Grand Island High School News Web Page 2011
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GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Dec. 29, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 12/29/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Alex Brown - Buffalo News All-WNY Girls Volleyball - Dec. 2011Alex Brown, a junior at Grand Island High School, is one of nine players named to the Buffalo News All-WNY Girls Volleyball. According to the Buffalo News: Alex Brown was part of a breakthrough season for Grand Island. The powerful outside hitter with leaping ability that can win a sectional long jump title (she did last spring) has verbally committed to Maryland. She had double-digit kills in 12 of 14 Niagara Frontier League matches to help the Vikings to a 12-2 league record and a share of NFL title for the first time since 1991.
In November Alex was named Niagara Gazette Athlete of Year for Girls Volleyball.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Dec. 22, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 12/22/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS Students Assist Neighbors Foundation - Dec. 2011
Right: Hank Kammerer and Stephanie Senn
Grand Island High School students from the Deca Club, Casey's Corner and Student Council came together on Tuesday, December 20th to sort and distribute all of the food collected during the annual "Share Your Happiness" campaign. The food donations were double the collection
last year and packed the Knights of Columbus where the distribution took place. Sixty families will be stopping in to pick up their goodies, up from 45 families in 2010. In addition donations were made from the GIHS girls' soccer team, Casey's Corner and from the Student Council Tree Auction. Thanks go to high school students and advisors Robert Simpson, Christina Podlucky and Cheryl Chamberlain for all their efforts.
Left: Student Council Advisor Christina Podlucky, Bree McGuire, Hank Kammerer and Council President Brittanee Ramallo.
Right: Casey's Corner representatives and Hank Kammerer (Katie Turner, James Rustowicz, Josh Ungaro, Mr. Kammerer, Nick Soos, Alex Ahne, Matt Seaman, and Mrs. Chamberlain) - Click photos for larger view
Casey’s Corner and DECA helped those in need during this holiday season by holding two different fundraising events at Grand Island High School. The yearly tradition of “Something Sweet” enables students to send a stocking full of candy to their sweetheart’s homeroom for a small donation. The proceeds allowed the store to present a check for $150 to The Grand Island Neighbors Foundation. In addition, an “Ugly Sweater” contest was also held and students entered by donating $1 to the Community Mission. Mrs. Chamberlain and her students collected over $60 to purchase toys and mittens and delivered them just before the holiday. DECA and Casey’s Corner students wish everyone a wonderful holiday season.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Dec. 15, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 12/15/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Interview Day at VCMS - Dec. 2011
Pictured are high school student Ben Whitford and middle school student Holly Lutnick
It is never too early to practice career readiness skills and students from Veronica Connor Middle School Family and Consumer Science classes can tell you that they are ready for the world of work. On Tuesday, December 13th students from Cheryl Chamberlain's Internship and Portfolio classes traveled to Connor Middle School to interview MaryJane Fonte's students in a cooperative program between the two schools. This collaboration is an on-going part of the competency based portfolio program in the high school and it gives the portfolio students an opportunity to see what it is like to be "interviewers." Student interns use this experience as part of their portfolio and middle school students learn preparation and skills for the interview situation. The success of this venture is due to the efforts of Fonte and Chamberlain who hope to develop other shared programs for their students in the future.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Dec. 8, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 12/8/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Stephanie Senn, Member of Soccer National League U18 - Dec. 2011
Steph is shown on the right, down on one knee - Click photo for larger viewGrand Island High School senior, Stephanie Senn, is a member of the Empire United Syracuse team, part of the USYS National League and currently in first place in the standings after the first of two weekends of play. See "US Youth Soccer National League U18s"
See also "Stephanie Senn Feature"
Steph will be signing her letter of intent to play soccer for Kent State, in February.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Dec. 1, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 12/1/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Niagara Gazette - Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Beutel, boys team hope to break even
HS BASKETBALL: Second-year coach eyes .500 record, trip to Buffalo State.
by Ryan Nagelhout
Grand Island Coach Nate Beutel hopes those little gains can add up to big results in his second season at the helm of the boys basketball team.
"It's all about improving our skill level and making progress as a program and I think we're starting to do that," Beutel said.
Grand Island went 3-17 last year, including a 1-13 run in Niagara Frontier League play. The team stayed close over the summer, playing over 50 games in summer leagues and at team camps. Despite losing third team all-league forward Steve Vitello, Beutel has some big goals for his squad.
We do have a younger team but a team that is ready to work and ready to improve and make progress towards our ultimate goals," Beutel said. "Which this year include trying to finish .500."
There's one much larger goal Beutel says is within reach if, of course, this team is willing to work for it.
"We're keeping an eye on Buffalo State," Beutel said. "I know some people think that's a little out of the realm but looking at our bracket and the teams that are there, I don't think that's that far out of the question for us.'
Much of the Vikings offense will depend on point guard Nick Soos, a junior who moved into the starting lineup midway through last season.
"He's gotten a lot better," Beutel said. "He's more aggressive offensively and more confident handling the ball."
Seniors Dylan Kelly and Jon Voyzey also return, while Ryan Miller and Jordan Jelks return to the rotation at guard. One player in particular Beutel is excited about is freshman Quinn Carey. The swingman is the brother of standout Vikings swimmer Evan Carey, and Beutel says if Carey is willing to work hard "he can be one of the best players to ever play here."
Grand Island starts its season on Tuesday at Starpoint. Underclassmen in the starting lineup mean mistakes will come, but Beutel is ready to celebrate growth at every turn.
"It's about progress," he said. "With the younger group this year, we're about taking baby steps and kind of celebrating - however small it may be - whatever progress we may make.
by Ryan Nagelhout
Niagara Gazette - Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011
Vikings hope to repeat as Section VI Champs
Last year was fun, sure, but Jenepher Banker says the past is the past. For Banker's Grand Island girls basketball team, winning this year is the only goal.
Forget a Section VI Class A championship and a trip to the state semifinals last year. All that matters is what you can accomplish right now. This season
"I don't even think about last year. Last year was last year, this year is this year," Banker said. "I don't think that there's any year where we don't have the same goal, which is win the sectional championship. I don't think that's ever changed."
Grand Island starts its run at repeating as Class A champions with just three returning players from last year's squad. The good news? All three were starters. Better news? Senior point guard Kallie Banker (Rhode Island) is a Division I-bound athlete and junior forward Cassie Oursler is likely to do the same.
"We're not the same team as we were last year," three-time Gazette player of the year Kallie Banker said. "It's definitely a learning process and every game we're looking to get better."
Grand Island loses Danielle Wegrzyn and Brooke DeMarco to graduation, and senior Megan Karpie's return means a pair of open spots in the Vikings starting five. With seven new players on the roster, Coach Banker said the team will have to find its way.
"Those three will carry us and hopefully the other kids can fit into that," Banker said. "That's what we're looking for. What other kids can fit in with them and play the kind of roles we need them to play to be successful."
Grace Olszewski and Steph Knight will factor into the lineup early, and soccer standout Stephanie Senn (Kent State) will see time on the court...Banker, who averaged 16 points, eight assists, five steals, and three rebounds per game last year, said this season will be about growth for the Vikings.
"It's definitely a learning process and every game we're looking to get better," Banker said. "I just hope to do my best every game and not get in foul trouble. That's the big one, I can't be in foul trouble ever this year." Grace Olszewski and Steph Knight will factor into the lineup early, and soccer standout Stephanie Senn (Kent State) will see time on the court for Banker, who averaged 16 points, eight assists, five steals, and three rebounds per game last year, said this season will be about growth for the Vikings.
Banker's mother and coach Jenepher said despite their inexperience, it's been fun rounding the Vikings into shape this winter. "I really like this team, they're fun to work with," the longtime coach said. "We've had to go back to a lot of teaching and some basics, but they're a lot of fun to work with." Grand Island starts the season Friday against Sacred Heart in the Pastor-Cooper tournament at Daemen College. The post-season seems miles away and her coach isn't thinking of the past, but Kallie Banker wouldn't mind eclipsing last year's team in her senior season. "We want to go far. I would love to go a little bit further than we went last year," Banker said. "That would be my dream goal of the season."
Start off your holiday season this Thursday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. with the Grand Island High School Annual Winter Concert. Come listen to the sounds of the season from the choral groups, concert band and the traditional performance of Sleigh Ride by the Wind Ensemble. Come early to get a head start on your holiday cookies. Make your own selections from dozens of trays of delicious and colorful homemade cookies. Cookies will be available by a plate of 1-1/2 dozen for $5.00 or snack size of 3 for $1.00. Proceeds will benefit the Grand Island Instrumental Music Boosters.
Carols & Cookies Concert - December 2011
Grade 10 - Natalie Argy, Sierra Besi, Alicia Bianco, Sierra D’Ettorre, Sarah Dollendorf, Benjamin Goc, Ashley Gugino, Henry Huang, Amanda Jelonek, Zachary Jones, Kristina Kasprzycki, Emily Kernin, Justin Lavis, Emma MacIntyre, Anna Nicolia, Jenna Paternostro, Maygan Payan, Jillian Sheehan, Pamelia Slattery, Tara Stewart, Timothy Utz, Stephanie Voyzey, Jackeline Wilson
Grade 11 - Alexandra Bahgat, Lydia Bernatovicz, Jessica Brownschidle, Megan Carroll, Sarah Chamberlain, Laura Dolan, Brianna Gibney, Mark Hughes, Manjinder Kaur, Bridget Kennedy, Shannon Kieffer, Mary Kneer, Christopher Komin, Stephanie LoTempio, Ellen Lutnick, Orendael Miller, Benjamin Purrington, Katelyn Ruszkowski, Rachael Ruszkowski, Nicholas Soos, Adam Stanczyk, Joshua Tixier, Kimberly Yaeger, Christina Zytariuk
Grade 12 - Laura Amantia, Jessica Bamberg, Joshua Bastian, Marshall Cancilla, Emily Dauphin, Allison Donahue, Donald Failing, Alyssa Fuoco, Katlyn Holt, Megan Karpie, Nathan Kulak, Kallan McMillan, Nigel Michki, Dominic Morell, Kenneth Rogoza, Alexandra Seibert, Laurice Wilbert
Grade 10 - Jacob Athoe, Marisa Atkinson, Sukhdeep Bajwa, Natalie Baldassarre, Grace Bolton, Kevin Borowicz, Jack Boyko, Liana Buscaglia, Bryce Callen, Amanda Cancilla, June Chadima, Magdalyn Chauby, Qian Chen, David Cich, Quinton Corrao, Brian DeRubes, Frank DeRubes, Sean DeRubes, Jaskiran Dhaliwall, Thomas Doctor, Ashley Dragonette, Heavyn Dreher, Jenell Duxbury, Alexandra Dzielski, Hannah Edwards, Kai Ellsworth, Ashley Fischer, Kevin Freedman, Emma Garten, Emily Glose, Anthony Grana, Andrew Grinchishin, Vanessa Haynie, Alyssa Heitman, Ryan Held, April Hippert, Steven Howard, Ciara Howley, Addison Joslyn, Alexander Kelly, Julia Kelly, Mary Frances Koch, Ashley Kroetsch, Lauren Kullerkupp, Julianne Lavallee, Alexander Lenz, John Lillian, Brittany Little, Elizabeth LoBrutto, Austin Loveric, Matthew Madigan, William Madigan, Vincent Malpica, Johnna Marinello, Justin McCarthy, Austin McCoy, Brentyn Mendel, Elliott Michki, Benjamin Morrish, Catherine Navagh, James Osborn, Michael Paternostro, Kamra Phillips, Nicholas Pino, Angela Pozantides, Alessandra Price, Dominic Prine, James Pufpaff, Zoe Reda, Emilie Rengler, Shannon Robillard, Maren Russell, Natalie Schultz, Derrick Schutrum, Vincent Shores, Lucas Siebert, Tanner Speer, Lindsey Spiker, Jacob Stromberg, Jenna Stufkosky, Christopher Swagler, Brock Tetreault, Lillian Von Reyn, Christian Wallinder, Jadon Wegrzyn, Mitchell Weis, Amanda Weselak, Brigid Wilton, Brandon York
