been traveling up and down the halls of GIHS, and now it’s been confirmed…Mr. Swiatek is resigning to take on a principal position with another school district. While many of us will breathe a little easier during his absence, we do want to wish him the best of luck. He’ll be great, so with that in mind, his new students better watch it!

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending May 7, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 5/7/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.

GIHS Hard Hitter Marv Pawlowski - 2009

   See 5/5/09 Niagara Gazette Story By Nate Beutel.

Class of 2010 Chicken B-B-Q - May 19, 2009

Logo designed by GIHS Junior Alex Re

   "On May 19th, we are called upon as citizens of Grand Island to exercise our right to vote in the time-honored tradition of democracy. Whether the vote be Yea or Nay, one thing is for sure - Krolick’s Chicken B-B-Q! The class of Twenty-Ten cordially invites you to attend this annual soiree. The event will take place in the Senior Cafeteria, the one and only location of that irresistible aroma that comes but once a year. Prices as the door will be $8.50 and meals will include a delicious combination of one half of a chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, a dinner roll and butter. Whether you eat in or take out, plasticware will be included with napkins and a moist towelette. However, in this time of recession, every penny counts. If you get in touch with any member of the Junior Class, they will have tickets for pre-sale where the cost is reduced to $8.00. Wherever tickets are purchased, the cause is the same; this sale benefits the Junior Class as it has for many years at Grand Island High School. Take a few moments after your vote and come buy a delicious meal and take the night off in the kitchen.

   The School Board election takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 in the Grand Island High School.

Vikings Run Fast at the Races! - May2009

   The Grand Island Boys and Girls Track Teams had an excellent evening of races at the Batavia Invitational. The Boys Team won while the girls' team placed 3rd. A combined Boys & Girls team score earned the Vikings the Overall Team Championship.
   The GIHS Boys Track Team was led by a number of outstanding performances including winning 2 of 3 relays (2nd in the third race) and individual winners. Senior Evan Tsembelis won the 800, was on the winning 4x400 relay with Chris Stessing, Jordan Gibson and Shaun Winter to run a 3:34.55, a mere second from the meet record. He also anchored the 4x800 relay to a second place finish at the end of the evening. Shaun Winter had a good evening wining the Long Jump in 20-4, placing 3rd in the 200 and running anchor on the winning 4x400 and 4x100 relays. "Shaun had an exceptional meet of this caliber," noted veteran coach Don Sauer. Senior Greg Feathers also had a good day as he had a season best of 129-7 in placing 2nd in the discus and 42-6 in the shot placing 3rd. Adam Helman was the other winner, in his specialty, the pole Vault, with a 14-6 effort. "He was vaulting into the stars," commented Sauer, as it was 10:30 at night.
   Other points were earned by Senior Alex Neutz placing 4th in the 200. He also ran the 100 with his best time of the season. Eric Breier was 4th in the Long Jump and was on the winning 4x100 relay team with Winter, Jared Northrup and Helman. Northrup was running his best race of the year in the 400 Intermediate Hurdles but caught the last hurdle and went down hard. "He had the guts to get up and finish the race to the crowds' ovation." Anthony O'Meally placed 6th in the High Jump while Bobby Rutland was 5th in the discus.

Ben Tomkins GIHS Star Pitcher - 2009

   See "5/1/09 Niagara Gazette Story By Nate Beutel.

Only the Best Go West! - May 2009

(left photo) Susan Head, Hillary Figler, DECA Advisor Cheryl Chamberlain
(right photo) Hillary Figler, Susan Head, DECA Advisor Cheryl Chamberlain
Click photos for larger view

   May 7, 2009 . . . Two students from Grand Island High School traveled to Anaheim, California last week to compete in the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC). Juniors, Hillary Figler and Susan Head competed in the Travel and Tourism Team Decision Making Event over this five-day conference, with over 12,000 other DECA students from all over the country and world in attendance. The trip was made possible by qualifying at the local and state levels in their event. "This was an experience the girls from Grand Island will never forget" according to DECA Advisor for Grand Island, Cheryl Chamberlain. "We will use what we learned at this conference to grow professionally because our business skills were tested, we networked with schools and businesses, and explored career opportunities." The conference opened with an enormous ceremony featuring the flags from all of the states and countries represented. A Fashion Show sponsored by The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) closed the conference, with a "Project Runway" design collection and a performance of "Dancing With the Stars." This was Grand Island's first trip to the national conference and the students were grateful to Mrs. Chamberlain, GIHS Administrators, and the Grand Island School Board members for their continued support of DECA.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending April 30, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 4/30/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.

High School News - April 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, April 30, 2009 . . .Does Grand Island have talent?? How about you find out for yourself. This week on Thursday, April 30th, students are choosing to show their skills to the school. Tickets will be sold at the door and it is sure to be fun! The talent at GIHS is incredible. I just can’t wait to see how each performer puts a unique spin on their talent. Not only is it the time of the year for talent but Junior Prom is almost here! This year tickets are $45.00 and like the previous years, it is held on Saturday, May 9th at the Grand Island Holiday Inn. It will start at 7 p.m. and go until 11 p.m. When the students purchase their tickets they also have to sign a letter claiming that they will be safe at prom and will not be involved in any alcoholic activities. I hope everyone comes and has a great time.

GIHS Rugby News - April 2009

Andrew Stange, with ball, finds himself in the middle of a ruck with Jamison Hillips, left, and Domenic Luciani on the front lawn of Grand Island High School during rugby club practice April 21, 2009 (The Buffalo News, Robert Kirkham)

April 26th game photos.
Christine Stange Photos - Click photos for larger view

   Sunday, April 26, 2009 . . . Two teams, both looking for their first win of the year, squared off in a NY State DII Rugby match on Sunday. Grand Island started slowly, but pulled out the win 30-13 against Hamburg.
   For the first 20 minutes of the match, Grand Island's defense looked unorganized and slow to react. The boys found themselves in a 10-0 hole early in the match. Things seemed to change halfway through the first half once TJ Howley entered the match. TJ's aggressiveness and tenacity seemed to lift the play of his teammates and the boys finished the first half up 15-10. In the end, it was a well deserved win for the Grand Island boys.
   The team travels to Rochester this coming Sunday (May 3) to play the undefeated School Without Walls. The next home match for Grand Island will be on Sunday, May 10th at Beaver Island State Park, 1 p.m. kickoff. Spectators are welcome.

Grand Island’s Got Talent! - 2009

   Don’t miss the annual Talent Show hosted by the junior class at Grand Island High School this Thursday night, April 30th at 7 p.m. in high school auditorium. Your $5 ticket will get you in to see a series of acts by some of the high school’s most gifted young (and not so young) performers! Join announcer Zakiyyah Wilbert as she works with emcees Alex (The Ray) Re and Alyssa Accardo to introduce a variety of performances that include singing, dancing, twirling, acting, bands, and even a farm animal or two! Back by popular demand will be a performance by some of the high school’s teachers. Be prepared, as always, this promises to be night you will not forget!

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending April 23, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 4/23/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.

High School News - April 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, April 23, 2009 . . .National take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is today, April 23, 2009. For over 16 years, individuals, families, organizations, and workplaces have joined in the Day to expand opportunities and transform the lives of millions of girls and boys both nationally and internationally, said Carolyn McKecuen of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation. It is designed to be more than a career day; the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work program goes beyond the average “shadow” an adult. It exposes girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day. It shows them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment that is key to their achieving success. So please take advantage, if the opportunity arises, to see exactly what an adult in your life does all day.
   Hey juniors… Who will be crowned Prom King & Queen? Nomination forms may be filled out in Mr. DeDario or Mrs. Wynne’s room, now through this Friday. We will vote next week. Junior Prom tickets are on sale today and will be $45 a person. They will be on sale during lunches. All seniors and parents of seniors (for those less responsible 12 graders), we’re less than two months from Class Day, and we need your photos for the Sr. Video. Please submit your favorite pictures and moments to Mrs. Grabek (library), Ms. Dunn (Rm 231) or Mr. Gorton (Rm. 123B). Pictures and CD’s must have your name on them.
   If you were nominated for National Honor Society, you should learn your fate shortly. Congratulatory letters have been sent out and the induction ceremony will take place on May 20, 2009.

Donations Requested for Senior Celebration/ Post Prom Party - 2009

   Parents and faculty of Grand Island High School are coming together to host the 1st Annual Senior Celebration/Post Prom Party. The goal is to provide a fun, safe, supervised, alcohol and drug free atmosphere for seniors to continue their celebration after the Senior Prom on Friday, June 19, 2009.
   This event will be held at the high school and will offer an evening of food, games and prizes. The Senior Celebration Committee is asking local businesses, parents, and community members to help raise funds or donate items for the event’s raffle to be held throughout the evening.
   Those interested in making a donation are asked to send them to Robert Simpson, 1100 Ransom Road, Grand Island, New York 14072 (Make checks payable to: Grand Island Student Council.) For further information on this event contact Robert Simpson at 773-8820.
   "We appreciate your support in this endeavor for “Peace of Mind” and the safety of our 2009 Senior Class," a spokesman for the planners said this week.

High School News - "Shadow Day" - April 2009

(left photo) from left are James Pezzino, Janet Snyder (Kiss98.5), Rhianna Broady
(right photo) Diane Bly, Shirley Barberic, Amy Grenke and Nicole Winter, Kayla Fermoile (front)
Click photos for larger view

By Maritina Tsembelis (Junior) - Student Writer
   Thursday, April 23, 2009 . . .Grand Island High School students on Tuesday, April 7 were given an opportunity unique to our district. Thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Burns and Mrs. Chamberlain of the Business Department, juniors and seniors were invited to attend Shadow Day. With this program, students “shadow” careers they have an interest in pursuing by spending time with someone in that field. It allows those of us who have yet to finalize career paths to find out more about “a day in the life,” and narrow the scope of possible line of work. An annual event since 1990, Shadow Day began as a half-day activity hosting only 8-10 participants. Since then, the event has expanded to providing a full workday’s worth of experience to nearly 95 students.
   The event began at the Buffalo Launch Club at 7:30 a.m., with a blessing by Reverend Paul M. Nogaro of St. Stephen’s R.C. Church, followed by an informal breakfast. This gave sponsors and students the chance to discuss how the day would be spent. After settling into our seats, Mr. John Bonora, president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, and Mr. Robert Christmann, Superintendent of Schools, took turns welcoming, congratulating, and praising the event coordinators and sponsors for their cooperation in once again successfully organizing the day. Then, students heard the wise words of U.B. Bulls Men’s Soccer Coach Mr. John Astudillo, who spoke of the unexpected changes his life had taken. An aspiring chemist after graduating high school, Mr. Astudillo explained that the course we anticipate our lives to follow may rework itself during college, and as we discover hidden interests and talents, it is our responsibility to ourselves and to humanity to adjust the path we’ve chosen. After his inspirational speech, students proceeded to the various sites.
   As a participant in Shadow Day, I was given the opportunity to participate in the production of an actual newspaper with Niagara Frontier Publications. My experience with them taught me more about the process of crafting an article, how to effectively communicate ideas, and the influence journalism has on society. The day was enlightening, shedding light on life beyond the four walls of a classroom. On behalf of the Grand Island students, Mrs. Chamberlain and Mrs. Burns would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the sites that supported the event by allowing students to spend a day at their business. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll have students signing up to spend a day in our shadows.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending April 16, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 4/16/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.

Shadow Day for GIHS Students! - April 2009

(left) Amanda Geis, Shy Guy Shawn, Adrian Grant, Courtney Papaj, and Tiffany Turner
Click photo for larger view

    On Tuesday, April 7th over 90 students traveled all over Western New York to shadow different career areas for the day. Shadow Day, one of Grand Island High School's signature business programs, is more popular than ever for juniors and seniors seeking more information in their future field of study. For junior Courtney Papaj, it was much more, due to the fact that she got to visit and take part in everything that the radio station WKSE FM had to offer. Courtney is interested in radio broadcasting and communications and really enjoyed her visit to the radio station. Sponsor Todd Broady, Marketing Director for Entercom Communications, was happy to have our students visit the station. He gave the students experience in many different areas of the broadcasting business because he wanted the students to understand that radio is not just talking and playing music. According to Todd, "a lot more goes into radio, such as advertising, promotion and sales and students should be aware of this when they commit to a field of study."
   The Shadow Day program began with Supervisor Peter McMahon presenting a town proclamation to Superintendent Robert Christmann, GISBA Representative John Bonora, and School Board members Myrna Blair and George Casey for their continued support of Shadow Day at Grand Island High School. For more information on Shadow Day contact Sandra Burns or Cheryl Chamberlain at 773-8820.

Celebration of Inspiration - April 2009

   The Grand Island High School Celebration of Inspiration 2009 was held Tuesday, April 7th in the school auditorium. The following were honored this year by GIHS students:
1.      Dana Allen by Caitlin Cook 
2.      Martin Allen by Jeff Szczepaniak, Rachel Gaydosh, Emily Thompson, Ashley Fike 
3.      John Arnone by Julia Figliotti , Nikki Fadel 
4.      Jenepher Banker by Amber Duda 
5.      Tracy Beatty by Chelsea Bernardi 
6.      Lori Burns by Samantha Forysinski 
7.      Sandra Burns by Susan Pioli 
8.      Cheryl Chamberlain by Katie Raiser 
9.      Carilyn Chauby by Rachel Jessica Reagle 
10.	Robert Collard by Joe Aladeen, Zachary Adams 
11.	Michael DeDario by Alexis Raepple 
12.	Elizabeth Dunn by Molly Hyland 
13.	Thomas Feeney by Matt Krupczyk, Andrew Stange 
14. 	John Head by Carly Snyder 
15. 	Alexann Incao by Jenna Hutzler 
16. 	Jeff Johnston by Anthony Gugino 
17. 	Amy Kessel by Bianca Roberts 
18.	Elizabeth King by Tim Lewis 
19. 	Carl Koppman by Tim Shantler, David McMichael, Joe Oliverio 
20. 	David Lilleck by Jonathan Caruana, William Koller, Heather Goris 
21. 	Michael Murray by Victoria Kowzan 
22. 	Amanda Myers by Tyler Zikuski 
23. 	Donald Pray by Mary Grace Egloff 
24.	Sean Reddein by Dominic Cannata, 
25. 	Debra Remson by Amanda Zernickel 
26. 	Jodie Rudney by Michael Hillock, Danielle Bush 
27. 	Donald Sauer by Evan Tsembelis, Simarjot Cheema, Jordan Gibson, Kelsey Mash 
28. 	Jeannine Scibilia by Jenna Fanara, Paul Chiaravalle 
29. 	Christopher Simpson by Lauren Fermoile 
30. 	Mark Tollner by Shawn O’Rourke 
31. 	Timothy Williamson by Taylor Jackson 
32.	Roger Wright by Carolina Luciani 
33. 	Cynthia Wynne by Taylor Kaufman 

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending April 9, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 4/9/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.

Boys Baseball Feature - April 2009

4/7/09 Niagara Gazette for a Grand Island High School Boys Baseball story by Nate Beutel.

Girls Softball Feature - April 2009

4/7/09 Niagara Gazette for a Grand Island High School Girls Softball story by Nate Beutel.

High School Annual Geranium Sale - April 2009

   The Grand Island High School 26th Annual Geranium Sale has begun. The sale is to raise funds for scholarships for 2009 Grand Island High School Seniors. A nice variety of hanging baskets, ivy, sweet potato plants, asparagus ferns, as well as geraniums are for sale. Pre-sale orders ar being taken from April 6-24th and Plant Sale Pick Up is on Friday, May 8th at the Grand Island School Bus Garage behind Sidway School. Order forms are available online at the Grand Island High School website or by calling Nadine @ 773-1334 or Donna @ 773-6801.

