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The key is that youth across the country are speaking out, not just in the major cities. In order for the youth to make a change, there must be a huge movement, and local students in the Finger Lakes Region were provided with the valuable opportunity to participate. Students from surrounding schools in Ithaca, Watkins Glen and Trumansburg all participated in this event. The event, taking place on March 24, , involved students and adults from surrounding areas meeting up on the Ithaca Commons, and holding signs up while listening to various speakers.

Speakers included local students, parents, and community leaders. Speeches were about changes that need to be made on both national and state levels; issues such as the gun violence against blacks were brought up, as well. The movement against gun violence is gaining momentum, and now is the time for the youth in the U. The problem of gun violence is not exclusive to large schools or big cities, and must be solved before the issue grows. With a local platform for their voices to be heard, many attending the protest hoped for change to take place in New York State in the future.

Young people are the future of the U. Local movements build to create national movements, and the pieces must all come together to create a larger opportunity for change. With many local youth participating in this student-led movement, we are creating an active generation that will fight to have its voices heard, and fight to create change for the better.

Scenes from the Ithaca March for Our Lives. Photos provided by Kathleeen Clifford. Palmesano meets with WG fourth-graders. Special to The Odessa File. He delivered a presentation on state government. Palmesano outlined the respective roles each of the three branches of government play in serving New Yorkers and explained the process by which a bill becomes a law.

Additionally, he detailed his role as an assemblyman. I know they have bright futures ahead of them, and I want to thank all of the faculty and staff for hosting me.

In addition to meeting with the fourth-graders, Palmesano met with a group of Watkins Glen High School freshmen and eighth-grade students later in the day. Auxiliary offers Health Care scholarships. Applications may be found on-line at www. For more information, email info schuylerhospital.

Wednesday, April 25 at the library. The school district collects the needed tax money for library operational expenses. Other sources of income are gifts and donations, fines, fees, grants, and rental income. A total of programs were offered for children and adults, with total attendance of 3, children and adults. The conference room and library meeting spaces were used times by 29 different community organizations.

In the background is School Board president Gloria Brubaker. Nathaniel Rose from the cathedral tower to his death. The play opened Friday night and was performed again Saturday night, leading to the matinee finale. Based on songs from the Disney film and on the plot of the Victor Hugo novel, the show follows Esmeralda and her fellow gypsies as they fight against the prejudices of Archdeacon Frollo.

Raised in seclusion by Frollo, Quasimodo longs to be among the people he watches from the towers of the Notre Dame cathedral, and eventually gains the courage to break out and save Esmeralda, who has shown him kindness. Soldier Phoebus and Queen of the Gypsies Clopin also help the people rise up against oppression.

The show carries many timely themes. In all, over 20 students from 7th to 12th grades rehearsed since January, immersing themselves in the challenging music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

The book is by Peter Parnell. Amanda Armstrong played Clopin. Rounding out the cast and playing multiple roles were: Hair was by Shear Elegance.

Quasimodo and Captain Phoebus grieve the passing of Esmeralda. Kelsey Kernan as Saint Aphrodisius sings to Quasimodo. Elliott Holland narrates at the end of the play.

Claudia Parker and Alix Matthews as the spirits of Quasimodo's parents seen early in the play reappear in Act. Nathaniel Rose and Esmeralda Grace Wickham argue late in the play. Kathryn Losey sings in Act 2. Macy Fitzgerald, left, and Sarai Wynkoop.

Wyatt Brower as the title character, Quasimodo, performs a first-act song. Nathaniel Rose , who is grabbing him. Phoebus is wounded, but escapes with the help of Esmeralda Grace Wickham, foreground. Conlin Wysocki as Captain Phoebus. Nathaniel Rose as Frollo. Claudia Parker on left and Kathryn Losey during a musical number, one of many in the first act.

Bernie Riley and daughter Samantha background were members of the pit band. Tom Bloodgood played the cello in the pit band. Amanda Armstrong portrayed the gypsy Clopin. Douglas DiGregorio was a soldier; he also portrayed a gargoyle. Music Director Sarah Matthews. Amanda Armstrong as the gypsy Clopin. Maria Brubaker as one of the statues who befriend Quasimodo. Conlin Wysocki and Grace Wickham as two of the lead characters.

Watkins Glen High School students sat silently during the 17 minutes at a table displaying photos of the Parkland school shooting victims. That February massacre, during which 17 people died, was remembered in walkouts around the nation Wednesday, many of the movements political in nature as students protested the lack of Congressional action to tighten gun laws, especially regarding the easy access to assault weapons.

Officials at Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen schools said the movement at their facilities was student motivated, and that instead of politically-charged rhetoric, silent vigils ruled the day.