Grade 11 - Ammany Abdellatif, Corey Adamschick, Ciara Alcorn, Jennifer Amato, Jessica Amsdill, Conor Atkins, Rachel Bailey, Selina Bichler, Alexander Brink, Allysa Bush, Sara Carlson, Alexis Cino, Alyssa Cino, Sam Clarke, Ashley Colan, Courtney Collignon, Christopher Connors, Lauren Cook, Jane Cooke, Annaliese Corrao, Aurora Dee, Jenna DelSignore, William Diefenbach, Zoe Dodd, Mark Dryfhout, Nicholas Egloff, Katarina Eichel, Keelan Erhard, Brittany Faulise, Meghan Federico, Alexandra Filips, Ian Freudenheim, Melissa Gibson, Andrew Gilbert, Madeleine Goc, Rebecca Green, Alexandra Griffin, Rebecca Hale, Leah Harris, Adam Heftka, Kourtney Hoppel, Tyler Jackman, Jacqueline Johnston, Hayley Keane, Zaineb Khawar, Stephanie Knight, Daniel Konopski, Carolyn Kruszona, Grace Kulikowski, Jake Lawley, Evan Leffler, Mandy Liesenfeld, Jessica LoBrutto, Alexandria London, Collin McMahon, Maggie Nobumoto, Matthew Osinski, Cassandra Oursler, Samantha Pangborn, Marisa Phillips, Kyle Pletcher, Alyssa Quarantello, Christina Richard, Dominica Roberts, Katrina Rockwood, Kelly Ruminski, James Rustowicz, Kelsey Ruszkowski, Kevin Salonek, Marina Scerra, Aaron Schauger, Taylor Scheuing, Taylor Schiffhauer, Lauren Shepard, Cody Smith, Cole Smith, Javier Solis, Emily Steinbrenner, Alex Territo, Lillian Thompson, Ashley Tillett, Joshua Ungaro, Elena Watt, Margaret Weiser, Megan Wendt, Jodie White
Grade 12 - Reem Abdellatif, Megan Ambellan, Makallie Banker, Katelyn Benns, Alexandra Black, Amanda Blanton, James Bobak, Conner Bolles, Shannon Boreali, Diana Boulden, Sarah Brady, Sonia Brar, Christopher Brownschidle, Thomas Butcher, Justin Canazzi, Seth Carey, Amber Carpenter, Joseph Carrato, Mario Cataffo, Emma Chambers, Jesse Ciffa, Eric Colon, Alexandra Corrao, Silvana D’Ettorre, Jordan Davis, Maggie DeMarco, Shannon Doctor, Bridget Doyle, Sydney Dudish, Talia Fabiilli. Kodie Fahrer, Matthew Foote, Brent Fred, Katrina Fritz, Matthew Gannon, Sean Garten, Rebecca Gasiorek, Kaitlyn Gilbert, Jonathan Goc, David Green, Deanna Green, Jonathan Grenda, Thomas Grenke, Anmol Grewal, Brianna Guagliano, Marissa Haley, Jessica Hall, Lynne Huffnagle, Ryan Hughes, Gabriella Jaramillo, Andrew Jasek, Casey Jelonek, Samantha Kahn, Dylan Kelly, Paige Kippley, Elizabeth Kowalik, Edward Krecisz, Mitchell Lariviere, Jenna Lee, Jodi Lee, Kelsie Loos, Kaitlyn Lozo, Brendon Lutnick, Mark Lydle, Michael Malaney, Robin Mangat, Marisa Marino, Rebecca Masse’, John McGinty, Casey McNamara, Shannon McNaughton, Mia Michael, Joshua Miller, Ryan Miller, Lindsay Morano, Michelle Morgan, Hallie Nowak, Chelsea Null, Samuel Oursler, Kristen Percival, Olga Popova, Ryan Proctor, Brittanee Ramallo, Sarah Ramsperger, Danyelle Redmond, Rachel Ripellino, Matthew Robinson, Nicolette Scerra, Michael Sendlbeck, Stephanie Senn, Gagandeep Singh, Glenn Skelly, Zachary Smith, Brittney Sonnenberg, Jessica Spencer, Sarah Stanczyk, Erica Surdi, Taylor Sweet, Harrison Thompson, Kathryn Turner, Jessica Ungaro, Alexandra Wallinder, Rachel Watt, Benjamin Whitford, Sarah Williams, Jessica Young, Alicia Zartman
Grade 9 - Ayman Abdellatif, Michelle Adams, Nicholas Brink, Vincent Bruno, Rochelle Cataffo, Ilana Clark, Brandon Costolnick, Julia Culbert, Genevieve Davis, Karli Deuser, Joyce Endozo, Thomas Euscher, Jacob Foote, Jessica Foote, Emily Fuoco, Clark Fusco, Patrick Gallagher, Nicolette Golden, Kyle Graves, Maxwell Grenda, Balraj Grewal, Ian Hardison, Connor Harrigan, Keegan Hirtreiter, Scott Holmes, Joshua Horvath, Ryan Kennedy, Kelsey Ketterer, Matthew Ladouceur, Samara Lanthier, Jonathan Link, Alexa Lombardo, Jacob Matwijkow, David Mongan, Courtney Monroe, Jocelyn Mueller, Nicholas Ortiz, Miranda Phillips, Drew Pitts, Kayla Popovich, Jessica Rennells, Michael Rugg, George Smith, Alexandra Sponn, Emilie Stinner, Dylan Stroka, Brian Verso, Matthew Wellence, Steven White, Jordan Yamonaco, Alexander Zimmermann
Grade 10 - Rana Abdelal, Brian Ailinger, Natalia Andriaccio, Michele Aronica, Robert Augugliaro, Brielle Backlund, Alexander Baker, Kirsten Burtch, Jon Busch, Christina Butcher, Aaron Certo, Jason Cichon, Jessica Cieri, Aaron Cook, Hannah Corrao, Thomas Corrao, Nicholas DeMita, Jensen Dorey, Michael Dzielski, Emily Edwards, Elijah Fields, Elizabeth Figler, Joseph Gioeli, Alex Gormady, Jack Gorman, Bianca Gowanny, Abhiraj Grewal, Patrick Hall, Andrew Hannah, Kara Hazelet, David Holler, Madeline Jackson, Katlyn Jennings, Kurtis Johnson, Kristin Kalman, Amanda Kinmartin, Kyle Krueger, Kyle Lindquist, Nathan Link, David Madigan, Andrew Masiello, Jacob McMahon, Adam Missert, Wyatte Mock, Brooklyn Morton, Gregory Nicolia, Yiannis Papavramidis, Dominque Perri, Dominic Petrilli, Zoann Pittman, Macey Porter, Sydney Quarantillo, Alex Rallo, Kaitlyn Rose, Ryan Ross, Alyssa Schmitt, Kyle Schoener, Jeremy Smith, Kristen Stark, Brandon Stevenson, Max Tafelski, Raymond Tafelski, Toniesha Vance, Mia Villani, Matthew Zabaldo, Ashley Zartman
Grade 11 - Cyle Alcorn, Kevin Aronica, Tanner Atkinson, Brittney Banks, Kassandra Bennett, Daniel Blocho, Dakota Bower, Liza Bowman, Eli Brennan, Alexandra Brown, Danae-Grace Busch, Alyssa Cinelli, Ronald Clark, Daniel Conrad, Cody Csendom, Jacob Dixon, John Paul Endozo, Sarah Ernst, Shannon Gallagher, Ty Gallagher, Michael Giambra, Nicole Hall, Emily Harnden, Zachary Harper, Megan Hoople, Anthony Huff, Robert Johnson, Alexander Kellner, Matthew Lenz, Alexia Malpica, Kiransumit Mann, Taylor Marino, Christina McGuire, Robert Meer, Taylor Moran, Kimberlee Moss, Gurwinder Nijjar, Grace Olszewski, Michael Palazza, Amanda Passarelli, Melanie Perla, Dalton Pitts, Alyssa Pizzuti, Zachary Re, Rosalie Russell, Alexa Santa Lucia, Matthew Seaman, Ashley Serianni, Christopher Serra, Ronald Steffans, Jacob Sweeney, Nicole Swiantek, Dallas Taft, Alexander Tollner, Joseph Torregrossa, Gregory VanNorman, AmyJo VeRost, Nicholas Winger, Andrew Yarnes, Elenor Zaccaria, Joshua Zernickel
Grade 12 - Amir Abdellatif, Gabrielle Ailinger, Jeremy Anderson, Eric Aronica, Michael Avery, Matthew Beauchamp, Korey Bennett, Andrew Chorey, Benjamin Cliff, Mikaela Connors, Caitlynn Cooke, James Cooke, Natalee Culbert, Jake DeLong, Samantha DeMarco, Rebekah Evans, Christopher Fadel, Lenny Fike, Michael FitzGerald, Elijah Geis, Ashley Gorman, Olivia Graziano, Joseph Green, Morgan Green, Charles Grunzweig, Kyle Hager, Jordyn Hermelyn, Mackenzie Howe, Mary Irving, Peter Johnston, Victoria Kostenbauder, Victoria Kustra, Prin Laowtrakul, Cory Ludwig, Anthony Mallais, Madelyne Mankowski, Shannon McDonough, Thalia Melendez, Brendan Mergel, Alec Metro, Kyle R. Meyer, Kyle T. Meyer, David Mohr, Kailah Moss, Gabriela Nizialek, Christopher Osetkowski, Alexis Pearce, Jobe Pelenio-Evert, Alyssa Pino, Marina Pozantides, Corey Price, Christopher Ray-Castaldo, Eric Sander, Benjamin Smith, Tyler Smith, Emily Sommer, Jessica Spiesz, Phyllip Stallard, Angelina Stromberg, Katherine Studley, Chandan Tiwana, Jonathan Voyzey, Samantha Warden, Nathalie Winder, Dominic Zannin, Anthony Ziurinskas
Grand Island's Jon Voyzey Gazette Athlete of Year (Boys Volleyball) - Nov. 2011Niagara Gazette Report
Grand Island High School Senior Jon Voyzey has been named Niagara Gazette Athlete of Year for Boys Volleyball. According to GIHS Coach Bill Schultz, "He's a good leader. He tries to get the guys going and leads by example. He played through a lot of pain. I tried to sit him out a couple times and he wanted to play, always wanted to practice to be ready."
Jon plays outside hitter. He has notched 149 kills and 89 digs this season despite dealing with a calf injury. Jon led a young Vikings team to a second straight Niagara Frontier League title and a Class B quarterfinal victory. He has also been named to the First team All-NFL selection.
Grand Island's Alex Brown Gazette Athlete of Year (Girls Volleyball) - Nov. 2011Niagara Gazette Report
Grand Island High School Junior Alex Brown has been named Niagara Gazette Athlete of Year for Girls Volleyball. According to GIHS Coach John Head, "She got the athleticism to impress. You can take a lot of athletes into volleyball and you can make them good, but it's hard to make them great. That's where the hard work comes in and that's what took her to that next level. You can just hear when she hits a ball - there's a difference."
Alex plays outside hitter. She has had double-digit kills in 12 of 14 Niagara Frontier League matches, including season-high 36 in a win against Lockport on October 5. Alex led the Vikings to a 12-2 league record and a share of NFL title for the first time since 1991.
Alex helped Grand Island reach the Class A semifinals. She is verbally committed to playing at Maryland.
Holiday Magic Event at GIHS - Dec. 20116-8 p.m. Wed., Dec. 14th in the Viking Mall entrance. Santa will be there! See flyer for all the details.
High School Parent/Teacher Conferences - Nov. 2011Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 28, 2011 in the High School from 12:00–3:00p.m. and 4:00- 7:00 p.m. Teachers will be in their rooms – a list of room assignments will be posted. Appointments are not necessary.
GIHS Spotlighters: "Don't Drink The Water" - Nov. 2011The GIHS Spotlighters, under the direction of Co-Advisor Christina Podlucky along with Maggie Kennedy will produce the comedy, Don't Drink the Water, by Woody Allen, and originally produced by David Merrick. The performance times follow.
Tonight (Thurs., Nov. 17) at 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets are $2.00 each ($1.00 for students and Senior Citizens). Former Spotlighters are encouraged to join the cast and crew Saturday afternoon for a special Spotlighters Alumni performance.
The action of the play takes place in an American Embassy somewhere behind the Iron Curtain. A family of tourists is mistaken for spies, and must seek refuge in the Embassy which is currently being run by the Ambassador's scatterbrained son.
The Cast Father Drobney………..…..……Michael Giambra Ambassador Magee………….…..Shannon Boreali Kilroy………….…Magdalyn Chauby/Laura Dolan Axel Magee…………..……………..…Tom Rall Jr. Marion Hollander.…Kallan McMillan/Mary Kneer Walter Hollander……..…………..…Dan Konopski Susan Hollander………………...Grace Kulikowski Krojack…………………………….….…Ben Smith Burns…….…………………………….Kailah Moss Chef……………………………..…… James Bobak Sultan of Bashir………… ………...……Seth Carey Sultan’s First Wife………..…….Jessica Ackendorf Kasnar………………………………..Kyle Pletcher Countess…………..………………..Emily Dauphin Waitress……………………………....Rebecca Hale ……………………………...Ashley Fischer Party Guests……………………..…Lauren Shepard Ryan Falter Nolan Miles Ashley Fischer Beth Wynne Corey Wilkinson Ashley Gugino Zoanne PittmanAccording to Ms. Podlucky, "We have a great group of kids performing this year, and they always have us laughing, both on and off the stage. I would encourage anyone who enjoys comedy to come out and see them this weekend."
U. of Rhode Island Scholarship for Banker - November 2011
Brett Banker, Kallie Banker and Jenepher Banker.Thurs., November 10, 2011 . . .Lady Viking basketball star and 2010 All WNY Player of the Year, Kallie Banker, signed a letter of intent on Thursday, November 20, 2011, to attend the University of Rhode Island. Kallie, as a 7th grader, began her varsity career as a starting guard. This year, as a senior, Kallie will break the all-time scoring record of 1518 points, held by 1990 graduate and Viking great, Carlin Hartman. Kallie led the Lady Vikings to a 23-0 record during the 2010-2011 season before losing to Peekskill in the state semifinals. This was the first Grand Island basketball team ever, to qualify to the state tournament. Kallie is coached by her mother Jenepher and father Brett is the Athletic Director of the Kenmore-Tonawanda school district. Brother Kolby is currently playing division 1 soccer at St. Bonaventure University.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Nov. 10, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 11/10/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Veterans Day Assembly at GIHS - Nov. 2011Grand Island High School
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Veterans Day Assembly
Honor Flight Buffalo - Dan Dunkle
Memories from 2 Veterans who flew on the 5/11 flight
Donovan Wassan & Peter Xanthos, GI residents (sponsored by GI HS)
Check presentation - Kevin Murray
Grand Island VFW Post Alan Lee & Dan McMahon
GIHS Gratitude for GI's
Presentation of letters (written by students), toiletries, & non-perishable food to Col. Jim Germain from Niagara Falls AFB
Launch 'Treats for Troops' cookie drive - Kevin Murray
Grand Island Family of Veterans Video Recognize students & family members in audience who have family deployed
Col. Tim McCoy Niagara Falls Air Base Presentation with robotic EOD/IED equipment
Boys Jr. Viking Soccer - "The Perfect Season" - Nov. 2011
JV team is shown thanking the fans after a game. - Click photo for larger view
The 2011 Grand Island Boys JV Soccer Team finished the season with a perfect 14-0-0 record! Including the two wins from the pre-season Sweet Home tournament (Williamsville East 3-0, and Sweet Home 2-0), the team record is 16-0-0. This year’s team was a very strong and balanced one, scoring a record 115 goals and only allowed 3 against. "That’s right 3 goals against!" Coach Brian Ailinger reports. Coach Ailinger knew this team was going to be something very special and told the players that on numerous occasions throughout the year. Having a strong team is a must, but the players needed to stay focused and follow their 2011 season theme, and be “relentless.” They never forgot that on any given day. "There is always a team out there that can win a game if you take them for granted. This Vikings team had no problem in maintaining that focus, playing relentless, playing as a team and have fun doing it," Coach Ailinger said.
