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Medina High Students Learn Value in Community Service


October 9, 2019
Press Release

Medina High School students recently took part in the annual Community Day at their school. Todd Bensley and Jennifer Ossont, Participant in Government teachers, coordinate the event by inviting various community organizations to come in to talk to students about what they do and see if they would like to volunteer. Each student has to complete ten hours of community service each year towards their graduation requirements.

The organizations included: YMCA, Community Action, Medina Area Association of Churches (MAAC), GCASA, Salvation Army, FFA, PAWS Animal Shelter, Lee-Whedon Library, Medina Historical Society, PTSA, ERC, Shelby Fire Department, Parade of Lights and the Medina Railroad Museum. "The organizations that participate are always excited about the number of students who volunteer," says Mr. Bensley.


 

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Medina High School FFA Holds First Ever FFA Toy Show


October 4, 2019
Press Release

October 5th is the Medina High School's first ever FFA Toy Show and Sale. Doors at the High School opens at 7:00am for Pancake Breakfast that will run until 11:00am. The cost of the breakfast is $5 and that includes entrance into the toy show. The actual toy show is from 9:00am-3:00pm and the cost of admission is $3 if breakfast is not purchased. "We have quite a few collectors and sellers that will be there," says FFA advisor/Agriculture teacher Todd Eick. "Some will have antiques, some will have toys that are brand-new and never been out of the box. Some might be older and used toys, but they will still have the box. One guy is coming just to set up his display and show off his collection."

Mr. Eick says he has been wanting to have a toy sale for over the past ten years and with the help of Medina and FFA alumni, Bill Nice and Cliff Barber, they decided this would be the year that they start it. "Bill and Cliff know the value of this sort of thing for our FFA kids. We also decided that our inaugural show would be in memory of Mr. Lee Roberts, he was an avid toy collector, Medina Farmer and a huge supporter of agriculture in the community."


(LtoR) Camryn Eick, Alexandria Strong, and Kennedy Eick preparing mini tractors for the FFA Toy Show.

 

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Former Medina Teacher Leaves Legacy for Scholarship Fund


September 30, 2019
Press Release

Medina High School will begin to give out a new scholarship this year in honor of a former teacher. Ed Grabowski, attorney for the estate of Mariann R. Holcomb, presented a check at the Medina Central School District's Board of Education meeting on September 26th. It was in the amount of $35,274.86, for a scholarship in Mrs. Holcomb's name.


(LtoR), Ed Grabowski - Attorney, Arlene Pawlaczyk - Board of Education President, Mark Kruzynski, the Superintendent of Medina Central School District.

 

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Security and Law Enforcement Class Learn Role of Medical Examiner


September 30, 2019
Press Release

There is a new School Resource Officer (SRO) in the Medina Central School District and he is already making an impact on the students. Police Officer Stephen Gross has

Security and Law Enforcement teachers, Steve Browning and Dudley Gilbert, invited retired medical examiner Neal Hodgson to speak to their juniors at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center.

Mr. Hodgson talked to the students about his former career and showed the students an autopsy video and some photos from cases that he worked on. He talked to them about cases that made an impact on him and what they may encounter as law enforcement when attending accidents or crime scenes.


(LtoR) Teacher Steve Browning, Arianna Allore (Newfane), Peter Suide (Lockport), Neal Hodgson, Tucker Roote (Royalton-Hartland) , Edwin Abreu (Lockport), Teacher Dudley Gilbert, Elijah Lloyd (Albion).

 

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Medina CSD SRO Introduces Himself to High School Social Studies Students


September 26, 2019
Press Release

There is a new School Resource Officer (SRO) in the Medina Central School District and he is already making an impact on the students. Police Officer Stephen Gross has been busy acquainting himself with staff and students. "I am really excited about being here. I love getting out and being in the community and working with the kids has been very rewarding and I am enjoying getting to know them all," he says. "As far as the school district is concerned, safety is their priority and I felt ready to step into that role and I am excited about that."

Social Studies teacher, Joe Byrne, asked Officer Gross to come to his 8th grade classes and talk to the students. "I wanted to give him a chance for the students to become more familiar with him and show off his impressive knowledge of school district law," says Mr. Byrne. "Today we are talking about how we balance civil rights in our society with school safety," explained Officer Gross. "I think it is very important that they know their civil rights as students, but also the concerns that we, the government, have for school safety."


New SRO, Stephen Gross, talks to Medina CSD students

 

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Ronan Tynan. Medical doctor, paralympian, recording artist, motivational speaker and world-renown Irish tenor returns to Medina


August 29, 2019
Press Release

MEDINA, NY - Ronan Tynan- one of the great tenor voices in the world is returning to Medina.

Tynan will perform at 7:30PM on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at historic St. Mary RC Church, once again presented by the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc.

