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Katie Kovacs to Perform with All-Eastern Symphonic Band - April 2017
Grand Island High School senior Katherine Kovacs will perform in the National Association for Music Education All Eastern Symphonic Band. The 2017 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles will perform for an audience of thousands on April 7 and 8 in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Katie is principal bassoon in the Grand Island High School Wind Ensemble. Katie has a most impressive music resume. She is a member of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra as well as a two-time member of the New York State All State Band and Orchestra. With assistance from her school music teacher Martin T. Allen and her private instructor Mary Kay Ortalano, this exceptional student will prepare remarkably challenging music that she will perform under the leadership of prominent conductors in this biennial event. Katie will spend three days rehearsing with one of five conductors during the Eastern Division Conference.
More than 800 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern region of the United States comprise the 2017 NAfME All Eastern Honors Ensembles. The NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, consisting of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus, and jazz ensemble, are organized by members of The National Association for Music Education. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately one hundred fifty instrumentalists.
GIHS LYNC Class of 2017 - April 2017
Twenty students from Grand Island High School graduated from the Leadership Youth of Niagara County (LYNC) program and received their diplomas on April 4th at Antonio's Banquet Facility in Niagara Falls. The LYNC program, coordinated by Cheryl Chamberlain at the high school, promotes students to discover the leader within themselves. This program includes 100 students from 14 local high schools and examines complex social trends and problems across the nation and the globe; while also striving toward personal success in society, school and business. For more information on the LYNC program at Grand Island, contact email@example.com.
Top 10 Students Named - March 2017
Students with School Board members.The top ten students from the 2017 graduating class were named at the Monday, March 27th School Board meeting. They are, in no particular order: Owen Morrish (Valedictorian) , Katie Touhy, Cam Watt, Garrett Robinson, Maddie Webb, Jessica Surace, Sophia Castillo, Adam Frosolone, Kristen Atkinson and Marianthi Vasiliadis.
DECA State Career Conference - March 2017Yusuf Mojawalla, a junior at GIHS, was elected as the Executive Vice President of Finance at this year's New York DECA State Career Conference. Yusuf prepared for this election with fellow classmate, Sophia Castillo who introduced him during the "meet the candidates" portion of the Conference. Speaking in front of over 2000 people, both Sophia and Yusuf came away with a positive and energizing speech. In addition, Sophia and Yusuf also qualified for The DECA International Career Conference in Anaheim, California next month. Abigail Czerwonka, Jessica Faso and Catherine Merletti as a team presented a hospitality and tourism operations plan for the judges, made finals, and have advanced along with another team of Gabriella Bergstrom, Erin Cool and Lauren Merletti with their "Lead to Clean" recycling project from the Gus Macker Tournament. Sarah Swagler placed first in the state in Hotel and Lodging Management and rounds out the nine students who advance to the International level.
Other student winners include Elizabeth Koyn, 4th in the state for Decision Making and Christian Whetham who placed first for Public Speaking Prepared! All in all, Grand Island walked away with over 30 medals and 11 trophies. Local judges at the conference included Fahim Mojawalla of Island Ship Center, Steve Marchitte of M&T Bank, Corey McGowan and Whitney Bower.
Genavieve Koyn Headed to Albany - March 2017Grand Island, NY - Genavieve Koyn, a Senior from Grand Island High School, has been chosen to attend this year's Students Inside Albany program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation. This 17th annual Students Inside Albany program will take place from May 21st to the 24th, and will bring 60 students from across the state to Albany to get a first-hand education about their state government. The program is designed to increase high school students' awareness of their responsibility in representative government and how to meet that responsibility.
Genavieve will be representing the League of Women Voters of Buffalo/Niagara. She is one of two outstanding students from WNY, chosen for her career direction and interest in law and government, and her leadership in school and the community. While at the conference, students will join their peers in a hands-on learning experience with participation in a series of interactive lectures on the state budget process, the role of lobbyists in the legislative process, citizen rights to access government information, the role of media in politics, and the move to reform state government. The Students will have an opportunity to tour the states' Capitol. The highlight for most students is the opportunity to shadow their Senators and their Assembly member for an afternoon session on the Chamber floor.