The bulk of this team was a mix of a U15 and U14 Grand Island Soccer Club travel players. The GISC U15 boys travel team was always very strong offensively with players like Jadon Wegzryn, Brian Ailinger, Ryan Ross, James Osborn and Joseph Farrell. The GISC U14 boys travel team always was strong defensively with players Ben Shaw, Matt McNaughton, Andrew Riederer and goalkeeper Justin Figler. Blending these two teams together with Eric Albrecht (defender), Josh Horvath (midfield) and Alex Cancilla (striker) was a very potent mix for all opposing teams! "After the 10th game vs North Tonawanda, five players moved up to Varsity, but we knew that the bench was just as strong and had to keep pushing," Coach Ailinger said. Although the pace of the game was noticeably different, the relentless hard work was not! These young men played together as one team, that really made a difference and it showed game after game. The players were focused on each other and not themselves and working to make sure every player on the team scored at least a goal, a perfect example. Twenty-three out of the twenty-four players scored at least one, and the one who did not was moved up to Varsity before the JV coaches had a chance to work with him! All players volunteered to play any position, even goalkeeper! "This team, by far, is the best skilled team I have ever coached and I have to say being my first year coaching for the school was also the most fun! Also, a big thank you to my assistant, Rom Figler, who volunteered a lot of his time!"
DECA Installation Dinner 2011 - Nov. 2011
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The official installation of New York DECA members took place at Salvatore's Italian Gardens Tuesday night, November 1, 2011. The Grand Island High School DECA chapter boasts over 100 members this year and advisor Cheryl Chamberlain recently took over leadership for all of the Western New York Region 12 DECA Chapters. "Our membership really exploded this year," Chamberlain noted. This membership boom is due in part to the exciting leadership program that DECA promotes. Students compete in business related events, but also learn the skills necessary to make themselves stand out in their chosen career. Networking, communication skills, and business etiquette are just a few of the many areas DECA develops in their membership. In addition, the Grand Island DECA chapter is involved in community events and volunteering throughout the school year. For more information on DECA contact Chamberlain at 773-8820.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Nov. 3, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 11/3/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
It's Fruit Sale Time! - November 2011
Grand Island High School Band & Orchestra annual Fruit Sale is underway, November 1st thru November 15th. The proceeds of this fundraiser help the students pay for the upcoming trip to Tennessee. Visit our website to purchase your vitamin C. When you get to the Indian River website type in #173920 to get to the Grand Island High School page, then choose the student's name who you are supporting. You may also contact any band or orchestra member to order. Thank you for your support!!
Jon Voyzey Volleyball Standout - November 2011See 11/2/11 Gazette Story by Ryan Nagelhout
Lady Vikings Soccer Headed To Semifinals - Nov. 2011
Senior Girls - Click photo for larger view
The Lady Vikings Soccer team is now headed to the Class A semifinals at Depew High School on Wednesday, November 2nd. The Lady Vikings(4) will be playing Starpoint(8)at 5:30 p.m. The team moved on to the semifinals after defeating LewPort Saturday in overtime.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Oct. 27, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 10/27/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Grand Island High School Bands Welcome Colonel Arnald GabrielOn Wednesday October 26th at 7:30 the Grand Island Wind Ensemble and Concert Band will have the honor of performing with Colonel Arnald Gabriel. Colonel Gabriel is one of the most renowned conductors in the Wind Band field. He will be working with the students on Tuesday during extended rehearsals and will conduct the entire portion of the Wind Ensemble and one piece with Concert Band. Colonel Gabriel is retired from the United States Air Force where he served as Commander/Conductor of the internationally renowned U.S. Air Force Band. To read more about Col. Gabriel visit his website at www.colgabriel.com Please Join us in welcoming Colonel Gabriel and come to support our wonderful music program and hear what promises to be an inspiring concert.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Oct. 20, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 10/20/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Spirit Week at GIHS - October 2011
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Grand Island High School celebrated Spirit Week beginning Tuesday, October 11th. There were four dress-up days, Celebrity Day, Twins Day and Class Color Day. Friday was Blue & White Day, ending with the annual Pep Rally in the gym. The fall sports teams were dressed up and introduced, girls swim team won best costume, dressed as Poseidon. The cheerleaders and twirlers put on great routine's that got the crowd pumped up. The annual tug of war contest between the girl athletes and women teachers was won by the teachers. The tug of war between the varsity football team and mens faculty was a tie as the rope broke shortly after starting. Volunteer students and faculty participated in crazy games and also took the chance having buckets of "?" dumped on them. A couple buckets contained money for the class, others had tomato juice, eggs, beans, spaghetti, flour etc. Needless to say, it was messy! The special blue and white shoes were brought into the gym in royal splendor to end the rally, with Mr. Murray performing the famous blue and white shoe dance.
Vikings Beat McKinley in Homecoming Game 14-12 - October 2011See WGR550 Story by Mike Jafari
Eddie Krecisz, Football Standout - October 2011See 10/13/11 Gazette Story by Ryan Nagelhout
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Oct. 13, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 10/13/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Alex Brown, Volleyball Standout - October 2011See 10/5/11 Gazette Story by Ryan Nagelhout
Commended Students in 2012
National Merit Scholarship Program - Oct. 2011
Grand Island High School is proud to announce that Diana Boulden, Christopher Brownschidle and Samantha Kahn have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. These students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Oct. 6, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 10/6/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
See 10/4/11 Gazette Story by Nate Beutel
Jessica Oyer - October 2011
Featured Swimmer Stephanie Voyzey - October 2011See 10/4/11 Gazette Story by Ryan Nagelhout
Jason Bibler Named GI Cross Country Coach - September 2011See 9/29/11 Gazette Story by Ryan Nagelhout
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Sept. 29, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 9/29/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Sept. 22, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 9/22/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Business of DECA - Sept. 2011
(left) Ruby Kaur, Laurice Wilbert and Nancy Dalquist - Click photo for larger view
The Grand Island High School DECA Club began the school year with a fundraiser at open house Thursday, September 15, 2011 by selling the 2012 Entertainment Book!
DECA is a competitive business and marketing club where students learn the fundamentals of business and how to succeed in the world of work. The money raised from the sale will enable students to travel to regional and state competitions. Students who enroll in DECA tend to stand out in the job market through co-curricular lessons and the ability to network with local business leaders. DECA is the largest club at Grand Island, and advisor Cheryl Chamberlain was appointed co-president this school year and will lead the entire WNY Region 12 consisting of 15 schools. For more information on DECA or to order an Entertainment Book, contact Mrs. Chamberlain or co-advisor Christopher Simpson at 773-8820.
Varsity Lady Vikings Soccer News - Sept. 2011The GI Lady Vikings Soccer opened their season on Thursday, September 8, 2011, hosting North Tonawanda, and posted wins for the JV (3-0) and Varsity Teams (1-0)! The girls beat Kenmore East 4-0 on Wednesday, September 14. The Lady Vikings lost to Kenmore West 3-2 on September 12th. The team plays Niagara Falls on Friday, September 16th at Niagara Falls.
See GIHS Varsity Lady Vikings' Roster
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Sept. 15, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 9/15/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Stephanie Senn Featured in Niagara Gazette - September 2011See 9/13/11 Gazette Story by Ryan Nagelhout
Band Music Abounds Over The Summer! - September 2011
Grand Island High School band members are shown during the August 5, 2011 concert - Click photos for complete and larger views.
Island teachers and students were busy over the summer doing what they love, making music! Members and directors of the Community Education sponsored Grand Island Summer Band enjoyed a wonderful summer concert as a culmination of several very hot and sticky rehearsals held over July and August. Mr. Craig Poissant and Mr. Mike Robetson conducted the beginning band, Mrs. Sarah Russo and Mr. Andrew Boron conducted the intermediate band, Mr. Marty Allen conducted the Wind Ensemble and Mrs. Carolyn Lokken conducted the Grand Island Comunnity Chorus. Musicians presented a topnotch concert and showed that music is not just part of the school year but a part of their lives.
See Grand Island Music Boosters
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending Sept. 8, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 9/8/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Grand Island High School will hold its annual Open House on Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Information and agendas will be posted in the front foyer directing parents to report to designated classrooms where they will receive a copy of their child’s "Day 2" schedule. Parents follow that schedule which provides an opportunity to meet with each teacher for 10 minutes and gain an overview of the curriculum for that subject area.
GIHS Open House - Sept. 2011
New Student Orientation at GIHS - August 2011
(left) Ryan Miller, Andrew Jasek, Brent Fred, Zack Reese, Manraj Grewal, and Taylor Sweet.
The class of 2015 was officially introduced to the halls of Grand Island High School during New Student Orientation on Thursday, August 25th.
The night was filled with guest speakers from various clubs and activities to help parents become acquainted with what Grand Island High School has to offer their children.
In addition, a large group of current Grand Island High School students volunteered their time to help the new students by handing out schedules and providing tours. Everyone enjoyed a hotdog roast to kick off the evening and parents met advisors and had the opportunity to join the PTSA. RevTrak, the new online ordering system, was also demonstrated for parents to make purchases from the school's bookstore, Casey's Corner.
GIHS Students Chalkwalk Champs! - August 2011
From left: Jason Chadwick, Marshall Cancilla and Abhiraj Grewal.
If you were at the Lewiston Art Festival this past Saturday, August 13th, then you must have heard the huge, loud applause as the judges announced that Grand Island High School took First Place honors at the Annual WNY Chalk Walk Competition. Competing this year were Jason Chadwick, Marshall Cancilla and Abhiraj Grewal. The theme was Chalk One Up for Diversity. Each participating team was challenged to design a movie poster with the fictitious title "Under One Sun". The meaning of the 8' x 10' chalk drawing is as follows:
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The emphasis and subject of our designed poster drawing is the world which takes up the majority of our composition. Our world is covered with the colorful flags from various countries which represent and symbolize various religions, cultures, customs, practices and political beliefs. Each country, no matter how small, becomes a part of the bigger design. In reality, not all nations get along with each other and some have had or are currently experiencing conflict. Although we know this to be true, in our drawing, bridges symbolically jump boundaries and join countries together to create a pathway for tolerance and acceptance. Floating above the world, the sun covers it with a unifying glow which symbolizes hope, peace, and goodness. To further the theme of respect for one another, we credit the "produced by" to PEACE and the "directed by" to YOU. Imagine.
GIHS Students Enter Chalkwalk Competition - August 2011
(left) Abhiraj Grewal, Marshall Cancilla and standing Jason Chadwick
It is that time of year again when thousands of people gather in Lewiston, NY to browse, view and purchase artworks created by artists who line the streets during the annual Art Festival. The festival also showcases the talents of local high school art students who will compete in the 27th annual WNY High School Chalk Walk Competition on Saturday, August 13th. Grand Island High School is one of 10 teams that will be participating. This year's theme is: "Chalk One UP for Diversity" and the design needs to be in the format of a movie poster. Jason Chadwick, team captain, will be returning this year for his third and last competition. Sharing this honor as team member is Marshall Cancilla who was the team alternate last year and newcomer, Abhiraj Grewal. The team has had several practices, even during the scorching heat. Jason, Marshall and Abhiraj would like to invite all family, friends, teachers, administrators and art appreciators to this exciting, eventful, creative and festive contest. The artists will begin the 8' x 10' chalk drawing at 12:00 p.m. and finish at 4:00 p.m. Judging follows shortly after. Hope to see you there!
According to the Buffalo News: Grand Island’s recently graduated class did an excellent job staving off senioritis, according to recently released school district data.
GIHS Senior Class Members Graduate on High Academic Note - July 2011
See 7/27/11 Buffalo News Story.
GIHS Students Strive for Excellence! - July 2011
(Left top row)Jane Cooke, Orendael Miller, Matt Seaman, Christian Lamarco;
(bottom row) Brianna Gibney, Laura Dolan, Sarah Chamberlain, Kristen Greinert and Mark Dryfout
Mon., July 11, 2011 . . . Nine students from Grand Island High School attended the 2011 National High School Leadership Conference in Washington, DC this past week. The Grand Island sophomores and students from Niagara Falls High School benefited from the generosity of the Irene E. Witkowski Agrawal Foundation which aims to motivate and coach high school students to be leaders in their community. Through this program, students participate in workshops aimed at correct grammar and communication, leadership, and an opportunity to interact with students from across the country. The American Management Association and The Young America's Foundation are actively involved in training and motivating students to be better writers and leaders. Students will continue their education throughout the month of July and are involved in activities at both Grand Island and Niagara Falls High Schools.
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Recognized by the Niagara Gazette is softball player and GIHS senior Tara Sozio (Batted .347 with a .407 on-base percentage. Drive in 10 runs while scoring eight. Hit three doubles and a triple).
Grand Island Athletes Recognized for Softball - June 2011
On the Honorable Mention List is GIHS student Kate Boutet.
List on the NFL Girls Softball Second Team is GIHS Junior pitcher Laura Amantia and on the third team, Rachel Spiker and Melissa Gibson.
GITA Awards Scholarship - June 2011
Brooke Chamberlain and GITA Representative Mark Lamparelli
Brooke Chamberlain, daughter of Cheryl and Gregory Chamberlain of Grand Island, is this year's recipient of the GITA/Richard S. & Edwina R. Meredith Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to the graduating son, daughter, or dependent of an Grand Island Teachers' Association member. The decision by the committee was based on outstanding academics, community service, a personal essay and recommendation letters as well as the individual's acceptance into a certified institution of higher education. Brooke will study Biology in the honors program at the State University of New York at Oswego in the fall.
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GIHS Yearbook Staff Donates $5000 - June 2011
Venture staff, Make-A-Wish rep. Mary Moore and advisor Chris Simpson.
On Friday June 17th, staff and editors of the Grand Island High School Venture Yearbook presented the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York a check for $5000 to be used for a wish child’s wish vacation. Editors and staff of the yearbook worked together selling candy bars, catalog chocolate, candles, paper and magnetic stars, and patrons for the back of the yearbook. They spent time during and after school as well as some Saturdays at local malls, including the Galleria and Prime Outlets, raising funds for this worthwhile cause.
