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Congratulations Varsity Girls Volleyball on the win in the finals!

2014 South Seneca PreSeason Volleyfest Result

JV Pool Play...
Trumansburg (Section IV) 7-1
Waterloo 7-1
Pal-Mac 4-4
South Seneca 3 -5
North Rose – Wolcott 0-8

Varsity Pool Play
Trumansburg (Section IV) 7-1
South Seneca 5-3
Waterloo 4-4
Pal-Mac 4-4
North Rose – Wolcott 0-8

JV Finals
Waterloo over Trumansburg

Varsity Finals
Trumansburg 25-19-12
South Seneca 23-25-15

Thank You to all who attended, it was a great day of volleyball!



The South Seneca 5th Grade Marching Falcons made their first appearance this year in the Homecoming Parade under the direction of Miss Sarkis.


Congratulations to the 100+ students in grades 6-12
who competed this weekend at the 52nd Annual Gorham Pageant of Bands.


Once again our results being a Class "C" school show that we are able to deliver resounding results in spite of a small school setting. Results were as follows:
  • SSCS MS Concert Band 1st Place
  • SSCS Jazz Band 1st Place
  • SSCS HS Jazz Band 1st Place
  • SSCS HS Concert Band 1st Place
  • SSCS Drum Line (Open Class) 1st Place We tied Medina for first place in open class; Medina is a Class A size school.
  • SSCS Marching Band 1st Place
  • SSCS Color Guard 1st Place
  • SSCS Twirling (Open Class) 2nd Place
  • SSCS Dance (Open Class) 2nd Place
***(Open Class) means competing against all A,B and C size school combined. I

ndividual Accolades:
  • Best HS Jazz Woodwind Section: South Seneca
  • Best Drum Major: Vivian Becker
SSCS = CLASS CHAMPIONS of Gorham Band Pageant

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SOUTH SENECA 6-12 MUSICIANS, GUARD AND TWIRLERS FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION AT THE 41st SENECA FALLS BAND PAGEANT THIS PAST WEEKEND. THE RESULTS WERE AS FOLLOWS: 1st Place = SSCS Middle School Jazz Band 1st Place = SSCS Middle School Concert Band 1st Place = SSCS High School Jazz Band 1st Place = SSCS High School Concert Band 1st Place = SSCS Color Guard 1st Place = SSCS Twirlers 1st Place = SSCS Drum line 1st Place = SSCS Marching Band Individual Awards went to: John Zajac = Best middle school jazz musician (drum set) Becker Vivian = Best High School Drum Major South Seneca also was awarded CLASS CHAMPIONS South Seneca was also awarded GRAND CHAMPIONS of the entire pageant of all schools class A, B and C Competing schools included: Dundee, Moravia, Albion, Geneva, Marcus Whitman, Naples, Mexico, Seneca Falls, Red Creek, Sovay and Bloomfield.

State Meet Qualifier

Congratulations to Emily Lavarnway for finishing 1st in the Long Jump at the NY State Qualifier.  

Emily, Coach Gilfus, and Coach Ovenshire will be traveling to Middletown High School to represent South Seneca in the New York State Track and Field Championships June 7th & 8th.

Digies Winner

Congratulations to Tristen Stafford for winning the 10-12 grade video production category of the Digies, a Rochester Area showcase of digital work!

Area All-State Selections

Congratulations to these 10th grade students who were selected for High School Area All-State. It is an honor to be selected for one of the 600 spots out of 6,669 applicants from schools in Broome, Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Seneca-Tompkins, and Tioga Counties.

Pam Bower (Mixed Choir), Meghan Perry(French Horn with the High School Area All-State Orchestra, Nicole Sturdivant (French Horn with the Area All-State Concert Band)

Scholastic Art Awards Winners

Congratulations to our award winning students in the 2013 National Scholastic Art Awards: Cynthia Becker - Silver Key Award in Printmaking Matt Brewer Silver Key Award in Photography Kate Dey Silver Key Award in Photography Bree Minges Honorable Mention in Ceramics Erin Wilkins Silver Key Award in Photography

Digies Winner!

Congratulations to Tristen Stafford for placing in the top three of the 10-12 grade video production category of the Digies, a Rochester Area showcase of digital work!

Students Chosen for All-State Choral NYSSMA

Please join South Seneca in congratulating Sarah Albro (8th Grade) and Gemini Zajac (9th Grade) for being selected to participate in Jr. High Area All-State this year. Selection for Area All-State is based on NYSSMA Solo Festival scores from the previous year. South Seneca K-12 Choral Music Teacher, Kyla Quinn states, "It is a tremendous honor to be selected." Sarah will be singing Soprano I in the Treble Chorus and Gemini will be singing Alto 2 in the Treble Chorus.

