Grand Island High School News Web Page 2020
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Principal Michael Lauria
GIHS 2020 Graduation Ceremony Announced - May 2020
School Superintendent Dr. Brian Graham has announced that a graduation ceremony for the GIHS Class of 2020 will take place at Beaver Island State Park on Sunday, June 28th at 9:30 a.m. Details to follow. See poster.
GIHS 3rd Quarter High Honor Roll - May 2020
9th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Emma Besl, Sofia Bukahri, Andrew Burke, Elizabeth Carpenter, Berin Celik, Joseph Cicero, Lauren Coombs, Natalyn Cordero, Paul Emmi, Noah Farmer, Reagan Fast, Caitlin Fay, Sara Fletcher, Madison Flory, Logan Fox, Aubrey Frank, Jackson Frey, Christian Giddings, Sara Glose, Amanda Gula, Sophia Heffley, Zoe Heider, William Hofmeyer, Samuel Jayme, Andrew Jenica, Eden Johnson, Julia Juntunen, Sydney Knight, Kathleen Krawczyk, Edward Kwarciak, Adriana Mann, Sydney Martin, Mia Moran, Maia Nowak, Isabelle Pezdek, Megan Pinzel, Gavin Rice, Matthew Rizzo, Jashanpreet Saini, Kosmo Sarigiannis, Emma Schinnagel, David Still, John Szczublewski, Annabella Tippett, Grace VanderMey, Erick Wittmann
10th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Gabriel Agnello, Angelo Aiello, Christina Anderson, Ashley Battaglia, Nathan Bender, Christopher Benns, Kiersten Brown, Aidan Cioppa, Adiana Cotroneo, Seth Cox, Zander Crvelin, Noah DeCourcey, Izabella DeGlopper, Caitlyn DeLong, Francesca DePalma, Claire Dickinson, Renee DiLaura, Jared Doebler, Samuel Dulniak, Lucas Dunn, Tyler Figliola, Adison Fike, Michael Foglia, Katelyn Giambra, Sean Graham, Samantha Hoerner, Justin Horvath, Alicia Hunt, Abigail Jackson, Rebekah Jaenecke, Jacob Jayme, Riley Joseph, Oleksii Klapushynskyi, Ella Koslowski, Bethany Kulikowski, Megan Lavis, Zachary Leng, Connor Lenhard, Noelle Linenfelser, Melanie Longo, Christopher Macro, Alivia Manzo, Hannah Martinez, Halie Martinez, Trinity Meinhart, Aidan Mingoia, Avery Mondoux, Hannah Moore, Alana Mosher, Arianna Nasca, Callen Neeson, Ian Pachura, Riley Patterson, Hayley Pizur, Caralyn Reynolds, Morgan Santorio, Ryan Saucier, Jackson Scalise, Mia Schiffmacher, Rebecca Schultz, Abishek Selvakumar, Muhammad Shabbir, Finune Shaibi, Alessandra Smith, Tereska Sorel, Katherine Squires, Kimberley Swain, Alex Szczepankiewicz, Christian Taylor, Sophia Terlecky, Victoria Thauer, Rebekah Thompson, Emily Thompson, Ava Todaro, Rayna Wallens, Evan Walowitz, Riley Weber, Lidya Weng, Jessica Whitfield, Aiden Zach, Graham Zorich
11th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Allan Benjamin, Camille Burruano, Alaina Cameron, Martin Castner, Conrad Chaffee, Danniel Cleveland, Emily Cohen, Brooke Conway, Zachary Cramer, Ava DeFranks, Sarah Dodge, Mara Ellsworth, Thomas Fabiano, Alison Gula, Allison Hill, Carissa Hoover, Joshua Hunt, Jaime Lechner, Eleah Leng, Ashley Maras, Rose Meaney, Samantha Meierer, Alyssa Nelson, Elaina Page, Ryan Pinzel, Mark Ramsperger, Vincent Ricotta, Kevin Rogoza, Hannah Schiffmacher, David Schnell, Amina Shaibi, Zorica Simic, Amanda Spaulding-Kellner, Anisa Todaro, Alexander Wright
12th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Avery Andrews, William Atkinson, Zachary Barrett, Carmela Bartolomeo, Kenneth Beittenmiller, Abigail Blair, Sarah Bukahri, Isabel Calabrese, Ruby Chen, Madison Conway, Zoe Coutu, Stephanie Cox, Gianna D'Addario, Emma Dickinson, Ava Eichel, Allison Fay, Samantha Fluker, Jenna Foglia, Alexa Fox, Sara Frosolone, Mitchell Fusillo, Shawna-Lea Harper, Jewel Hasan, Luke Hess, Kira Hutton, Michael Juntunen, Colby Kalp, Joshua Kam, Caitlin Kleinschmidt, Trevor Knight, Kevin Koch, Lucas Kruse, Marissa Lewis, Katrina Linenfelser, Dominic Loss, Tyler Meyer, Sarah Moore, Ben Moskala, Madison Murillo, Carly Pannullo, Grace Pearse, Emily Reynolds, Heather Robinson, Sean Rustowicz, Brett Shickluna, Karie Stedman, Anthony Surace, Lydia Sweeney, Mary Szumla, Olivia Williams, Alexa Yamonaco, Brook Zdrojewski
GIHS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll - May 2019
9th GRADE HONOR
