It’s a busy weekend for graduating seniors and their families in the Southern Tier.
Three of Tioga County’s public high school’s will hold their graduation ceremonies on Friday night, all scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Waverly will graduate its seniors in a ceremony at the high school athletic field, Newark Valley will hold graduation in the high school auditorium and Spencer-Van Etten in the high school gymnasium. Candor has scheduled graduation for 730pm Friday.
Tioga’s largest high school, Owego Free Academy, will hold its graduation at 10am Saturday at Christy J. Valvo Stadium on the OFA campus. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Your Hometown WEBO. Tioga Central will also hold graduation on Saturday.
Other ceremonies throughout the Southern Tier include Maine-Endwell at 7 p.m. Friday at the BU Events Center, Vestal at 1 p.m. Saturday, also at Events Center, and Union-Endicott at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Arena in downtown Binghamton.
Five local high school seniors will compete at Tioga Downs Sunday in the track’s annual Scholarship Race. Each of the seniors has received a $1,700 scholarship from the track and the local horsemen’s associations. Each of the five winners will be paired with a trainer to pilot a harness racehorse around the track immediately following the day’s scheduled races. The participating seniors are Ethan Pryor from Owego, Anna Raymond from Newark Valley, Ashley Tiffany from Tioga, Alicia Cygan from Vestal, and Jacob Pylypciw from Union-Endicott. Post time for Sunday’s races is 1pm at Tioga Downs. Racing will also be held tonight and tomorrow beginning at 6:50pm.
The Union-Endicott School District is dealing with the sudden loss of one of their high school teachers. Rick Friend, a popular social studies teacher, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend at the age of 56. The native of England taught in the district for 26 years and also ran the district’s Mock Trial club. The district said in a statement that they were saddened by his passing and are making counselors available for students and staff. Friend is survived by his wife and children. Calling hours will be held Thursday in Newark Valley.
The Union-Endicott School District is one step closer to winning a $10 million grant to repurpose Linnaeus W. West Elementary School. The school district was notified late last week that they are among the top 50 finalist in the nation-wide grant program.
Union-Endicott applied to the “XQ: Super School Challenge” in October of last year with a proposal to repurpose the now-vacant Linnaeus W. West Elementary into a combined school for special education students, and business incubator.
Only five $10 million grants will be awarded nationwide. The winners are expected to be announced sometime next month.
The Union-Endicott Central School District Athletic Department accepted $25,000 during a special event yesterday. The money comes as a grant from Dick’s Sporting Goods to keep sports and other athletic programs well-funded. Dick’s Sporting Goods publically awarded Union-Endicott schools with the grant yesterday, during a special media day regarding the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. The Dick’s Open is scheduled from July 6th through the 10th. Florida Georgia Line is set to perform at the Dick’s Open on Friday, July 8th. Tickets for both the tournament and performance are on sale now at: DSGOpen.com.
The dozens of members of the Union-Endicott Teacher’s Association shared numerous grievances with the Union-Endicott Board of Education at last night’s board meeting. Some of the grievances shared by teacher association members include: a stalemate on teacher contracts, and the quality of teaching students receive. The Union-Endicott School District Administration has not released an official statement in response to the grievances shared at last night’s meeting.
The Union-Endicott School District is one step closer to receiving a piece of a $50 Million grant. Union-Endicott applied for the “Super School Project” to help convert their former Linnaeus W West Elementary school into a combined alternative high school and business incubator. 700 proposals were initially accepted into the national grant competition, after the last round of eliminations, only 348 proposals remain. After this round of review, only five proposals will remain and receive a promised $10 million. Union-Endicott will now have until May 23rd to fine tune their proposal. The five national winners are expected to be chosen in August.
It has been confirmed that the four Union-Endicott High School students who attempted to break the world record for “largest serving of mashed potatoes” did indeed break the record. Evan Armstrong, Tyler Hubeny, Colin Stockdale and Jason Lin call themselves the Brotatoes. Last June, the four then-juniors made 2,641 pounds of mashed potatoes. After weighing, the mashed potatoes were then spread out in baking sheets, frozen, and donated to CHOW. The record that stood before the Brotatoes took to the kitchen stood at 2,296 pounds and was held by a duo in France.