Falcon Legion of Academic Super Heroes

Following the South Seneca F.L.A.S.H. (Falcon Legion of Academic Super Heroes) assembly to motivate students to become a 'Falcon Flyer' by striving for honor roll, perfect attendance and improvement in GPA, the following top 50 students who were named "First Quarter Falcon Flyers" in grades 9-12 were treated to a 'Sweet Reward". On Nov. 29th, this elite group of 50 students and staff were treated to a morning of ice skating at Cass Park, Ithaca. Students also received gold wristbands with silhouettes of flying falcons with the inscription, "Falcon Flyer": Erika Albro, Naomi Aures, Cynthia Becker, Vivian Becker, Pamela Bower, Sarah Brewer, Brittani Bub, Ashley Bullivant, Kevin Close, Jasmine Delong, Kalishia Delong, Benjamin Dey, Kathryn Dey, Emily Diamond, Madison Fisher, Britnie Frech-Lawson, Cierra Hand, Jonathan Jaramillo, Emily Jones, Kelly Kuehn, Samantha MacCheyne, Chelsey Marsh, Faith McGill, Chandra McGonigal, Tiffani Miller, Bree Minges, William Mix, Kalyn Moore, Alexander Morgan, Brandon Morgan, Carla Morton, Jolene Paonessa, Angela Peng, Amanda Phelps, Micah Polk, Monique Sheldon, Emma Sherry, Tarah Slusser, Nicole Sturdivant, Laura Voorheis, Hayden Wagner, Cortney Waid, Timothy Westlake, Erin Wilkins, Briana Williams, Rachael Winstea, Seth Worrell, Cassie Wyckoff, Matthew Wyckoff, Tracey Zajac. Congratulations to these First Quarter Falcon Flyers! First Quarter Five Week Success Incentive Gift Bags were awarded in a raffle to Amanda Nichols (9th), Bree Minges (10th) Rachel Shorts (11th) and Alex Tynon (12th). Criteria for being entered in the Five Week Success drawing are passing all classes and having no incompletes for the first 5 week interim period.

South Seneca's Elite Top 50 Students, became 'First Quarter Falcon Flyers' and celebrated with a 'Sweet Reward' of a morning of ice skating at Cass Park recently. Students proudly sport their new 'falcon flyer' gold wristbands on the bus ride to the sweet reward. Recently, the South Seneca F.L.A.S.H. (Falcon Legion of Academic Super Heroes) held an assembly to motivate students to become a 'Falcon Flyer' by striving for honor roll, perfect attendance and improvement in GPA. Congratulations to these first quarter 'Falcon Flyers'!
Picture caption sweet reward 010: South Seneca's Elite Top 50 Students, became 'First Quarter Falcon Flyers' and celebrated with a 'Sweet Reward' of a morning of ice skating at Cass Park recently. Students proudly sport their new 'falcon flyer' gold wristbands. Recently, the South Seneca F.L.A.S.H. (Falcon Legion of Academic Super Heroes) held an assembly to motivate students to become a 'Falcon Flyer' by striving for honor roll, perfect attendance and improvement in GPA. Congratulations to these first quarter 'Falcon Flyers'!


Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra 

South Seneca junior, Cynthia Becker, bassoon player with many accolades, was recently chosen for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The 100-member symphonic RPYO, is comprised of more than one hundred of the accomplished middle and high school musicians from over thirty schools in the greater Rochester area. The group meets every Sunday in Rochester and performed for the first time this year at the Hochstein Music School on Nov. 6th. When asked why she enjoys this esteemed musical group, Cynthia commented, "there are a lot more solo parts for bassoons, the musical pieces are more musically intensive, the string section adds a whole new dynamic to the orchestra sound and it's really fun." RPYO performances are featured on WXXI Live broadcasts. Cynthia's first bassoon teacher, Rebecca Davis, (South Seneca music teacher) performed with the RPO for 23 years. Congratulations, Cynthia! For more information on this organization and their concerts, visit


President of the NYS Middle School Association

Speaking of presidents, South Seneca Middle School Principal, Steve Parker-Zielinski has been named President of the NYS Middle School Association. At the annual meeting of the NYSMSA in Albany, on October 21st, Parker-Zielinski spoke to fellow NYSMSA members as the new President of the organization. Last year's Vice President nomination guaranteed him this office. For more information on this organization,


