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Grand Island High School Open House - September 2021

    Grand Island High School will hold its annual open house from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22nd. GIHS Assistant Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey said that parents/guardians should check their email for additional information. Parents/guardians who attend the open house will follow their students' Day 1 schedule, which should be accessed through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The open house will provide parents/guardians an opportunity to meet with each teacher for 10 minutes and gain an overview of the curriculum for each course. Questions can be directed to the high school main office at 773-8820.




Grand Island High School Summer School Grads - August 2021

    Class of 2021 Students achieve their goal of graduating high school during the Grand Island High School Summer Commencement Ceremony Thursday, August 26, 2021 in the large cafeteria. See VIDEO.




Jenna Hecht First in County & State - August 2021


    The VFW Auxiliary sponsored the "Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue! " contest in which youth in grades K-12 were invited to sing the national anthem and submit a video. Congratulations to Grand Island's Jenna Hecht for winning first place in Erie County and New York State.




Grand Island DECA Hosts Annual Back-to School Supply Drive - August 2021

    Grand Island, New York - The Grand Island DECA program will be presenting a school supply drive for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. The event, created by DECA Co-Presidents Megan Lavis and Bethany Kulikowski, will take place at various drop-off sites located throughout Grand Island, taking place from August 13th to August 25th.
    Grand Island Senior High School is proud to host the Back-to School Drive for the second year in row. The drive will serve to provide in-need students and families with the necessary school supplies that are required for the school year.
    Grand Island DECA is reaching out to the community to donate to their event. They will be accepting monetary donations in the form of checks made payable to GI DECA as well as supply donations. The supplies they are requesting include backpacks, pens, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, pencil cases, pencil boxes, highlighters, spiral notebooks, composition notebooks, multi-colored folders, glue sticks, scissors, and dry erase markers.
    Community members looking to support the Back-to School Drive can also locate specific 2021-2022 supply lists on the Grand Island Central School District website. Donation sites will be located at the Island Ship Center, 1879 Whitehaven Road, Casey’s Cabana, 1437 Ferry Road, Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, as well as the Grand Island High School and District Office located at 1100 Ransom Road. Donation items are also available for pick-up by emailing cherylchamberlain@gicsd.org.
    DECA Co-Presidents Megan Lavis and Bethany Kulikowski are excited to be hosting a second supply drive to help every student start the new school year off right and encourage assistance in the community during a time of need. For any questions or concerns, please contact Cheryl Chamberlain, Grand Island’s DECA Advisor, via email at cherylchamberlain@gicsd.org.




GIHS 4th Quarter High Honor Roll - July 2021


9th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Trevor Augustine, Jack Benns, Isabella Boyle, Alma Brown, Victoria Caizza, Douglas Crowley, Kathryn Czyrny, Kaitlyn Dudek, Bennett Dulniak, Samantha Ennis, Brandon Farquharson, Jenna Gorton, Timothy Grant, Jenna Hecht, Brady Hillman, Tyler Hoock, Alexandra Jensen, Rachel Joseph, Jacob Joseph, Patrick Kruse, Anna Kurtzhalts, Braeden Lenhard, Dominic Leone, Elijah Linenfelser, Kaleigh Lockett, Jillian Manns, Zainab Masoodi, Evan McMann, Addison McNulty, Marissa Mrkall, Georgiana Nowak, Cameron Pachura, Megan Rebmann, Alexander Sandford, Adam Schnell, Emma Schoenrock, Ella Steinwandel, Micaila Valle, John Vinkle, Casey Walowitz, George Wenner, Brayden Willats, Alexandra Woloszyn, Catherine Zach

10th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Paige Bedell, Abigail Bentley, Jacob Berard, Emma Besl, Samantha Buckingham, Andrew Burke, Berin Celik, Joseph Cicero, Lauren Coombs, Natalyn Cordero, Rebecca Dilliot, Reagan Fast, Caitlin Fay, Sara Fletcher, Logan Fox, Aubrey Frank, Jackson Frey, Amanda Gula, Sophia Heffley, Zoe Heider, Jason Hill, Jenalynn Hoy, Samuel Jayme, Eden Johnson, Julia Juntunen, Jessica Kam, Sydney Knight, Kathleen Krawczyk, Patrick Lepine, Alexis Martin, Olivia Martinez, Mia Moran, Talon Newton, Maia Nowak, Megan Pinzel, Gavin Rice, Matthew Rizzo, Maelee Roach, Ella Rudney, Kosmo Sarigiannis, Hope Sedita, David Still, John Szczublewski, Annabella Tippett