 

While widely known as a world-class tenor, Tynan is a much more complex and fascinating individual. His life story is as varied as the seasons, full of both tragedy and inspiring triumphs.

Ronan Tynan has performed at many celebrated and historic events around the world- President Reagan's funeral as well as the inauguration and funeral of President George W. Bush. His booming voice has echoed out in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Carnegie Hall and the Washington National Cathedral; across the National Mall and at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican for Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict.

Despite this incredible fame, few know the rest of his remarkable story- he is a medical doctor, paralympian, recording artist, motivational speaker and more. Often, it is the sum total of his life experiences that allows him to connect and bond with an audience like few other performers.


Ronan Tynan, St. Mary RC Church, Medina, NY - 2016 concert (Michael Sargent Michael Sargent Photography)

 

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Another Huge Turnout for Medina's Farm to Table Dinner


August 13, 2019
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MEDINA - "Dinner was divine!"

After several hours of anxiously awaiting an improvement in the weather, a final shower passed, clear skies blossomed and the set-up for Farm to Table 2019 began in earnest on Medina's Main Street.


Courtesy Simply Em Productions LLC
Emily Pellicano, photographer

 

A crowd of 230 people from across Western New York gathered once again on Medina's historic Main Street for the annual gourmet farm to table dinner. The gala affair is hosted by the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. as a fundraiser for the local Canal Village Farmers' Market. The market, sponsored by ORG, is managed by Gail Miller and is open Saturdays through October at 127 West Center St.

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Opening Day at Canal Village Farmers' Market, Medina


May 30, 2019
Press Release

MEDINA - With winter a distant memory, local farmers' markets are kicking off their summer seasons. Once again, fresh-harvested local produce, local meats and farm products will again be available in downtown Medina.

In Medina, Opening Day for the Canal Village Farmers' Market is Saturday, June 1 at 8:00AM, 127 West Center Street at West Avenue, in the heart of Historic Downtown Medina.

The market operates under the auspices of the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. of Medina, and will continue each Saturday through October from 8:00AM to 1:00PM.

Returning to the market on opening day will be Roberts Farm Market, Human Farms, Gardner's Gardens, Kim's Kitchen Bakery & More, Bob Renko Sausages, Baker Farm, and 810 Meadworks along with several other vendors, both new and old.


Summer offerings at the Canal Village Farmers' Market, Medina.

 

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Budding Oak Orchard Artists Create Safety Posters


May 29, 2019
Press Release

The students at Oak Orchard Elementary recently participated in a poster design contest. The theme was Bus Safety and students were asked to create something that represents what being safe and making smart choices on the bus means to them.

Medina CSD's Transportation Department judged to entries and a winner was chosen at each grade level.


Front Row: Elizabeth Dresser, Sophie Kroening, Annaliese Lindsey, and McKenna Gamet. Back Row: Oak Orchard Principal Julie Webber, Transportation Department representatives: Debbie Faltyn and Kim Heschke and Director of Transportation Rob Dennis.

 

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Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Program Celebrates HUNCH Partnership


May 23, 2019
Press Release

The students in Bill Rakonczay's Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Program had a celebration on May 11th at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center. They were celebrating their sixth year of being part of the NASA High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. Eighty-two people were at the ceremony to celebrate the classes' achievement.


 

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Medina School Students of the Month for May


May 23, 2019
Press Release

The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Business Association and the Medina Central School District are proud to announce the May selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school. Watson Enterprises has graciously sponsored the award for May. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and from Medina CSD Mark Kruzynski presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, a representative from Watson Enterprises presented each student with a gift certificates to Case-Nic Cookies.


From left to right: Izabelle Frasier, MCSD Superintendent Mark Kruzynski, Ayesha Way, Sebastian Zilempe, and MTA President Joe Byrne.

 

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Making Ready the Cannon


May 23, 2019
Press Release

Students from Medina High School did their part today to make ready the cannon for re-dedication on Memorial Day.

Three 'Wine and Roses' Weigela flowering shrubs were planted behind the new flagpoles at the newly renovated World War I memorial. The shrubs will grow to 4' x 4' with rosy-pink flowers appearing in late spring and summer and dark purple foliage.

The shrubs were planted as part of Mustangs Make An Impact activities. Students on site today were Daniel Mandujano Mandujano, Mary Mandujano Mandujano and Christopher Goyette with MHS staff supervisors Gordy Luthart and Karen Jones.


MHS student Daniel Mandujano Mandujano and supervisor Gordy Luthart

 

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Orleans Learning Center Bell Choir Brings Joy to Hospital


April 29, 2019
Press Release

The Orleans/Niagara BOCES' Orleans Learning Center recently spread some cheer to the residents of the North Wing Residential Care Facility at the Medina Memorial Hospital.


