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Penfield robotics team wins Boston Regionals to advance to championship

Penfield robotics team wins Boston Regionals to advance to championship

Penfield High School and Harris Corporation FIRST Robotics Team 1511 Rolling Thunder took first-place overall and several other awards at the Boston regional event.

The team traveled to Boston Thursday, March 21 to compete in Agannis Arena at Boston University with 49 other teams from many Northeast states, and other countries including Brazil and Canada.

The win allows them to compete in the FIRST Robotics International Championships in St. Louis, MO from April 24-27.

The team won the overall tournament, as their robot competed on the winning alliance. In addition, the team won awards for Gracious Professionalism and Industrial Safety.

Webster Schroeder High School debate team is local champion

Webster Schroeder High School’s Speech and Debate team has finished the season as league champions. It has also qualified 10 students for nationals, being held in Philadelphia over Memorial Day weekend.

The 10 headed for nationals are: Jeremy Caulkins and John LaLoggia and Hanna Kielar and Alexa Woloshko in duo interpretation; Emily Dorsey in dramatic performance; Yifan Kong in extemporaneous speaking; Elif Ersan in declamation; Michael Hohl in oral interpretation; Robyn McCartan in original oratory; and Austin Clyde in Lincoln-Douglas debate.

In addition, the following students are league champions in their events: Sarah Stone-Francati in junior varsity oral interpretation; Kielar, Woloshko and Clyde.

Courtesy www.MPNNow.com

Scholar Athletes of the Week 3/19: Michelle and Sheila Nesselbush

Penfield seniors Michelle and Sheila Nesselbush are close. Just because they are twins, Sheila Nesselbush is ranked second in her class and Michelle Nesselbush is fifth. They both say their older sister, who attends Harvard, is their motivation.

Michelle Nesselbush said, “We need to work hard as well. It pushes you to work hard. We make each other work harder in school.”

Both girls will have taken 10 APs by the end of this year. Math and science are their strengths, but both have very different study habits.

Sheila Nesselbush said, “She's a little less distracted than I am."

Michelle Nesselbush said, "We have different work habits.”

Both plan to purse engineering in college.

Michelle said, “We went to engineering camp."

Monroe County school board members leave for Albany

Twenty-two Monroe County school board members, superintendents and school business officials left for Albany Monday morning for two days of meetings with state officials. 

They will meet with members of the local legislative delegation and also with senior staff members of the State Senate, Assembly, Division of the Budget, the Governor’s staff and the State Education Department to discuss fiscal issues and legislative priorities concerning public education. 

Over the last two years the state has placed new requirements on school districts, including changes to curriculum and testing, changes to school operations, and changes to education funding. The school leaders will talk with state leaders about the impact of these changes and what they believe would help districts operate more effectively.

Local students to be honored at annual Howard Hanson recital and awards

Seven area high school seniors, including Stuart Burtner of Irondequoit, will be recognized this Sunday, March 10, with the Howard Hanson Certificate of Merit award, presented by the Rochester Piano Teachers’ Guild.

The honorees were chosen as a result of a recent audition sponsored by the guild.

Burtner is home-schooled and studies piano with Bonnie Choi. He is the son of Carl and Sarah Burtner of Irondequoit.

Burtner has already won numerous piano awards. In 2011, he took first place in the Level Four division of the New York State Music Teachers Association (NYSMTA) District 12 Junior All-Stars Competition and honorable mention in the prestigious NYSMTA Empire State Competition.

Last year, he received honorable mention in the solo division of the Ithaca Piano Competition, first place in the David Hochstein Recital Competition, and second place in the Nazareth College Piano Competition.

Burtner plans to pursue a degree in computer engineering.

St. Joseph's School to hold "Run for Roses" Gala

St. Joseph's School to hold "Run for Roses" Gala

St. Joseph School in Penfield is hosting its gala celebration on Sunday March 16 at Casa Larga Vineyards.

The sixth annual gala is themed, "Run for Roses" and members of St. Joseph parish, faculty, community, volunteers and students as well as school families, alumni and other supporters are invited to join in the fun and raise funds for the school.

The gala will honor the Barney family. Carol Barney and her husband, the late Francis Barney, have been generous supporters for St. Joseph School for years. All nine children and four of the Barney's grandchildren graduated from St. Josph School.

Tickets for the gala are $80 per person and a table of 10 is $750. The gala starts at 6:00pm, followed by a sit down dinner at 7:00pm, and a live auction and horse racing will follow.

For more information on the gala and auction, go to www.sjpenfield.com




Penfield Patriots Cheerleaders land their first Section V title and their second national title

Penfield Patriots Cheerleaders land their first Section V title and their second national title

For the first time in program history, the Penfield Patriots Varsity cheerleading squad has been crowned as a Section V Champion in the highly competitive AA1 Division. The competition was held at the RIT Gordon Field House on Saturday February 23, 2013 where the Patriots took first place with a score of 301 beating out Webster Thomas and Fairport who tied in second place with a score of 300. This was the closest competition of the day. The AA1 Division, consisting of 9 teams, is typically the most difficult in all of Section V. Senior Maria Sabik was awarded the Nancy Saxton Leadership Award.

The team spent hundreds of hours perfecting a 2 ½ minute routine which showcased many difficult components. The team drew cheers from the crowd with their flawless and perfectly timed execution of tumbling, stunting and dance. It was a true representation of the Penfield spirit!