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December Viking Values Students of the Month - December 2023

The students are pictured, from left, front row: Emma Santorio, grade 12, selected by the Art Department; Gianna Gallegos, grade 9, selected by the Business Department; Teagan Willats, grade 10, selected by the Math Department; Cayden Luciano, grade 12, selected by the Business Department; Gabriella VeRost, grade 12, selected by the Science Department; Georgiana Nowak, grade 12, selected by the Social Studies Department; Assistant Principal Jaime Peld, and Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey. Back row: Thomas Alberalla, grade 10, selected by the World Language Department; Anthony Soluri, grade 11, selected by the Tech Department; Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio; Torin Roth, grade 12, selected by the Music Department; and Adrian Vazquez, grade 12, selected by the Physical Education Department. Not pictured: Retaj Ahmed, grade 10, selected by the English Department.
Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District

    Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey and assistant principals Jon Lattanzio and Jaime Peld of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values Students of the Month for December. 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.
    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 1st Quarter High Honor Roll - December 2023


9th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Giada Aguzzi, Maxx Anderson, Calleigh Anderson, Sophia Anzalone, Tina Arslan, Camryn Bagley, Gianna Bonaccorso, Morgan Bridenbaker, Liam Burt, Robert Cieri, Madelyn Colpetzer, Madison Cope, Emma Dunn, Mitchell Dylag, Anthony Fiebelkorn, Austin Forsey, Benjamin Frey, Mackenzie Gallagher, Gianna Gallegos, Chase Giambra, Emily Glassbrook, Karissa Green, Gianna Griggs, Ava Groff, Owen Hall, Jocelyn Hamilton, Jaiden Hamilton, Malcolm Hannibal, Tyler Hazel, Nicholas Jayme, Reese Johnson, Leah Kephart, Addison Kineke, Sophia Kwiatkowski, McKenna Lavin, Addison Lewis, Lillyana Lundquist, Andrew MacConkey, Levi Maerz, Tiana Magee, Tessa Marsala, Jocelyn May, Avery McNulty, Giada Mendel, Mason Miller, Riley Myers, Claire Neuhaus, Luke Nowocien, Kendyll Panowicz, Colin Pinzel, Kayla Rejewski, Trenton Ruffolo, Abigail Ruminski, Brianna Schiffmacher, Ava Schnepf, Logan Scott, Richard Sedita, Kailyn Smith, Petra Smykowski, Alanna Soto, Alice Staub, Madelyn Sugg, Kamaldeep Toor, Abbigal Toth, Madelyn Urbaniak, Annabelle Vandriel, Gavin Warner, Emily Westberg, Ryan Whalen, Abigail Wilkins, John Wilkinson

10th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Marissa Aceti, Muthanna Ahmed, Thomas Alberalla, Gabriella Amato, Cleopatra Basiliko, Alicia Battaglia, Aidan Birtz, Alayna Boyle, Mya Brandon, Jacob Brzyski, Lily Buckingham, Elijah Castner, Judah Chapman, John Coram, Natalie DeCourcey, Rebekah Dolan, Edward Falls, Jeetpal Gill, Aiden Golembiewski, Lindsay Greer, Camryn Harding, Audrey Holler, David Hoover, Ella Johnston, Bree Kolesar, Cassidy Kurtzhalts, Sarah Logar, Noah Magee, Ismail Masoodi, Kieran Meisel, Caylee Meyer, Colin Morgan, Jillian Moskala, Connor Muehlbauer, Jack Pachla, Natalie Payne, Preston Pickard, Cooper Pyc, Brianna Rejewski, Allie Rumsey, Tanureet Saini, Talia Simone, Janelle Spiesz, Ieva Stalyga, Jordin Tanner, Sara Trevett, Kennady Ulrich, Zachary Vinkle, Brooke Warner, Margaret Weselak, Kyla Wood

11th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Lydia Amato, Kailyn Ash, Rayyan Bukahri, Savannah Bukowski, Nicholas Bull, Isabella Burt, Lauren Caizza, Grace Carpenter, Dylan Castiglia, Tori Cecere, Alper Celik, Emma Chorey, Anna Cipollitti, Gavin Clinton, Samantha Crist, Jacob Csicseri, Skye Dreher, Addison Flegal, Madelyn Gallagher, Grace Gramza, Linzy Gray, Hailey Green, Alyssa Griggs, Sydney Hamilton, Hannah Hiscock, Leah Hurley, Luke Hutton, Rocquelle Hy, Lily Johnson, Jayden Kleinschmidt, Nicholas Lindsay, Gianna Masker, Hayden Miller, Jolie Mondoux, Keira Murray, Jack Nevans, Liam O'Kell, Alexandra Oldman, Evan Pickering, Alyssa Pizur, Ryan Rai, Owen Redfern, Layla Rein, Megan Reynolds, Adelyn Roach, Anthony Soluri, Morgan Szathmary, Abigail Szyprowski, Carly Tilkins, Kaitlyn Wadman, Mikayla Wagner, Olivia Wenner, Zoe Anna Weselak, George Woloszyn, Cole Zorich

12th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Yusuf Abdur Raheem, Jack Benns, Natalie Berg, Julia Bielec, Alma Brown, Julianna Burgin, Avery Burroughs, Victoria Caizza, Samuel Castner, Nathan Cioppa, Douglas Crowley, Kathryn Czyrny, Talan Del Monte, Tessa DeMartin, Kaitlyn Dudek, Gianna Genovese, Jenna Gorton, Giovanni Granelli, Katelyn Grant, Timothy Grant, Hunter Hall, Kayla Harper, Jenna Hecht, Brady Hillman, Tyler Hoock, Alexandra Jensen, Gabriel Johnston, Rachel Joseph, Fiona Joss, Gianna Karnath, Averyanna Kehr, Brooke Kenney, Raven Khreis, Kailey Korkuc, Patrick Kruse, Claire LeFevre, Braeden Lenhard, Dominic Leone, Elijah Linenfelser, Kaleigh Lockett, Cayden Luciano, Hollyn Lynch, Kyto Magee, Daniel Mallabar, Jillian Manns, Ava Marsala, Hailey Martinez, Jacob Mazeh, Evan McMann, Addison McNulty, Georgiana Nowak, Megan Rebmann, Christopher Sadkowski, Alexander Sandford, Emma Santorio, Adam Schnell, Emma Schoenrock, Arly Soellers, Sophia Steinbrenner, Ella Steinwandel, Micaila Valle, Gabriella VeRost, Jillian Wadell, Casey Walowitz, Annie Weng, Alexandra Woloszyn, Jaimen Wright, Catherine Zach, Sophie Zentz