 

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Medina FFA Celebrates Happy National Farm Animals Day


April 29, 2019
Press Release

April 18th saw students in Medina Central School District's FFA program celebrate their livestock and pets.


Oliver Wilson with one of his call ducks

 

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Medina School Students of the Month for April


April 29, 2019
Press Release

The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Business Association and the Medina Central School District are proud to announce the April selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.

Friends of Lee-Whedon Library has graciously sponsored the award for March. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and from Medina CSD Denise Stappenbeck presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, a representative from Friends of Lee-Whedon Library presented each student with a Book Shoppe gift certificate.


Left to right: Joe Byrne MTA President, Kay Van Nostrand Friend of Lee Whedon Library, Barbara Filipiak Friend of Lee Whedon Library, Parker Clewell, Dr. Denise Stappenbeck Director of Curriculum & Instruction for MCSD, and Catherine Cooper from Lee Whedon Library.

 

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Tuesday Club meets for April


April 16, 2019
Press Release

The April 9th meeting of the Tuesday Club was held at Tricia Stacey's home with Dona Masters as the Co-Hostess. President Pam Maryjanowski called the meeting to order at 7:15. There were 15 members in attendance.

Pat Kennedy, the nominating chair presented the following slate of officers for the 2019-2020 program year: Pam Maryjanowski - president; Lois Donnavan - vice president; Sally Grimm - treasurer and Ann McElwee - secretary. The secretary casted the required vote.

The May Banquet will be held on May 11, 2019. The group will be taking a guided tour of the Buffalo Zoo and enjoying lunch at Parkside Meadows.

Tricia introduced Pat Payne who shared the book "Death at SeaWorld" by David Kirby, published in 2012. Pat began by sharing her beliefs regarding animals in captivity. Her beliefs mirror the author's conviction as well. Kirby is against captive programs. He asks us to consider the questions: 1. Is it good for the whales? 2. Is it good for society? The answer to both is no. The killer whale is a social, intelligent and charismatic animal. These animals have a large brain, have been around for million of years and have complex language. In the wild the animal's life span is 50 to 70 years. In captivity these animals live to about age 20 and have a high infant mortality rate.

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Ashton Laird Accepted Into GCC Nursing Program


April 4, 2019
Press Release

Big congratulations to Medina High School senior, Ashton Laird! Ashton recently was accepted into the Genesee Community College (GCC) Nursing Program. The two-year program prepares students to pass the national R.N. licensing examination


Ashton Laird, the GCC Cougar, brother Zackary Laird and their father Timothy Laird.

 

GCC only directly accepts ten students into that program per year. The Dean of Admissions and other GCC representatives, along with the college's mascot, the Cougar, came to the school to surprise Ashton with her acceptance. We are so proud of her!

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Medina Schools Announce March Students of the Month


April 4, 2019
Press Release

The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Business Association and the Medina Central School District are proud to announce the March selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.

Della's Chocolates has graciously sponsored the award for March. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and from Medina CSD Mark Kruzynski presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, a representative from Della's Chocolates presented each student with a basket full of chocolate.


Left to right: Susan Fuller owner of Della's Chocolates, Xavier Fisher, Bailee Simmons, Mark Kruzynski MCSD Superintendent, Phillip Shannon, and Joe Byrne MTA President

 

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Medina Student Named WNY Regional Science and Engineering Fair County Champion


March 28, 2019
Press Release

This past Saturday March 23, at the 77th annual Western New York Regional Science and Engineering Fair at D'Youville College, Medina Clifford Wise Intermediate School sixth grader Ryder Jones was named the Orleans County Science Champion, and he was awarded a certificate and one hundred dollars.

Jones, along with students from Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming counties, initially entered the STEAM fair competition this past January, which was sponsored by the Genesee Community College's Math/Science Prep STEM Enrichment Program. His project, "The Effect of Music on Mood," involved 68 test subjects: a group of sixth graders in his English class with teacher Kari Webster; a group of Medina High School sophomores, and a group of volunteer test subject adults from his church, St Peter Evangelical Lutheran church in Medina. For the experiment, subjects listened to three songs; after each song, filled out a survey Jones had written which was intended to gauge their mood. Jones learned that his hypothesis (that subjects' mood would be most positively impacted by upbeat classical music) was partially correct: While many did in fact have positive responses to the upbeat classical, even more of the subjects had a positive response to an upbeat pop song selection.


Ryder Jones proudly shows off his project.

 

All students who entered the STEAM fair and Regional Competition were required to use the scientific method in their projects: they had to come up with a research question, research and explain the background and past research regarding their topic, and develop a testable hypothesis. Then, they had design the and create a scientifically valid experiment, including tools, method, and procedure; they had to document their data, analyze and interpret the results, and report their conclusions; and they had to summarize every step of the process in a written report. Projects also included a tabletop demonstration showcasing their findings.

