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GIHS Hospitality Students Enjoy Jet Boat Ride - May 2022


Pictured: students and teachers Cheryl Chamberlain and Amy Boutet.

    Niagara Jet City Cruises in Youngstown, NY was visited by Cheryl Chamberlain’s Travel and Tourism class this past Friday for the boat trip of a lifetime! The connection is Jet Boat Captain Shaughn Irving, a Grand Island High School Alumni, who gave out students the thrill ride on the lower Niagara River. The students were treated to a full on boat ride in the lower rapids followed by a luncheon at the Silo Restaurant a short distance away in Lewiston. The Niagara region is rich in tourism sites and the students learned about the history of the mighty Niagara.




Hoffman's Driving Academy Summer Drivers Ed Program - May 2022

    Grand Island High School offering Hoffman's Driving Adacemy Summer Drivers Ed program. Classes will be July 5 - July 28, 2022. Registration due by June 14, 2022. See flyer for full details. FLYER.




GIHS Art Club Wins Award - May 2022


    Congratulations to the GIHS Art Club members, Ava Todaro, Renee DiLaura, Gabe Angello, Lauren Ciazza, Juliana Leza, and Jackie Heyden. Recently, the group participated in the “Art Alive” contest at the Albright Knox Art Museum in Buffalo. It was awarded Judges' Award (Groups/Households) - "Best Craftsmanship," for their re-creation of Jāzeps Grosvalds's Three Women on the Street of Baghdad, 1919 (Collection Latvian National Museum of Art).




Brian Bielec Awarded Ilio DiPaulo Scholarship - May 2022

Brian Bielec (center) from Grand Island winner of the Knuutila Family award with Coach Eric Knuutila and Granddaughter Ally Alverson.

    The Ilio DiPaulo Scholarships Award Dinner took place on Monday, May 16th. Grand Island High School senior Brian Bielec was awarded the Knuutila Family Award. It is given to the Western New York wrestler who overachieves and overcomes setbacks during their career. Brian had multiple knee surgeries over the years, yet is the all-time wins leader with a record of 198-36. He started his senior season 40-0 and was 46-2 overall. He won the Division I championship at 172 pounds and was named the meet's outstanding wrestler. He also won the Class A title and finished fifth at the state championships.




GIHS announces April Viking Values Students of the Month - May 2022

The Students of the Month are, pictured, from left, kneeling: Tyler Hoock (senior, Science Department), Tristan Betterelli (senior, Art), John Buchanan (junior, Physical Education), Tyler Sykes (senior, Technology), and Daniel Senn (senior, Music). Back row: Assistant Principals Hillary Kretz-Harvey, Riley Patterson (senior, Math), Kathryn Czyrny (sophomore, Social Studies), Gianna Masker (freshman, World Language), Raven Khreis (sophomore, Business), Johanna Jackson (freshman, Social Studies), and Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio. (Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District).

   Principal Roger Broeker and assistant principals Hillary Kretz-Harvey and Jon Lattanzio of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values April Students of the Month. The Viking Values Students of the Month are nominated by the departments of World Language, Social Studies, Mathematics, English, Business, Art, Physical Education, Music, Technology, and Science.
    Students are chosen for the Student of the Month honor based on character, academic performance, effort, behavior, social relationships, and attendance. Character: The student demonstrates the Viking Values of respect, responsibility, safety, and compassion. Academic performance: The student is passing all classes taken within the department; demonstrates excellent class participation and completion of assignments. Effort: The student demonstrates good effort in class and works up to or exceeds innate ability. Behavior: Both inside and outside of the classroom, the student obeys rules, shows respect to peers and adults, and is well mannered. Social relationships: The student displays leadership, a willingness to help peers, and shows respect toward others. Attendance – The student attends school regularly and arrives at school and classes on time.




GIHS Business Students Visit The Buffalo Club - May 2022

Group picture with Mr. John Ball and Mrs. Chamberlain as chaperones

    The Grand Island High School Travel and Tourism class had the unique opportunity to tour and luncheon at the prestigious Buffalo Club on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. As part of the curriculum for this hospitality course, taught by Mrs. Cheryl Chamberlain, students learn about private clubs and the WNY area boasts many historic clubs offering a multitude of activities. The Buffalo Club was founded in 1867 by Millard Fillmore and is a renowned Platinum Club of America and the World. For more information on the National Academy of Finance and/or DECA at the high school, contact cherylchamberlain@gicsd.org.




GIHS 3rd Quarter High Honor Roll - May 2022


9th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Ghaliya Ahmed, Lydia Amato, Morgan Andrews, Gianni Anello, Savannah Bukowski, Isabella Burt, Lauren Caizza, Tori Cecere, Alper Celik, Anna Cipollitti, Arianna Conta, Abigail Coombs, Jacob Csicseri, Noah Evert, Addison Flegal, Madelyn Gallagher, Hayden Garey, Hailey Green, Alyssa Griggs, Hannah Hiscock, Leah Hurley, Luke Hutton, Rocquelle Hy, Lily Johnson, Natalie Kopf, Christian Krawczyk, Julianna Leza, Nicholas Lindsay, Gianna Masker, Joshua McAuliffe, Chloe Meinhart, Hayden Miller, Jolie Mondoux, Jack Nevans, Liberty Novak, Liam O'Kell, Alexandra Oldman, Evan Pickering, Alyssa Pizur, Ryan Rai, Samuel Rastelli, Owen Redfern, Megan Reynolds, Gianna Simone, Morgan Szathmary, Abigail Szyprowski, Mikayla Wagner, Alexandra Watt, Olivia Wenner, Zoe Anna Weselak, Elizabeth Zherebilov, Cole Zorich