GIHS 1st Quarter Honor Roll - December 2023


9th GRADE HONOR
Robert Agnello, Noah Arnone, Racheal Banas, Ethan Berg, Beau Bergeron, Gavin Blum, Dane Brown, Olivia Burke, Morgan Cantor, Molly Carrig, Jake Castiglia, Owen Cioppa, Don Collure, Deni Daghestani, Sophia D'Aloise, Tucker Dankert, Matthew DeAngelo, Blake DeLoreto, Peter DeSantis, Vincenzo DiSanto, Giana Dudek, Zoha Elahi, Emma Erickson, Molly Fiebelkorn, Samuel Geblein, Ella Gordon, Olivia Govern, Liam Graeff Friel, Chase Hall, Camden Hillary, Evan Howitt, Sarah Jackson, Madelyn Jagow, April James, Molly Kilianski, Capri Olivia Leslie, Leyla Mack, Chase Martineck, Chloe Masich, Caitlin Maurer, Nelly Maziarz, Miles McKnight, Evelyn Meinhold, EllaRae Moore, Sawyer Morris, Leanna Musleh, Karlei Novak, Lilly O'Connor, Riley Pankow, Owen Parker, Andrew Pelczynski, Wesley Pelczynski, Cole Randle, Hannah Rastelli, Grayson Rastelli, Emma Redfern, Mia Rice, Ognjen Ristic, Yousef Rizek, Emerson Rusert, Charlotte Russo, Jackson Rutter, Ava Satterlee, Dylan Serafini, Taylor Simpson, Ava Sole, Nicholas Sortino, Thomas Steck, Mya Steinwandel, Mason Urbaniak, Cecilia Vacanti, Aaron Vizzi, John Wenner, Kayleigh Wheaton

10th GRADE HONOR
Jassim Al Hajjaji, Andrea Mikayla Apon, Carl Beckley, Jacob Belous, Jillian Bland, Max Broeker, Maxwell Bronson, Jaiden Bush, Olivia Clark, Karina Conta, Jackson DeGlopper, Joseph Donlon, Logan Flynn, Madelyn Forbes, Noah Franco, Aiden Galligan, Lucah Gassmann, Nicolas Genovese, Simran Gill, Jaymee Gray, Samantha Grover, Chase Gustafson, Carson Hamilton, Carson Hinkle, Paige Horvath, Elijah Huber, Colin Hurley, Alex Joyce, Joseph Jung, Sarabjot Kaur, Andrew Kozlowski, Lucia Lanthier, Adrianna Marinucci, Camila Marques, Chase McGuire, Payton McNamara, Kate Mezhir, Evelyn Miller, Sydney Neuhaus, Dominic Nucci, Miranda Page, Isabella Pilon, Sienna Potenza, Sophia Pyc, Maya Rizzo, Jasmine Rokicki, Owen Rosetti, Jack Roth, Sienna Sarkees, Julian Savard, Ahmet Savas, Harini Selvakumar, Caden Sharkey, Grace Simpson, Harvinder Singh, Kaitlyn Stieringer, Audrey Stockinger, Kaya Swart, Riley Uribes, Teagan Willats, Alexis Williams, Madeline Williams, Max Zentz

11th GRADE HONOR
Camilla Acquisto, Ghaliya Ahmed, Morgan Andrews, Gianni Anello, Aubree Battaglia, William Benz, Emma Beringer, Andrew Birtz, Morgan Blum, Jaelynn Bolock, Zachary Bridenbaker, Lily Burke, Samantha Burridge, Sophie Cane, Amanda Carriero, Giana Caruana, Nicholas Castellino, Brooke Christensen, Anthony Ciraolo, Arianna Conta, Abigail Coombs, Bryan Decker, Isabela Dombrowski, Hailey Donovan, Noah Evert, Hayden Garey, Niko Gonzalez, Jacob Hamilton, Catherine Hegarty, Hanna Hurley, Samuel Iuvino, Johanna Jackson, Jierui Jiao, Natalie Kopf, Sully Korte, Kyle Kowalczewski, Christian Krawczyk, Grace Kucinski, Richard Kwarciak, Riley Kwiatkowski, Michael Leone, Annabelle Linenfelser, Natalie Malush, Peter Marston, Alex Martin, Matthew Martin, Joshua McAuliffe, Madison McGowan, Samantha Mesmer, Madison Mondoux, Jaxen Montana, Brady Moran, Liberty Novak, Rylee Pachla, Cora Pankow, Addyson Peck, Lorelei Popp, Samuel Rastelli, Emma Richards, Mavrick Rumsey, Savannah Samplinski, Jackson Schmidt, Oliver Schmidt, Ryan Sharp, Javeria Shoaib, Jelena Simic, Gianna Simone, Pavneet Toor, Cristina Torres, Melina Valle, Esten Watt, Connor Weber, Brody Winarski, Asher Wright

12th GRADE HONOR
Peyton Abbott, Sarah Ahmed, Roberto Anaya Fuentes, Lukacz Basiliko, Emily Birtz, Isabella Boyle, Alexia Bryant, Lorenzo Buscaglia, Caitlyn Butcher, Carly Butcher, Brooke Caldwell, Emilie Carrig, Ben Cipollitti, Mariella DiCarlo, Taylor Duscher, Meredith Ehlenfield, Nissa Elahi, Samantha Ennis, Samuel Fabiano, Brandon Farquharson, Kyle Haines, Kanita Hajdini, Connor Hart, Hannah Higuera, Roman Horvath, Ethan Hovey, Perrin Huff, Jacob Joseph, Yauheni Kaniuk, Mikaela Kitchen, Anna Kurtzhalts, Hailey Lee, Noah Lewis, Sarah Lysarz, Tyler MacNeil, Natalle Martineck, Zainab Masoodi, Olivia Mayer, LilyBeth Mazur, Nathan Meyers, Madalyn Montes, Gianna Mourgas, Marissa Mrkall, Brett Nowocien, Roman Nuchereno, Kylie Okelberry, Cooper O'Leary, Cameron Pachura, Nicholas Pilon, Gianna Potts, Aleksander Pyc, Tyler Robertson, Torin Roth, Abbey Schneller, Pearl Sciolino-Coffey, Sara Shugarts, Dylan Simpson, Andrew Smith, Avery Snyder, Lauren Soluri, Charlotte Steck, Tala Steinbrenner, Logan Tanner,Blake Thauer, Sophia Todaro, Kyleigh Ulrich, Adrian Vazquez, John Vinkle, George Wenner, Preston Whitfield, Ta'miah Wilkes, Brayden Willats, Joseph Wynne, Ella Zaremski




GIHS 1st Quarter Merit Roll - December 2023


9th GRADE MERIT
Nicolas Aiello, Madison Biancofiore, Lucas Bonafede, Jillian Bull, Landon Compton, Kelly Coram, Bre'Onna Donovan, Eden Fancher, Raymond Glemb, Emily Goss, Michaela Granelli, Reese Grover, John Harding, Jack Heider, Avery Hoock, Christian Kochanowski, Shayne Koester, Claire Lansberry, Amaya Lundquist, Zakary Massaro, Tyler Meyer, Will Meyers, Eliana Mokhiber, Robert Neuner, Jay Pham, Tyler Price, Calli Rudney, Lucas Soto, Audrey Still, Rikki Stypick, Chloe Timmerman, Olivia Williams, Shannon Williams, Lily Williams, Lydia Young, Nadeen Zidan

10th GRADE MERIT
Ashley Adames Perez, Ryan Brandys, Kenadi Butcher, Caden Byrnes, Matthew Capage, Avery Carpenter, John Chiarenza, Anna Gormady, Damian Greco, Dominick Hanel, Calli Harding, Donovan Heacock, Nina Johnson, Michael Lewandowski, Chase Mango, Natalie Marshall, Ava May, Jocelyn Parker, Jacob Pawlak, Kabir Sandhu, Armani Smith, Zachary Talamo, Gavin Tranter, Trenton Tyrrell, Hayden West, Cameron Willer, Aiden Wrobel

