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O'Day's Driving School - March 2019

    Grand Island Senior High School will offer O'Day's Driving School program from April 29 - June 14th. Registration forms can be found in the main office and are due by Monday, April 8th. See flyer.




Class of 2021 Fundraiser - March 2019

    The Grand Island High School Class of 2021 is having a fundraiser at Chipotle, 1785 Military Road, Niagara Falls on Tuesday, March 26th from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tell the cashier you're supporting the class and 33% of the proceeds will be donated. See flyer.




GI DECA Shines at State Conference - March 2019

    The 59th DECA State Career Conference held March 6-8 in Rochester, NY, had a few extra special moments unlike no other for GI DECA:
1. The first ever New York DECA president elected from Grand Island, Gabriella Bergstrom.
2. A Life Achievement Award for advisor Cheryl Chamberlain.
3. A second place Lip Sync Battle Team of Jacob Corrao, Nick Carey, Joe Botticello, Mckenna Prochaska and Libby Koyn.
4. Seven students moving onto Nationals, including a first place win by Casey's Cabana owners Gabby Bergstrom, Luke Hess and Lauren Merletti.
5. Top Ten notoriety in the state for two of the three middle school teams as well as 15 other students!
6. Remarkable work using local businesses as examples in business plans by students. (Momma De's, Casey's Cabana, GI Neighbors Foundation, Tops, Social Status Marketing)
    All of this could not have been possible without the continued support of the board of ed, administration, GISBA, and business department members (kudos to Mary Gentz and Chris Simpson for accompanying MaryJane Fonte and I on this trip), Amy Boutet and James Rustowicz. Parents should be also congratulated on the successes of their children. Once again, to those that worked hard and didn't win, we applaud their efforts against over 2000 students from all over NYS, it doesn't go unnoticed.




JV Boys Hockey Defends State Championship! - March 2019

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   Story by Rob Ratajczak, Jr.     The Grand Island JV Club Hockey Team completed another successful season with a State Championship on March 3rd at Hyde Park Ice Pavilion, with a 4-3 win over Jamestown. The Vikings have won back-to-back State titles and three titles in four years.
    The coaching staff, led by Head Coach Marvin Pawlowski, finished the regular season with a record of 13-3-1, won the league championship earning a spot in the State tournament, and a chance to defend last year’s State title.
    The State Championship did not start as the team hoped. They dropped the opener 3-2 to Wilson/Newfane surrendering a 2-0 lead after 2 periods. Both GI goals were scored by regular season point leader Liam Snyder, with assist to Idrius Falletta and Conner Morrow. Losing the first game in a round robin qualifier is far from ideal. The coaches challenged the Vikings, calling for a statement game against Locust Valley/North Shore. The team responded with a 17-0 win, setting themselves up for a win and in situation against Churchville. Vikings goal scorers were Cam Davis and Snyder with 4 goals and 1 assist each, Cole Bartolotta 2 goals and 3 assists, Falletta with 2 goals and 2 assists, with Billy Wieberg 1 goal and 3 assists, Joey Genevose and Stephen Leone goal and assist each, Ryan Pinzel goal and 3 assists, and a goal by Chance Luthringer to round out the scoring. Jack Dlugokinski had 4 helpers, Thomas Dworak and Christina Kessler helped out with 2 assists each. The Vikings beat Churchville 4-1 on goals by Falletta (2), Wieberg and Bartolotta to qualify as the top seed for the playoff single elimination round on Sunday.
    The semi-final matched Grand Island against Starpoint. After a scoreless first period, the Spartan stuck first, but that was all Evan Smith would allow. Grand Island, on goals by Wieberg, Pinzel, Falletta, Davis and Snyder lifted the Vikings to a 5-1 win and a spot in the final game against the Jamestown Red Raiders.
    Grand Island and Jamestown met four times prior during the season, splitting 2 and 2. However, Jamestown got the best of Grand Island in the final at the Christmas Tournament, and the Vikings did not want to let this Championship get away. The teams fought hard, but Grand Island never trailed in the back and forth final winning 4-3 on goals by Snyder, Falletta, Jack Mankowski and Pinzel. An exciting finish to another successful season for the Grand Island JV program. Congratulation Vikings on back to back State Championships.




