134th Commencement, June 27, 2015, Knox Field
The 2014-15 school year wound to a close for teaching staff on Friday, June 26, capped off by a visit from New York’s 2015 Teacher of the Year Charles Giglio and his certified therapy dog, Tanner.
Mr. G, as his students call him, has been teaching Latin to grades 8-12 in neighboring Gloversville for the past nine years, coming out of retirement in 2006. He started his career 50 years ago as a fifth grade teacher in Manhattan, after his 1964 graduation from Catholic University with a degree in Latin and Greek. He recounted that his first year of teaching had been rough, as he wasn’t accustomed to children that young. A teacher in the next classroom offered him assistance, he said, adding that 20% of teachers leave the profession during their first year and 25% within their first five years.
“To be a teacher,” he said, “you must suffer. With suffering comes illumination.” He noted that teachers need patience and passion, two words whose Latin root is to suffer.
Giglio talked about his wife Pat, daughter Annie, son Tommy and granddaughter Mia. He said a search for the right schools and teachers to address his daughter’s special needs is what eventually led them upstate. Giglio also credited physical education and lacrosse with illuminating his son, who he indicated did not like school as a teenager. He said that his son now holds two Master’s degrees and serves as a Principal and Director of ESL and Refugee Services in the Albany City School District.
He shared stories about the transformation of past students he continues to keep in touch with, and recounted his recent trip to the White House with other Teachers of the Year from across the country, including Shanna Peeples, the National Teacher of the Year.
“Teachers can be one of the most important persons in a student’s life,’ said Giglio. “They are warriors of hope in a world that’s kind of crazy.” He added that teachers must inspire, with the word spire meaning to breathe. “Breathing life into beings is what we do with our kids,” he said.
Sixth graders completing their elementary school career and heading to Knox Junior High in the fall were recognized in a promotion ceremony at the JHS Performing Arts Center on June 24, 2015. Principal Lent addressed the students in front of an audience packed with family, friends and staff, and a special slide show of memories from the school year was shared. Best wishes and congratulations – we wish you a wonderful future!
After being twice postponed by rainy weather, Warren Street and Wheelerville students bounded onto Knox Field for Johnstown’s annual Elementary Track Meet on Thursday, June 11.
For this year’s event, five teams were created, each with a mixture of classes representing fourth, fifth and sixth grades. Team names reflected the five character traits we strive for every day at Warren Street: Responsibility, Respect, Self-Control, Cooperation and Leadership.
Students competed in events on both the track and in the field, including relays, the hurdles, the 50 yard dash, the long jump, and the softball throw. Sixth graders also competed in the shot put and the discus. Everyone was cheered on by Glebe Street students who walked over to enjoy the event, as well as family members who came out to show support.
As a precursor to the meet, students learned about track and field events during physical education classes. On the big day they were then ready to put their skills and knowledge on the line, working to achieve their personal best while practicing collaboration and team spirit.
In the end a great time was had by all, as can be seen by the smiles on their faces in the photos below. Rain delays weren’t able to dampen anyone’s spirits – the third time really was the charm this year!
Briana Noel Esposito, the daughter of Liza M. Uhlinger and Robert J. Esposito, is the Johnstown High School Class of 2015 Valedictorian. She was the captain of the varsity soccer and softball teams and a Foothills Council All-Star. Briana is a member of the National Honor Society and is very involved in the school’s music program. She even started her own ensemble, the Johnstown High School Philharmonic Winds. She is a regular volunteer in school activities, helping to organize this year’s Music for the Mind benefit and playing in the pit band for several school musicals. Briana will attend Syracuse University in the fall to major in computer engineering.
