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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!

Let's Try Again

By Quinn Van Lone

Club Activities and Fundraising During a Pandemic

By Kaitlyn O’Dell

For many high school clubs, fundraising is an essential way to keep the organization up and running strong. Fundraisers allow the advisors to buy materials for club activities and they enrich the experience of the students who choose to participate. This goes the same for each high school class; fundraisers help pay for proms, field trips, senior activities, and more. However, the current pandemic and limits on in-person contact have made many previous successful fundraisers difficult to complete. It has been especially difficult for clubs to run the way they normally do, as there are no in-person meetings. Even with these restrictions and hardships, Canastota’s high school clubs and classes are still finding alternative ways to raise money, along with ways to carry out club activities virtually. 
For the members of the National Art Honor Society and Art Club fundraising was important, but spreading the message of how art keeps them all going through these tough times was even more significant. They chose to carry out a fundraiser to raise awareness for how “The Arts Keep Us Smiling.” They used a print design that showcased multiple forms of visual and performing arts to show that art, in general, brings happiness to so many people. They sold t-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, and face masks to school and community members. This fundraiser was a success for NAHS and helped convey the importance of continuing to participate in the arts during the pandemic. Additionally, Future Business Leaders of America members wanted to continue fundraising, but could not sell items in the same way they have in previous years. They decided to contact local businesses and ask for donations, in return for advertisement of the business inside the school. Through this fundraiser, FBLA students were able to gain real-world experience with business negotiations while giving the participating businesses community exposure and allowed them to show their support for students at CHS. You can check out the slideshow of the businesses who donated on the TV screen in the front lobby! FBLA students have also participated in District FBLA Tests and some students are moving on to the State Competitions! 
Many high school classes have been successful in the past selling chocolate bars or other snack items as a fundraiser. Unfortunately, with remote learning and the dangers that come with passing out food during the pandemic, this is not something that can happen. However, class advisors and officers are not letting this hold them back: they are still coming up with alternative ways to fundraise. For example, The Sophomore class is hoping to carry out a fundraiser online or through a catalog, but the specifics of this have not been worked out yet. Online fundraisers are not easy, but they may be the best option, as even passing a catalog around is risky. In fact, the Junior class has attempted an online fundraiser, making a few sales already, but with little profit. They are still improving this and have other ideas in the works. The Freshman class is going to try to hold a Gertrude Hawk sale, although it will look much different this year. Many students have shown interest in participating in the process, which is a plus, as fundraising will be important for their future years in high school. Despite these efforts, class advisors understand that many families are currently struggling financially. They do not want to ask parents to spend extra money on fundraiser items, which adds to the difficulty of trying to raise money this year, but they have not given up! 
Aside from these efforts, many other clubs and student organizations that don’t necessarily need to fundraise are continuing to hold their activities virtually. International Club members are celebrating other cultures by playing live international Kahoots with students around the world. They are learning about cultures by hearing from community members about their heritage, and they are even planning an International Club Virtual Fair! Science Club members are continuing to meet and have discussions about science topics they’re interested in. They are soon going to talk with a forensic chemist and learn more about that field of science. Virtual school has not stopped these students from wanting to learn! Art Club members are making art virtually in many ways, such as by making holiday crafts or by participating in follow-along projects with advisors/officers. They are also planning to celebrate Youth Art Month in March. National Honor Society members are doing their best to give back to others and serve their community, as they recently carried out a winter clothing and hygiene-product drive for those in need. There is still so much we can do as students in terms of community service, and NHS members are working hard to do what they can. The advisors and officers also held a virtual induction for the 25 incoming members. Honors Club members have adapted to virtual life by giving their presentations of choice online while learning about other topics through listening to peer presentations. Drama Club is working on putting together a virtual play, and members are even developing their own backdrops. History Club is continuing to engage in history-related activities, as they are taking virtual field trips and doing Google expeditions on famous individuals/eras. Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) are in the midst of planning their annual campaign against drinking and driving, where they place stickers on the alcohol bags that liquor stores will use. These students are working hard for a great cause! They are also still going to carry out Grim Reaper day this year. Class officers and other students, as part of the High School Government Club, have been meeting virtually with Mr. Bisetta and Mr. Otis Jennings to learn about leadership and develop a range of skills. There is still so much going on with these high school clubs! 

