CCSD Class of 2021 Apparel Sale

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The Caz Gear Store is now open!  Support your Seniors and show off your Laker Pride! Seniors make sure you get your Senior Tee-Shirt!  Pick up some holiday gifts too. Use the link below and start shopping. | FLYER FROM PEACHJAR

CCSD Class of 2021 Apparel SaleThe Caz Gear Store is now open! Support your Seniors and show off your Laker…

Posted by Cazenovia Central School District on Friday, November 20, 2020

Participate in the Turkey Trot Virtual Run/Walk

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Cazenovia High School Class of 2023 leaders (L-R Faith Wheeler, Maren Smith, Russell LaFever and Erin Kuhn) show off the sign for the 2020 Turkey Trot Virtual 5K Run/Walk. Local residents can sign up or donate to the event at

The Cazenovia High School Class of 2023, in cooperation with the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation and CazCares will offer the community a chance to participate in a virtual “Turkey Trot” 5K run or walk from Nov 25-29.  There are many benefits to taking part including good health and good causes.

The Sophomore class was unable to conduct its annual Pumpkin Run earlier this fall and the narrow route of the Gorge Trail made CPF’s Thanksgiving Trot impractical this year, so the two groups are joining forces to offer a new opportunity for 2020. The new route, which begins and ends on Emory Ave in front of the high school, will feature an interesting tour of the village highlighted by history and trivia about our community. Participants will have the opportunity to complete a quiz on the race website to compete for prizes based on what they learned during the event. The local history, researched by CPF, underscores the importance of learning about and preserving our heritage.

Participation in the event as a runner/walker or as a sponsor will benefit two local causes. The Sophomores, like so many other groups, have been unable to conduct their usual fundraisers due to the pandemic, but are hopeful that the world will return to normal in time for signature high school events such as their Junior Prom and Senior Ball. The class will also donate ten percent of its proceeds from the event to CazCares to support the good work they are doing helping local families in need this holiday season. To sign up or donate to the event, search for Cazenovia Turkey Trot at or go to

Taking part in the event will also benefit participants. Exercising and staying healthy is especially important this year as many traditional workout options have been limited. Vigorous activity, especially outdoors in the fresh air, is not only good for your physical health but your mental health as well as our usual routines are disrupted. The virtual nature of the event, conducted anytime from Nov 25 to 29 with times self-reported to the race site, allows participants to stay safe by doing it individually or with their family and maintaining social distance from others.

Please visit the event’s web page on for more information.

Carter Williams is a National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist

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Pictured are HS Principal, Molly Hagan, Carter’s parents, Mr. Timothy Williams, Mrs. Karen Bump, Carter Williams, and High School Counselor, Mrs. Susan Tresco

Carter Williams has been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) as one of the 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

H.S. Musicians to represent Cazenovia at Virtual All-State Music Festival

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The Cazenovia High School Music Department is pleased to announce that Olivia Emerson and Carter Williams have been selected for a NY State Conference All-State Music Ensemble.

The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All State Conference will deliver a virtual concert in place of the conference this year.  Olivia Emerson, a senior clarinetist, was selected to perform with the Symphonic Band and Carter Williams, a senior vocalist, was selected for the Mixed Choir. Since they were not able to perform NYSSMA solos last spring, Emerson and Williams were admitted based on their 2019 scores of 99 and 100, respectively. While this years’ festival will not be held in person, the NYSSMA organization believes it is important to recognize the musical efforts of the students who applied by recognizing their acceptance into these prestigious ensembles and give them the opportunity to participate in a professional quality performance from a safe distance. 

Carter Williams
Olivia Emerson

To be selected for The All-State Conference, students spend countless hours preparing a Level VI NYSSMA solo from the NYS manual. All Level VI solos are considered ‘Professional’ level solos that only the strongest musicians are able to perform. Most years, over 6,500 sophomores and juniors from across the state of New York prepare for All-State evaluations in the hope of being selected. The concert would normally be held in the magnificent “Eastman Theatre” (University of Rochester) which has been Rochester’s preeminent performance space since its opening in 1922. This historic space has hosted the world’s greatest musicians and conductors. We are thrilled to have these musicians represent our school music program on a virtual platform, our congratulations to Olivia and Carter on this esteemed accomplishment.

Article submitted by Ms. Maggie Dougherty, Choral Music Teacher, Fine Arts Department Chair – Cazenovia High School

Class of 2023 Turkey Trot Virtual Run/Walk

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Each fall, Cazenovia High School classes typically sponsor a “Pumpkin Run 5K” fundraiser and the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation organizes a “Turkey Trot” on its Gorge Trail on Thanksgiving morning.  Due to the ongoing pandemic, neither group was able to sponsor its traditional event in 2020.  Knowing that the Central New York running community is looking for opportunities to remain active, we have combined the two events into a virtual run/walk over a new route for this year.  We hope to raise money for the CCS Class of 2023 (whose other fundraisers for future events such as their Junior Prom and Senior Ball were also cancelled this year) and raise awareness about the important work that CPF does in our community.  We are also partnering with CazCares by donating 10% of all the proceeds from the event to them to help families in need during this holiday season.

The 5K virtual run walk can be completed any time from November 25 to 29. The course begins and ends along the historic Village Green in front of Cazenovia High School (31 Emory Ave) and winds through the village, passing numerous historical, cultural and natural highlights along the way.  An optional quiz based on the landmarks can be submitted electronically after you finish to be eligible for prizes. Runners may also self-report their times after their run for our virtual leaderboard.  Since runners are self-timing, they are reminded that safety comes first as traffic will not be stopped or controlled as it is during a typical race. Be careful and adjust your time if needed to reflect necessary pauses for safety.

We hope to return to our normal slate of events in 2021, but hope you will have fun participating in our special combined event this year. With all of the good food over Thanksgiving weekend, this will be a great opportunity to get outside, get active, support good causes and learn more about our community.

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