South Seneca Alumni Honored

RIT senior, Daniel Alsheimer, (an '07 South Seneca graduate) recently received the honor of creating a caricature of the president of R.I.T. (Rochester Institute of Technology) for the cover of the college magazine. Daniel, a senior illustration major, works for R.I.T.'s monthly publication, "The Reporter". A chief illustrator for the magazine and an honors student, he created the caricature of Dr. William Destler, President of R.I.T., for this year's first issue. Dan is also working on illustrations for upcoming issues during the school year. Dan credits his move to R.I.T. to major in illustration to Mr. Chris Wolff, local artist and a professor at TC3. Mr. Wolff, an illustrator himself, has been a mentor and friend to Daniel and has led Dan to become one of the brightest talents in the illustration department at the university. Daniel is the son of John and Kimrae Alsheimer of Interlaken. Dan's younger brother, Zachary is also attending R.I.T. and is a second-year student majoring in Industrial Engineering.


Fourth and Fifth Grade Volunteers

South Seneca Elementary Announces Fourth and Fifth Grade Volunteers, Leaders and Officers for 2011-2012 School Year!
South Seneca Elementary recently chose students as the 2011-2012 Safety Patrol leaders. The Safety Patrol program is designed to use patrol members as role models for younger children. They teach fellow students about safety on a peer-to-peer basis during the morning entry into school and on their way to class. The benefits of having a Safety Patrol Program range from leadership development and other aspects of personal growth, to developing a sense of volunteerism in service to others. Safety patrol members, all fifth graders were chosen for their leadership skills. Members include: Andre Elmore, Peter Trim, Felecia Kohut, Skylar Howard, Maddy Houck, Hunter Denmark, Jacob Moore, Briana Youngquest, Heidi Langley, Briana McCoy, Nikole Herndon, Erick Webster, Michele Bixby, Madison Welch, Courtney Schenk, Jade Parsons, Samantha Coyle. Staff advisor is Mrs. Bowers.
The South Seneca Elementary School offers a Peer Mediation program to students seeking to resolve minor conflicts. This program redefines conflict as an opportunity for positive change. Peer mediation is designed to teach students how to solve their own problems by using positive communication skills. Candidates are not assigned to this osition; they are nominated by their peers. They are considered the "Peace Makers" and are expected to demonstrate confidentiality and integrity. This year's Peer Mediation leaders are: Samantha Coyle, Julia Hubbard, Michael Wilkins and Jacob Moore. Staff advisor is Mrs. Bowers.
For the fourth year, the Elementary School has new leadership for the morning announcements. Under the direction of advisors, Miss Dersch and Mr. Kurzweil, the fifth graders have been arranged into five rotating teams to announce the 'Pledge of Allegiance', menu and morning announcements each day. Advisors work with the teams on diction, speaking volume and tempo. Each team has a captain that makes sure the announcements and team members are ready each day. The team captains are Kyle Shields (the captain of the captains), Makayla Dawson, Julia Hubbard, Kenya Backman-Lowe and Keagan Carmenatty. Team members include: Marissa Arnold, Sarah Corning, Hallie Minges, Thomas Smalser, Courtney Schenk, Jared Daghita, Daniel Wood-Korenman, Michele Bixby, Briana Youngquest, Jacob Moore, Emma Easmon, Samantha Coyle, Quinton Wormuth, Heidi Langley, Elysha Smith, Parker Biesterveld, Hunter Denmark, Aden VanCleef, Anthony Iavarone, Erick Webster, Jack Mott, Kyra Brewer, Jade Parsons, Richard Thomas, Caleb Covert, Jeremy Williamson, Logan Mander, Madison Welch, Madelyn Houck, Jonathon Porter, Briana McCoy, Michael Wilkins, Alexis Harford, Jacob Oltz, Cody Flower and Jenna McDonald. Thank you, leaders, for volunteering!
Fourth and fifth grade classes held elections recently for the Elementary School Student Council. The Student Council meets bi-monthly and assists in planning community service and school events. Presently, members are working on getting books ready for delivery to the "Little Red Bookshelves" that are in area businesses. Children can take books to keep, borrow and return them to the shelves. Also, on their agenda is a 'Hot Cocoa Café' in February. Monies raised from this event will go to an outreach chosen by the council. The students are also involved in helping with Teacher Appreciation Week. Elementary Student Council members are: President-Aden VanCleef, Vide-President-Donald Kuehn, Treasurers-Emma Seamon and Nicholas Twardeski, Secretaries-Skylar Dawson and Samantha Dawson, Photographers-Tony Iavarone, Peter Trim and Ellen Appleby, Publicity-Sarah Corning and Alexxis Hayward. Staff Advisor--Jenilee Watkins.