It is a great accomplishment for club advisors to continue to engage with their members and keep them active with club activities, even with the circumstances of our virtual world. Canastota students are so lucky to have teachers who have not given up on these organizations. It shows how resilient and strong our school community truly is. 
Thank you to Mrs. Visalli, Mrs. Whitman, Mrs. Traver, Mr. Byron, Kendra Evans, and Jessica Evans for their contributions to this article! 

Camaraderie During Covid

By Alasondra Campanaro

As we all know Covid-19 has sprung up a plethora of issues. One of these being the lack of social interaction between humans as a whole. Even more importantly, due to the current state of affairs, it is extremely difficult for students to find outlets for their stress. Before, students were able to differentiate between home and school. Lately, at least for me (and I am sure for you guys too), it has been hard to relax and know when to close the Chromebook. I have found that setting aside specific amounts of time for school work has really helped me calm down, and remove that aspect of school work always looming over my head. It is also extremely important to keep in contact with friends. This can be by text or over the phone, or if applicable and safe, seeing them in person. Although it may seem dumb, when your social battery gets low it can be really hard to get things done. One of the hardest lessons I have learned is that you need to put time and effort into all aspects of your life. If you feel stressed and feel like there is no way out, remember that there is always someone willing to help or listen. Whether it be a friend, family member, or teacher, expressing what you are feeling and getting it out can really help to relieve stress.


Students React to Hybrid Learning

By Alasondra Campanero

To say that COVID-19 has drastically affected learning would be an understatement. Unlike how school is traditionally taught, students are now only attending school in person twice a week, and online for the other 3. As we have now gone through almost 2 months of school, people have had time to formulate an idea of what they think of this new way to learn.

One student, Chance Jaquin (Grade 11), said, “I think it is more challenging because we can’t get a personal connection with our teachers easily.” For a lot of students, it is important to them to have personal connections with these teachers to feel comfortable enough to speak to them. It is harder to make these personal connections through a computer screen. Junior Ryan Aumell, who is fully virtual this year, echoed this sentiment. When asked how he feels being fully virtual he said, “I feel like I am missing out on a lot, and it’s hard to be away from my friends.”

Another student, Junior Payton Alpaugh, stated “I like having the ability to work from home, although it can be difficult to focus sometimes, I get a lot of work and other tasks done.” Learning from home can be difficult to get used to, especially if you struggle with self-motivation, but it allots more time. Students actually have more time to be home because they don’t have to move from class to class. Alpaugh also stated, “It is also difficult to speak up and ask questions when [I’m] online.” She said that it tends to be harder for students to use their voices when in the online meet and that it is harder to feel comfortable in class.

Overall, the reaction to hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic is that it isn’t bad on the learning side, it is just hard to make those personal connections through the screen.


Virtual Volunteering

By Kaitlyn O’Dell

Community service and volunteering are crucial ways in which students like us can give back to our community and help local businesses. However, recent, unprecedented challenges have kept us from being able to go out and find ways to lend a hand. With many events now being completely virtual or canceled, it’s difficult to know how to help. Don’t worry; although the pandemic has drastically changed our lives, there are still many ways to make an impact in times like these. With many people around the world in need of help, there is a lot we can still do.

There are many ways in which you can help people in other areas, but here is how to help those around us. If you are strong in a particular subject, reach out to teachers or advisors to see if they have any students who are in need of tutoring. Online tutoring is a great way to help your peers throughout the year, especially since many students are struggling to adapt to online learning. Another suggestion is to help provide social connections with senior citizens in nursing homes or those unable to get out of their homes very often due to our current situation. There are multiple websites where you can volunteer to make “social calls” to the elderly, giving them someone to talk to. Even a short thirty-minute call once a week to a senior can mean so much to them!