11th GRADE MERIT
Jake Benton, Jacob Bonafede, Anthony Borzillieri, Bryson Boyle, Brady Butler, Antonia Cotroneo, Gino Fagiani, Danika Fiebelkorn, Nico Fratello, Luke Gworek, Ian Hannon, Jacob Hazel, Ailish Higman, Parker Inman, Braiden Jaroszewski, Isabella Jayme, Logan Kochanowski, Nico Macrides, Aya Mahmood, Robert Meinhold, Maxim Morales, Jaxon Moslow, Mark Nash, Colby Okelberry, Jackx Pendola, Matthew Pomaranski, Kaitlyn Powell, Celine Rizek, Omar Shaibi, Lilian Shugarts, Juliana Smith, Sophia Sobrino, Ethan Tagg, Melaina Taylor, Anthony, Vaccaro-Luttrell, Devan Williams

12th GRADE MERIT
Ayden Anguiano, Timothy Bentley, Andrew Bongiovanni, Sabrina Butcher, Ella Campas, Trysten Cardin-Galeza, Juliet Chadima, Jacob Clark, Audrey Dickinson, Brigid Dugan, Tyler Dworak, Benjamin Farrell, Nicolas Galligan, Morgan Khadra, Sarah Klein, Aidan Larsen, Joseph Leistner, Fortune Macri, Nathan Mangus, Joseph Martino, Sean Moss, Kendyl Ode, Heavenlee Rehg, Isidora Ristic, Audrey Satterlee, Justin Shores, Austin Shores, David Squires, Julianna Tiedemann, Dean Urbaniak, Maddyson Valo, Luke Watkins, Luke Winarski




October Viking Values Students of the Month - October2023

The students are pictured, from left, front row: Gianna Griggs, grade 9, selected by the World Language Department; Kaitlyn Stieringer, grade 10, selected by the Math Department; Marissa Aceti, grade 10, selected by the English Department; Hannah Hiscock, grade 11, selected by the Business Department; Alma Brown, grade 12, selected by the Art Department; and Kailyn Ash, grade 11, selected by the Science Department. Back row: Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey; Assistant Principal Jaime Peld; Mitchell Dylag, grade 9, selected by the Music Department; Brandon McCreary, grade 11, selected by the Social Studies Department; Kieran Meisel, grade 10, selected by the Physical Education Department; and Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio.
Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District

    Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey and assistant principals Jon Lattanzio and Jaime Peld of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values Students of the Month for October. The Viking Values Students of the Month are nominated by the GIHS departments of World Language, Social Studies, Mathematics, English, Business, Art, Physical Education, Music, Technology, and Science.
    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.




September Viking Values Students of the Month - September 2023

The students are pictured, from left, first step: Tyler Hoock, grade 12, selected by the World Language Department. Second step: Jordin Tanner, grade 10, selected by the Social Studies Department; Charlotte Russo, grade 9, selected by the Physical Education Department; and Ava Marsala, grade 12, selected by the Art Department. Third step: Sophia Kwiatkowski, grade 9, selected by the Math Department; and Lorenzo Buscaglia, grade 12, selected by the Social Studies Department. Fourth step: Alejandro Perez, grade 11, selected by the English Department; Jenna Hecht, grade 12, selected by the Music Department; and Brett Nowocien, grade 12, selected by the Technology Department. Top step: Assistant Principal Jaime Peld and Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey.
Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District

    Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey and assistant principals Jon Lattanzio and Jaime Peld of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values Students of the Month for September. 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.
    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.


Grand Island CSD Driver Ed Program - Starts September 19





National Honor Society Induction - July 2023

    The National Honor Society Chapter of Grand Island High School Inducts a trio of Class of 2023 Students, as well as 53 students in the Class of 2024 during the annual ceremony, organized and hosted by NHS Advisors, Mrs. Rachael Grabek, and Mrs. Amy Boutet-Hall, with special messages by GIHS Principal, Mrs. Hillary Kretz-Harvey, and Superintendent of GI Schools, Dr. Brian Graham, along with the description of the Four Pillars by the Senior NHS Officers. Congratulations to all the inductees and their families! See VIDEO.




GIHS 4th Quarter High Honor Roll - July 2023


9th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Marissa Aceti, Muthanna Ahmed, Thomas Alberalla, Gabriella Amato, Cleopatra Basiliko, Alicia Battaglia, Jacob Belous, Jillian Bland, Alayna Boyle, Elijah Castner, John Coram, Natalie DeCourcey, Rebekah Dolan, Jeetpal Gill, Aiden Golembiewski, Chase Gustafson, Camryn Harding, Audrey Holler, David Hoover, Bree Kolesar, Cassidy Kurtzhalts, Sarah Logar, Noah Magee, Ismail Masoodi, Kieran Meisel, Caylee Meyer, Colin Morgan, Jillian Moskala, Connor Muehlbauer, Jack Pachla, Natalie Payne, Preston Pickard, Cooper Pyc, Brianna Rejewski, Allie Rumsey, Tanureet Saini, Julian Savard, Harini Selvakumar, Talia Simone, Janelle Spiesz, Ieva Stalyga, Charlotte Tower, Sara Trevett, Kennady Ulrich, Zachary Vinkle, Brooke Warner, Margaret Weselak, Teagan Willats, Kyla Wood

10th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Lydia Amato, Kailyn Ash, Aubree Battaglia, Jaelynn Bolock, Rayyan Bukahri, Savannah Bukowski, Lily Burke, Samantha Burridge, Isabella Burt, Grace Carpenter, Giana Caruana, Tori Cecere, Alper Celik, Emma Chorey, Anna Cipollitti, Arianna Conta, Jacob Csicseri, Bryan Decker, Addison Flegal, Madelyn Gallagher, Linzy Gray, Hailey Green, Sydney Hamilton, Hannah Hiscock, Rocquelle Hy, Lily Johnson, Natalie Kopf, Julianna Leza, Annabelle Linenfelser, Peter Marston, Gianna Masker, Hayden Miller, Jolie Mondoux, Keira Murray, Liam O'Kell, Evan Pickering, Alyssa Pizur, Ryan Rai, Owen Redfern, Megan Reynolds, Emma Richards, Adelyn Roach, Savannah Samplinski, Gianna Simone, Morgan Szathmary, Abigail Szyprowski, Carly Tilkins, Melina Valle, Kaitlyn Wadman, Mikayla Wagner, Alexandra Watt, Olivia Wenner, Zoe Anna Weselak, Cole Zorich

11th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Natalie Berg, Alma Brown, Julianna Burgin, Samuel Castner, Douglas Crowley, Kathryn Czyrny, Talan Del Monte, Kaitlyn Dudek, Brandon Farquharson, Jenna Gorton, Timothy Grant, Katelyn Grant, Jenna Hecht, Tyler Hoock, Alexandra Jensen, Grace Jones, Rachel Joseph, Gianna Karnath, Averyanna Kehr, Raven Khreis, Kailey Korkuc, Patrick Kruse, Claire LeFevre, Braeden Lenhard, Elijah Linenfelser, Kyto Magee, Jillian Manns, Hailey Martinez, Zainab Masoodi, Olivia Mayer, Evan McMann, Georgiana Nowak, Kendyl Ode, Aleksander Pyc, Megan Rebmann, Christopher Sadkowski, Alexander Sandford, Emma Santorio, Adam Schnell, Emma Schoenrock, Arly Soellers, Ella Steinwandel, Brooke Trower, Micaila Valle, Gabriella VeRost, Annie Weng, George Wenner, Alexandra Woloszyn, Catherine Zach