11th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Eva Ahne, Angelo Aiello, Christina Anderson, Emily Andrews, Madison Andrews, Ashley Battaglia, Nathan Bender, Christopher Benns, Kiersten Brown, Faith Caldwell, Giana Casullo, Aidan Cioppa, Seth Cox, Noah DeCourcey, Izabella DeGlopper, Caitlyn DeLong, Renee DiLaura, Jared Doebler, Michael Foglia, Katelyn Giambra, Lana Gondek, Raistlin Huff, Jacob Jayme, Gabriel Johnston, Riley Joseph, Ella Koslowski, Bethany Kulikowski, Megan Lavis, Molly Leggett, Zachary Leng, Matthew Leone, Noelle Linenfelser, Melanie Longo, Christopher Macro, Faith Marsala, Halie Martinez, Hannah Martinez, Madisyn Martino, Aidan Mingoia, Marissa Mistriner, Alana Mosher, Arianna Nasca, Callen Neeson, Olivia Nucci, Ian Pachura, Riley Patterson, Christian Pendola, Hayley Pizur, Caralyn Reynolds, Morgan Santorio, Ryan Saucier, Jackson Scalise, Mia Schiffmacher, Rebecca Schultz, Abishek Selvakumar, Alessandra Smith, Carmen Sokody, Tereska Sorel, Katherine Squires, Alex Szczepankiewicz, Sophia Terlecky, Victoria Thauer, Rebekah Thompson, Evan Walowitz, Riley Weber, Lidya Weng, Graham Zorich

12th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Allan Benjamin, Camille Burruano, Alaina Cameron, Martin Castner, Tristan Chaffee, Joseph Christiano, Emily Cohen, Brooke Conway, Zachary Cramer, Alyson Czerwonka, Brooke Eichel, Thomas Fabiano, Kaylin Frost, Carolyn Ginsburg, Gina Graham, Allison Hill, Carissa Hoover, Eleah Leng, Savanna Lenze, Stephen Leone, Thomas Lockett, Ashley Maras, Abigail Marlow, Rose Meaney, Samantha Meierer, Alyssa Nelson, Maya Pecoraro, Mia Phillips, Ryan Pinzel, Morgan Proctor, Mark Ramsperger, Vincent Ricotta, Kevin Rogoza, Havvanur Savas, Joseph Schnettler, Joseph Seifert, Yifan Shen, Andrew Tomasula, Alexander Wright, Kyla Wulkan




GIHS 4th Quarter Honor Roll - July 2021


9th GRADE HONOR
Sarah Ahmed, Brianna Barr, Natalie Berg, Emily Birtz, Julianna Burgin, Nathan Cioppa, Talan Del Monte, Mariella DiCarlo, Taylor Duscher, Meredith Ehlenfield, Samuel Fabiano, Gianna Genovese, Giovanni Granelli, Katelyn Grant, Kyle Haines, Joshua Hoover, Brooke Kenney, Morgan Khadra, Raven Khreis, Kailey Korkuc, Claire LeFevre, Cayden Luciano, Hollyn Lynch, Sarah Lysarz, Kyto Magee, Ava Marsala, Hailey Martinez, Olivia Mayer, LilyBeth Mazur, Haylie Mesmer, Brett Nowocien, Kendyl Ode, Aidan Pax, Aleksander Pyc, Isidora Ristic, Christopher Sadkowski, Emma Santorio, Abbey Schneller, Pearl Sciolino-Coffey, Andrew Smith, Avery Snyder, David Squires, Hannah Susman, Blake Thauer, Sophia Todaro, Kyleigh Ulrich, Dean Urbaniak, Gabriella VeRost, Annie Weng, Preston Whitfield, Ta'miah Wilkes, Luke Winarski, Jaimen Wright, Ella Zaremski, Sophie Zentz

10th GRADE HONOR
Salem Al Hajjaji, Dylan Andrews, Makayla Bender, Sofia Bukahri, Kaitlyn Burns, Julia Capage, Riley Chen, Michael Christensen, Joseph Ciraolo, Riley Crosby, Miranda DeCourcey, Alexander Domanski, Anna Donlon, Paul Emmi, Taylor Evans, Mya Genovese, Christian Giddings, Sara Glose, Chase Harding, Daniel Hawkins, Tanner Hawley, Colin Hurley, Zaina Hussein, Mackenzie Ingalsbe, Zander Inman, Andrew Jenica, Patrick Johnston, Alannah Kaifas-Concha, Cameron Kitchen, Lily Koslowski, Matthew Lavin, Phillip Lepine, Sydney Lomasney, Morgan Malush, Adriana Mann, Sydney Martin, Samuel May, Caleb Meyer, Dylan Murray, Isabelle Pezdek, Zachary Przybyl, Matthew Rebmann, Wynonna Roberts, Olivia Ryan, Alexis Schad, Jacob Schiesser, Emma Schinnagel, Serenity Sikora, Kaden Smith, Marcus Tittle, Mikayla Valentine, Grace VanderMey, Kayleigh Vanderzell, Gabrielle Vecio, Aiden Wagner, Patrick Whalen, Erick Wittmann, Aubrey Zdarsky, Niveen Zidan