Senior Celebration/Post Prom Party - 2009

   Parents and Faculty of Grand Island High School are coming together to host the 1st Annual Senior Celebration/Post Prom Party. The goal is to provide a fun, safe, supervised, alcohol and drug free atmosphere for Seniors to continue their celebration after the Senior Prom on Friday, June 19th. To be held at the high school, the event will be an evening of food, games and prizes. The Senior Celebration Committee is in the process of asking local businesses, parents, and community members to help raise funds to provide items for the event. The planners have already received many generous donations from the community. Paul’s Jewelry Design kindly donated ¼ carat diamond and The Grand Island Student Council donated a laptop! These items, along with many others, will be raffled throughout the night.
   Those interested in making a donation a asked to send them to Robert Simpson, 1100 Ransom Road, Grand Island, New York 14072 (Make checks payable to: Grand Island Student Council) For further information on this event, contact Robert Simpson at 773-8820. "We appreciate your support in this endeavor for “Peace of Mind” and the safety of our 2009 Senior Class."

Andrea Wilson, Best Of Show - March 2009

Click photo for larger view

   Andrea Wilson, a senior at Grand Island High School, won Best of Show at the 2nd Annual Digi-talent Art Show on Saturday, March 28th. This showcase, sponsored by Bryant and Stratton College, featured original computer generated artworks of junior and senior high school students from all over the Western New York region. Miss Wilson, a Fashion Illustration major, will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York in the Fall.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending April 2, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 4/2/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.

High School News - April 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, April 2, 2009 . . . Spring is here and it’s a busy time for everyone, but especially so for seniors and juniors. Seniors have been given the gift of a Scholarship packet. This packet requires a lot of work and thought, and will eventually separate the senior class. Seniors who do complete the scholarships are deserving of the scholarships. These essays are time consuming and not much fun to do. Many seniors realize that after the first one or two and give up all together.
   Juniors are busy too. We are just as stressed as our senior counterparts. Many of us are facing the dreaded ACT and/or SAT. We need to start making decisions regarding our futures. What schools should I apply to? Stay home? Go away? What do I want to be when I grow up? Hey, I don’t even know what I want for dinner half the time! Our minds aren’t used to this kind of pressure. I can only think about one day at a time. Why is it that we spend 13 years in school, yet these questions don’t really hit us until 11th grade and by 12th grade we are still confused but we’ve got a “plan.” For some it is their own plan but for many others it is a plan that their parents “suggested.” Call me crazy but shouldn’t we have been working on/towards our plan from the time we entered middle school? Isn’t there a mandatory test that shows us our strengths and weaknesses? Can’t our parents, teachers and counselors look at us and say…”you’d be great at _________ because you____________, you’re a natural! At a recent visit with my guidance counselor, my counselor suggested a new upcoming career in bioinformatics. I’m sure my blank stare was proof enough that I didn’t have a clue as to what she was talking about. I can hardly figure out what classes to take next year let alone what I’m going to be when I grow up. Please… if I sound as if I’m babbling, it’s because I am. So be patient with us, we’re still kids!

Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
April 2009

Zachary Adams                      Andrew Fix                     Aaron D’Angelo

   Zachary Adams has been a resident of Grand Island since the age of two and has attended Grand Island schools for his entire education. He is an honor student who has maintained academic excellence throughout his schooling as well as excelling in many Advanced Placement courses.
   In addition to his academic achievements Zach has participated in many extracurricular activities. He is currently an active member of the National Honor Society which recognizes students who have strong character, leadership, and service. Zach has participated in Relay for Life for the past four years and many other activities such as Student Olympics. Last year, Zach and the other three members of his team came in second place in Grand Island’s Corporate Bowl.
   Zach has been interested in music since elementary school and was a member of the select choral group, Syncopations, in Middle School and also participated in All County Choir. In High School, he has focused on playing the trumpet which he has played since fourth grade. His hard work paid off and he became a member of the Grand Island Wind Ensemble in his sophomore year. He has competed in multiple music festivals including NYSSMA and All County Solo Fest as well as national festivals in Chicago, Illinois and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Zach has also been a member of the Pep Band and the Brass Quartet and has received his Varsity Letter in band.
   Swimming has been an integral part of Zach’s life and he has displayed his love for the sport by being a member of the Varsity Boys' Swimming and Diving team since his freshman year. He has received his Varsity Letter and three varsity pins as well as obtaining the Scholar Athlete Award all four years of high school. Zach is a sectional qualifier in multiple events and has been swimming in the sectional meet every year since his freshman year. He was part of the NFL champion 200 medley relay team in his junior year which placed second at sectionals. This year, Zach serves as co-captain of the swim team and continues his dominance in the water.
   Zach’s involvement in activities out of school is centralized around swimming and leadership. He has been a member of the Grand Island Swim Club for ten years and has competed in a variety of competitions such as the Brantford International Meet and the Star Invitational. As a senior member of the team, Zach devotes most of his time in the water training, as well as assisting younger members of the team by teaching and providing guidance and leadership. Last summer, Zach devoted his time as a Counselor in Training at Camp Chikopi, an internationally renowned competitive swim camp located north of Barrie in Ontario, Canada. There, he was able to gain valuable leadership experience as well as having the opportunity to swim with competitors from all over the world. At the camp he made new friends with swimmers from several different countries such as Venezuela, Scotland, Australia, England, and of course Canada. Meeting swimmers and developing friendships was very rewarding for Zach. Zach is also an enthusiastic soccer player who has participated in the GI house league for eleven years.
   A large portion of Zach’s life has been dedicated to God, country, and self. He has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for thirteen years and is currently a member of Troop 630 at St. Stephen's Church on Grand Island. He received the rank of Eagle Scout this year which is the highest rank in scouting. It is estimated that only 2% or 3% of all scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. As a scout, he has demonstrated leadership ability by taking on such responsibilities as patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, librarian and many other leadership roles. He has also displayed a remarkable sense of community involvement through scouting as he has participated in several community service projects. One of the requirements to receive the rank of Eagle Scout is to complete a project for the community. Zach’s project was to plan and coordinate donations, people, money and other resources to build an information kiosk near the parking area in Buckhorn State Park.
   Upon graduation, Zach plans to attend college where he aspires to major in Business, with a minor in Ecology and possibly Spanish. He also hopes to continue swimming at the collegiate level.
   Andrew Fix is a life long resident of Grand Island. Through the years Andrew has balanced his time between his school responsibilities, participation in musical activities and community service, while at the same time working various jobs.
   Music and art have always played a large role in his life. Since elementary school he has participated in many school choirs. Fix is a member of the concert choir and over the years has also participated in jazz and men’s choir. He has attended Solo Fest and All County. He’s also pursued music by playing various instruments, taking piano, trumpet and most recently guitar lessons. However, singing is his passion. Andrew has been in the school musicals for the last three years. As a sophomore he was the Baker in “Beauty and the Beast.” In his junior year, he was “Levi,” one of the brothers in the production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Andrew has honed his vocal skills through school voice lessons with Carolyn Lokken and private lessons under the tutelage of Robert Vehar. He is grateful to both teachers for giving him the benefit of their knowledge and showing him how through discipline and practice anything is possible.
   Singing may be his passion but the creation of art is his vocation. From a young age he has had the drive to create. Starting in Patricia Hitcho’s kindergarten class, Andrew has expressed his creative side, constantly forming figures out of clay. Over the years he has tried various forms of art expression. Currently he directs most of his efforts at creating pencil drawings or painting landscapes. Andrew credits the great Grand Island art teachers with fostering an appreciation of art while continually challenging him to take risks with his creations.
   Andrew’s interest in the arts led him to join the Niagara Experience Players, a not for profit children’s theatrical organization which performs musical productions for the community. Some of the venues include the Grand Island Lion’s Club picnic for children with special needs, Niagara Falls Fire Department’s Christmas Toy Drive Fundraiser, performances at nursing homes and other community events. The Niagara Experience Players stage two productions a year with over forty performances in total. Not only has Andrew participated as a cast member but also has volunteered his services as a stage crew member, setting up and dismantling sets, collecting props and loading trucks. He has designed and created some of the sets for the various productions as well as the program cover. For many shows, Andrew assisted in creating or writing the scripts. As a seasoned cast member he has acted as a mentor and role model for the younger cast members as well as assisting in furthering their education in the performing arts. He has actively participated or helped plan some of the fundraisers for the organization. Last year for the “Battle of the Bands” fundraiser Andrew recruited the performing bands, enlisting Marc Scibilia to perform and act as judge and also planned the marketing effort including designing the poster.
   Andrew has also performed with Coop’s Spotlight Productions, staging of “Lest We Forget” in honor of our veterans. The show is performed during patriotic ceremonies, most recently for a meeting of U.S. Navy veterans. He also performed in a children’s show titled “Big Tush, Little Tush” which teaches children to love themselves for who they are.
   Andrew started working as a paperboy at the age of twelve and continues to hold a job despite his many activities. Fix would like to thank his parents for instilling in him a strong work ethic and always being there to help and support him in everything he does. He’d like to thank his grandparents for their love and encouragement. He is grateful for his life and all the blessings that have come his way. Andrew plans to attend college next fall for Illustration and Animation with a minor in Music.
   Aaron D’Angelo has been a Grand Island resident his entire life and he has been in the Grand Island Schools District since kindergarten at Sidway up until his senior year at Grand Island High School. Throughout high school he has been involved in many activities both in the school and the community.
   In High School, Aaron has played the trumpet in the Concert Band and the Pep Band. He is also a member of our school's Interact Club and Donate Life. He is currently involved with the school's drama club, Spotlighters, and has performed in theatrical productions of Get Smart, Voices from the High School, The Hobbit, and Much Ado About Nothing. Aaron has participated in the past productions of the school's musicals She Loves Me, Beauty and the Beast, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has been a member of the school's PTSA since his freshman year. Also he has been active in Track and Field in the past years of high school where he threw shot put and discus.
   Aaron has helped his community by participating in Student Olympics and the Polar Plunge, both representing Special Olympics. He has always been involved in Relay for Life and helped with sales for the PTSA. Aaron has spent time at the Erie County SPCA, volunteering by cleaning cages and feeding the dogs. He has helped the Salvation Army by ringing the charity bell at Christmas time. For the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation, Aaron helped organize boxes of food that would go to families in need during the Christmas times. He has also sold hot dogs at Tops along with the Rotary Club last year. Aaron has also been active in his Boy Scout troop and has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. His project was to rejuvenate the fire pit behind the new Trinity Church on the Island. He gathered workers and spent a total of 116 man-hours on the project.
   While in high school Aaron has worked at Fantasy Island for two summers, Mid River Marina for another summer, and is currently employed year round at Wegman's. After graduation Aaron plans to attend college and earn a degree in biology and then go on to graduate school to become a Veterinarian.

JV Boys’ Basketball Banquet - March 2009

Click photo for larger view

   The Grand Island JV Boys’ Basketball team's annual banquet was held at the Buffalo Launch Club Thursday, March 26. The team finished the season with a record of 12 wins and 8 losses. Team captains included Steve Vitello, Ben Tomkins, and Tom Dzielski. All players were recognized at the event and some of the extra accolades included:
Jeremiah Moore and Christian Gibson named CO-ROOKIES OF THE YEAR
Ryan Miller named FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR
Ben Tomkins named the WILL TO WIN ATHLETE
Steve Vitello was named PLAYER OF THE YEAR along with being the TOP SCORER and the TOP REBOUNDER
Also receiving attendance awards for the team were Josh and Ryan Miller and Jonathan Voyzey
Nigel Michki was the BEST FREE THROW SHOOTER
Tom Dzielski and Ben Tomkins received the MOST GAMES PLAYED AWARD
Tomkins earned the MOST CHARGES TAKEN also with his awards.
   The team is preparing for spring workouts and will play in various summer leagues during the warmer months ahead.

Evan Carey, Swimmer Of The Year - 2009

   Evan Carey has been named Swimmer Of The Year by Niagara Gazette. See
3/25/09 Niagara Gazette for story by Nate Beutel.

GIHS Vikingettes Twirl at Disney World - March 2009

(left) Molly Wynne; Alyssa Fuoco and Stefani Rhodes; Alissa Fuoco and Stefanie Rhodes; Alissa Bailey

(left) Alissa Bailey, Stefani Rhodes, Shelbi Milkas, Molly Wynne and Alyssa Fuoco

   Five members of the Grand Island High School Vikingettes Baton Twirling Team traveled to Disney World over the February 2009 break to attend the Twirlmania competition. The event is held each year at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, and attracts team and solo twirlers from all over the globe.
   The GIHS Vikingettes took 4th place in the High School Classic Line Team Competition. They incorporated the use of batons, Viking shields, and sabers into their routine performed to an original adaptation of Wagner’s "Ride of the Valkyries."
   Vikingette Alissa Bailey took part in the High School Classic Solo Competition, and also placed 4th in the beginner category.
   A highlight was marching down Main Street USA in Disney’s Magic Kingdom to the cheers of the crowd. The team had to submit an audition tape back in November in order to be accepted into the parade.
   Team members include juniors Molly Wynne and Alissa Bailey, sophomore Shelbi Milkas, and freshmen Stefani Rhodes and Alyssa Fuoco. The Vikingettes are under the direction of high school art teacher Mrs. Cindy Wynne. The girls also competed and performed as members of the Islettes Elite, and in solo events, earning many medals, plaques, and trophies.

Corporate Bowl To Be Televised - March 2009

   The March 17th final rounds of Corporate Bowl competition, held in the high school, will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29 on TWCS-Buffalo. Further dates will be announced as they become available.

High School News - March 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 19, 2009 . . . All parents, teachers, and even students wonder what exactly our schools spend their money on. Well this week both middle schoolers and high schoolers found out. All they had to do was look up at the ceiling and they would see about 10 new cameras throughout the school hallways. The question now is; is that necessary? The students are very disciplined on Grand Island. It seems like the biggest concern with all staff is a student texting in class. It seems pointless to all students and even parents that all these cameras are being installed. Why can’t we spend the money on football stadium lights or even new softball equipment? Maybe the principals should look at other school such as Buffalo public schools and compare them to us. It's unnecessary for our students to be watched for six hours straight. Our schools are becoming more and more like prisons. We only have four minutes between classes and now we have the principals monitoring us for that full four minutes. I don’t think the administration understands what we can possibly do in four minutes that will harm us. Instead let’s get our students more involved. Make them want to come and watch our Viking football team under the lights or cheer on our lady Vikings softball team to a victory. We spend five days a week in school, should we really dread it everyday?

Corporate Bowl Winners - March 2009

(left) Nerds In Space (Alex Richter, Alex Fry, Luke Burkhart, Julia Figliotti), (center) The What Pirates? (Kearney Erhard, Josh Little, Susan Head, Jon LoTempio); (right) The Jackson 4 (Evan Tsembelis, Taylor Jackson, Jeff Szczepaniak, Greg Feathers) Click photos for larger view

   The final round of Corporate Bowl 2009 took place Tuesday, March 17 in the high school auditorium. Winners follow:
1st Place - Team Nerds In Space - Team members are Julia Figliotti, Luke Burkhart, Alex Richter and Alex Fry and they share $3,000 in scholarship money after winning the championship match.
2nd Place - The What Pirates? - Team members are Josh Little, Kearney Erhard, Susan Head and Jon LoTempio and they share $2,000 in scholarship money.
3rd Place - The Jackson 4 - Team members are Jeff Szczepaniak, Taylor Jackson, Greg Feathers and Evan Tsembelis and they share $ 1,000 in scholarship money.
   See Corporate Bowl Final Results.