For more information on the League of Women Voters of New York State, and the Students Inside Albany program, please visit their website at www.lwvny.org.
Genna Baldassarre Headed to States! - March 2017
Genna, far right front.GIHS senior Genna Baldassarre is on her way to the 2017 NYSPHSAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Staten Island this weekend. Genna was #1 (7:22:23) in the 1500 meter Racewalk heading into the Sectionals at Houghton College last weekend. She came in second with a time of 7:25 and still secured a spot at States this Saturday, March 4th. Genna is the only student from Grand Island at States this year. Good luck Genna.
JV Hockey Wins 5th Club Championship - March 2017
Congratulation to the Grand Island JV Hockey team for winning their fifth consecutive Super Saturday Western New York Club Hockey Championship. The Vikings won quarter and semi-final playoff games against St. Joe's and Williamsville South on their way to the finals, where they defeated Lewport 4-3 in double overtime to claim the championship. They will be heading to the State Tournament in Long Island, March 3rd-5th, 2017.
1st row: Bobby Currie, Dylan Kozek, Dylan Russo, Tyler Hunt, Mike Juntunen, Nolan Massaro, Patrick Dworak, Nick Ratajczak, Nathan Stroh.
2nd Row: assistant coach Tom Giordano, Bill Cline, Brian ONeill, Rhys Mendel, Ryan Jellincik, Dalton Nyitrai, Tucker Leggett, Dylan Bush, Connor Raine, Charles Piggot, Joe Coughlin, Jack Dlugokinski, Mitch Fusillo, assistant coach Dean Massaro, Head Coach Marvin J. Pawlowski Jr.
Not present: Joshua Conta, Manager Rob Ratajczak, Fanchise Holder Scott Morrow
Briganti Joins Master Teacher Program - March 2017Laura Briganti, a Grand Island High School science teacher, has been named a New York State Master Teacher by the State University of New York. The master teacher program is a state-wide professional network of outstanding STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teachers. As part of the Western New York network, she will work with other master teachers from local school districts and future teachers studying at Buffalo State College to develop and share STEM content knowledge.
Chosen through an intensive selection process, this program requires a four-year commitment in addition to her teaching responsibilities. Through co-hort meetings, various workshops and summer programs, the master teachers collaborate to bring content and instructional best practices back to their classrooms, to mentor education majors at Buffalo State and to inspire students to consider teaching as a career choice.
Ms. Briganti, who teaches Honors Living Environment, has been employed with the district for 20 years. "I applied to the master teacher program to join a network of successful teachers. I also want to learn new content and teaching strategies," she said. "I have joined a professional learning team (PLT) that is organizing a climate summit this June. Students from Grand Island and many other nearby districts will attend. I hope to further my own knowledge of science and to use what I learn to continue to ignite a passion for science in my students." Other Grand Island High School teachers in the master teacher program are science teachers Robert Collard and Lee Nowocien and math teacher Natalie Gallagher.
Boy's NFL Swimming and Diving - Final Standing 2016-17 - March 2017League Champion was Lockport, Grand Island came in 4th, out of eight teams with a 7-7 record.
Niagara Frontier League 2016-2017 All Star Team:
200 Medly Relay - 2nd Team Grand Island - 1:49.53 Ryan Buzby, Adam Frosolone, Justin Chadima & Alex Dodge
200 IM - 3rd Team Ryan Buzby - GI 2:15.14
50 Free - 3rd Team Alex Dodge - GI 23.59
100 Back - 3rd Team Ryan Buzby - GI 1:00.38
400 Free Relay - 3rd Team Grand Island - 3:36.68 Alex Dodge, Justin Chadima, Caleb Stallard & Ryan Buzby
GIHS Music Booster Fundraiser - February 2017The GIHS Music Boosters will be canvasing neighborhoods on Saturday, March 4th to sell Discount Cards that feature various Grand Island Businesses. The Music Boosters is a non-profit organization that uses all funds to further the music program at the high school, through the purchase & repair of equipment, offering various workshops, guest conductors, etc. The students also raise money to fund their bi-annual trip to competitions around the country.
