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Canastota High School                                                                             November 2020


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 alotts more time. Students actually have more time being 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 pillow cases, blankets, dolls, or other comfort items to keep childrens’ spirits up while they are staying in a hospital. Maybe crafting is not your speciality; 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 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 all together) 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 everyday 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 is 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 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 come 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 myself), 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 cancelled.

Carson: Two of the biggest losses for me due to the pandemic were definitely my spring sport 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 highschool 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 a social life. 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 that this year we were able to share our community with two people that had never even heard of such a club. Two foreign exchange students joined our FBLA chapter. Stanislaw Jakubik from Poland and Cheav Vouchcheng from Cambodia went to SDM with our chapter this year. They both got the chance to compete and even won their respective awards. I’m glad that our community was able to be enjoyed by those from somewhere different in the world.


Speaker Cheryl Welles, a Financial Educator from Empower Federal Credit Union, spoke to students in Mrs. Monte, Mrs. Garofalo, and Mr. Esposito's classes on Monday, January 14. She talked to the groups about credit, interest, budgeting, and other pertinent financial information. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Group SDM


Canastota High School FBLA Does well at District 7 MeetingThe Canastota High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter attended the annual Spring District Meeting held at Morrisville State College in Morrisville, NY, on Friday, January 4. Twenty Canastota High School students and four Jr. High members attended the all-day event along with nearly 120 members from 9 chapters within Madison, Oneida, and Herkimer counties.  The activities of the day included written and performance competitive events in the areas of business and technology. 

Canastota High School and Jr. High School members came away with several awards including four members advancing directly to the state level of competition.  The following members advanced to represent District 7 in the elimination speaking events at the State Leadership Conference in April:  Bryson DeMott in Basic Decision Making, Matt McDermott in Client Service, and Emily Case in Job Interview.  Ryan Aumell will represent District 7 in Introduction to Public Speaking, finishing first with a perfect score of 100!  Gabbie Edwards will serve as an alternate in Public Speaking.  

Emily Case, Carley Cashel, and Matt McDermott served as District Officers and assisted the State Vice President for District 7, Andrew Fox from Little Falls High School, during the meeting.  The New York State FBLA State Leadership Conference will be held in Binghamton this April.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is a nonprofit career and technical student organization that prepares students for careers in business and business education.  Its 250,000 members and advisers in 12,000 chartered chapters include representatives from the United States, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Europe.  Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.  To learn more, see FBLA-PBL's web site at or call (800) FBLA-WIN.





Accounting I


Emily Case

Banking and Financial Systems


Eve Vouch Cheng Cheav

Banking and Financial Systems


Meghan O'Dell

Business Calculations (Grades 11-12)


Eden LaRonde

Business Communications (Grades 11-12)


Emily Case

Business Law


Eden LaRonde

Business Ownership and Marketing (Grades 9-10)


Alasondra Campanaro

Cyber Security (Grades 11-12)


Jacob Rogers

FBLA Principles and Procedures (Grades 11-12)


Carly Cashel

FBLA Principles and Procedures (Grades 11-12)


Meghan O'Dell

Global Business


Stan Jakubik

Insurance and Risk Management


Hayley Patane

Introduction to Business (Grades 9 - 10)


Ethan Debrucque

Introduction to Business (Grades 9 - 10)


Caitlyn Evans

Introduction to Business Communication (9 - 10)


Caitlyn Evans

Introduction to Business Procedures (9 - 10)


Bryson DeMott

Introduction to Business Procedures (9 - 10)


Payton Alpaugh

Introduction to Financial Math (Grades 9 - 10)


Ryan Aumell

Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure (9-10)


Caitlyn Evans

Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure (11 - 12)


Payten Shirley

Introduction to Word Processing - Written (9 - 10)


Ryan Aumell

Management Decision Making (Grades 11-12)


Matthew McDermott

Personal Finance (Grades 11 - 12)


Jacob Rogers

Sports Management (Grades 9 - 10)


Bryson DeMott

Sports Management (Grades 11 - 12)


Matthew McDermott

Store Window Display


Carly Cashel

Store Window Display


Gabbie Edwards

Store Window Display


Hayley Patane

Technology Concepts


Jacob Rogers

Word Processing - Written


Gabbie Edwards

Basic Decision Making


Bryson DeMott

Client Services


Matthew McDermott

Impromptu Speaking


Eden LaRonde

Job Interview


Emily Case

Introduction to Public Speaking


Ryan Aumell

Public Speaking


Gabbie Edwards

Introduction to Business (Grades 6 - 8)