There was no sign here of the gun law protests elsewhere in the country. The gathering, said Wood, involved 17 minutes of silence from students who ranged in age from elementary school through high school. Only those students who wished to participate did so. The event was followed by meetings through the day -- scheduled before the auditorium event had evolved -- with high school classes to impress upon students the need to be "good people" and "digital citizens, trying to be positive," said Wood.

These were an offshoot of a recent incident involving the removal of a student from school following a "non-specific threat" toward the school and a specific threat toward another student. At Watkins Glen, the national event's 10 a. There, students Wrett and Wyatt Brower were playing a power-point presentation showing photos of the 17 victims of the Parkland shooting, which occurred last month.

Nearby -- in the school courtyard -- about 90 students gathered in the falling snow for a silent vigil organized by junior Claudia Parker and senior Ashley Caslin. When they were done, Parker thanked the group for coming and said: Watkins Glen school officials said the gatherings -- which also included a group of students outside the Elementary School -- were student-orchestrated.

The silent vigil in the WGHS courtyard proved emotional for some of the students. He was referring to the decision recently made -- following a student-generated threat that led to a police presence at the school -- to notify parents by letter rather than a faster option known as robocalls, or automatically generated phone calls with the same message.

Wood's comment came Thursday night at a meeting of the O-M School Board, following a suggestion by one parent that the district needs to notify parents faster than it did in the recent case, which Wood says involved "a non-specific threat toward the school and a specific threat toward a student" by another student in the district.

Law enforcement was notified and in turn handled it. Wood could not divulge either the school or the age of the student. The parent, Niki Turnmyre, a first responder with emergency response and firefighting on her resume, thanked the district "for handling the recent threat" quickly, but added that "the means of notification" was slow.

Parents receive robocalls after bus accidents and other incidents, she said, "so why not after a threat? I'd appreciate knowing sooner rather than later. Wood agreed with her, explaining that among his reports to the board that night was one on school safety -- which under the circumstances he moved from last to first on his presentation list.

He said the decision to send a letter had been made on the advice of school counsel, but that feedback has convinced him that robocalls would have been preferable and will be utilized in similar situations going forward. He described various protocols currently in place at O-M regarding school entrances, lockdowns, and interactions with state police and firefighters and said plans are constantly being adopted and improved in anticipation of possible disruptions created by threats or by "a shooter, explosions or gas leaks.

The district is also considering measures it might install at after-school events such as plays and sports contests. There is little in the way of existing programs in other districts to help guide the development of such an O-M plan, he said.

He outlined steps taken when there is a threat -- such as the recent one, which occurred shortly after the deadly shooting rampage in Parkland, Florida. Police are called in such a circumstance, he said, and the investigation is handed to them. Also possibly present are representatives from the Probation Department, Youth Court or other agencies. He said privacy rights prohibited specific explanation to parents or the public at large about the recently accused student -- a situation further affected by age.

He also said meetings are planned with 9th through 12th graders next week to impress upon them "what happens if they make a threat, even jokingly. The first concert, at a high school-wide assembly, drew a large crowd; a public concert in the evening drew far fewer people. At each, vocalists and instrumentalists performed while accompanied by professional musicians Katie McShane, Rosie Newton and Jesse Heasly.

McShane and Newton have now participated in this program for six years; and Heasly, who lives with McShane in Brooklyn, has been here three times.

The program, which was begun in under the auspices of then-Middle School teacher Jim Murphy, featured Ithaca-based and world renowned bassist Hank Roberts for many years before he handed it off to McShane and Newton. They, like Roberts, presented the concerts in the Middle School for their first two years here, and since then-- with the closing of the Middle School -- in the high school auditorium ever since.

The three musicians said they find satisfaction in helping students develop performance skills, and are hoping to expand their interaction by starting similar programs elsewhere, possibly at Trumansburg's high school next year. Newton -- who like McShane and Heasly tours frequently, is a resident of Trumansburg. The afternoon assembly offered 16 acts, while the evening concert featured the same acts plus several others.

Performing in the afternoon were the following students:. McShane said Parker and the three pros improvised some of the music at the outset. He composed it collaboratively with the Artists in Residence. McShane, Newton and Heasly, who worked during the past two-and-a-half weeks one-on-one with the young performers, accompanied each person on stage.

McShane plays the guitar, cello, keyboard and piano, and sings on tour. Newton plays the fiddle, viola, guitar and accordion. Heasly plays mostly bass, along with piano. When asked which they liked better -- the process of developing the students' acts or the performances -- McShane and Newton answered in tandem: With the Artist in Residence program now at the quarter-century mark, will they be returning next year?