Job Search Returns to GIHS! - February 2017
From left: Town Recreation Supervisor Joe Menter, Recreation Attendent Dominique DeGregorio and Olivia VeRost (student).The newly renovated high school library was the venue for this year's Job Search program sponsored by the High School Business Department and the Grand Island School and Business Alliance on Thursday, February 16th. Students came dressed in business attire, resumes in hand and ready for several interviews from local businesses. Former students who returned as interviewers made this event even more special because they participated in this program years ago and now sit on the other side of the table. Dominique DeGregorio of the Grand Island Town Recreation Department was very impressed by the students and how prepared they were for their interviews. Corey McGowan, who owns his own production company, was equally as impressed and even commented that the students were more prepared than ever before. This program is a group effort in the business department every year and many of the students will be hired by companies who attended which include: GI Town Recreation, Harbor Center/(716), Delaware North Company, Grand Island Fun Center, Wegmans, Pizza Amore, M&T Bank, Grand Island Schools, and Adrians.
Grand Island Rugby Spaghetti Dinner - February 2017The Grand Island Rugby Club is hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Tuesday, February 28th at the Grand Island High School cafeteria. There will be a basket raffle and bake sale. Dinners are available from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and are $7. The Kaleidoscipe Concert is the same evening.
GIHS Boys Soccer Coach named FC Buffalo Manager - February 2017FC Buffalo named Frank Butcher the fourth manager in club history on Monday, succeeding Brendan Murphy who left to join the Rochester Rhinos coaching staff. "I am a lifelong resident of the Buffalo area," Butcher said. "I grew up here, played soccer here, and coach here. I love this town and I love the soccer community here. I am excited to be facing this new challenge in my coaching career."Joining Butcher on the sidelines are a pair of former Blitzers. Casey Derkacz and John Grabowski will assist Butcher.
Butcher was an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo for two seasons after four years playing for the Bulls. The North Tonawanda High School product was the second-leading scorer at UB in two of his four seasons, and was Academic All-Conference.Currently the head coach at Grand Island High School, Butcher is the two-time defending WNY Coach of the Year. His Vikings are 28-0 in league play over the past two seasons, New York State finalists in 2016 and state semifinalists in 2015. Overall, he boasts a 96-34-3 record as the boss at Grand Island.
"I hope that I will be able to translate my success to FC Buffalo," Butcher said. "I want to thank the ownership for giving me this great opportunity and I can't wait to get to work with the amazing coaching staff that has been put together. I can't wait to see what we can do together with this FC Buffalo team." Frank has been happily married for 12 years to the Honorable Kara A. Buscaglia, Amherst Town Justice. Together they have four children, Andrew (9), twin daughters Kathryn and Elizabeth (6), and August (2).