JV Boys Hockey Wins League Again! - February 2019

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   Story by Rob Ratajczak, Jr.     The Grand Island JV Club Hockey Team is again heading to the State Tournament at Hyde Park Ice Pavilion March 1 -3, 2019. This marks the seventh consecutive trip to the tourney and the Vikings are the defending champs.
    The coaching staff knew this year would be a challenge. After last year’s "dream season" and graduating many players to the Varsity team, the coaches were concerned about a drop off. The team however rose to the occasion. After a 13-3-1 regular season earning them a first round bye, they played rival Lewiston-Porter in the semi-final best of three series.
    The Vikings prevailed in the opening game 5-2, on goals by Idrius Falleta (2), Jack Dlugokinski, Cole Bartolotta and Stephen Leone. They knew game two would be harder. Lew-Port took it to overtime, but the Vikings prevailed 5-4. Falleta, Bartolotta, Liam Snyder and the final two goals by Billy Weiberg, sent the Vikings to the Championship against East Aurora - Holland.
    The final was more of the same for the Vikings. A tough back and forth game but again the Vikings were able to net 5 goals and prevail 5-4. Viking goal scorers were Bartolotta, Christian Kessler, Snyder, Leone and Ryan Pinzel with the game winner with 8 minutes to play.
    Come support the JV team as they try for back to back State titles. Scheduled games include 8:00 p.m. on March 1st, and 12:00 p.m. on March 2nd, both at Hyde Park Ice Pavillion.




Boys Varsity Hockey Wins Section VI Championship - February 2019

    The Grand Island boys Varsity Hockey Team won the Section VI Small School championship game at Harborcenter on Monday, February 25th, by the score of 3-2 over W. Seneca West. This is the varsity team's first sectional hockey title and allows them to compete in the regional on Saturday, March 2nd against Section III Skaneateles.
   See Buffalo News story by Dave Ricci and photos by Harry Scull Jr., here.




GIHS 2nd Quarter High Honor Roll - February 2018


9th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Angelo Aiello, Anthony Amato, Christina Anderson, Nathan Bender, Christopher Benns, Kiersten Brown, Faith Caldwell, Jordan Choboy, Aidan Cioppa, Seth Cox, Zander Crvelin, Noah DeCourcey, Renee DiLaura, Adison Fike, Michael Foglia, Samantha Hoerner, Justin Horvath, Raistlin Huff, Jacob Jayme, Riley Joseph, Bethany Kulikowski, Megan Lavis, Zachary Leng, Connor Lenhard, Noelle Linenfelser, Christopher Macro, Jonathan Minton, Alana Mosher, Arianna Nasca, Callen Neeson, Alexis Nguyen, Olivia Nucci, Ian Pachura, Riley Patterson, Sara Pearse, Ethan Person, Hayley Pizur, Caralyn Reynolds, Morgan Santorio, Mia Schiffmacher, Rebecca Schultz, Abishek Selvakumar, Finune Shaibi, Alessandra Smith, Tereska Sorel, Katherine Squires, Kimberley Swain, Alex Szczepankiewicz, Rebekah Thompson, Rayna Wallens, Evan Walowitz, Riley Weber, Lidya Weng, Aiden Zach, Graham Zorich

10th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Allyson Bellinger, Allan Benjamin, Camille Burruano, Martin Castner, Sara Cicero, Emily Cohen, Brooke Conway, Haley Coombs, Zachary Cramer, Alyson Czerwonka, Sarah Dodge, Brooke Eichel, Mara Ellsworth, Thomas Fabiano, Celia Jackson, Dominick Kane, Jaime Lechner, Eleah Leng, Thomas Lockett, John Mandura, Abigail Marlow, Rose Meaney, Samantha Meierer, Nicole Nguyen, Maya Pecoraro, Mia Phillips, Ryan Pinzel, Vincent Ricotta, Kevin Rogoza, Hannah Schiffmacher, Amina Shaibi, Yifan Shen, Aaron Szczepankiewicz, Kyla Wulkan

11th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Ronald Appoloney, William Atkinson, Kenneth Carter, Ruby Chen, Emma Dickinson, Allison Fay, Mitchell Fusillo, Luke Hess, Victoria Huang, Colby Kalp, Trevor Knight, Kevin Koch, Lucas Kruse, Robert LeFevre, Marissa Lewis, Katrina Linenfelser, Dominic Loss, Tyler Meyer, Sarah Moore, Ben Moskala, Emily Phillips, Emily Reynolds, Sean Rustowicz, Eliza Sarigiannis, Patricia Tavarez, Anna Thompson, Luke Webb