Lions Club Peace Poster Contest

These are the winners and honorable mentions for the Lions Club Peace Poster contest. Kerstin Scesny’s poster won first place, and will be travelling on to district competition this week.

Winners of the Lions’ Club Peace Poster Contest:

1st place Kurstin Scesny
2nd place Jack Langley
3rd place Ariel Felice


Walk for Hunger

MS and Elementary students recently walked in the local "Walk for Hunger" on October 16th. Students walked as a representative for the Middle School Student Council, Elementary Student Council, Girl Scout Troop 310 or area churches. Thirty students and staff walking with about 50 community members, each brought pledge sheets totaling nearly $4,500, to be split between the Ovid and Interlaken Food Pantries! Thank you for your time and effort in making a positive impact in the South Seneca community!


New York State Wrestling Championships

South Seneca Senior Hayden Wagner finishes off his senior year with a 3rd place finish in the New York State Wrestling Championships this past weekend in Albany.



Hayden finished 5-1 on the weekend in impressive fashion. Four straight wrestle back wins is a great accomplishment at this tournament, especially finishing with a win over a wrestler who beat you earlier in the tournament.





Quick recap:





1st round win over Matt Fisher from Oneida 3-2





2nd round loss to Jared Soule from Sandy Creek 12-5




1st wrestle back win over Justin Kellett from Northern Adirondack 4-3


2nd wrestle back win over Austin Weigel from Onteora 3-1

3rd wrestle back win over Tyler Silvertorn from General Brown 7-4

3-4 place match win over Jared Soule from Sandy Creek 4-3



Hayden put everything together when it counted and is the first South Seneca wrestler to ever place in the New York State Wrestling Championships. This is a big deal for South Seneca and Hayden so make sure you congratulate him when you see him. He has worked very hard for many years and it was good to see it all come together for him. He has made our little community proud!!!






'Patriot Pen' essay

South Seneca sixth and seventh grade English/Language Arts students in Mrs. Parsons' classes participated in the 'Patriot Pen' essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Students wrote an essay on the focus question: Are you proud of your country? The local winners, at the Ovid VFW level, were as follows: First place-Lucas Huff ($100), Second place-Cameron Vanselow ($75), Third place-Kiarah David, Honorable Mention-Claire McPherson and MacKenzie Kenyon. For every fifteen entries that the VFW Post received, they could send on one entry to the Finger Lakes County Council contest. Seventh grader, Lucas Huff placed third at the County Council level. Congratulations to all the winners!


Peer Mediation Group Receives Check, Makes Donation

South Seneca Elementary Peer Mediation Group recently received a donation from Lodi Presbyterian Church as part of a collection for peacemaking. The peer mediation group is designed to teach students how to solve their own problems by using positive communication skills and are considered the peace-makers in the school. Upon receiving the donation, the peer mediation team (Julia Hubbard and Jacob Moore) and acting advisor Viana Bowers decided to "pay it forward" and donate the money to benefit the needs of others. Group members researched various organizations and decided to donate the monies to the American Red Cross specifically to immunize babies in Africa. After viewing a video about how measles and other communicable diseases decimated the children of an African community, the group was able to purchase 25 vaccines for children in need. Thank you to Pastor Jim and Pastor Nancy Yao of Lodi Community Church for donating this collection to South Seneca's peacemakers.

Lower Hudson Math Contest

South Seneca Elementary's fifth-grade class taught by Jon Dufour, recently took part in the Lower Hudson Math Contest on The contest included nine different schools from across NY and took place over a ten-day period of time. Mr. Dufour commented, "during that time my class correctly answered nearly 20,000 math questions. We were the daily winner for one day and finished fourth overall for the entire competition!" The class received a certificate of merit and also won a site license for Yenka 3D shapes, valued at more than $350, for South Seneca. Mr. Dufour proudly announced, "the kids did a great job!". 


National Scholastic Art Awards

South Seneca senior, Jasmine Delong was recently awarded an honorable mention for her painting at the National Scholastic Art Awards! Her piece, entitled "In Lucern", comments that when she started, she had a vision for a glowing tree." She will attend college for advertising/communication next year and is the Senior Class President, Student Council Vice-President and National Honor Society treasurer. High School art teacher, Fran Copp stated, "I have worked with Jasmine since her freshman year and have thoroughly enjoyed watching her develop from a shy girl into an actively-involved young lady. She takes her talent to the next level by investing the time and attention it takes to make something good into something excellent, as shown by the fact that her work captured a national honor. I'm so happy for her and she certainly deserves the honor! Congratulations, Jasmine!