GIHS 2nd Quarter High Honor Roll - February 2017
9th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Hamzah Al-Naji, Ronald Appoloney, William Atkinson, Kenneth Carter, Erin Cool, Allison Fay, Alexa Fox, Mitchell Fusillo, Luke Hess, Mackenzie Heyden, Victoria Huang, Colby Kalp, Caitlin Kleinschmidt, Trevor Knight, Lucas Kruse, Katrina Linenfelser, Sarah Moore, Sean Rustowicz, Joseph Steinagel, Patricia Tavarez, Anna Thompson, Madeline Tribby, Peter Wall, Luke Webb
10th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Melina Aceti, Lauren Baeumler, Hannah Cool, Lexie Diaz, Allison Fluker, Sara Gorton, Nicholas Hess, Gianna Horvath, Nathan Hunt, Elizabeth Koyn, Emily Kurtzhalts, Allisen Lepenven, Grace LoHouse, Elisabeth Lupp, Rhys Mendel, Lindsay Robinson, Dylan Russo, Eric Scalise, Laura Schultz, Benjamin Szabo, Joy VanderMey, Kaitlyn Warakomski, Christian Whetham, Bethany Wolcott, Grace Wright
11th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Tyler Bernatovicz, Maddison Bower, Jenette DiLaura, Jordan Eckrote, Abigail Fay, Jessica Gonda, Cross Kalp, Elisabeth Krstevski, Hallie Mingoia, Maria Schnettler, Jack Steinagel, Hannah Tribby, John VanderMey, Sara Wolcott
12th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Jordan Anthony, Kristen Atkinson, Adam Frosolone, Robert Jankowiak, Olivia Johnson, Sheila Kelly, Julia Koprevich, Jason Kubanek, Owen Morrish, Tyler Muggli, Kaylee Richard, MaryElisabeth Rustowicz, Emma Schultz, Chika Shimotsu, Sarah Swagler, Noah Teator, Cameron Watt
GIHS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll - February 2017
9th GRADE HONOR
Avery Andrews, Gabriella Bergstrom, Abigail Blair, Maria Buscaglia, Samuel Castellino, Madison Conway, Donovan Cornelius, Zoe Coutu, Stephanie Cox, Emily Czyrny, Benjamin DeFranks, Eve DiCarlo, Rhianna Enright, Louis Genovese, Jasmin Gill, Alex Gottler, Sean Heffley, Tyler Hunt, Iris Hutchins, Kira Hutton, Cassidy Jensen, Joshua Kam, Kristian Krantz, Cecelia Kubanek, Marissa Lewis, Patrick Loss, Dominic Loss, Madison MacNeil, Michael Marino, Lauren Merletti, Tyler Meyer, Ben Moskala, BrianO'Neill, Grace Pearse, Rebecca Rebmann, Emily Reynolds, Eliza Sarigiannis, Kaylynn Savoy, Makenna Scalise, Thomas Shemik, Brett Shickluna, Elzbieta Sorel, Karie Stedman, Anthony Surace, Lydia Sweeney, Chloe Tolsma, Olivia Williams, Alexa Yamonaco, Brook Zdrojewski
10th GRADE HONOR
Brianna Bachman, Samantha Bailey, Quinton Becker, Sarah Berlinger, Nicholas Carey, Justin Chadima, Alexa Chiarenza, Hannah Chorey, Jagger Click, Ryann Colan, Jacob Corrao, Jasmin Dhillon, Anna DiBello, Annaliese DiCarlo, Samin Durrani, Julia Eichel, Liam Hart, Trevor Hauer, Ryan Jellinick, Harleen Johal, Celia Jones, Diamond Jones, Megan Kennedy, Madison Koeppel, Alex Laschinger, Amanda Lawrence, Nicolas Lindaman, Emma Mahoney, Jacob Nelson, Dalton Nyitrai, Christopher O'Connor, Jordan Pachla, William Person, Olivia Pino, Lydia Pratt, McKenna Prochaska, Miranda Proctor, Nathan Reichel, Rhett Robinson, Trevor Samplinski, Ciara Scalzo, Jordan Simon, Cameron Sionko, Savannah Sipe, Shay Sommer, William Soos, Emma Sullivan, Joshua Tamsen, Samantha Terrana, Grace Thorpe, Wyatt Tollner, Sean Tuohy, Natalie Turck, Hannah Ullrich, Konstantinos Vasiliadis, Marie Wagar, Ryan Wellence, Kelsey Wilson, BryceWolf, James Worrall, Amanda Ziehm