Adams Named To All-WNY Academic Team - March 2009

    Grand Island High School Senior Zach Adams, a member of the Vikings Varsity Swim Team, was recently named to the Section VI / All-WNY Academic Team.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending March 19, 2009
Powerlifting Championships - Wrestlers Named To NFL Teams
Click "Sports Briefs 3/19/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

St. Pat's Day Spirit - March 2009


   High school teachers (left) Melissa Kosmoski and Jon Head were among the students, faculty and staff showing their St. Patrick's Day spirit on Tuesday, the 17th of March.

Donate Life Team Blood Drive & Spring Dance - 2009

   The Donate Life Team, in cooperation with the UNYTS organization (Upstate New York Transplant Services, Inc.), will hold a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2nd in the Grand Island High School auditorium. All students 16 and older as well as staff are welcomed to give the gift of life.
   In addition, the Donate Life team and Student Council will sponsor an informal Spring Fling Dance from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, April 8th in the high school gym. All high school students are welcome to celebrate the gift of life. Featured will be a DJ, games, prizes, costume contest, and FREE FOOD!! Dance tickets are $5. Hope to see you there!

Corporate Bowl Results Round 1 - March 2009

Nerds In Space - high point team

Team Photos
Team Names - Team Members

   For results of Corporate Bowl 2009 Round 1 that took place on Tuesday, March 10th in the Grand Island High School Auditorium, see 3/10/09 Corporate Bowl.

High School News - March 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 12, 2009 . . . If you’ve never done it before or if it’s been awhile, I’d like to urge you to take a look at the Grand Island School District web page. It is a useful tool that holds a wealth of information, particularly now that we are more than half way through the academic school year. Check out who are the nominees for this year’s Celebration of Inspiration. Interested in what goes on, on a daily basis? Look at the morning announcements. Can’t rely on your teen to tell you when the AP exam money is due or what extracurricular activities are going on? They will be there for your viewing pleasure. Interested in Community education? Scholarships? Board of Education. Meetings? All there.
   For your information GISBA’s annual Corporate Bowl is well underway. Practice for spring sports is slowly starting and the marking period is already five weeks in.
   Now I want to take the time to inform everyone about our Grand Island resident Amy Stewart. She was in a terrible car accident leaving Daemen College, which left her suffering with intensive head trauma and is currently held at ECMC in the intensive care unit. I’m asking that everyone please extend their prayers and well wishes to Amy Stewart and her family.

Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
March 2009

Susan Pioli                      Jenna Hutzler                     Jeff Szczepaniak

   Susan Pioli lives on Grand Island with her parents and sister and brother. She has actively participated in school and community programs. In eighth grade, she joined both the girls’ j.v. basketball team and the girls’ varsity lacrosse team. Her involvement in high school sports carried on into later years, when during her freshman year she also joined the girls’ volleyball team. In her senior year, she was acknowledged for her hard work and therefore was named captain of the girls’ varsity volleyball team. In all three sports she, along with her fellow teammates, received the Scholar Athlete award. This award is presented to those teams who cumulatively have above a 90 average. Her experiences playing with these teams have helped her to develop emotionally, physically and mentally.
   Susan was also an active member in the high school student council, holding positions that range from decorating committee to president. In her junior year she, along with the other members worked hard to bring back the homecoming powder puff football game and the bonfire. Being a part of student council she was able to voice her opinions as a member of both the Principal's Advisory Council and the Superintendent's Advisory Council. There she discussed important topics relating to much of how the school and community could become more involved with one another.
   Outside of school, Susan belongs to Trinity Youth group. With her peers, she helps with fundraisers and various activities profitable to the church. Each summer she goes on a mission’s trip with youth from all over the United States and helps to rebuild the homes of those who are unable to rebuild themselves. Her trips have taken her from Niagara Falls to Tennessee and several places in between. Along with being a member of the youth group she also was chosen for the National Honor Society in her junior year in high school.
   Taking a rigorous schedule including many AP and advanced classes (US History, Calculus, Psychology and Spanish), she has prepared herself for the major transition she will experience next year. She is undecided on where she plans to attend college, but is hoping to major in culinary arts or hospitality.
   Throughout her high school career, Jenna Hutzler feels that she has taken advantage of every possible opportunity available to her. During the past three years, she has realized her passion for art as her future career, and fully embraced life as a student at Grand Island High School. She is being honored for the PTSA Rotary Scholarship due to her many extra-curricular activities and interests she has pursued while maintaining an impressive 3.6 or better grade point average since the beginning of her freshman year.
   She places strong emphasis on her faith, and therefore has dedicated many hours to helping others. Her community service projects include volunteer work at the City Mission Soup Kitchen where she helps package food for needy families. She has participated in two summer work camps as a member of Trinity United Methodist Church during which she spent a week in both Oceana, West Virginia and in Niagara Falls, New York working on improving and repairing houses for underprivileged people. Most recently, she spent time last summer volunteering as a coach for a Grand Island U-7 children’s house soccer team. As a result, she felt she was able to pass on her love for the sport of soccer to another generation.
   In her free time, Jenna also enjoys skeet shooting, boating and snowboarding with her family and friends. She also helps out at her family’s business, Heatherstone Kennel, during summer vacations and time off from school.
   Jenna has been a member of, and earned her varsity letters on Grand Island High School’s girls' soccer, bowling, and lacrosse teams, all of which have been recognized for academic team excellence. Her other various high school activities have included concert band, Young Life, and DECA for the visual arts. For the past eight years, she has been a student at Step-in-Time Studio of Dance, where she took lessons in tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and duet classes. In addition, for the past two years, Jenna has been a part of a three-member team representing Grand Island High School at Lewiston’s Chalk Walk Art Festival.
   Every spring, Jenna has been invited to the academic awards night at the high school, as she has been on the honor roll every marking period since her freshman year, earning her certificate, pin and academic letter. In her junior year, Jenna was given an award for Excellence in a Foreign Language for Spanish, another one of her many interests. Last spring, she was inducted into the National Honor Society, and it was very rewarding to be recognized for all of her hard work.
   Jenna has lived on Grand Island all of her life, and is the daughter of Deborah and Dennis Hutzler. During her senior year, she is currently enrolled in many courses more specifically geared toward her future plans, including Studio Art, Studio in Drawing and Painting, Ceramics, Advanced Placement Art, Advanced Placement Psychology and Advertising and Design, among others. She plans on attending a four-year college and earning her Bachelor's Degree in Art Education with a minor in foreign language.
   Jeff Szczepaniak has been a member of the Grand Island community for seventeen years. Ever since he was young he joined the club soccer league, playing both travel and house, and also baseball for Little League. He attended Sidway for kindergarten and first grade, and then graduated to Kaegebein for elementary school. Jeff was involved in many of the school plays and loved the intramural sports program. In fourth grade, he began playing the trumpet for the school band.
   In the middle school Jeff continued to excel in his academics and sports where he took on modified Cross Country and Basketball. In the seventh grade he began to study Spanish as a new foreign language. Furthermore, Jeff took interest in the Art and Media Club, and in eighth grade took Advanced Art that in the long run improved his art skills immensely.
   As soon as Jeff entered the high school he began with a strong start and became focused on his studies and sports. From sixth grade to present, Jeff has been on the honor roll or high honor roll every marking period. Challenging his academics, he has taken honors courses such as English and Global, and then several Advanced Placement courses, which include AP European History, United States History, Government, Economics, Language and Composition, and College Spanish, all in which Jeff received college credit for.
   While mastering his academics Jeff is highly involved with the school bands. Playing the trumpet for eight years in both the jazz and concert bands, he has also recently started the French horn in eleventh grade. Playing in the concert band, Jeff quickly improved and is now playing in the Wind Ensemble where he takes pride in his musicianship. Jeff also plays on both the varsity volleyball and tennis teams since he was in tenth grade. Receiving awards as most improved player, along with the scholar athlete, Jeff has a large impact on his team and loves everything about the sports he is committed to. Extracurricular activities Jeff participates in include the Corporate Bowl in which his team, the Jackson Four, earned second place in his junior Year. Jeff is new to DECA this year and hoping it will help him with his major in college as Human Resources and Financing with a minor in Hospitality.
   Along with his many achievements, Jeff is a member of the National Honor Society. With this he helps the community such as a basketball tournament for children with Down Syndrome, and also participated in Relay for Life in which he was a team Captain.
   Outside of school Jeff is employed at the LaSalle Yacht Club where he has worked as a host/waiter for two years. Jeff enjoys hanging out with his friends and having a good time cherishing all the moments he spends with them and his family. For the rest of his senior year he plans on continuing his strong academics and other activities. He is applying to University of Buffalo, Brockport, University of San Diego, and James Madison University and plans on one day becoming an entrepreneur, where he will manage his own restaurant or company for event organizations such as weddings or parties.

Grand Island DECA Club Successful at New York State Competition! - March 2009

(left photo) Courtney Silsby, Maggie Shonitsky, Cheryl Chamberlain, Nikki Corrao, Rachel Surdi
(right photo) Sydney Dudish, Kaitlin Incorvia, Katie Raiser, Jessica Sharrow

    The Grand Island DECA Club continues to dominate professional business competitions in the State level this year as was evident this past week in Rochester, New York. The NYS DECA Conference was held at the Rochester Convention Center with over 2,000 students from all over the state competing in business events such as hospitality, marketing, and decision making. Nineteen students from Grand Island qualified regionally to travel with advisors Cheryl Chamberlain and Christopher Simpson to this prestigious event. In addition, GI School Board member, Mr. George Casey served as a judge for various events. “It is so exciting to see our students compete and be rewarded for their efforts on this trip,” said Mrs. Chamberlain. In addition she commented that, “Their experience and interaction with students and judges is very worthwhile and a real eye opener into the business world.” In all, Grand Island brought home 16 “top ten in the state” medals in various events and the following placed trophies: Rachel Surdi, third place, Chapter Scrapbook; Lauren Fonte, first place, Job Interview; and team Hillary Figler and Susan Head, fourth place, Travel and Tourism. The team event of Travel and Tourism is a national event which progresses to the International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California in April. Hillary Figler and Susan Head plan to attend the conference and represent Grand Island among the thousands of DECA students from all over the country!

High School Law Team Dominates The Courtroom - March 9, 2009

Click photo for larger view

   March 9, 2009 . . .The New York State Bar Association created a tournament in which high school students compete in open court over a fictitious case. Since early December, thirty-eight schools around Western New York began practicing their legal skills. The schools had to prepare both the defense and plaintiff cases in order to prepare for the tournament. The case, created in Albany, involved a high school student who printed a questionable article about the high school principal. The principal sued for slander and was seeking 1,000,000 dollars from the defendant. Each school sends three witnesses and three lawyers into a real court room. They must follow the rules of evidence, call witnesses and argue their case in front of a Judge.
   Viking law team members Chris Podlucky, Seana Chirico, Marwa Eltagouri, Andrew Stange, Dan Major, Carson Filips, Maria Guidotti, Savanna Kustra, Mike Chauby, John LoTempio and Michelle Rossi have been dominating the competition. On February 7, they defeated Mount Mercy Academy and won 1,000,000 fictional dollars for our client. On February 28, the team defeated Alden High School and won a not liable verdict for the defendant. The team then qualified for the thirty-two team single elimination play-off round. The team is coached by their faculty advisor, Mr. Mike Murray, and also by their volunteer legal advisor, Mr. Anthony Michael Rossi.
   On March 7, Grand Island stunned Depew by defeating them at the Buffalo City Court Building. Lawyers LoTempio, Major and Rossi verbally pounded the witnesses from the opposition. Viking lawyers dominated the courtroom and effectively attacked the defendant. Witnesses Kustra, Eltagouri and Chauby befuddled the defense lawyers, and helped the Vikings seal the victory. The team is now one of just sixteen local high schools still fighting to be Western New York’s top legal team. Their next trial will be the morning of Saturday, March 14 at 9 a.m. at the Buffalo City Court Building. The winner of the local competition will advance to the State Finals in Albany.

NYS Swim Championships - Evan Carey- 2009

   Grand Island Junior Evan Carey competed this past weekend (Mar. 7-8) at the New York State Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Nassau County Aqutic Center in East Meadown, NY (Long Island). Evan placed 7th in the 50 Freestyle for both the NYS Federation and NYS Public High Schools with an All-American Consideration time and new Grand Island High School record. Evan also placed 7th in the 100 Freestyle (6th for NYS Public High Schools).
    For complete prelim and final results for both NYS Federation and NYS Public High Schools, scroll to the bottom of the following page:

Girls Varsity Basketball Wins 1st Section VI Class A-1 Title - March 2009

JT Tomkins Photo - Click for larger view

   The Grand Island girls varsity basketball team traveled to ECC's Flickinger Center on Thursday evening, March 5 to play Kenmore East in the Section VI Class A-1 final. Grand Island, seeded #4, beat Ken East, seeded #2 by a 40-33 score. Grand Island will go on to play Amherst for the overall Class A Championship at 2 p.m. Saturday at ECC's Flickinger Center. Amherst knocked off top seeded Pioneer in the Class A-2 final.
GRAND ISLAND (15-8): D. Wegrzyn 4, Duda 7, Scherrer 2, Banker 11, K. Wegrzyn 8, DeMarco 8.
KENMORE EAST (15-8): Glogoza 8, Zaccaria 2, Pollack 22, Broas 1.
Halftime: KE, 16-11. 3-point goals: Pollack 3, Banker 2.

Brooke DeMarco's Return Lifts GI
- 2009
   Basketball player Brooke DeMarco was featured in the Niagara Gazette. See
3/4/09 Niagara Gazette for story.

Eight Students Qualify for State Indoor Track Championships - March 2009

Click photos for larger view.

   Thurs., March 5, 2009 . . . Grand Island High School has eight students who have qualified for the State Indoor Track Championships at Cornell this weekend. Adam Helman in the Pole Vault was a winner last week at Sectionals. Other winners were Evan Tsembelis in the 1600 and Jenna Raepple in the Triple Jump. The boys 4x400 relay also won and includes Matt Killian, Jordan Gibson, Chris Stessing and Shawn Winter. Winter was 2nd in the Long Jump and Jenna Raepple also qualified in the Long Jump. Jamie Raepple qualified in the 55m sprint.

High School News - March 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 5, 2009 . . .This week was a very busy one for most Grand Island High Schoolers. The high schools annual Winterball was held Saturday, February 28th. The theme this year was Welcome to the Jungle with the main song of the night being Wild Thing. Here two students, a boy and a girl, from each grade were selected as the royalty but overall the King and Queen was Joe Oliverio and Molly Hyland. Congratulations to all :) This is not the only dance this week that students can attend. Apparently there is a dance on Saturday March 7th at the Clarence Center. All students from different high schools are able to attend and the dance will be from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. It is supervised and all students attending are told to wear white because of the black lights. It is a safe dance to attend and students will be allowed to buy tickets at the door for approximately $15.
   Also this week was the DECA trip to states. Many students had the opportunity to go to Rochester and compete in the states competition. They left Wednesday and shall return Friday. Good luck to all students participating.