10th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Jack Benns, Natalie Berg, Isabella Boyle, Alma Brown, Alexia Bryant, Julianna Burgin, Victoria Caizza, Kathryn Czyrny, Audrey Dickinson, Kaitlyn Dudek, Samantha Ennis, Brandon Farquharson, Jenna Gorton, Giovanni Granelli, Timothy Grant, Katelyn Grant, Jenna Hecht, Brady Hillman, Tyler Hoock, Alexandra Jensen, Rachel Joseph, Raven Khreis, Kailey Korkuc, Patrick Kruse, Anna Kurtzhalts, Claire LeFevre, Elijah Linenfelser, Kaleigh Lockett, Cayden Luciano, Kyto Magee, Jillian Manns, Zainab Masoodi, Olivia Mayer, Evan McMann, Addison McNulty, Georgiana Nowak, Megan Rebmann, Christopher Sadkowski, Alexander Sandford, Adam Schnell, Emma Schoenrock, Pearl Sciolino-Coffey, Sophia Todaro, Micaila Valle, John Vinkle, Annie Weng, George Wenner, Alexandra Woloszyn, Jaimen Wright, Catherine Zach

11th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Salem Al Hajjaji, Yasmin Alharthi, Jacob Berard, Emma Besl, Sofia Bukahri, Kaitlyn Burns, Elizabeth Carpenter, Berin Celik, Joseph Cicero, Lauren Coombs, Natalyn Cordero, Anna Donlon, Noah Farmer, Reagan Fast, Sara Fletcher, Madison Flory, Logan Fox, Jackson Frey, Mya Genovese, Sebastian Heffley, Jason Hill, Samuel Jayme, Alannah Kaifas-Concha, Adriana Mann, Alexis Martin, Olivia Martinez, Samuel May, Caleb Meyer, Mia Moran, Megan Pinzel, Gavin Rice, Matthew Rizzo, Maelee Roach, Wynonna Roberts, Kosmo Sarigiannis, John Szczublewski, Grace VanderMey, Kayleigh Vanderzell, Erick Wittmann

12th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Angelo Aiello, Madison Andrews, Kalen Baaith, Ashley Battaglia, Sophia Bobeck, Kiersten Brown, Mikayla Bukowski, Faith Caldwell, Krystyna Colautto, Seth Cox, Noah DeCourcey, Caitlyn DeLong, Renee DiLaura, Jared Doebler, Arman Deep Gill, Kaci Gottler, Austin Haak, Gurleen Johal, Riley Joseph, Ella Koslowski, Megan Lavis, Molly Leggett, Zachary Leng, Noelle Linenfelser, Ethan Lysarz, Christopher Macro, Faith Marsala, Hannah Martinez, Madisyn Martino, Jacob Mazeh, Marissa Mistriner, Hannah Moore, Alana Mosher, Arianna Nasca, Callen Neeson, Riley Patterson, Sara Pearse, Ethan Person, Hayley Pizur, Isaiah Reading, Morgan Santorio, Jackson Scalise, Mia Schiffmacher, Rebecca Schultz, Abishek Selvakumar, Finune Shaibi, Alessandra Smith, Carmen Sokody, Tereska Sorel, Katherine Squires, Alex Szczepankiewicz, Sophia Terlecky, Victoria Thauer, Rebekah Thompson, Jillian Wadell, Rayna Wallens, Evan Walowitz, Riley Weber, Lidya Weng, Bryce Wolf, Graham Zorich




GIHS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll - May 2022


9th GRADE HONOR
Camilla Acquisto, Lucianna Andrzejewski, Aubree Battaglia, William Benz, Andrew Birtz, Jaelynn Bolock, Zachary Bridenbaker, Lily Burke, Matthew Burridge, Sophie Cane, Nicholas Castellino, Brooke Christensen, Gavin Clinton, Bryan Decker, Hailey Donovan, Skye Dreher, Grace Gramza, Sydney Hamilton, Jacob Hamilton, Isabella Jayme, Jierui Jiao, Olivia Keener, Logan Kochanowski, Sully Korte, Richard Kwarciak, Michael Leone, Annabelle Linenfelser, Nico Macrides, Natalie Malush, Peter Marston, Madison McGowan, Madison Mondoux, Jaxen Montana, Lauren Olendorf, Rylee Pachla, Cora Pankow, Addyson Peck, Alejandro Perez, Layla Rein, Emma Richards, Adelyn Roach, Savannah Samplinski, Jackson Schmidt, Oliver Schmidt, Juliana Smith, Sophia Sobrino, Anthony Soluri, Shauna Stevens, Carly Tilkins, Kaitlyn Wadman, Bridgette Warner, Connor Weber, George Woloszyn

10th GRADE HONOR
Sarah Ahmed, Gurmehar Arora, Emily Birtz, Owen Brockvescio, Lorenzo Buscaglia, Emilie Carrig, Ryan Coutu, Douglas Crowley, Talan Del Monte, Mariella DiCarlo, Bennett Dulniak, Taylor Duscher, Meredith Ehlenfield, Samuel Fabiano, Nicole Forsey, Gianna Genovese, Kyle Haines, Hunter Hall, Joshua Hoover, Grace Jones, Jacob Joseph, Gianna Karnath, Brooke Kenney, Morgan Khadra, Braeden Lenhard, Dominic Leone, Hollyn Lynch, Sarah Lysarz, Ava Marsala, Natalle Martineck, Hailey Martinez, Nikolas Massaro, LilyBeth Mazur, Nathan Meyers, Madalyn Montes, Marissa Mrkall, Brett Nowocien, Cameron Pachura, Sierra Palumbo, Nicholas Pilon, Adia Porter, Aleksander Pyc, Chase Pyc, Isidora Ristic, Emma Santorio, Abbey Schneller, Avery Snyder, David Squires, Sophia Steinbrenner, Ella Steinwandel, Hannah Susman, Blake Thauer, Brooke Trower, Kyleigh Ulrich, Dean Urbaniak, Gabriella VeRost, Casey Walowitz, Preston Whitfield, Brayden Willats, Luke Winarski, Ella Zaremski, Sophie Zentz