Robert Ambrose, Paige Bedell, Abigail Bentley, Jacob Berard, Ava Brandon, Samantha Buckingham, Kaitlyn Burns, Julia Capage, Alexandrea Caudill, Gavin Cich, Nathaniel Cohen, Riley Decker, Miranda DeCourcey, Anna Donlon, Taylor Evans, Anthony Fratello, Chase Harding, Jason Hill, Jenalynn Hoy, Zander Inman, Katie Jaegers, Alannah Kaifas-Concha, Jessica Kam, Harmanjeet Kaur, Cameron Kitchen, Lily Koslowski, Matthew Lavin, Phillip Lepine, Patrick Lepine, Sydney Lomasney, Morgan Malush, Alexis Martin, Olivia Martinez, Caleb Meyer, Alana Miano, Maria Novelli, Christina Pietromicca, Matthew Rebmann, Maelee Roach, Wynonna Roberts, Ella Rudney, Olivia Ryan, Alexis Schad, Hope Sedita, Jack Sharp, Serenity Sikora, Ryan Smith, Kaden Smith, Alyssa Stockinger, Marcus Tittle, Mikayla Valentine, Kayleigh Vanderzell, Gabrielle Vecio, Aiden Wagner, Patrick Whalen, Joshua Wozniak
10th GRADE HONOR
Eva Ahne, Anthony Amato, Emily Andrews, Madison Andrews, Thomas Banas, Thomas Bender, Tristan Betterelli, Angelina Beyer, Felix Bilharz, Sophia Black, Sophia Bobeck, Kaylee Boyle, Maleeha Bukahri, Mikayla Bukowski, Kayla Butler, Faith Caldwell, Natalie Carter, Giana Casullo, Jordan Choboy, Kayleen DiCarlo, Leah Dylag, Olivia Fox, Arman Deep Gill, Lana Gondek, Kaci Gottler, Anna Hammond, Lily Hauer, Spencer Hecht, Graer Howell, Raistlin Huff, Gurleen Johal, Jackson Jones, Nicholas Karnath, Payton Khadra, Skylar Koschuk, Noah Krathaus, Molly Leggett, Joseph Lewis, Natalie Lopez-Castro, Brandon Lysenko, Karli Macrides, Joshua Mallabar, Faith Marsala, Madisyn Martino, Jonathan Minton, Dennis Misko, Marissa Mistriner, Jake Muggli, Alexis Nguyen, Olivia Nucci, Sara Pearse, Christian Pendola, Michael Percival, Matthew Powell, Grace Promowicz, Lauren Ratajczak, Isaiah Reading, Samar Rizek, Shaan Sandhu, Kira Seidel, Evan Smith, Liam Snyder, Carmen Sokody, Sophia Steck, Tyler Sykes, Karina VeRost, Sara Verso, Hailey Watches
11th GRADE HONOR
Evan Ackerman, Olivia Alvarado, Justin Archer, Ra'ed Baaith, Allyson Bellinger, Isabel Buckingham, Samuel Carpenter, Matthew Castellino, Tristan Chaffee, Joseph Christiano, Sara Cicero, Ian Cioppa, Krystyna Colautto, Giuliana Congi, Haley Coombs, Alyson Czerwonka, Polla Daghestani, Cameron Davis, Alejandra de la Fuente Robles, Jack Dlugokinski, Jenna Doctor, Kailyn Dombrowski, Brooke Eichel, Sheila Forbes, Kaylin Frost, Isabela Garcia, Carolyn Ginsburg, Gina Graham, Dominic Gramza, Tyler Grant, Kameron Greene, Quinn Hart, Celia Jackson, Dominick Kane, Edward Kanfoush, Alyssa Keller, Alec Konopczynski, Brett Kowalczewski, Zoe Kowalski, Savanna Lenze, Wuthithamsaran Leone, Thomas Lockett, Morgan Lynch, Regan Lytle, John Mandura, Angelina Marinello, Abigail Marlow, Madeline Maroni, Hayden McLachlan, Yasmin Mendanha, Ryan Michki, Jacob Miller, Maisie Mrkall, Isaiah Newman, Cecilia Nowak, Nicholas Pachla, Maya Pecoraro, Mia Phillips, Emma Pressley, Morgan Proctor, Grace Samplinski, Ethan Schinnagel, Joseph Seifert, Lucas Seifert, Arsal Shaheen, Yifan Shen, Logan Sionko, Elizabeth Smolkovich, Callie Sommer, Alexis Stuber, Alex Sturtz, Aaron Szczepankiewicz, Lucas Tahara, Morgan Tollner, Andrew Tomasula, Connor Tribby, Edward VeRost, Joshua Vizzi, Nathan Wallens, Grace Wenner, William Wieberg, Brooke Willer, William Worrall, Kyla Wulkan, Jenna York, Madison Zaccaria
12th GRADE HONOR
Brooke Amato, Ronald Appoloney, Marion Averhart, Brooke Bartolotta, Brandon Beiter, Gabriella Bergstrom, Derek Blanchard, Kaylee Butcher, Kenneth Carter, Samuel Castellino, Erin Cool, Monica Cortes, Gianna DePalma, Jonathan Dingey, Patrick Dworak, Rhianna Enright, John Fletcher, Louis Genovese, Jasmin Gill, Alex Gottler, Jack Hammond, Samantha Hartman, Sean Heffley, Ian Hennessy, Mackenzie Heyden, Cassidy Jensen, Blake Kenney, Kristian Krantz, Erika Krueger, Abigail Krull, Alexis Labin, Gavin Larsen, Collis Law, Robert LeFevre, Kendy Li, Noah Link, Patrick Loss, Jack LoTempio, Michael Marino, Maggie McNamara, Sebastian Melendez, Michael Messier, Breckin Morris, Elijah Mruk, Sean Murray, Matthew Newbould, Brian O'Neill, Stephen Palmeri, Connor Raine, Nicholas Ratajczak, Rebecca Rebmann, Luke Rizzo, Mikayla Robinson, Brandon-Kace Samol, Eliza Sarigiannis, Kaylynn Savoy, Makenna Scalise, Thomas Shemik, Amritpal Singh, Brandon Smith, Melody Snyder, Benjamin Spiesz, Patricia Tavarez, Ysolimer Tavarez, Megan Taylor, Anna Thompson, Chloe Tolsma, Vanessa VanNorman, Laura Velez Lopez, Luke Webb, Morgan-Lynn Wieberg, Amiah Wilkes, Jenna Wilkinson, Bryce Wolf, David Wynne
GIHS 3rd Quarter Merit Roll - May 2020
9th GRADE MERIT