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Tech War Champs


March 25, 2019
Press Release

Congratulations to High School Technology teacher Mike Lepkyj and his second place champions Dominic Vitterna, Dan Squire and Ryan Miller in their event from the NCCC (Niagara County Community College) Tech Wars.

There were over 400 high school and middle school students from 24 school districts that attended the one day Technology Education event. There were 17 individual events that were all based on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concept.

The goal of the event is to allow students to take what they learn in the Technology classrooms and compete in a hands-on educational, yet fun program. The hope is that the imagination of the students may go beyond the classroom where they develop such a deep interest in technology they will make a career of it.


(LtoR) Dominic Viterna, Ryan Miller, Dan Squire and teacher Mike Lepkyj.

 

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Medina School Students of the Month for February


March 11, 2019
Press Release

The students at Oak Orchard have raised over $1,500 for the American Heart Association for the Kids Heart Challenge.

Physical Education teacher, Pam Maryjanowski, says "We have been very fortunate in our community as far as the generosity from our kids and their families. We have been doing this for seven to eight years now. It is great for our kids because we talk about healthy heart as far as what is a healthy heart and what does it mean if you don't. We talk about nutrition and what are the right kinds of foods."


Lois Jackson, Madison Voss, Keren Sanchez Cabrera and Riley Holmes.

 

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Medina School Students of the Month for February


March 11, 2019
Press Release

The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Business Association and the Medina Central School District are proud to announce the February selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.

Rose's Alterations has graciously sponsored the award for February. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and from Medina CSD Marc Graff presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, a representative from Rose's Alterations presented each student with a gift certificate to the Book Shoppe.


(LtoR) Rose Elliott from Rose's Alterations, Marc Graff Director of Finance and Human Resources for MCSD, Emma Herbert, Lillian Olsen, Luke Duffina, and Joe Byrne MTA President

 

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Getting Ready for Competition


March 4, 2019
Press Release

Students at the Orleans and Niagara Career and Technical Education Centers are getting ready for the Regional SkillsUSA Competition. The competition will be held at Alfred State University in March and students from the Western New York area will be competing against one another in their fields of study at their BOCES and high schools.
(LtoR) Marie Reynolds (Albion), Courtney Lang (Medina) and Zach Richbart (Barker) with their dishes.

 

Students in James Atzrott's Culinary Arts program, at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center, have been perfecting their three course meal that they will be creating for their competition. Courtney Lang, Marie Reynolds and Zach Richbart each created a plate for the presentation: appetizer, main dish and dessert. They looked amazing!

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Oak Orchard Celebrates Children's Dental Health Month


February 13, 2019
Press Release

February is National Children's Dental Health Month. To raise awareness about the importance of oral health and preventing tooth decay, Oak Orchard Elementary invited in a special guest.

Dr. John Stockton, from the Medina Dental Group, talked to third graders about their teeth and good dental hygiene practices. Dr. Stockton talked about how to keep their mouths healthy and what foods are good for their teeth. He gives healthy foods like fruits and vegetables the green light and sugary foods get a red light. He also discussed protecting their teeth from sports injuries by using a mouth guard.


 


Third grade students in Mrs. Toub's and Mrs. Mark's class with Dr. John Stockton.

 

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Medina Schools Announce January Students of the Month


February 5, 2019
Press Release

The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina Business Association and the Medina Central School District are proud to announce the January selections for Students of the Month. This award is a joint effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.

Creekside Floral has graciously sponsored the award for January. This month students are being honored with this article, a Certificate of Achievement from the Medina Teachers' Association presented by President Joseph Byrne and from Medina CSD Marc Graff presented a special pen and pencil. In addition, Mary Lewis from Creekside Floral presented each student with Casenic cookies.


From left to right are Marc Graff Director of Finance and Human Resources, Mary Lewis from Creekside Floral, Zachary Graham, Colton Brunette, and Joe Byrne MTA President.

 

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Orleans/Niagara BOCES Graduates New Class of LPNs


January 10, 2019
Press Release

Congratulations to the 18 students from the Orleans/Niagara BOCES' Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program. The graduation ceremony was held on December 20th.


(Left to Right): Front row: Brittany Murphy, Lauren Cristofanelli, Amy Schrader, Kathleen Siracuse Alyssa Arber, Alexis Jefferds and Lynn Gugino. Back row: (Left to Right) Miranda Voelker, Nicolette Warning, Sandra Fresch, Rachel King, Gina Pfohl, Sarah Reynolds, Kirsten Halford, Kimberly Ebanks, Gabrielle Bellina and Hannah Heikoop. Missing: Alexis Rivera.

 

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