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Boxing Hall of Fame Ambassador Program By Nicole Aumell ('23)
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Every year around the middle of June, the village of Canastota along with boxing fans that travel from all across the world join together to celebrate the annual Boxing Hall of Fame Induction weekend. Due to boxing champions Carmen Basillio and Billy Backus growing up in Canastota, the International Boxing Hall of Fame was built here. Throughout their over thirty years of operation, the Boxing Hall of Fame has inducted hundreds of boxers, referees, trainers, journalists, announcers, and even actors such as Sylvester Stallone who've portrayed boxers and had a positive impact on the boxing community! The annual tradition of the Boxing Hall of Fame parade attracts thousands of people and instills pride in our community. Just as countless events were cancelled during 2020 due to the pandemic, the Induction Weekend was similarly postponed. Devastatingly, the same happened this past June for 2021.  However, this year the traditions are returning because there will be a fittingly named Trilogy Induction Weekend honoring the inductee classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022. A few notable boxers that will be inducted are Laila Ali, granddaughter of the legendary Mohammed Ali, Christy Martin and Barbara Buttrick, who paved the way for female boxers, and Floyd Mayweather, one of the highest paid athletes in modern times. Due to the influx and triple the amount of people being celebrated, the Boxing Hall of Fame has kindly partnered with our school to allow a unique experience in which students can become Event Ambassadors in order to have more staff on hand.
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Students who were interested in volunteering have started meeting with advisors, Mrs. Visalli, Mr. Otis Jennings, Mrs. Garafalo, as well as owners of the Boxing Hall of Fame to begin learning about this program and preparing for the festivities. Mrs. Garofalo, who recently implemented the brand new Credentialing and Badging Program, has created seven stackable badges for this program that students can earn to share with future employers, colleges, and even put on their resumes. These badges individually represent leadership skills and competencies students will gain knowledge of before Induction Weekend. If a student earns all seven badges, they will be awarded with the Event Ambassador badge that recognizes all the hard work and dedication contributed to becoming an event ambassador. Nonetheless, if a student decides to join this program, yet doesn’t think they have the time or interest after earning a couple badges, they have the option and flexibility to take their badges and leave the program. 
The badges include; Orientation to the International Boxing Hall of Fame  Operations Management Inductees Communication Professional Image  Hospitality - Event Planning Sports Management
When asked the question “What leadership skills can students gain from this experience?” Mrs. Garofalo responded, “Responsibility, commitment, communication, and professional image just to name a few” and she said, “Once this program is completed we will  create employability profiles that showcase all the badges and the hard work put forth to earn them.” 
Mr. Ed Brophy, Director of the Boxing Hall of Fame explained his inspiration for becoming the leader of the Boxing Hall of Fame and preserving boxing history for future generations to enjoy: “I’ve always been inspired to make good and impactful things happen for the community and I try to use my best potential to do good. When you achieve certain things, it builds confidence to accomplish better and larger goals. The Boxing Hall of Fame made progress in doing things for the right reasons and success followed.” Additionally, Mr. Brophy explained the program further, “This program is new, exciting, and presents a lot of opportunities  for students to learn more that will be practiced during Hall of Fame weekend. With their experience, students are able to broaden knowledge in different fields including selling merchandise, greeting celebrities, building confidence and learning ways to be even better at various life skills.” 
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Junior Jenna Gustin, said the reason she joined this program is, “I want to learn more about the Hall and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity because three separate classes are being inducted in the same year.” Similarly, Sophomore Zack Doxtater said, “I’m doing the program because it's a rare experience. It also sounds like a fun way to have a leadership role.” Meilyn Becker, another sophomore, answered, “I’m doing the Ambassador Program because I wanted to help the community and learn more about the sport of boxing. Also, this is a really good way to stand out from others, especially for future college and career opportunities.” Lastly, Andrew Haddad, a sophomore, responded by saying, “I’m doing this program because I’ve always loved boxing and would like to learn more about its history.” 
Overall, the Ambassador Program is a great initiative and develops beneficial opportunities for students that are unique to our school and community! Stay tuned in December for the upcoming announcement of the 2022 Inductee class! 


*Special thank you to Mrs. Garofalo, Mr. Brophy, Jenna Gustin, Meilyn Becker, Zack Doxtater, and Andrew Haddad for their contributions to this article!*
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Artwork by Quinn VanLone ('22)

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National Honor Society Inducts New Members

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On Thursday, November 4th the National Honor Society held an in-person induction ceremony, inducting 21 new members and acknowledging the 24 members inducted virtually in 2020. New members inducted included:

10th graders: Nicole Aumell, Avery Austerman, Meilyn Becker, McKenzie Cordell, Chloe Curtis, Jesse deMaintenon, Zachary Doxtater, Connor Farwell, Andrew Haddad, Christopher Hanley, Mya Rizzo, Connor Russell, Logan Tobin, Molly Townsend

11th graders: Culley Bellino, Hailee Blasier, Anna Campbell, Lana Maher, Nevaeh Stanley

12th graders: Evan Austerman, Trinity Krom

The Canastota National Honor Society now has 62 members. The expectation is that NHS members are student leaders with exemplary behavior and character. They are to maintain an overall average of 89.5 or higher, from 9th grade on. 