Mustafa Ahmad, Salem Al Hajjaji, Dylan Andrews, Makayla Bender, Logan Beringer, Kyler Butcher, Riley Chen, Michael Christensen, Joseph Ciraolo, Emmalee Currie, Rebecca Dilliot, Alexander Domanski, Kayla Donovan, Joshua Farmer, Joseph Fatta, Mya Genovese, Natalie Gojmerac, Kelsie Greene, Sarah Grover, Eric Hamm, William Hanlon, Christopher Honrado, Mackenzie Ingalsbe, Manshaan Johal, Jasmeen Kaur, Sanjanpreet Kaur, Michael Logar, Ryan Lysenko, Aidan Maroni, Riley Masterman, Samuel May, Sean Mesmer, Dylan Murray, Nicholas Nobilio, Luke O'Brien, Jacob Ode, Cody Okelberry, Carson Page, Jacob Pangborn, Zachary Przybyl, Arden Randle, Megan Reynolds, Saleh Saleh, Mitchell Samplinski, Aubrey Zdarsky, Niveen Zidan
10th GRADE MERIT
Daniel Abshagen, Nicholas Aronica, Parker Aronica, Kalen Baaith, Franceska Bongiovanni, Veronica Bonner, Sarah Brand, Ian Cameron, Jonathan Click, Michael Coburn, Olivia Crowley, Nathan DeMartin, Jashanjit Dhillon, Jenna Duquin, Thomas Dworak, Brendan Ehlenfield, Khloey Ellis, Olivia Floro, Alexis Glemb, Michael Greer, Ethan Halliman, Leah Harper, Jacqueline Heyden, Julianna Huber, Anna Hurley, Jenna Kaiser, Shyann Koziel, Carmen Masich, Joshua McMahon, Elizabeth Morris, Paige Moses, Isaac Mulholland, William Patterson, Ethan Person, Anna Pullano, Ava Racz, Alyssa Robertson, Jonathan Simpson, Aiden Sobrino, Madeline Tiedemann, Alex Vazquez, Albert Wain, Kiersten Winstel, Celia Wood, Paul Wynne, Bailey Yung
11th GRADE MERIT
Kathryn Abbott, Kelsey Burns, Bryahna Colbert, Ethan Delo, Anna Dugan, Jagger Flick, Brady Haines, Matthew Hanlon, Margaret Hegarty, Connor Hill, Jenna Hiser, Ty Shawn Jennings, Cynthia Johnson, Kristina Joseph, Riley Kane, Joseph Knight, Ivan Lalata, Kalah Lenhard, Stephen Leone, Matthew Meranto, Griffin Miller, Despina Minasidis, Zachery Moser, Joseph Novak, Eleanor O'Brien, Michael Pawlak, Madison Phinney, Joseph Schnettler, William Schwartz, Arshdeep Singh, Emma Sole, Eric Szumla, Cassandra Taylor, Molly Tuohy, Sara Vaughn, Quinn Volk, Zoe Wallace, Emma Woroniecki
12th GRADE MERIT
Hamzah Al-Naji, Aizaz Asif, Nicolas Bauman, Izabell Black, Emily Brooks, Joseph Cali, Arthur Chatkhan, Vincenzo Ciffa, Robert Currie, Emily Czyrny, Adam Daghestani, Benjamin DeFranks, Eve DiCarlo, Adyson DiSanto, Casey Dummitt, Carl Finn, Tyler Hunt, Megan Jaegers, Mitchell Johnson, Dominic Justus, Ethan Klie, Cecelia Kubanek, Brianna Lenhard, Michael Loss, Madison MacNeil, Gabrielle Martell, Jack Mikulski, Julia Mysliwiec, Emily Phillips, Thomas Podsiadlo, Zayan Shaheen, Logan Snyder, Rachel Soluri, Elzbieta Sorel, Jason Sorri, Mark Steck, Griffin Sykes, Suha Taffal, Phillip Thomas, Aleksandra Tirone, Brooke VeRost, Susannah Zherebilov
Guest Speakers for GIHS Business Classes - April 2020While coordinating lessons for her online business classes, GIHS teacher and DECA advisor Cheryl Chamberlain reached out to Mr. Fahim Mojawalla of Island Ship Center to help her explain company culture. "This week we are discussing the importance of team work and who better to explain it than Fahim," Chamberlain exclaimed.
The opportunity for other guest speakers each week to discuss business is exciting and Chamberlain's next guest will be Vice President of the GI Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Ryan McCarthy, who will discuss on-line retail tactics. "Normally, we would bring business leaders into our classroom to speak to students about current best practice, and we still are...just in an online format," Chamberlain remarked. While this is a new way of teaching and learning for everyone, having business professionals assisting instruction is the perfect way to make lessons authentic for the students.
To listen to Chamberlain's interview with Mr. Mojawalla,click here. If you would like to participate as a guest speaker, contact Chamberlain at email@example.com.
PTSA 36th Annual Plant Sale - April 2020
Senior class on first day of school watching sunrise.The Grand Island High School PTSA is currently holding their 36th Annual Plant Sale. This year the PTSA needs your support more than ever. The proceeds from this fundraiser will help raise funds for the Senior Class of 2020 scholarships. The PTSA also donates each year to the Post Prom Celebration for the Seniors. There is a large variety of plants, including hanging baskets beautiful patio pots!
