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Super speller aims h-i-g-h: Wayne Central eighth-grader will compete in the National Bee

Anyone who saw Charley Wiggins win the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee in March at Hobart and William Smith Colleges witnessed a confident young man who revels in the competition. While Wiggins remains confident heading into the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., he also realizes he will be up against the best of the best in what has arguably... more

Joe Biden delivers impassioned speech to Cornell students (full video)

Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden came clean on why he decided to come to Cornell University during the start of his speech at the Senior Convocation ceremony Saturday. “I have to admit the real reason I came today – I love ice cream,” Biden said, referencing the new Big Red, White and Biden ice cream produced... more

GALLERY: Memorial Day program successful at Midlakes Primary School

On Thursday, May 25th Midlakes Primary School first graders remembered the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces during its 30th Annual Memorial Day Program. Students carried flags and flowers, presented the history of Memorial Day, and recited poems to honor our nation’s brave men and women. They also sang patriotic songs, including “This Land... more

Waterloo Little Free Libraries seeking young adult books

With the end of the year looming, it’s time to bring in those books for the book drive at Waterloo High School and Little Free Libraries around the community before it ends. In celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the school kicked off a book drive on March 2nd to help fill the Little Free Libraries in the school and community. As... more

Busy Waterloo grad earns diploma at FLCC

To say Felicia Showers was leading the life of a busy Finger Lakes Community College student would be an understatement. A big understatement. During her time at FLCC, the Waterloo High School graduate was president of the Wildlife Society Club, vice president of the Veterans Club, served as a math tutor and was president of the college’s chapter of Phi... more

Port Byron students tie ribbons as tribute to fallen Vietnam War soldiers

Cars along Route 31 in Port Byron drove noticeably slower upon reaching the sight of 25 Dana West Junior-Senior High School students tying yellow ribbons to a fence Friday morning. The ribbons set up along the Port Byron Central School District’s campus fence are meant to honor the 4,126 New York state soldiers who died in the Vietnam War. The... more

‘Determined’ FLCC class takes a bow

There are now 900 more Finger Lakes Community College graduates. The college’s 49th annual commencement was held Saturday afternoon at Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, or CMAC. College President Robert K. Nye and Dr. Rodney C. Haring, a 1995 FLCC grad, were among the speakers. Haring is a research faculty member at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. He... more

President Clinton in Geneva: ‘Our common humanity matters the most’ (full video)

“We are in one of the most exciting, rapidly changing periods in human history,” President Bill Clinton said before hundreds of people gathered Sunday for commencement at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva. The 42nd president of the United States and founder of the charitable Clinton Foundation delivered a commencement address filled with optimism. Clinton also challenged graduates —... more

Wayne-Finger Lakes Special Olympics draws hundreds of athletes from across region

For the second year in a row North Rose-Wolcott Central School District hosted the Wayne Finger Lakes Region Special Olympics Track and Field competition, a huge event that draws some 600 students from across the region’s 25 school districts within Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. Held Friday, May 12th at North Rose-Wolcott High School the weather was perfect, sunny and breezy, for... more

Dryden students impacting the world

The impact of the work done at Dryden Central Schools can be felt around the world. This truth will be entirely evident on Tuesday. The community will come out to vote for three school board members and witness students and our dedicated staff raising funds for the Ugandan Water Project. Three 3-year vacancies in the school board will be filled... more

HWS readies for commencement: Officials brace for bad weather, which would limit attendance for Clinton speech

Sunday’s Hobart and William Smith Colleges commencement provides plenty of conflicting emotions, said spokesperson Cathy Williams. Of course, there’s the joy of watching HWS students accept those hard-earned degrees with their proud families and friends in attendance. And then there’s the A-list commencement speaker, former President Bill Clinton, who is known for powerful and inspiring speeches. However, it’s also the... more

Waterloo students give back to the community; Strike Out Cancer Day this Saturday

Thanks to Waterloo High School students, more than 1,000 items from the Beverly Animal Shelter’s wish list was collected and donated to the shelter recently as part of a fundraising competition between classes at the school. Part of the Finger Lakes Study Strategies course at the high school that includes a community service component, students brought in items the shelter... more

SLOPE DAY: Cornell students celebrate end of classes

Cornell University students partied, relaxed and blew off a little steam Thursday during the annual Slope Day festivities to celebrate the end of the academic year. Hundreds of students and some alumni gathered on Libe Slope as headline acts Misterwives and Big Gigantic took the stage in the early afternoon. The yearly tradition takes place in between the end of... more

Clyde-Savannah names tops of 2017 class

School officials at Clyde-Savannah High School say that a Valedictorian and Salutatorian have been named. Rosalie Betts, who carried a 97.967 percent GPA and will graduate with 26 college credits was named Valedictorian in a press release sent out to the media this week. Officials described her as an incredibly hard worker, who has dedicated herself to her studies and... more

Local schools should jump on unified hoops bandwagon

Last week, Finger Lakes TImes Sports Editor Pat Macdonald had a chance to go to a practice for the Newark unified basketball team — and got to see firsthand how special this program is. For those of you who don’t know, unified basketball brings students with disabilities and students without disabilities together on the court. FL Times: Read More more

Southern Cayuga County schools team up to support Make-A-Wish

Two rival schools came together for the good of one cause on Sunday. Throughout the past school year, students with the high school honor societies from the Union Springs and Southern Cayuga school districts have been working within their own schools to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. But those efforts combined Sunday with an end-of-the-year final fundraiser at Union... more

Keuka students, Penn Yan residents collaborate on “Who Is Penn Yan?” project (video)

Keuka College students shared with residents of Clinton Crest Manor in Penn Yan, a novel they combined to write titled “Who is Penn Yan?”. The fourth edition of the publication includes nearly two dozen profiles of Penn Yan residents, all penned by students in the College’s Associate Professor of English Dr. Jennie Joiner’s “Literature in the Wider World” class. The stories... more
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