11th GRADE HONOR
Paige Bedell, Makayla Bender, Abigail Bentley, Ava Brandon, Samantha Buckingham, Andrew Burke, Julia Capage, Edwin Cestero Mercado, Riley Chen, Gavin Cich, Joseph Ciraolo, Riley Crosby, Emmalee Currie, Miranda DeCourcey, Rebecca Dilliot, Kayla Donovan, Paul Emmi, Caitlin Fay, Aubrey Frank, Christian Giddings, Sara Glose, Eric Hamm, Daniel Hawkins, Zoe Heider, Jenalynn Hoy, Colin Hurley, Mackenzie Ingalsbe, Zander Inman, Eden Johnson, Patrick Johnston, Julia Juntunen, Jessica Kam, Harmanjeet Kaur, Cameron Kitchen, Sydney Knight, Lily Koslowski, Kathleen Krawczyk, Matthew Lavin, Patrick Lepine, Phillip Lepine, Sydney Lomasney, Kendyll Mack, Morgan Malush, Sean Mesmer, Alana Miano, Kaylee Montana, Talon Newton, Maia Nowak, Isabelle Pezdek, Christina Pietromicca, Zachary Przybyl, Matthew Rebmann, Megan Reynolds, Ella Rudney, Olivia Ryan, Alexis Schad, Jacob Schiesser, Emma Schinnagel, Madison Schneider, Hope Sedita, Jack Sharp, Kaden Smith, Ryan Smith, David Still, Annabella Tippett, Marcus Tittle, Mikayla Valentine, Aiden Wagner, Patrick Whalen, Niveen Zidan

12th GRADE HONOR
Gabriel Agnello, Eva Ahne, Christina Anderson, Emily Andrews, Parker Aronica, Thomas Banas, Nathan Bender, Christopher Benns, Sophia Black, Franceska Bongiovanni, Kaylee Boyle, Natalie Carter, Giana Casullo, Jordan Choboy, Aidan Cioppa, Adiana Cotroneo, Izabella DeGlopper, Francesca DePalma, Kayleen DiCarlo, Jenna Duquin, Leah Dylag, Tyler Figliola, Adison Fike, Katelyn Giambra, Sean Graham, Michael Greer, Anna Hammond, Lily Hauer, Jacqueline Heyden, Samantha Hoerner, Jacob Jayme, Jenna Kaiser, Nicholas Karnath, Christian Kessler, Noah Krathaus, Connor Lenhard, Matthew Leone, Joshua Mallabar, Alivia Manzo, Halie Martinez, Aidan Mingoia, Avery Mondoux, Alexis Nguyen, Olivia Nucci, Ian Pachura, Christian Pendola, Michael Percival, Adah Peterson, Grace Promowicz, Anna Pullano, Ava Racz, Lauren Ratajczak, Caralyn Reynolds, Samar Rizek, Ryan Sander, Ryan Saucier, Daniel Senn, Muhammad Shabbir, Liam Snyder, Sophia Steck, Tyler Sykes, Ava Todaro, Ella Wegfehrt, Jessica Whitfield, Bailey Yung, Aiden Zach




GIHS 3rd Quarter Merit Roll - May 2022


9th GRADE MERIT
Emma Beringer, Max Black, Jacob Bonafede, Anthony Borzillieri, Bryson Boyle, Rayyan Bukahri, Amanda Carriero, Giana Caruana, Dylan Castiglia, Gino Fagiani, Danika Fiebelkorn, Gabriella Guy, Ian Hannon, Jacob Hazel, Catherine Hegarty, Ailish Higman, Johanna Jackson, Chase Judd, Kyle Kowalczewski, Grace Kucinski, Aya Mahmood, Robert Meinhold, Brady Moran, Mark Nash, Jackx Pendola, Matthew Pomaranski, Kaitlyn Powell, Avery Smith, Melaina Taylor, Anthony Vaccaro-Luttrell, Brody Winarski

10th GRADE MERIT
Peyton Abbott, Lukacz Basiliko, Timothy Bentley, Andrew Bongiovanni, Avery Burroughs, Caitlyn Butcher, Ella Campas, Trysten Cardin-Galeza, Nathan Cioppa, Ben Cipollitti, Nissa Elahi, Nicolas Galligan, Connor Hart, Cameran Hoffman, Roman Horvath, Perrin Huff, Cody Jones, Yauheni Kaniuk, Madison Keen, Averyanna Kehr, Hailey Lee, Noah Lewis, Daniel Mallabar, Joseph Martino, Dylan Novak, Kendyl Ode, Kylie Okelberry, Cooper O'Leary, Ngoc Pham, Kristina Potenza, Heavenlee Rehg, Torin Roth, Ayah Salleh, Audrey Satterlee, Tucker Schoen, Austin Shores, Justin Shores, Dylan Simpson, Andrew Smith, Logan Tanner, Julianna Tiedemann, Maddyson Valo, Luke Watkins, Joseph Wynne

11th GRADE MERIT
Mustafa Ahmad, Alhanoof Ahmed, Dylan Andrews, Nathaniel Cohen, Riley Decker, Alexander Domanski, Joseph Fatta, Anthony Fratello, Natalie Gojmerac, Sarah Grover, Amanda Gula, William Hanlon, Chase Harding, Zaina Hussein, Andrew Jenica, Jasmeen Kaur, Edward Kwarciak, Ryan Lysenko, Josiah Neumann, Carson Page, Jacob Pangborn, Arden Randle, Alexander Shivers, Serenity Sikora, Jahzary Thomas, Gabrielle Vecio, Colin Wilton, Aubrey Zdarsky