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Christopher Simpson, Yearbook Advisor, says that the kids are truly one of a kind. “So many students participated in the effort and contributed that you can’t help but to be overwhelmed with their contributions.” “I am very proud of all of these young adults.” Mary Moore, Community Relations Manager for Make-A-Wish, was on hand to receive the check. Mary was also a graduate of Grand Island High School, earning her diploma in 2001. After accepting the check, Mary told of the young girl named Ella who benefitted from the money raised. As a 4 year old, Ella has been battling a spinal cord tumor and her one wish was to “visit the animals at Disney World.” Every morning while on vacation, Ella drank her bottle as she said hello to every animal she spotted on the balcony at Animal Kingdom Lodge. She also spent time at Sea World with the dolphins and at Universal Studios.
The Make-A-Wish fundraising effort was one of a few altruistic endeavors worked on by staff and editors of the book. Aside from raising funds for Make-A-Wish and the yearbook, students spent time at the Buffalo City Mission, cleaning and preparing and serving meals. In conjunction with the boys’ J.V. basketball team, students collected and distributed toys to kids staying at Roswell Park Cancer Institute over the Christmas holiday. Lastly, staff and editors decorated bags for the Buffalo City Mission for their delivery of food on Thanksgiving.
The electives and clubs at Grand Island give students the opportunity to go out and do “good” in the community. It gives them a chance to become contributing members of society, not just in a working capacity, but in an altruistic, giving of yourself way.
High School Regents/Local Exam Schedule - June 2011See Regents Exam Schedule - June 2011
Alex Brown Featured In Gazette - June 2011See 6/9/11 Niagara Gazette story by Ryan Nagelhout
See 6/8/11 Buffalo News story by Paul Lane.
Proposed Sports Related Improvements - June 2011
Grand Island Boys Win Track Championships - June 2011See Track Story #1
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GIHS Life Skills Picnic - June 2011
The Grand Island High School Lifeskills class enjoyed an end of the picnic on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 that
was a huge success.
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Students Compete at Interview Competition - June 2011
Brooke Chamberlain and Michael Seaman
The Business Education Employability Portfolio is created by students at Grand Island High School which enables them to "bridge" their school work to their future in the workforce. Through a rigorous competency based program, students use the lessons that they master in such areas as communications and problem solving and display them in their work based portfolio. In addition, these students have the opportunity to interview with local business leaders at the end of the course to receive their "certificate of employability" from the Niagara Frontier Industry and Education Council (NFIEC). NFIEC's program includes leaders from education and business who work together to prepare students for the demands of college and their career.
This year, Brooke Chamberlain and Michael Seaman took their portfolios to the next level and competed with thirty other students for nine scholarship awards and Michael was awarded $200! For more information on this program contact the Grand Island High School Business Department at 773-8820.
Grand Island wins Boys Title at NFL Championships - May 2011For story on Niagara Gazette see 5/26/11 Niagara Gazette story by Ryan Nagelhout
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending May 26, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 5/26/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Town Clerk Registers Seniors - May 2011
From left: Seniors Bob Dickinson, Jeanne Taylor, Nikki Zimmerman and Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel
Grand Island Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel made her annual spring visit to the GIHS senior cafeteria on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.
Students who are or will be 18 years of age within the year are invited to register to vote. Town Clerk Frentzel reported that most years 75-80 students register.
Interviews at Connor Middle School! - May 2011
Pictured are (left) Ally Cutting and Sydney Dudish and (right) Brent Fred and Ben Shaw.
It is never too early to prepare for your future career, even in the 8th grade. Mrs. Mary Jane Fonte's Family and Consumer Science Students (FACS) went on an authentic job interview with Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain's Internship students in the Connor Middle School Library and both groups learned a lot about the process. This Interview Day is part of the on-going career readiness program which begins in Mrs. Fonte's classes and continues on through the business department at the high school. The FACS students create a resume, prepare answers to tough interview questions and dress for success. While the high school students have the opportunity to pose the questions and rate the interviewees. This program continues to create a partnership between the middle and high school and introduces students to the world of work.
For more information on career readiness programs and internship possibilities at Grand Island High School contact Mrs. Chamberlain at 773-8820.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending May 19, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 5/19/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
GIHS Internship Students Help with New Sidway Students! - May 2011
(left) Jeannie Taylor, Ben Tomkins, and Sidway School teacher Beth Boron - (right) Internship Program students
The Grand Island High School Internship program was there once again to assist with Sidway's Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, May 17. High school students helped the new kindergarten class of approximately 190 students adjust to a new schedule and learning environment. "This is a wonderful way for our juniors and seniors to come back to their roots and help," said internship coordinator Cheryl Chamberlain. The favorite part of the day is a visit by the Charlotte Sidway Bear played by Ben Tomkins.
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Help Support the Senior Celebration - May 2011Senior Celebration is a drug and alcohol free after prom party for our Graduating Seniors (…and they need your help!) If you are a business owner or parent of a student please consider making a donation to this special event. A donation can be made in the form of cash, check, gift certificate, coupon, merchandise, etc to be used for games, food and prizes. We would appreciate any support from our Grand Island Community to help make this safe and fun-filled event another huge success. Please review the business letter and parent letter for more details. Donations are requested by May 27th.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending May 12, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 5/12/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Grade 10 - Alexandra Bahgat, Rachel Bailey, Lydia Bernatovicz, Jessica Brownschidle, Megan Carroll, Sarah Chamberlain, Sam Clarke, Christopher Connors, Lauren Cook, Meghan Federico, Brianna Gibney, Melissa Gibson, Alexandra Griffin, Kourtney Hoppel, Mark Hughes, Manjinder Kaur, Bridget Kennedy, Christopher Komin, Grace Kulikowski, Stephanie LoTempio, Ellen Lutnick, Orendael Miller, Samantha Pangborn, Christina Richard, Rachael Ruszkowski, Lauren Shepard, Adam Stanczyk, Joshua Tixier, Kimberly Yaeger, Christina Zytariuk
Grade 11 - Sonia Brar, Christopher Brownschidle, Marshall Cancilla, Amber Carpenter, Alexandra Corrao, Rebekah Evans, Kaitlyn Gilbert, Jonathan Goc, Katlyn Holt, Casey Jelonek, Samantha Kahn, Megan Karpie, Elizabeth Kowalik, Brendon Lutnick, Madelyne Mankowski, Rebecca Masse’, Kallan McMillan, Nigel Michki, Joshua Miller, David Mohr, Dominic Morell, Ryan Proctor, Rachel Ripellino, Kenneth Rogoza, Alexandra Seibert, Zachary Smith, Sarah Stanczyk, Jonathan Voyzey
Grade 12 - Taylor Bedford, Robert Dickinson, Sara Diletti, Julie Hasselbeck, Ariana Mendel, Shannon Moody, Evan Shaw, Stephen Vitello
Grade 10 - Ammany Abdellatif, Corey Adamshick, Ciara Alcorn, Jennifer Amato, Jessica Amsdill, Kevin Aronica, Conor Atkins, Shelby Bailes, Kassandra Bennett, Allysa Bush, Sara Carlson, Alexis Cino, Alyssa Cino, Ashley Colan, Samuel Colao, Courtney Collignon, Jane Cooke, Annaliese Corrao, Courtney Czajka, Jenna DelSignore, Jacob Dixon, Zoe Dodd, Laura Dolan, Mark Dryfhout, Nicholas Egloff, Katarina Eichel, Keelan Erhard, Sarah Ernst, Madeleine Goc, Rebecca Green, Kristen Greinert, Nicole Hall, Leah Harris, Adam Heftka, Jessica Hiser, Megan Hoople, Anthony Huff, Tyler Jackman, Jacqueline Johnston, Zaineb Khawar, Shannon Kieffer, Mary Kneer, Stephanie Knight, Daniel Konopski, Christian Lamarco, Jake Lawley, Evan Leffler, Mandy Liesenfeld, Jessica LoBrutto, Alexandria London, Taylor Marino, Collin McMahon, Quinn Mikulski, Kimberlee Moss, Maggie Nobumoto, Matthew Osinski, Cassandra Oursler, Michelina Pariso, Marisa Phillips, Alyssa Pizzuti, Kyle Pletcher, Benjamin Purrington, Alyssa Quarantello, Zachary Re, Kelly Ruminski, James Rustowicz, Katelyn Ruszkowski, Kelsey Ruszkowski, Marina Scerra, Aaron Schauger, Taylor Scheuing, Christopher Serra, Jovier Solis, Nicholas Soos, Emily Steinbrenner, Jacob Sweeney, Lillian Thompson, Ashley Tillett, Joshua Ungaro, Gregory VanNorman, Elena Watt, Margaret Weiser, Jodie White, Nicholas Winger, Andrew Yarnes
Grade 11 - Reem Abdellatif, Laura Amantia, Joshua Bastian, Korey Bennett, Katelyn Benns, Alexandria Black, Amanda Blanton, James Bobak, Conner Bolles, Shannon Boreali, Diana Boulden, Thomas Butcher, Justin Canazzi, Emma Chambers, Jesse Ciffa, Silvana D’Ettorre, Emily Dauphin, Jordan Davis, Maggie DeMarco, Samantha DeMarco, Allison Donahue, Sydney Dudish, Talia Fabiilli, Donald Failing, Matthew Foote, Brent Fred, Alyssa Fuoco, Matthew Gannon, Rebecca Gasiorek, Ashley Gorman, Olivia Graziano, Deanna Green, Jonathan Grenda, Anmol Grewal, Marissa Haley, Jessica Hall, Lynne Huffnagle, Ryan Hughes, Mary Irving, Gabriella Jaramillo, Andrew Jasek, Korey Kostek, Victoria Kostenbauder, Nathan Kulak, Jenna Lee, Kelsie Loos, Kaitlyn Lozo, Mark Lydle, Michael Malaney, Robin Mangat, Shannon McDonough, Casey McNamara, Shannon McNaughton, Mia Michael, Ryan Miller, Lindsay Morano, Kailah Moss, Kristen Percival, Alyssa Pino, Sarah Ramsperger, Danyelle Redmond, Eric Sander, Nicolette Scerra, Gagandeep Singh, Glenn Skelly, Brittney Sonnenberg, Jessica Spencer, Phyllip Stallard, Angelina Stromberg, Taylor Sweet, Harrison Thompson, Jessica Ungaro, Alexandra Wallinder, Rachel Watt, Sarah Williams, Nathalie Winder, Alicia Zartman
Grade 12 - Danya Abdellatif, Samira Amin, Matthew Arida, Scott Bennett, Alexandria Bleich, Geoffrey Bolton, Christopher Boulden, Kathryn Boutet, Brian Brink, Nicholas Bruno, Jenna Cardone, Brianna Catanzaro, Brooke Chamberlain, Bethany Cinelli, Kevin Colman, Aden Cook, James Corrao, Andrew Dale, Kaleigh Deuser, Liam Dodd, Chelsea Fairbairn, Geoff Federspiel, Anna Ferrante, Alexandra Frandsen, Korin Frantz, Patrick Gallagher, Carmela Gentile, Rebecca Hammett, Amanda Heftka, Kyle Held, Emma Henderson, Angelina Howe, Ava Jackson, Emily Jones, Allison Kaminski, Matthew Killian, Seth Kozek, Taylor Kozlowski, Justin Lee, Kelly Lorence, Domenic Luciani, Jaime Magaris, Nicholas Masiello, Chelsea Mazurkiewicz, Ryan McCarthy, Sariyya Melikova, Shelbi Milkas, Kevin Neary, Jaclyn Nusstein, Jessica Osvath, Alaina Pariso, Emily Pease, Cameron Pezzino, Jack Pilie, Michael Pless, Alexzander Prine, Jenna Raepple, Jeremy Rockwood, Paige Rockwood, Kathleen Rustowicz, Rachel Schauger, Michael Seaman, Samuel Serra, Michael Sharon, Christopher Shemik, Benjamin Sherman, Tara Sozio, Catherine Sponn, Allison Stewart, Sarah Stewart, Rebecca Sturniolo, Amanda Sutter, Megan Tates, Ambria Tim, Benjamin Tomkins, Sara Victor, Danielle Wegrzyn, Nils Wernecke, Alyssa Yaeger, Richard Yager, Jessica Yarnes, Andrew Yockey, Megan Young, Nikki Zimmerman, Melissa Zytariuk
Grade 9 - Rana Abdelal, Eyad Abdellatif, Michele Aronica, Robert Augugliaro, Keegan Belstadt, Kirsten Burtch, Christina Butcher, Jessica Cieri, Aaron Cook, Hannah Corrao, Thomas Corrao, Frank DeRubes, Jensen Dorey, Ashley Dragonette, Joseph Gioeli, Alex Gormady, Jack Gorman, Patrick Hall, Jake Hawley, Vanessa Haynie, April Hippert, Steven Howard, Henry Huang, Kurtis Johnson, Kristin Kalman, Alyssa Karb, Alexander Kelly, Amanda Kinmartin, Michael Kleinschmidt, Mary Frances Koch, Kyle Krueger, Matthew Madigan, Jacob McMahon, Wyatt Mock, Brooklyn Morton, Gregory Nicolia, Anna Niland, Yiannis Papavramidis, Nicholas Pino, Angela Pozantides, Alessandra Price, Kristopher Rassega, Emilie Rengleer, Shannon Robillard, Kaitlyn Rose, Ryan Ross, Grace Scherrer, Kyle Schoener, Natalie Schultz, Derrick Schutrum, Chelsea Sinicki, Tanner Speer, Kristen Stark, Jacob Stromberg, Jenna Stufkosky, Christopher Swagler, Raymond Tafelski, Mia Vallani, Ashley Weiser, Madalyn Wright
Grade 10 - Paul Arida, Daniel Blocho, Nicholas Bonarek, Eli Brennan, Alexander Brink, Alexandra Brown, Zachary Burns, Danae-Grace Busch, Tiffany Carlson, Dylan Childs, Alyssa Cinelli, Daniel Conrad, Cody Csendom, Adam Cummings, Aurora Dee, William Diefenbach, Aubrie DiTullio, Timothy Doermer, John Paul Endozo, Mitchell Fachko, Joseph Fanara, Brittany Faulise, Alexandra Filips, Shannon Gallagher, Michael Giambra, Andrew Gilbert, Emily Harnden, Zachary Harper, John Holody, Robert Johnson, Hayley Keane, Julie Kilmer, Carolyn Kruszona, Matthew Lenz, Brianna McGuire, Christina McGuire, Robert Meer, Micaela Mitchell, Taylor Moran, Gurwinder Nijjar, Grace Olszewski, Michael Palazza, Amanda Passarelli, Melanie Perla, Jacquelyn Phillips, Dalton Pitts, Russell Potter, Dominica Roberts, Katrina Rockwood, Rosalie Russell, Alexa Santa Lucia, Taylor Schiffhauer, Matthew Seaman, Ashley Serianni, Cole Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Ronald Steffans, Alexa Territo, Alexander Tollner, Dominic Tripi, AmyJo VeRost, Megan Wendt, Elenor Zaccaria, Joshua Zernickel, Emily Ziurinskas, Anthony Zogaria
Grade 11 - Alexander Ahne, Gabrielle Ailinger, Sumr Ali, Megan Ambellan, Jeremy Anderson, Jessica Bamberg, Makallie Banker, Elora Bascello, Matthew Beauchamp, Sarah Brady, Elliot Busch, Seth Carey, Andrew Chorey, Mikaela Connors, James Cooke, Natalee Culbert, Shannon Doctor, Bridget Doyle, Kodie Fahrer, Michael FitzGerald, Connor Frascatore, Katrina Fritz, Sean Garten, Elijah Geis, David Green, Morgan Green, Thomas Grenke, Charles Grunzweig, Brianna Guagliano, Joseph Guenther, Kyle Hager, Jordyn Hermelyn, Dylan Kelly, Paige Kippley, Laura Kondziela, Victoria Kustra, Mitchell Lariviere, Jodi Lee, Victoria Lewis, Cory Ludwig, Thalia Melendez, Brendan Mergel, Hallie Nowak, Samuel Oursler, Alexis Pearce, Jamison Phillips, Marina Pozantides, Kayla Pyc, Brittanee Ramallo, Matthew Robinson, Loretta Scherrer, Stephanie Senn, Ryan Sharrow, Emily Sommer, Erica Surdi, Chandan Tiwana, Kathryn Turner, Samantha Warden, Laurice Wilbert, Jessica Young
Grade 12 - Karl Albrecht, Shannon Becker, Nathanial Benoit, Kathleen Brady, Brennan Carey, Mario Cataffo, Andre Certo, Jason Chadwick, Amanda Cinelli, Nicolette Corrao, Samuel Cummings, Austin Dee, Brooke DeMarco, Ryan Digati, Sara Dzielski, Thomas Dzielski, Christopher Ernst, Jennifer Fiels, Christian Gibson, Vincent Golda, Heather Graff, Katherine Hannah, Lucas Hazelet, Steven Henderson, Molly Higgins, Tyler Hinaman, Alexander Howard, Ryan Jackson, Mark Jurga, Thomas Kalman, Nicholas Kellner, Samantha Kuszczak, Bradley Ludwig, Jennie McCoy, Andrew McCumber, Elizabeth McLean, Victoria Mordaunt, Miranda Oursler, Robert Petrilli, Chelsea Rupert, Daniel Ryan, Miranda Santa Lucia, Amy Schooping, Julie Schopp, Jeremy Seiling, Nicholas Sexton, Rachel Spiker, Victoria Sutton, Ashley Swiantek, Adinay Tajikova, Adam Townsend, Nicholas Wallinder, Courtney Weiser, Mitchell Wendling, Christopher Wilkinson, Zachary Wojnar, John Wrench
Student Council Honors Teachers! - May 2011
(left) Student Council Advisor Mr. Robert Simpson with his Student Council Officers and teacher Mrs. Lori Burns.