High School News - March 2009

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, March 5, 2009 . . . Have you ever been to a Grand Island band concert? Well, if you have, I am sure that you probably have said, “Great job!” or ”That was excellent!”, especially if your child or grandchild was a participant. The members of the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble are pretty immune to hearing such things from their audience and the school music department, and probably don’t think too much of it. I mean, we in a way, expect it from our parents. Would our parents ever say that was not too good, even if it was terrible? No. And our teachers; of course they are going to tell us we sound good. Recently, a shifting in the Wind Ensemble's expectations and effort has occurred.
   This spring, Mr. Allen brought a shocking idea to the table. One morning he stood on the podium before us and asked what we thought about auditioning to be a participant in Mid-West competition. It will be held in Chicago, and we would have to work harder than ever, including extended rehearsals over vacations and such, and produce a recording to send in. (For all who do not realize, this competition is where the best bands in the nation compete. Yes, the nation.) Considering the fact that it was 7:30 a.m., and no one was really quite awake yet, we all just looked at him as if we were zombies with the thought, is he crazy?! After a short discussion, due to our low energy levels, we decided to go for it.
   Since that discussion back in December, we go in early at 6:30 a.m. Friday mornings, and have a rehearsal from then to the end of first period. Also, over our February break we had a couple 2-hour rehearsals along with a few night rehearsals. We have worked harder than ever before and have made such great improvement.
   Not only did we receive outstanding direction and instruction from our own teacher, but we also had the privilege to work with three guest conductors as well. They have been all over the world conducting the top bands. Somehow, they came to our little island and spent a few hours with us. It was then that it finally clicked that we were actually very talented. We were not only hearing compliments from locals, friends and family, but from the top conductors.
   The time has now come to produce our final recording to send in to the judges. We will be recording in Slee Hall at UB all day Monday, March 9th. Lucky us, we get to miss a day of school. However, I know that, at least for myself, I will be putting forth more concentration and effort during that recording than I think I ever have in a school day. But, let’s not tell our other teachers that.

Winter Ball - Feb. 2009

Brooke Chamberlain and Nathanial Beyer

(left photo) Sam Clark, Samantha Tilkins, Alissa Bailey and Andrew Stange.
(right) Sara Dzielski and Alex Spies

(left) Korey Bennett and Shannon McNaughton, Lord & Lady (9th grade)
(right) Chuckie Grunweig, Jon Goc, Korey Bennett, Shannon McNaughton, Talia Fabli, Katherine Studley

King & Queen Joe Oliverio and Molly Hyland
Click photos for larger view

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009
   Winter Ball 2009 was well attended by ovr 560 students. The event was themed "Welcome ToThe Jungle," and the Student Council decorated the Viking Mall beautifully! Highlight of the evening was the naming of the king and queen, Joe Oliverio and Molly Hyland.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending March 5, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 3/5/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

Vikings Are Runner-up In Best of the West Tournament - March 2009

1st row: Chris Wilczek, Bill Koller, Marvin Pawlowski, Matt Major
2nd row: Asst. Coach Marv Pawlowski, Asst. Coach Mickey Vertino
3rd row: Head Coach John Koller, Dan McKenna, Matt Hazelet, Eddie Weiser, Chris Podlucky, John Osberg, Anthony Russell, Asst. Coach John McKenna, Asst. Coach Mark Major
4th row: Rob Tates, Ryan Vertino, Mitch Stessing
Click for larger view

   The Grand Island Vikings hockey team placed 2nd in the Best of the West Tournament held this past weekend (Feb.28-Mar.1) at the Amherst Pepsi Center. The tournament fielded the 8 large school teams in the WNY Club Hockey League. The first game saw the Vikings defeat Canisius 4-1. The Vikings then played nemesis, Lancaster, defeating them in a close game 3-2. The Vikings moved on after losing to Orchard Park 4-2, playing with only 11 skaters. Those 11 skaters along with their goalies beat St. Francis early Sunday morning in the semi-game 1-0 to advance to the Championship Game on Sunday afternoon against arch rival North Tonawanda. The Vikings gave a truly valiant effort going into the 3rd period with a 4-2 lead. However, NT pulled ahead and beat GI 9-5 with 2 of their goals being "empty netters". Even though they lost the championship game, they won the hearts and respect of all the coaches, parents & fans with their grit, determination, heart and class.

Grand Island School & Business Alliance (GISBA) presents
The 11th Annual Corporate Bowl - March 2009

Team Photos
Team Names - Team Members

   Grand Island Central School District, in cooperation with Grand Island School & Business Alliance (GISBA), is pleased to present the 11th Annual Corporate Bowl. This year, 27 teams of four (108 students) will face off in a trivia format challenging them in core areas including math, science, history, English Language Arts, foreign language, and current events.
   The highly anticipated event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. in the Grand Island High School auditorium. This year’s Corporate Bowl will provide $6,000 in scholarship money to Grand Island High School students.
   1st round matchups will begin on March 10. Each match winner (9 teams total) will advance to the 2nd night of the event, March 17. Time Warner Cable SportsNet will be there on March 17 to film the semifinals and finals and the first air date is scheduled for Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. on TWCS-Buffalo.
    Many thanks to the committee members who organized this venture along with the numerous community volunteers and Grand Island Central School District staff members who will serve as moderators, judges, and scorekeepers.
   A special thank you to the local businesses whose donations have helped make this event possible.
Platinum Sponsors	
APP (American Pharmaceutical Partners)
Astellas Pharma Manufacturing, Inc.  

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce	
The Keller Group	
The Legend Group

Cannon Design	
JF Machining Co Inc
Lumsden & McCormick, LLP
SIHI Pumps Inc
Niagara Frontier Publications – Island Dispatch, PennySaver, Niagara Wheatfield Tribune – Lewiston

Coach Greg Ross
- 2009
   Basketball Coach Greg Ross was featured in the Niagara Gazette. See
3/3/09 Niagara Gazette for story by Nate Beutel.

Swim Star Evan Carey
- 2009
   Vikings swim star Evan Carey was featured in the Niagara Gazette. See
2/25/09 Niagara Gazette for story.

Basketball Star Kallie Banker
- 2009
   Vikings basketball star Kallie Banker was featured in the Niagara Gazette. See
2/28/09 Niagara Gazette for story by Nate Beutel

Grand Island High School Honor Roll - March 2009

   The following Grand Island High School students have attained honor roll status for the second marking period of the 2008-2009 school year:
    High Honor Roll
Grade 9: Reem Abdellatif, Shannon Boreali, Diana Boulden, Sonia Brar, Christopher Brownschidle, Amber Carpenter, Jesse Ciffa, Alexandra Corrao, Jordan Davis, Maggie DeMarco, Shannon Doctor, Matthew Gannon, Kaitlyn Gilbert, Jonathan Goc, Olivia Graziano, Katlyn Holt, Samantha Kahn, Megan Karpie, Jenna Lee, Brendon Lutnick, Rebecca Masse’, Joshua Miller, Ryan Miller, Dominic Morell, Samuel Railey, Sarah Ramsperger, Danyelle Redmond, Rachel Ripellino, Kenneth Rogoza, Nicolette Scerra, Alexandra Seibert, Zachary Smith, Jessica Spencer, Sarah Stanczyk, Taylor Sweet, Sarah Williams, Nathalie Winder
Grade 10: Sara Diletti, Anna Ferrante, Christian Gibson, Rebecca Hammett, Emma Henderson, Ava Jackson, Ariana Mendel, Shannon Moody, Scott Rogers, Sara Victor, Stephan Vitello, Danielle Wegrzyn
Grade 11: Steven Boyle, Luke Burkhart, Alexandra Buscaglia, Krystal Chapin, Joseph Fischer, Lauren Fonte, Alexander Fry, Susan Head, Ramandeep Kaur, Seth Kline, Joel Klock, Jeffrey Lariviere, Megan McInerney, Mary Scherrer, Blake Stanwick, Christopher Stessing, Jameela Syed
Grade 12: Sarah Bastian, Chelsea Bernardi, Kira Dennis, Brianna Fetzer, Alexandra King, Alexander Richter, Nicholas Vitello, Kelly Williams
    Honor Roll
Grade 9: DaKota Abt, Gabrielle Ailinger, Sumr Ali, Laura Amantia, Jessica Bamberg, Makallie Banker, Elora Bascello, Joshua Bastian, Katelyn Benns, Alexandria Black, Amanda Blanton, James Bobak, Sarah Brady, Justin Canazzi, Marshall Cancilla, Alanna Cedrone, Emma Chambers, Andrew Chorey, Eric Colon, Mikaela Connors, Emily Dauphin, Allison Donahue, Sydney Dudish, Rebekah Evans, Talia Fabiilli, Donald Failing, Matthew Foote, Alyssa Fuoco, Rebecca Gasiorek, Ashley Gorman, Deanna Green, Jonathan Grenda, Thomas Grenke, Anmol Grewal, Marissa Haley, Jessica Hall, Ryan Hughes, Andrew Jasek, Casey Jelonek, Morgan Kaczmarowski, Dylan Kelly, Paige Kippley, Korey Kostek, Victoria Kostenbauder, Elizabeth Kowalik, Victoria Kustra, Mitchell Lariviere, Jodi Lee, Kelsie Loos, Mark Lydle, Michael Malaney, Madelyne Mankowski, John McGinty, Kallan McMillan, Casey McNamara, Shannon McNaughton, Brendan Mergel, Mia Michael, Nigel Michki, Lindsay Morano, Kailah Moss, Gabriela Nizialek, Hallie Nowak, Alexis Pearce, Kristen Percival, Jamison Phillips, Ryan Proctor, Zackary Reese, Eric Sander, Glenn Skelly, Emily Sommer, Brittney Sonnenberg, Adam Stoddard, Angelina Stromberg, Bridget Thompson, Harrison Thompson, Kathryn Turner, Jessica Ungaro, Jonathan Voyzey, Rachel Watt, Dominic Zannin
Grade 10: Danya Abdellatif, Karl Albrecht, Matthew Arida, Christopher Boulden, Kathryn Boutet, Brian Brink, Justine Call, Michael Campanella, Jenna Cardone, Brennan Carey, Brianna Catanzaro, Jason Chadwick, Brooke Chamberlain, Amandip Cheema, Amanda Cinelli, Nicholas Colao, Aliena Cook, Brooke DeMarco, Robert Dickinson, Sara Dzielski, Christopher Ernst, Chelsea Fairbairn, Geoff Federspeil, Korin Frantz, Julie Hasselbeck, Amanda Heftka, Kyle Held, Angelina Howe, Emily Jones, Mark Jurga, Allison Kaminski, Alex Killian, Matthew Killian, Taylor Kozlowski, Justin Lee, Kelly Lorence, Nicholas Masiello, Chelsea Mazurkiewicz, Ryan McCarthy, Christopher Meyer, Kevin Neary, Jessica Osvath, Emily Pease, Jack Pilie, Alexzander Prine, Jenna Raepple, Jeremy Rockwood, Paige Rockwood, Chelsea Rupert, Kathleen Rustowicz, Miranda Santa Lucia, Rachel Schauger, Amy Schooping, Michael Seaman, Evan Shaw, Christopher Shemik, Benjamin Sherman, Catherine Sponn, Allison Stewart, Eugenia Taylor, Ambria Tim, Benjamin Tomkins, Nicholas Wallinder, Courtney Weiser, Tyler Wunsch, Alyssa Yaeger, Jessica Yarnes, Andrew Yockey, Megan Young, Melissa Zytariuk
Grade 11: Isam Abdellatif, Kaitlyn Affuso, Sarah Ali, Antonio Amin, Jonathon Anderson, Elisabeth Asbach, Kimberly Asbach, Catherine Aughey, Stephanie Aughey, Conrad Baker, Christina Borden, Anthony Bruno, Nathan Busch, Victoria Cacciatore, Amanda Camizzi, Evan Carey, Kenneth Cerrillo, Kaitlyn Chapin, Michael Chauby, Brittany Cieri, Kathryn Cobello, James Cooke, Courtney Cox, Samantha Darby, Renee’ Doermer, Sarah Dolan, Jordan Dudish, Kara Dudley, Maria Edel, Marwa Eltagouri, Kearney Erhard, Nicholas Ernst, Kayla Fermoile, Hillary Figler, Jeremy Figler, Victoria Fleming, Kate Garten, Jonathan Gebhard, Mary George, Krista Glownia, Sara Grana, Jill Greinert, Amy Grenke, Maria Guidotti, Tara Hook, Kelly Hooven, Krystin Hoppel, Sara Huttenmaier, Julia Johnston, Lauren Kucharski, Brian Kulak, Bethany Leiner, Sarah Lew, Joshua Little, Elizabeth Lorence, Jonathan LeTempio, Michael Lydle, Daniel Major, Aman Mattu, Thomas McDonnell, Jennifer Mellett, Christopher Mornelli, Michael Mucci, Andrea Nicolia, Jared Northrup, Erika Osberg, Ryan Osvath, Sarah Palazza, Deanna Paternostro, Danielle Perri, Breanne Rafferty, Dhriti Ramesh, Jessica Randhawa, Ian Rogers, Anthony Russell, Ashley Rutland, Kaitie Samland, Robert Schiffhauer, Kyle Schutrum, Spencer Seese, Zaeem Shah, Keith Skelly, Jamie Sobieski, Benjamin Soos, Vincent Spada, Michael Sperrazza, Amber Spiesz, Jonas Stalyga, Rachel Starr, William Sundeen, Rachel Surdi, Scott Suszczynski, Caitlin Taylor, Samantha Tilkins, James Toney, Maritina Tsembelis, Patricia VeRost, Kristin Wegrzyn, Eric Weigold, Sara Wilczek, Molly Wynne, Aria Yanicki
Grade 12: Kaitlin Arida, Lee Becker, Tyler Booth, Allison Boron, Maria Buyer, Simarjot Cheema, Olivia Chopra, Kyle Clayton, Hannah Cliff, Amanda Colman, Dustin Coryn, Darren DelSignore, Robert DeMita, Amber Duda, Mary Egloff, Nicolette Fadel, Melissa Fargino, Julia Figliotti, Ashley Fike, Kelsey Foote, Victoria Fortman, Samantha Forysinski, Angela Fusco, Rachel Gaydosh, Jordan Gibson, Samantha Gieselman, Zachary Gilbert, Kaitlin Hager, Meghan Haley, Kaitlyn Hardison, Scott Holler, Jenna Hutzler, Molly Hyland, Alexandra Imperi, Kaitlin Incorvia, Taylor Jackson, Joshua Kahn, Michael Karpie, Benjamin Kose, Charles Lavallee, Timothy Lewis, Jacqueline Maitner, Matthew Major, Kelsey Mash, Danielle McGuire, Charlene Meyer, Alexander Neutz, Shawn O’Rourke, Joseph Oliverio, Destiny Perez, James Pezzino, Christopher Podlucky, Jamie Raepple, Kayla Salonek, Jennifer Schaber, Victoria Schaber, Sierra Seese, Nicole Serra, Timothy Shantler, Kayleigh Shepard, Kuljit Singh, Griffin Smith, Andrew Stange, Sara Stenzel, Tess Stewart, Joshua Stoddard, Jeffrey Szczepaniak, Emily Thompson, Evan Tsembelis, Megan Wagner, Allison Walker, Lauren Whitney, Brianna Wojnar, Arlene Wunsch, Amanda Zernickel