UNICEF Donations

How can $256.32 help students around the world? That is the question that the students in South Seneca Elementary Student Council and Art/Science Enrichment classes learned and asked when they participated in collecting coins for the United Nations International Children's Education Fund (UNICEF). Twenty-four students in grades 4 and 5 were lead by teachers, Jenilee Watkins, Liz McCheyne and Breana Copp, to collect any amount of money to help students around the world gain access to a better life. Besides learning about the history of UNICEF, with the money raised, students at SSCS will provide mosquito nets to prevent malaria, access to fresh drinking water and nutritional foods, medical care, and school supplies to underprivileged kids around the world. Madison Welch, a 5th grader who raised the most amount of money, commented, "it feels good to help someone in the world by doing something so small."
Students in art/science enrichment classes are also spreading their community service to animals. They are currently in the midst of working on a project by adopting a bottle-nose dolphin through the World Wildlife Fund, and building a life-size dolphin replica, which will be presented to the entire school in the spring.


Haiti Donations

South Seneca Elementary Student Council held their annual 'Cocoa Café' in the elementary school cafeteria during student lunch times. With a record profit of $334.00, the Student Council discussed donating to many international projects and decided that all proceeds from the 25 cents per cup of cocoa will go to buy two goats for a family in Haiti! Thank you to all who supported this week-long fundraising effort during lunch times.


Cooking With Science

A shiny, new blue bike with matching helmet was recently delivered to Samantha Povero's home recently. The South Seneca fourth grader entered her "Cooking With Science" themed lunch bag design in the school lunch bag design contest, won first place and the new bike. Sponsored by the cafeteria, Samantha's design will be forwarded to the national competition. If she wins the national contest, her design will be featured on the 2012 Mission Nutrition National School Lunch Week program lunch sack. Teachers and staff chose her design as it included a "Cooking with Science" theme that included her favorite nutritious meal. Congratulations, Samantha!


Student Leaders at UN

Nga Ruckdeschel (8th grade) and Monique Sheldon (9th grade) made South Seneca proud at the recent two-day UN Student Leadership Conference on Development in New York City. Students from all over the world gathered at the UN by videoconferencing or by being present as a moderator, facilitator or recorder. Nga and Monique along with students representing schools from California, Mexico, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, conducted sessions on "Human Rights in Development" with several sub-themes centering on discrimination against women. Nga was chosen to be a facilitator for the second session and Monique was chosen to be the recorder.
The South Seneca students discussed millennium goals and actions that should be taken as well as presenting their sub-theme: Women's Rights/Equality. Nga commented, "It was a great honor to know we're the leaders and it was great meeting people from Mexico City." During the five-day trip, chaperoned by MS ELA/Distance Learning teacher, Gertrude Shaffer, Nga and Monique were able to visit Chinatown, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty and the Holocaust Museum for the first time. In preparation for the trip, both girls wrote a position paper comparing and contrasting women's rights after visiting the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls and talking with recent visitors to South Seneca from the Congo and Sudan. South Seneca is proud of their United Nations Conference Leaders!


Students of the Month

At a recent student assembly, South Seneca HS Principal Cathy Flanders announced February Students of the Month: 9th Grade--Andrew Johndrew (Beyond Our Borders), Nicole Bromka (Art), Mathew Jones (Math, Lianne Eberts (English), Shelly Jones (Earth Science), Jesse Covert (Health). 10th Grade--Chris Woodard, Tiffany Miller. 11th Grade--Christine Bromka, Katie Dey. 12th Grade: Ian Skelton. Teacher of the Month: History teacher, Heather Mott. Staff of the Month: Guidance Counselor, Scott Anderson. Also acknowledge were perfect attendance awards to: Brandon Acker, Cynthia Becker, Vivian Becker, Michael Beeching, Pamela Bower, Nicole Bromka, Ashley Bullivant, Kevin Close, Cheyenne Coney, Emily Diamond, Kayla Eygnor, Brandon Herndon, Shelly Jones, Chandra McGonigal, Tiffani Miller, Meghan Perry, Jessica Reich, Heather Reynolds, Kayshon Rozier, Monique Sheldon, Jacob Vonhahmann, Erin Wilkins, Seth Worrell, Nicholas Wyckoff. A free ticket to the recent Hypnotist show was awarded to the student with the highest average (99.35): Vivian Becker.