If you feel the best way to give back to local businesses is by helping them raise money, there are so many ways to continue doing that! Some options are to work with others on fundraising campaigns, organize a virtual event, or start a game/challenge to help raise money. Social media is a powerful tool to help with spreading your message and if you create a virtual fundraiser it can allow you to share your ideas and collaborate with others.

If you’re feeling grateful at this time for your teachers, healthcare individuals, and other essential workers, it would be awesome to start a “giving back” project with other teens. You could all work together (virtually) to create thank you notes or gifts to give to people you know who have continued to work throughout the past months. Showing your appreciation for essential workers is important and you can still do that while working with others online.

Although helping in our small community is important, there are many other options in terms of aiding organizations throughout the country. Multiple organizations in the United States are looking for virtual volunteers to help them with various tasks, and many even want high school students. One example of how you can give back to children in need is by volunteering for the Stitch-A-Wish program or for other similar companies. These organizations work with children’s hospitals to support the families of kids facing medical issues. If you are crafty you can make colorful pillowcases, blankets, dolls, or other comfort items to keep childrens’ spirits up while they are staying in a hospital. Maybe crafting is not your specialty; there are still many other options. For instance, you can volunteer to read or record current news articles/magazines for people who are visually impaired, or you can help organizations who are looking for individuals to aid them with research and other media-related work. Starting a petition is a great way to bring awareness to an issue that you feel strongly about if it’s something that’s harming others.

The examples I have mentioned are only a few opportunities of how you can continue to volunteer and give your time for a good cause. There are so many other things out there for you to do, and you may feel too young, but you can still make a huge impact with the right amount of work. Even in a seemingly virtual world, you can always find a way to participate in giving back to the people around you and to those you don’t even know who may need your help.



Tips for Virtual Success

By Sophia McCann

Many people are being forced to stay at home fully or partially! This means that schooling is much harder than previous school years. Hopefully these tips I’ve learned in the past couple of months will help you towards becoming a grade A student.

1. Remove all distractions.


I know this sounds quite obvious, but keep all distractions to a minimum. Trust me, I know how tempting it is to text back a friend during a boring class. However, It is extremely important to focus! Try putting your phone in a separate room. If you can’t see it, the less you will want to use it! Use headphones or earbuds to subdue background noise.

2. Have a tidy workspace!


I clean up my desk every night after I complete my homework, so it is nice and tidy for school the next morning. Then I don’t have to worry about a mess while trying to log on for class. It is important to keep your workspace clean so you can focus on your class, not the mess. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a desk, I recommend working at your kitchen table. Any place that isn’t your bed, couch or a place that you associate with sleep.

3. Hold yourself accountable.


Your teachers can’t stand over your shoulder or remind you of every single assignment or due date anymore. To keep yourself from procrastinating (or forgetting altogether) I recommend using a small notebook (any will work!) to write your assignments in. That way, you’ll be able to keep track of all the things that need to be completed. Plus, you’ll get the extra satisfaction of checking off a box on your to-do list.

4. Space out studying.


Many people wait until the night before an important exam to study and just “cram” as much information into their brain as they can fit. Cramming is not a helpful way to study! Start studying for a quiz/test as soon as you find out about it. Or even study every day so you won’t be worried about a pop quiz randomly appearing in google classroom!

5. Make a study schedule!


Think of a time that you normally spend watching YouTube or TV. Instead of letting your brain rot, spend that time studying! Any day you don’t have sports or extracurricular activities going on, plan to study on those days. Let's say you have soccer practice Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Spend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday studying! However, it is always important to have a “lazy day.” It is important to have rest days to balance both relaxation and work/school.

6. Don’t just re-read textbooks and notes.


Just reading notes and textbooks repeatedly will not get important information to stick in your brain. Although, if done correctly, revision and repetition are key to successful studying habits! There are many ways to study a topic - flashcards, rewriting notes, and studying with friends over the phone. Find whatever works for you! Not everyone learns the same, and it is important to explore all options. For me personally, I like to use revision booklets.