Congratulations to all of the inductees!

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Spring Sports Return to CHS! 

By Rebecca McClure

Spring sports looked very different this year than in the past. When tryouts for spring sports took place, it had been two years since our last spring sports season in 2019. This year, due to the pandemic, football was moved to be a second winter sport (which overlapped a week with spring sports) and wrestling was able to be played as a spring sport. Normal spring sports, including girls and boys golf, boys tennis, girls and boys track and field, softball, and baseball were all able to be held with later start dates. They were also the first sports since the beginning of 2020 to be allowed sectionals, although there were no state qualifiers. Also, due to construction on the new track and field, the track team has been unable to train on the track like they would in a normal season. 
The sports being played weren’t the only thing different this spring. The season’s spectators were limited, two for each player, with each player receiving two passes to hand out. Obviously, this could be hard for players and families to decide who would go to the games and who would not. However, in true Raider style, team members and coaches worked together in order to make sure that when there was an extra ticket available it was given to someone who was in need of one. At the beginning of their season, wrestling was still without spectators. However, a few weeks in, NYSPHSAA and Section Three loosened the spectator regulations to allow 500 spectators per outdoor event. 
Along with the spectator regulations, spring athletes, like those in the fall, have been wearing masks. The masks have been hard for athletes, especially with temperatures rising again. But all-in-all our athletes, coaches, and athletic director have adapted and accepted the guidance from the state, adhered to it, and have been grateful for the opportunities to be able to have the sports seasons! 
The senior nights have all occurred now in 2021, and our spring senior athletes are so grateful to have been able to have their last high school season! Many senior athletes will be participating in sectionals, which is very exciting since these are the first sectional championships to be held since the spring of 2019! 
Spring sports are wrapping up this week and next as we finish off this most unusual school year. Congratulations to our athletes on their seasons, and good luck to our seniors! 

Don’t forget to sign up for fall sports during lunches or by seeing Mr. Congden in his office!



Lights, Camera, Action!
By Ryan Aumell

The Canastota Drama Club’s annual production has officially wrapped up rehearsals, and is now in the post-production stage. The club went with an all-new show this year in “Virtually Ever After,” a play that mashes several classic fairy tales together with a real-life twist: the beloved fairy tale characters are also stuck at home due to COVID-19. “This year been a much different year than normal,” said Drama Club Advisor Mrs. Davis. “All rehearsals and our final production have been done virtually.”
The fully virtual approach has opened the door to a whole new set of obstacles for the cast, such as spotty internet connectivity and interruptions from others at home. According to freshman Nicole Aumell, who plays The Queen and Specialist, morale has been a big challenge. “Not being able to feed off your castmates’ energy and improve your performance has been the hardest part of doing a virtual performance,” Aumell said.
Another issue the club has had to deal with is the lack of a set, as every cast member is in a different location and they cannot use one big set. Each cast member had to set up an individual set in front of their cameras, most of which was generously made and provided by the Canastota Art Honor Society.
The biggest problem, however, deals with the mighty dollar. The Drama Club’s main source of revenue in years past has been ticket sales, something they will miss out on this year. “The Drama club usually earns funds by selling tickets and of course we cannot do that this year,” says Davis. “However, we have still incurred expenses.  In an effort to keep the club in good financial status for next year, we are hoping for some donations.” While the production will be free to view online when it is finished, the club is asking for donations to try and make up for lost funds. Anyone interested in donating to the club should contact Mrs. Davis.
Although this year has thrown many challenges at the cast, some things have remained the same. “It’s honestly not that different,” remarks junior Judah DeMaintenon (Big Bad Wolf, Prince Philip), “Aside from the obvious distance rehearsals, learning lines and doing scenes is pretty much the same.” Nicole Aumell also mentioned that memorizing and performing have remained the same. deMaintenon actually stated that he believes that the virtual performance has been easier than his past performances. “[This year] definitely has not been as challenging as normal. Because it’s virtual, you can have your script on you if you forget a line or something. [It] makes everything easier.” While deMaintenon liked the virtual production, both he and Aumell agreed it was not as rewarding, as they will not get to directly see their hard work pay off in front of a live audience. However, they look forward to seeing the final production of the play and see the weeks of rehearsals and challenges all come together.
Overcoming adversity has been a theme of this school year, and “Virtually Ever After” was no exception. “I’m so proud of all of our actors, they have truly stepped up their game for this new medium,” states Davis.
Information on where, when, and how to view the production will be coming soon, so keep an eye out!

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Let's Try Again

By Quinn Van Lone