12th GRADE MERIT
Anthony Amato, Nicholas Aronica, Thomas Bender, Tristan Betterelli, Brian Bielec, Veronica Bonner, Sarah Brand, Kayla Butler, Jacob Cali, Zander Crvelin, Claire Dickinson, Lucas Dunn, Thomas Dworak, Idrius Falletta, Juliana Faso, Olivia Floro, Alexis Glemb, Leah Harper, Julianna Huber, Rebekah Jaenecke, Jackson Jones, Alexis Kocir, Bethany Kulikowski, Joseph Lewis, Brandon Lysenko, Madison Martinez, Trinity Meinhart, Jake Muggli, Isaac Mulholland, William Patterson, Kyle Phillips, Alyssa Robertson, Evan Smith, Aiden Sobrino, Evan Steck, Emily Thompson, Madeline Tiedemann, Karina VeRost, Sara Verso, Kyler Voorhees, Hailey Watches, Celia Wood, Paul Wynne




March Viking Values Students of the Month - April 2022

GIHS announces March Viking Values Students of the Month.
Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District

    Principal Roger Broeker and assistant principals Hillary Kretz-Harvey and Jon Lattanzio of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values March Students of the Month. The students and the departments that nominated them are: Nathan Bender, senior, World Language; Franceska Bongiovanni, senior, Physical Education; Adiana Cotroneo, senior, Social Studies; Ryan Coutu, sophomore, Technology; Tyler Figliola, senior, Science; Daniel Hawkins, junior, Math; Samuel May, junior, Math and English; Hannah Moore, senior, Music; Juliana Smith, freshman, Business; Ava Todaro, senior, Art.
   The Viking Values Students of the Month are chosen based on character, academic performance, effort, behavior, social relationships, and attendance. Character: The student demonstrates the Viking Values of respect, responsibility, safety, and compassion. Academic performance: The student is passing all classes taken within the department; demonstrates excellent class participation and completion of assignments. Effort: The student demonstrates good effort in class and works up to or exceeds innate ability. Behavior: Both inside and outside of the classroom, the student obeys rules, shows respect to peers and adults, and is well mannered. Social relationships: The student displays leadership, a willingness to help peers, and shows respect toward others. Attendance – The student attends school regularly and arrives at school and classes on time.




High School Hospitality Field Trip - March 2022

Travel Tourism Class.

General Manager Scott Swagler and Travel Tourism Instructor Cheryl Chamberlain.

    Cheryl Chamberlain's Travel and Tourism class at Grand Island High School had the opportunity to visit and tour the Double Tree Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Niagara Falls on March 17th as part of their Lodging/Food and Beverage unit. Scott Swagler, General Manager and GI resident, provided explanations of the front and back of the house, event planning and overall industry standards. This class is a part of the National Academy Foundation's curriculum and also endorsed by the NUSTEP program at Niagara University which enables students to receive 3 college credits for their participation.




Erie 1 BOCES' Grand Island Student Spotlight- March 2022

Caralyn Reynolds.

    Caralyn Reynolds is a senior from Grand Island High School and is enrolled in the Health Careers program at Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career and Technical Center. “I enrolled in BOCES because I spent a lot of time in and out of the hospital as a child and wanted to get an appropriate education in healthcare verse my firsthand experiences,” Caralyn said.     In the fall of 2022, following graduation, Caralyn plans on entering a Bachelor of Nursing in Science program at a four year college and then going on to obtain a Registered Nursing degree. She plans to seek employment as an oncology nurse after college.
    “Caralyn demonstrates professionalism and teamwork at all times. She shows a passion for learning and plans to continue her career in healthcare working towards becoming a registered nurse,” said instructor Jonnie O’Connor.
    “This program has provided me an advantage to reach my goals because I not only learn about the different body systems, abbreviations in the medical field, and different medication, but I get to learn different skills and apply them to real people and even get to go into a healthcare facility to get a taste of what it’s like to work as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant,” Carlayn said. She also added, “This has been one of my favorite classes that I’ve taken during high school and it has taught me so much to prepare me for my future in healthcare.”
    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 sports science, web and gaming technologies, nursing or aviation technology, should visit www.e1b.org/cte or speak with their high school counselor.




GIHS Boys Bowling Wins Championship - March 2022

Front row is Coach Davis, Cal Neeson, Nic Galligan, Branden Groce, Josh McMahon, John Coram, Alex Sanford. Back row: Talon Newton. Missing is Coach Krull.

   Grand Island High School Boys bowling team won the section VI class B championship bowling title.




DECA States March 9-11 - March 2022

DECA students headed to state competition.

Hannah Higuera (left) & Raven Khreis leaving for DECA state conference.

Bethany Kulikowski and Justin Horvath loading luggage.
Photos by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District