11th GRADE HONOR
Anthony Amato, Nicholas Aronica, Thomas Banas, Thomas Bender, Tristan Betterelli, Angelina Beyer, Sophia Black, Sophia Bobeck, Kaylee Boyle, Mikayla Bukowski, Jordan Choboy, Adiana Cotroneo, Francesca DePalma, Kayleen DiCarlo, Claire Dickinson, Leah Dylag, Tyler Figliola, Olivia Floro, Arman Deep Gill, Sean Graham, Anna Hammond, Leah Harper, Jacqueline Heyden, Samantha Hoerner, Justin Horvath, Graer Howell, Julianna Huber, Alicia Hunt, Jackson Jones, Jenna Kaiser, Connor Lenhard, Joseph Lewis, Brandon Lysenko, Joshua Mallabar, Alivia Manzo, Trinity Meinhart, Avery Mondoux, Hannah Moore, Paige Moses, Jake Muggli, Alexis Nguyen, Sara Pearse, Michael Percival, Ethan Person, Adah Peterson, Grace Promowicz, Lauren Ratajczak, Isaiah Reading, Samar Rizek, Kira Seidel, Finune Shaibi, Alicia Shivers, Sophia Steck, Tyler Sykes, Madeline Tiedemann, Ava Todaro, Rayna Wallens, Hailey Watches, Jessica Whitfield, Bailey Yung, Aiden Zach

12th GRADE HONOR
Olivia Alvarado, Allyson Bellinger, Isabel Buckingham, Kelsey Burns, Grace Carey, Samuel Carpenter, Sara Cicero, Ian Cioppa, Danniel Cleveland, Krystyna Colautto, Giuliana Congi, Haley Coombs, Polla Daghestani, Ava DeFranks, Jenna Doctor, Sarah Dodge, Kailyn Dombrowski, Mara Ellsworth, Isabela Garcia, Tyler Grant, Alison Gula, Matthew Hanlon, Quinn Hart, Kristina Joseph, Brett Kowalczewski, Zoe Kowalski, Jaime Lechner, Jacob Mazeh, Matthew Meranto, Ryan Michki, Spencer Morgan, Maisie Mrkall, Cecilia Nowak, Nicholas Pachla, Elaina Page, Madison Phinney, Emma Pressley, Grace Samplinski, Hannah Schiffmacher, Ethan Schinnagel, David Schnell, Lucas Seifert, Amina Shaibi, Arshdeep Singh, Callie Sommer, Mary Szumla, Lucas Tahara, Morgan Tollner, Edward VeRost, Joshua Vizzi, Grace Wenner, Bryce Wolf, William Worrall




GIHS 4th Quarter Merit Roll - July 2021


9th GRADE MERIT
Gurmehar Arora, Julia Bielec, Owen Brockvescio, Alexia Bryant, Gianna Burruano, Lorenzo Buscaglia, Brooke Caldwell, Emilie Carrig, Juliet Chadima, Ryan Coutu, Benjamin Farrell, Hunter Hall, Connor Hart, Roman Horvath, Perrin Huff, Grace Jones, Fiona Joss, Gianna Karnath, Madison Keen, Hailey Lee, Noah Lewis, Natalle Martineck, Nikolas Massaro, Nathan Meyers, Rocco Misuraca, Madalyn Montes, Cooper O'Leary, Tyler Robertson, Torin Roth, Audrey Satterlee, Dylan Simpson, Charlotte Steck, Tala Steinbrenner, Sophia Steinbrenner, Seth Steinkirchner, Julianna Tiedemann

10th GRADE MERIT
Robert Ambrose, Ava Brandon, Alexandrea Caudill, Gavin Cich, Nathaniel Cohen, Riley Decker, Joseph Fatta, Anthony Fratello, Natalie Gojmerac, Sarah Grover, William Hanlon, Aiden Hermanson, Harmanjeet Kaur, Sanjanpreet Kaur, Edward Kwarciak, Ryan Lysenko, Kendyll Mack, Aidan Maroni, Kaylee Montana, Nicholas Nobilio, Carson Page, Evan Russo, Saleh Saleh, Alexander Shivers, Ryan Smith, Michael Szumla

11th GRADE MERIT
Daniel Abshagen, Parker Aronica, Kalen Baaith, Sarah Brand, Jacob Cali, Natalie Carter, Olivia Crowley, Zander Crvelin, Nathan DeMartin, Samuel Dulniak, Lucas Dunn, Jenna Duquin, Thomas Dworak, Khloey Ellis, Juliana Faso, Adison Fike, Olivia Fox, Kaci Gottler, Michael Greer, Lily Hauer, Spencer Hecht, Abigail Jackson, Rebekah Jaenecke, Gurleen Johal, Nicholas Karnath, Christian Kessler, Blaine Lewis, Aidan MacNeil, Karli Macrides, Jonathan Minton, Dennis Misko, Elizabeth Morris, William Patterson, Ryan Sander, Daniel Senn, Muhammad Shabbir, Evan Smith, Aiden Sobrino, Jillian Wadell, Celia Wood, Paul Wynne