The Grand Island High School Student Council spent the week saying "thank you" during Teacher Appreciation Week. Each day, teachers received a prize in their mailbox followed by breakfast on Friday with personalized notes to all teachers.
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Members of the GIHS Class of 2014 will be selling their Viking Bracelets during the School District Budget Vote on Tuesday, May 17th. Class Officers and Advisors will be available from 2:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the high school. Remember, bracelets are only $2 each!
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending May 5, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 5/5/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Masiello 'fights' through runs for GI - May 2011For story on Niagara Gazette Runner of the Year Nick Masiello, click 5/2/11 Niagara Gazette story by Ryan Nagelhout
GIHS Students Help at Half-Marathon! - April 2011
Pictured are student volunteers from Grand Island High School.
Saturday, April 30, 2011 . . .A sunny Saturday greeted runners from all over WNY at Beaver Island State Park for the Greater Buffalo Track Club's Half Marathon and GIHS students were there to assist. Over 25 student volunteers signed on to help on the race course for Satuday's competitve event handing out water and directing traffic. Students were there to cheer on science teacher, Tim Williamson who was among the many successful runners!
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From Niagara Gazette . . . May 1, 2011 . . .The 46th annual Thomas E. Hewitt Sports Award sponsored by the Mount St. Mary's Board of Associates was presented to Grand Island senior Stephen Vitello and Lewiston-Porter senior Hannah Matthews Sunday night at Niagara County Community College.
Both winners were presented with a $2,000 scholarship in addition to the $100 award each nominee was given along with a commemorative plaque. The award is named in honor of Hewitt, a former editor of the Niagara Gazette.
Vitello thanked family, coaches, teachers and the Board of Directors, while also taking time to mention Hewitt.
"It's very flattering to be compared to Tom Hewitt because of all that he did in the community," Vitello said. "I really appreciate this honor."
Judging criteria for the Hewitt includes scholastic achievement, athletic excellence, school and community involvement and a personal interview. This year's judges were Rosemary Dann, David Kinyon and Mark Violante.
Channel 7 sports director Jeff Russo was the guest speaker. James Fernandez was the dinner chairman and Fred Caso was the master of ceremonies.
Danielle Wegrzyn, a Grand Island High School senior, was among female nominees.
Liam Dodd - Lacrosse - April 2011Click Liam Dodd - Lacrosse
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending April 28, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 4/28/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Pat Gallagher - Tennis - April 2011Click Pat Gallagher - Tennis
Justin Lee, a Senior at Grand Island High School, has accepted his offer to attend and play soccer at Mercyhurst College. Mercyhurst (Division II) competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and posted a 13-3-3 record in 2010. Justin's academic program major will a BS in Intelligence Studies. Whether you seek a career as an analyst in national security, law enforcement, or business, each involves the preparation of assessments based on the collection, correlation, and analysis of intelligence data. The Intelligence Studies program’s goal is to produce a graduate who is qualified for an entry-level position.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending April 14, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 4/14/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Shadow Day Success for GIHS! - April 2011
Left photo - Sweet Beginnings Bakery with intern Jane Cooke (center) and owners Mr. and Mrs. Wells on Shadow Day
Over 130 junior and senior students from Grand Island High School participated in this year's Shadow Day program. Shadow Day provides students the opportunity to "try out" a career for a day and local schools and businesses gave students the opportunity. This year's keynote speaker and Grand Island Chamber of Commerce president, Mr. Eric Fiebelkorn, gave students incentive to take a leadership role in their career future. Mr. Fiebelcorn also hosted students at his company Toshiba Business Solutions for the day afterward.
Right Photo - From left at Cannon Design: Kristen Greinert, Dan Olszewski, Rich Little, and Matt Arida
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When Shadow Day ended, senior Scott Bennett was asked about his favorite part of the day and he replied, "meeting the news anchors at Channel 7 and seeing how precise they have to be to get the newscast out on time." Without this experience Scott may not have learned what it takes to be in the broadcasting field. Scott and other students suggest that more GI students participate in Shadow Day next year to get this worthwhile experience.
The GIHS Freshman Class is selling bracelets featuring the Viking logo for $2 each. They are available for purchase from Class Officers and Advisors, Mrs. Bowen and Mrs. Smilanich. The bracelets will also be on sale at upcoming sporting events and other school functions, and at various places around the Island. Thanks for supporting the Class of 2014!
A Drug and Alcohol Free Alternative
Post Prom/Senior Celebration 2011
Attention Parents and Community of Grand Island! Parents and Faculty are coming together once again to host the 3rd Annual Senior Celebration/Post Prom Party on June 17, 2011. This is a community event that offers a fun, safe and supervised alcohol and drug free alternative for the seniors of GIHS along with their prom dates. This event has hosted over 300 Seniors after prom in each of the past two years and its success is due in part to our wonderful community.
Prizes are the highlight of the event, along with many games and activities to keep students occupied all night long! The Post Prom Committee is seeking monetary donations and/or merchandise (ie. dorm room items or gift cards) to be given away throughout the entire party!
If you would like to be a part of this worthy endeavor to keep our kids safe, please contact Mr. Robert Simpson at the high school at 773-8820 or RobertSimpson@k12.ginet.org. Also, any donation can be sent to Grand Island High School main office labeled "Senior Celebration" or send it in with your child to Mr. Simpson's classroom 186.
We appreciate your support and generosity for "Peace of Mind" and the safety of our 2011 Senior Class.
Viking Baseball - Niagara Gazette - April 2011See "Grand Island Baseball 4/5/11" Gazette Story By Ryan Nagelhout.
Viking Softball - Niagara Gazette - April 2011See "Grand Island Softball 4/5/11" Gazette Story by Ryan Naagelhout.
Stephen Vitello Benjamin Tomkins Sara Victor Jessica Yarnes
Stephen Vitello is a proud lifelong resident of Grand Island, where he lives with his parents, brother Nick, and dog Christy. In addition to his grandmother, he also has many aunts, uncles and cousins on Grand Island. Since a very young age, Stephen has been involved in many civic, athletic and scholastic activities on and off the Island. Academics have always been of paramount importance to Stephen and his parents. He will complete his time at Grand Island High School as one of the top 10 students in his class with a weighted grade-point average of 5.25. Stephen achieved that academic status while enrolled in many Advanced Placement and honors classes. He was recognized for his academic accomplishments by being named to the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society as well as winning the Elmira College Key Award for academic excellence, student leadership and community service. Stephen is an active member of the DECA club, both the principal's and superintendent's Advisory Councils, and participated in multiple Corporate Bowls and Student Olympic Games. He has received the Pride of the Island award, as well as two Presidential Awards. Stephen has completed Dale Carnegie training, and enjoys doing the school announcements frequently. Athletics has been a big part of Stephen's life since he was 4 years old when he began to play hockey and other community sports, such as soccer and baseball. After many years of playing travel hockey, where he earned Most Valuable Player recognition, he gave it up once he began to participate in high school sports. Stephen has been a starting member of the Grand Island football and basketball teams since middle school. During those years, he has served in the captain position, earned MVP, Viking, and Scholar Athlete Awards, as well as an Niagara Frontier League Sportsmanship Award. At the end of his senior football season, Stephen was named to the All-Western New York Scholar Athlete football team and was also named to the second team All-League football team. Also, early in the basketball season, Stephen had a career high scoring and rebounding game during the team's home opener. Stephen has enjoyed his sports career at GIHS and will miss the fun and camaraderie of his teammates and many the coaches who have had such a tremendous impact on his life. While the demands of family, friends and school consume much of Stephen's schedule, he has made the time to give back. He missed being on the ice when he stopped playing hockey to play high school basketball. This inspired him to volunteer with SABAH to assist and teach the handicapped to ice skate. That activity allowed Stephen to bring to others the same enjoyment that ice skating has always brought to him. Stephen became passionate about his involvement with SABAH and eventually began participating in their year end extravaganza event at HSBC Arena. In 2010, after being associated with SABAH for more than four years, Stephen's participation and devotion to this charity was acknowledged with the prestigious Youth Volunteer of the Year Award. In addition to SABAH, Stephen volunteers with the Lions Club and as a school mentor. He also participates in various community and charity fundraising events. When he's not studying, playing a sport or volunteering, Stephen enjoys playing the piano and working out. Stephen believes that of all the activities he has been involved with and all the accomplishments that he has achieved, he is most fulfilled by the things he has done to enrich the lives of other people. Stephen plans on continuing his association with SABAH by engaging the local chapter in the area where he decides to attend college. Stephen plans on attending college after high school. While he is undecided as to where he will attend at the moment, he plans to major in physics or chemical engineering, and minor in economics/finance. He currently has his applications into many schools, including Duke, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Buffalo and the University of Rochester.
Benjamin Tomkins has been a resident of Grand Island all of his life and has been enrolled in the Grand Island Central School District since kindergarten. During his high school career, Ben has valued his academic successes, and has balanced his time between extracurricular activities, sports and community service. Since his freshman year, Ben has consistently made the honor roll, been the male representative of his class for the Student Advisory Council, and helped run the Student Olympics. Ben was inducted into the National Honor Society and has earned the academic excellence certificate, pin, bar, varsity letter and scholar athlete award. Additionally, he has sung in the concert choir, been a member of the Ski Club and the PTSA, and has received the Pride of the Island award twice. Athletics have been an important part of Ben's life. He has played Little League baseball, with the GI Soccer Club's house/travel soccer team, and swam with the Piranha Swim Club. While at Conner Middle School, Ben participated in junior varsity baseball, JV swimming, modified football, basketball and baseball. Ben has been a three-sport athlete throughout high school, playing football, basketball and baseball. He has been recognized for his leadership skills by being selected as captain in all of these sports. He was named outstanding male athlete his sophomore year when he pitched the Vikings baseball team to its first sectional championship in 30 years. Ben's senior football season highlights included receiving the Gene Masters Memorial Award, defensive Player of the Year, and first team All-League. He has been a scholar athlete for every varsity team he has played on. Ben has helped out on a regular basis with community groups such as: Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, Quality Quest, Re-TreeWNY, HANCI, Riverkeeper and the Lions Club. After high school, Ben intends to pursue a college degree in engineering.