School Bus Safety Poster Contest

Seneca Middle Schooler Chosen for Regional Poster Contest Ovid, NY -- (For Immediate Release) South Seneca eighth grader Nga Ruckdeschel will represent South Seneca in the New York Association for Pupil Transportation/Frank Cyr Foundation (NYAPT/CYR) School Bus Safety Poster Contest. According to art teacher, Fran Copp, her artwork will first be judged at the Wayne-Finger Lakes regional level and if she is successful, it then could proceed onto the state and national levels. This year’s theme was “Stand Back from the Yellow and Black.” Congratulations, Nga and good luck!


Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

South Seneca junior, Vivian Becker recently auditioned for a clarinet position with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and has been notified that she is now a member of this prestigious organization made up of over 100 of the finest area high school musicians from over thirty schools in the greater Rochester area. Vivian will join the group in September and commented, "I'm looking forward to playing in a bigger, better band." For more information on this organization and their concerts, visit Congratulations, Vivian!


Seneca Falls Pagent of Bands

South Seneca's Falcon Pride is flying high after earning the 'Grand Champion' award, the highest recognition at the 40th annual Seneca Falls Pageant of Bands. Director of the concert bands, jazz bands, marching band and drum line, Raymond Zajac, Jr., noted, "I am remarkably impressed by the collective effort of all of our students put forth to achieve a very special Grand Champion win!" He added, "South Seneca has once again demonstrated the talent that exists in a small rural district and how they can compete with class B and A schools with larger numbers and more directors." Grand Champion is the highest award only given to one school with the top points accumulated for the entire pageant. In addition to the grand champion award, South Seneca performed in Class C competition and won these awards: The marching band led by drum majorette, Tracey Zajac, played a high powered rendition of "Copacabana" to an enthusiastic crowd and earned first place; The energetic High School Jazz Band earned third place; The Middle School Jazz Band who rocked the house earned first place; The dynamic High School Concert Band earned second place; The outstanding Middle School Concert Band earned first place; The spectacular Drum Line earned first place in the PSA-SS division; The Twirlers showed character and earned first place; the expressive and impressive Color Guard earned first place in the novice division. Color Guard is directed by Ann Morgan.
South Seneca will next perform at the annual Gorham Pageant of Bands on June 1st and 2nd. Congratulations, South Seneca Falcons!