12th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Salem Al Hajjaji, Paige Bedell, Abigail Bentley, Jacob Berard, Emma Besl, Ava Brandon, Samantha Buckingham, Sofia Bukahri, Andrew Burke, Kaitlyn Burns, Julia Capage, Elizabeth Carpenter, Berin Celik, Joseph Cicero, Nathaniel Cohen, Lauren Coombs, Natalyn Cordero, Anna Donlon, Reagan Fast, Caitlin Fay, Sara Fletcher, Madison Flory, Logan Fox, Jackson Frey, Mya Genovese, Sara Glose, Amanda Gula, Sebastian Heffley, Zoe Heider, Jason Hill, Jenalynn Hoy, Mackenzie Ingalsbe, Zander Inman, Samuel Jayme, Andrew Jenica, Eden Johnson, Gabriel Johnston, Alannah Kaifas-Concha, Jessica Kam, Harmanjeet Kaur, Cameron Kitchen, Sydney Knight, Kathleen Krawczyk, Sydney Lomasney, Morgan Malush, Adriana Mann, Samuel May, Sean Mesmer, Mia Moran, Maia Nowak, Megan Pinzel, Gavin Rice, Matthew Rizzo, Maelee Roach, Kosmo Sarigiannis, Jacob Schiesser, Jack Sharp, Serenity Sikora, David Still, John Szczublewski, Mikayla Valentine, Grace VanderMey, Jillian Wadell




GIHS 4th Quarter Honor Roll - July 2023


9th GRADE HONOR
Andrea Mikayla Apon, Carl Beckley, Aidan Birtz, Mya Brandon, Max Broeker, Jacob Brzyski, Lily Buckingham, Avery Carpenter, Judah Chapman, Olivia Clark, Jackson DeGlopper, Joseph Donlon, Edward Falls, Noah Franco, Aiden Galligan, Nicolas Genovese, Samantha Grover, Carson Hamilton, Carson Hinkle, Ella Johnston, Andrew Kozlowski, Lucia Lanthier, Michael Lewandowski, Camila Marques, Payton McNamara, Kate Mezhir, Evelyn Miller, Sydney Neuhaus, Dominic Nucci, Robert Osuchowski, Miranda Page, Isabella Pilon, Maya Rizzo, Jasmine Rokicki, Owen Rosetti, Jack Roth, Sienna Sarkees, Caden Sharkey, Harvinder Singh, Audrey Stockinger, Zachary Talamo, Jordin Tanner, Riley Uribes, Wayne Vance, Cameron Willer, Madeline Williams

10th GRADE HONOR
Camilla Acquisto, Ghaliya Ahmed, Morgan Andrews, Gianni Anello, Andrew Birtz, Matthew Burridge, Lauren Caizza, Sophie Cane, Amanda Carriero, Dylan Castiglia, Brooke Christensen, Gavin Clinton, Abigail Coombs, Samantha Crist, Hailey Donovan, Skye Dreher, Noah Evert, Danika Fiebelkorn, Hayden Garey, Grace Gramza, Alyssa Griggs, Jacob Hamilton, Jacob Hazel, Catherine Hegarty, Leah Hurley, Luke Hutton, Isabella Jayme, Jierui Jiao, Logan Kochanowski, Kyle Kowalczewski, Christian Krawczyk, Michael Leone, Nicholas Lindsay, Nico Macrides, Aya Mahmood, Isaac Mallon, Natalie Malush, Joshua McAuliffe, Madison Mondoux, Jaxen Montana, Jaxon Moslow, Jack Nevans, Liberty Novak, Alexandra Oldman, Lauren Olendorf, Rylee Pachla, Cora Pankow, Addyson Peck, Alejandro Perez, Lorelei Popp, Samuel Rastelli, Layla Rein, Oliver Schmidt, Emma Sentz, Ryan Sharp, Juliana Smith, Avery Smith, Anthony Soluri, Pavneet Toor, Cristina Torres, Connor Weber, George Woloszyn

11th GRADE HONOR
Madison Ahearn, Sarah Ahmed, Roberto Anaya Fuentes, Jack Benns, Julia Bielec, Andrew Bongiovanni, Isabella Boyle, Avery Burroughs, Caitlyn Butcher, Victoria Caizza, Ella Campas, Jacob Clark, Ryan Coutu, Tessa DeMartin, Mariella DiCarlo, Brigid Dugan, Meredith Ehlenfield, Nissa Elahi, Samantha Ennis, Samuel Fabiano, Benjamin Farrell, Giovanni Granelli, Kyle Haines, Kanita Hajdini, Hunter Hall, Brady Hillman, Roman Horvath, Perrin Huff, Jacob Joseph, Fiona Joss, Yauheni Kaniuk, Brooke Kenney, Anna Kurtzhalts, Dominic Leone, Kaleigh Lockett, Cayden Luciano, Hollyn Lynch, Sarah Lysarz, Ava Marsala, Natalle Martineck, LilyBeth Mazur, Addison McNulty, Nathan Meyers, Madalyn Montes, Gianna Mourgas, Marissa Mrkall, Sierra Palumbo, Nicholas Pilon, Gianna Potts, Heavenlee Rehg, Isidora Ristic, Torin Roth, Tucker Schoen, Pearl Sciolino-Coffey, David Squires, Tala Steinbrenner, Hannah Susman, Logan Tanner, Sophia Todaro, Kyleigh Ulrich, Maddyson Valo, John Vinkle, Casey Walowitz, Preston Whitfield, Ta'miah Wilkes, Brayden Willats, Jaimen Wright, Ella Zaremski, Sophie Zentz

12th GRADE HONOR
Alhanoof Ahmed, Robert Ambrose, Dylan Andrews, Makayla Bender, Alexander Bland, Kyler Butcher, Edwin Cestero Mercado, Riley Chen, Joseph Ciraolo, Riley Decker, Miranda DeCourcey, Rebecca Dilliot, Kayla Donovan, Noah Farmer, Joshua Farmer, Aubrey Frank, Natalie Gojmerac, Sarah Grover, William Hanlon, Daniel Hawkins, Tanner Hawley, Colin Hurley, Zaina Hussein, Jasmeen Kaur, Lily Koslowski, Matthew Lavin, Patrick Lepine, Olivia Martinez, Jacob Mazeh, Caleb Meyer, Quinn Moran, Josiah Neumann, Isabelle Pezdek, Christina Pietromicca, Jason Porter, Matthew Rebmann, Olivia Ryan, Mitchell Samplinski, Alexis Schad, Emma Schinnagel, Madison Schneider, Hope Sedita, Alexander Shivers, Kaden Smith, Annabella Tippett, Marcus Tittle, Kayleigh Vanderzell, Patrick Whalen, Erick Wittmann, Niveen Zidan




