GRADE 8 HIGH HONORS
Dina Alfarone, Olivia Ashe, Spencer Bennett, Nicholas Boyd, Zachary Brewer, Caroline Burnett, William Caley, Aniela Cashman, Ashley Coon, Jenna Cox, Jack DeGray, Riley Dehner, Ty delosReyes, Ashlyn Dixon, Sean Dowd, Daniel Ennis, Angela Everett, Addy Fede, Ryan Fett, Madeline Gilmore, Aidan Goodrow, Meggie Hennessey, Jacob Ivanov, Aiden Kaczka, Eleanor Karabetsos, Alexis Klein, Isabella Krumm, Grace Lemoine, Hanna Lloyd, Anna Lombardo, Tyler Mackowski, Abigail Maher, Chase McGee, Mark McWhirter, Alexis Nichols, Zachary Orluk, Veronica Papile, Elliot Plourde, Katherine Psutka, Mya Rivard, Eliza Rowland, Lauren Roy, Peyton Sandridge, Natalie Schock, Riley Shelansky, Ryan Stone, Laura Tickey, Gabriella Vargas-Blanchard, Megan Wassick, Kylie Williams, Clay Willis-Swan, Anna Wix, Sophie Zacchera.
by Shirley Murtha
A very large crowd of Granby residents, high school athletes and members of Granby’s government boards gathered at the high school on May 17 to witness the naming of the track field after Dennis J. Lobo. Lobo was being honored in his 51st year of coaching track and cross country not only for his accomplishments, but also for the impact he has had on so many Granby youth, according to principal Mike Dunn and Superintendent Alan Addley. A number of former students and their parents were on hand for the unveiling of the new sign identifying the field, as well as some coaches from schools that compete with GMHS.
Wells Road students were excited to participate in Simsbury Public Library’s Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, April 1. No Fooling! The newly formed MakerSpace Club accepted the challenge to design and create marble runs out of cardboard, water bottles, popsicle sticks and other common materials, and demonstrated them at a booth at the Faire. Makers is a collaborative group, so students prepared for the event by finding a marble run activity for visitors to make and setting up a schedule so that there would always be representatives on hand to show visitors how marble runs work.
A new fine arts scholarship for GMHS graduates will be offered for the class of 2018. Granby resident Susan Patricelli-Regan is establishing the scholarship in her mother’s name.
Sylvia Davis Patricelli was a young and well-known portrait painter in Sydney, Australia, who had attended the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. She had her first exhibition of Solomon Island paintings opened by Lady Gowrie, wife of the Governor-General of Australia in 1941 in Sydney at Anthony Hordern’s Gallery.
She arrived in the United States at 23 as an American war bride and continued to produce many commissioned portraits of notable members of the New England community. Her much heralded success in both Australia and in the U.S. resulted in a subsequent second exhibition of her work opened by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt in 1951 at G. Fox & Company, Hartford, Connecticut. The exhibition was sponsored by G. Fox & Co., WTIC and the Wadsworth Athenaeum.
The Patricelli family initially resided in Granby before moving to West Hartford .
From l.: Superintendent Alan Addley; Susan Patricelli-Regan; Julie Groene, GMHS assistant principal and director of guidance and Michael Dunn, GMHS principal. Regan pictured with charcoal portrait completed in 1947 of “Farmer John Pelka” from a live sitting by her mother, Sylvia Davis Patricelli. Pelka was a neighbor of the Patricelli family in North Granby. Photo by Bill Regan
By Deb Ranicar
The end of the school year is one of the best times to honor exemplary students, favorite educators, graduating seniors and community members who have made a difference in education in the town of Granby. A tax-deductible contribution to the Granby Education Foundation (GEF) is the perfect way to recognize that person! The GEF provides the community with an opportunity to acknowledge these special individuals through tax-deductible donations via the annual Tribute Program.
Each honoree will receive a personal letter from the GEF, noting that a gift has been made in their name. For gifts of $100 or more, a certificate suitable for presentation and display will also be provided. Unless specified as an anonymous gift, the donor’s name will be listed as well.
In addition, both the donor and honoree will be listed in upcoming articles (the September 2017 issue of the Granby Drummer), on the foundation’s website and in its annual report. Gifts of any size will be welcomed.
By Anna Forlenza-Bailey
Every Monday and Friday selected students at Wells Road Intermediate School get to visit with a therapy dog. According to the Bright Spot website, “Therapy dogs are unique. Successful therapy dogs possess good manners but need to know more than sit, stay, and come. They require additional socialization to work despite constant distractions. They must appear receptive, confident and steady in settings where most dogs never venture.” The canine visitors certainly live up to this reputation.
As part of the Bright Spot Buddy and Love on a Leash programs, students visiting with the dogs are expected to bring schoolwork, such as a writing assignment, a book, or a math paper. Students then read and talk to the dogs about their schoolwork. All of the visiting dogs are certified, have good temperament, are well groomed, and know the basic commands of sit, down, stay, and heel.
Do you or your organization have a great idea for a project or activity to enrich life in Granby? Citizens for a Better Granby (CBG), publisher of the Granby Drummer, awards grants to support activities that provide the community with enrichment and educational opportunities not funded through the town budget or other funding sources.
Grants of $150 to $1,000 support local guest speakers, authors; theatrical and musical productions by students, local groups and out-of-town professionals; the purchase of special equipment, materials, books and videos for schools, libraries and other Granby organizations; and improvements to town public places.
More than one grant may be awarded a year at the discretion of the CBG Board of Directors. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with the board announcing its decision within 60 days of submission. Each application is reviewed on its merits and the ability of CBG to fund the proposed activity or project.
Granby students joined over 200 public school board members, superintendents and students from Connecticut Public Schools to meet with legislators during the annual Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) “A Day on the Hill” event to voice their opinions about the importance of investing in public school education.
“Public school systems throughout Connecticut are facing very serious consequences if the Governor’s proposed budget passes as is,” stated Robert Rader, executive director of CABE. “Our A Day on the Hill event is one of many efforts to work with the Governor and other elected officials to create practical, beneficial solutions for public schools amid a difficult economic time.”
The 2017 Safe Grad Night celebration is only three months away. It’s time to get FLOCKING and help raise money for the 2017 Safe Grad Night! Granby volunteers have been making this well-loved GMHS tradition happen for over 30 years but it takes donations to make it work.
There are options for how you can help and one is the ability to surprise your friends by sending Pink Flamingos to roost on their lawns.
By Thérèse Mulvey
Volunteers are needed for this year’s Safe Grad Night for the Granby Memorial High School class of 2017. It is an amazing event that is held at the Granby YMCA and offers a cost-free, fun-filled, substance-free evening for seniors the night of graduation. As June draws nearer volunteers help with planning, fundraising, food, room set up, decorations and chaperoning.
This 31-year-old event has been a well-loved Granby Memorial High School tradition but it takes donations, contributions and volunteers to make it work. If you don’t have time but want to contribute, here’s a special way for you to help us. Surprise your friends with a flock of Pink Flamingos roosting on their lawn for 48 hours. They mysteriously migrate when the time is up and go on to roost at another address. All that’s needed to participate in the FLOCKING is a small donation to the Granby Parents for a Safe Graduation. If you would like more information, please contact Jdegray1@cox.net.
Please consider volunteering for this committee or making a financial donation to help to make this event great for 2017 GMHS graduates. For more information on how you can help or contribute please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank You! Check out www.granbyctsafegrad.com