Middle School Moving Up

South Seneca Middle School celebrated students' character, leadership, service and scholarship achievements by inducting three students into the Junior National Honor Society. Monique Sheldon, President of the National Junior Honor Society welcomed guests as Emma Worrell, Mary-Kate Badalamenti, Nga Ruckdeschel, Katie Winkleblack, Lincoln Lowe and Morgan McGonigal read the requirements for entry into the JNHS. The three inductees welcomed were: Skyler Garrison, Scott Hawley and Ryley Rasmussen. Gertrude Shaffer is the JNHS advisor. Congratulations!
Highest averages, community service, character and leadership awards from South Seneca and the community were also presented to deserving middle school students. Doug C. Clark Modified Athlete Scholarship--Emily Lavarnway; American Legion Post #463 Manning-Lilla Awards presented by Mr. Fred Percy were 8th Grade Americanism Award--Lincoln Lowe; 8th Grade Citizenship & Scholarship Award--Joseph Bowers; 7th Grade Most Improved Citizen Award--Bailey Minges. Unusual Creative Talent (Seth Diamond Memorial) Award--Nga Ruckdeschel; Mark's Pizzeria Top two GPA Averages: Grade 6-Skylar Shaulis, Julia Diamond; Grade 7-Adam Wagner, Cameron Vanselow, Grade 8-Kaitllynn Winkleblack, Marlea Jones. VFW Patriot Pen Essay Awards-Cameron Vanselow, Kiarah David, Lucas Huff, MacKenzie Kenyon, Claire McPherson. Order of the Eastern Star SS Chapter #200 Award for a seventh grader who has improved in chorus and is very dependable-Sarah Albro. Four Town Community Center Larry Kenyon Memorial Award--Haleigh Mills. Lodi Whittier Library Character & Citizenship Award--Kaitlynn Winkleblack. TST BOCES Creative Writing Award: Patrick Eberts, Mackenzie Welch, Daniel Ingandello, Brett Robinson, Robert Henderson and Michaela Miller. Ovid Post 6200 VFW Auxiliary Citizenship Award-Hannah Porter. Five Points Correctional Facility 'Star Student' Award--Skylar Shaulis. 'Shining Star' Team 6 Award for his kind, caring, generous, considerate, humble attitude-Patrick Eberts. American Legion Aux. #462 Interlaken Citizenship Award-Adam Wagner. Ira McGonigal Memorial Award-Kiarah David. Five Points Correctional Facility 'Star Student' Award-Cameron Vanselow. 7th Grade Team Awards for citizenship and Character-Kelsey Shaulis, Andrew Griffin, Scott Hawley, Mary-Kate Badalamenti, Ryley Rasmussen. Ovid Post #6200 VFW Auxiliary Citizenship Award-Emily Lavarnway. Seneca Falls Elks Auxiliary #992 Achievement Award-Marlea Jones. Interlaken Reformed Church Character and Service Award-Vicki Sturdivant. Ovid Post #6200 VFW Auxiliary Leadership Award-Eli Corning. Five Points Correctional Facility 'Star Student' Award-Nga Ruckdeschel. NYS Attorney General Triple C Award-Emma Worrell and Matt Frey.
Middle School Principal, Stephen Parker Zielinski,presented the Silver and Gold Presidential Academic Fitness Silver and Gold Awards and closed the program by congratulating the students in achieving the four main middle school goals: cooperation, health and wellness, fun and learning. Presidential Silver Awards 6th Grade-Cadi Hale-Schrader, Justin Carmona, Katlyn Wheeler, Brittany Burgos-Post, Cameron Cupp, Benjamin Pollack, Tessa Taylor, Alexandria Rought, Sierra Artley, Dominique Raburn, Ryan Rosbaugh-Cornish, Talia Miller; 7th Grade-Sarah Albro, Tria Backman-Lowe, Emily Lavarnway, Lucas Huff, Jenna Darling, Albino Pascual-Pascual, Bailey Minges, Robert Henderson, Adrianna Mander, Aleisha Woodard, MacKenzie Kenyon, Andrew Griffin, Alexandra VanHorn; 8th Grade-Lilly Wick, Ryan Shields, Kurstin Scesny, Cassandra Russell, Emily Dey, Jesse Alexander, Nicholas Lane, Ariel Felice, Rachel Ortega, Sierra Coney, Kathryn Hubbard, Anastasia Papadopoulos, Jack Langley, Lucas MacIntosh, Ashley Blanche, Jonathan Reff. Presidential Gold Awards 6th Grade-Skylar Shaulis, Julia Diamond, Haleigh Mills, Patrick Eberts, John Zajac, Trinity Castellaneta, Catherine Adams-Compton, Dylan Stiles, Kazandra Jones, Charles VanNess, Annabelle MacIntosh, Amber Relyea, Alexandria Miglioratti, Brandon Connolly, Brandon Swanson, Hannah Porter, Marris Eck; 7th Grade-Adam Wagner, Cameron Vanselow, Kelsey Shaulis, Skyler Garrison, Holden Waid, Ryley Rasmussen, Kiarah David, Mary-Kate Badalamenti, Scott Hawley; 8th Grade-Kaitlynn Winkleblack, Marlea Jones, Lincoln Lowe, Nga Ruckdeschel, Eli Corning, Emma Worrell, Victoria Sturdivant, Elijah Trim, Joseph Bowers, Morgan McGonigal, Kiersten DeMarco, Matthew Frey, Cullen Marrella, Caylin Murray. Congratulations Middle School students!


The Freddies

You've heard of the Oscars, the Emmys and the Tonys? South Seneca recently held the inaugural "Freddies" Superstar Awards evening to honor students that have accomplished a grade 90 or above during all four quarters of the 2011-2012 year. Named after the South Seneca mascot, Freddie the Falcon, this event was formerly known as the South Seneca Honors Reception. The Falcon Flyers Committee (Cindy Brewer, Christa Butterer, Fran Copp, Molly Lewis, Heather Mott and Kate Wells) fashioned this prestigious event held at the Ginny Lee Café in Lodi. Superintendent Nusser welcomed the well-dressed crowd as guest speaker, South Seneca alumni Seth Peng spoke to the honors students and their families. Students received a certificate, gourmet appetizers and and a trophy for all of their hard work: Erika Albro, Pamela Bower, Emily Diamond, Thomas Hawley, Hannah McCheyne, Kalyn Moore, Monique Sheldon, Nicole Sturdivant, Laura Voorheis, Mitchell Brewer, Anna Dickens, Chandra McGonigal, Bree Minges, Caitlyn Smith, Timothy Westlake, Samantha MacCheyne, Cynthia Becker, Vivian Becker, Kathryn Dey, Jonathan Jaramillo, Kelly Kuehn, Faith McGill, Alexander Morgan, Cassie Wyckoff, Sarah Brewer, Kevin Close, Jasmine Delong, Kalishia Delong, Benjamin Dey, William Mix, Seth Worrell, Madison Fisher, Emily Jones, Chelsey Marsh, Brandon Morgan, Carla Morton, Jolene Paonessa, Angela Peng, Amanda Phelps, Micah Polk, Emma Sherry, Hayden Wagner, Rachael Winstead, Tracey Zajac, Erin Wilkins, Cortney Waid.
Falcon Flyers Committee would like to thank the Ginny Lee Café, the Nelson B. Delevan Foundation, Seneca Meadows, Class of 2010, Target, Tim and Sally Eller, Five-Star Bank, Lucas Vineyards, Ovid VFW Post 6200, Ovid-Willard Lion's Club, Interlaken Fire Department, Cayuga Creamery, Wegman's, Zotos, Lazy S Enterprises, Les and Mary Hayward, Bev Hancox and Matthew Costello for sponsoring this event and the other Falcon Flyers recognition events this year.