GIHS 4th Quarter Merit Roll - July 2023


9th GRADE MERIT
Jassim Al Hajjaji, Ryan Brandys, Maxwell Bronson, Jaiden Bush, Matthew Capage, Karina Conta, Arianna Flippen, Logan Flynn, Madelyn Forbes, Elizabeth Frisbie, Simran Gill, Anna Gormady, Jaymee Gray, Donovan Heacock, Paige Horvath, Elijah Huber, Colin Hurley, Juliette Itzo, Nina Johnson, Alex Joyce, Adrianna Marinucci, Natalie Marshall, Ava May, Chase McGuire, Katsiaryna Navasad, Jonathan Neville, Sienna Potenza, Sophia Pyc, Kabir Sandhu, Ahmet Savas, Grace Simpson, Armani Smith, Trenton Tyrrell, Alexis Williams, Aiden Wrobel, Max Zentz, Jeremiah Zherebilov

10th GRADE MERIT
Jake Benton, William Benz, Max Black, Jacob Bonafede, Zachary Bridenbaker, Alexander Campeau, Nicholas Castellino, Anthony Ciraolo, Antonia Cotroneo, Ryan Cowe, Luke Gworek, Hanna Hurley, Johanna Jackson, Braiden Jaroszewski, Jayden Kleinschmidt, Sully Korte, Grace Kucinski, Richard Kwarciak, Vincent Lewis, Matthew Martin, Brandon McCreary, Madison McGowan, Brady Moran, Mavrick Rumsey, Jackson Schmidt, Omar Shaibi, Lilian Shugarts, Sophia Sobrino, Melaina Taylor, Brody Winarski, Elizabeth Zherebilov

11th GRADE MERIT
Gurmehar Arora, Timothy Bentley, Carly Butcher, Nathan Cioppa, Ben Cipollitti, Taylor Duscher, Tyler Dworak, Gianna Genovese, Connor Hart, Cameran Hoffman, Ethan Hovey, Mithil Kara, Madison Keen, Morgan Khadra, Mikaela Kitchen, Hailey Lee, Noah Lewis, Connor Lovern, Tyler MacNeil, Joseph Martino, Dylan Novak, Brett Nowocien, Cooper O'Leary, Cameron Pachura, Aidan Pax, Tyler Robertson, Justin Shores, Austin Shores, Sara Shugarts, Dylan Simpson, Andrew Smith, Avery Snyder, Lauren Soluri, Charlotte Steck, Sophia Steinbrenner, Blake Thauer, Keira Tuohy, Dean Urbaniak, Luke Winarski, Joseph Wynne

12th GRADE MERIT
Raj Arumugam, John Buchanan, Alexandrea Caudill, Trenton Childs, Michael Christensen, Emmalee Currie, Gavin Dombrowski, Sean Fox, Anthony Fratello, Kelsie Greene, Chase Harding, Brady Jones, Julia Juntunen, Cole Justus, Dylan Langa, Ryan Lysenko, Erica Marshall, Sydney Martin, Alana Miano, Talon Newton, Natalie Nichols, Maria Novelli, Jacob Pangborn, Connor Pelsoni, Megan Reynolds, Wynonna Roberts, Evan Russo, Aiden Wagner, Reese Weigel, Joshua Wozniak, Joshua Zherebilov




Grand Island High School Class of 2023 Commencement - June 2023

    The Grand Island High School Senior Class of 2023 earns their New York State Regents Diploma, and officially graduates at the 58th Annual GIHS Commencement Ceremony June 25th, 2023 at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, New York. Congratulations Class of 2023 and Best Wishes to your future!! See VIDEO.




Zachary R. Zarbo 2023 Spotlighters Memorial Scholarship - June 2023

Erick Wittmann

   The Zachary R Zarbo scholarship committee is pleased to announce the following scholarship award winner: Zachary R. Zarbo 2023 Spotlighters Memorial Scholarship - Erick Wittmann.
    This award is dedicated in the memory of Zachary Zarbo. Zachary was involved in drama and choral studies at Grand Island High School. Erick Wittmann, the Spotlighters recipient, had to write an essay, show community and faith involvement, and be an active member of the drama club Spotlighters. He will receive $1000 towards college tuition. Erick will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology majoring in New Media Design. Congratulations to Erick in winning this award.




GIHS Academy of Finance Graduates! - June 2023

Cameron Kitchen

Lauren Coombs

Sydney Martin

Top row from left: Philip Lepine, Cameron Kitchen, Andrew Burke, Jacob Schiesser, Kaden Smith.
Bottom Row from left: Lauren Coombs, Maelee Roach, Sydney Martin, Natalyn Cordero, Eden Johnson, Sofia Bukahri, and Schinnagel. Missing from photo Mustafa Ahmad.
Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District

   The Grand Island Academy of Finance celebrated 13 seniors on June 21, 2023, during a luncheon given in their honor. NAF Director Amy Boutet presented the students with their green cord to wear proudly at this year's high school graduation ceremony that will be held at Kleinhan's Music Hall on Sunday, June 25th. Individual pictures of each Academy graduate were taken in front of the college they are committed to attending in the fall. As part of the intensive NAF program at Grand Island, these students benefited from a business sequence of courses, paid internships, and authentic career experiences. Congratulations to the GIHS NAF Class of 2023!




End of Year Festivities for DECA - June 2023

8th Grade DECA

Seniors
Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District

    The Grand Island High School and VCMS chapters of DECA ended their year with a barbeque at Casey's Concessions at the David H. Myers Sports Complex. Seniors said their goodbyes as incoming 8th Grade DECA members learned about our program in the middle school. Advisors Amy Boutet, Cheryl Chamberlain and Leanne Winstanley congratulated everyone in attendance on a wonderful and successful year in DECA!




June Viking Values Students of the Month - June 2023

The students honored for June are pictured in front of the rock. Front row, from left: Robert Ambrose, senior, Mathematics Department; Evan McMann, junior, Technology Department; Preston Pickard, freshman, Music Department; Riley Masterman, senior, Business Department; Connor Muehlbauer, freshman, Mathematics Department; Noah LeBrasseur, senior, English Department. Back row: Gabriella VeRost, junior, Social Studies Department; Micaila Valle, junior, Science Department; Anna Cipollitti, sophomore, Physical Education Department and World Language Department; Lily Buckingham, freshman, Art Department; and Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio.

(Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District)

   Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey, Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio, and Dean of Students Andrew Williams of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values Students of the Month for the months of May and June. 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.
    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.




May Viking Values Students of the Month - May 2023

The students honored for May are pictured in the library courtyard. From left, front row: Esten Watt, sophomore, Music Department; Jenna Gorton, junior, Business Department; Alma Brown, junior, English Department; and Alyssa Pizur, sophomore, World Language Department. Back row: Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio, Dean of Students Andrew Williams, Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey, Jasmine Nosbisch, sophomore Mathematics Department; Matthew Burridge, sophomore, Technology Department; David Hoover, freshman, Science Department; Jaxen Montana, sophomore, Physical Education Department. Not pictured: Noella Moyen, sophomore, Social Studies Department; and Megan Pinzel, senior, Art Department.
(Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District)

    Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey, Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio, and Dean of Students Andrew Williams of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values Students of the Month for the months of May and June. 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.
    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.




Island Art Students Honored - May 2023

From left: Erick Wittmann and Salem Al Hajjaji.

    Two Grand Island High School students have been chosen to receive the PAL (Police Athletic League) Award for Top Senior Visual Artist at GIHS. The organization hosts a special ceremony to honor one student from each area of the arts, from Niagara County School Districts, Ken-Ton District, Grand Island, and Boces. Those students will be put in the running for a PAL scholarship in each category. Representing GIHS with his paintings is Erick Wittmann in the 2D category, while classmate Salem Al Hajjaji’s pottery and sculpture are entered in the 3D category. The PAL Fine Arts Awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at 6pm at Lewiston Porter High School.