Hannah Grace Chamberlain, the daughter of Scott and Jannette Chamberlain, is the Johnstown High School Class of 2015 Salutatorian. Hannah is the Treasurer of the William A. Wright Chapter of the National Honor Society and an active participant in Key Club and Masterminds. Musically, Hannah plays baritone saxophone in the Philharmonic Winds, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band, earning All-county honors in 2015. Hannah played field hockey for four years, and was named a Foothills Council Second Team All Star in her senior year. She skied on the Nordic team for three years, and was selected as the most outstanding skier this year. Hannah played on the lacrosse team for two years, and competed in track for two years. She has served in many capacities at the Johnstown Church of Christ, including nursing home visitation, puppet ministry, and summer camp counseling. Hannah will attend Freed-Hardeman University in the fall to major in environmental biology.
Hannah Breda is the daughter of Paul Breda and Christene Rafferty. She will attend Syracuse University to study public communications. Hannah has been involved in multiple clubs and activities throughout high school. She is the vice president of the William A. Wright Chapter of the National Honor Society, and an active member of the JHS Class of 2015. She has played varsity volleyball for three years and was named team captain this year. Hannah was also named as a Foothills Council First Team All-Star this year and a Second Team All-Star her junior year. She is a scholar athlete and is also a mentor at a youth volleyball camp.
Rachel Hansen is the daughter of Rick and Melissa Hansen. She will attend Clarkson University to study electrical engineering. She has been a very active member in many clubs and activities during her high school career. She is secretary of the William A. Wright Chapter of the National Honor Society, treasurer of the Baronet, and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Rachel has been in band for four years and was the creator/organizer of Music for the Mind. She has won the geometry and pre-calculus awards. In her free time, Rachel volunteers at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs.
Jessica Manno is the daughter of Michael May and Michele Manno. She will attend the Fashion Institute of Technology to study fashion merchandising and management. Jessica has been involved in many clubs and activities. She is a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society, International Club and Key Club. Jessica is an active member of the Class of 2015 where she was elected president for the past three years. She was also named captain of her varsity field hockey team this year.
Abigail Ann Ryan is the daughter of Lisa Johnson and Kevin Ryan. She will attend University of New Haven in the fall to pursue a double major in crime analysis and forensic psychology, and a minor in Arabic. Abigail, an active member of her high school, has been involved in Key Club, National Honor Society, Masterminds, the Bugle and Student Council. She is also a two sport athlete, participating in varsity volleyball and varsity track and field. She has been a Foothills, Sectional, Regional Champion, and advanced to state finals with the volleyball team last year. Music is also an important part of Abigail’s life; she participates in both acapella and chamber choir, the school’s advanced chorus. She also participated in the school musical and play this year.
Tyler Jon Lawyer, the son of Karen L. Lawyer and William M. Frederick will be attending FMCC this fall to study nursing and will eventually major in anesthesia. Throughout his high school career Tyler has participated in a plethora of school activities including stage crew for school plays, editor for the yearbook, marching band, National Honor Society, New Visions Health Program and much more. He’s offered a massive amount of community service through the Salvation Army, Johnstown’s public library, and for his own school. He has also spent his last three summers working with the public at Handy Ups N’ Downs and Nathan Littauer’s Nursing Home. Tyler has remained on the high honor roll every quarter since seveth grade. Through his extraordinary and constant efforts, he has also been nominated for the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence held in Washington DC.
David Geoge Ambrosino III is the son of David Ambrosino Jr. and Amy Ambrosino. He will attend SUNY Polytechnic Institute to study mechanical engineering. David’s hard work and diligence earned him the honor of being a participant in the 2014 Boys’ State Conference. He has been on the high honor roll every year and enjoys playing the guitar to relax. David is also a part-time employee at Price Chopper.
Anthony Mowrey III is the son of Rene’ and Anthony Mowrey, Jr. He will attend Morrisville State College to study natural resource conservation. Upon completing his college studies, he would like to pursue a career in law enforcement. Anthony is graduating with an Advance Regents Diploma with honors. He has maintained exceptional school attendance throughout his high school career. Anthony is a recipient of the 2015 Mustang Scholarship Award. He has been on the football, wrestling and lacrosse teams, and has received numerous awards, honors and recognition for his dedication to each sport. He is also an active member of the Captain’s Council. Anthony has his own landscaping/snow removal business that he started when he was 15. He also works part-time at Mangino Chevrolet.