    Students from Grand Island departed for Rochester Wednesday, March 9, to compete at the New York State DECA Conference on March 9, 10, and 11.
    DECA is a worldwide business club, with a chapter in the Grand Island Central School District, that prepares high school and college students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.
    The students will return at the end of the school day on March 11 after the three-day conference and business and marketing competition. Top performers at states can go on to DECA nationals. Students had qualified to compete at the state level at DECA regionals, which were held at Grand Island High School on Dec. 12. There were 300 students from 12 schools competing that day.
    At regionals, GICSD students who qualified for DECA states were: Alma Brown, Andrew Burke, Natalie Carter, Nathaniel Cohen, Natalyn Cordero, Samantha Ennis, Logan Fox, Hannah Higuera, Justin Horvath, Eden Johnson, Morgan Khadra, Raven Khreis, Natalie Kopf, Bethany Kulikowski, Anna Kurtzhalts, Megan Lavis, Hollyn Lynch, Sydney Martin, Natalle Martineck, Olivia Mayer, Riley Patterson, Megan Pinzel, Lorelei Popp, Matthew Rizzo, Ella Rudney, Shaan Sandhu, Jacob Schiesser, Adam Schnell, Pearl Sciolino-Coffey, Sophia Sobrino, Hannah Susman, Casey Walowitz, Evan Walowitz, Riley Weber, Patrick Whalen, Ta'miah Wilkes, Max Zentz (from Connor Middle School).
    Students and the competition events in which they will compete at DECA states:
    Principles of Business Management and Administration: Adam Schnell
    Principles of Hospitality and Tourism: Max Zentz
    Principles of Marketing: Ta'miah Wilkes, Lorelei Popp
    Accounting Applications: Natalie Carter
    Business Services Marketing: Riley Weber
    Entrepreneurship Series: Anna Kurtzhalts, Casey Walowitz
    Food Marketing: Morgan Khadra, Natalie Kopf
    Human Resources Management: Shaan Sandhu
    Retail Merchandising: Pearl Sciolino-Coffey
    Sports and Entertainment Marketing: Sydney Martin
    Buying and Merchandising: Logan Fox and Jacob Schiesser; Alma Brown and Samantha Ennis
    Entrepreneurship Team: Hannah Higuera and Hollyn Lynch; Raven Khreis and Olivia Mayer
    Hospitality Services: Megan Pinzel and Ella Rudney
    Marketing Management: Matthew Rizzo and Patrick Whalen
    Sports and Entertainment Marketing: Justin Horvath and Evan Walowitz
    Some students qualified with a direct entry to the DECA state conference. They are Natalle Martineck and Hannah Susman for their Business Solutions Project; Eden Johnson, Natalyn Cordero, and Andrew Burke for their Career Development Project; Megan Lavis, Bethany Kulikowski, and Riley Patterson for their Community Giving Project.




Section VI Class B Meet - March 2022

The GI foursome of Alex Szczepankiewicz, Jacob Cali, Patrick Lepine, and Chase Harding won the Section VI Class B 200 medley relay in 1:41.53, .51 ahead of second-place Lewiston-Porter.

From left: Chase Harding, Alex Szczepankiewicz, Noah DeCourcey, and Jacob Cali. GI won the Section VI Class B 200 freestyle relay in 1:32.64, more than two seconds ahead of second place Starpoint.
Photos by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District

    Two individual swimmers and two relay teams from Grand Island have been named to the All-Niagara Frontier League swimming and diving teams that were announced March 3rd. The All-NFL second team includes Chase Harding in the 100 butterfly and Alex Szczepankiewicz in the 100 backstroke.
    The All-NFL third team also includes two GI relay teams: the 200 medley relay team of Szczepankiewicz, Jacob Cali, Patrick Lepine, and Harding; and the 400 freestyle relay, which included the same four swimming in the order of Harding, Lepine, Szczepankiewicz, and Cali.
    Two Vikings relays also won championships at the Section VI Class B meet held at Clarence High School Feb. 10-12. The Vikings finished third in Class B.




GIHS Announces February Viking Values Students of the Month - March 2022

The students and the departments that nominated them are pictured in the Technology wing at Grand Island High School. In front: Alan Lee III, sophomore, Technology Department; Morgan Andrews, freshman, English Department; Renee DiLaura, senior, Math Department.
Standing, on the left: Talon Newton, junior, Science Department; Matthew Rizzo, junior, Physical Education Department; Michael Percival, senior, Music Department.
Standing on the right: Gabriel Agnello, senior, Art Department; Principal Roger Broeker; Nicholas Karnath, senior, Business Department; Assistant Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey.
Not pictured: Zainab Masoodi, sophomore, World Language Department; and Michael Logar, junior, Social Studies Department.
Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District

    Principal Roger Broeker and assistant principals Hillary Kretz-Harvey and Jon Lattanzio of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values Students of the Month for February.
    The Viking Values Students of the Month are chosen based on character, academic performance, effort, behavior, social relationships, and attendance. Character: The student demonstrates the Viking Values of respect, responsibility, safety, and compassion. Academic performance: The student is passing all classes taken within the department; demonstrates excellent class participation and completion of assignments. Effort: The student demonstrates good effort in class and works up to or exceeds innate ability. Behavior: Both inside and outside of the classroom, the student obeys rules, shows respect to peers and adults, and is well mannered. Social relationships: The student displays leadership, a willingness to help peers, and shows respect toward others. Attendance – The student attends school regularly and arrives at school and classes on time.



GI Indoor Track Qualifies for States - March 2022


Picture From left to right are Avery Mondoux, Noelle Linenfelser, Michael Christensen, Brooke Christensen, Rebecca Schultz and Hailey Martinez.

    Grand Island Indoor Track and Field athletes placed at the state qualifier held February 26, 2022 at Houghton College. Senior Rebecca Schultz qualified for the state meet with a second place finish and personal record of 8.82 in the 55m Hurdles. Junior Michael Christensen qualified for the state meet with a second place finish and a toss of 50-2.25 in the weight throw. The 4x200 relay team of Avery Mondoux, Noelle Linenfelser, Rebecca Schultz and Hailey Martinez finished second with a time of 1:53.54. Freshman Brooke Christensen finished fourth in the weight throw with a personal record of 36-7. The state meet will be held March 5th at the Ocean Breeze Complex in Staten Island.