Orders may be placed with a credit card online through this link, or by printing a paper copy of the form and mailing it along with a check to Tracey Shickluna at 43 Island Park Circle. Questions? Please call Tracey at (716) 774- 8947. All orders are due by Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
Pickup will be Friday, May 22 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Building and Grounds garage behind Sidway. Orders will be placed in your car when you pull in. There will be no personal contact.
NTHS Welcomes Grand Island Seniors - April 2020
– Grand Island Kenton students (from left): Front row - Ruby Chen, Phillip Thomas, Patricia Tavarez; back row - Casey Dummitt, Carly Pannullo, Stephen Palmeri, Julia Mysliwiec, Matthew Newbould. Not pictured: Emily Reynolds, Jonathan Dingey, Matthew Wolfe.
WEST SENECA - A total of 157 students from 27 Western New York high schools have been inducted into Erie 1 BOCES’ chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS).
Grand Island Harkness students (from left): Alexis Labin, Kenneth Beittenmiller
This year’s cohort includes 13 seniors from Grand Island High School. Those seniors include - with their Erie 1 BOCES Career and Technical Education program - Kenneth Beittenmiller, Video Production and Recording Arts; Alexis Labin, Fashion Design Technology; Carly Pannullo, Cosmetology; Casey Dummitt, Culinary Arts; Emily Reynolds, Sports Science Careers; Jonathan Dingey, Auto Technician Training; Julia Mysliwiec, Culinary Arts; Matthew Newbould, Auto Technician Training; Matthew Wolfe, Welding; Patricia Tavarez, Culinary Arts; Phillip Thomas, Sports Science Careers; Ruby Chen, Cosmetology; and Stephen Palmeri, Welding.
In order to qualify for acceptance into NTHS, a student must be nominated by his or her teacher, have a 90 percent or higher average in their career and technical education (CTE) course, and maintain an overall grade point average (GPA) of 85. Furthermore, students must demonstrate skill development and leadership and hone their responsibility and good character. NTHS takes a holistic approach to evaluating students’ success in the classroom.
About Erie 1 BOCES: As part of public education, Erie 1 BOCES offers a variety of career and technical programs during the regular school day to high school students in Erie County. High school students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various programs such as fashion design, web and gaming technologies, health careers or aviation technology, should visit www.e1b.org/cte or speak with their high school counselor.
GIHS & Community Donates to Navy Alumni - April 2020
Fahim Mojawalla of Island Ship Center.When business teacher Cheryl Chamberlain asked her Entrepreneur Class what to do with the snack inventory at their high school store Casey’s Corner, students replied “donate it!” With that in mind Chamberlain saw a need on social media with former GI student and Navy sailor James Weatherston. James serves on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and recently has been in the news as the aircraft carrier has been affected by the Coronavirus. He and his ship mates are in need of books, toiletries and snacks and Chamberlain with the help of her husband Greg got together and on the phone.
“The donations just started coming", Chamberlain remarked. All in all Island Ship Center, Cappellino Cadillac, the Casey Family and numerous others donated toward a nice sized shipment for the crew. What started as a distance learning project, turned into a grand idea. It is what VikingStrong is all about.
If people would like to donate they can send checks attention to Cheryl Chamberlain at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, GI NY 14072.
Erie 1 BOCES Fashion Show - March 2020
Alexis Labin from Grand Island High School.Event Postponed
West Seneca (March 10, 2020) - Students in the Erie 1 BOCES Fashion Design Technology program will have their individually designed outfits hit the runway during the 2020 FUSION Fashion Show: Figment of Imagination.
Now in its 11th year, the FUSION Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, March 19 and will showcase the work of nearly 35 high school fashion students from across Western New York. The show will be at 7 p.m. at Buffalo State College, in the Campbell Student Union Social Hall, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo.
Alexis Labin from Grand Island High School is one of the senior students exhibiting their personally designed and sewn collections at the fashion show. She explained she took inspiration from Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, giving her line of clothing a feeling of elegance and beauty. “I love the fashion industry because it’s a way of self-expression and communication, and it lets people say what they are feeling without having to speak,” Alexis noted. “Whether someone is directly in the industry or not, we all take part in it unknowingly. There’s so much beauty in taking a design and bringing it to life. It’s a lively and breathtaking process, from the sketch to the final product.” After high school, Alexis plans to go to college for styling, which is her favorite area of the fashion industry.
In addition to the seniors, juniors will be presenting upcycled items from previously worn garments at the show. The show has evolved into a collaborative event across various Erie 1 BOCES programs. Barbering and Cosmetology students will be doing hair and makeup for over 75 models, while Criminal Justice students will provide support for security. Digital Media students produced videos that will introduce each fashion student and their collection; these students also assisted in professional photos and videography for the show.
Erie 1 BOCES’ two-year Fashion Design Technology program at the Harkness Career & Technical Center teaches students how to create, style and trend forecast based on design elements and the fashion cycle. Participants also create a successful business plan for a fashion business, setting them up for future success.
The show is free and open to family members and community members with a high interest in the fashion industry, though all guests will need a ticket available at the event. Seating is limited. Open seating begins at 6 p.m. In lieu of ticket price, attendees are asked to donate a pair of previously worn jeans which will be donated to Goodwill of Western New York. Donations can be brought to the show, where they will be taken at the door.
GIHS Viking Values Students of the Month - March 2020
Pictured from left to right: Sitting - Bethany Kulikowski, Adison Fike; standing - Samuel May, Abigail Jackson, Assistant Principal Karen Surdyke, Assistant Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey, High School Principal Michael V. Lauria, Brooke Conway, Eleah Leng, Zachary Leng, Ivan Lalata and Connor Raine.Congratulations goes out to the GIHS Viking Values Students of the Month for February 2020! The students and their corresponding departments that nominated them are as follows:
Grade 12 - Connor Raine (Business); Grade 11 - Brooke Conway (LOTE and Science), Ivan Lalata (Social Studies) and Eleah Leng (English). Grade 10 - Adison Fike (Mathematics), Abigail Jackson (Art), Bethany Kulikowski (Physical Education/Health) and Zachary Leng (Music). Grade 9; Samuel May (Technology).
