6th Grade French Students Named Virtual Video Winners

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Four 6th grade French students were named the top Virtual Video Winners in New York State! The contest was sponsored by the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.

The starring students were:
Julia Bush, Ava Galton, Cassia Race, Olivia Ruddy

You may view the complete results at https://nysaflt.org/virtual-video-contest/ and view the video by clicking on “Chez Laure”.

Félicitations / Congratulations!

Millard and Young Selected as Lions Club Students of the Month

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Sedona Millard, who is in the eighth grade at Cazenovia High School, has been selected as the Cazenovia Lions Club Student of the Month for January 2019. Sedona is the daughter of Wendy Field Millard and stepdaughter of Mark Edwards of Jamesville.

Sedona’s nomination, by faculty member Lauren Sprague, read as follows:

“The day before Christmas Break, Sedona brought in a new backpack full of presents for another student. Sedona had been talking to the student earlier that week and they had expressed that due to some struggles that the family had been facing, the student knew that they and their siblings would not be receiving much for Christmas. Sedona took it upon herself to help bring some Christmas cheer to this student and their siblings by buying them a new backpack and filling it with little gifts and goodies!”

The Cazenovia Lions Club is pleased to recognize Sedona for giving back to others and in doing so positively impacting the lives of her fellow classmates and her community.

Maddie Young, a sophomore at Cazenovia High School, has been selected as the Cazenovia Lions Club Student of the Month for February 2019. Maddie is the daughter of Zach and Emily Young of Cazenovia

Maddie’s nomination, by faculty member Kurt M. Wheeler, reads as follows:

“Maddie is a dedicated and enthusiastic member of our school and village community. She has been a valued member of Project CAFE and has taken on leadership roles as a sophomore. She heads up our newsletter committee and worked tirelessly to get the last two newsletters out to the community. She attends every meeting and has participated in multiple community service events, including our recent visit to the Cazenovia Senior Apartments and the upcoming Winter Festival Talent Show. She is a loyal teammate on the indoor track squad, willing to do any event to help the team and eagerly supporting the other athletes when not competing herself. She also devotes considerable time to improving her field hockey skills in preparation for her next season in that sport while also working diligently to complete her school work and maintain good grades. Her energy, commitment and positive attitude make a difference in our school and community each day!”

The Cazenovia Lions Club is pleased to recognize Maddie for her service to her classmates and the school.


Congressman Anthony Brindisi to hold Town Hall at H.S.

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The public is invited to attend a Town Hall presentation by Congressman Anthony Brindisi at the Cazenovia H.S. Auditorium on Saturday, March 23rd from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Photo of Anthony Brindisi in front of an American Flag dressed in a blue suit and red tie.

A presentation session and an opportunity for questions and answers will be the format.

Brindisi is a current Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 22nd district.


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March 18, 2019

Photo of the team, The 2019 Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon Team. Back Row: Ben Wightman (coach), Riley O’Brien, Alyson Woolbert, Carter Williams, Emma Lowry, Allie Everard, Gwen O’Brien, Alex Holmes. Front Row: Ian Melvin, Ronan DeFanti, Kate Martellock.
The 2019 Cazenovia High School Academic Decathlon Team. Back Row: Ben Wightman (coach), Riley O’Brien, Alyson Woolbert, Carter Williams, Emma Lowry, Allie Everard, Gwen O’Brien, Alex Holmes. Front Row: Ian Melvin, Ronan DeFanti, Kate Martellock.

For the first time in five years, Cazenovia High School will represent New York State at the Academic Decathlon National Competition.

The Cazenovia team, consisting of ten high school students in grades 10-12, won the State Competition at SUNY Brockport on February 9th.

”It was hard fought for and happily received,” reflects team captain Ronan DeFanti, “the team is more than ready to throw our full effort into preparing to try and win our division.”

“This really is a reflection on the students’ hard work and dedication,” says team coach Ben Wightman, “Academic Decathlon competitors cannot rely on technology for instant answers. They get a 3½ inch binder of curriculum at the beginning of the year, and it’s up to them to become experts by competition day.”

Academic Decathlon tests students’ knowledge in ten subjects: art, music, literature, math, economics, science, social science, speech, interview, and essay. Competitors must participate in every event. Furthermore, each team must include 2-3 students with an A average, 2-3 with a B average, and 2-3 with a C average.

“It’s not just for honors kids,” notes Wightman, “lack of top-to-bottom balance kept us away from Nationals in recent years. This year’s group has been more well-rounded, and more willing to push one another.”

The team is now bound for Bloomington, Minnesota, where they will take on schools from the United States, China, and England in late April. “We’ve got a long road ahead of us for fundraising, but it’ll all be worth it when our hard work pays off and we get to represent New York!” said vice president Kate Martellock.

The team is seeking to raise $4,000 to defray some of the costs of participating in this opportunity. “Our students are responsible for their personal costs,” Wightman explains, “we would like to raise some of that money collectively, because we would hate for this achievement to be a financial burden on our families.”

Donations to the team can be submitted online at:

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/stores/getstoremain?clientKey=ZZH4ZX5U1X082ZC, or mailed to the Cazenovia Central School District at 31 Emory Avenue, Cazenovia, NY 13035. Checks can be made out to C.C.S.D., with “Academic Decathlon” in the memo line.


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The Madison County Music Educators Association presented their 2019 Annual March All County Concert at Vernon Verona Sherrill High School. Students rehearsed Friday night after school hours and Saturday morning with dress rehearsals to prepare for two separate performances starting Saturday afternoon at 2:00 and 3:15 pm.

The first concert held on March 16th included the Junior High and High School Choirs. The Jr High Chorus made up of 7th and 8th graders showcased 76 singers and was conducted by Matt Stearns from Chittenango High School. The portion of the concert featured four soloist from Cazenovia. Corinne Albicker opened the song True Colors and the final tune, God Bless The USA featured Max Digiacomo, Olivia Wong and Sam Denton. The Senior High Chorus was conducted by Dr. Jose “Peppie” Calvar,  Associate Professor of Music and Choral Activities at Syracuse University. Selections from their performance included Please Stay by Jake Runestad, and the traditional spiritual, He’ll Make a Way by B.Smith.

The second concert featured the All County 5th/6th Grade Band and the High School Orchestra. The Elementary Band, consisting of 74 musicians, was conducted by Nate Kaercher from Chittenango. The Senior High Orchestra performed selections including Overture to Rienzi arranged by Dackow and Duke Ellington! A Melody for Orchestra arranged by Calvin Custer.

Cazenovia students pose prior to their trip to All-County.

Select middle and high school students from 13 Madison County schools auditioned for spots in the All-County vocal and instrumental ensembles. Congratulations and thank you to all 38 of the 6-12 grade Cazenovia musicians who represented our school.Jr High Chorus: Corinne Albicker, Emma Caraher, Ethan Coburn, Sky Dannan, Sam Denton, Max Digiacomo, Emmalise Enders, Elijah Gebers, JP Hoak, Harry Hausser, Meghan Mehlbaum, Olivia Morse, Olivia Wong. Senior High Chorus: Angelo Annotto, Jon Benn, Ronan DeFanti, Kyler Hathaway, Kate Martellock, Megan Lawton. Elementary Band: Lucy Bliss, Rachael Caraher, Avery Cattadoris, Cassia Race, Sofie Reger, Nico Segall, Eliza Smith. Senior High Orchestra: May Braaten, Noah DeRochie, Clare Douglas, Claire Edwards, Lucca Ferrara, Tessa Hanskanecht, Savannah Johnson, Gavin Moy, Maggie Rowles, Quinn Smith.

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