Sara Victor Sara Victor has lived on Grand Island all her life. She has attended Sidway School, Kaegebein Elementary, Connor Middle School and Grand Island Senior High School. Sara was on the honor or high honor rolls each marking period and has earned her academic excellence certificate, pin and letter. She is ranked seventh in the graduating Class of2011, During her junior year, she was inducted into the National Honor Society. Athletics have also played a large part throughout Sara's four years of high school, playing varsity lacrosse and soccer. Sara has received scholar athlete team awards in those sports. She was recognized as an Academic All-American athlete for lacrosse. Her leadership roles continued with athletics, as she was a captain of the varsity lacrosse team in her junior year and a captain of the varsity soccer team this past season. Sara has also demonstrated leadership qualities and has served as class president during her sophomore, junior and senior years. She has participated in the Student Council and is currently an officer. During July of 2009, Sara attended the Young American Foundation Conference in Washington, D.C., where she furthered her knowledge of leadership skills. Sara has enjoyed volunteering each summer since middle school with the Grand Island Soccer Club. She served as an assistant coordinator for the 6 and 7 year old program. In this role, she was able to pass on her love for soccer to the youth of Grand Island. Sara also spent a summer volunteering at Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center as an assistant with the patient services department. In addition, Sara enjoyed participating in the wind ensemble as a flutist during her sophomore and junior years. She auditioned and was accepted into the Area All-State Concert Band in her freshman year. After graduation, Sara will attend Penn State University with a major in engineering and a minor in business. She hopes to continue leadership roles in college.
Jessica Yarnes has lived on Grand Island since 1994. She has been enrolled in the Grand Island Central School District since nursery school. Jessica has maintained an honor roll or high honor roll status since sixth grade. She has always challenged herself by taking numerous honors and Advanced Placement classes. Among the academic achievements she has received are the Pride of the Island, the H Pin, the Presidential Academic Award, the PTSA academic certificate, pin, and letter, the AP Scholar Award, the University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, and the Scholar Athlete Award. Also, Jessica has been inducted into the National Honor Society and the Hispanic Honor Society. Athletics plays a significant role in Jessica's life. Her longest commitment has been with soccer and she has been involved in the Grand Island Soccer Club since second grade. Jessica has gone on to play junior varsity and varsity soccer and basketball for Grand Island High School. For varsity basketball, Jessica and her team competed in the KSA Classic Tournament at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Jessica was nominated for and received the Al Pastor Sportsmanship Award at the 2010 Pastor Cooper Memorial Basketball Tournament, where her team also won the championship. Jessica has devoted much of her time and creativity to music. She began playing clarinet in fourth grade, and has taken private lessons since middle school. Jessica made the Grand Island wind ensemble on bass clarinet as a sophomore, and then on clarinet as a junior and senior. Jessica has auditioned and made All-County six times, and Area All-State three times. In 11th grade, the clarinet section of the wind ensemble was chosen to receive the Best Section Award at the annual banquet. Jessica has given back to her community through volunteering. She has participated in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, Relay For Life, assisted in the National Kidney Foundation Walk, volunteered at Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center, and has been an active member at Trinity United Methodist Church. After high school graduation, Jessica aspires to continue her studies towards the field of medicine, and has an interest in pediatrics. The Grand Island Rotary Club will host Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month at an awards dinner April 29.
The GIHS Annual Geranium Sale is in progress. Orders must be in by Thursday, April 28 at 5 p.m. Avilable are geraniums, greens, grasses and 10" and 12" hanging flower baskets. Pick-up and payment will take place at the Sidway bus garage on Friday, May 6th....just in time for Mother's Day. 100% of funds raised support the PTSA Scholarship Program. Call Jeanne Suski, 716-316-6631 with questions
GIHS Annual Geranium Sale - April 2011
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Katie Baird takes over the coaching reins for the Vikings, who hope senior captain Sara Victor can give Grand Island another impressive scoring total in Class B action.
Girls Lacrosse - Niagara Gazette - April 2, 2011
Victor will lead the attack from the midfield for the first year coach, who takes over after a 3-14 season last spring
Junior midfielder Sidney Dudish and junior Maggie DeMarco will also contribute for the Vikings, who will have a good mix of underclassmen in the varsity roster.
"I think they can do pretty well this year," Baird said. "We have 12 seniors including Sarah (Victor) but the rest of the team is really young."
Please help raise money for Team Ryan! The Grand Island High School Life Skills Class is looking for donations to help support Summit Educational Resources in promoting Autism Awareness. This is the 2nd annual walk for Team Ryan. The goal is to raise $500 by April 30.
Autism Awareness Walk 2011 - April 2011
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Corporate Bowl Winners - March 2011
Click photos for larger view The Corporate Bowl finals took place Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in the Grand Island High School auditorium. Shown (left) are the first place team, Macroscopic Debroglians (Bri Gibney, John Turner, Katie Rustowicz, Ben Sherman), second place team Chester's Tree Jumpers (Chris Boulden, Nick Masiello, Evan Shaw, Matt Killian), and third place team The Gray Matters (Aden Cook, Matthew Osinski II, Sarah Stewart, Melissa Zytariuk). Scroll down for more information.
The 13th Annual GISBA Corporate Bowl finals took place Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in the Grand Island High School auditorium.
The results of the 3 Semifinal rounds and the Championship Match including winners (**) and the match scores follow:
13th Annual GISBA Corporate Bowl Results - March 2011
Semifinal Match 1 - (**) The Gray Matters - 400 pts. were victorious over Legion of Doom - 195 pts., and Justice League - 5 pts.
Semifinal Match 2 - (**) Chester's Tree Jumpers - 450 pts. were victorious over One Team To Rule Them All - 170 pts., and Team Carlos - 85 pts.
Semifinal Match 3 - (**) Macroscopic Debroglians - 260 pts. were victorious over The Ninjas - 210 pts. and The Brits - 65 pts.
Championship Match - (**) Macroscopic Debroglians - 480 pts. were dominant over Chester's Tree Jumpers - 140 pts. and The Gray Matters - 90 pts.
1st Place - Macroscopic Debroglians - Ben Sherman, Katie Rustowicz, Bri Gibney, John Turner awarded $3,000 in scholarship money ($750 each)
2nd Place - Chester's Tree Jumpers - Evan Shaw, Matt Killian, Nick Masiello, Chris Boulden awarded $2,000 in scholarship money ($500 each)
3rd Place - The Gray Matters - Melissa Zytariuk, Matthew Osinski II, Aden Cook, Sarah Stewart awarded $1,000 in scholarship money ($250 each)
See "Team Photos" for teams and team members
Time Warner Cable filmed the event including the entire Semifinal rounds and the Championship Match. It will be broadcast on one of their Public Access channels at a later date (which has not been determined as of yet).
Steve Vitello, a senior at Grand Island High School, has been named to the Niagara Gazette's second team (basketball). Steve is a forward for the Vikings Varsity Basketball team. His statistics follow: (16.9 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.9 BPG, 1.8 APG, 1. SPG) He has been named two-sport All-WNY Scholar Athlete, third team all-NFL, and his Career-high is 33 points in a playoff win against Lake Shore.
Steve Vitello - Gazette All-Area Team - March 2011
Niagara Gazette Player of the Year: Girls Basketball
Viking Queen - Kallie Banker - March 2011
Viking Queen Kallie Banker wins third Gazette Player of the Year
By Ryan Nagelhout
Kallie Banker is exhausted.
You would never hear her say it out loud, but the signs of fatigue were all over her body as the Grand Island girls basketball team made its run to the state semifinals.
The heavily-taped right wrist hiding a broken bone the point guard suffered during an early-season tournament in Florida. The sprained ankle she suffered before the regular season ended that may have pushed the Vikings' athletic tape budget into the red as they kept winning basketball games.
Then there's the sickness, whatever it was, that hit just after the postseason began, during a rough-and-tumble game against Kenmore East that at times looked more like a rugby match than organized basketball.
Kallie Banker limped off the court more than once that Saturday in late March fighting off the pain and a weak immune system only to jump back to the scoring table moments later and resume playing.
I've hit a couple bumps this season, but I'm working through it," Banker would say. "No pain can keep me away from the basketball court."
Some would call it stubborn, but Banker's perseverance is yet another reason the junior claimed her third straight Niagara Gazette Girls Basketball Player of the Year award.
Through injuries and missed practices, she kept improving her already impressive career numbers, averaging 16 points, eight assists, five steals and three rebounds per game as the point guard drove the Vikings all the way to a Far West Regional win and their first state semifinals appearance in school history.
"She missed a lot of practice time with the sickness and with the wrist," Kallie's mother and coach Jenepher Banker said. "To be able to battle through that, and all she wants to do is win, that's all she cares about."
Grand Island lost in the Class A state semifinals against Peekskill where it seemed like Kallie finally ran out of gas, struggling to hit shots as the Vikings lost 41-34 at Hudson Valley Community College.
Banker had just two points in Grand Island's (23-1) final game, but the Niagara Frontier League player of the year had already given the Vikings her most dominant season yet.
Looking at her laundry list of ailments it seems as if nothing can keep Banker off the court.
"That's what she tells me," the elder Banker says. "There have maybe been some questions in my mind but she always tells me she's playing."
Kallie was almost born on the court, her mother's water breaking while she was working the sidelines as an assistant coach at Canisius College. Banker was in the gym dribbling before most saw their first basketball game on television, and playing around in the gym with a D-I basketball team and her older brother Kolby is an easy way to fall in love with the sport.
"They've been around the game for so long because I've been coaching so long," Banker said. "They've been doing double moves in the gym since they were tiny along with the rest of the team."
Watching her mother coach the Grand Island girls team gave Kallie plenty of chances to find role models, and her mother says when she watches her daughter play it's easy to pick out the influences.
"There have been players that over the years she's tried to model her game after," her mother says. Grand Island standouts Sally Head and Megan MacGuire came to mind right away for Kallie, who says she wears 24 in honor of Head.
Now it's Banker who has become the model for girls basketball on Grand Island. Entering her senior season in the fall and knocking on hardwood for health, the 5-foot-10 sharpshooter has one more season to make an impression on Lady Vikings basketball.
And maybe get a few little girls talking about her own game.
"I hope people are saying that. Looking up to Sally was awesome, I've learned a lot from her," Banker said, her eyes lighting up at the thought of a little girl trying t mimic her jump shot somewhere on the Island.
"I hope people can learn from me," she said. "That'd be awesome."
Viking Fans Headed To Troy - March 2011
Click photo for larger viewThe super fans at GIHS got their wish today, March 18, 2011. Thanks to the cooperation of Superintendent Robert Christmann and Principal Sandra Anzalone, 50+ students and teachers are headed to Troy, NY to cheer on the Viking girls' basketball team. The bus left before 7:00 a.m. and will arrive in plenty of time for the 1:30 p.m. tip-off of the Class A state semifinal. Then back on the road with an e.t.a of 9:30 p.m. this evening at the high school.
Team Story - Niagara Gazette 3/18/11
Danielle Wegrzyn - Niagara Gazette 3/18/11
Buffalo News Story 3/17/11
Vikings lost to Peekskill 41-34 at the state semifinal game.
Boys JV Basketball - March 2011
Row 1: Dalton Pitts, Jacob Sweeney, Bryce Callen. Row 2: Mark Dryfhout, Justin Canazzi, Jordan Jelks, Andrew Masiello, Jadon Wegrzyn, Christian Lamarco, Derek Schutrum, Kevin Borowicz. - Click photo for larger viewThe Grand Island boys' J.V. basketball team had its end-of-the year party at the high school on Wednesday, March 16th. The team celebrated its 10-8 season and team members received individual awards. Coach Chris Simpson recognized all of the players with a GICSD certificate as well as stats and team pictures. Coach Simpson also recognized the following individuals for team awards:
Justin Canazzi: Certificate of Excellence, Team Participation & Most Improved Player
Jordan Jelks: MVP
Jadon Wegrzyn: Certificate of Excellence, Sportsmanship
Jacob Sweeney: True Viking Award
Justin Canazzi led the team in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots as well as shooting percentage. Jordan Jelks, Ryan Ross, Corey Adamshick, and Jadon Wegrzyn were in the top 5 in scoring. Corey Adamshick was first in assists and second in rebounds.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending March 17, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 3/17/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Corporate Bowl - March 2011Twenty-seven teams took part in the first round of the GISBA Corporate Bowl 2011 on Tuesday, March 15th. The 9 match winners advance to the Corporate Bowl semifinals next Tuesday, March 22 at 6pm in the High School Auditorium. Time Warner Cable Sports Net will be in attendence to record the Semifinals and Finals. $6,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to the Top 3 Finalists at the event. Check out the semi-final match-ups and first round results.
DECA 2010-2011: Dare To Dream - March 2011
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There is a club at Grand Island High School that helps students with workplace skills such as interviewing, proper business attire, and business knowledge. This club is DECA, and has been in the care of teachers Cheryl Chamberlain and Christopher Simpson for the past six years. Each year, more students join and compete in business related events at the regional, state and national levels. Categories for students this year ranged from Principles of Marketing (a course taught at Grand Island) to Travel and Tourism, and even Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Students compete in individual and team events, often taking a test and then competing in an authentic role play situation. The judges are from the areas of business that they work in, giving students a very good idea what life is like in that particular career.
Grand Island brought 25 students to the State Conference and are proud to bring home 19 top ten medals and one Nationals title. Nicholas Soos competed in Principles of Marketing and qualified to travel to Orlando, Florida in April. Congratulations to all of the competitors, who comprised over one third of the 68 members at the high school.
GIHS Special Olympics Raises $1600 - March 2011
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending March 10, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 3/10/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Students Compete for $6000 in Scholarship Awards at 13th Annual Corporate Bowl - March 2011See "Annual Corporate Bowl"
See "Team Photos"
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending March 3, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 3/3/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Kelly Lorence Katie Rustowicz Rebecca Sturniolo Ambria Tim
Kelly Lorence, a lifelong resident of Grand Island, and daughter of Kurt and Patty Lorence, attended Charlotte Sidway School, Kaegebein Elementary, Veronica E. Connor Middle School and Grand Island High Schools. Kelly has received the Pride of the Island three times since elementary school. She is also a member of the National Honor Society. Kelly has challenged herself in school since middle school and continues today by taking rigorous classes her senior year. While excelling in the classroom, she has also been very involved in after-school activities and with her community. Kelly has played volleyball since eighth grade. She played junior varsity volleyball her freshman and sophomore year and varsity volleyball her junior year. She was an active member on the team and loved supporting her own teammates. Kelly has shown leadership qualities on and off the court. Community involvement has been a major part of Kelly's life. Kelly loves giving any way she can. One of her biggest community involvements has been being as big sister at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western New York. Kelly meets with her little sister once a week for several hours to help her with her homework and do activities with her. Kelly will continue to be with her little sister throughout college. Kelly also is a volunteer at ElderWood Healthcare Center on the Island. She volunteered over the summer several days a week visiting with the residents, doing activities and playing games with them. Kelly enjoyed putting smiles on each one of the resident's faces. Kelly also volunteered at Roswell Park Cancer Institute the summer of her sophomore year. She worked in the chemo/infusion lab, giving refreshments to the patients receiving treatment. Kelly has participated in the Holiday Cheer activity at her school to decorate Tops grocery bags which will be filled with food to give to families in need for the holiday season. She also volunteered at the Special Kids Picnic at the Buffalo Launch Club. She handed out beverages to all the kids attending the picnic. Kelly plans to attend Daemen College for a physician assistant program. She anticipates leaving with a bachelor of health science and master of science in physician assistant studies. She then hopes to travel to Haiti or the Dominican Republic to help the sick kids in need.