WNY Fall Scholar Athletes - February 2022


    The 2021 All-Western New York Scholar-Athlete Fall sports team consists of 170 winners and 1,096 honorable mentions.
    To be nominated for the team, students must have carried a 90-plus average for the previous six semesters and been a starter or significant player in their fall sport. The scholar-athlete team is open to seniors from Western New York's 100-plus public and private schools and the selections are made by the committee. GRAND ISLAND: Kiersten Brown, Girls Tennis; Justin Horvath, Football; Jacob Jayme, Boys Soccer; Riley Joseph, Girls Cross Country; Abishek Selvakumar, Boys Soccer; Tereska Sorel, Girls Volleyball.
    Honorable Mentions: Angelo Aiello Boys Soccer; Anthony Amato Boys Soccer; Tom Banas Boys Soccer; Seth Cox Boys Soccer; Tyler Figliola Football; Sean Graham Boys Soccer; Alicia Hunt Girls Tennis; Jackson Jones Football; Josh Mallabar Football; Hannah Martinez Girls Cross Country; Jon Minton Boys Soccer; Dennis Misko Boys Soccer; Hayley Pizur Girls Cross Country; Ryan Saucier Boys Cross Country; Mia Schiffmacher Girls Tennis; Alex Szczepankiewicz Boys Cross Country; Rayna Wallens Girls Cross Country; Evan Walowitz Boys Soccer; Riley Weber Girls Tennis




December, January Viking Values Students of the Month - February 2022


Administrators and students are pictured, from left to right. Students are identified by grade, the month of their award, and the department that nominated them for recognition. Front row: Assistant Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey; Noelle Linenfelser, 12th grade, December, Art; Sophia Sobrino, 9th grade, December, Business; Charlotte Steck, 10th grade, December, Technology; Ngan Pham, 11th grade, December, Math; Shannon Ennis, 9th grade, December, Physical Education; Samantha Burridge, 9th grade, January, Science; Hailey Lee, 10th grade, January, Math; Kaitlyn Burns, 11th grade, January, Math; Aidan Mingoia, 12th grade, December, Music; and Emily Andrews, 12th grade, December, Social Studies. Back row, from left: Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio; John Paul Szczublewski, 11th grade, December, World Language; Kailyn Ash, 9th grade, January, English; Graham Zorich, 12th grade, January, Technology; Sean Graham, 12th grade, January, Business; Mustafa Ahmad, 11th grade, January, Social Studies; Abishek Selvakumar, 12th grade, December, English; Jordan Alessandra, 9, December, Science; Brooke Christensen, 9th grade, January, World Language; Jenalynn Hoy, 11th grade, January, Physical Education; and Principal Roger Broeker.
Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District

    Principal Roger Broeker and assistant principals Hillary Kretz-Harvey and Jon Lattanzio of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values Students of the Month for the months of December and January.
    The Viking Values Students of the Month are chosen based on character, academic performance, effort, behavior, social relationships, and attendance. Character: The student demonstrates the Viking Values of respect, responsibility, safety, and compassion. Academic performance: The student is passing all classes taken within the department; demonstrates excellent class participation and completion of assignments. Effort: The student demonstrates good effort in class and works up to or exceeds innate ability. Behavior: Both inside and outside of the classroom, the student obeys rules, shows respect to peers and adults, and is well mannered. Social relationships: The student displays leadership, a willingness to help peers, and shows respect toward others. Attendance: The student attends school regularly and arrives at school and classes on time.




GIHS 2nd Quarter High Honor Roll - February 2022


9th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Ghaliya Ahmed, Lydia Amato, Morgan Andrews, Lucianna Andrzejewski, Gianni Anello, Kailyn Ash, Aubree Battaglia, Andrew Birtz, Jaelynn Bolock, Savannah Bukowski, Samantha Burridge, Isabella Burt, Lauren Caizza, Grace Carpenter, Tori Cecere, Alper Celik, Anna Cipollitti, Gavin Clinton, Arianna Conta, Jacob Csicseri, Skye Dreher, Noah Evert, Madelyn Gallagher, Hailey Green, Hannah Hiscock, Leah Hurley, Rocquelle Hy, Lily Johnson, Olivia Keener, Natalie Kopf, Christian Krawczyk, Julianna Leza, Gianna Masker, Joshua McAuliffe, Chloe Meinhart, Hayden Miller, Jolie Mondoux, Keira Murray, Liam O'Kell, Alexandra Oldman, Evan Pickering, Alyssa Pizur, Lorelei Popp, Ryan Rai, Owen Redfern, Megan Reynolds, Sophia Sobrino, Abigail Szyprowski, Melina Valle, Alexandra Watt, Zoe Anna Weselak, Elizabeth Zherebilov, Cole Zorich

10th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Sarah Ahmed, Jack Benns, Isabella Boyle, Alma Brown, Alexia Bryant, Julianna Burgin, Lorenzo Buscaglia, Victoria Caizza, Douglas Crowley, Kathryn Czyrny, Samantha Ennis, Samuel Fabiano, Timothy Grant, Jenna Hecht, Brady Hillman, Tyler Hoock, Alexandra Jensen, Rachel Joseph, Jacob Joseph, Raven Khreis, Patrick Kruse, Anna Kurtzhalts, Claire LeFevre, Braeden Lenhard, Elijah Linenfelser, Kaleigh Lockett, Kyto Magee, Jillian Manns, Ava Marsala, Zainab Masoodi, Olivia Mayer, Evan McMann Georgiana Nowak Aleksander Pyc Alexander Sandford Adam Schnell, Emma Schoenrock Sophia Todaro, Micaila Valle ,Annie Weng, George Wenner Alexandra Woloszyn Catherine Zach Ella Zaremski