They all nodded yes. There was a least one 7th grader, Erin McKenzie, in the concert. There's a point each time, said Newton, when the whole thing comes together. After starting from scratch on the musical selections -- with the students selecting what they want to work on -- a rag-tag first week hits its stride in the second week. Gaetano Williams sings "Perfect" while playing the piano. Wyatt Brower, with his brother accompanying in the background, sings " Ways. Conlin Wysocki sings a song he created called "Bittersweet.

Rosie Newton accompanying one of the performers. Artist in Residence Jesse Heasly on bass. Student Jack Muir performs an original song, "Best Friend. Artist in Residence Katie McShane on the keyboard. Claudia Parker performs "Goner" on the piano. Alex Burke sings "Satellite. Alexis Lepp sings "Stitches.

Sarah Joslin sings "Beneath Your Beautiful. Lexi Shea sings "Perfect. John Reed sings an original titled "Shame. Sarah Schaffner sings "Not About Angels. Miranda Rodriguez sings "Waving Through a Window. Seniors at Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour and Bradford Central Schools or seniors residing in Schuyler County who attend school in a different district are eligible to apply for the award.

The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior continuing his or her education in special education, human services or a related clinical area, which will be used in a career providing supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism.

Applications are due May 18, For more information, visit www. Student assembly at WGHS offers forum on issues of school shootings and safety. To read student Amber Benjamin's speech, click here. The shootings by a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was front and center Tuesday thanks to an article in the school newspaper written by the assembly moderators, seniors Amber Benjamin and Jared Prien.

It dealt with interviews with three students on the subject, and triggered a request by Superintendent Greg Kelahan and High School Principal Kai D'Alleva for Benjamin and Prien to oversee the assembly, offering remarks of their own before soliciting those of fellow students. Prien spoke relatively briefly from notes, saying he was "a bit undecided" on which side carries more weight in the ongoing argument between those who say tighter gun controls are needed versus those who argue that mental illness instead of guns is to blame.

But he noted that "banning guns might not be the right move. Benjamin presented a prepared text. To read it, click here. After they spoke, almost two dozen students followed suit, touching on a number of issues, with ideas such as:.

Eliminate bullying and cyber-bullying. One said he didn't know a lot of the students there in the auditiorium, a common problem that limits communication -- and "communication is a key" in seeking out and preventing possible tragedies. School Resource Officer David Waite said that if a student -- say one just leaving a rest room -- finds himself or herself in a hallway as a shooting incident begins, he or she should get to a classroom as quickly as possible, because a lockdown means just that: Once locked, the door should not be unlocked again -- leaving a student wandering the hallway in a difficult situation.

In addition, he said, students should not respond to a fire alarm once a lockdown is initiated since some shooters -- such as the one in Florida -- set them off to draw targets out of the classrooms. Principal D'Alleva said afterward that the forum generated some good ideas and will lead to further discussions in small groups, with the hope of adding to safety protocols now in effect.

Some of those are by nature best kept out of the public eye. Others are obvious, such as designated teachers walking designated routes at the outset of the school day to make sure that nothing seems out of the ordinary. But nothing, he said, is taken for granted. And since an attack is never expected and yet could happen at any time, both caution and awareness, not to mention a proactive mindset, are necessary.

That, and plenty of discussion and planning. For if something happens, there would be little time to think, since-- noted Waite -- attacks generally take only about five minutes and are "a fluid situation. Students pay attention to the comments of one of the more than 20 students who addressed the assembly. School Resource Officer David Waite speaks to the students.

Ideas offered by students were jotted on large sheets of paper and posted. They will become part of the ongoing discussion going forward. Student Amanda Wilbur was among the speakers. Teacher Sam Brubaker peruses some of the assembly-generated ideas that were written down.

She is completing a Bachelor of Architecture program and will graduate on May 5, O'Mara-Lupardo bill seeks expanded Student Journalist publication rights. The proposed legislation, stemming from the "New Voices" movement, would give student journalists editorial control over their publications; currently in New York State, school administrators have final say in what is published.

Having more control over what they publish will support journalistic integrity and independence which is what we need in a democratic society. I look forward to constructive debate as this legislation advances. I have appreciated the enthusiasm and input we've received from administrators, instructors, and students at the Corning Painted-Post High School.

Kuhlmeier decision gave school administrators the ability to review, and ultimately censor, student publications. Read more about New Voices at https: O-M district gauging 3 Pre-K interest. Transportation will be the responsibility of the parent.

To express your interest in the full-day three-year-old Pre-Kindergarten program, please call the school at , ext. Schuyler HeadStart also holds its own three-year-old program, which you may want to express interest in as well. Please call HeadStart at O-M district is gauging Pre-K interest. To express your interest in the full-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, please call the school at , ext. Schuyler HeadStart also holds their own four-year-old program, which you may want to express interest in as well.