April Viking Values Students of the Month - March 2023

Pictured, from right, left column: Samuel May, grade 12, selected by the Physical Education Department; Paishence Ducre, grade 10, selected by the Art Department; Hanna Pressley, grade 12, selected by the Business Department; Ranier Khan, grade 11, selected by the Social Studies Department; Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio, and Dean of Students Andrew Williams. Right column: Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey; Sophia Todaro, grade 11, selected by the Technology Department; Jocelyn Parker, grade 9, selected by the Social Studies Department; Cora Pankow, grade 10, selected by the World Language Department; Julia Bielec, grade 11, selected by the Math Department; Ieva Stalyga, grade 9, selected by the Music Department. Not pictured: Audrey Satterlee, grade 11, selected by the English Department.
(Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District)

    Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey, Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio, and Dean of Students Andrew Williams of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values Students of the Month for April. 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.
    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 3rd Quarter High Honor Roll - April 2023


9th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Marissa Aceti, Muthanna Ahmed, Thomas Alberalla, Gabriella Amato, Cleopatra Basiliko, Alicia Battaglia, Jillian Bland, Alayna Boyle, Mya Brandon, Elijah Castner, John Coram, Natalie DeCourcey, Rebekah Dolan, Jeetpal Gill, Aiden Golembiewski, Chase Gustafson, Camryn Harding, Audrey Holler, David Hoover, Ella Johnston, Bree Kolesar, Cassidy Kurtzhalts, Noah Magee, Ismail Masoodi, Kieran Meisel, Caylee Meyer, Colin Morgan, Jillian Moskala, Connor Muehlbauer, Jack Pachla, Natalie Payne, Preston Pickard, Cooper Pyc, Brianna Rejewski, Tanureet Saini, Harini Selvakumar, Janelle Spiesz, Ieva Stalyga, Charlotte Tower, Kennady Ulrich, Zachary Vinkle, Brooke Warner, Margaret Weselak, Kyla Wood

10th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Ghaliya Ahmed, Kailyn Ash, Jaelynn Bolock, Savannah Bukowski, Samantha Burridge, Isabella Burt, Grace Carpenter, Tori Cecere, Alper Celik, Anna Cipollitti, Arianna Conta, Jacob Csicseri, Addison Flegal, Madelyn Gallagher, Hayden Garey, Linzy Gray, Hailey Green, Hannah Hiscock, Rocquelle Hy, Lily Johnson, Natalie Kopf, Michael Leone, Julianna Leza, Annabelle Linenfelser, Gianna Masker, Jolie Mondoux, Keira Murray, Evan Pickering, Alyssa Pizur, Ryan Rai, Owen Redfern, Megan Reynolds, Emma Richards, Abigail Szyprowski, Carly Tilkins, Melina Valle, Kaitlyn Wadman, Olivia Wenner, Zoe Anna Weselak, Elizabeth Zherebilov, Cole Zorich

11th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Jack Benns, Natalie Berg, Julia Bielec, Alma Brown, Julianna Burgin, Brooke Caldwell, Samuel Castner, Douglas Crowley, Kathryn Czyrny, Kaitlyn Dudek, Meredith Ehlenfield, Nissa Elahi, Samantha Ennis, Brandon Farquharson, Jenna Gorton, Katelyn Grant, Timothy Grant, Hunter Hall, Jenna Hecht, Brady Hillman, Tyler Hoock, Alexandra Jensen, Grace Jones, Rachel Joseph, Gianna Karnath, Patrick Kruse, Claire LeFevre, Braeden Lenhard, Elijah Linenfelser, Kyto Magee, Jillian Manns, Hailey Martinez, Zainab Masoodi, Olivia Mayer, Evan McMann, Georgiana Nowak, Kendyl Ode, Megan Rebmann, Heavenlee Rehg, Christopher Sadkowski, Alexander Sandford, Emma Santorio, Emma Schoenrock, Ella Steinwandel, Micaila Valle, Gabriella VeRost, Casey Walowitz, Annie Weng, George Wenner, Alexandra Woloszyn, Catherine Zach

12th GRADE HIGH HONOR
Salem Al Hajjaji, Abigail Bentley, Jacob Berard, Emma Besl, Ava Brandon, Samantha Buckingham, Sofia Bukahri, Andrew Burke, Kaitlyn Burns, Julia Capage, Elizabeth Carpenter, Berin Celik, Joseph Cicero, Nathaniel Cohen, Lauren Coombs, Natalyn Cordero, Anna Donlon, Kayla Donovan, Paul Emmi, Reagan Fast, Caitlin Fay, Sara Fletcher, Madison Flory, Jackson Frey, Sara Glose, Amanda Gula, Sebastian Heffley, Zoe Heider, Jason Hill, Jenalynn Hoy, Mackenzie Ingalsbe, Zander Inman, Samuel Jayme, Eden Johnson, Gabriel Johnston, Alannah Kaifas-Concha, Jessica Kam, Harmanjeet Kaur, Jasmeen Kaur, Sydney Knight, Kathleen Krawczyk, Ryan Lysenko, Morgan Malush, Adriana Mann, Samuel May, Caleb Meyer, Mia Moran, Maia Nowak, Megan Pinzel, Gavin Rice, Matthew Rizzo, Maelee Roach, Wynonna Roberts, Kosmo Sarigiannis, Jacob Schiesser, Jack Sharp, Serenity Sikora, Kaden Smith, John Szczublewski, Mikayla Valentine, Grace VanderMey, Jillian Wadell




GIHS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll - April 2023


9th GRADE HONOR
Carl Beckley, Jacob Belous, Aidan Birtz, Ryan Brandys, Jacob Brzyski, Lily Buckingham, Avery Carpenter, Judah Chapman, Olivia Clark, Jackson DeGlopper, Joseph Donlon, Edward Falls, Logan Flynn, Noah Franco, Nicolas Genovese, Simran Gill, Jaymee Gray, Samantha Grover, Carson Hamilton, Carson Hinkle, Paige Horvath, Juliette Itzo, Andrew Kozlowski, Lucia Lanthier, Sarah Logar, Chase Mango, Camila Marques, Ava May, Chase McGuire, Payton McNamara, Sydney Neuhaus, Dominic Nucci, Miranda Page, Jasmine Rokicki, Owen Rosetti, Jack Roth, Allie Rumsey, Kabir Sandhu, Sienna Sarkees, Julian Savard, Talia Simone, Harvinder Singh, Zachary Talamo, Jordin Tanner, Sara Trevett, Riley Uribes, Hayden West, Teagan Willats, Cameron Willer, Madeline Williams