11th GRADE HONOR
Sama Abdelal, Colin Bellinger, Evan Bender, Ruby Benz, Eva Bobeck, Victoria Botticello, Claire Brandon, Sarah Burns, Victoria Busch, Ryan Buzby, Aleece Cruz, Jaynie Decker, Julianna DeSimone, Alana Enright, Grace Federico, Joseph Figliola, Emily Fred, Maricella Fusillo, Mark Giancola, John Glose, John Griffin, Kaitlyn Grybel, Alicia Haak, Joshua Hannibal, Jennifer Hinaman, Marissa Hovey, Nicole Hoy, Joshua Hoy, Anam Hussain, Conner Hutton, Ryan Kernin, Joseph Killian, Angelina Koloshuk, Tess Lariviere, Brendan Larsen, Laura Link, Richard Little, Matthew Logel, Alyssa Luzak, Sierra Maras, Kayla McCauley, Arthur Meaney, Jason Messing, Nathan Miller, Brian Minton, Elizabeth Mitchell, Justin Mock, Muhammad Mojawalla, Amanda Moran, Dominic Nappo, Natalie O'Brien, Michaela Preston, Steven Pufpaff, Samantha Pusatier, Taylor Raine, Katherine Riederer, Kate Riniolo, Alyssa Ruminski, Laurel Salvaggio, Megan Shickluna, Allison Sorri, Megan Stanley, Kayla Staub, Grace Stranahan, Stephen Sweeney, Jenna Tavano, Andrew Thompson, Gracie Tompkins, Olivia VeRost, Sulamita Zherebilov
12th GRADE HONOR
Giana Aiello, Liam Atkins, Genna Baldassarre, Samantha Bartolotta, Theresa Baughman, Hayley Becker, April Booker, Thomas Botticello, Karli Burford, Julia Buscaglia, Conner Buzby, Roman Cacciatore, Nicholas Capizzi, Nicole Castiglione, Sophia Castillo, Connor Cinelli, Lauryn Clark, Rachel Colan, Nicholas Dingey, Jacob Dollendorf, Cole Ellsworth, Anthony Emmi, Angelica Marie Garcia, Kelsey Harrigan, Jessica Harvey, Marilyn Hess, Alexis Hofmeyer, Richard Hoover, Timothy Howard, Emily Jelonek, Brennen Joslyn, Natalie Kaminski, George Katholos, Sydney Khreis, Julie Klein, Katherine Kovacs, Genavieve Koyn, Adam Krathaus, Hayley Latvala, Lauren LoTempio, Hannah Mahon, Kelsey Mahoney, Jacob Masucci, Alyssa Maxwell, Ryan McDonald, Gracie McNamara, Madison McNamara, Kassie Moss, Kayli Nelson, Katelyn Newbould, Claire O'Connor, Kaila Powell, Lindsay Proctor, Garrett Robinson, Lucas Robinson, Sarah Saleh, Varinder Sandhu, William Scalzo, Kelly Schlifke, Brandon Schoener, Cassandra Shores, Brianna Smith, Jacob Spencer, Alexis Studley, Jessica Surace, Lauryn Swanson, Ryan Tetreault, Brooke Thomas, Marie Tomasula, Kaitlynn Tuohy, Olivia Turck, Marianthi Vasiliadis, Jenna VeRost, Eric Watt, Madelyn Webb, Wesley Wolf, Gillian Worrall
GIHS 2nd Quarter Merit Roll - February 2017
9th GRADE MERIT
Tala Abdellatif, Aizaz Asif, Carmela Bartolomeo, Brooke Bartolotta, Derek Blanchard, Joseph Cali, Timothy Carlson, Ruby Chen, Alyssa Cline, Gianna D'Addario, Ava Eichel, John Fletcher, Jenna Foglia, Jack Hammond, Shawna-Lea Harper, Muhammad Issa, Michael Juntunen, Nicholas Keller, Blake Kenney, Kevin Koch, Abigail Krull, Emily Kwiecinski, Robert LeFevre, Jack LoTempio, Maggie McNamara, Sebastian Melendez, Breckin Morris, Sean Murray, Morgan Payan, Justin Podgorny, Nicholas Ratajczak, Luke Rizzo, Mikayla Robinson, Brandon-Kace Samol, Zayan Shaheen, Amritpal Singh, Benjamin Spiesz, Mark Steck, Griffin Sykes, Phillip Thomas, Kyle Vanderzell, Vanessa VanNorman, Leo Wain, Amiah Wilkes, Gabriel Wright, David Wynne
10th GRADE MERIT