Cate sets kindergarten registration. Kindergarten registration is scheduled for May Please call the B C. Cate office at , ext. Chamber announces scholarship topics. To apply, students must complete an application and submit a response by March 30 to one of the three topics selected by the committee. If you were to open a business in Schuyler County, what would it be?

Where would it be located? How would you cover the expenses of the business? Applicants may use one of three options to answer the topic questions: For additional information, contact Rebekah Carroll at the Chamber at or email: P-TECH is a new model for secondary education that brings together the best elements of high school, college and the professional world. Students take the lead role in their learning, choosing pathways to their careers and taking college-level, credit-bearing courses from their first year.

The Ugliest Sweater contestants: They were wearing nightmarish holiday sweaters made, in the cases of Francischelli, McCarty and Lewis, by their teaching staffs; and in the case of Wood, by the district office staff.

It was an idea born at B. Cate by Lewis's teaching team, no stranger itself to Ugly Sweater contests. But this time, Lewis said, the teachers thought a truly Ugliest Sweater contest involving administrators -- with sweaters devised by the most twisted staff minds available -- could be adjudged by the School Board. The teachers who created the winning or was it losing? If she had won, she would have fed her own staff. She was to fix it for the Hanlon staff.

For the Ugliest Sweater was worn, the Board decided, by none other than Hanlon's Francischelli, who looked like a walking fir tree, or perhaps an explosion of holiday roping. Winter Concerts featuring 7th through 12 grade choruses and bands. Jennifer Kraemer is director of the O-M bands.

The chorus director is Ian MacDonald. Alex MacDonald served as accompanist. The High School Band then performed a "Trilogy: Renee Riley served as accompanist. O-M inducts 10 into National Honor Society. Eight members of the sophomore class were inducted: Two members of the junior class were also inducted: Tori Reese and William Yeater.

The students were inducted during a candlelight ceremony conducted by incumbent members of the chapter, and overseen by advisers Holly Campbell and Sadye Halpin. Principal Almon McCarty was on hand to share some words of wisdom with the inductees, and all attendees were invited to a reception afterward.

The photo was taken during the class reunion on Saturday, July 29, Photo by Frank Spena, Jr. Schuyler representatives Kelsey Kernan, left, and Amber Updike. Don't forget online reading program. Our region is incredibly fortunate to have such an outstanding network of public libraries providing access to books and other reading activities, materials and opportunities.

Among other features, the site includes a recording journal, opportunities to share books with other family members and friends, and a series of popular summer reading lists. Numerous studies have shown that children who engage in summer reading make greater academic gains than children who do not.

Program coordinators at the New York State Library, Senate and Assembly hope that increased attention on the benefits of summer reading will result in expanded participation this year, said O'Mara.. Visit the website of the Southern Tier Library System, www. Along with other youths from around the state, they made plans for SeenEnoughTobacco Day in October, to fight against what they see as the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry and their influence on youth tobacco use in their communities.

Surgeon General, the advertising and promotional activities by tobacco companies cause the start and continuation of smoking among adolescents and young adults. SeenEnoughTobacco Day on October 13, is the statewide day of action hosted by Reality Check of New York, a group of youth advocates who raise awareness of what they consider the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry. RC youth will host tobacco-free community activities and lead an online campaign to engage and educate community members and leaders about the importance of reducing youth exposure to tobacco marketing in order to be the first tobacco-free generation.

The solution is to change our community so that tobacco and tobacco use is not the norm. Reality Check of New York empowers youth to become leaders in their community by exposing what they see as the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry. SeenEnoughTobacco is an online campaign with the goal of safeguarding children from the billions of dollars of hard-hitting tobacco promotions in places where children see them.

Parents, community leaders and others interested in protecting youth are encouraged to learn more at SeenEnoughTobacco. Hospital Auxiliary awards 3 scholarships.

He will attend the University of Vermont to start his education toward becoming a physician. She will attend Daemen College to start her education toward becoming a physical therapist. Smith has been an employee at the hospital for over 5 years. Scholarship awards are presented each year to graduating high school seniors who live or attend school in Schuyler County and plan to enter careers in the healthcare field, as well as Schuyler Hospital employees looking to continue their education in healthcare.

Awards are based on academic achievement, volunteerism, and personal essays. Previous recipients have been in such diverse fields as orthopedics, dentistry, physical therapy, optometry, speech therapy, and pharmacy. For more information about the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, call or email info schuylerhospital. Destiny Decker, daughter of Harold Decker, will enroll at Elmira College this fall to study biochemistry.

Decker is valedictorian of her class. She has received many academic and athletic awards and honors, including the Elmira College Key Award. In addition to her academic achievements, she also works at the Corning Museum of Glass. The bleachers on the east side of the field were filled, as were rows of chairs between the stands and the athletic field -- the field where Pruitt once excelled, in one football game amassing yards rushing.