12th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Brianna Bachman, Lauren Baeumler, Samantha Bailey, Brandon Beiter, Alexa Chiarenza, Hannah Cool, Lexie Diaz, Annaliese DiCarlo, Jacob Doebler, Sara Gorton, Trevor Hauer, Diamond Jones, Celia Jones, Elizabeth Koyn, Grace LoHouse, Allison McDonald, Rhys Mendel, Madison Nowak, Jordan Pachla, Lindsay Robinson, Eric Scalise, Kristine Schlifke, Laura Schultz, Anthony Seifert, Samantha Terrana, Joy VanderMey, Marie Wagar, Kaitlyn Warakomski, Brienne Westfall, Christian Whetham, Bethany Wolcott




GIHS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll - February 2019


9th GRADE HONOR
Gabriel Agnello, Eva Ahne, Thomas Banas, Ashley Battaglia, Thomas Bender, Sophia Black, Sophia Bobeck, Franceska Bongiovanni, Kaylee Boyle, Giana Casullo, Izabella DeGlopper, Francesca DePalma, Kayleen DiCarlo, Jake Dionne, Jared Doebler, Abigail Dulak, Samuel Dulniak, Lucas Dunn, Leah Dylag, Brendan Ehlenfield, Tyler Figliola, Olivia Fox, Katelyn Giambra, Arman Deep Gill, Kaci Gottler, Sean Graham, Anna Hammond, Julianna Huber, Alicia Hunt, Rebekah Jaenecke, Gurleen Johal, Jackson Jones, Ella Koslowski, Noah Krathaus, Molly Leggett, Joseph Lewis, Melanie Longo, Ethan Lysarz, Joshua Mallabar, Alivia Manzo, Hannah Martinez, Halie Martinez, Madisyn Martino, Trinity Meinhart, Aidan Mingoia, Dennis Misko, Marissa Mistriner, Hannah Moore, Elizabeth Morris, Paige Moses, Christian Pendola, Michael Percival, Grace Promowicz, Ava Racz, Lauren Ratajczak, Isaiah Reading, Samar Rizek, Ryan Sander, Ryan Saucier, Jackson Scalise, Kira Seidel, Muhammad Shabbir, Carmen Sokody, Sophia Steck, Sophia Terlecky, Victoria Thauer, Madeline Tiedemann, Ava Todaro, Karina VeRost, Albert Wain, Hailey Watches, Jessica Whitfield, Celia Wood

10th GRADE HONOR
Ra'ed Baaith, Isabel Buckingham, Grace Carey, Samuel Carpenter, Tristan Chaffee, Joseph Christiano, Giuliana Congi, Polla Daghestani, Cameron Davis, Ava DeFranks, Jack Dlugokinski, Jenna Doctor, Kaylin Frost, Carolyn Ginsburg, Dominic Gramza, Kameron Greene, Alison Gula, Quinn Hart, Allison Hill, Carissa Hoover, Joshua Hunt, Riley Kane, Edward Kanfoush, Zoe Kowalski, Taylor Kullerkupp, Savanna Lenze, Stephen Leone, Wuthithamsaran Leone, Ashley Maras, Angelina Marinello, Madeline Maroni, Hayden McLachlan, Ryan Michki, Jacob Miller, Griffin Miller, Alyssa Nelson, Cecilia Nowak, Elaina Page, Morgan Proctor, Mark Ramsperger, Sarah Reeves, Jessica Robertson, Grace Samplinski, Ethan Schinnagel, David Schnell, Lucas Seifert, Joseph Seifert, Peyton Shearer, Zorica Simic, Emma Sole, Amanda Spaulding-Kellner, Lucas Tahara, Andrew Tomasula, Edward VeRost, Nathan Wallens, Grace Wenner, William Wieberg, Brooke Willer, William Worrall, Alexander Wright, Jenna York