Ava Ackerman, Jack Anthony, Hayden Backlund, Brandon Beiter, Charley Benz, Brianna Beyer, Adam Burns, Julia Byrne, Alexander Castillo, Joshua Conta, Joseph Coughlin, Anthony DeSimone, Mia Devirgilio, Jacob Doebler, Allison Dragonette, Cameron Fairbairn, Jenna Gleave, Justin Gorrell, Henry Grunzweig, Faith Gworek, Brady Hofmeyer, Austin Hogan, William Hoover, Kaylee Kavanaugh, Nicholas Kawecki, Sebastian Koschuk, Madison Liss, Matthew Mahon, Clarice McCaffery, Allison McDonald, Laura McKenna, Alexander Melisz, Madeline Mesmer, Bridget Neeson, Joseph Parker, Zachary Reading, Michael Sadkowski, Trisha Sander, Camryn Santa Lucia, Maria Sciortino, Gabriella Sciortino, Anthony Seifert, Anthony Serra, Pravdeep Singh, Gwendolyn Slachciak, Julia Slazyk, Easton Speer, Bradley Sturtz, Mary Szumla, Nicholas Tillett, Brienne Westfall, Olivia Wright, Kenneth Yockey
11th GRADE MERIT
Jonathan Abbott, Tima Abdellatif, Bayan Abdellatif, Luke Ailinger, Nicholas Anzalone, Tori Appoloney, Naushairwan Asif, John Bellia, Jackson Besl, Rosemarie Boyko, Victoria Brawn, Alyssa Butcher, Sarah Bykowicz, Gionna Cafarella, Derek Callen, Nathan Canazzi, Liam Carey, Matthew Carlson, Dean Cataffo, Thomas Cecere, Lauren Chadwick, Jenna Cook, Emily Cordero, Gabriel D'Addario, Dylan DeGlopper, Sam DiBello, Alexander Dodge, Daniel Emblidge, Jessica Faso, Cole Fischer, Ryan Frost, Samantha Garcia, Philip Gentz, Matthew Giordano, Taylor Gojmerac, James Grinchishin, Brodie Guess, Madelyn Heyden, Robert Hodan, James Horwitz, Ivy Hoyt, Jerry Huang, Elizabeth Ishmael, Nicholas Kam, Alyssa Kelsey, Shannon Klein, Abigail Klie, Autumn Krantz, Hannah Kurek, Anthony Leone, David Lesinski, Jason Lupp, Ethan Lynch, Anastasia Mascaro, Chloe McQuestion, Angelina Morales, Margaret Morgan, Tyler Myszka, Nicholas Nowocien, Heath Parmelee, Edward Payan, Joshua Schaefer, Zack Schmidt, Cora Schuerholz, Alyssa Scott, Vanessa Shores, Emma Sickles, Katelyn Simpson, Brandon Snyder, Breanna Stedman-Pate, Dominic Tagliarino, Luke Traina, Anna Ungaro, Jacob VeRost, Michelle Wadell, Theresa West, Spencer Wiktorowski
12th GRADE MERIT
Ayah Abdelal, Marcella Barberic, Cassandra Brooks, Erik Carlson, Virgil Castner, Jesus Cisneros Vilchis, Mikayla Claus, Andrea Colan, Kaylee Conta, Jessica Culbert, Mallory DelSignore, Julia Diehl, Todd Domowicz, Louis Fabiano, Colin Fish, Joseph Frailey, James Franz, Gabrielle Gagliardi, Jacob Gleave, Chloe Groff, Lenin Harper, Justin Jarka, Amanda Jordan, Maxwell Keller, Madelyn Konopczynski, Matthew Kowalski, Justin Kozlowski, Rachel Madigan, Julianna Major, Alexa Mallare, Harrison Mangat, Faith Martell, Kristopher Masiello, Sean McFarland, Alexandra Meinhold, Zackery Messier, Heather Michki, Ralphis Montalvo Martinez, Zachary Morano, Tyler Moskala, Nathan Newell, Juleeann Nyitrai, Kevin O'Leary, Jennalise Olson, Stephen Parisi, Julianna Passarelli, Madison Phillips, Connor Pignatora, Michael Pyzynski, Jamie Saucier, Alexia Shivers, Brian Smith, Jack Stieringer, Kristine Sutton, Randy Thomas, James Thorpe, Collin Tolsma, Jacob Tucker, Madison,VeRost, Cassidy Wilkinson, Dakota Wolf, Joelle Woodard
Western New York Top 10 Track & Field - February 2017The following Grand Island Track & Field athletes were named to the Buffalo News Top 10 in their respective events this week.