Grand Island High School Merit Roll - March 2009

   The following Grand Island High School students have attained merit roll status for the second marking period of the 2008-2009 school year:
Grade 9: Amir Abdellatif, Alexander Ahne, Chelsey Amacher, Megan Ambellan, Jeremy Anderson, Brian Argy, Brianna Beadles, Matthew Beauchamp, Korey Bennett, Conner Bolles, Philip Boudrow, Elliot Busch, Samantha DeMarco, Kevin Dobson, Michael FitzGerald, Brent Fred, Sean Garten, Morgan Green, Manraj Grewal, Charles Grunzweig, Mackenzie Howe, Lynne Huffnagle, Mary Irving, Ashley Johnson, Robert Kerr, Elise Lenzner, Marisa Marino, Shannon McDonough, Kyle R. Meyer, Samuel Oursler, Alyssa Pino, Corey Price, Brittanee Ramallo, Stefani Rhodes, Matthew Robinson, Loretta SCherrer, Michael Sendlbeck, Stephanie Senn, Gagandeep Singh, Phyllip Stallard, Katherine Studley, Erica Surdi, Chandan Tiwana, Samantha Warden, Laurice Wilbert, Alicia Zartman

Grade 10: Samira Amin, Amanda Annarino, Robert Arsenault, Dale Baran, Christa Baron, Shannon Becker, Taylor Bedford, Scott Bennett, Nathanial Benoit, Alexandria Bleich, Geoffrey Bolton, Kathleen Brady, Nicholas Bruno, Bethany Cinelli, Kevin Colman, James Corrao, Nicolette Corrao, Samuel Cummings, Andrew Dale, Austin Dee, Dominique DeGregorio, Alexandra DeMita, Nicholas DePietro, Kaleigh Deuser, Liam Dodd, Thomas Dzielski, Craig Fusco, Patrick Gallagher, Carmela Gentile, Vincent Golda, Lucas Hazelet, Steven Henderson, Molly Higgins, Lindsay Hoden, Alex Howard, Ryan Jackson, Thomas Kalman, Kyle Keifman, Nicholas Kellner, Domenic Luciani, Bradley Ludwig, Jaime Magaris, Jennie McCoy, Shelbi Milkas, James W. Mysliwiec, Michael Paasch, Alaina Pariso, Robert Petrilli, Cameron Pezzino, Noah Rothberg, Kayla Schmidt, Samuel Serra, Michael Sharon, Lawrence Smith, Rachel Spiker, Sarah Stewart, Rebecca Sturniolo, Matthew Sundeen, Amanda Sutter, Ashley Swiantek, Megan Tates, Adam Townsend, Sarah Webb, Patrick Worbs, Richard Yager, Nikki Zimmerman
Grade 11: Alyssa Accardo, Samuel Ali, Courtney Amacher, Richard Amantia, Stephanie Aronica, Adam Asbach, Alissa Bailey, Kolby Banker, Kelsey Bettinger, Jovana Bichler, Jason Bogue, Patrick Brady, Lisa Braun, Eric Breier, Rhianna Broady, Sean Burke, Tygue Busch, Julianna Capizzi, Mary Chiaravelle, Seana Chirico, Stacy Cich, Justin Ciechoski, Anthony Darpino, Christie DeMaria, Brett Dlugosz, Rahsanica Ford, Christopher Franklin, Anthony Genova, Christopher Gibney, Anthony Grande, Maria Grant, Chelsea Hall, Eric Harnden, Kelsey Hayden, Timothy Howley, Shaughn Irving, Matthew Kasprzycki, Raman Kaur, Zachary Kelly, Kristy Knickerbocker, Laura Koller, Timothy Krecisz, Savanna Kustra, Andrew LaLonde, Steven Lillian, Ernest Little, Kori Loder, Scott Ludwig, Meghan Mahiques, Daniel Mathes, Keran Mattu, Nicole McGuire, Sara McNulty, Hayley Metro, Intisar Mohamed, Michael Montaldi, Christopher Moody, Kelsey Mulvey, Courtney Papaj, Kellsi Rassega, Michael Rayhill, Alexander Re, Elizabeth Restey, Robert Ross, Jonathon Seaman, Kodie Shamrock, Margaret Shonitsky, Courtney Silsby, Dominique Simmons, Allison Snell, Paige Speidel, Michael Stallard, Kelly Stark, Sean Steele, Alexander Strauss, Kasey Sumner, Brittney Wall, Zakiyyah Wilbert, Nicole Winter, Sarah Young, Rebecca Zimmerman, Travis Zukic
Grade 12: Kevin Acquisto, Zachary Adams, Joseph Aladeen, Alexa Amato, Robert Amsdill, Anthony Aughtmon, Nichole Barrett, Viktoria Belous, Sean Benninger, Amy Bidell, Jeffrey Blanton, Jeremy Bobak, Courtnnie Booker, Marissa Booker, Conor Bryan, Danielle Bush, Allison Cislarski, Caitlin Cook, Kaitlyn Czerwonka, Aaron D’Angelo, Korey DiMatteo, Jonathan Dudley, Jenna Fanara, Shannon Farmer, Gregory Feathers, Andrew Fix, Kayla Gallagher, Leah Gangloff, Amanda Geis, Andrew Ginsburg, Brendan Hall, Stefan Harzt, Adam Helman, Michael Hillock, Craig Hooper, Caroline Kaminski, Taylor Kaufman, Brittany Keel, Joseph Khreis, Victoria Kowzan, LeAnna Kozlowski, Tristen LaBarre, Beau Lapp, Matthew Ludwig, Mia Magliazzo, James McDonnell, David McMichael, Kimberley Mellett, Nicholas Muoio, Alyssa Muranyi, Jessica Mysliwiec, Katie Nordvik, Genna Nuchereno, John Osberg, Carmen Pariso, Marvin Pawlowski, Susan Pioli, Michael Rustowicz, Robert Rutland, Richard Ryder, Lee Schuster, Thomas Shanor, Kaileen Shoemaker, Carly Snyder, Alyssa Spada, Lindian Steele, Mitchell Stessing, Charanjot Tiwana, Jordan Tripi, Ryan Vertino, Christopher Wilczek, Shaun Winter, Meghan Yahner, Tyler Zikuski

Winter Ball Photos - 2009

   Winter Ball 2009 photos will be added to the Grand Island High School news page at To submit photos for consideration, email to

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending February 26, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 2/26/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

High School News - Feb. 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 26, 2009 . . .Right before our February break we had a surprise on Thursday. His name is Nick Vujicic. He is from Australia, came to Grand Island and made a difference in every student’s life who attended the assembly. Now you ask yourself how could an average man change all the minds of stubborn teenagers? Well he isn’t exactly average. He is extraordinary. This young man, only 26 years young, was born with no legs or arms. After being teased throughout his whole life he learned that everyone is beautiful no matter what they look like. Nick told our school a story about his teen years. One day he was teased to a point where he couldn’t take it anymore. Kids would ask him "how will you ever get a girlfriend?, how will you marry your wife?," and "how will you ever be able to hold your child as he or she cries." Nick told himself that if one more kid was to tease him that day he would give up on life. But just that afternoon when he was almost over the edge a young girl came up to him and said, “You look good today Nick,” and at that very moment he realized he is worth something. He is loved no matter what he looks like. Not only is Nick an inspirational speaker, he was also rather funny. He told us that one day he was at the beach and he wanted to cover himself with ketchup and yell shark haha :) I would like to thank him for everything. He is a true inspiration to many people and he taught us to never give up on life no matter how hard it is.

Evan Carey Off To State Championships
- 2009
   During this past high school winter swim season, Grand Island Junior Evan Carey achieved NYS qualifying times in the 200, 100 and 50 Freestyle events as well as the 100 backstroke. Evan will be making his second NYS Championship Meet appearance. His performances in the 50 and 100 freestyle events set new Grand Island school records. The previous 50 freestyle record of 22.09 was held by Chris Hejmanowski since 1990. The previous 100 freesetyle records of 47.80 was held by Doug Ford since 1982. The Grand Island High School Swim Team is coached by Rob Collard.
NYSPHSAA 2009 Boys Section VI Championship

2009 Boys Section VI Swimming Championship Preliminary Results
- 2/24/09 to 2/25/09
Evan Carey First In 50 & 100 Freestyle

Indoor Track Championships - Feb. 2009

Click for larger view

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
   Photos from Indoor Track Team Championships at Fredonia - February 14
(from left) Evan Tsemblis, Jamie Raepple, Rahsanica Ford, girls group, and Adam Helman
Rahsanica Ford won the individual in shot put (school record).
The girls' group from front left are Jamie/Jenna Raepple; (2nd row) Maritina Tsembelis; (back) Jill Greinert, Jen Mellett, Kelsey Mash, Sim Cheema, Maria Grant. Several teams members are missing from the photo as they had already boarded their bus.

BOCES Students Win Scholarship Money at Regional Welding Competition - Feb. 2009

Jordan Luce, Joe Massaro, Instructor Richard Rakowski, Ryan Darnly and Jon Carauna.
Jodi Robinson Photo - Click photo for larger view.

    West Seneca, NY (February 19, 2009) Jon Caruana, a senior from Grand Island High School and enrolled at Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career & Technical Center, won first place at the regional American Welding Society (AWS) competition held Saturday, February 7 at the Erie 1 BOCES Potter Career & Technical Center. Competing amongst 32 teens, representing nine different schools in the western New York Region, Jon displayed excellence in the craft of Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding. He was awarded $250 cash from AWS and a $6,000 scholarship from Ohio Technical Institute.
   Joe Massaro, a junior from Tonawanda High School, also enrolled at Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career & Technical Center, placed third in his age group for his ability in shielded metal welding. He was awarded $75 cash from AWS and a $3,000 scholarship from Ohio Technical Institute.
   The skills judged at the competition were practical, work-related skills essential to the welding industry. All students took a written exam in addition to the hands-on welding competition. Jeff Sikora, principal at the Kenton Career Center said, "We’re confident in the skills and hard work our students put forth. The competition is a great opportunity for our students to prove to themselves and to future employers that they have what it takes to work in this field.”
   The Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career & Technical Center offers a two-year welding program where students acquire the knowledge and skills in metal cutting and joining techniques. Students are taught the skills required to meet the guidelines of the American Welding Society to qualify as an entry level welder upon graduation.
   Erie 1 BOCES Career Development Services provides some of the most exciting educational opportunities available to high school students, adults, school personnel and employers in New York. More than 25 career and technical education programs are offered to 11th and 12th graders at three state-of-the-art career and technical centers: Harkness, Kenton, and Potter as well as various off-site locations. Career and technical education programs are designed to provide a hands-on experience that reflects the real world of work in career fields of student interest. High school students interested in learning more about these programs should speak with their school counselor.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending February 19, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 2/19/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

Vikings Large School Hockey Team Returns To Super Sunday - Feb. 2009

Click for larger view

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
   Grand Island beat Lancaster on Sunday, February 15, 4-3 to advance to the WNY Club Hockey Large School Super Sunday Championship Game at HSBC Arena at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 22. The Vikings finished the league in 2nd place and will play rival North Tonawanda for the championship. GI beat NT once and lost twice to them in very close games this season.
   The team is coached by John Koller. Assistant Coaches are Marv Pawlowski, Mickey Vertino and John McKenna. Players are Courtney Cox, Matt Hazelett, Bill Koller, Taylor LeFevre, Matt Major, Dan McKenna, Joe Oliverio, John Osberg, Marvin Pawlowski, Chris Podlucky, Anthony Russell, Zach Scheuing, Robert Schiffhauer, Mitch Stessing, Robert Tates, Ryan Vertino, Eddie Weiser and Chris Wilczek.
   Congratulations go to Marvin Pawlowski, defense, and Rob Tates, goaltender, who were named as First Team All Stars.
   The community is cordially invited to come out and support the Vikings on Sunday. Tickets are $8 at the door.
   See "2/16/09 Niagara Gazette" story.

Nick Vujicic Makes Lasting Impression - Feb. 2009

Nick Vujicic and James Bobak
Jodi Robinson Photo - Click photo for larger view.

   Australian speaker Nick Vujicic gets your attention immediately, speeding across the stage, strapped into his motorized chair. Movie star handsome, with a wonderful sense of humor, Nick has a message that everyone can learn from, that "hope is priceless." Nick spoke on Thursday, Feb. 12th at the Grand Island High School auditorium. Nick was born 26 years ago with no arms or legs and for no apparent medical reason, Nick had moments in time that he was losing hope. Who better than Nick to know that everyday is a challenge and your behavior can make a negative or positive difference in another human being. As a young child he learned to focus on the positives in his challenge with everyday life. After hearing Nick's story, you have to ask yourself "with all I have, what do I have to complain about." Some of Nick's quotes: "With the right heart, mind and perception, all things are possible if you try. Don't give up." "FEAR is false evidence appearing real, there is hope until you give up." "Every failure is a step closer to success." "Show me your friends and I'll tell you who you are."
   Referring to alcohol, drugs, money and sex, "will never give you peace, happiness or contentment. If you put your happiness in temporary things, your happiness will be temporary." The students at Grand Island High School were wild about Nick. Many attended his speaking performance at the Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Clarence Thursday evening. Nick left the students at the assembly with a challenge, to go 24 hours without teasing or bullying each other.

GIHS Job Search 2009! - Feb. 2009

Pictured left are Mary Cooke and Steven Boyle and (right) group picture of job search participants.
Click photos for larger view.

    Dr. Paul Fields, former superintendent of schools for Grand Island, spoke to over 75 students on Thursday, February 12 at Job Search 2009! "The thank you note is often overlooked by people, but is a very important part of follow-up after the interview," Dr. Fields told Cheryl Chamberlain, coordinator for this yearly event. "To have Dr. Fields speak to our students and help them succeed was the highlight of this year's Seminar," according to Mrs. Chamberlain. In addition, students traveled to the Grand Island Holiday Inn where they interviewed with representatives from business, education, and local government; some with hopes of securing a part time job during these tough economic times. Many of the interviewers said that the students seem more prepared for their interviews this year, perhaps due in part to the programs at Grand Island High School such as Career Internship and Portfolio and DECA, a business and marketing club. Sponsorship from GISBA, the Grand Island School and Business Alliance, has always been at the forefront of Job Search which enables local businesses to become more actively involved with the student body of Grand Island through authentic experiences, such as job interviews. Once again, Bryant & Stratton College provided break-out sessions on career etiquette, job interview skills and goal setting. For more information on Job Search or any of the other programs offered in the Business Department, contact Cheryl Chamberlain at 773-8820.

Boys Swimming NFL Championships
- 2/12/09 to 2/14/09
Evan Carey Takes First In 200 Freestyle

Wrestling Lee Schuster Wins Class AAA Championship - Feb. 2009

   Grand Island High School Senior Lee Schuster took a championship in the 112 pound wrestling during the Saturday, February 14, 2009 Class AAA Championships. See "2/15/09 Niagara Gazette" story by Niagara Gazette reporter By Nate Beutel.

GIHS Student Wins Best Photograph at 'All High Art Show' - Feb. 2009

Click photo for larger view.

   Phillip Cavuoto, a photography and art student at Grand Island Senior High School, was awarded best photograph at the Daemen College annual “All High Art Show” on Saturday, February 7, 2009. Phillip was award a cash prize of fifty dollars, a fifty-dollar gift certificate to Hyatt’s Craft Store, and an annual scholarship of two thousand dollars for Daemen College.
   From now until March, works from Grand Island art students Jenna Hutzler and Destiny Perez are also on display at the Daemen College Goldman/Greenfield Gallery located in Dun Scouts Hall at Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst, New York.