There were onlookers standing on either side of the full bleachers, too, listening to the speeches in Ryan's honor. Pruitt, a senior who was also an exceptional track athlete as well as a dynamic cheerleader, was remembered by close friends, coaches, an administrator, a cousin and a pastor. High School prinicipal Kai D'Alleva opened the ceremony with words about Ryan -- how he was "a model student athlete, and that's not an exaggeration, not hyperbole.

He was truly a pleasure to be around each and every day, and he is sorely missed in the hallways of WGHS. D'Alleva said that in reaction to Pruitt's death, an organization has been formed by teacher Ward Brower called "24" -- the number Ryan proudly wore on the football field. And third, there are at least 24 people who love you and would be devastated to lose you Honor Ryan by trying to prevent another tragedy such as this.

A speech was then presented by close friend Amanda Pike, who said Ryan "had a heart of gold Coaches from his cheerleading team praised Ryan for his work ethic, his dedication, his determination, his smile, "and oh, that laugh. Teacher and Senior Class Advisor Sam Brubaker said Ryan "was always willing to give his all in class" and to help others, and that "watching him compete" on the playing field "was inspiring.

Holland said Ryan "wore the number 24 proudly," and that "the things he did for us" on the football field "were memorable. Condon said Ryan showed "determination, reliability, dignity and respect" every day, and that his "speed and strength set him apart," but that he was an MVP because he made those around him better. A cousin, John Wagner, called Ryan "an amazing young man" with "a shining personality" and "a spirit within that knew no boundaries. What happened to the one with the smile, the one with the laugh?

One of the things we have to guard more than anything else is hope. While "we can't understand why these things happen," Spencer said, he was sure that if Ryan "could stand here now, he would say 'Never lose hope.

After the speeches, 24 helium balloons were released to the sky in Ryan Pruitt's memory, and a long line formed for attendees to express their condolences to his family under a shelter at midfield. A table near the reception tent at midfield.

The athletic field scoreboard carried Ryan's uniform number: Members of the cheerleading team to which Ryan belonged performed an aerial maneuver in his honor. They were as follows: Rotary Students of the Month Recognition: Sara McManus Vice President: Julia Delong and Peter Sandritter.

Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award: Clara Chedzoy and Meghan Hayes. Rochester Institute of Technology Junior Awards: Hanley Elliott and Tanner Ryan. Hobart and William Smith Colleges: Sage College Merit Scholarship: Ball Community Achievement Award: Alexander Pesco Geometry Regents Award: Samuel Hanley and Brienna Solomon. Barb Hughey Physical Education Award: Aidan DeBolt and Alyssa Arcangeli.

Amanda Pike and Patrick Hazlitt. Connor Seeley-Ion and Maxwell Schimizzi. Marie Fitzsimmons Student Humanitarian Award: National Honor Society Awards: Student Council Officer Results: Award recipients included, from top: Speeches by the team coach, John Fazzary, by Superintendent Tom Phillips and by State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano highlighted the gathering, with O'Mara and Palmesano -- currently with time off from their Albany jobs -- bringing along a resolution from the State Legislature that paid tribute to the team's achievements.

The event followed by 17 days a visit by the school's other state championship team -- the girls varsity basketball team -- to Albany, where they too received a special resolution. Said O'Mara at the time, the visit presented "the opportunity to introduce the Senecas to our Senate and Assembly colleagues. Palmesano said the cross country team did not visit Albany after it won its title because the Legislature was not in session during that part of the year.

Friday's assembly, he said, gave the team the opportunity to be honored before their schoolmates and community. The assembly was open to the public, and a number of team members' parents were on hand to photograph the event. That latter involved schools of all classes and both private and public educational institutions. The team was greeted upon its return with the state title by a couple of hundred fans who celebrated the event in the WGHS Field House.

A school gathering was later held in the Field House at which the team was honored. The team consisted of 20 members: Eight of those runners competed at the State and Federation Championships: All 20 were called to the stage Friday, and photos accordingly taken with O'Mara and Palmesano flanking the runners. In the speeches beforehand, Fazzary spoke of the season and of coaching the team as "a real highlight of my life," while Phillips, retiring this year, thanked the team and said: Palmesano said it was "a privilege for us to be here" and that "we wanted to come here in your own backyard, and in front of the community and your peers, to congratulate you.

O'Mara said he was "proud to stand here today The emcee was chapter president Jacob Carocci. After the introductions, the inductees, now donned in robes and each carrying a candle, lined up on the stage for the National Honor Society pledge and for group photos. Cookies and water were then available during a reception in the hallway outside the auditorium. Abigail Donelson dons her National Honor Society robe.