10th GRADE HONOR
Camilla Acquisto, Lydia Amato, Morgan Andrews, Gianni Anello, Aubree Battaglia, Zachary Bridenbaker, Rayyan Bukahri, Lily Burke, Matthew Burridge, Lauren Caizza, Sophie Cane, Amanda Carriero, Giana Caruana, Nicholas Castellino, Dylan Castiglia, Emma Chorey, Brooke Christensen, Gavin Clinton, Abigail Coombs, Samantha Crist, Bryan Decker, Hailey Donovan, Skye Dreher, Noah Evert, Grace Gramza, Alyssa Griggs, Sydney Hamilton, Jacob Hazel, Catherine Hegarty, Leah Hurley, Luke Hutton, Isabella Jayme, Jayden Kleinschmidt, Logan Kochanowski, Kyle Kowalczewski, Christian Krawczyk, Richard Kwarciak, Nicholas Lindsay, Aya Mahmood, Isaac Mallon, Natalie Malush, Peter Marston, Joshua McAuliffe, Hayden Miller, Madison Mondoux, Jaxon Moslow, Jack Nevans, Liberty Novak, Liam O'Kell, Alexandra Oldman, Lauren Olendorf, Rylee Pachla, Lorelei Popp, Kaitlyn Powell, Layla Rein, Adelyn Roach, Savannah Samplinski, Oliver Schmidt, Emma Sentz, Gianna Simone, Juliana Smith, Avery Smith, Anthony Soluri, Morgan Szathmary, Pavneet Toor, Cristina Torres, Mikayla Wagner, Alexandra Watt, Connor Weber, George Woloszyn

11th GRADE HONOR
Madison Ahearn, Sarah Ahmed, Roberto Anaya Fuentes, Lukacz Basiliko, Andrew Bongiovanni, Isabella Boyle, Alexia Bryant, Avery Burroughs, Victoria Caizza, Ella Campas, Emilie Carrig, Jacob Clark, Ryan Coutu, Talan Del Monte, Tessa DeMartin, Mariella DiCarlo, Taylor Duscher, Tyler Dworak, Samuel Fabiano, Benjamin Farrell, Gianna Genovese, Giovanni Granelli, Kanita Hajdini, Connor Hart, Perrin Huff, Jacob Joseph, Yauheni Kaniuk, Averyanna Kehr, Brooke Kenney, Raven Khreis, Mikaela Kitchen, Kailey Korkuc, Anna Kurtzhalts, Dominic Leone, Kaleigh Lockett, Cayden Luciano, Hollyn Lynch, Sarah Lysarz, Tyler MacNeil, Ava Marsala, LilyBeth Mazur, Addison McNulty, Nathan Meyers, Madalyn Montes, Gianna Mourgas, Marissa Mrkall, Cooper O'Leary, Sierra Palumbo, Nicholas Pilon, Gianna Potts, Aleksander Pyc, Tyler Robertson, Torin Roth, Adam Schnell, Tucker Schoen, Pearl Sciolino-Coffey, Sara Shugarts, Andrew Smith, Arly Soellers, Charlotte Steck, Sophia Steinbrenner, Hannah Susman, Logan Tanner, Blake Thauer, Sophia Todaro, Brooke Trower, Kyleigh Ulrich, Maddyson Valo, John Vinkle, Preston Whitfield, Ta'miah Wilkes, Brayden Willats, Luke Winarski, Jaimen Wright, Ella Zaremski, Sophie Zentz

12th GRADE HONOR
Alhanoof Ahmed, Raj Arumugam, Paige Bedell, Makayla Bender, Kyler Butcher, Riley Chen, Emmalee Currie, Riley Decker, Miranda DeCourcey, Noah Farmer, Joseph Fatta, Logan Fox, Aubrey Frank, Mya Genovese, Natalie Gojmerac, Sarah Grover, William Hanlon, Daniel Hawkins, Tanner Hawley, Colin Hurley, Zaina Hussein, Andrew Jenica, La'Nijha Jordan-Figueroa, Julia Juntunen, Cameron Kitchen, Lily Koslowski, Edward Kwarciak, Matthew Lavin, Patrick Lepine, Sydney Lomasney, Jacob Mazeh, Sean Mesmer, Josiah Neumann, Isabelle Pezdek, Matthew Rebmann, Olivia Ryan, Alexis Schad, Emma Schinnagel, Madison Schneider, Hope Sedita, Alexander Shivers, Ryan Smith, David Still, Annabella Tippett, Marcus Tittle, Kayleigh Vanderzell, Aiden Wagner, Reese Weigel, Patrick Whalen, Erick Wittmann, Joshua Wozniak, Niveen Zidan




GIHS 3rd Quarter Merit Roll - April 2023


9th GRADE MERIT
Jassim Al Hajjaji, Andrea Mikayla Apon, Max Broeker, Maxwell Bronson, Kenadi Butcher, John Chiarenza, Arianna Flippen, Madelyn Forbes, Aiden Galligan, Anna Gormady, Donovan Heacock, Haley Hillman, Colin Hurley, Nina Johnson, Alex Joyce, Michael Lewandowski, Adrianna Marinucci, Kate Mezhir, Evelyn Miller, Jonathan Neville, Sienna Potenza, Sophia Pyc, Maya Rizzo, Ahmet Savas, Ryan Scott, Caden Sharkey, Grace Simpson, Armani Smith, Sabrina Steffans, Trenton Tyrrell, Alexis Williams

10th GRADE MERIT
William Benz, Emma Beringer, Andrew Birtz, Max Black, Jacob Bonafede, Anthony Ciraolo, Antonia Cotroneo, Danika Fiebelkorn, Luke Gworek, Jacob Hamilton, Ian Hannon, Johanna Jackson, Jierui Jiao, Grace Kucinski, Vincent Lewis, Nico Macrides, Jaxen Montana, Brady Moran, Cora Pankow, Addyson Peck, Samuel Rastelli, Celine Rizek, Jackson Schmidt, Ryan Sharp, Lilian Shugarts, Sophia Sobrino, Brody Winarski

11th GRADE MERIT
Timothy Bentley, Lorenzo Buscaglia, Caitlyn Butcher, Trysten Cardin-Galeza, Ben Cipollitti, Nicolas Galligan, Kyle Haines, Cameran Hoffman, Ethan Hovey, Madison Keen, Morgan Khadra, Ranier Khan, Noah Lewis, Natalle Martineck, Joseph Martino, Rocco Misuraca, Dylan Novak, Brett Nowocien, Cameron Pachura, Isidora Ristic, Abbey Schneller, Justin Shores, Austin Shores, Avery Snyder, David Squires, Tala Steinbrenner, Julianna Tiedemann, Keira Tuohy, Dean Urbaniak, Luke Watkins, Joseph Wynne

12th GRADE MERIT
Dylan Andrews, Alexandrea Caudill, Edwin Cestero Mercado, Michael Christensen, Joseph Ciraolo, Rebecca Dilliot, Anthony Fratello, Christian Giddings, Kelsie Greene, Chase Harding, Aiden Hermanson, Asher Ireland, Phillip Lepine, Erica Marshall, Olivia Martinez, Riley Masterman, Kaylee Montana, Dylan Murray, Natalie Nichols, Jacob Ode, Cody Okelberry, Jacob Pangborn, Christina Pietromicca, Arden Randle, Mitchell Samplinski, James Soto, Jahzary Thomas, Joshua Zherebilov




Grand Island Senior High School - Distinguished Alumni Assembly - April 2023


   The Grand Island Distinguished Alumni committee honored six graduates at this year's assembly, on Friday, April 14th. This large class was due to the pause over the Covid pandemic. They are:
    Dr. Christopher Hejmanowski - Class of 1990, Naval Flight Surgeion, Award-Winning Author of "Collider"
   Dr. Milan (Mitch) Nikolich - Class of 1977, Former Director of Defense Research and Engineering for Research and Technology, Office of the Secretary of Defense
    Lois (Conn) Gibbs - Class of 1969, Environmental Activist - Love Canal 1978, Founder of Center of Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ)
    Bryan Castellani - Class of 1989, Executive Vice President of Finance for Disney Media & Entertainment (DMED) Former Executive Vice President and CFO at ESPN
    Kelly Landen - Class of 1982, Conservationist - Co-Founder, VP, Project Manager of Elephants Without Borders, Professional Photographer, Videographer, Author
    Jeffrey W. Stone - Class of 1976, Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP;, School Capital Project Financing Lawyer and Community Volunteer.
    See assembly here.     The Grand Island Distinguished Alumni award is chosen for exemplary candidates who have graduated at least ten years ago and have made significant contributions to their field of expertise. Worthy candidates must also demonstrate a sincere concern for humanity through their charitable actions. We will be reviewing all of the nominations and selecting the best candidate(s) who exemplify the distinguished Grand Island alumni tradition. Recipients or a representative, if given posthumously, will be invited to speak to our high school students at a date and time to be determined.