            Revision booklets can be used to sum up a topic. Also, I like to write down little mnemonics to help me remember things. Another way I like to test my skills is by teaching a certain topic to a younger brother or parent. If you can thoroughly explain a topic in words that a 7-year old can understand, you are ready for that test!

7. Communicate with your teachers.


If you are struggling in a certain subject, ask your teacher for help! A teacher’s job is to help their students understand what they are learning. NEVER be afraid to ask questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question! You are in control of your education. Teachers are not mind-readers! You can choose to learn or fail.

8. Use your resources wisely!


I’m pretty sure the whole student body can work a computer. If you can’t understand what a teacher is saying, there are other instructional resources on the internet to help! Plus, you can ask a friend. ****Make sure that your source (whether it be the internet or a friend) is reliable and correct!!

I hope you found these tips for studying/time management effective. Remember to stay Raider Strong. Happy studying!


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Senior Check-In

By Quinn VanLone

This year has placed many challenges upon us. One of the biggest, arguably, is the challenges that students have faced in the transition to quarantined learning. Last school year ended dramatically, to say the least, and left many seniors feeling like they had lost an important part of their American “coming of age” story. This left me with a question: are current high school seniors doing better, or worse?

I decided to interview three Canastota students: Azeria Zoeckler, a senior who prefers to remain anonymous whom I’ll refer to as Student B, and Carson Rowe. Each of these students comes from different family backgrounds, have different goals in life, and have varying values. Because of this, I expected at least some differences in their answers. However, with all the differences, they still had something in common: they were all navigating our strange new normal in Canastota. With this in mind, I set out on the interview process.

How did the quick shift to virtual learning last year affect your school performance?

Azeria: My grades went down and I did not feel like trying hard because I thought I would fail anyway.

Student B: I have personally taken online classes before so the shift to virtual learning was not as much of a shock to me as it was for some other students. However, the shift was quick for teachers as well. They did not have adequate time to prepare lessons in coursework as we were all trying to figure it out. My school performance decreased, as I found it difficult to learn this way. Thankfully, grades were more lenient.

Carson: I actually didn’t mind it. I felt that a majority of my teachers set realistic expectations considering the circumstances. But now, with this hybrid model (that many opted to stay home completely, including me), that’s a different story.


Were there any events you had wanted to attend last year that you were unable to? How did missing them make you feel?

Azeria: I would have loved to have had a musical last year, it made me very angry because everyone worked so hard and it felt like it was ripped away from us. JR prom is something else we missed out on that would have been a great memory.

Student B: Juniors and seniors missed out on their prom and it feels like this summer was taken away from us. Missing those events made me feel like we were in a disorganized state. Those are events that occur every year, without fail, and suddenly they were canceled.

Carson: Two of the biggest losses for me due to the pandemic were definitely my spring sports season and my Junior prom. They would have been nice, but personally, I don’t feel like my life is ruined by not having these events. It just sucks.

Are there any events this year that you’re worried about missing?

Azeria: Mostly my senior year of bowling, and the normal senior things that other classes got to have.

Student B: As a senior, I am worried about missing any gathering such as pep rallies, prom, sporting events or other senior activities.

Carson: It’s going to suck missing homecoming, my sports seasons, senior dance, and graduation. We might still get these events but they’re probably going to be altered beyond recognition. It’s definitely a tragedy that something we couldn’t control played with our lives.


Let’s switch to academics. We’ve officially been in school for a full marking period now, how are you adapting to this new format?

Azeria: It’s not ideal and I don’t think school should be online from now on, but for now it’s ok. It’s not as tricky as last year personally because I have fewer classes. But it’s still hard.

Student B: This format is definitely different from last year and it is better formatted. I am adapting better because I am actually able to go into school and have that interaction.