National Honor Society president Jacob Carocci. Young men in tuxedos and young women in gowns went to dinner beforehand and then to the prom -- a gathering place for music, dancing, and camaraderie, an event that those attending will likely remember for the rest of their lives. Some readers -- in the absence an The Odessa File photographer at the prom -- sent along a few photos of the night. We present them here. Taylor Kelly and Dalton Cummings. Simulation offers prom message to students: Don't drink and drive, don't text and drive.

Law enforcement, a fire department with Jaws of Life extraction equipment, and a helocopter to carry injured to the hospital. The two cars utilized were donated for the exercise by Southern Tier Auto of Monterey, which delivered the vehicles and was removing them afterward -- after rescue personnel had carved them up to remove the "injured" and "dead" from the vehicles.

Those roles were filled by WGHS students, complete with makeup applied that morning. Nearby, the driver of one of the cars -- actually senior Katherine Taylor, the project's makeup artist and, with fellow student Sara Morrissette, credited as key SADD members involved in the event's planning -- was being given a breathalyzer test and "arrested" by village patrolman Jesse Wilson.

Taylor was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car after "failing" the test. The Guthrie Air helicopter donated its time and its equipment, too, and participated in the exercise, wheeling an "injured" passenger on a stretcher, moving the student from one of the vehicles over to the chopper parked on the open lawn nearby.

Watching all of this were the students, to whom School Resource Officer David Waite explained various aspects of the event as it proceeded. He had organized the law enforcement and emergency services aspect of the simulation, and praised Guthrie Air for donating its expertise and equipment, which under normal circumstances costs thousands of dollars. Everything you see here would slow down, making matters even worse.

SADD also conducted a Grim Reaper Day this week in the school, whereby a student dressed in black and with a face painted to resemble a skeleton, would enter a classroom every half hour or so and tap a student on the shoulder. That student would leave, don a black robe, be made up to look dead-white, and return to class in complete silence -- signifying his or her loss to classmates through accident and death.

Said one SADD representative: Added a member of the Guthrie Air crew to the kids: School Resource Officer David Waite addresses the students. Rescuers work to extract an "injured" student from one of the cars. A "body" -- a participating student -- is covered, simulating a fatality. The two cars used. The scenario was that both drinking and texting were involved, with one driver distracted by texting as the two vehicles collided at an intersection.

Also on hand were Watkins Glen Mayor Sam Schimizzi and other members of the Watkins Glen Village Board, which worked with the school district to keep the program operational. For a summary of the meeting, click here. Rotary scholarship applications available.

She demonstrates empathy for others and never looks for recognition or rewards. Taylor competes with the campus SkillsUSA chapter and volunteers for events on campus. She will attend Corning Community College next year to study social work. Envirothon competitors from Schuyler County pose for a group photo.

Bradford wins Schuyler Envirothon title. Schuyler, Chemung, Broome, Tioga and Tompkins. Two Odessa-Montour students were on the second- and third-place teams for Chemung County: This hands-on, environmental education competition is organized by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts. A total of 30 Schuyler students were involved in the Regional event this year. The Envirothon is an annual program in which teams of high school students from across the region and then the state and, ultimately, the nation put their knowledge and understanding of natural resource issues to the test.

Essential assistance is provided by the school science teachers, the school districts and also local businesses who donate funds for financial support. Kelahan as the successor to retiring Superintendent Tom Phillips. Phillips said that will be no later than Oct. Kelahan pictured at right , selected from a small pool of candidates invited back by the Board for second interviews, was unable to attend the meeting because he is in London, England, visiting a daughter participating in a program there.

It is my honor and privilege to be joining an accomplished and forward-thinking organization such as this, and I look forward to serving the school and community of Watkins Glen.

Kelahan, who started his career in education as a teacher in the Gouverneur and Fayetteville-Manlius school districts, had -- McCarthy noted -- "been a staff and curriculum development specialist in the Madison-Oneida BOCES, an elementary principal and district curriculum leader in the Madison school district and assistant superintendent in Cazenovia" before assuming his duties at Oriskany.

It truly helped to guide us. McCarthy noted that since the selection process was a closed one, no names of any other candidates would be released. This comes when anticipated enrollment is down 2. There are four candidates who submitted petitions by Monday's deadline to run for a trio of three-year seats on the School Board on May The newcomer is Tracey VanSkiver pictured at right , a mother of three children 4th grade, 2nd grade and pre-K in the school district.

VanSkiver, whose husband Eric is an engineer at Corning, Inc. She currently works part-time in the school district as a monitor and sub.