12th GRADE MERIT
Evan Ackerman, Erin Bailes, Connor Berlinger, Deven Bonvissuto, Anthony Brawn, Matthew Castellino, Conrad Chaffee, Sam Geary, Colin Gross, Austin Haak, Ryan Halliman, Margaret Hegarty, Edward Kanfoush, Alyssa Keller, Alec Konopczynski, Taylor Kullerkupp, Ivan Lalata, Wuthithamsaran Leone, Sean Leslie, Morgan Lynch, John Mandura, Angelina Marinello, Madeline Maroni, Jacob Miller, Zachery Moser, Trent Okelberry, Sarah Reeves, Jessica Robertson, William Schwartz, Arsal Shaheen, Logan Sionko, Elizabeth Smolkovich, Emma Sole, Anisa Todaro, Nathan Wallens, William Wieberg, Brooke Willer, Madison Zaccaria




Ian Cioppa Receives Scholarship - June 2021

    The Zachary R. Zarbo scholarship committee is pleased to announce Ian Cioppa was choose as the scholarship recipient for the Zachary R. Zarbo 2021 Spotlighters Memorial Scholarship award. This award is dedicated in the memory of Zachary Zarbo. Zachary was involved in drama and choral studies at Grand Island High School. Ian Cioppa the recipient had to write an essay, show community and faith involvement, and be an active member of the drama club Spotlighters. He received $500 towards college tuition. Ian will be attending SUNY Ferdonia majoring Computer Information Systems and minoring in Music. Congratulations to Ian in winning this award.




GIHS PTA Honorary Life Membership Awards - June 2021

(From left): Sandra Cohen, PTA Council member, presented Lynn Ziehm her award..

(From left): HSPTSA president Jennifer Walowitz, award recipient Karen Surdyke, high school principal Michael Lauria.
Lee Cohen photos.

    Karen Surdyke, retiring high school assistant principal, and Lynn Ziehm, main-office secretary, were presented PTA Honorary Life Membership awards at the final PTSA meeting of the year. She was recognized for her dedication to the welfare of students. “Karen knows each struggling student and their unique challenges both academically and at home. She takes a whole-child approach to connect with her students and works with them to find success. This award is a fitting way for our PTSA to recognize her many years of service to the families of Grand Island."
    Lynn Ziehm, high school main-office secretary, has gone out of her way to assist the PTSA as well as the PTA Council Celebration of Inspiration program, year after year. She goes beyond what is asked of her by making sure PTA volunteers get the information they need and by helping them stay in contact with necessary high school personnel. Lynn helps make these special PTA programs a success. She cares about PTA events as much as any parent. Her efforts are well-deserving of a PTA Honorary Life Membership award.
    Honorary Life memberships are awarded to those who have contributed to the benefit and encouragement of children and youth. The recipient need not be a PTA member. Moneys raised from contributions for the award enable New York State PTA to provide scholarships for seniors entering the teaching profession at a state school, or for teachers for summer school fellowships in memory of Richard Gazzola, a former NYS PTA president.




GI Alumni Scholarship Recipients - June 2021

From left: Ryan Pinzel, Camille Burruano, Morgan Proctor and Grace Samplinski.

    The Grand Island Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of their annual scholarship program. 2021 graduates are Ryan Pinzel, Camille Burruano, Morgan Proctor and Grace Samplinski. Each received $500 for college expenses. Criteria for the GIAA scholarship is participation in a variety of high school activites and community service.




GIHS Viking Values Students of the Month for April - May 2021


   Grand Island High School Principal Michael V. Lauria, Assistant Principal Karen Surdyke and Assistant Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey are proud to announce the GIHS Viking Values Students of the Month for April 2021. See photos here.
The students and their corresponding departments that nominated them are as follows:
    Grade 12: Ian Cioppa (Music); Zachary Cramer (Math); Rose Meaney (Physical Education); Jenna York (English)
    Grade 11: Faith Marsala (Art); Aidan Mingoia (Social Studies)
    Grade 10: Makayla Bender (Language)
   Grade 9: Lorenzo Buscaglia (Science); Jenna Gorton (Business); Cameron Pachura (Technology)




Senior Night at GIHS - April 2021


    The Grand Island Viking football team and cheerleading squad celebrated Senior Night on April 29th at Gene Masters Stadium by beating Lockport 42 - 0.