Carson: This format is definitely more stressful than normal, so I’m glad I opted to go fully remote. It allows me at least some semblance of freedom over how I design my schedule for doing work.


As time goes on, the possibility of the whole school having to be fully remote becomes more real. Are you worried about this?

Azeria: Yes because I don’t know how I could do BOCES from home and it’s difficult for me to be away from my friends and I feel like I am losing my senior year.

Student B: I am not too worried about this possibility as our teachers have time to plan online lessons and plan how they wish to teach fully remote.

Carson: I’m already fully remote so it wouldn’t affect me. Although, it might mean my friends would be online more often, I guess.


Have you developed or discovered any tricks that help make this year easier?

Azeria: Communication with teachers.

Student B: Trying to keep a schedule has helped me a lot with time management and motivation.

Carson: I think one of the best things one can do is realize that their life has changed. It’s tough at first, but it’s not like you can really change it. I’d suggest you attempt to find new things that you can do despite the limited options. Maybe use the free time to explore your own interests, like starting a side hustle on learning new skills. It could distract you from the bad times we face if nothing else.


Looking back on your freshman year, how different do you think your outlook on high school would have been if this had been your first year?

Azeria: I wouldn’t have been as excited, I would have dreaded it much more than I was.

Student B: I would not have been as optimistic if this was my first year of high school. The stereotypical high school experience doesn’t exist anymore.

Carson: If this had been my first year there’s a better chance I wouldn’t have cared as much about the repercussions of this pandemic. My freshman year I didn’t enjoy social events as much as I do now, so it’s almost funny that as I began to enjoy gatherings, they became less common.


If quarantine is still in place next year, what would you suggest underclassmen do to avoid problems you have faced?

Azeria: I dont think I’m facing anything different than the underclassmen are, we are all going through something difficult, we are all struggling with classes and we are all missing big milestones in our high school careers. Just be there for each other and check-in with each other because being isolated is not fun.

Student B: I would suggest for underclassmen to really try to balance school and social life. The online school takes up so much of our time, it’s important to be social and have fun.

Carson: I can almost guarantee that quarantine will be in place, at least in some way, until the Class of 2022 graduates. I’d suggest trying to build relationships with your teachers. You don’t need to be a teacher’s pet, but if you talk with your teachers, there's a much better chance that you can have leniency if your mental or physical health becomes an obstacle to your assignments. I’d also suggest having a remotely normal sleep schedule for weekdays, but honestly, that’s not something many people, including myself, are willing to try.

These students certainly don’t account for every unique opinion and leaning in our senior class, but it does help us understand the basics of how they are. These are odd times, and we’re all only human. If you see a friend that might be struggling, don’t be afraid to check in on them. We’ll get out of this mess in one piece if we manage to stay together...six feet apart.


Let’s Go to the Movies…?

By Chris Hess

Will going to the movie theater be a thing of the past? Since mid-March when the Covid-19 pandemic changed the world, there has been a shutdown of many places including movie theaters. Over the summer businesses, companies, schools, and more began reopening, but many movie theaters, especially in New York did not. On October 23rd movie theaters were finally allowed to open in New York. Major movie theater chains such as AMC, Regal, and Cinemark began opening on that date requiring patrons to wear masks and social distance. They have also been taking precautions by cleaning extensively and having reduced occupancy. Many theaters have also modified their concessions and air filtration systems. While these are all great precautions, many people have been scared to go back to the movie theater. To make matters worse, movie studios have pushed back most of their new releases; so even though some theaters are open they don’t have many films to screen. Obviously, many businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic, closings, and quarantines but one has to wonder how many movie theaters will be able to survive after being closed for nearly seven months. Smaller movie theaters, like Glenwood Movieplex in Oneida never even had a chance to reopen before Covid cases began to rise again, causing most theaters, such as Regal Cinemas to close again. While large theater chains may be able to survive this pandemic there is a very real possibility of smaller, local movie theaters being closed forever. Only time will tell if a night out at the movies will be another casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic.