Austin Brand is the son of Harry and Lauren Brand. He will attend Clarkson University to study electrical engineering. Austin is vice president of the senior class and an active member of the Class of 2015 and the William A. Wright National Honor Society. He was a three year captain and student treasurer of the wrestling team, and was twice named “Most Outstanding Wrestler.” Austin also earned the Most Dedicated and Coach’s Award for lacrosse and served as captain of the team for two years, as well as student treasurer during his senior year. During his senior year of football he was selected as team captain and student treasurer of the football booster club. He has been named Athlete of the Week for wrestling and lacrosse. Austin has also performed various acts of volunteer service throughout the community and his church.
Academic Excellence List
The following students have maintained a ninety plus average all four years of high school: Megan Anagnostopulos, Michael Bevington, Hayley Bruse, Jonathan Heroth, Tyler Johnson, and Madison Smrtic.
The inaugural class of Johnstown Triple “J” Club members was recognized by the Purple and Gold Sports Booster Club during the 2015 Senior Athlete Banquet held at the Winners Circle Restaurant on June 8.
The purpose of the Triple “J” Club is to acknowledge the dedication and accomplishment of student-athletes who have participated in three sports seasons during the school year, committing to practices or games every day while still keeping up with their studies.
Congratulations to Garrett Hadcock, Cameron Roten, Jonathan Heroth, Austin Brand, Anthony Mowrey III, Megan Anagnostopulos, Marshall Manchester, Jordyn Hale, Hannah Chamberlin and Samuel Menzel – welcome to the Triple “J” Club! The Purple and Gold Sports Booster Club and Johnstown’s Athletic Department wish these seniors the best of luck in their future endeavors!
Mr. John “Jack” Siedlecki, current offensive coordinator for Wesleyan University, was the guest speaker at the JHS Senior Athlete Banquet held on June 8 at the Winners Circle Restaurant. Coach Siedlecki is a 1969 Johnstown High School graduate and a member of the JHS Hall of Fame, Class of 2007.
The banquet was attended by senior athletes, family members, coaches, administrators and members of the Purple and Gold Sports Booster Club.
The Purple & Gold Boosters would like to thank the senior athletes for their pride and effort in representing Johnstown athletics. Best of luck in all future endeavors!
Glebe students who reached Accelerated Reader Level 4 were treated to a Pirate Game Day on Wednesday, June 10. Second graders needed to accumulate 20 points to reach level 4, while third graders had to accumulate 25. More than 100 students achieved this goal and were able to participate in a variety of fun games and activities. Glebe readers know that Books Arrgh Awesome – and so was Pirate Game Day! Thank you to all of our staff and parent volunteers.
First team – Jon Heroth OF, Connor Rodecker DH
Third Team – Jacob Cerasuolo
Fist team – Austin Brand, Anthony Mowrey
Second Team – Marshall Manchester, Joe Licciardo
Honorable Mention – Peter Wilson, Patrick Fleming
First Team – Morgan Coons, Kaitlyn Serpa
Second Team – Bridgia Valk, Claire Guzielek
Honorable Mention – Alex VanAernam, Chelsea Cirillo
Second Team – Megan Anagnostopulos
Honorable Mention – Mallory Baldwin, Molly Morrison, Jackie Claburn
Girls Track & Field
Honorable Mention – Reily Kotwasinski – 400 Hurdles, Molly Sear – Triple Jump
Boys Track & Field
Honorable Mention – Jon Beardon –– 400 Hurdles
In exchange for a small donation, students and staff received cream pies to toss at JHS Principal Mr. Beatty and Assistant Principal Mr. Hale on Wednesday, June 10. It looks like there might be a lot of people in Johnstown with very good aim! Really it was all in fun and the money raised will benefit various academic awards. Thank you gentlemen for taking it on the chin!