Joe Frailey - 300 (37.04/#7), 600 (1:25.94/#4)
Jerome Masters - 600 (1:27.47/#8), 1000 (2:42.07/#8)
Sebastian Melendez - 1600 (4:40.17/#9)
4x4 Relay - Grand Island (3:47.87/#10)
4x8 Relay - Grand Island (8:37.74/#4)
Alex Jennings - Triple Jump (40-10.50/#9)
Brad Stevenson - Weight Throw (53-8/#5)
Kenmore/Grand Island Girls Hockey - February 2017Update: Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park won the Section VI championship over Kenmore/Grand Island, 3-2, at the Northtown Center on Wednesday, February 8th.
High School Extra: Kenmore/GI upsets No. 1 seed in girls hockey playoffs. Buffalo News Staff Story - February 6, 2017
It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Kenmore/Grand Island girls hockey team after five Section VI public schools championships in a row. Wrong.
The Devil Dogs upset No. 1 seed Williamsville, 4-2, Monday, February 6th at Amherst Northtown Center to advance to the sectional final for the sixth year in a row. Kenmore/GI will face FLOP (Frontier-Lancaster-Orchard Park) in the championship game at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The winner will face Beekmantown (Section VII) at 8 p.m. on Friday in the state semifinals at SUNY Canton. The championship game will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Senior Olivia Smith, a first team All-Western New York selection the last two seasons led Kenmore/GI with three goals and an assist. The other hero was goalie Ellie Simmons, who stopped 40 of the 42 shots she faced against Williamsville. A seventh-grader at Hoover Middle School in the Kenmore District, Simmons faced 23 shots in the third period alone, when her team managed just one on net, and stopped them all. Her save percentage for the season is .917 with 334 saves on 364 shots against.
"It was a huge win for us," said coach Jeff Orlowski. "Nobody expected that one." They might have, though, because Orlowski's team has upset No. 1 seed Williamsville each of the last two seasons, once in the semifinals and last season in the championship game. "Olivia Smith was awesome," Orlowski said. "Tonight she took the team on her back." Smith scored the first of her three highlight-reel goals with 11:05 left in the first period. "She came out of her own zone, beat their defenseman walked right in with a quick snap shot under the crossbar," Orlowski said. Williamsville answered that with goals by Leah Czerwinski and Maggie Fuzak to a 2-1 lead. Smith went to work again. She set up a goal by senior Hannah Gallivan to tie it, then scored on two end-to-end rushes.
"They were almost identical," Orlowski said. "She started along the boards at the half-wall, cut to the center and just beat the goalie." Smith increased her season point total to 30 (18 goals, 12 assists) with her four-point game. A defensive standout for Kenmore/GI was junior Rosie Boyko (Grand Island), who broke up two Williamsville 2-on-1 breaks late in the game.