Words to Deeds

Each year, as part South Seneca eighth grade curriculum, students choose and carry out 'words to deeds' service projects in the community. Matt Frey, eighth grader, went above and beyond in his project exceeding his goal and raising $565.10 for Heifer International's Beekeeping and Cattle Breeding Project in the Eastern Carpathian Peninsula of Poland project. The monies earned from selling equal exchange organic coffee will purchase a cow for a family in that area which will appreciate the gallon of milk a day and a future calf. Other community service projects include "Walk for Water" for Juba, Sudan water well drilling, "Cardboard City" donation to Habitat for Humanity, "Toys for Tots" collection, non-perishable food collections for Thanksgiving dinners and throughout the year, fundraiser for Maasai Good Salvage Outreach in Kenya, Africa, learning and performing dances through Danza Romani performance group, cemetery clean-up, library volunteering and more. Catherine Perkins Outreach Coordinator, Institute for European Studies, Einaudi Center, Cornell University and Pawel Bakowski, 'teacher on loan', visited South Seneca many times assisting with coordination of the two-year "E-Twinning" European Outreach Project" that included pen pal and skype correspondence with Slovakian students in Poland, art exhibit and a t-shirt exchange with these international students.


Reading Kickoff Program

Magician David Moreland headlined the annual end of the year South Seneca Summer Reading Kickoff program. Shannon O'Connor, Edith B. Ford Memorial Library Director in Ovid who highlighted their summer reading program, "Dream Big" followed Moreland after he entertained the student population weaving magic with inspirational summer reading tips. The annual bike raffle, a highlight for each student that has met their reading goals each quarter, included bikes and helmets donated by Five Star Bank of Ovid, two anonymous teachers and the Elementary Student Council. The deserving bike winners were Nikolas Wheeler (Kindergarten), Taylor Campbell (First grade), Joey Borst (2nd grade), Lucas Hooker (3rd grade), Lily Foust (4th grade) and Marissa Arnold (5th grade). Thank you Five Star Bank, teachers and student council for your generous donations! Many summer reading opportunities are happening this summer including programs for primary students, teens and adults at Lodi, Ovid, Interlaken libraries as well as at the Museum of the Earth. Go to , click on Elementary and the 'summer reading' button for details. Students who participate in one of these programs will be part of a summer reading pizza party celebration in the fall: Assemblyman Kolb's summer reading challenge, Scholastic summer reading challenge and Barnes & Noble reading challenge


Science Excellence

South Seneca freshmen honors earth science students Monique Sheldon and Emily Diamond were recently chosen to have their class projects displayed in competition at the Finger Lakes Science Fair organized by the Finger Lakes Institute of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Part of the class requirement for their project was to design, perform and present an independent research project that required field work. Monique's project was on colloids, small sediments that sink in water and included soil samples from the elementary and high schools. Emily's project analyzed how many degrees the moon rose in the sky each hour. Congratulations, ladies!


Bus Safety Poster Contest

South Seneca eighth grader Nga Ruckdeschel won third place in the New York State Association for Pupil Transportation 2012 School Bus Safety Poster Contest. Miss Ruckdeschel's poster was first chosen from South Seneca to be judged at the Wayne-Finger Lakes regional level, according to South Seneca art teacher, Fran Copp, then was chosen to be entered into the state-wide contest. The winners in several age categories were chosen by representatives of New York Association for Pupil Transportation chapters across the state at the annual New York State Transportation Conference in July in Saratoga Springs. This year’s theme was “Stand Back from the Yellow and Black," and Nga's poster featured bold colors. The third place honor in the middle school category included a cash prize. Congratulations, Nga!