Senior Dinner Montage and Photos Online
Boosters Elect Officers for 2017-2018 School Year
President: Laura Brail
Vice President, Development: Karen Graham
Vice President, Communications & Operations: Julia Burton
Vice President, Recognition & Special Events: Karen Yarasavage
Treasurer: Cindy Greenstein
Secretary: Michelle Katz
Webmaster/Technology: Jeff Dorst
The incoming board wishes to express its gratitude to Christy Hill. Without Christy's dedication over the past five years, the Boosters would not have become what it is today.
Greeley Track and Field Shows Well at State Championships
Senior Claire Hotchkin finished 4th in her heat and 12th overall in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.19.
Fellow Senior Ryan Jendzejec ran in a loaded preliminary heat with the 5 fastest in the field, finishing a respectable 15th in the 800 meter run with a 2 heat total of 1:57.698
Kira Lindner was the only Freshman who qualified for the Discus and threw 91' and 99'6". Kira will likely have 3 more shots at improving on a great first season.
Congrats to Claire, Ryan, Kira and the coaching staff!
Boys Tennis Dominate States With Both State Champion and Runner Up Finishes!
Earlier today at the USTA National Tennis Center, James Wei and Dylan Glickman edged teammates Kenta Togo and Spencer Lowitz 6-4 6-4 to claim the State Title. This match was the most competitive one for either team as prior to today: Neither had dropped a set and only once did an opponent win 4 games in a set - what an amazing accomplishment!
Wei and Glickman knocked off Long Island's Half Hollow Hills (Section 11) in the Quarterfinal and Syosset (Section 8) in the Semifinal yielding only 7 games in total.
Togo and Lowitz had comparable success eliminating Jamesvile-Dewitt (Section 3, Syracuse area) in the Quarters and Roslyn (Section 8) in the Semis.
(l-r) Kenta Togo, Spencer Lowitz, Coach Bennett Ronmey, James Wei, Dylan Glickman
Baretz Sets New Pole Vault Record
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Boys State Championship Swimming Recap: Hill Takes Home Two Titles, Koster Wins Scholar Athlete of the Year
Hill improved upon his 3rd place finish last year and won the 100 Meter Freestyle with a time 44.53. Shortly thereafter, he repeated his state title in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 49.01.
John Koster was awarded the Section One Scholar Athlete of the Year for his abilities both in and out of the pool.
In other events the 400 Meter Free Relay Team of Sakharuk, Zheng, Koster and Hill finished 5th. The 200 Meter Free Relay Team of Schmitt, Sullivan, Sakharuk and Zheng finished 26th. Andrew Schmitt finished 23rd in the 100 Meter Breast. Congrats to the entire team for another strong season.
Boys Share New York State Skiing Title! Samantha Burton turns in strong individual performance for the Girls; Kyle Burton and Simon Ludl to race in Eastern Championships
Bristol Mountain, Canandaigua, NY Feb. 27 & 28 - The Boys Ski Team are New York State Co-Champions! The team of Simon Ludl, Grant McElheny and Kyle Burton raced their way in Slalom and Giant Slalom generating 104 team points, matching that with Section 2's Shenendahowa (Albany area) and 9 points clear of third place Pittsford (Section 5 - Rochester area).
In the Slalom, Burton finished 5th and McElheny 7th. Although Ludl was DQ'ed for straddling a slalom gate the first day, he turned in a 3rd place finish in the GS and Burton was 1.4 seconds behind him taking 9th place.
Simon and Kyle qualified for Eastern High School Championships. That competition will be held at Attitash Mountain March 10-12.
Not to be overlooked, freshman sensation Samantha Burton finished 9th in Giant Slalom and 11th in Slalom in her first statewide competition.
Congrats to all and Skiing Coaches Jacob and Marasco!
Indoor T&F: Claire Hotchkin qualifies for States
The State Championships will take place Saturday, March 4th at the Ocean Breeze Track & Field Facility on Staten Island. Congrats Claire!
Boys Swimming Win Section 1 Title
For the second year in a row, the Boys Swimming & Diving team captured the Section 1 Title on February 8th. Individual Champions were Tyler Hill in the 100 Free and 100 Back events and John Koster in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Butterfly. The 200 IM Relay (Paruvangada, Schmitt, Koster and Hill) and 400 Free Relay (Danield Sakharuk, John Koster, Raymond Zheng and Hill) teams also won their events. Andrew Schmitt finish 2nd in the 100 Breast.
More pictures from the event are on the team page.
Boys Swimming & Diving Win Conference 1 Championship (again)
Podium finishes for Greeley were:
- 1st place 200 Medley relay team: Bopaiah Paruvangada, Andrew Schmitt, John Koster and Raymond Zheng
- 1st place 200 free: Tyler Hill
- 1st place 200IM: John Koster
- 1st place 100 free: Tyler Hill
- 2nd place 200 free relay: Schmitt, Jack Sullivan, Koster and Hill
- 2nd place 100 breast: Schmitt
- 2nd place 100 butterfly: Koster
- 2nd place 400 free relay: Daniel Sakaruk, Sullivan, Raymond Zheng and Hill.