VanSkiver, who with her husband moved away to Indianapolis for several years and then back to Watkins Glen, said she is "excited to run" and wants "to help make changes" down the road that will help the district, the community and its children flourish. The Watkins Glen girls varsity basketball team at the Walk of Fame ceremony held Wednesday morning before the entire student body in the school Field House.

The players and coaches stood there, shoulder to shoulder, in front of paper stars on the floor before them. The stars, each with a player's name, constituted the Walk of Fame, items later to be laminated and displayed. But before this ceremony was over, something would be added to each star: And there were stars for the players: The same sort of ceremony was held after the school's boys cross-country team returned with a state title in the fall.

That was the school's first-ever team state championship, and now it has two. Among the speeches were one by Bond, the state tourney MVP and a school leader; and by Ralph Diliberto, one of the team's assistant coaches. In his speech, Diliberto quoted Theodore Roosevelt, adding references to females: The credit belongs to the man or woman who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself or herself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he or she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his or her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Who loses with grace and poise, and wins with class and honor. Respect, diligence and integrity make up their fabric. When one of their teammates are down, they are there to pick them up.

When a mistake is made in the contest, they push on to the next play. Doing the drills coaches prescribe and one more, to take the extra set of exercises. To be strong mentally, emotionally and physically. May your values continue in this regard. I am truly proud of you all. May God bless you. Ever since practice started back in November and coach had us set goals, we all instantly had 'state title' come to mind. We had come so close in the previous years and we just knew what we had to do to get there this time.

With two sectional titles already under our belt, we were motivated. Like Coach Bub Chaffee always said before every game, "this is the next step. We suffered injuries, we fought at times, and had two mid-season losses, but that never stopped us. We aren't like other teams. Most would let the pressure and losses get to them, but not us. Every day, every practice, every tournament and every game was a chance to improve ourselves. We knew every time we stepped on that court what we had to do. Each and every girl on this team has worked so hard and deserves every bit of recognition for this state title.

Saturday we played Mekeel Christian Academy. We came out with such intensity and fire under our feet, the game seemed like it was made for us. We played as a team and were able to get seven girls on the stat sheet in a state semifinal game. After getting that win, we were excited, but we knew it wasn't over yet.

The game following ours was the second qualifier game for Class C. The winner of this game would be our matchup for the next day. We knew South Seneca was tough, being the defending Class C state champs from last year. The game was intense and South Seneca played so hard, but when the final buzzer sounded it was Port Jefferson with the win. The matchups and plays were running through our heads. Sunday morning came and it was go time.

We packed our bags and piled on the bus, planning on being the next Class C state champs when we got back on. When the time came to suit up, you could feel the nerves and butterflies.

We knew this game was a big deal and we didn't want to let ourselves, our coaches or any one of you down. Not to mention, we didn't want to let our seniors down. She then praised the two seniors, Mikenna Ayers "one of the most positive and supportive teammates I've ever had" and Amanda Pike: Be proud of what you've done.

We got five points up on the board in only a few minutes and we kept the tenacity high on defense. However, we started getting in foul trouble, had to go back into a half-court defense, and that's when Port Jeff started to take the lead. Every time it seemed like we were closing the gap, they'd hit a 3 or get an and-one on us. We were fighting, but it seemed like everything turned against us. The fourth quarter came and we were down by We knew what we could do in eight minutes and gave it all we had.

We went back into our full-court press and great steals were made by Pike and Hannah, who were able to get themselves or other players like Mar and Ched to the line. With around 20 seconds left, Pike was on the line and made two foul shots to tie it.

Port Jeff inbounded and due to great hustle, Mariah forced a Port Jeff player into a travel turnover. Coach called a timeout and that advanced us to half court. It was intended for Pike if she was open on the wing but if not, Hannah would be in charge of taking it to the basket. The crowd was going wild by this point, but we never lost focus.

With 8 seconds left Pike inbounded it and was instantly guarded from receiving the ball back. So Hannah got past not one, not two, but three defenders and took the purest raindrop shot while running baseline. I stood under the basket as the ball bounced around, and it felt like the world stopped. As the buzzer sounded it fell in and the gym erupted with fans cheering.

Our whole team stormed the court We did it, we are the state champs. In that last quarter we scored 28 points to Port Jefferson's It was like we were out of a movie. After getting awards and interviews were finished, it was those of you who came up to see us who really made the moment special. The support was overwhelming and we couldn't be any more thankful, for all of the fans, family and friends who had our backs.

And also a big thank you to the support and escorts from Ovid, Hector, Burdett and Watkins as we made our way back for the celebration. Furthermore, a big shout-out to Nan Fraboni of the Sports Boosters, and mother of one of the players, Makenna Fraboni , who is like a mother to me and someone who made that celebration happen and provided us so many snacks for the bus ride.