Grand Island Distinguished Alumni Honorees - March 2020UPDATE: The assembly has been cancelled.
The Distinguished Alumni Committee selected three graduates from many nominated to be inducted into the Distinguished Alumni. An assembly will be held for GIHS students on Friday morning, March 13th. Distinguished alumni chosen are: Kelly Landen, Jeffery Stone and Christopher Hejmanowski.
Kelly Landen, class of 1982, is the co-founder and Project Manager for Elephants Without Borders Her enthusiasm for wildlife inspired her to a dedicated career in conservation. She is a professional photographer and her work has been featured in a number of prestigious magazines, web sites, scientific publications and journals and news articles. She also has recently published a book and has provided assistance with another author on several other books.
Jeffery Stone, class of 1976, is a partner with Hodgson and Russ. He has been responsible for building the firm’s Public Finance Practice Group in Buffalo He has been a securities, corporate, banking, tax, education and public finance (bond) lawyer for all of his 36 years at Hodgson Russ. He has served on various committees at St. Stephens and Mary Star of the Sea Knights of Columbus chapter in Grand Island. St. Stephen Parish Players community theater group for almost thirty years, acting in shows, directing shows, and serving for many years (and currently) as the President of the Board of Directors of the Parish Players. Buffalo Council on World Affairs (He served as a trustee and as President); Irish Classical Theatre Company (He has been a trustee of the ICTC since 2013, and he is currently serving as President of the Board of Trustees there); SUNY Erie Community College (He was appointed as a trustee of SUNY Erie in March of 2019, and his nomination was then confirmed by the Erie County Legislature in April of 2019; He has served as a trustee since then and he chairs the Budget and Audit Committee for SUNY Erie/ECC.
Dr. Christopher Hejmanowski, class of 1990, attended Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Chicago, Illinois on a full U.S. Navy scholarship. He completed a Naval surgical internship in 1999 and subsequently Flight Surgery training. He was stationed in Japan and Southern Spain over five years with both a Marine Corps helicopter squadron and a US Naval fixed wing squadron as a Naval Flight Surgeon. After returning to the States and completing an additional three year Naval Emergency Medicine residency at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Hejmanowski then deployed to Iraq for nine months with the US Marine Corps as the head of a shock trauma platoon. For several months, within a mobile surgical unit, he moved with the Marines along the Syrian border. It was here that he began to write his first full length novel, "Collider". Collider won the 2013 award for Best Science Fiction Book from the International Books Award. Dr. Hejmanowski joined Emergency Resource Group in Jacksonville, Florida as a staff ER physician in 2010. In 2016 he was appointed to the position of Medical Director of the Baptist Clay Emergency Department.
GIHS Girls Basketball Win Semifinal in A-2 - February 2020Lost to Will. South 68-36.
Grand Island Girls Basketball won their Section VI A-2 semifinal against Lew-Port on Tuesday, March 3rd by a score of 43-34. Next up is the Section A-2 final at Buffalo State College on Sunday, March 8th, against #1 seed Willimasville South. Last year Will South beat GI in the final, their sixth consecutive sectional title.
DECA Conference Results - March 2020
DECA State Career Conference was held in Rochester, NY, February 26-28, 2020. Some surprises for a few for sure. Emily Cohen, Luke Hess and Ben Spiesz were first place in their category. The trio of Megan Lavis, Bethany Kulikowski and Riley Patterson were elated to make ICDC for their 5K Spooky Sprint to raise money for the Suicide Prevention LifeLine. Wil Atkinson and Vicki Huang were super excited to make it for Hospitality Team competition...and our DECA President Gabby Bergstrom is pleased to compete in Nashville and represent our great State as the outgoing NYDECA President.
Middle school students were recognized in the top ten of their event and some high schoolers as well. Mary Jane Fonte was recognized for her service to NYDECA. Thank you Dr. Graham, Amy Boutet and Leann Wills for coming to visit in less than savory weather and thank you all for your continued support of DECA which prepares our students for career and college readiness. It is a tremendous amount of work for the students and they benefit in their years ahead as so many former students reached out this week and reminisced about their former DECA years.
GIHS Boys Hockey Wins First Round - February 2020(Buffalo News, February 21, 2020)...Grand Island (17-2-1-1) boys hockey shut out Kenmore East (3-16-2) 4-0 in Thursday’s first round of the small school WNY Federation playoffs. In net for Grand Island was Robert Currie. The senior has been a top netminder for the small school division all year with the second-lowest goals-against average (1.62) among qualified goalies (minimum 200 minutes). Currie had his sixth shutout of the season, stopping all 23 shots he faced. Grand Island’s Tyler Hunt added to his small-school leading point total. Hunt had two goals and an assist to put his total at 46 (14 goals, 32 assists).
GIHS Girls Basketball Niagara Frontier Champs - February 2020After beating Lew-Port in a playoff tie-breaker on Monday, Grand Island defeated Lockport 58-46 on Wednesday, February 19th to become Niagara Frontier champs. Lydia Sweeney had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and Grace Carey had 18 points, a career high. No set schedule as of yet. A Section VI tournament seeding meeting is on Friday. Congratulations go to Lydia on being named the NIagara PAL Female Prep Athlete of the Year on Saturday, February 16th.