Junior Class is selling Gertrude Hawk Chocolates online from November 16th to November 27th.


Get gifts, stocking stuffers, or your own sweet treats while supporting the Junior Class.


See a Junior, Mrs. Visalli, or Mrs. Davis

for more information.


Bottle & Can Drive



is having an ongoing can and bottle collection!


** All proceeds go to


for school related expenses.**


Contact: Michaela Muench in

Room 144 for more information.

TriPine 2019-20 Issue #1

Business Students Participate in Mock Job Interview Day

Job Interview DayJob Interview Day

On May 22, nearly 30 business students and FBLA members participated in a Mock Job Interview Day held in the High School Media Center.  Working together with the Canastota Chamber of Commerce, and CTE-Business instructor, Mr. Esposito, they coordinated the event that matched business professionals with business students to conduct mock job interviews.  Prior to the interview, students were required to prepare a resume.  Upon arrival to the interview, students were greeted at a Welcome Desk and given a job application (provided by the Chamber of Commerce) to complete prior to entering the interview. 

Mock interviews provide students with an opportunity to test their interview skills with someone who isn’t evaluating them for an actual job. Some additional benefits include helping students reduce stress and anxiety about interviewing, boosting self-confidence, providing constructive feedback in a low-stress environment, and by helping students prepare for potential interview questions.

Special thanks to Chamber of Commerce President, Jim Caldwell, for helping to obtain business professionals to assist in the event.  Thanks also to Chamber of Commerce members and area business professionals - Charlene Barres, Amollia Grossman, Rick Stevens, Mary Reina, Tina Louis and Joe DiGiorgio, for offering their time to interview our students. 


Students Visit Washington, DC Washington, DC

Students had an amazing trip to DC this year! The students were exemplary in their behavior and the weather was about as perfect as you could ask for. They saw most of the major memorials, several Smithsonian museums, Ford's Theater, the Holocaust Museum, Arlington Cemetery, and even got to paddle boat around the Tidal Basin. 

A special thanks to everyone who contributed financially to this trip by buying raffle tickets, donating to the Bowl-a-thon, contributing to our dress down day, or even just contributing straight out of pocket to our neediest students. It really did make a difference. 
Student Youth Summit Group Attend Youth Leadership Summit Youth Summit Group


Matt McDermottLeeAnn Hannon and Carly Cashel

The CHS Youth Summit Team met at BOCES on May 6. Along with student groups from our area BOCES District, our members participated in team-building and leadership activities. At the end of the day, groups were able to report out on what their particular team accomplished during the year. Canastota member, Matt McDermott described our helping to coordinate two pep rallies (spring and summer) and the Thankful notes that were distributed during the holidays. The Canastota Youth Summit Leadership Team is a group of class officers who together determine activities to foster school pride and team building within our high school complex. We are very proud of the hard work these students do during the year to help make CHS a better place! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CHS Students volunteer at WCNY Tel-Auc WCNY CHS StudentsWCNY Group Canastota High School students, along with Mr. Dwyer and Mrs. Tucci, volunteered at WCNY's Tel-Auc fundraiser Saturday evening, May 4. Students answered the phones, took bids, and experienced live TV production. The following students volunteered: Lucas Barnello, Emily Case, Sam Snow, Angel Hall, Eden LaRonde, Francene Madonia, Valona Whitehead, Josh Heckerman, Matt Carnevale -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CHS FBLA does well at State Leadership Conference Ryan Aumell and Emily CaseFBLA SLC Group Picture

From April 10 – April 12 over 700 members of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) gathered in Binghamton, New York for their annual State Leadership Conference.  Canastota’s High School chapter of FBLA sent five members to the conference. Chapter advisors, Elizabeth Garofalo and Robert Esposito accompanied the members.  Students participated in general sessions, workshops, competitive events, and served as voting delegates throughout the three-day event.   