Vikings Large School Hockey Team Wins Playoff In Overtime! - Feb. 2009

Bob Kopf photo - click for larger view

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009
    The Vikings beat Lancaster 3-2 in overtime last night at Hyde Park. The Vikings are one win away from playing in Super Sunday on Feb. 22nd. Anthony Russell scored with assist from Robert Schiffhauer and Joe Oliverio. Lancaster went ahead 2-1, but with 45 seconds left in regulation. Joe Oliverio tied the game taking a pass from Ryan Vertino. Oliverio put the game away 1:11 into overtime assisted by Russell. Rob Tates played solid in goal. The Vikings play Lancaster again Sunday at 4:15 p.m. at the Depew Recreational Center.

High School News - Feb. 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 12, 2009 . . .The board of education was presented with a surprise as Mr. Wiertel, principal of Kaegebein Elementary, announced his plans for retirement. I would like to thank him as a wonderful principal for several years. I wish you the best of luck in the future.
   Now what a fire at the High School?! Well yes. On Tuesday, February 10th at around 2:30 p.m. the fire alarm went off and an announcement was made over the loud speaker saying, “This is not a drill. Please evacuate immediately!” As students and teachers scurried out of the building they were all told to not re-enter the building until told to by a principal. After waiting approximately 15 minutes, students and teachers were escorted into the auditorium. All three principals told all the students and staff what actually happened. There seemed to be a spark in the basement that had ignited a fire and electrical wires were indeed on fire. As the clock struck 3 students who were driving home were allowed to leave and eventually sports and activities were either cancelled or moved to a different building. Thanks to our Grand Island Fire Company and our wonderful staff and students, our school is safe and sound :)

High School News - Feb. 2009

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 12, 2009 . . .Parents, I am sure you have heard complaints from kids about trying to get hired for a job. It probably sounds something like, "They aren't hiring!" or, "I'm too young!" and of course there is always the handful of kids that use the excuses but just may be too lazy to put forth the effort. However, if they say something along those lines, you can respond with, "You should have gone to Job Search!"
   Thursday, the 12th, the Grand Island Holiday Inn will be hosting this year's Job Search. It gives students an opportunity to be interviewed and explore what the businesses are all about.
   Groups are organized and move through different stations. There are interview groups and also breakout sessions. Breakout sessions are different activities you can participate in that will benefit your knowledge of businesses. There are a total of three sessions; Career Etiquette, Resume/Interview Tips, and Goal Setting/Time Management.
   Following all the activities, students are served lunch! Not only do we get experience and meal, but we miss a day of school! And no matter how good of a pupil one is, they always enjoy a day off from school!

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending February 12, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 2/12/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
February 2009

Alexandra E. Imperi                      James McDonnell

   Alexandra Elizabeth Imperi is 17 years old and has resided on Grand Island with her family her entire life. She attended Sidway Elementary, Huth Road Elementary, Veronica E. Connor Middle School and is currently in her senior year at Grand Island High School.
    In school she has been involved in many activities such a Choir, Concert Choir, Concert Band, Madrigals, Wind Ensemble, and DECA. She recently joined the Interact Club and this year is doing the musical, Fiddler on the Roof where she has one of the lead roles. She auditioned for the High School musical, The Music Man, in fifth grade and landed the role Amaryllis. Alex also attended summer theatre camp and performed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. Music has always been a passion of hers. In addition to playing the flute for the last eight years, in her spare time she manages to take private piano and voice lessons. She has qualified and performed in Area All-State Chorus and All County Chorus. She has also performed in several solo festivals where she sang advanced level solos and achieved near perfect scores on all of them.
   Along with her music activities, Alex has played soccer for the Grand Island House League for ten years and on the Grand Island Soccer Travel Team for two years. Despite her busy schedule, after school and on weekends Alex has been employed by the Buffalo Launch Club since 2007.
   In DECA, Alex has volunteered her time organizing food and toys for needy families. Alex is also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and has volunteered much of her time through the years at Trinity Work Camps, where she helped repair homes of less fortunate families. Her most memorable experience was when she traveled to West Virginia and developed a very strong and close relationship to the family in which she helped to make their home handicap accessible.
   Last spring Alex traveled to Haiti on a medical and spiritual mission. She devoted ten days of her time serving the medical and spiritual needs of over 500 children and families in several Haitian communities. Alex was personally affected by the recent hurricanes that devastated the very communities she served that it inspired her to organize a fundraiser for hurricane relief efforts in Haiti.
   Throughout her high school years, despite working and volunteering, Alex has maintained honor roll status. She has taken college level courses administered through Niagara University, as well as Advanced Placement Government. She has won several academic awards which include the Huth Road "H" pin for academic excellence, responsibility, and respect, the Award of Excellence in the Erie County Music Educators Junior High Vocal Music Festival, and twice the Grand Island High School Parent Teacher Student Association award for academic excellence.
   Alex's future endeavor is to attend college in the fall at SUNY Fredonia where she will pursue studies in media and broadcasting. She will also continue performing in theater and vocals.
   James McDonnell - Throughout James' academic career at Grand Island High School he has successfully balanced his time between academics, extracurricular activities and community service.
   James has challenged himself academically by enrolling in honors and advanced placement classes throughout his high school years. He has been a member of Masterminds since 9th grade, making varsity and placing 1st in the tour league during his junior year. In addition, James participated in the Corporate Bowl during his junior year, advancing to the semi-finals with his team. He has been recognized for all his academic efforts by receiving his Academic Letter and Pin, induction into National Honor Society as a junior and receiving the Pride of Grand Island Award in elementary school.
   Since 4th grade, James has been active in the Music Department, playing the baritone for Concert Band and Pep Band. James has traveled with the Concert Band for competitions in Chicago, Illinois and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has also been a member of the ski club throughout his high school years.
   James has demonstrated a commitment to community service through his membership with Boy Scouts since 6th grade. Through his participation with Scouts, he has volunteered in many community events; UNICEF Collection Count, Riverkeeper Niagara Cleanup, Huth Road Fall Festival, Island Presbyterian Peach Festival, Good Turn for America, Lions Club Dinner and improvement projects at both Buckhorn and Beaver Island State Park. During James' tenure in scouts, he obtained the highest rank of Eagle Scout. What's more, he has supervised and organized his fellow Scouts and volunteers for over 100 hours of community service that was required for the completion of his project which consisted of the refurbishing, construction and installation of wood duck boxes in Buckhorn State Park.
   Future plans for James is to incorporate his love of art by attending Buffalo State College, majoring in Art History with a minor in Chemistry. He plans to continue his education at Buffalo State by obtaining his masters degree in Art Conservation.

INLITE Receives Another Honor - Feb. 2009

    Grand Island’s premier original band, INLITE, was chosen by the New York State United Teacher’s Association to have their song, “Shining Through” played on the Headquarters phone system. A contest was announced in December for all Public school students from Grades K through College to submit an original piece of music to the NYSUT office for review. The Band members: Jordan Dixon, Josh Little, Griffin Smith, Nick Kelly, and Lee Becker were notified in early January that their song had been accepted out of hundreds of applicants. INLITE was the only “Rock” band accepted and the NYSUT office was impressed with their style, vocals, and excellent recording prepared by Jordan’s father, Gary Dixon.
   INLITE is a popular local group with many honors, including the winner of last year’s MUSIC IS ART Battle of the Bands at HSBC Arena, which offered them the opportunity to perform on the main stage for the Music is Art Festival at Albright Knox Art gallery in September. They often perform for charity functions, especially Relay For Life. INLITE members are all students at Grand Island High School. Their application was submitted by GITA member and Music Teacher, Debra Remson.

Viking Track News
GI Beats Lancaster 4-1 - Jan. 2009

Click photos for larger view.

Buffalo News February 1, 2009 report:
   Grand Island took three first places and broke two school records. Jenna Raepple won the triple jump in 35-8.5 and was second in the long jump at 17-1. She also teamed with Jamie Raepple, Kelsey Mash and Martina Tsembelis to break the school record in the 4x400 with a 4:24.56. Adam Helman won the pole vault clearing 14-feet, 6 inches. Evan Tsembelis placed first in the McMullen Mile in 4:26.43. Tsembelis, along with Chris Stessing, Sean Winter and Jordan Gibson won the 4x400 relay in a school record 3:38.56.

Vikings Large School Hockey Team In Playoffs - Feb. 2009

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009
   The Vikings will play Lancaster in a best of three game series starting next Wednesday, February 11th in a bid to return to Super Sunday. The team finished 2nd in the league with a record of 12 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie. The first game is Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30 p.m. at Hyde Park Rink. The second game is on February 15th (Sunday) at 4:15 p.m. at the Depew Rink. If the series is a tie, a 3rd mini game is played immediately after. Gate fees for play-offs are: $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. Please come out and support the boys!

Jamie Raepple Signs With Niagara U - Feb. 2009

Jamie Raepple (front left) is shown with her sister, Jenna and her parents, Kurt and Cindy Raepple as she signs the letter of intent to play college soccert at NU.
Jodi Robinson photo - Click photo for larger view.

   Grand Island’s Jamie Raepple will continue her soccer career at Niagara University and signed a letter of intent on Wednesday, February 4th in Grand Island High School. See "2/5/09 Niagara Gazette" story.

Alex Neutz Signs With UB Bulls - Feb. 2009

Alex Neutz (center) is shown with his parents, Adrienne and Larry Neutz as he signs the letter of intent to play college football with the UB Bulls
Click photo for larger view.

   Grand Island’s Alex Neutz is among recruits chosen by UB Football Coach Turner Gill. Signing of Alex' letter of intent took place Wednesday, February 4that 2:15 p.m. at Grand Island High School. See "2/5/09 Niagara Gazette" story by Jonah Bronstein.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending February 5, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 2/5/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

High School News - Feb. 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, February 5, 2009 . . .Well, it is almost Valentine's day and to show the one you love how important they are to you the high school students get the opportunity to buy a can of Orange or Cherry Crush and send it to someone special with a personalized message attached. Each can will be $1.50 and is fundraising for the freshman class. Not only is this a way of fundraising but also a way of showing love in a cute, unique way. Also, this week is of course the start of the performance of Fiddler on the Roof. It will be shown on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are only $7.00. Hope to see everyone there and good luck to all cast members! I would also like to congratulate Mr. Lee Nowocien for the arrival of his new baby boy, Luke Eric Nowocien. Congrats :)
   Not only was this a week of chaos, but of nerves, too. This week Monday was the start of a new semester for high school students. For all that are unfamiliar with the process, students receive a new schedule with new classes. This year many students had various complaints about not receiving an elective class when asked for it or even put into a class they never signed up for. Since I am a junior, I heard the complaints about early release. Early release is a privilege for seniors who drive and have no academic classes after 12 p.m. Well, what about us juniors who drive and are also on the same boat and have no academic classes in the afternoon? Are we just supposed to sit in school with 3 or 4 study halls? It seems ridiculous to have that many free periods to have to sit through and just sleep because we finish our homework in the first study hall we have. Early release is a privilege and everyone seems to understand that but, maybe just maybe the consideration of allowing juniors to leave early as well will make a difference in the minds of the principals.

Cast of GIHS Musical, Fiddler on the Roof - Feb. 2009

   Fiddler on the Roof will be performed for the third time in 35 years at Grand Island High School this weekend. For a sneak peak at this year's cast click on photos. This year's production is being directed by Michael Dedario and Carolyn Lokken. Performances are scheduled as follows.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 5
7:30 p.m. Friday, February 6
2 p.m. Saturday February 7
7:30 p.m. Saturday February 7

Boys Varsity Swimmers Beat Ken West
- Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009
Grand Island 92 - Ken West 78
Grand Island Senior Night:
Seniors Zach Adams, Joe Aladeen and Eddie Bolton swam their last NFL home dual meet.
2/3/09 Vikings Defeat Ken West

Wrestling Star Ryan Harnden Featured In Niagara Gazette - Feb. 2009

   Grand Island High School senior Ryan Harnden is featured in a "2/3/09 Niagara Gazette" story by Nate Beutel.

GIHS Students Win Scholarships At Auto Tech Competition - Jan. 2009

(left) Kenton Career & Technical Center automotive instructor Mr. Gary Willis, Salvatore Carrubba from Kenmore East High School, Michael Rustowicz from Grand Island High School, and automotive instructor Mr. Gary Carlson.
Click photos for larger view.

   Kenton Career & Technical Center brought home a number of winners following the 15th Annual WNY High School Automotive Technology Competition sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association (NFADA) on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at Erie Community College (ECC). Kenton would like to thank NFADA for sponsoring the event that afforded students with a rich learning experience. They would also like to recognize the hard work of its faculty that prepared the students including automotive teachers Gary Carlson and Gary Willis, and culinary teachers John Marinelli and Michael Storms.
   Juniors Brandon Becker of Kenmore East High School and Michael Montaldi of Grand Island High School, won first place in the Junior Tire Rodeo Competition. Brandon and Michael clocked the fastest tire changing times when they competed against seven other teams from various western New York Schools. Combined, the students received $6,000 in scholarships from Ohio Technical College.
   Salvatore Carrubba, a senior at Kenmore East High School, and Michael Rustowicz, a senior at Grand Island High School, placed second in the rigorous automotive diagnostic competition. The seniors each received $5,000 from Ohio Technical College, $3,000 from Universal Technical Institute and $500 from ECC.
   In addition, there were also seven Kenton Career & Technical Center culinary skills students there who prepared and served breakfast and lunch for all attendees at the competition. They are Christina Renner of Kenmore West, Amy Prinzbach of Kenmore East, Lindsey Russ of Kenmore East, Nicole Muscato of Mt. St. Mary, Kurt Wild of Tonawanda, Joseph Romano of Grand Island and Anthony Schojan of Grand Island.

Ryan Proctor - Outstanding Achievement - Jan. 2009

   Ryan Proctor’s hard work and dedication earned him Student of the Month. In order to achieve this honor, he had to earn the most money among his classmates. During the month of January, he was able to earn money by completing extra academic work and displaying the following job skills efficiently: punctuality, independence, attentiveness, quality work, cooperativeness, organization, efficiency, and responsibility. Ryan was presented with a Student of the Month certificate by the principal, Mrs. Sandra Anzalone and a Blockbuster gift card. Excellent Job Ryan!

High School News - Jan. 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 29, 2009 . . .Well all high school students are off for the week and it feels great. Regents week consists of regents exams and mid terms. Therefore several students came in during this week at various times for their exams. This week is a good time for the students to review their material so that they perform better on their final exams. Well many teachers are concerned about the fact that students are getting more and more days off. Is this affecting the education of the students? Even next week Friday all students have off and the following month a week off. Even though we do have many days off, we do have tons of homework to keep us practicing on the material learned in school.
   February is just around the corner and Grand Island High School students have many opportunities to participate in school activities. First is this year’s high school musical, “Fiddler of the Roof.” Members had been practicing for months so it is sure to be the best musical ever. Then there is the High School’s Annual Winter Ball which is on is on February 28th and open to all students. This month also is the start of the annual Corporate Bowl. Students should be looking for members and participate.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending January 29, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 1/29/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

Basketball Star Amber Duda Featured In Niagara Gazette - Jan. 2009

   Grand Island High School senior Amber Duda is featured in a "1/27/09 Niagara Gazette" story by Nate Beutel.

Basketball Star Kolby Banker Featured In Niagara Gazette - Jan. 2009

   Grand Island High School junior Kolby Banker is featured in a "1/23/09 Niagara Gazette" story by Nate Beutel.

Indoor Track - Buffalo News Feature - Jan. 2009

   See "1/27/09 Buffalo News" story by Mary Jo Monnin.