Volleyball State Champ Sign Installed at Roundabout - February 2020
The GIHS Boys Volleyball team State Champs sign was installed on Wednesday, February 19th at the roundabout, by GI Highway Department employees. GI Highway Department Superintendent Richard Crawford, a 1974 graduate, donated the sign, and others for the team and school, after the win at states in November 2019.
Student Driver's Education Offered at High School - February 2020The Grand Island High School is offering a Spring 2020 Driver's Education program through O'Day's Driving School. It will begin March 17th and end May 14th. See flyer for complete details. Registration is due by March 10, 2020.
GIHS 2nd Quarter High Honor Roll - February 2020
9th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Emma Besl, Andrew Burke, Julia Capage, Elizabeth Carpenter, Berin Celik, Joseph Cicero, Natalyn Cordero, Paul Emmi, Noah Farmer, Reagan Fast, Caitlin Fay, Sara Fletcher, Jackson Frey, Amanda Gula, Sophia Heffley, Zoe Heider, William Hofmeyer, Samuel Jayme, Eden Johnson, Sydney Knight, Sydney Martin, Mia Moran, Maia Nowak, Megan Pinzel, Gavin Rice, Matthew Rizzo, Wynonna Roberts, Jashanpreet Saini, Kosmo Sarigiannis, Emma Schinnagel, John Szczublewski, Erick Wittmann.
10th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Angelo Aiello, Anthony Amato, Christina Anderson, Ashley Battaglia, Nathan Bender, Christopher Benns, Kiersten Brown, Faith Caldwell, Aidan Cioppa, Seth Cox, Zander Crvelin, Noah DeCourcey, Caitlyn DeLong, Renee DiLaura, Jared Doebler, Samuel Dulniak, Lucas Dunn, Tyler Figliola, Adison Fike, Michael Foglia, Katelyn Giambra, Samantha Hoerner, Raistlin Huff, Abigail Jackson, Rebekah Jaenecke, Jacob Jayme, Riley Joseph, Ella Koslowski, Bethany Kulikowski, Megan Lavis, Zachary Leng, Connor Lenhard, Noelle Linenfelser, Melanie Longo, Christopher Macro, Alivia Manzo, Hannah Martinez, Trinity Meinhart, Aidan Mingoia, Avery Mondoux, Alana Mosher, Arianna Nasca, Callen Neeson, Alexis Nguyen, Ian Pachura, Riley Patterson, Hayley Pizur, Caralyn Reynolds, Morgan Santorio, Ryan Saucier, Mia Schiffmacher, Rebecca Schultz, Abishek Selvakumar, Finune Shaibi, Alessandra Smith, Tereska Sorel, Katherine Squires, Kimberley Swain, Alex Szczepankiewicz, Victoria Thauer, Rebekah Thompson, Ava Todaro, Rayna Wallens, Evan Walowitz, Lidya Weng, Aiden Zach, Graham Zorich.
11th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Allan Benjamin, Alaina Cameron, Danniel Cleveland, Emily Cohen, Brooke Conway, Zachary Cramer, Alyson Czerwonka, Sarah Dodge, Kailyn Dombrowski, Mara Ellsworth, Thomas Fabiano, Carolyn Ginsburg, Alison Gula, Eleah Leng, Thomas Lockett, Rose Meaney, Alyssa Nelson, Mia Phillips, Ryan Pinzel, Mark Ramsperger, Vincent Ricotta, Kevin Rogoza, Hannah Schiffmacher, Amina Shaibi .
12th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Zachary Barrett, Madison Conway, Casey Dummitt, Ava Eichel, Allison Fay, Sara Frosolone, Luke Hess, Kira Hutton, Colby Kalp, Lucas Kruse, Katrina Linenfelser, Dominic Loss, Brian O'Neill, Grace Pearse, Emily Reynolds, Sean Rustowicz, Melody Snyder, Karie Stedman, Anthony Surace, Lydia Sweeney, Mary Szumla, Patricia Tavarez.
GIHS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll - February 2020
9th GRADE HONOR
Robert Ambrose, Abigail Bentley, Jacob Berard, Ava Brandon, Samantha Buckingham, Sofia Bukahri, Kaitlyn Burns, Nathaniel Cohen, Lauren Coombs, Riley Decker, Miranda DeCourcey, Anna Donlon, Taylor Evans, Madison Flory, Logan Fox, Aubrey Frank, Christian Giddings, Sara Glose, Chase Harding, Jason Hill, Jenalynn Hoy, Katie Jaegers, Andrew Jenica, Julia Juntunen, Jessica Kam, Harmanjeet Kaur, Jasmeen Kaur, Cameron Kitchen, Kathleen Krawczyk, Edward Kwarciak, Patrick Lepine, Phillip Lepine, Sydney Lomasney, Morgan Malush, Adriana Mann, Alexis Martin, Alana Miano, Matthew Rebmann, Maelee Roach, Ella Rudney, Olivia Ryan, Alexis Schad, Hope Sedita, Serenity Sikora, Ryan Smith, Kaden Smith, David Still, Annabella Tippett, Mikayla Valentine, Grace VanderMey, Kayleigh Vanderzell.
10th GRADE HONOR
Gabriel Agnello, Eva Ahne, Emily Andrews, Thomas Banas, Thomas Bender, Felix Bilharz, Sophia Bobeck, Kaylee Boyle, Mikayla Bukowski, Kayla Butler, Ian Cameron, Natalie Carter, Giana Casullo, Jordan Choboy, Adiana Cotroneo, Izabella DeGlopper, Francesca DePalma, Kayleen DiCarlo, Claire Dickinson, Leah Dylag, Brendan Ehlenfield, Olivia Fox, Arman Deep Gill, Lana Gondek, Kaci Gottler, Sean Graham, Anna Hammond, Spencer Hecht, Justin Horvath, Alicia Hunt, Gurleen Johal, Jackson Jones, Payton Khadra, Oleksii Klapushynskyi, Noah Krathaus, Molly Leggett, Joseph Lewis, Natalie Lopez-Castro, Ethan Lysarz, Brandon Lysenko, Faith Marsala, Halie Martinez, Madisyn Martino, Jonathan Minton, Dennis Misko, Marissa Mistriner, Hannah Moore, Elizabeth Morris, Olivia Nucci, Michael Percival, Ava Racz, Lauren Ratajczak, Isaiah Reading, Samar Rizek, Ryan Sander, Jackson Scalise, Kira Seidel, Liam Snyder, Carmen Sokody, Sophia Steck, Christian Taylor, Sophia Terlecky, Hailey Watches, Riley Weber, Jessica Whitfield.