11th GRADE HONOR
Hamzah Al-Naji, Avery Andrews, Marion Averhart, Zachary Barrett, Gabriella Bergstrom, Abigail Blair, Isabel Calabrese, Madison Conway, Erin Cool, Zoe Coutu, Stephanie Cox, Emily Czyrny, Gianna D'Addario, Jenna Foglia, Alexa Fox, Sara Frosolone, Louis Genovese, Jasmin Gill, Alex Gottler, Shawna-Lea Harper, Sean Heffley, Mackenzie Heyden, Kira Hutton, Cassidy Jensen, Michael Juntunen, Joshua Kam, Caitlin Kleinschmidt, Kristian Krantz, Erika Krueger, Kendy Li, Patrick Loss, Michael Loss, Michael Marino, Maggie McNamara, Lauren Merletti, Breckin Morris, Sean Murray, Carly Pannullo, Grace Pearse, Thomas Podsiadlo, Connor Raine, Rebecca Rebmann, Brandon-Kace Samol, Kaylynn Savoy, Thomas Shemik, Brett Shickluna, Amritpal Singh, Brandon Smith, Elzbieta Sorel, Karie Stedman, Anthony Surace, Lydia Sweeney, Griffin Sykes, Phillip Thomas, Chloe Tolsma, Madeline Tribby, Morgan-Lynn Wieberg, Jenna Wilkinson, Olivia Williams, Alexa Yamonaco, Brook Zdrojewski

12th GRADE HONOR
Melina Aceti, Hayden Backlund, Quinton Becker, Charley Benz, Brianna Beyer, April Booker, Joseph Botticello, Crystal Burgos Nicholas Carey, Alexander Castillo, Justin Chadima, Hannah Chorey, Ryann Colan, Jacob Corrao, Joseph Coughlin Collin DeMartin, Mia Devirgilio, Anna DiBello, Julia Eichel, Brigitta Eichel, Camryn Fisher, Allison Fluker, Faith Gworek, Nicholas Hess, Austin Hogan, William Hoover, Gianna Horvath, Nathan Hunt, Harleen Johal, Megan Kennedy, Madison Koeppel, Sebastian Koschuk, Margaret Kubanek, Emily Kurtzhalts, Alex Laschinger, Elisabeth Lupp, Emma Mahoney, Clarice McCaffery, Bridget Neeson, Christopher O'Connor, Lydia Pratt, Jonathan Prell, McKenna Prochaska, Miranda Proctor, Shandi Putzbach, Nathan Reichel, Dylan Russo, Ciara Scalzo, Maria Sciortino, Abigail Siebert, Jordan Simon, Cameron Sionko, Savannah Sipe, Jada Sokody, Shay Sommer, William Soos, Benjamin Starr, Emma Sullivan, Benjamin Szabo, Joshua Tamsen, Nicholas Tillett, Wyatt Tollner, Natalie Turck, Hannah Ullrich, Konstantinos Vasiliadis, Ryan Wellence, Bryce Wolf, James Worrall, Amanda Ziehm




GIHS 2nd Quarter Merit Roll - February 2019


9th GRADE MERIT
Madison Andrews, Kalen Baaith, Tristan Betterelli, Kayla Butler, Jacob Cali, Ian Cameron, Natalie Carter, Michael Coburn, Olivia Crowley, Caitlyn DeLong, Samuele DeLorenzo, Jashanjit Dhillon, Claire Dickinson, Joseph Dlugokinski, Jenna Duquin, Khloey Ellis, Olivia Floro, Victor Fritsch, Gurkirat Gill, Lana Gondek, Spencer Hecht, Jacqueline Heyden, Graer Howell, Jenna Kaiser, Payton Khadra, Brandon Lysenko, Aidan MacNeil, Karli Macrides, Avery Mondoux, Kyle Phillips, Shaan Sandhu, Alicia Shivers, Evan Smith, Liam Snyder, Christian Taylor, Emily Thompson, Jillian Wadell, Paul Wynne, Bailey Yung

10th GRADE MERIT
Evan Ackerman, Olivia Alvarado, Giovanna Andrzejewski, Justin Archer, Erin Bailes, Kelsey Burns, Matthew Castellino, Nirjit Cheema, Austin Childs, Ian Cioppa, Kailyn Dombrowski, Jagger Flick, Isabela Garcia, Gina Graham, Tyler Grant, Brady Haines, Ryan Halliman, Isabella Harper, Margaret Hegarty, Madison Hughes, Ty Shawn Jennings, Alyssa Keller, Brett Kowalczewski, Morgan Lynch, Regan Lytle, Zachery Moser, Maisie Mrkall, Eleanor O'Brien, Steven Pedlow, Madison Phinney, Hannah Pyc, Arsal Shaheen, Logan Sionko, Elizabeth Smolkovich, Alexis Stuber, Alex Sturtz, Kendall Suffoletta, Anisa Todaro, Morgan Tollner, Angelina Torres, Connor Tribby, Molly Tuohy, Sara Vaughn, Joshua Vizzi, Lukas Wilmes

