Auburn Junior High School celebrates Black History Month in song, verse

The transformation from stage fright to confidence was quick for Auburn Junior High School student Serenity Scott. When Scott made it to the stage in front of hundreds in the school's auditorium to perform a speech by abolitionist and women's rights activist Sojourner Truth, student Heaven James, in the center front row, made breathing motions to Scott. Scott nodded her... more

Cayuga County student hits perfect ACT score

Nathan Lesch's eight months of prepping paid off when he achieved his goal of receiving the highest possible composite score on the ACT test. Lesch, 17, who lives in Auburn and is a senior at the private Manlius Pebble Hill School in DeWitt, earned a 36 on the national exam, which is used for college admissions and includes tests in... more

Hundreds of reasons to mark the 100th day of school

Teachers in local elementary schools looked a little older this week. In fact, they looked about 100 years old, and it was not from stress. Dressing up like 100-year-old people was one of many activities going on in various schools throughout Ontario County to mark the 100th day of the school year which — depending on when districts started classes... more

Taking the stage: Students demand change to IHS show casting

Back in September, Ithaca High School announced that the performing arts program would be putting on the musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” based on the original book by Victor Hugo with music from the Disney movie. But after the announcement of the chosen cast, the show was thrown into the spotlight for what has become the controversial casting choice... more

Girls are princesses for a day at Fingerlakes Mall in Aurelius

Over 100 princesses held court at the Fingerlakes Mall in Aurelius Saturday. The Princess for a Day event event featured young girls decked out as either royalty from Disney films or in their own regal outfits. The participants could get their makeup, hair and nails done by volunteers and get their photo taken on a stage with volunteers dressed as... more

FLCC speaker offers look at lingering legacy of slavery

The legacy of 300 years or slavery in America and other parts of the Western Hemisphere still overshadows the contributions made by Africans that helped create a marketplace and launch the nation’s early economic development and growth. That was the underlying theme of a talk Friday by Joseph E. Inikori, author and professor of African and African-American studies at the... more

Three South Seneca students selected for Area All-State Chorus

South Seneca Middle High School is honored to have had three singers selected to attend this year’s Senior High Area All-State, which took place at Ithaca High School over the weekend of February 2 and 3. Junior Sarah Corning, was selected for Mixed Chorus as an Alto II. Senior Julia Diamond and Junior Madelyn Houck were selected to sing in... more

Lansing among best schools in NYS, per report

Four area schools were among the 155 high achieving and high progress schools identified as Reward Schools by the New York State Education Department. Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced the Reward Schools Thursday, which included Lansing High School, Maine-Endwell Senior High School, Owego Free Academy and Vestal Senior High School. “We are extremely proud of Principal Thomas Burkhardt and the entire... more

Canandaigua, Geneva kids will be walking miles in their new shoes

Children at Canandaigua and Geneva elementary schools are sporting new kicks thanks to Reliant Community Credit Union’s program to help them put their best Feet Forward. Brand new sneakers were donated at four area schools last week including Canandaigua Primary-Elementary School and North Street School in Geneva to help less fortunate children. “Having quality sneakers can make an impact on... more

PY church to host active shooter training

Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. That’s the adage behind a Feb. 7 program at the United Methodist Church, when Yates County Sheriff’s Office deputies will undergo civilian response training in the case of there being an active shooter on the loose. “God forbid anything like that would happen in a church or house of worship here, but... more

David Cay Johnston at FLCC: ‘What kind of America’ will we be?

The first time David Cay Johnston met Donald Trump was in 1988 while working as a newspaper journalist. Johnston’s first impression of Trump, businessman and T.V. celebrity: P.T. Barnum, the American showman and master of hoaxes who founded Barnum & Bailey Circus. Even then, Trump was talking about being president and Johnston saw his fellow journalists failing at thorough reporting... more

Southern Cayuga Central School District selects new elementary principal

The Southern Cayuga Central School District appointed a new elementary principal Monday night during a special board of education meeting. In a meeting that lasted two minutes, Dave Wiemann, president of the board, opened by saying “We are happy to be here to welcome Jean Amodeo.” The board of education went on to unanimously vote to grant Amodeo a probationary... more

Ormie King: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES students make positive difference

Going back in time, a decade ago, I was working at RSVP as the van driver, when I got a call from Al Pola, who is a terrific guy and he and his group of kids from BOCES do a lot to improve our community. What about Al? He was a former law enforcement officer, and he is a certified... more

Cayuga County student star of viral gymnastics video

Three flips later, Southern Cayuga freshman Sean Kennedy is a viral sensation. A video showing Kennedy challenge the Groton High School cheerleading squad to a “gymnastics-off” has been covered by media company Buzzfeed and viewed more than 11 million times. The impromptu contest took place during the varsity boys basketball game between Southern Cayuga and Groton Jan. 19 at Southern... more

‘Slow down’: Snowmobile safety emphasized in Cayuga County

A snowmobile safety course was put on by the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office at the Ira Fire Department on Sunday to help youth get their New York state Snowmobile Safety Certificates. “The main thing we always try to stress (in the course) is to slow down, operate at safe speeds, and to stay on the trails,” Corporal Glen Dudley said.... more

Healing hurts through theater in Newark

For most teens, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday means a chance to sleep in and catch up on homework. Not so for the Justice Organization for Youth (JOY) members, who not only awoke early last Monday but disregarded frigid temperatures to lead a workshop on incorporating experiences of oppression into performance pieces. FL Times: Read More more

Feb. 20 event features recording of King speech at Keuka College

“Class of this great institution of learning, and ladies and gentlemen. I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to have the privilege and opportunity of being here today and being on the campus of Keuka College.” With those words, Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began the baccalaureate address on the campus of Keuka... more
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