GIHS Academy of Finance News - May 2021

    The Grand Island Academy of Finance was proud to participate in the WNY Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge during the week of April 19th - April 27th. Cheryl Chamberlain's three Financial Planning Classes competed against 15 other schools in WNY in the "How the Market Works" game sponsored by Junior Achievement of WNY, Northwest Banks and Tops Markets. There were 495 students participating and the top ten in the game received prizes. Joseph Christiano, a senior at GIHS, placed third in the contest. Poster.
   Amy Boutet, Academy Director was very elated at the results and said, "this is the first year GI participated in this challenge and one of our students led the leaderboard for three days with great investments. We are so proud of the program we offer through the Academy for our students." For more information on Grand Island High School's National Academy of Finance contact amyboutet@gicsd.org.




GIHS 3rd Quarter High Honor Roll - April 2021


9th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Trevor Augustine, Jack Benns, Natalie Berg, Emily Birtz, Isabella Boyle, Alma Brown, Victoria Caizza, Samuel Castner, Douglas Crowley, Kathryn Czyrny, Kaitlyn Dudek, Samantha Ennis, Samuel Fabiano, Jenna Gorton, Timothy Grant, Hunter Hall, Jenna Hecht, Brady Hillman, Tyler Hoock, Alexandra Jensen, Rachel Joseph, Fiona Joss, Patrick Kruse, Anna Kurtzhalts, Dominic Leone, Elijah Linenfelser, Kaleigh Lockett, Jillian Manns, Hailey Martinez, Zainab Masoodi, Olivia Mayer, Evan McMann, Addison McNulty, Marissa Mrkall, Georgiana Nowak, Megan Rebmann, Alexander Sandford, Adam Schnell, Emma Schoenrock, Micaila Valle, John Vinkle, Casey Walowitz, Annie Weng, George Wenner, Brayden Willats, Alexandra Woloszyn, Catherine Zach, Ella Zaremski

10th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Salem Al Hajjaji, Paige Bedell, Abigail Bentley, Emma Besl, Samantha Buckingham, Andrew Burke, Julia Capage, Berin Celik, Joseph Cicero, Lauren Coombs, Natalyn Cordero, Rebecca Dilliot, Taylor Evans, Reagan Fast, Caitlin Fay, Sara Fletcher, Logan Fox, Aubrey Frank, Jackson Frey, Mya Genovese, Amanda Gula, Daniel Hawkins, Sophia Heffley, Zoe Heider, Samuel Jayme, Eden Johnson, Julia Juntunen, Jessica Kam, Harmanjeet Kaur, Sydney Knight, Kathleen Krawczyk, Patrick Lepine, Alexis Martin, Mia Moran, Maia Nowak, Megan Pinzel, Gavin Rice, Matthew Rizzo, Maelee Roach, Ella Rudney, Olivia Ryan, Kosmo Sarigiannis, Hope Sedita, Serenity Sikora, John Szczublewski, Niveen Zidan

11th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Eva Ahne, Angelo Aiello, Christina Anderson, Emily Andrews, Madison Andrews, Ashley Battaglia, Nathan Bender, Christopher Benns, Kiersten Brown, Faith Caldwell, Giana Casullo, Aidan Cioppa, Adiana Cotroneo, Seth Cox, Noah DeCourcey, Izabella DeGlopper, Caitlyn DeLong, Renee DiLaura, Jared Doebler, Tyler Figliola, Michael Foglia, Katelyn Giambra, Arman Deep Gill, Sean Graham, Alicia Hunt, Jacob Jayme, Gurleen Johal, Riley Joseph, Ella Koslowski, Bethany Kulikowski, Megan Lavis, Molly Leggett, Zachary Leng, Connor Lenhard, Noelle Linenfelser, Christopher Macro, Faith Marsala, Halie Martinez, Hannah Martinez, Madisyn Martino, Trinity Meinhart, Aidan Mingoia, Marissa Mistriner, Avery Mondoux, Paige Moses, Alana Mosher, Arianna Nasca, Callen Neeson, Alexis Nguyen, Ian Pachura, Riley Patterson, Ethan Person, Hayley Pizur, Caralyn Reynolds, Morgan Santorio, Ryan Saucier, Mia Schiffmacher, Rebecca Schultz, Abishek Selvakumar, Alessandra Smith, Tereska Sorel, Katherine Squires, Alex Szczepankiewicz, Sophia Terlecky, Rebekah Thompson, Ava Todaro, Evan Walowitz, Riley Weber, Lidya Weng, Graham Zorich

12th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Allyson Bellinger, Allan Benjamin, Alaina Cameron, Joseph Christiano, Sara Cicero, Brooke Conway, Haley Coombs, Zachary Cramer, Brooke Eichel, Kaylin Frost, Carolyn Ginsburg, Alison Gula, Allison Hill, Carissa Hoover, Eleah Leng, Savanna Lenze, Stephen Leone, Abigail Marlow, Rose Meaney, Samantha Meierer, Maisie Mrkall, Alyssa Nelson, Eleanor O'Brien, Maya Pecoraro, Mia Phillips, Mark Ramsperger, Vincent Ricotta, Kevin Rogoza, Joseph Seifert, Yifan Shen, Alexander Wright, Kyla Wulkan