Katie Rustowicz is a lifelong Islander and has attended Grand Island schools since kindergarten. Throughout her educational career, she has strived to do her best, achieving the honor or high honor roll status since sixth grade, while taking a strenuous course load, including advanced and honors classes, band and chorus, and presently three Advanced Placement courses. She is a recipient of the Pride of the Island award, the H Pin, and the President's Award in both elementary and middle school. Last spring, as a junior, Katie was accepted as a member of the National Honor Society and received her academic letter. In addition to academics, Katie has been very involved in school. She has been on the cheerleading squad for four years now. Katie represented Grand Island High School in DECA at the regional and state level last spring, placing first in the region and third in the state. She is an active member of several school clubs, including Donate Life Club, Interact Club, and the Venture Yearbook, where she is an editor. Katie has always been taught it is important to give back, and she has been a volunteer in the community for as long as she can remember. As a young child, she participated in the Beach Sweep and cleanup activities around the Island. At the age of eight, Katie made her first donation of 12 inches of hair to Locks of Love, and has donated an additional three times since then, totally 50 inches of hair. She is very involved in the St. Stephen R.C. Church parish, in particular, the Parish Players, having had roles both on and off stage. She has also participated in the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild community theater. Other volunteer activities include PTA events, Grand Island Fire Co., Grand Island Foundation, soup kitchens, and Make-A-Wish, to name a few. One of the most significant experiences in Katie's volunteer experience was going to Reach Workcamp, a Christian group that travels to different areas in need of assistance. Through Reach Workcamp, she was able to help people and make their homes a better place in which to live. Katie is very involved with Young Life and Campaigners. Service leadership has been instilled in her for the better part of her life through the examples set by her parents. This November, she was honored when chosen as a Grand Island Youth Ambassador. At the age of 4 years old, Katie began Irish dancing with the McCarthy School of Irish Dance, where she not only learned about her Irish heritage, but also had the opportunity to compete throughout the United States and Canada. She is presently at the preliminary championship level. In addition to competing, she has performed throughout the region, including dancing for patients at Women and Children's Hospital, Roswell Park Cancer Institue, Buffalo General Hospital, and many nursing homes in Western New York. Katie, the second of six children, is the daughter of Kevin and Maura Rustowicz. She plans to pursue a career in adolescent mathematics education.
Rebecca Sturniolo has been a resident of Grand Island all of her life where she lives with her mother, father, and older sister, Jessica. Rebecca has consistently been on the honor and high honor roll since sixth grade. She has challenged herself academically by enrolling in various honors and Advanced Placement courses. Her hard work and dedication led to her induction into the National Honors Society during her junior year. Rebecca has been a recipient of the Scholar Athlete award for three years, and has also previously received the Pride of the Island award, H Pin, and the Presidential Academic Award. She has also been awarded the academic excellence certificate, pin, letter, and bar each year of high school. Along with academics, Rebecca has also been involved in various extracurricular activities. She has been a member of the junior varsity and varsity Grand Island Vikings girls tennis team for three years. She has just recently joined the Viking Vision newscast crew at Grand Island High School and is enjoying informing her fellow students of the daily news. Rebecca is also a senior editor of Grand Island High School's yearbook staff. She has been on the staff all four years of her high school career. Just last year, her design was awarded the cover of the yearbook. Rebecca has always had a strong passion for art ever since she was young. She has taken a multitude of art classes all throughout school, including Studio in Art, Photography 1 and 2, Textiles in Art, and more. Just last year, Rebecca received a scholarship from Rochester Institute of Technology for her creativity and innovation skills. Currently, as part of her portfolio/internship class, Rebecca is interning at Niagara Frontier Publications, helping the staff write up articles, and learning the ins and outs of journalism and web design. Giving back to her community is also something Rebecca truly loves doing. She has been an active member of her church's youth group for many years, volunteering at various places to give back to those in need. As a part of her youth group, Rebecca has raised money for various charities, collected and delivered canned food to a food panty, adopted a less fortunate family for the holidays, worked at the Buffalo City Mission soup kitchen, and more. Rebecca has participated in community service activities as a member of the National Honor Society as well, such as helping Grand Island schools with various fundraisers and activities. She also gives back to her community by regularly assisting in Relay For Life, the Boys and Girls Club, the Lions Club, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Buffalo City Mission, and other organizations. After graduation, Rebecca plans to attend Buffalo State College to pursue a career in art education at the high school level.
Ambria Tim has lived on Grand Island her entire life and has attended Grand Island schools since kindergarten. Her high school career has been a productive one. Ambria has valued academic success and has a balanced life filled with various extracurricular activities, including sports and community service. Ambria excelled through her years at Grand Island school district, challenging herself in the classroom. Academically, she has achieved honor and merit roll status throughout middle and high school, while challenging herself with Advanced Placement and honors classes. She participated in the Leadership Scholarship Award in Washington, D.C., in her sophomore year. A three-sport athlete, Ambria has received her varsity letter and pins for volleyball, basketball and lacrosse. She has received the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete team award all varsity years. This year, the basketball team competed in Orlando, FL.
Ambria has volunteered her time to many organizations in the past four years. She has helped raise money for Student Olympics, Relay For Life, Donate Life, Make-AWish Foundation and the Polar Plunge. She is a regular American Red Cross blood donor and works with the Grand Island school district during summers. Currently involved with the district's community education program in youth basketball, Ambria's community service continues with her volunteering as a junior cadet with the Grand Island Fire Company. After graduating, Ambria plans to enlist in the New York Air National Guard with a possible career in intelligence. A 57-hour internship she completed with the Police Explorers program gave her "hands on" experience into the field in which she will be making her future. Ideally, Ambria will attend college for criminal justice/forensic science and would like to become an U.S. marshall some day.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending February 24, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 2/24/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Grade 10 - Alexandra Bahgat, Rachel Bailey, Lydia Bernatovicz, Jessica Brownschidle, Sarah Chamberlain, Brianna Gibney, Melissa Gibson, Alexandra Griffin, Kourtney Hoppel, Mark Hughes, Manjinder Kaur, Bridget Kennedy, Shannon Kieffer, Christopher Komin, Stephanie LoTempio, Ellen Lutnick, Orendael Miller, Marisa Phillips, Kelsey Ruszkowski, Rachel Ruszkowski, Marina Scerra, Lauren Shepard, Javier Solis, Joshua Tixier, Kimberly Yaeger, Christina Zytariuk
Grade 11 - Sonia Brar, Marshall Cancilla, Alexandra Corrao, Rebekah Evans, Jonathan Goc, Katlyn Holt, Samantha Kahn, Megan Karpie, Elizabeth Kowalik, Brendon Lutnick, Rebecca Masse’, Kallan McMillan, Nigel Michki, Joshua Miller, David Mohr, Dominic Morell, Kristen Percival, Ryan Proctor, Sarah Ramsperger, Rachel Ripellino, Kenneth Rogoza, Alexandra Seibert, Zachary Smith, Sarah Stanczyk
Grade 12 - Sara Diletti, Chelsea Fairbairn, Anna Ferrante, Emma Henderson, Ariana Mendel, Shannon Moody, Evan Shaw, Sarah Stewart
Grade 10 - Corey Adamshick, Ciara Alcorn, Jennifer Amato, Jessica Amsdill, Paul Arida, Kevin Aronica, Conor Atkins, Shelby Bailes, Kassandra Bennett, Eli Brennan, Alexander Brink, Allysa Bush, Sara Carlson, Megan Carroll, Alexis Cino, Alyssa Cino, Sam Clarke, Ashley Colan, Samuel Colao, Courtney Collignon, Christopher Connors, Lauren Cook, Jane Cooke, Annaliese Corrao, Courtney Czajka, Jenna DelSignore, William Diefenbach, Jacob Dixon, Zoe Dodd, Laura Dolan, Mark Dryfhout, Nicholas Egloff, Keelan Erhard, Sarah Ernst, Brittany Faulise, Meghan Federico, Madeleine Goc, Rebecca Green, Leah Harris, Adam Heftka, Megan Hoople Anthony Huff, Jacqueline Johnston, Hayley Keane, Zaineb Khawar, Mary Kneer, Stephanie Knight, Daniel Konopski, Grace Kulikowski, Christian Lamarco, Jake Lawley, Evan Leffler, Matthew Lenz, Mandy Liesenfeld, Jessica LoBrutto, Alexandria London, Collin McMahon, Kimberlee Moss, Maggie Nobumoto, Grace Olszewski, Matthew Osinski, Cassandra Oursler, Samantha Pangborn, Michelina Pariso, Kyle Pletcher, Benjamin Purrington, Alyssa Quarantello, Christina Richard, Dominica Roberts, Katrina Rockwood, Kelly Ruminski, Rosalie Russell, James Rustowicz, Katelyn Ruszkowski, Kevin Salonek, Aaron Schauger, Taylor Scheuing, Ashley Serianni, Christopher Serra, Nicholas Soos, Adam Stanczyk, Lillian Thompson, Ashley Tillett, Dominic Tripi, Joshua Ungaro, Elena Watt, Margaret Weiser, Megan Wendt, Jodie White, Nicholas Winger, Andrew Yarnes, Elenor Zaccaria
Grade 11 - Reem Abdellatif, Gabrielle Ailinger, Laura Amantia, Joshua Bastian, Korey Bennett, Katelyn Benns, Alexandria Black, Amanda Blanton, Diana Boulden, Sarah Brady, Christopher Brownschidle, Thomas Butcher, Justin Canazzi, Amber Carpenter, Emma Chambers, Andrew Chorey, Jesse Ciffa, Silvana D’Ettorre, Emily Dauphin, Jordan Davis, Maggie DeMarco, Allison Donahue, Sydney Dudish, Talia Fabiilli, Donald Failing, Matthew Foote, Brent Fred, Alyssa Fuoco, Matthew Gannon, Rebecca Gasiorek, Kaitlyn Gilbert, Ashley Gorman, Olivia Graziano, Anmol Grewal, Marissa Haley, Jessica Hall, Lynne Huffnagle, Ryan Hughes, Gabriella Jaramillo, Andrew Jasek, Casey Jelonek, Korey Kostek, Nathan Kulak, Jenna Lee, Jodie Lee, Kaitlyn Lozo, Mark Lydle, Michael Malaney, Madelyne Mankowski, Casey McNamara, Shannon McNaughton, Brendan Mergel, Mia Michael, Ryan Miller, Alexis Pearce, Alyssa Pino, Danyelle Redmond, Matthew Robinson, Nicolette Scerra, Gagandeep Singh, Glenn Skelly, Emily Sommer, Jessica Spencer, Taylor Sweet, Kathryn Turner, Jessica Ungaro, Jonathan Voyzey, Rachel Watt, Laurice Wilbert, Sarah Williams, Nathalie Winder, Jessica Young
Grade 12 - Danya Abdellatif, Karl Albrecht, Samira Amin, Matthew Arida, Dale Baran, Taylor Bedford, Scott Bennett, Kathryn Boutet, Kathleen Brady, Jenna Cardone, Brianna Catanzaro, Brooke Chamberlain, Bethany Cinelli, Kevin Colman, Aden Cook, Nicolette Corrao, Andrew Dale, Robert Dickinson, Geoff Federspiel, Korin Frantz, Carmela Gentile, Christian Gibson, Rebecca Hammett, Julie Hasselbeck, Amanda Heftka, Steven Henderson, Angelina Howe, Ava Jackson, Emily Jones, Jordan Kaufman, Matthew Killian, Taylor Kozlowski, Justin Lee, Kelly Lorence, Domenic Luciani, Nicholas Masiello, Chelsea Mazurkiewicz, Ryan McCarthy, Jennie McCoy, Sariyya Melikova, Shelbi Milkas, Kevin Neary, Jessica Osvath, Alaina Pariso, Emily Pease, Cameron Pezzino, Jack Pilie, Michael Pless, Alexzander Prine, Jeremy Rockwood, Paige Rockwood, Chelsea Rupert, Kathleen Rustowicz, Rachel Schauger, Amy Schooping, Michael Seaman, Michael Sharon, Christopher Shemik, Tara Sozio, Catherine Sponn, Rebecca Sturniolo, Megan Tates, Eugenia Taylor, Ambria Tim, Benjamin Tomkins, Sara Victor, Stephen Vitello, Danielle Wegrzyn, Nils Wernecke, Alyssa Yaeger, Richard Yager, Jessica Yarnes, Megan Young, Melissa Zytariuk
Grade 9 - Rana Abdelal, Keegan Belstadt, Jack Boyko, Jon Busch, Christina Butcher, Kristen Call, Jason Cichon, Hannah Corrao, Jensen Dorey, Kai Ellsworth, Elijah Fields, Elizabeth Figler, Joseph Gioeli, Alex Gormady, Jack Gorman, Joseph Halpin, Andrew Hannah, Jake Hawley, Vanessa Haynie, Amber Internicola, Madeline Jackson, Kurtis Johnson, Kristin Kalman, Alyssa Karb, Amanda Kinmartin, Michael Kleinschmidt, Stephanie Kowalak, Kyle Krueger, Matthew Madigan, Vincent Malpica, Andrew Masiello, Elliott Michki, Benjamin Morrish, Brooklyn Morton, Gregory Nicolia, Anna Niland, Yiannis Papavramidis, Nicholas Pino, Macey Porter, Angela Pozantides, Kristopher Rassega, Shannon Robillard, Kaitlyn Rose, Ryan Ross, Maren Russell, Grace Scherrer, Kyle Schoener, Jeremy Smith, Tanner Speer, Lindsey Spiker, Kristen Stark, Jacob Stromberg, Christopher Swagler, Raymond Tafelski, Brock Tetreault, Christian Wallinder, Ashley Weiser, Madalyn Wright, Brandon York, Matthew Zabaldo, Ashley Zartman
Grade 10 - Ammany Abdellatif, Daniel Blocho, Dakota Bower, Alexandra Brown, Zachary Burns, Danae-Grace Busch, Tiffany Carlson, Dylan Childs, Alyssa Cinelli, Ronald Clark, Cody Csendom, Adam Cummings, Aurora Dee, Aubrie DiTullio, Jamie Dobson, Katarina Eichel, Mitchell Fachko, Alexandra Filips, Shannon Gallagher, Michael Giambra, Andrew Gilbert, Kristen Greinert, Nicole Hall, Emily Harnden, Jessica Hiser, John Holody, Tyler Jackman, Julie Kilmer, Leanna Lang, Cassondra LoBrutto, Taylor Marino, Christina McGuire, Robert Meer, Quinn Mikulski, Taylor Moran, Gurwinder Nijjar, Amanda Passarelli, Dylan Phillips, Jacquelyn Phillips, Dalton Pitts, Alyssa Pizzuti, Russell Potter, Zachary Re, Matthew Seaman, Cole Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Ronald Steffans, Emily Steinbrenner, Jacob Sweeney, Nicole Swiantek, Alexander Tollner, Gregory VanNorman, Kayleigh Weselak, Adam Wilk, Joshua Zernickel, Anthony Zogaria