11th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Salem Al Hajjaji, Yasmin Alharthi, Paige Bedell, Jacob Berard, Emma Besl, Sofia Bukahri, Kaitlyn Burns, Elizabeth Carpenter, Berin Celik, Joseph Cicero, Lauren Coombs, Natalyn Cordero, Noah Farmer, Reagan Fast, Madison Flory, Logan Fox, Jackson Frey, Sara Glose, Sebastian Heffley, Jason Hill, Samuel Jayme, Alannah Kaifas-Concha, Jessica Kam, Kathleen Krawczyk, Patrick Lepine, Adriana Mann, Alexis Martin, Caleb Meyer, Mia Moran, Megan Pinzel, Gavin Rice, Matthew Rizzo, Maelee Roach, Wynonna Roberts, Kosmo Sarigiannis, John Szczublewski, Grace VanderMey, Kayleigh Vanderzell, Erick Wittmann

12th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Eva Ahne, Angelo Aiello, Emily Andrews, Madison Andrews, Kalen Baaith, Ashley Battaglia, Nathan Bender, Sophia Bobeck, Veronica Bonner, Kiersten Brown, Faith Caldwell, Krystyna Colautto, Adiana Cotroneo, Seth Cox, Noah DeCourcey, Caitlyn DeLong, Renee DiLaura, Jenna Duquin, Kaci Gottler, Sean Graham, Samantha Hoerner, Riley Joseph, Jenna Kaiser, Megan Lavis, Molly Leggett, Connor Lenhard, Matthew Leone, Noelle Linenfelser, Christopher Macro, Faith Marsala, Madisyn Martino, Marissa Mistriner, Avery Mondoux, Hannah Moore, Alana Mosher, Arianna Nasca, Callen Neeson, Riley Patterson, Sara Pearse, Ethan Person, Adah Peterson, Hayley Pizur, Ryan Sander, Morgan Santorio, Ryan Saucier, Jackson Scalise, Mia Schiffmacher, Rebecca Schultz, Abishek Selvakumar, Finune Shaibi, Alessandra Smith, Carmen Sokody, Tereska Sorel, Katherine Squires, Alex Szczepankiewicz, Sophia Terlecky, Victoria Thauer, Rebekah Thompson, Jillian Wadell, Evan Walowitz, Riley Weber, Lidya Weng, Bryce Wolf, Aiden Zach, Graham Zorich




GIHS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll - February 2022


9th GRADE HONOR
Camilla Acquisto, William Benz, Anthony Borzillieri, Zachary Bridenbaker, Rayyan Bukahri, Lily Burke, Matthew Burridge, Sophie Cane, Nicholas Castellino, Dylan Castiglia, Brooke Christensen, Abigail Coombs, Bryan Decker, Hailey Donovan, Addison Flegal, Hayden Garey, Grace Gramza, Alyssa Griggs, Sydney Hamilton, Jacob Hamilton, Catherine Hegarty, Luke Hutton, Isabella Jayme, Jierui Jiao, Logan Kochanowski, Nicholas Lindsay, Annabelle Linenfelser, Peter Marston, Madison McGowan, Jaxen Montana, Jack Nevans, Liberty Novak, Lauren Olendorf, Rylee Pachla, Cora Pankow, Addyson Peck, Samuel Rastelli, Layla Rein, Emma Richards, Adelyn Roach, Savannah Samplinski, Jackson Schmidt, Gianna Simone, Juliana Smith, Morgan Szathmary, Carly Tilkins, Kaitlyn Wadman, Mikayla Wagner, Bridgette Warner, Olivia Wenner

10th GRADE HONOR
Eric Baish, Lukacz Basiliko, Natalie Berg, Emily Birtz, Owen Brockvescio, Emilie Carrig, Talan Del Monte, Mariella DiCarlo, Audrey Dickinson, Kaitlyn Dudek, Bennett Dulniak, Taylor Duscher, Meredith Ehlenfield, Brandon Farquharson, Nicole Forsey, Gianna Genovese, Jenna Gorton, Giovanni Granelli, Katelyn Grant, Kyle Haines, Hunter Hall, Joshua Hoover, Grace Jones, Gianna Karnath, Brooke Kenney, Morgan Khadra, Kailey Korkuc, Dominic Leone, Cayden Luciano, Hollyn Lynch, Sarah Lysarz, Daniel Mallabar, Natalle Martineck, Hailey Martinez, Nikolas Massaro, LilyBeth Mazur, Addison McNulty, Haylie Mesmer, Madalyn Montes, Marissa Mrkall, Brett Nowocien, Cameron Pachura, Sierra Palumbo, Nicholas Pilon, Adia Porter, Megan Rebmann, Isidora Ristic, Christopher Sadkowski, Emma Santorio, Abbey Schneller, Pearl Sciolino-Coffey, Justin Shores, Avery Snyder, David Squires, Charlotte Steck, Sophia Steinbrenner, Ella Steinwandel, Hannah Susman, Blake Thauer, Julianna Tiedemann, Kyleigh Ulrich, Dean Urbaniak, Gabriella VeRost, John Vinkle, Casey Walowitz, Preston Whitfield, Brayden Willats, Luke Winarski, Jaimen Wright, Sophie Zentz