GIHS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll - April 2021


9th GRADE HONOR
Sarah Ahmed, Owen Brockvescio, Julianna Burgin, Gianna Burruano, Lilliana Conway, Talan Del Monte, Mariella DiCarlo, Bennett Dulniak, Taylor Duscher, Meredith Ehlenfield, Brandon Farquharson, Gianna Genovese, Giovanni Granelli, Katelyn Grant, Ian Greer, Kyle Haines, Roman Horvath, Jacob Joseph, Gianna Karnath, Brooke Kenney, Raven Khreis, Kailey Korkuc, Claire LeFevre, Braeden Lenhard, Sarah Lysarz, Kyto Magee, Ava Marsala, LilyBeth Mazur, Haylie Mesmer, Brett Nowocien, Kendyl Ode, Cameron Pachura, Aleksander Pyc, Isidora Ristic, Christopher Sadkowski, Emma Santorio, Abbey Schneller, Pearl Sciolino-Coffey, Avery Snyder, David Squires, Seth Steinkirchner, Ella Steinwandel, Hannah Susman, Blake Thauer, Kyleigh Ulrich, Gabriella VeRost, Preston Whitfield, Luke Winarski, Jaimen Wright, Sophie Zentz

10th GRADE HONOR
Yasmin Alharthi, Dylan Andrews, Jacob Berard, Ava Brandon, Sofia Bukahri, Kaitlyn Burns, Michael Christensen, Miranda DeCourcey, Alexander Domanski, Anna Donlon, Paul Emmi, Joseph Fatta, Christian Giddings, Sara Glose, Chase Harding, Jason Hill, Jenalynn Hoy, Colin Hurley, Zaina Hussein, Andrew Jenica, Patrick Johnston, Alannah Kaifas-Concha, Cameron Kitchen, Lily Koslowski, Matthew Lavin, Phillip Lepine, Sydney Lomasney, Morgan Malush, Adriana Mann, Sydney Martin, Caleb Meyer, Dylan Murray, Talon Newton, Nicholas Nobilio, Isabelle Pezdek, Christina Pietromicca, Zachary Przybyl, Matthew Rebmann, Wynonna Roberts, Evan Russo, Alexis Schad, Jacob Schiesser, Emma Schinnagel, Ryan Smith, Kaden Smith, David Still, Annabella Tippett, Marcus Tittle, Mikayla Valentine, Kayleigh Vanderzell, Gabrielle Vecio, Aiden Wagner, Patrick Whalen, Erick Wittmann, Aubrey Zdarsky

11th GRADE HONOR
Anthony Amato, Thomas Banas, Thomas Bender, Tristan Betterelli, Sophia Black, Sophia Bobeck, Kaylee Boyle, Mikayla Bukowski, Jordan Choboy, Francesca DePalma, Kayleen DiCarlo, Claire Dickinson, Samuel Dulniak, Thomas Dworak, Leah Dylag, Adison Fike, Olivia Floro, Olivia Fox, Lana Gondek, Kaci Gottler, Anna Hammond, Leah Harper, Lily Hauer, Jacqueline Heyden, Samantha Hoerner, Graer Howell, Julianna Huber, Raistlin Huff, Abigail Jackson, Rebekah Jaenecke, Gabriel Johnston, Jenna Kaiser, Nicholas Karnath, Matthew Leone, Melanie Longo, Karli Macrides, Joshua Mallabar, Alivia Manzo, Dennis Misko, Hannah Moore, Jake Muggli, Olivia Nucci, Sara Pearse, Christian Pendola, Michael Percival, Lauren Ratajczak, Samar Rizek, Jackson Scalise, Finune Shaibi, Liam Snyder, Carmen Sokody, Sophia Steck, Tyler Sykes, Victoria Thauer, Rayna Wallens, Hailey Watches, Jessica Whitfield, Celia Wood, Bailey Yung, Aiden Zach