At the conference, the Canastota Chapter was recognized as one of the top five outstanding chapters in the state – receiving fourth place recognition for their efforts during the year.   Emily Case campaigned for the position of State Vice President for District 7 and was elected by the membership to serve as a New York State officer for the 2019-2020 school year.  The chapter’s Local Chapter Annual Report earned 1st place recognition and will advance to the National Leadership Conference in June.  Emily Case and Ryan Aumell were recognized for achieving the first level of the Community Service Awards program by volunteering over 50 hours this year.  Emily was also the recipient of the New York State Humanitarian Award for Community Service.  Bryson DeMott and Eden LaRonde finished as top eight finalists in Basic Decision Making and Impromptu Speaking, respectively.  Advisor, Elizabeth Garofalo received the New York State Honorary Life Membership Award along with acceptance to the FBLA-PBL National Advisor Wall of Fame.  Program of Work awards received include:

Power to Present
Most Charitable Chapter – Third Place
Early Bird Recognition
Fueling Your Future
Motivate to Give Back
Pitching Profit

New York State FBLA is composed of nearly 8000 members in 180 chapters.  The annual National Leadership Conference will be held this June in San Antonio, TX.   

Canastota Mathletics finishes 3rd!

Mathletics team
Canastota’s Mathletics Team finished 3rd in their division this year, with a total of 266 points over the six meets in the season!

Team members included: Maya Tucci, Saige Skinner, Laurel VanLone, Alex Seeber, Rachael Case, Nick Dansby, Luke Ackerman, Brett Gustin, Alyse Stockbridge, Carson Rowe, Connor Farwell, Kendra Evans and Gabe Mosley. JSHS Math teacher Korey Blenis is the team adviser.

Canastota competes in Division B of the CNY Mathletics Competition along with Camden, Madison, Oriskany, Stockbridge Valley and Westmoreland. Students compete in teams of five, and their season ran from September to February.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Kyle Hale earns FFA Empire Degree

unior Kyle Hale has earned his FFA Empire Degree, a statewide award recognizing his extensive leadership, service and commitment to FFA and the agriculture field. He will receive his award in May, during the New York FFA Association Convention.

He is just the 2nd Canastota student to earn this award since the school’s FFA chapter was re-chartered in 2007! He plans to apply for the FFA American Degree next year.

Kyle Hale ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Students visit the Seward House Museum and Women's Rights Hall of Fame

Womens Rights Hall of Fame ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ PROM COURT ANNOUNCED Canastota Prom Court

The 2019 Junior Prom Court was announced on Friday, March 15th. Prom court (from left to right) is Bella Barry, Greg Olden, Skyler Donley, Nick Engle, Andy Marshall, Valona Whitehead, Nick Weber, Ally Campbell, Brett Gustin, and Gracie Morris. Prom will be held on Saturday, April 27th @ 7 p.m. at Wolf Oak Acres in Oneida. Crowning will take place at 10:45 p.m.

Hannah Potter

Canastota Musical Association Presents Freaky Friday By: Bailey Doxtater

Canastota’s Musical Association presented Freaky Friday the musical this past Friday and Saturday.  Freaky Friday tells the story of an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swapping bodies, with just one day to put things right again. Katherine (Hannah Potter) and Ellie Blake (Jenna Hyde) struggle to get along, but when they break a magic hourglass, they’re forced to understand each other as they live a day in the other’s life. Directed by Brent Buneo and Josh Coles, Freaky Friday is based on Disney’s 2018 musical version of this production. With a cast of 40 students, they’ve been working hard to put this show together for around three months.



Congrats to our 21 Global Studies students who participated in this weekend's CNY Regional History Day competition held at OCM BOCES - 8 placed in the top 3 of either individual or group exhibits and 5 have qualified for New York State History Day next month!

Individual Exhibits:
1st place - Kaitlyn O'Dell
3rd place - Richelle Brown

Group Exhibits:
1st place - Juliana Denney & McKenzie Tolen
2nd place - Bailey Doxtater & Kendra Evans
3rd place - Nathan Wood & Jacob Niles

And a big thanks from Ms. Ronalds to her chaperones, Mr. Knittel and Ms. Miller!