For complete results click here to be directed to Section 1’s Swimming Site
Boys Winter Track Wins First Title Since 1978! Girls Team Produces 2 Champions
Students that won their event include: Ryan Jendzejec in the 600m and high jump; Alexander Stasko in the shot put and weight throw; Bob Ye in the triple jump; and Devin Kidde and Will Darlington tied for first in the pole vault.
Although the girls team didn't pull out a team victory, the team produced two League Champions: Claire Hotchkin in the 600m and Kira Lindner in the weight throw.
Congrats to coach Matthew Ketterer and Winter Track squads!
Athletes Raise $25,000 to Help Young Adults with Cancer and Brain Tumors
Horace Greeley student athletes raised attention and funds to support two wonderful local charities, The Making Headway Foundation and The Gardner Marks Foundation. These two non-profit organizations provide assistance to families impacted by childhood/young adult cancer and brain tumors. Now, in its 3rd year, The Horace Greeley Athlete Walkathon turned 2016 into something special. A Student Athlete Committee lead this year’s effort, reaching out into the community and spreading an important message, “One Team – One Dream”.
The team included Carly Levitz, Katie Graham, Willa Kuhn, Aaron Wolk, Seth Goldstein, Tyler Hill, and Marc Stern. This grassroots effort attracted more donations than ever before, raising over $25,000. The power of young people to impact society has never been greater. This event is a wonderful example of students who found a cause they were passionate about, put in the work, and raised a tremendous amount of money. This holiday season, there is so much to be thankful for. The Horace Greeley Athletes Walkathon reminds us to be thankful for our health, our children, and the inspirational energy of youth.
A special thanks to the Greeley Sports Boosters, who were our sponsor, as well as donations from local merchants Villarina, Cathy Hair Studio, Old Stone Pizzeria, New Castle Mobil, Elders Car Detail, Langes Deli, Quaker Tavern, and Breathe Yoga.
Indoor Track & Field: Records Broken
Kira finished 2nd in the meet tossing the shot put 29' 5.5" (8.98 meters), eclipsing the previous best by Sam Cunningham in 2005 by nearly a full foot. In the weight throw, Kira established a mark of 35' 1" (10.69 meters) which was good for third place.
Girls Swimming 9th at State Championships
L to R: Kasia Malendowicz, Gaige Elms, Cate Sawkins, Amanda McHugh
The Greeley Girls Swimming Team finished in 9th place out of 89 teams at the NYSPHSAA Swim Championships.
6 swimmers traveled to Ithaca College this past week to compete as part of the Section 1 team. Cate Sawkins and Kasia Malendowicz each made finals in both of their individual events.
Sawkins, who was elected Captain by her Section 1 teammates, finished in 9th place in the 100 back and 26th place in the 100 fly. Malendowicz finished 5th in the 500 free and 13th in the 200 free. Freshman Ava Franks took 19th in the 100 breaststroke.
The 400 Free Relay of Sawkins, Amanda McHugh, Gaige Elms and Malendowicz took 9th and the 200 Medley Relay team of Sawkins, Franks, McHugh and Margaux Weiner took 10th.
Rochester's Pittsford-Sutherland (Section 5) took home the team title.
Big thank you to Christine Hagan for all the score reporting from the weekend.
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New Athletic Director Named
On February 15, the Board of Education appointed Mr. Jason Semo as the District's next Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health, effective July 1, 2017. As you may know, current director Peter Kuczma first retired from the District in 2002, and then returned in 2012 on an interim basis. We are thankful for Pete's service and dedication to Chappaqua's students and wish him the best on all of his future endeavors!
Throughout the extensive search process, which included an initial screening interview as well as an interview in front of a committee of parents, students, teachers, staff, and administrators, Jason consistently rose to the top.
He began his teaching and coaching career in 1999, and in 2006 he became the Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics for the Liberty Central School District. He then joined the South Colonie Central School District in 2011 in that same capacity. Since 2014, Jason has served as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, where he oversees a department of 26 programs, 66 teams, 120 coaches, 3,000 student-athletes, and 47 health and physical education teachers.
In addition, Jason also is very community-minded, having organized and/or participated in a long and wide-ranging list of youth and summer programs along with numerous fundraising efforts throughout the years. When speaking to his references, we consistently heard phrases like, very nurturing and caring, he treats parents with respect and care, always puts students first, and the best athletic director that I ever worked with.
He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Arizona State University, and holds both a Master of Science Degree in Education and Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY New Paltz. He also holds NYSED certification in coaching, elementary education, physical education and school district administration.
Jason is a well-rounded educator whose past experiences align with our mission to create a community for learning, where students, parents and staff are joined in the pursuit of academic excellence and personal growth in a caring environment.
During the next few months, Jason will have opportunities to work alongside Pete to ensure a smooth transition. Please join me in welcoming Jason Semo to the District.
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