12th GRADE HONOR
Camille Burruano, Martin Castner, Tristan Chaffee, Ian Cioppa, Danniel Cleveland, Emily Cohen, Krystyna Colautto, Giuliana Congi, Alyson Czerwonka, Polla Daghestani, Ava DeFranks, Jenna Doctor, Sarah Dodge, Kailyn Dombrowski, Mara Ellsworth, Thomas Fabiano, Gina Graham, Tyler Grant, Ty Shawn Jennings, Alec Konopczynski, Brett Kowalczewski, Zoe Kowalski, Jaime Lechner, Thomas Lockett, Morgan Lynch, Ashley Maras, Angelina Marinello, Matthew Meranto, Ryan Michki, Spencer Morgan, Nicole Nguyen, Cecilia Nowak, Trent Okelberry, Nicholas Pachla, Elaina Page, Michael Pawlak, Madison Phinney, Ryan Pinzel, Morgan Proctor, Grace Samplinski, Havvanur Savas, Ethan Schinnagel, David Schnell, Joseph Schnettler, Lucas Seifert, Amina Shaibi, Arshdeep Singh, Amanda Spaulding-Kellner, Mary Szumla, Lucas Tahara, Anisa Todaro, Morgan Tollner, Andrew Tomasula, Joshua Vizzi, Quinn Volk, Grace Wenner, William Wieberg, Brooke Willer, Bryce Wolf, William Worrall, Madison Zaccaria




GIHS 3rd Quarter Merit Roll - April 2021


9th GRADE MERIT
Gurmehar Arora, Brianna Barr, Timothy Bentley, Julia Bielec, Lorenzo Buscaglia, Brooke Caldwell, Juliet Chadima, Nathan Cioppa, Ben Cipollitti, Emma Coburn, Audrey Dickinson, Tyler Dworak, Nicole Forsey, Hannah Higuera, Joshua Hoover, Perrin Huff, Hailey Lee, Noah Lewis, Cayden Luciano, Hollyn Lynch, Joseph Martino, Nathan Meyers, Rocco Misuraca, Madalyn Montes, Cooper O'Leary, Aidan Pax, Tyler Robertson, Torin Roth, Audrey Satterlee, Justin Shores, Austin Shores, Andrew Smith, Tala Steinbrenner, Sophia Steinbrenner, Sophia Todaro, Keira Tuohy, Dean Urbaniak, Ta'miah Wilkes, Joseph Wynne

10th GRADE MERIT
Robert Ambrose, Makayla Bender, Alexandrea Caudill, Riley Chen, Joseph Ciraolo, Nathaniel Cohen, Riley Crosby, Riley Decker, Mackenzie Dietrich, Noah Farmer, Anthony Fratello, Natalie Gojmerac, Sarah Grover, Tanner Hawley, William Hofmeyer, Zander Inman, Sanjanpreet Kaur, Edward Kwarciak, Ryan Lysenko, Olivia Martinez, Dominic Masucci, Kaylee Montana, Carson Page, Megan Reynolds, Mitchell Samplinski, Alexander Shivers, Michael Szumla, Grace VanderMey

11th GRADE MERIT
Nicholas Aronica, Parker Aronica, Sarah Brand, Natalie Carter, Zander Crvelin, Lucas Dunn, Jenna Duquin, Khloey Ellis, Spencer Hecht, Justin Horvath, Jackson Jones, Payton Khadra, Joseph Lewis, Brandon Lysenko, Carmen Masich, Jonathan Minton, Adah Peterson, Ava Racz, Shaan Sandhu, Kira Seidel, Aiden Sobrino

12th GRADE MERIT
Evan Ackerman, Kelsey Burns, Grace Carey, Samuel Carpenter, Matthew Castellino, Isabela Garcia, Colin Gross, Matthew Hanlon, Quinn Hart, Margaret Hegarty, Kristina Joseph, Riley Kane, Edward Kanfoush, Alyssa Keller, Joseph Knight, Ivan Lalata, Kalah Lenhard, Wuthithamsaran Leone, Elisabeth Madigan, John Mandura, Madeline Maroni, Jacob Mazeh, Jacob Miller, Despina Minasidis, Zachery Moser, Arsal Shaheen, Logan Sionko, Elizabeth Smolkovich, Emma Sole, Kendall Suffoletta, Eric Szumla, Mateo Thomas, Edward VeRost




GISBA 9th Annual Golf Outing- April 2021

    Grand Island School & Business Alliance 9th Annual Golf Outing will take place at River Oaks Golf Course on Monday, July 19, 2021. See flyer for more information.




GIHS Viking Values Students of the Month for March 2021

    GRAND ISLAND – Grand Island High School Principal Michael V. Lauria, Assistant Principal Karen Surdyke and Assistant Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey are proud to announce the GIHS Viking Values Students of the Month for March 2021.
    The students and their corresponding departments that nominated them can be seen here.


Grand Island High School PTSA Plant Sale - April 2021

    Looking for beautiful plants and flowers this spring? It’s easy to order them through the Grand Island High School PTSA Plant Sale. This 37th annual fundraiser supports PTSA scholarships and enrichment programs for high school students. A wide variety of potted plants and hanging baskets are being offered.     Grand Island High School PTSA is only accepting presale orders. All orders and payments are due by Friday, April 16. Order forms are available HERE Customers can return the form, along with a check payable to GIHS PTSA, to Jennifer Walowitz at 70 Island Park Circle. Orders can also be placed online using a credit card at www.gihs.memberhub.store.
    All plants will be ready for contact-less pickup on Friday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Buildings and Grounds Garage behind Sidway. For more information, contact Jennifer Walowitz at 773-0983 or GIHSannualflowersale@gmail.com.