11th GRADE HONOR
Evan Ackerman, Ra'ed Baaith, Allyson Bellinger, Camille Burruano, Samuel Carpenter, Matthew Castellino, Martin Castner, Tristan Chaffee, Ian Cioppa, Krystyna Colautto, Giuliana Congi, Haley Coombs, Alejandra de la Fuente Robles, Ava DeFranks, Jack Dlugokinski, Jenna Doctor, Brooke Eichel, Kaylin Frost, Isabela Garcia, Gina Graham, Kameron Greene, Brady Haines, Allison Hill, Carissa Hoover, Joshua Hunt, Celia Jackson, Edward Kanfoush, Brett Kowalczewski, Jaime Lechner, Savanna Lenze, Wuthithamsaran Leone, Morgan Lynch, John Mandura, Ashley Maras, Angelina Marinello, Abigail Marlow, Madeline Maroni, Samantha Meierer, Despina Minasidis, Maisie Mrkall, Cecilia Nowak, Elaina Page, Maya Pecoraro, Morgan Proctor, Grace Samplinski, Ethan Schinnagel, David Schnell, Joseph Seifert, Lucas Seifert, Arsal Shaheen, Yifan Shen, Zorica Simic, Callie Sommer, Amanda Spaulding-Kellner, Alexis Stuber, Aaron Szczepankiewicz, Eric Szumla, Lucas Tahara, Anisa Todaro, Morgan Tollner, Connor Tribby, Edward VeRost, Nathan Wallens, William Wieberg, William Worrall, Alexander Wright, Kyla Wulkan, Jenna York.
12th GRADE HONOR
Avery Andrews, William Atkinson, Marion Averhart, Brandon Beiter, Kenneth Beittenmiller, Gabriella Bergstrom, Abigail Blair, Derek Blanchard, Sarah Bukahri, Isabel Calabrese, Kenneth Carter, Samuel Castellino, Ruby Chen, Erin Cool, Monica Cortes, Zoe Coutu, Stephanie Cox, Gianna D'Addario, Gianna DePalma, Emma Dickinson, Rhianna Enright, John Fletcher, Samantha Fluker, Jenna Foglia, Alexa Fox, Mitchell Fusillo, Louis Genovese, Jasmin Gill, Shawna-Lea Harper, Samantha Hartman, Jewel Hasan, Sean Heffley, Mackenzie Heyden, Cassidy Jensen, Michael Juntunen, Joshua Kam, Blake Kenney, Caitlin Kleinschmidt, Trevor Knight, Kevin Koch, Kristian Krantz, Erika Krueger, Abigail Krull, Alexis Labin, Robert LeFevre, Marissa Lewis, Kendy Li, Patrick Loss, Maggie McNamara, Tyler Meyer, Sarah Moore, Breckin Morris, Ben Moskala, Madison Murillo, Sean Murray, Julia Mysliwiec, Carly Pannullo, Connor Raine, Rebecca Rebmann, Mikayla Robinson, Heather Robinson, Eliza Sarigiannis, Kaylynn Savoy, Thomas Shemik, Brett Shickluna, Brandon Smith, Rachel Soluri, Benjamin Spiesz, Suha Taffal, Ysolimer Tavarez, Anna Thompson, Chloe Tolsma, Vanessa VanNorman, Amiah Wilkes, Olivia Williams, Bryce Wolf, David Wynne, Alexa Yamonaco, Brook Zdrojewski.
GIHS 2nd Quarter Merit Roll - February 2020
9th GRADE MERIT
Mustafa Ahmad, Salem Al Hajjaji, Daniel Almeyda, Dylan Andrews, Paige Bedell, Makayla Bender, Logan Beringer, Kyler Butcher, Alexandrea Caudill, Riley Chen, Michael Christensen, Gavin Cich, Emmalee Currie, Rebecca Dilliot, Joseph Fatta, Anthony Fratello, Natalie Gojmerac, Sarah Grover, Eric Hamm, Christopher Honrado, Mackenzie Ingalsbe, Zander Inman, Alannah Kaifas-Concha, Lily Koslowski, Matthew Lavin, Noah LeBrasseur, Aidan Maroni, Olivia Martinez, Sean Mesmer, Caleb Meyer, Nicholas Nobilio, Jacob Ode, Andre Petroziello, Christina Pietromicca, Zachary Przybyl, Megan Reynolds, Jack Sharp, James Soto, Sophia Steffans, Alyssa Stockinger, Trinity Swart, Jahzary Thomas, Marcus Tittle, Gabrielle Vecio, Aiden Wagner, Patrick Whalen, Aubrey Zdarsky, Niveen Zidan.