Grade 11 - Alexander Ahne, Jeremy Anderson, Jessica Bamberg, Elora Bascello, Matthew Beauchamp, James Bobak, Conner Bolles, Seth Carey, Alanna Cedrone, Natalee Culbert, Samantha DeMarco, Shannon Doctor, Sean Garten, Deanna Green, Jonathan Grenda, Thomas Grenke, Manraj Grewal, Charles Grunzweig, Mackenzie Howe, Mary Irving, Dylan Kelly, Laura Kondziela, Victoria Kostenbauder, Victoria Kustra, Mitchell Lariviere, Kelsie Loos, Cory Ludwig, Robin Mangat, Shannon McDonough, Thalia Melendez, Alec Metro, Kyle R. Meyer, Kyle T. Meyer, Lindsay Morano, Michelle Morgan, Kailah Moss, Gabriela Nizialek, Hallie Nowak, Samuel Oursler, Marina Pozantides, Kayla Pyc, Brittanee Ramallo, Ryan Sharrow, Brittney Sonnenberg, Phyllip Stallard, Angelina Stromberg, Harrison Thompson, Samantha Warden, Dominic Zannin, Alicia Zartman, Tyler Zoldowski
Grade 12 - Robert Arsenault, Shannon Becker, Nathaniel Benoit, Alexandria Bleich, Nicholas Bruno, Brennan Carey, Mario Cataffo, Jason Chadwick, Amanda Cinelli, James Corrao, Samuel Cummings, Brooke DeMarco, Alexandra DeMita, Liam Dodd, Sara Dzielski, Thomas Dzielski, Matthew Edwards, Christopher Ernst, Jennifer Fiels, Patrick Gallagher, Vincent Golda, Heather Graff, Katherine Hannah, Lucas Hazelet, Kyle Held, Molly Higgins, Alexander Howard, Ryan Jackson, Mark Jurga, Thomas Kalman, Allison Kaminski, Kyle Keifman, Alex Killian, Bradley Ludwig, Jaime Magaris, Elizabeth McLean, Jaclyn Nusstein, Jenna Raepple, Noah Rothberg, Miranda Santa Lucia, Samuel Serra, Benjamin Sherman, Rachel Spiker, Amanda Sutter, Victoria Sutton, Ashley Swiantek, Nicholas Wallinder, Courtney Weiser, Zachary Wojnar
PTSA/Rotary Students of the Month
Jason Chadwick Brooke Chamberlain Korin Frantz Emma Henderson
Jason Chadwick is a lifelong resident of Grand Island. He has attended Sidway School, Kaegebein Elementary School, Veronica Connor Middle School, and Grand Island High School. He has strived to be well-rounded and involved in his community.
Jason has done very well academically. He has consistently been on the high honor, honor, or merit roll since sixth grade. He has already taken four Advanced Placement courses and is currently enrolled in four more AP courses. He has received many academic honors, including being inducted into National Honor Society and receiving the PTSA academic certificate, pin, and letter. He has been recognized as a New York State Public High School Athletic Association scholar athlete every season so far. He has received the Grand Island Teachers Association Pride of the Island award, and the President's Award for Educational Excellence. He was also awarded the Sage College Art Award in his junior year.
Jason has been extremely active in extracurricular activities. He has been a member of the varsity cross country team in grades 9-12, the varsity indoor track team and the varsity track and field team in grades 10-12, and the junior varsity indoor track team and the JV track and field team in grade 9. He has served as co-captain in cross country and track and field. Jason went to the state meet this year as part of Grand Island High School's cross country team and has qualified twice for sectionals in the triple jump. Jason has been a member of PTSA throughout high school and served as corresponding secretary last year. He has been a member of Grand Island High School's Chalkwalk team since freshman year, and last year the team's design won first place in the Lewiston Art Festival. Jason has participated in Corporate Bowl the last two years. He played tenor saxophone in concert and jazz band in ninth grade and was a member of Ski Club in ninth grade as well. He has been a member of Young Life since ninth grade.
Jason has been very involved in his community. He is an Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 630, and his Eagle Scout project involved building planters in the butterfly garden at Eco Island. He has also helped many other fellow Scouts complete their Eagle Scout projects as well. Jason has participated for many years in Relay For Life. He has raised money for Special Olympics by participating in Student Olympics at Grand Island High School the last two years. After graduation, Jason would like to attend college with the goal of pursuing a degree in graphic design or a design-related field.
Brooke Chamberlain has spent her high school career being involved in both her school and her community on Grand Island.
Brooke currently holds four varsity letters for her sports in high school, which began when she joined high school swimming in her freshman year and made varsity her very first day. Brooke continued swimming in her sophomore year, when she was the top 100 butterfly swimmer and made it to the Sectional meet. An injury changed her outlook from swimming to track and field, where she earned her varsity letter as a sophomore in pole vaulting. With this success, she joined indoor track, which also earned her a varsity letter for pole vaulting. Brooke loved the people she met in track so much that she permanently switched from swimming to running in her junior year and joined the Grand Island cross country team. Brooke stays busy in many extracurricular clubs at Grand Island, such as DECA, where she currently serves as secretary. Brooke's strong business appreciation continues, and she participates in the GISBA Corporate Bowl, Job Search, Shadow Day, and CEIP/Internship. She also enjoys her role as an editor of this year's Venture yearbook. A love for music enabled Brooke to play the violin starting in fourth grade, with the highlight being her playing in the pit orchestra for Fiddler on the Roof in 10th grade. She also involved herself in concert choir during her junior year. As this year's co-president of Student Council, Brooke is proud of her four-year involvement with this wonderful organization. Brooke has planned numerous dances and community service projects, and even served as treasurer one year. Brooke's community service is exemplary and she finds time to give back frequently to organizations such as the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation, GIHS freshman orientation, the National Kidney Foundation and Relay For Life. Brooke is an avid sailor and has been a volunteer coach in training for sailing camp at the Niagara Sailing Club on Grand Island.
Brooke works hard at her academics, making the honor roll every marking period since the beginning of her freshman year. She was accepted into the National Honors Society and the Spanish National Honor Society in her junior year and continues to assist with those clubs.
Brooke currently works part time at Buzzy's Pizzeria and plans to study in the biology field at either Canisius College or the State University of New York at Oswego.
Korin Frantz has been a Grand Island resident since the day she was born and has attended only Grand Island schools. She has been involved in school, the community, and her church. Korin is a well-rounded person. She is involved in sports, art, music, the National Honor Society, Girl Scouts, two church youth groups and still maintains her status on the honor roll. She is also able to hold two part-time jobs, a paper route once a week and working at Rainbow Roller Rink, to earn some money. She has varsity letters in softball, volleyball, bowling, music and academics.
Sports have been part of her life since she was 4 years old, when she started to play T-ball and soccer. After a few years, she started playing travel sports in both softball and soccer. In eighth grade, she decided to try modified volleyball and has stuck with it all the way through to the junior varsity and varsity levels. In her sophomore year, she decided to try out for the bowling team just to do something over the winter and soon became the 18th bowler in the league just after her second year. In 11th grade, she made the Niagara Frontier League first team for softball and was an honorable mention for All-Western New York large schools. She has also received many other awards for her sports. Korin was able to teach herself how to play piano when she was young and eventually started taking lessons. She started playing the trumpet in fourth grade, but switched to flute in fifth grade. She currently plays in the high school concert band and has even played the oboe in concert.
Korin has been passionate about art all her life. She has always loved coloring, drawing and making crafts. She has always enjoyed art class and still does. She has taken advantage of the art program at the high school and will be graduating with five art credits. She is currently in Advanced Placement art hoping to eventually go to college for art.
She has been active in Girl Scouts for 13 years. Korin has earned her Bronze and Silver awards. She has done more than 65 hours toward her Gold Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. For her project, she set up softball clinics at the Sidway gym and Veterans Park and taught girls from ages 8 through 12.
In the future, Korin is planning to become a police officer and having an art minor on the side. For college, she will attend Erie Community College Police Academy and then transfer to Buffalo State College to major in criminal justice and minor in fine arts.
Emma Henderson has been a Grand Island resident all her life. She attended Sidway School, Huth Road Elementary School, Veronica E. Connor Middle School, and is currently a senior at Grand Island High School.
Emma has received numerous academic awards throughout high school, including the Student Sage Award, Certificate of Academic Excellence, academic pin, academic letter, and the Advanced Placement Scholar Award. She has been placed on the high honor roll every marking period in high school, and challenges herself with multiple AP classes. Emma plays violin with the high school orchestra, and she has participated in the pit orchestra, string quintet, All-County Orchestra, and Area All-State Orchestra. She has received varsity letters and pins for music. Emma is vice president of Interact Club, treasurer of the National Honor Society, treasurer of Donate Life, and a member of the Spanish Honor Society. She has also played travel, JV, and varsity softball, and has been named a scholar athlete.
Emma has taken tap and jazz classes at Step-in-Time Studio of Dance for 11 years, where she is also an assistant dance teacher.
Emma is a pre-kindergarten religious education teacher and youth group member at St. Stephen R.C. Church. She serves on the Diocesan Youth Board and is a cocaptain of St. Vincent De Paul's youth group. She has also received the Diocesan Spirit Award. Emma has volunteered at many different organizations and events throughout Western New York, including Habitat for Humanity, the Nicaragua Mission, the Salvation Army, Vive La Casa, Niagara Falls Community Garden, St. Vincent De Paul's soup kitchen, Heart and Soul soup kitchen, Villa Maria Nursing Home, Kaegebein Family Fun Night, and the Rotary International Lobster Fest. Emma has also been a coach of Grand Island Memorial Library's Battle of the Books team for the past four years.
Emma plans on attending college with a major in chemical engineering and a minor in psychology.
The Grand Island Rotary Club will host Rotary/PTSA Students of the Month at an awards dinner April 29.
Job Search = Success! - February 2011
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The Grand Island Holiday Inn served as an interview site for over 80 students attending the annual Job Search Seminar on Thursday, February 17th. The business department of Grand Island High School, with the help of GISBA members, coordinates this event to prepare students for the job interview experience. This authentic program has helped countless students develop the necessary skills for the future demands of the workforce. Bryant and Stratton College provided breakout sessions on business etiquette and college success skills. For more information about Job Search and the other "career-readiness" programs at Grand Island High School contact Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain at 773-8820.
Job Search Seminar - February 2011
Standing from Left - N.U. student and interviewer Andrew Simpson, high school students Scott Bennett, Amanda Heftka and Molly Higgins - Click photos for larger view
The GIHS Job Search Seminar was held on Thursday, February 17, 2011. Started fifteen years ago by the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, the seminar is now presented by the GIHS CTE Department and the Grand Island School & Business Alliance (GISBA). Over eighty freshman-senior students had a chance to interview with thirty different members of the community. Representatives from the Grand Island schools, Holiday Inn, Fucillo Chevrolet, Fantasy Island, DeSignet International, M & T Bank, Wegman's, NYS Police, The Legend Group, Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara, Whitehaven Road Church, Young Life and FSC Securities were among the interviewers. Bryant & Stratton College held information sessions on Business Etiquette, Job Interview Skills and College Prep & Planning.
GIHS Sports Briefs - Week Ending February 17, 2011Click "Sports Briefs 2/17/11" for this week's Grand Island High School sports scores.
Kisses for Wishes! at High School - February 2011
Picture (left) Brooke Chamberlain, Patrick Crowley, Shannon Becker, Katie Rustowicz, Mike Seaman, and Hank Cushing.
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Grand Island High School's student bookstore, Casey's Corner, was busy on Valentine's Day when 200 candy treats were being delivered to student sweethearts at the school. "Kisses for Wishes" was developed by students in Cheryl Chamberlain's Small Business Class as a promotion to raise money for the "Make-A-Wish" foundation. Yearbook Advisor Christopher Simpson's classes have been hard at work on various fundraisers for this worthy cause and the Valentines were delivered by both classes during homeroom on Monday (Feb. 14). For a one dollar donation, Hershey kisses and a personalized Valentine were sent to students, staff and teachers. The goal is to grant a child a wish this year and more fundraisers are planned in the future!
Niagara Region Reflections Winner - February 2011
"Reflections" is a national PTA program that encourages participation in the arts. This year's theme was, "Together We Can...". Grand Island High School student, Katherine Studley submitted a literature piece that was judged at the end of November in our district and then sent to the Niagara Region competition for judging at the Region level. Niagara Region had 99 entries from several area schools in several different categories (film, dance choregraphy, literature, visual arts, and music composition). Katherine's literature piece placed 1st in the Niagara Region and she is now headed to the New York State level for judging in March.