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West Seneca Volleyball to 'Dig Pink' to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Research

West Seneca students will be digging for a cure to breast cancer.

The school district’s second annual Dig Pink event will raise funds to eradicate the disease.  Part of Side-Out, a national program in which college and high school volleyball teams host fundraising events for breast cancer research, Dig Pink matches are held throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This year’s slogan for the West Seneca event is “A divided town united by a ribbon” referring to cross-town rivals East and West coming together for a common cause. Athletes from West Seneca East and West Senior High School will begin competing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Buffalo Niagara Court Center, 425 Meyer Road in West Seneca.

West girls varsity volleyball coach Molly McDermid decided to organize West Seneca’s Dig Pink last year after hearing about the program through a local college.

Kennedy, Quinn to Participate in Debate at West Seneca East Senior

West Seneca East Senior High School is proud to host a debate between the two major party candidates for the 58th District New York State Senate seat.

Democrat Tim Kennedy and Republican Jack Quinn III will square off in their only public debate on Monday, Oct. 18, in the East Senior High School auditorium, located at 4760 Seneca St., West Seneca.

The debate will be run by East Senior Participation in Government (PIG) students, with the assistance of teachers Nadine Ocasio and Peggy Santillo, along with assistant principal Jason Winnicki. The teachers organized this debate with the goal of giving students a firsthand experience of what it means to be a part of the political process, as well as providing community members an opportunity to make an educated decision when they head to the polls on Nov.

West Seneca High Schools Release Class of 2011 Ranks

West Seneca East and West high schools recognized their seniors with the highest cumulative grade point averages (GPA) when they released class of 2011 ranks Thursday.

At East Senior, Alyssa Kearly has earned the top spot as valedictorian, with a GPA of 98.977 percent. At West Senior, Victoria Clancy will be the Class of 2011 valedictorian, with a GPA of 99.431.

Salutatorians will be Christina Dressler with a 98.859, from East, and Chelsea Needham, with a 99.221, from West.

The rest of East’s top 10 are as follows: Ashleigh Maciejewski, 98.402; Cory Young, 98.209; Vishal Chaurasia, 98.115; Erika Barrett, 97.902; Nicole Theal, 97.835; Nicole Murray, 97.598; John Fischer, 97.441; and Kayla Noworyta, 96.914.

East ranks are out of a graduating class of 231.

West’s top 10 comprise all females this year. Among the girls, two had the same GPA, tying for the seventh highest grades in the class.

West Seneca Marching Band to Host Music in Motion Show

The West Seneca Marching Band will host the largest high school field band show in Western New York this season, when the third annual Music in Motion competition comes to West Seneca East Senior on Sunday, Oct. 10.

With 10 area high school marching bands competing and an exhibition performance from the University at Buffalo’s Thunder of the East marching band, this will also be the largest Music in Motion event yet. Sponsored by the West Seneca West Band Boosters, the show will include performances by Orchard Park, Lancaster, East Irondequoit, Pioneer, Jamestown, Falconer, Leroy, Medina and Webster. UB’s band boasts a number of alumni from West Seneca, as well as from the other bands slated to perform.

Baseball Academy Adds Coaches, Offering Special Lesson Package and Hosting Tryouts

Attention baseball and softball players! The Baseball Academy of WNY, located at New Era Park, 4817 Lake Ave., Blasdell, has added two new instructors for its fall and winter schedule. The additions include Joe Mamott, a former professional pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, and Charlie Karstedt, a four-year player at the University at Buffalo.

The Academy is also offering a lesson package special on all regularly priced 10 packs. Anyone purchasing a 10-pack of private lessons by October 31 will be given one free lesson. Eleven lessons for the price of 10 — a $32 value!

WS East Elementary Promotes Peace on Pavement

Colorful drawings covered the sidewalks at West Seneca East Elementary on Wednesday, Sept. 21 for the school’s first “Chalk for Peace” event.

Students at the school decorated the pavement with chalk illustrations in celebration of World Peace Day. This annual holiday dedicated to peace has been observed since 1981.

The many drawings ranged from peace symbols, doves, hearts, handprints, planet Earth, renderings of children and written messages encouraging compassion and hope – all making a statement for peace.

The art work followed a viewing of the video “Peace One Day,” which depicts the story behind the founding of Peace Day.

Though this was the first year East Elementary took part in an official celebration of the day, staff and students are already talking about plans for Sept. 21, 2011, including possibly donating snack money to raise funds for a charitable cause.

Congressman Higgins to Host Military Academy Night

Students, Parents, School Administrators & Guidance Counselors Invited to Informational Meeting 

 

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will host Academy Night 2010, an opportunity for high school students, their families, school administrators and counselors to find out more about Military Academy institutions, programs and the application process. 

“We invite those interested to come to Academy Night, hear about the schools first hand from Academy representatives and learn how to apply,” said Congressman Higgins.