Boys Varsity Swimming
- Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
North Tonawanda 103 - Grand Island 54
1/23/09 Loss To Lumberjacks

GIHS Musical, Fiddler on the Roof - Jan. 2009

   The strength of the music, story and message of the musical Fiddler on the Roof is evident as it touches the third generation of Grand Island students. The show was produced in 1974 by a cast, crew and orchestra of over two hundred students and faculty members under the direction of Maggie Kennedy. The 1992 version was directed by the late Kenvin Moreau; this year’s show is directed by Michael Dedario and Carolyn Lokken. It is scheduled to open:
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 5
7:30 p.m. Friday, February 6
2 p.m. Saturday February 7
7:30 p.m. Saturday February 7
   Fiddler on the Roof is set in a small Russian village in 1905 Russia. The village milkman, Teyve, (Andrew Fix) faces a harsh life challenged by making a living in an impoverished town under Tsarist rule and the worry of providing for his wife, Golde, (Sara Stenzel) and his five daughters: Tzeitel (Kaitlin Hager), Hodel (Alex Imperi), Chava (Shannon Farmer), Sprintze (Allie Boron) and Bielke (Renee Doermer).
   Teyve stabilizes his existence with traditions. One of these traditions is arranged marriages. Yente (Kara Dudley) is the village busybody and matchmaker. She finds a suitor, Lazar Wolf (Luke Burkhart) for Tzeitel. Tzeitel has other ideas, as she has fallen in love with the shy tailor (Griffin Smith). Reluctantly Tevye agrees to allow the young sweethearts to marry. He invents a nightmare to convince Golda that the arranged marriage will result in Tzeitel’s death at the hand of Lazar’s late wife,Fruma Sarah (Rachel Gaydosh). In the dream the deceased Grandma Tzeitel (Julia Figliotti) also warns Golda.
   With one daughter breaking tradition, the road is paved for the freedom of the other daughters. Hodel falls in love with the Russian revolutionary, Perchik (Jordan Dixon) and Chava is shunned by her father when she marries Fyedka (Andrew Stange), a man of a different faith.
    The unrest of Tevye’s family is a reflection of the society he lives in. The lives of the local characters; Avram (Kearney Erhhard), Mordcha (Lee Becker), the Rabbi (Tim Lewis), Mendel (Nick Kelly), Nachum (Anthony O’Meally), Shaindel (Sarah Bastian), Yussel (Alex Re), the Constable (Dan Olszewski) and Sasha (Josh Little) are all driven by change and the political uncertainty.
   Directors Michael DeDario and Carolyn Lokken are looking for members of the cast, crews and orchestra from 1974 and 1992. Members of those productions are asked to call 773-8820 ext 3007.
    General Admission $7
    Friday Night Only Senior Citizens admitted free with Senior ID
    Saturday Matinee - 2 p.m. - General admission $5
    Advance tickets may be purchased from cast members or by phone order at 773-8820 ext. 3007

GI Winter Track Competes Well at Darmouth Relays - Jan. 2009

   Select members of the GIHS Winter Track Team competed at the Dartmouth Relays in New Hampshire in January. Adam Helman won the Pole Vault in 14-6" setting a new school record. Jamie Raepple was 4th in the 55m dash in 7.56. and Maritina Tsembelis won her section of the mile in 5:33.86. Brother Evan placed 10th in the mile in 4:27.56 while Shawn Winter placed 9th in the 300 meters 37.90. The boys 4x400 relay set a new school record with Chris Stessing and Jordan Gibson teaming up with Winter and Tsembelis in a time of 3:39.66, placing 7th. In the weight throw, Bobby Rutland was 12th with a toss of 37' 7.75" setting a new school record. The team is coached by Don Sauer.
   Adam Helman, a senior, went 15' Monday, January 19, 2009 at Fredonia which not only is a new school record but also the top vault by a High Schooler in NY this season!
   In the Monday, January 19th MLK Invite at Fredonia, Adam Helman went 15-0, Evan Tsembelis won the 1000, Maritina Tsembelis was 2nd, and Jena Raepple won the LJ.
    Other winners from yesterday included Evan Tsembelis in the 1000 with the top time in the Section this year. Sister Maritina Tsembelis broke the school record in the 1500, Katie Nordvik broke the 1500 Walk and Jen Mellot broke the High Jump record (4'-8"). Jen Raepple broke the Lomg Jump record also.
   The team is coached by Don Sauer.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending January 22, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 1/22/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

Vikings Large School Hockey Team Wins Over Kenmore East/West - Jan. 2009

Wednesday, Jan. 21st
   Mitch Stessing earned a shut-out in net Wednesday night when the Grand Island Varsity Large School Hockey Team defeated Kenmore East/West 8-0. Eddie Weiser recorded a hat trick and an assist. Rounding out the scoring was Anthony Russell with 2 goals and 1 assist, and Joe Oliverio, John Osberg and Zach Sheuing each with a goal. Oliverio, Osberg, Sheuing, Taylor LeFevre, Courtney Cox, Marvin Pawlowski, and Bill Koller had assists. The Vikings are 8-3-0 in league play.

High School News - Jan. 2009

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 22, 2009 . . .“…the time has come to set aside childish things…”, says Barrack Obama in his motivating speech. Following many of his statements were cheers from thousands of people that colored the surroundings of the Washington Capital with red, white, blue, and Obama spirit wear. Many Americans see Obama as a symbol for hope: on the contrary, an armful of individuals see him as a path leader to a country filled with an increased amount of economical and other issues that the U.S. is faced with presently.
   Considering the fact that the Inauguration of our 44th president was held during mid-afternoon when students and adults were at school and work, GIHS gave students the opportunity to sit in the auditorium and view this event LIVE on the big screen during their free periods. Also, certain teachers devoted a portion of their class time towards this affair. However, if not all were able to take up this opportunity, or were not provided one like this, we could all be sure that it was on every news channel! While this event was LIVE, it was shown on all news channels and also BET, and a summary also on E!. This was one occurrence that was not challenging to catch up on.
   Many found Obama’s statements laced together with hope, faith and inspiration. If America follows his statements, I, and thousands of others, believe that the future that lies ahead can be a brighter one.

High School News - Jan. 2009

By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 22, 2009 . . .High School students are always noticed for the bad things they do like skipping class, starting a food fight or getting into a fight, but what about the good students? How do they get rewarded for the good things they do such as their homework or even being respectful to a teacher. Well here’s a story about one class that stands out from the others; Mrs. Biro’s fifth period health class. Before the Christmas break they decided to prove themselves as individuals that give back for all that a teacher does for them. Now, Mrs. Biro is an excellent teacher and has been at Grand Island High School for several years. Her students had noticed she had a chair she sat in that was torn and beaten up. They figured Mrs. Biro did not deserve just that. One school day Mrs. Biro was prepared to teach and as soon as the bell had rung starting fifth period, only three students sat in the chairs before her. She was curious and a little suspicious on where all her students were. Not all of them could have been at the same place. She looked right down the hallway and then left, seeing a group of her students walking down the hall in a crowd. Before she could get mad for them all being late, she noticed that the students were pushing a new chair for her with a big red bow on it. With them yelling “Merry Christmas”, Mrs. Biro was shocked. This was a story I felt inspired to write about. Students now a day just try to get through school and pass classes instead of trying to make a good relationship with their teachers. This generosity and consideration was extraordinary. This was the way I felt I could reward these individuals, by recognizing them for making Mrs. Biro happy. What more can a student do than making a great day for their teacher :)

Hockey Alumni Night Huge Success - Jan. 2009

Click photo for larger view.
By Jim Szafran and John Koller, Varsity Head Coach, Grand Island Vikings
Saturday, January 10th, 2009 - Hyde Park Ice Pavilion

    Old met new in a celebration of Vikings Hockey Saturday night at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion in Niagara Falls. Under the supervision of original Grand Island hockey coaches Jim Szafran and John Goodfellow, forty-four alumni players competed in traditional blue and white uniforms. The alumni players present represented close to four decades of players. While some of the players were not quite in game shape, the blue and white teams still managed to entertain a crowd of several hundred that gathered at the arena for the game.
   The original program was started in 1970 when Jim Szafran was hired to teach at Grand Island. Recognizing a need for a school hockey program, Szafran and Goodfellow organized an intramural program. Said Szafran "Goody (Goodfellow) organized, cajoled and wormed his way through the hoops it took to get the program started." The intramural program evolved from a 5:45 a.m. bus ride to the arena, to an excellent section six varsity team. Szafran continued, "We coached a few hundred young men over the decade, and as of tonight the circle remains unbroken."
   The final buzzer came "just in time for some of the older guys," according to Coach Szafran. The on ice activities, including the current Vikings squad which defeated Lancaster 4-1, then moved to the old casino at the ice pavilion where there was a lot of catching up with old friends and the meeting of new ones. It was definitely interesting watching 70's players and coaches share their experiences with some of this year's edition of the Vikings.
    The night ended as a huge success for all. As the crowd thinned after the raffles and the fire died down in the giant stone fireplace, you could sense that a new annual tradition had been made. Looking ahead to next year I can't wait for the 40th Anniversary celebration of Vikings Hockey.
   All proceeds benefit the GIHS Club Hockey program.

GI Beats Lancaster 4-1 - Jan. 2009

Click photo for larger view.

Saturday, January 10
   Niagara Gazette Report
The Grand Island Viking Large School Hockey team defeated Lancaster 4-1 on Saturday, January 10, 2009 in Hyde Park Ice Pavilion in Niagara Falls. Anthony Russell had two goals and Joe Oliverio added a goal and three assists as the Vikings won the large schools contest. John Osberg also scored and Matt Hazelet had two assists.
Wednesday, January 14
   The Grand Island Large School Hockey team again playing shorthanded due to illness and injury, convincingly beat St. Joe’s 6-3 at Hyde Park. Five different players had goals. Joe Oliverio had 2 goals, with Ryan Vertino, Zach Scheuing, Chris Wilzcek and Anthony Russell adding goals. Vertino, Marvin Pawlowski, Oliverio, Russell, Taylor LeFevre, Scheuing, and Matt Major getting assists. Rob Schiffhauer, Courtney Cox, and Matt Hazelet also contributed to the win. Rob Tates was in net.

High School News - Jan. 2009

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 15, 2009 . . . When an adult tells an individual a story taking place in high school or middle school, their closing statement is usually along the lines of, “those were the good days,” or “I wish I didn’t take all that time for granted.” If you find yourself to be one of those adults, you have a chance to relive a little bit of your experiences for a night. Any individual who was part of the Fiddler on the Roof cast during the 70’s or 90’s at GIHS; you can be a part of a number this year!
   This year, GIHS is putting on the musical again for 2009, and is welcoming back any alumni from those two previous shows, to participate in the song “Tradition.” However, our director, Carolyn Lokken, and the present cast are having difficulties coming in contact with the majority of all who were a part of the last two performances. If you are one of those people and are interested in performing “Tradition” on February 7th, please contact our director at her school e-mail address.
   Looking for something exciting to do this Friday night? Head over to the Riviera Theatre for some awesome music! All three bands performing are local. Opening is "The Birth of a Catastrophe" and "The Sleepless City." Headlining is the winner of the Music is Art Battle of the Bands, "INLITE!" This Friday, the 16th, will be the release of their first Demo CD! The excitement starts at 6:30 p.m. and is only $5.00. You can purchase your tickets at the door, or from a band member for the same price. All three bands are extremely talented and will fill the night with enjoyable, original music. If you want to be part of the fun, make sure you stop by the theatre this Friday, the 16th!

High School News - Jan. 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 15, 2009 . . . It’s a tough call, how does one judge the weather accurately and make the tough decision of closing schools due to inclement weather. The media definitely does not make the decision any easier. Mr. Christmann recently sent out a letter offering what the school district uses as a general guideline. “We begin to look very carefully at possibly closing when there is a current or projected -20 degrees F wind chill temperature. It is almost a certainty that the District would close schools at -25 degrees F wind chill. These numbers are the wind chill temperatures recommended by school doctors. The wind chill chart is a handy resource in learning more about the wind chill numbers. It should be noted that between the two factors - temperature and wind speed - wind speed is by far the more important factor. For example, a -10 degrees F temperature with a 5 MPH wind produces a -22 degrees F wind chill. A +10 degrees F (20 degrees warmer than the first example) with a 60 MPH wind produces a -19 degrees F wind chill.
   Student safety is the District’s most important priority. Student safety is the District’s most important priority. We will continue this winter, as we have done in the past, to monitor potentially dangerous wind chill temperatures. Weather does not lend itself to being an exact science and we will do our very best to make good to open or to close school decisions. As with all other weather related issues, the parent must make the final decision as to send his/her child to school on those days of questionable weather.” Please check out the Grand Island Schools website as it offers a temperature with a wind chill chart to use as a reference.

   Since we’re talking about outdoors, I’d like to take this opportunity to mention the high school front parking lot at approximately 7:15 a.m. It’s an accident waiting to happen. The first turn into the parking lot from Ransom Road is used by numerous parents dropping students off, the second turn into the parking lot is used by busses to park and unload students, leaving the parents to have to use coned off parking spots to turn and leave out the first drive. Meanwhile, the parking lot has teachers trying to park their cars, but many times have to wait, because parents’ cars are waiting for the traffic on Ransom Road to clear to allow them to get out of the parking lot. There are students walking from every direction, and to top it off it’s not a well lit area. Of course some days are better than others, but overall it is really not an ideal situation in my opinion. My advice, be careful!
   Congratulations go out to High School English teacher Mr. Arnone and his wife as they welcome their first child, Noah James Arnone.

Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month
January 2009


Allison Boron                      Simarjot Cheema              Mary Grace Egloff           Rachel Gaydosh

   Allison Boron has attended Grand Island schools throughout her entire academic career and has shared her many talents with her schools, church, and community. During her tenure at Grand Island High School, Allison has excelled in music, sports, and academics. She has been extremely active in the high school’s music department. Allie has sung in Vocal Jazz, Madrigals and Concert Choir for whom she currently serves as the secretary. She played the baritone saxophone in the Wind Ensemble, and alto sax in Pep Band and Jazz Band. Allie has participated in All-County for band and Solo Festival for voice, receiving excellent ratings in each competition. This dedication to music has earned her choral and instrumental varsity letters and pins.
   Allison has been a member of the varsity cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and field, and JV softball teams, earning her varsity letter in cross-county and outdoor track. She has also had the pleasure of participating in all of the high schools musicals.
   Enrolled in many AP courses, Allison has managed to consistently be on the Grand Island High School honor roll, earn academic awards, the Pride of the Island Award, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is currently the secretary of Student Council and has been a vital member throughout her high school career. Allie is also involved in Interact Club, the Shared Decision Making Team, and the morning announcements.
   This year Allison is excited to be participating in the GIHS internship program where she is exploring a possible career as an elementary school teacher. She is working with her former 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Angelo, at Huth Road Elementary School. Allie is also passionately involved in her church community. She sang in the Youth Choir for seven years and served as an acolyte. She enjoys staying involved in her church Christmas Pageant from year to year, knowing that the younger students look up to her for it. Realizing that her life is full of blessings, Allison has always been willing to give back to her church community in any way that she can.
   Allie enjoys giving back to her community, and has done so by being the team captain of a Relay for Life team for the past five years. In past years, her team of eight young girls has raised over $2,000 annually! She has donated her time and funds to the American Cancer Society through Relay, knowing that her effort has continued to help fight the ongoing battle with cancer. Other volunteer activities include working at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen, helping with the Huth Road Bazaar and in the Huth Road library, bell ringing for the Salvation Army, working at the MLK Day of Service, and participating in the CROP Walk.
   Allison plans to attend college after graduation, to major in Elementary Education.
   Simarjot Cheema is a highly involved senior at Grand Island Senior High School, and has been a member of Grand Island schools since 4th grade. Sim has been active in many different school clubs, organizations, and sports since a young age. She has not only participated in school activities but she has become a better individual from the lessons she has learned from all of the experiences she has had in Grand Island.
   Challenges are perhaps one thing that Sim never seems to find enough of. Through a rigorous course selection throughout middle school and high school, Sim has challenged herself and strived to excel in all that she did. She has been enrolled in honors classes since seventh grade and has taken three advanced placement courses prior to her senior year. Currently she is taking AP Psychology, AP Biology, AP Government, and College level Spanish. Regardless of the difficult courses which she has chosen to take, she has always persevered and has found success in all of the classes that she has taken.
   Even though Sim has been busy with such a challenging class selection, she has always found time to participate in extracurricular activities. Sim is currently a member of the announcers club at Grand Island High School and has been a member since her sophomore year. She also enjoys singing and has been a member of choir, concert choir, vocal jazz, and Madrigals. Sim is a member of the National Honors Society chapter at Grand Island and has been elected to serve as the chapter’s treasurer. She is the vice president of Interact Club, in which students participate in various community service activities year-round. In addition, Sim is the senior class secretary and actively participates in organizing all senior class related events. Through participation in so many different clubs and organizations Sim has become a person who displays vast leadership skills, and the responsibility needed to successfully fulfill the requirements associated with such leadership roles.
   Furthermore Sim is a Grand Island High School athlete who participates in girls’ tennis, varsity indoor track, and varsity outdoor track and field. She has earned her varsity letter in all three of the sports in which she participates. She has become a strong individual with strengthened work habits and a greater work ethic. Sports have taught her discipline, sportsmanship, and determination. These core values stay with Sim no matter what she does, regardless of whether it is academics or sports.
   Sim is planning on attending a four-year university and majoring in either biology or chemistry, and then moving on to medical school. After medical school, she aspires to become a physician. Sim will leave Grand Island being fully prepared for whatever life may have in store.
   Mary Grace Egloff has been a resident of Grand Island all her life. Throughout her education, she has strived to challenge herself academically while being involved in both extracurricular activities and her community. Mary Grace is currently enrolled in several AP classes, as well as College Level Spanish. She has received the Academic Excellence Certificate, Pin, and Varsity Letter. She was also the recipient of the St. Michael’s Book Scholarship this past spring. Mary Grace is a member of the National Honor Society and is currently serving as its Secretary. She is also a three-year veteran of Masterminds and is vice president of the Humanities Club. In the Mock Trial Club, she served as both an advisor and as a witness for the trial.
   Mary Grace has been actively involved in the Grand Island Music Department since elementary school, where she began playing the violin. Currently, she is the vice president of the Orchestra and a member of the Concert Band and the Pep Band where she plays the tuba. She has participated in the musical pit Orchestra for the production of Beauty and the Beast and she also volunteered by playing in the pit orchestra for the St. Joe’s production of The Music Man at Buffalo State College. Mary Grace annually attends Erie County Solo Fest, and last year was invited to perform in the Niagara County Orchestra. She has earned her Varsity Letter and Pin in music.
   During the summer, Mary Grace volunteers her time as a Counselor-in-Training at the Niagara Sailing Club, teaching Junior Sailing. She also races sailboats in Buffalo Harbor and on Lake Ontario. During winters, she plays ice hockey for the Coyotes Organization.
   Mary Grace volunteers her time as a Religious Education teacher for St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church and also as a team captain and continuing participant at Relay for Life.
   Rachel Gaydosh has spent the majority of her life on Grand Island, moving from her birthplace of Binghamton, NY when she was eight months old. She has attended Sidway Elementary, Huth Road Elementary, and Veronica E. Connor Middle School and is currently attending Grand Island High School.
   Rachel has been academically successful throughout her years at the Grand Island School District. She has challenged herself with honor and AP level classes while maintaining either honor or high honor roll status. Her academic achievements have been recognized through an Academic Excellence certificate, pin, and letter. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been recognized with an AP Scholar Award.
   In addition to academics, Rachel has been an avid member of the Grand Island Music Department, participating in both vocal and instrumental groups. She has been a member of Madrigals, Vocal Jazz, Women of Note, Choir, and Concert Choir throughout high school. She also plays French horn in the Wind Ensemble, sitting first chair in both her junior and senior year. In 9th Grade she was honored as “Rookie of the Year” in Concert Band. Rachel has proven her leadership in these music groups, as she was the secretary of the Wind Ensemble in her junior year and is currently vice president of both the Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble. Rachel has also achieved A and A+ ratings on her solos on both French horn and voice at Erie County and All State auditions. Taking her love for music to an even higher level, Rachel studies voice privately and is a member of the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus Chamber Choir and Pop, Broadway, Jazz Ensemble. Due to her numerous musical endeavors, Rachel has won her Varsity Letter, two Varsity Pins, Varsity White letter, and Varsity Bar in Music.
   She has kept herself physically active throughout her years at Grand Island, playing soccer for the Grand Island Soccer Club every summer and playing for the Travel Team in 9th grade. In addition, Rachel has been dancing at Miss Cathy’s Dance Academy since she was four years old. She has taken lessons in jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, and hip hop.
   Theatre has been a passion of Rachel’s for many years. She has been a member of Spotlighter’s Drama Club all her years at the high school and is currently the vice president. Rachel has participated in both the plays and musicals every year of her high school career. For three summers, Rachel attended Studio Arena’s month-long Theatre Camp. This past summer, Rachel traveled to Boston for five weeks to participate in Boston University’s Summer Theatre Institute Program.
   While participating in all her other activities, Rachel is also an active member of the community. She has taught Religious Education at St. Stephen’s Church for the past four years with her father and also participates in Grand Island’s annual Relay for Life.
   She has been recognized by her teachers through winning the Pride of the Island Award two times as well as winning the “Triple C” award in Middle School.
   After graduation, Rachel plans to pursue a major in Theatre with a potential double major in either Business, English, or Psychology.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending January 15, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 1/15/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

Swim Champ Evan Carey Featured In Niagara Gazette - Jan. 2009

   Grand Island High School swimmer Evan Carey is featured in a "1/15/09 Niagara Gazette" story by Nate Beutel.

Grand Island Takes Second in Tech Wars Competition - Jan. 2009

(third photo) Joe Oliverio and Sean Benninger place the final weights on the 1st championship bridge!
Click photos for larger view.
   For the first time ever, Grand Island High School technology students competed and won awards in the Tech Wars competition held Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at Niagara County Community College. The students' Engineering Technology teacher is Carl Koppmann.
Best finishes included the following:
·         2nd place overall tied with Newfane 

·         1st place in the large scale bridge building (400 lbs./ lightest) 

o        Joe Oliverio 

o        Sean Benninger 

o        Tim Shantler 

o        Alex Neutz 

o        Ed Bolton 

·         2nd and 3rd place in the vex robotics competition 
	  (dethroning lockport and ending their rein on the robobtic competition 

o        Keith Skelly 

o        Ryan Harnden 

o        Eric Harnden 

o        Geoff  Federspiel 

o        Brendan Hall 

o        Mark Argy 

·         1st and   2nd place in the Mini-sumo bot robotics competition 

o        Alex Strauss 

o        Blake Stanwick 

o        Tim Shantler 

o        Alex Neutz

·         2nd place in the on site engineering challenge 

o        Tim Shantler 

o        Alex Neutz

·         1st and 3rd place in the 3-d on site parametric modeling 

o        Dale Baran 

o        Ian Rogers 
See "1/15/09 Niagara Gazette" story by Joe Olenick.
See also "1/15/09 Buffalo News" story by Paul Westmoore.

Band "Inlite" To Release “Canopus” - Jan. 2009

   "Inlite," a band made up of Grand Island High School students, will release "Canopus," Friday, January 16 at the Riviera Theater. See 1/14/09 "Buffalo News" article.

New Home Needed for Exchange Student - Jan. 2009

   The ASSE International Student exchange program is looking for a loving home for a scholarship student from Russia who has been moved from his previous host family. He currently attends Grand Island High School and would like a new home for the remainder of the school year. If you are interested in hosting a young man for five months, call 731-1442 anytime.

GIHS Musical Looking For Previous Fiddler Participants - Jan. 2009

   Grand Island High School will present Fiddler on the Roof February 5, 6, and 7. This is the third time in Grand Island High School history that this musical will be in production at the high school. In keeping with one of the major themes of the show, the cast and crew of 2009 is seeking to find the cast, crew, orchestra and production staff of the 1974 and 1992 productions. "We would like names, addresses, phone numbers and/or emails of these participants," Vocal music teacher Carolyn Lokken said this week. If you were part of the production or know of the present location of these alumnus contact Mrs. Lokken at the Grand Island High School,, or by phone, 773-8820 ext 3007. "We are looking forward to hearing from this large group of Islanders with a shared musical theater past," Mrs. Lokken said.

Boys Varsity Basketball - Fri., Jan. 9, 2009
8-0 overall, 4-0 NFL

Grand Island 57 - Niagara Wheatfield 48
Greg Feathers (GI) - 19 points
Alex Neutz (GI) - 13 points
Jonas Stalyga (GI) - 11 points
Slide Show JT Tomkins Photos

Boys JV Basketball - Fri., Jan. 9, 2009

Grand Island 48 - Niagara Wheatfield 37
Slide Show JT Tomkins Photos

Grand Island DECA Means Business at Regional Competition! - Jan. 2009

Pictured left are some of the Grand Island DECA students. (right) Ben Soos and Susan Head, winners of prepared public speaking.
Click photos for larger view.

   Sun., Jan. 11, 2009 . . . Sunday is not normally a school day, but 56 Grand Island High School DECA students woke up early and dressed for success to attend DECA Regional Competition this past weekend. DECA is a national co-curricular business club stressing marketing, entrepreneurship, leadership, and volunteer opportunities in the community. Over 580 WNY students competed at Lewiston Porter High School in 29 different business events such as: management, finance, public speaking and job interview skills. This competition is coordinated by the advisors of DECA from 14 high schools in the area and is judged by community leaders, business executives, and teachers. Grand Island took charge of three events and asked Town Council Member Mrs. Mary Cooke to once again help judge an event. Mrs. Cooke was quoted as saying, "I look forward to this competition every year. Students are so prepared for the future when they take part in a club like DECA!" In addition, Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain and Mr. Christopher Simpson, DECA Advisors, were very pleased with the efforts of their students and look forward to New York State Competition in March. An extra note of thanks goes to Mrs. Maggie Kennedy, Mr. Paul Thompson, Mrs. Maria Turner, Mr. Angelo Grande, Mrs. Cheryl Cardone, and Mr. George Casey for their time and effort as judges for this event.

NFL Swimming Duel Meet Make-up

The Friday 12/19 NFL Swimming dual meet make-up will be: Lockport AT Grand Island Monday 1/12 5 pm start 3:45 warm-up

Boys Varsity Basketball - Tues., Jan. 6, 2009

Grand Island 65 - Kenmore West 59
Jonas Stalyga (GI) - 26 points
Slide Show JT Tomkins Photos

Boys JV Basketball - Tues., Jan. 6, 2009

Kenmore West 55 - Grand Island 36
Slide Show JT Tomkins Photos

High School News - Jan. 2009

By Kaitlyn Affuso (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 8, 2009 . . .Finally, there’s something to look forward to for a few weeks in school! Gym class! Juniors and seniors have the privilege to leave school during their class and take the bus to Island Lanes for our bowling unit. We are able to squeeze in a game within the twenty minutes provided. Even though it is not much time, it is a lot of fun to be out with your friends and have a different change of pace. Being able to use real bowling lanes compared to silly, cheap pins and rubber balls on the gym floor is definitely something to look forward to.
   Fiddler on the Roof is coming to the high school the first weekend in February. The cast, crew and pit have been working since the beginning of December and studied music and lines independently over winter recess. Three hours are spent after school each day by the cast to pull this show together. Musical definitely fills in your time, especially if you are already devoted within the music department. By adding this show to certain student’s schedules, it stretches their school days to between eleven and twelve hours. Just think… that’s only at school! They still have studying, homework and other out-of-school activities that they are involved in! All pupils involved within this event are definitely talented and hardworking, due to all of their personal time they give up to be a part of it. Participants in this event hope to see a great outcome of all four of their shows this February!!

Grand Island Vikings Large School Hockey Team Wins Tourney - Jan. 2009

Click photo for larger view.

   The Grand Island Viking Large School Hockey team defeated St. Francis Club Team 4-2 late last Friday night, January 2, to capture the Annual Cheektowaga Invitational Christmas Tournament title in front of a couple hundred fans at the Cheektowaga Town Rink. Scoring for the Vikings were Taylor LeFevre, Anthony Russell, Ryan Vertino and Joe Oliverio. Vertino also had 2 assists with Oliverio and Eddie Weiser. Vertino and Russell were named to the All-Tournament Team and goaltender Rob Tates earned Tournament MVP honors. To get to the final game the Vikings beat Cheektowaga earlier in the day 2-0 with Courtney Cox and Ryan Vertino getting tallys. Rob Tates got the shut-out.
Jan. 4th
The Grand Island Large School Hockey team was defeated by Lancaster at the Depew Town Rink 2-3. The Vikings made a great effort playing shorthanded due to injury and illness. Scoring for the Vikings were John Osberg and Matt Major with assists by Joe Oliverio and Anthony Russell
Jan. 7th
The Vikings beat Williamsville North at Hyde Park 6-2. Joe Oliverio led the scoring with 2 goals and 2 assists. Anthony Russell tallied 2 goals and 1 assist. Eddie Weiser had a goal and an assist. Also scoring was Robert Schiffhauer. Matt Major, Courtney Cox, John Osberg and Taylor LeFevre also had assists. Mitch Stessing was in net. The Vikings are 6-2 in league play.

GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending January 8, 2009
Click "Sports Briefs 1/8/09" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS sports results may be emailed to ""

High School News - Jan. 2009
By Kaitie Samland (Junior) - Student Writer

   Thursday, January 8, 2009 . . .Well, we are officially back to school. Our holidays are over and time to get back to work. All students did indeed get one last Christmas present before that break and that was the amazing but unexpected snow day!!! It couldn’t have landed on a better day. Also, a gift from, of course the school. This year students will be receiving five-week progress reports even if the child has an A in the class. It is set up just the same as a report card and is sent out to inform the parents how their child is doing and how they can improve. Basically it is a way for the teachers and parents to get more connected. As these five-week reports may get students grounded more often, it is a way for the students to track their school grades better.
   On Monday, January 5th the annual Scholar Athletes Awards Assembly took place. Here all of our fall sports teams were recognized for having great averages and still performing excellently. Present were the Boys’ Soccer team, Girls’ Soccer, Cross Country, Golf, Girls’ Tennis, Varsity Football, Girls’ Volleyball, Boys’ Volleyball, and Girls’ Swimming. Congratulations to all teams!!!

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.

High School 2009 News JULY - DECEMBER
High School 2008 News Jan. - June
High School 2008 News July - Dec.
High School 2007 News Jan. - June
High School 2007 News July - Dec.

Other Grand Island Pages to Visit:
Churches | Email Directory | Government | Groups
GIHS Grad List | Guestbook | Please sign in! | Local Artists | Photo Album | Town History | Useful Links
| Website Design | Wildlife | Isledegrande's Home Page | GIECOM.NET'S Home Page  
Please Email News Releases to Teddy Linenfelser, Thank You.

This website is sponsored by

1869 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, New York, 14072-1803 USA
Copyright © 1995-2009 All rights reserved.

eXTReMe Tracker