I can't thank these girls and coaches enough for everything they've done. I wouldn't have wanted to do it with anyone else. There was so much more I could've said and so many memories to cherish and jokes to tell, but I'll end with this message to all of you athletes who are going to have the chance to do something great like this one day: Remember, you are your biggest enemy. If you say you can't, you never will. If you don't believe in yourself, how do you expect anyone else will?

You control your fate. Give it all you've got and you can do anything you set your mind to. I see a bright future ahead for Watkins Glen athletes. Let this title motivate you and drive you. Coach Alicia Learn, carrying the state championship plaque, greets one of the many young students on hand for Wednesday's celebration. Assistant Coach Ralph Diliberto presents his speech. The team concludes the celebration with a circle cheer. Photo by Don Romeo Fifth: Emmie Bond presents her speech.

The players greet young Watkins Glen students after the celebration. Photo by Don Romeo Eighth: The Sports Boosters' Nancy Fraboni and daughter Makenna, who is a member of the state championship team. Boys cross country coach John Fazzary -- whose team won a state championship in the fall, was introduced and greeted by the girls basketball team. Photo by Don Romeo. The Watkins Glen basketball players and coaches signed their Walk of Fame stars during Wednesday's gathering.

Conlin Wysocki sings "Amie" at Wednesday's concert, with his sister Melonie joining in. Artists-in-residence concert features musical talents of many WGHS students. For the past several weeks, artists-in-residence Rosie Newton, Jesse Heasly and Katie McShane worked with student musicians at the school to develop their musical performance skills.

A number of students spent class and lunch periods working individually with the artists to prepare pieces for the concert, which was free and open to the public. Both Newton and McShane -- each of whom has participated as an artist-in-residence at WGHS for several years -- enthused about the students and the experience.

She lives in Trumansburg, where she recently returned from two weeks of touring in the United Kingdom. She can be found playing music locally, too. Heasly is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he studied jazz bass performance.

He is an active touring bassist in the New England area. In addition to teaching, she composes music for various ensembles and performs with several touring bands, playing many different instruments. All three were on stage with the students Wednesday night, as well as during an assembly during school hours.

They provided backup music as well as encouragement for the evening's musicians. The artists' roll is an extension of the twenty annual visits paid by Ithaca bassist Hank Roberts, who worked with students at the old Middle School before the program was enlarged and moved to the high school -- and handed off by Roberts to Newton and McShane.

Wednesday's concert began with a performance -- by teacher Travis Durfee and the resident artists -- of an original song by Durfee titled "Crockpot Squirrel.

Kelsey Kernan, right, and Katherine Larson after singing a duet. Allie Gibson, left, and Annika Wickham performing an instrumental duet. One of the artists-in-residence, Rosie Newton, performing at the concert. Claudia Parker performs "Chasing Cars. Gaetano Williams sings "Unsteady. Kacey Samuels sings "Valerie," with artist-in-residence Jesse Heasly in the background. Jack Muir sings "Miserable at Best. Katlyn Kernan sings "Titanium. Nicole Price performs at the piano.

Shannon Alger sings "Hallelujah. Sierra Morris sings "A Thousand Years. WG Alumni Association offers scholarships. The Association was formed in to support the annual alumni banquet, recognize distinguished alumni, award scholarships and build a community of Watkins Glen graduates.

The completed application with all criteria included should be mailed to: Scholarship Committee 12th Street Watkins Glen, New York After the deadline, the scholarship awards committee will select eligible applicants to interview.

Following the interview process, three individuals will be selected by the association to receive the scholarships. Recipients will be notified in writing. Attendance at the Alumni Banquet is required. Social time will begin at 5 p. Dinner will be served at 7 p. Questions may be directed to Peggy Scott, association president, at peggsctt yahoo. Information meeting set on capital project. Taxpayers in the district will be asked to vote on the proposed project from noon to 8 p.

The proposed project was developed by Hunt Engineers, Architects and Surveyors at the request of the Board of Education. The current state-aid level for capital improvement is With the retirement of the debt and the use of capital reserves, there will be no increased tax impact for the proposed improvements and renovations, say school officials. There are several areas the district plans to address with the capital project. The original Elementary School building was constructed in , with an addition in Areas of the building, officials say, are in need of updates and renovation.

In addition, the Field House, Elementary addition and High School addition completed in are quickly approaching a year anniversary. Those areas, along with other identified areas, will need complete roof replacement as the warranty will expire, school officials note. The district also plans to install artificial turf surfaces on the main stadium field and the infields of both the baseball and softball fields. The artificial surfaces, school officials say, will remedy several issues related to current fields.

A particular issue, they say, is the inability of the fields to drain. This, the officials say, occasionally makes the fields unplayable and unsafe.

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