11th GRADE MERIT
Tala Abdellatif, Brooke Amato, Matthew Aronica, Kenneth Beittenmiller, Izabella Black, Derek Blanchard, Kaylee Butcher, Joseph Cali, Timothy Carlson, Arthur Chatkhan, Benjamin DeFranks, Gianna DePalma, Jonathan Dingey, Patrick Dworak, Ava Eichel, Rhianna Enright, Natalie Fahrer, John Fletcher, Samantha Fluker, Austin Haak, Jack Hammond, Ian Hennessy, Andrew Hurley, Mitchell Johnson, Nicholas Keller, Gabran Kelly, Blake Kenney, Alyssa Konopczynski, Gavin Larsen, Stephanie Longo, Jack LoTempio, Elijah Mruk, Matthew Newbould, Brian O'Neill, Stephen Palmeri, Morgan Payan, Ryan Pecoraro, Justin Podgorny, Jack Randle, Nicholas Ratajczak, Luke Rizzo, Mikayla Robinson, Makenna Scalise, Zayan Shaheen, Tejpal Singh, Annella Sommer, Benjamin Spiesz, Mark Steck, Kyle Vanderzell, Vanessa VanNorman, Amiah Wilkes, Matthew Wolfe, David Wynne

12th GRADE MERIT
Ava Ackerman, Anastasia Ackerson, Katelyn Baish, Sarah Berlinger, Alexis Boos, Adam Burns, Jagger Click, Jasmin Dhillon, Lindsey Diehl, Elissa Dojka, Allison Dragonette, Gabriella Gasiorek, Justin Gorrell, Henry Grunzweig, Liam Hart, Ethan Hodge, Brady Hofmeyer, Alyssa Jaenecke, Ryan Jellinick, Alex Kavanaugh, Nicholas Kawecki, Nicolas Lindaman, Madison Liss, Jacob Lunick, Alicia Marlin, Alexander Melisz, Ariyam Mesaad, Madeline Mesmer, Nicole Paolini, Shelby Pendola, William Person, Sydney Renko, Trevor Samplinski, Trisha Sander, Allyson Schoener, Gabriella Sciortino, Anthony Serra, Pravdeep Singh, Gwendolyn Slachciak, Easton Speer, Kassidy Taylor, Hunter Texido, Grace Thorpe, Sean Tuohy, Brandon Vedella, Bailey Warmus




GIHS Rugby Club Spaghetti Dinner - February 2019


    The Grand Island Rugby Spaghetti Dinner is at the Grand Island High School cafeteria on Tuesday, March 5th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. There is a basket raffle and a bake sale. This is going on during the Kaleidoscope Chorus Concert also at the high school.




Niagara Police Athletic League Sports Awards Winners - February 2019

From left: Julia Eichel, Cam Sionko and Alexa Chiarenza.

   The 37th Annual Niagara PAL Sports Awards dinner was Sunday, February 17th, at which they recognized 22 prep athletes, form 11 different schools. The honorees from Grand Island are Alexa Chiarenza and Cam Sionko. Other awards are given, including the Mr. & Mrs. Alan Elia Scholarship. The female winner was Julia Eichel of Grand Island.This award is given to a senior basketball player that exemplities sportsmanship, fair play and team work. Congratulations to these Viking athletes.




NFL Varsity Championship Swim Meet Results - January 2019

    GIHS boys swim team in the NFL meet on Saturday, January 26, 2019. See results.




GIHS Job Fair 2019 - February 2019

    If you are a business looking to hire high school students, this is the event for you. It will be at Grand Island High School on Thursday, March 21st from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.. Email cherylchamberlain@gicsd.org to sign up for a table.
    If you are a student looking for a part-time/summer job this is the event for you. Check your GI Google email and sign up online. Dress for success and bring a current resume.




GIHS Musical "Into the Woods" - January 2019

    GIHS students will perform this year's winter musical, "Into the Woods" on Thursday, January 31; Friday and Saturday, February 1 & 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grand Viking Theater, 1100 Ransom Road. Tickets are $10 and will be available online at grandislandschools.org.
    "Into the Woods" is written by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The story follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.




GIHS Boys Swim Team Meet Results - January 2019

    GIHS boys swim team vs. Kenmore, Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Kenmore won, 108-75. See results.




GIHS Boys Swim Team Meet Results - January 2019

    GIHS boys swim team vs. Niagara Wheatfield, Friday, January 4, 2019. Grand Island won, 94 - 86. See results.