NTHS Welcomes Grand Island Seniors - March 2021

   A total of 215 students from 27 Western New York high schools have been inducted into Erie 1 BOCES’ chapter of the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS).
    This year’s cohort includes 15 seniors from Grand Island High School. Those seniors include - with their Erie 1 BOCES Career and Technical Education program - Olivia Alvarado (Digital Media), Alaina Cameron (Health Careers/Basic Nursing), Danniel Cleveland (Video Production and Recording Arts), Ava DeFranks (Cosmetology), Kaylin Frost (Cosmetology), Carolyn Ginsburg (Criminal Justice), Tyler Grant (Culinary Arts), Allison Hill (Baking & Pastry Arts), Matt Meranto (Animal Science), Emma Pressley (Sports Science Careers), Joseph Seifert (Sports Science Careers), Callie Sommer (Sports Science Careers), Anisa Todaro (Criminal Justice), Edward Verost (Electrical Systems) and Madison Zaccaria (Animal Science).
    In lieu of the traditional in-person induction ceremony, Erie 1 BOCES put together three separate videos honoring the inductees of the Harkness, Kenton and Potter career and technical centers. Each video includes remarks by administrators and a candlelight ceremony. Visit www.e1b.org/NTHS2021 to watch. 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.




GIHS Finance Academy Seeks Student Internships - March 2021

    Grand Island High School’s Academy of Finance is helping students become college, career, and future ready through industry-specific curricula and work-based learning experiences, including internships. We work directly with companies to create internship programs that have a lasting impact on students, providing them with invaluable opportunities to explore career options. This year our Academy is in search of 13 paidinternships for our Class of 2022 cohort. When businesses invest in internships, they are investing in futures. It's a great way to give back to the community. By supporting internships for AOF students, businesses can take a direct role in schools.See details HERE.




GIDECA Brings it to "The Next Level" - March 2021

Snapshot of the school board meeting where the students were honored by the GI School Board for their efforts.
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    The DECA theme "The Next Level" was truly what competition was all about this year for a virtual New York State Conference. In any other year, students would travel to Rochester, NY to compete in over 60 areas of business competition. This year, students logged onto a platform and then uploaded a video of their presentation to a judge. It was really different for the students, but GIDECA always is willing to learn and grow in the field of business. Overall, 21 students went to competition and the following students were awarded top ten medals in the state: Emily Cohen for Retail Merchandising, John Paul Szczublewski for Quick Serve Restaurant Management, and the team of Nathaniel Cohen and William Hofmeyer for Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making. The team of Justin Horvath and Evan Walowitz earned 4th Place in Sports and Entertainment Team Decision Making and are eligible for competition at the National level next month. Advisor Cheryl Chamberlain would like to commend her DECA students for always giving their best and being amazing leaders in the school and community.




GIHS Viking Values Students of the Month for February 2021

    GRAND ISLAND – Grand Island High School Principal Michael V. Lauria, Assistant Principal Karen Surdyke and Assistant Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey are proud to announce the GIHS Viking Values Students of the Month for February 2021.
    The students and their corresponding departments that nominated them can be seen here.




GIHS Academy of Finance Grows! - March 2021

    Just last year, Amy Boutet and Cheryl Chamberlain were worried about building a National Academy at Grand Island High School during a pandemic. "We just didn't know if students would be receptive to a new business program during these trying times," Amy Boutet, Academy Director said. The worrying was over during a meet and greet on Google last week as over 40 eighth grade students tuned in for their official acceptance into the growing program. Boutet went on to say that the High School now boasts over 100 members of this cutting edge business academy. In addition, Boutet and Chamberlain will monitor the first paid internship program this summer for academy members who will graduate in next year's cohort. "It is an exciting time for sure and Grand Island businesses are ready and willing to take on our interns," Chamberlain added. The Grand Island Academy of Finance has a well rounded board of directors from the business community who will also serve as mentors to the academy students. This program is successful at other schools in the region, including Hamburg and Orchard Park. "Our academy provides the "school within a school" concept and students enjoy being a part of this highly regarded program," Boutet proudly summed up. For more information on the Grand Island High School Academy of Finance contact amyboutet@gicsd.org.




GIHS Viking Values Students of the Month for January 2021

    GRAND ISLAND – Grand Island High School Principal Michael V. Lauria, Assistant Principal Karen Surdyke and Assistant Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey are proud to announce the GIHS Viking Values Students of the Month for January 2021.
    The students and their corresponding departments that nominated them can be seen here.