Payton shirleyArt at Community Celebration

A Community Celebration
By Kendra Evans

This year was the first year for Canastota´s Community Celebration, previously known as the Health and Wellness Fair. It was held at the high school on March 14th. The celebration had many businesses and groups for people to look at. It also showcased school work of the children in K-6; students from the high school presented their Rube Goldberg Machines, the FFA had a board describing their club, the Art Club offered face painting, and the Sophomore class had a bake sale to raise money their prom. The evening also featured presentations for the community to learn about the dangers and prevalence of vaping and “juuling” and mental health concerns for teens. As usual, the Community Celebration was well attended and was a huge success.


Canastota Junior, Emily Case, was just notified by FBLA-PBL, Inc. that she has received status in the national Business Achievement Awards program.  The Business Achievement Awards Program (BAA) is a high school leadership development program sponsored by FBLA-PBL at the national level.  The co-curricular activities are aligned to the career clusters, NBEA standards, and FBLA goals.  Students enhance their leadership skills, expand their business knowledge, contribute to their local communities, and earn recognition by immersing themselves in their school, community, and FBLA programs.

Chapter advisers direct students through each level, while students work at their own pace to independently complete projects. There are four levels of the BAA, with each level increasingly challenging high school students to expand their leadership skills and showcase their talents:

Out of a total roster of 3485 active New York State FBLA members, Emily is one of thirty-nine members to have achieved the first level (Future) of the BAA program.  Congratulations, Emily!

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Winter Spirit Week - By: Bailey Doxtater Pep RallyPep rally teachers Students took part in Spirit Week the week of December 16th to let loose before Christmas break. The student government has been hosting a holiday spirit week for two years now and decided on a different theme for each day of the week. The week started out with pajama day, followed by ugly sweater day, whiteout Wednesday, throw-back Thursday, and Raider pride for the pep rally Friday. When asked about his feelings on spirit week, Mr. Byron says “I think the winter spirit week is a lot of fun. The week before winter break is always crazy so it’s nice to have some fun and cap it off with the winter pep rally.” Sophomore, and student government member, Luke Ackerman says that it’s a great opportunity to bring the school together as one. Friday at the pep rally, students from each grade participated in an egg relay race, which consisted of running back and forth across the gym without breaking an egg on a spoon. Following the relay race, students competed by carrying a ball under their chin across the gym and passing it to another teammate without using their hands. The last race required students to roll across the gym as fast as they could. To finish off the pep rally staff participated in a volleyball game, officiated by Coach Marcia Laidlaw. Two teams of staff members competed for the best out of three. Students seemed to enjoy the game a lot and it was a nice way to end our spirit week before Christmas break.  ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Canastota Community Night at the Syracuse Crunch Stevens familyCrunch

A Canastota Community Night with the Syracuse Crunch was held on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Business Marketing students and FBLA members joined together to raise funds to benefit the family of Coby Stevens, a CHS student who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in August.    Members, Alexia DeCarolis, Skyler Donley, and Meghan O’Dell spearheaded the event. Members assisted by contacting community businesses to sell tickets and hung posters to advertise the event. Businesses were also contacted to sponsor a number of tickets. The Canastota High School Select Choir, under the direction of Choir Director Brent Buneo, opened the game with the singing of our National Anthem.  Close to 200 tickets were sold to community members who attended the event with over $500 benefiting the family.  The Syracuse Crunch of the AHL (American Hockey League), is Central New York's pro hockey team.  They provided family fun entertainment and hard hitting action at the Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse. 


Future Business Leaders of America....and Beyond!
By:  Matt McDermott '19

My FBLA chapter is one of my favorite aspects of school. I love how we have formed our own little community that travels around the world to meet other communities. This is why I try to get as many people as I can to join FBLA. As a community we have created our own traditions like eating pizza together, running a chicken barbecue, meeting every Tuesday and more. I was so glad t