10th GRADE MERIT
Madison Andrews, Tristan Betterelli, Sophia Black, Franceska Bongiovanni, Maleeha Bukahri, Olivia Crowley, Samuele DeLorenzo, Jashanjit Dhillon, Abigail Dulak, Jenna Duquin, Thomas Dworak, Khloey Ellis, Olivia Floro, Lily Hauer, Jacqueline Heyden, Julianna Huber, Ashley James, Jenna Kaiser, Skylar Koschuk, Shyann Koziel, Aidan MacNeil, Joshua Mallabar, Jake Muggli, Isaac Mulholland, William Patterson, Nicholas Pawlak, Christian Pendola, Ethan Person, Matthew Powell, Anna Pullano, Alyssa Robertson, Shaan Sandhu, Evan Smith, Aiden Sobrino, Tyler Sykes, Emily Thompson, Madeline Tiedemann, Karina VeRost, Sara Verso, Jillian Wadell, Albert Wain, Kiersten Winstel, Celia Wood.
11th GRADE MERIT
Olivia Alvarado, Justin Archer, Joshua Archer, Isabel Buckingham, Kelsey Burns, Grace Carey, Conrad Chaffee, Joseph Christiano, Sara Cicero, Bryahna Colbert, Polla Daghestani, Cameron Davis, Anna Dugan, Jagger Flick, Fotis Giogas, Dominic Gramza, Colin Gross, Quinn Hart, Margaret Hegarty, Dominick Kane, Alyssa Keller, Joseph Knight, Alec Konopczynski, Zoe Kowalski, Taylor Kullerkupp, Ivan Lalata, Kalah Lenhard, Stephen Leone, Regan Lytle, Hayden McLachlan, Ryan Michki, Jacob Miller, Griffin Miller, Nicole Nguyen, Michael Pawlak, Madison Phinney, Hannah Pyc, Matthew Reynolds, William Schwartz, Logan Sionko, Elizabeth Smolkovich, Alex Sturtz, Andrew Tomasula, Molly Tuohy, Sara Vaughn, Joshua Vizzi, Grace Wenner, Brooke Willer, Madison Zaccaria.
12th GRADE MERIT
Hamzah Al-Naji, Brooke Amato, Ronald Appoloney, Robert Arch, Matthew Aronica, Nicolas Bauman, Blake Bielec, Izabella Black, Kaylee Butcher, Joseph Cali, Arthur Chatkhan, Emily Czyrny, Adam Daghestani, Benjamin DeFranks, Jonathan Dingey, Patrick Dworak, Alex Gottler, Austin Haak, Victoria Huang, Muhammad Issa, Megan Jaegers, Gavin Larsen, Michael Loss, Jack LoTempio, Madison MacNeil, Michael Marino, Nolan Massaro, Sebastian Melendez, Michael Messier, Stephen Palmeri, Emily Phillips, Thomas Podsiadlo, Nicholas Ratajczak, Luke Rizzo, Brandon-Kace Samol, Zayan Shaheen, Amritpal Singh, Tejpal Singh, Elzbieta Sorel, Megan Taylor, Drew Thompson, Laura Velez Lopez, Luke,Webb, Morgan-Lynn Wieberg, Jenna Wilkinson, Matthew Wolfe.
GIHS January Students of the Month - February 2020
Pictured from left to right: front row - Madison Flory, Emily Cohen, Alessandra Smith, Mia Phillips, Breckin Morris; back row - Assistant Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey, Assistant Principal Karen Surdyke, Logan Sionko, Lucas Kruse, Kevin Koch and High School Principal Michael V. Lauria. Not pictured: Christina Anderson and Zoe Kowalski.
Congratulations goes out to the Grand Island High School Viking Values Students of the Month for January 2020! The students and their corresponding departments that nominated them are as follows: Grade 12
Kevin Koch (Technology), Lucas Kruse (Science) and Breckin Morris (Business). Grade 11
Emily Cohen (LOTE), Zoe Kowalski (Art), Mia Phillips (Social Studies) and Logan Sionko (English). Grade 10
Christina Anderson (Physical Education/Health) and Alessandra Smith (Music). Grade 9
Madison Flory (Math).
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GIHS Boys Swim Team Meet Results - January 2020GIHS boys swim team (7-4) vs. Lew-Port (10-2) on Friday, January 24, 2020. Grand Island lost, 80 - 103. See results.
GIHS Boys Swim Team Meet Results - January 2020GIHS boys swim team (7-3) vs. Kenmore (4-7) on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at home. Grand Island won, 95 - 76. See results.
GIHS December Students of the Month - January 2020
From left to right: Sean Christian Rustowicz, Mark Ramsperger, Kyla Wulkan, High School Principal Michael V. Lauria, Erin Cool, Assistant Principal Karen Surdyke, Katherine Squires, Grace Pearse, Brook Zdrojewski, Matthew Rizzo and Assistant Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey. Not pictured: Joseph Cali.
Congratulations goes out to the GIHS Viking Values Students of the Month for December 2019! The students and their corresponding departments that nominated them are as follows: Grade 12: Joseph Cali, Department: Music;
Erin Cool, Department: English; Grace Pearse; Department: LOTE; Sean Christian Rustowicz, Department: Business; Brook Zdrojewski,
Department: Art. Grade 11: Mark Ramsperger, Department: Physical Education/Health; Kyla Wulkan, Department: Social Studie.
Grade 10: Anthony Amato, Department: Technology; Katherine Squires, Department: Mathematics. Grade 9: Matthew Rizzo, Department: Science.
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Social Media Marketing Visits GIHS Classes - January 2020
Click photo for larger view.Social Media Marketing came to Cheryl Chamberlain's Entrepreneurship classes this week when Mr. Ryan McCarthy of Social Status Marketing, LLC gave a presentation to the students. Mr. McCarthy is also First Vice President of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce and regularly serves as a DECA judge regionally.
In his presentation, McCarthy stressed how advertising has changed with the use of social media platforms and stressed the importance of data use to gauge advertising cost effectiveness. Students were introduced to analytics of social media in real time and given pointers on how to retain customers through excellence in service. For more information on the new National Academy of Finance and DECA at GIHS contact firstname.lastname@example.org.