Marcy Barberic Signs with UB - February 2017
From left: Mom Shirley, Marcy and Dad Tony Barberic.Grand Island High School soccer player Marcy Barberic signed a letter of intent with University at Buffalo on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1st. Marcy has played Varsity soccer for the last 5 years, starting in eight grade. During that time, the team was Section VI semi-finalist in 2012/2013, NFL Champions & Section VI Finalist in 2014/2015 and NFL Champions, Section VI Champions and Far West Regional Co-Champions in 2016.
Marcy's individual stats are prolific: 2012-Second Team NFL, 7 goals, 13 assists, 27 points; 2013-First Team NFL, 3 goals, 5 assists, 11 points; 2014-First Team NFL, First Team All WNY, Second Team NYS, 6 goals, 24 assists, 36 points; 2015-Team Captain, First Team NFL, First Team All WNY, Third Team NYS, 26 goals, 19 assists, 71 points;2016-First Team NFL, First Team All WNY, Second Team NYS, 27 goals, 32 assists (Third all-time in NYS for assists in a single season), 86 points. Marcy's overall record in her five year career at Grand Island is 81-11-7. Her 93 total assists makes her the third all-time most assists in a career in NYS.
Grand Island Athletic Director Jon Roth spoke of Marcy's "outstanding attitude", and that she is "unselfish, feeding balls to other girls on the field". Coach Dave Bowman said she "made things happen" and is "the best midfielder ever" to come out of the Grand Island program.
Boys Swimming NFL JV Results - January 2017The Boys Swimming NFL JV were held on Thursday, January 26th. See unofficial results.
Boys Swimming Results - January 2017The GIHS Boys Swim Team beat to Lew Port on Friday, January 20th, 120 - 51. See results.
January Regents Schedule - January 2017Grand Island High School Regents Schedule, January 24 - 27, 2017 See schedule.
Boys Swimming Results - January 2017The GIHS Boys Swim Team lost to Lockport on Friday, January 13th, 122.5 - 56.6. See results.
DECA Shines on Grand Island! - January 2017Once again, Grand Island High School hosted 14 schools at the annual DECA Region 12 Competition, a business event attended by 600 high school students. This year, business professionals from all over WNY came out on a Sunday morning to assist students in competition by judging authentic role plays. Grand Island students placed well, with 50 students advancing to the NYS competition in Rochester in March. See Grand Island DECA Regional Winners 2017.
Local judges, Fahim Mojawalla, Mary Cooke, and Donna Tomkins were joined by former GI DECA alum Ciara Morreale and Ben Whitford. "It is wonderful to have the support of local business leaders from our community every year to help our students achieve in DECA," DECA advisor Cheryl Chamberlain remarked. This huge endeavor was coordinated by Chamberlain and the business department at Grand Island. Ms. Amy Boutet noted that there are an additional 18 students who will go directly to the State competition with business plans and presentations that they have created as part of our program at Grand Island and they assisted greatly at the Regional event as volunteers for the day. The DECA program continues to grow every year at Grand Island Middle and High School, preparing young business professionals in the fields of marketing, finance, hospitality, and business management.
Boys Swimming Results - January 2017The GIHS Boys Swim Team lost to Niagara Falls on Friday, January 6th, 105-78. See results.
GIHS Musical - Music Man - January 2017
Graphic designed by Reg Schopp - deSignet Jewelry.Reserved tickets at ticketpeak.com/gimusical. - Click here.
We've Got Trouble Right Here in River City ....actually NO, it's right here in Grand Island and it's happening at the Grand Island High School! Yes that's right folks, the cast and crew of The Music Man are causing a creative cacophony! Performance dates are Thursday February 2, 2017, Friday February 3, 2017 and Saturday February 4, 2017. Show time is 7:00PM. Ticket price is $10 for reserved seating. Seniors carrying a Golden pass will be admitted free on THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2nd . New this year! Tickets will be sold using an online service only. The tickets will go on sale to the public on Jaunuary 15, 2017. The web address is "ticketpeak.com/gimusical". Charms of the graphic above will be available at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road, as a keepsake from the show.