March Viking Values Students of the Month - March 2023

The students are pictured, from left, front row: Brett Russell, junior, English Department; Harmanjeet Kaur, senior, World Language Department; Max Zentz, freshman, Technology Department; Zoe Weselak, sophomore, Art Department; Jacob Hamilton, sophomore, Social Studies Department; Riley Decker, senior, Physical Education Department; and Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey. Back row: Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio, Jayden Kleinschmidt, sophomore, Music Department; Patrick Whalen, senior, Business Department; Matthew Rizzo, senior, Math Department; Zachary Vinkle, freshman, Science Department; and Dean of Students Clare Battle.
(Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District)

    Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey, Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio, and Dean of Students Clare Battle of Grand Island High School have announced the 10 Viking Values Students of the Month for March. 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. 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.




Delaware North Visit - March 2023

From left: Max Zentz, Kabir Sandhu, Ahmet Savas, Harvinder Singh, Danielle Novak, Dean Harris, Giovanni Vanacore, Evan Crockett, and Alex Joyce.

   Iconic Locations and Careers Brought to GIHS Students. The Career and Financial Management course at Grand Island High School provides students with useful tools for the real world. Cheryl Chamberlain brings in guest speakers from business, technology, hospitality, military, and many other career areas. This week, management from The Delaware North Company came in and discussed the food, beverage and retail industry for this global company. Delaware North operates concessions at Niagara Falls, Buffalo Airport, the Bills Stadium and hundreds of venues around the world. Students were surprised that simply by working the Casey's Corner School Store and concessions counter gave them experience to try a job for Delaware North! For more information on careers for ages 14 and up email kclark1@delawarenorth.com.




February Viking Values Students of the Month - February 2023

The students are pictured, from left, front row: Megan Reynolds – selected by the World Language Department; Colin Morgan – selected by the Mathematics Department; Juliette Itzo – selected by the Science Department; La’Nijha Jordan-Figueroa – selected by the Business Department. Back row: Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio, Braiden Jaroszewski – selected by the Technology Department; Anthony Borzillieri – selected by the Physical Education Department; David Still – selected by the Music Department; Miranda DeCourcey – selected by the Art Department; Yauheni Kaniuk – selected by the English Department; Chase Mango – selected by the Mathematics Department; Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey, and Dean of Students Clare Battle. Not pictured: Casey Walowitz – selected by the Social Studies Department.
(Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District.)

    Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey, Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio, and Dean of Students Clare Battle of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values Students of the Month for February. 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.
    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.




National Technical Honor Society Inductees - February 2023

    NTHS Welcomes Grand Island Seniors. A total of 163 students from 20 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 seven seniors from Grand Island High School. Those seniors include – with their Erie 1 BOCES Career and Technical Education program – Olivia Martinez (Animal Science), Colin Hurley (Auto Technician Training), Kayla Donovan (Culinary Arts), Makayla Bender (Early Childhood Education) Julia Capage (Health Careers), Zachary Przybyl (Sports Science Careers) and Amanda Gula (Connections – Health Related Careers – New Visions).
    Students were inducted into the NTHS during a ceremony at Villa Maria College in Buffalo on January 24. 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.




January Viking Values Students of the Month - February 2023

The students are pictured, from left, front row: Catherine Zach, nominated by the English Department; Wynonna Roberts, nominated by the Technology Department; Charlotte Tower, nominated by the Business Department; Nina Johnson, nominated by the Math Department; Camryn Harding, nominated by the Music Department; and Grace Carpenter, nominated by the World Language Department. Back row: Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey; Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio; Janelle Spiesz, nominated by the Art Department; Alex Domanski, nominated by the Social Studies Department; Danylo Tkachenko, nominated by the Physical Education Department; Kailyn Ash, nominated by the Science Department; and Dean of Students Clare Battle.
(Photo by Larry Austin/Grand Island Central School District.)

   GIHS announces January Viking Values Students of the Month Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey, Assistant Principal Jon Lattanzio, and Dean of Students Clare Battle of Grand Island High School have announced the Viking Values Students of the Month for January. 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.




Student Council Beautification Project Fundraiser - January 2023

The Grand Island Alumni Association made a $1,000 donation on Dec. 22 for the ongoing beautification project at the Grand Island High School main entrance. From left: Principal Hillary Kretz-Harvey, Student Council co-advisory MaryLis Rustowicz and Brodie Kaiser, and Student Council officers Anna Kurtzhalts (secretary) and Alex Schad (social media director) accepting a check from GIAA's Dick Crawford, Kim Kalman, and Jodi Robinson.

    A fundraising drive to pay for a beautification project at Grand Island High School’s main entrance has surpassed its $10,700 goal. Brodie Kaiser, co-advisor of Grand Island High School Student Council with MaryLis Rustowicz, said, "Our goal is to create a new entryway to our high school that represents the enthusiasm and school spirit that our students share at Grand Island High School. This will also be a display of the Viking pride shared throughout our entire Grand Island community, which will last for many years to come."
    Fundraising began in November. Kaiser believes the project "will not only embrace the pride of Grand Island, but it will also further enhance our positive school culture." In addition to running fundraisers, Student Council accepted donations from Grand Island High School graduates. On Dec. 22, alumni visited the school (on the last day of school before the blizzard and winter recess) to make check presentations. Student Council received $1,000 from the Grand Island Alumni Association, $5,000 from the Class of 2022, and $1,497 from the Class of 2021, putting the fund drive over the top in its $10,000+ goal.




Grand Island Academy of Finance travels to Leadership Conference - January 2023

Group photo.

   The Grand Island Academy of Finance traveled to Orlando, Florida this past week to train at the Disney Imagination Campus at Walt Disney World. Fifty-three students were in attendance at this immersive training into the management and leadership style of the Disney company. Students were treated to a tour of the backstage of the park and how integral everyone's job is to the success of the Disney experience. In addition, students enjoyed fireworks and special events provided by Disney. Amy Boutet, the GIHS AOF Coordinator, was excited to bring students to "the happiest place on earth!" Thanks to the chaperones Cheryl Chamberlain, Christopher Simpson, Alanna Burt, and Mark Gorton for assisting with all of the students. The Academy of Finance introduces a student to the broad career opportunities available in the ever-changing financial services industry through involvement in a hands-on business curriculum. Students learn workplace skills and develop self-confidence as they participate in a rigorous and relevant business curriculum. For more information on the NAF program at Grand Island High School contact amyboutet@gicsd.org.