11th GRADE HONOR
Mustafa Ahmad, Makayla Bender, Samantha Buckingham, Andrew Burke, Kyler Butcher, Julia Capage, Riley Chen, Gavin Cich, Joseph Ciraolo, Riley Crosby, Miranda DeCourcey, Rebecca Dilliot, Anna Donlon, Kayla Donovan, Paul Emmi, Caitlin Fay, Sara Fletcher, Aubrey Frank, Mya Genovese, Christian Giddings, Amanda Gula, Eric Hamm, Chase Harding, Daniel Hawkins, Zoe Heider, Jenalynn Hoy, Colin Hurley, Zaina Hussein, Mackenzie Ingalsbe, Andrew Jenica, Eden Johnson, Patrick Johnston, Julia Juntunen, Harmanjeet Kaur, Cameron Kitchen, Sydney Knight, Lily Koslowski, Matthew Lavin, Phillip Lepine, Sydney Lomasney, Ryan Lysenko, Morgan Malush, Aidan Maroni, Olivia Martinez, Samuel May, Sean Mesmer, Alana Miano, Maia Nowak, Carson Page, Jacob Pangborn, Ngan Pham, Hieu Pham, Zachary Przybyl, Matthew Rebmann, Megan Reynolds, Ella Rudney, Olivia Ryan, Alexis Schad, Jacob Schiesser, Madison Schneider, Hope Sedita, Jack Sharp, Kaden Smith, Ryan Smith, David Still, Annabella Tippett, Marcus Tittle, Mikayla Valentine, Gabrielle Vecio, Patrick Whalen, Niveen Zidan

12th GRADE HONOR
Daniel Abshagen, Christina Anderson, Thomas Banas, Thomas Bender, Christopher Benns, Sophia Black, Franceska Bongiovanni, Kaylee Boyle, Mikayla Bukowski, Natalie Carter, Giana Casullo, Jordan, Choboy, Aidan Cioppa, Izabella DeGlopper, Francesca DePalma, Kayleen DiCarlo, Jared Doebler, Thomas Dworak, Leah Dylag, Juliana Faso, Tyler Figliola, Olivia Floro, Katelyn Giambra, Arman Deep Gill, Michael Greer, Austin Haak, Anna Hammond, Lily Hauer, Jacqueline Heyden, Alicia Hunt, Anna Hurley, Jacob Jayme, Gurleen Johal, Nicholas Karnath, Ella Koslowski, Noah Krathaus, Bethany Kulikowski, Zachary Leng, Joseph Lewis, Ethan Lysarz, Joshua Mallabar, Alivia Manzo, Hannah Martinez, Halie Martinez, Carmen Masich, Jacob Mazeh, Trinity Meinhart, Aidan Mingoia, Jonathan Minton, Paige Moses, Alexis Nguyen, Olivia Nucci, Ian Pachura, Christian Pendola, Michael Percival, Grace Promowicz, Ava Racz, Lauren Ratajczak, Isaiah Reading, Caralyn Reynolds, Samar Rizek, Muhammad Shabbir, Sophia Steck, Ava Todaro, Rayna Wallens, Hailey Watches, Ella Wegfehrt, Jessica Whitfield, Bailey Yung




GIHS 2nd Quarter Merit Roll - February 2022


9th GRADE MERIT
Emma Beringer, Morgan Blum, Giana Caruana, Emma Chorey, Samantha Crist, Gino Fagiani, Danika Fiebelkorn, Gabriella Guy, Ian Hannon, Ailish Higman, Chase Judd, Kyle Kowalczewski, Grace Kucinski, Michael Leone, Nico Macrides, Natalie Malush, Madison Mondoux, Jackx Pendola, Kosovare Rexhepi, Celine Rizek, Oliver Schmidt, Avery Smith, Anthony Soluri, Shauna Stevens, Anthony Vaccaro-Luttrell, Connor Weber, George Woloszyn

10th GRADE MERIT
Peyton Abbott, Callee Bartolotta, Timothy Bentley, Sabrina Butcher, Ella Campas, Nathan Cioppa, Ben Cipollitti, Emma Coburn, Ryan Coutu, Tyler Dworak, Benjamin Farrell, KanitaHajdini, Connor Hart, Madison Keen, Averyanna Kehr, Sarah Klein, Hailey Lee, Michael Mankowski, Joseph Martino, Rocco Misuraca, Kendyl Ode, Kylie Okelberry, Cooper O'Leary, Aidan Pax, Ngoc Pham, Kristina Potenza, Heavenlee Rehg, Tyler Robertson, Torin Roth, Austin Shores, Dylan Simpson, Andrew Smith, Seth Steinkirchner, Logan Tanner, Brooke Trower, Luke Watkins, Ta'miah Wilkes, Joseph Wynne

11th GRADE MERIT
Alhanoof Ahmed, Robert Ambrose, Dylan Andrews, Abigail Bentley, Alexander Bland, Ava Brandon, Alexandrea Caudill, Michael Christensen, Nathaniel Cohen, Emmalee Currie, Riley Decker, Alexander Domanski, Joseph Fatta, Kelsie Greene, Sarah Grover, Zander Inman, La'Nijha Jordan-Figueroa, Jasmeen Kaur, Edward Kwarciak, Michael Logar, Kendyll Mack, Griffin Mahoney, Dylan Murray, Josiah Neumann, Talon Newton, Isabelle Pezdek, Arden Randle, Saleh Saleh, Alexander Shivers, Serenity Sikora, Sophia Steffans, Jahzary Thomas, Aiden Wagner, Colin Wilton, Aubrey Zdarsky

12th GRADE MERIT
Gabriel Agnello, Anthony Amato, Nicholas Aronica, Brian Bielec, Kayla Butler, Jacob Cali, Ian Cameron, Olivia Crowley, Zander Crvelin, Claire Dickinson, Lucas Dunn, Idrius Falletta, Adison Fike, Terrell Gaiter, Alexis Glemb, Julianna Huber, Raistlin Huff, Rebekah Jaenecke, Jackson Jones, Natalie Lopez-Castro, Brandon Lysenko, Dennis Misko, Jake Muggli, Isaac Mulholland, William Patterson, Nicholas Pawlak, Kyle Phillips, Daniel Senn, Olivia Sentz, Evan Smith, Liam Snyder, Tyler Sykes, Emily Thompson, Alex Vazquez, Karina VeRost, Sara Verso, Kyler Voorhees, Zayeira Williams, Celia Wood, Paul Wynne