Cassondra Wood

Introduction to Business (Grades 6 - 8)


Andy Haddad

Introduction to Business (Grades 6 - 8)


Ella DiVeronica

Introduction to Business (Grades 6 - 8)


Frank Russo

Introduction to Business Communication (6-8)


Frank Russo

Introduction to Business Communication (6-8)


Andy Haddad

Introduction to Financial Math (Grades 6-8)


Cassondra Wood

Introduction to Financial Math (Grades 6-8)


Andy Haddad

Introduction to Word Processing - Written (6 - 8)


Frank Russo

Introduction to Word Processing - Written (6 - 8)


Ella DiVeronica

grouppresentation On December 3, members of FBLA and the Raider Nation Credit Union gave two presentations to our elementary schools.  The first presentation was at Southside School where our members talked about financial literacy and the power of saving.  The same presentation was given during the afternoon at the Roberts Street School.  Students in the audience were provided with examples of how saving money could provide for future rewards.   Special thanks to those students who helped wrap presents for the Rotary Club! Wrappinge FBLA Participates in Parade of Lights - Holiday Parade Working on floatAt Parade

at parade Creative Writing Mrs. Brenon's Class


We consume the sweet and sugary syrup that promises so much, but it doesn’t do anything.
Does anybody care?
No, because the liquid is so delightful and tasty that we can never get our fill.

Each time you taste the sweetness it’s different, and keeps you coming back for more.

Some of those who deal the sugar will make it so addicting and they will hand it out to any who will take it.

Sometimes the sugary confections will melt on the tongue, the sweetness all on the outside, until you turn around and spit out nothing but bitterness. 

There are other times where sickly-sweet lies drip out of the lips of the consumers, and more lies are bought and eaten, and they are eaten with glee, no regrets, no sour faces.

It’s hard to find a sweet that isn’t tainted with poison, that isn’t bittersweet, that isn’t all-consuming of self.

I have seen people drown in the consumption of their own product and it hurts, making the good candies all the more scarce, more bitter and black.

Nobody wants the good candies anymore, the ones made by hand, sculpted into perfection. No. They want the poorly made, awful bittersweets that are produced by the millions.


FEAR - By: Christina Wagoner

Fear is everywhere,

No escape, nowhere to run and hide

It is all-consuming at times

Fear is the rope that binds you tight

It is the coldness that grips your throat

The unknown

The blackness and its inhabitants all vying to get ahold of you

Their hold is very tight, and they don’t like letting g0

You scream, but your mouth won’t open,

You try to run, but you’re paralyzed

Hot tears slide down your cheek

Writhing, afraid

Fear likes you

Stay here

------------------------------------------------------------------------- HAPPINESS IS By: Xander Miller

Happiness is bright and shiny
A warm feeling in your heart
The smell of candies and treats
The taste of cotton candy
The sight of smiles and joy
The sound of laughter ----------------------------------------------------

KINDNESS By: Clarence Card

Kindness is spread around the world
Sometimes we get confused because we forget that it is moral
This world is changing fast
It’s losing its manners and class
Some think of family,
most think of cash
But if we lost all the greed and started helping people in need
We’d be a lot better off.
Wouldn’t We? --------------------------------------------------------------

WIND By:  Riley Notarthomas


Pulls you along and tells you to stay.

Indefinitely present and forever away.

A helping hand to the wings of a bird, but the fist that destroys the face of the world.

An everlasting thunderstorm is lurking over our heads, but the rain hasn’t started, it’s decided to kiss us instead.

The lighthouse signals safe, but the water will take us away. My heart is conflicted and so is my kite.

Legacy Now \Legacy Now

Canastota High School hosts Legacy Now Leadership Workshop

Canastota High School’s FBLA was proud to host the 2018 Legacy Now Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Members of FBLA served as facilitators for the annual event. The members planned the event that was offered to all class and Student Government officers. This is the thirteenth year that Canastota High School has worked with Legacy Now to host the annual event.

Legacy Now provides students with the opportunity to attend the workshop and participate in character building activities that drive them to have a better outlook on their education and on life in general. By participating in this workshop, students gain an insight into a positive educational environment that stresses teamwork, character, and leadership.

Legacy Now presenter Gary Ford worked with the Character Education Committee and FBLA advisor, Elizabeth Garofalo, to establish the goals for this year’s program. Together, they spent the day promoting leadership and significance in an effort to provide a positive environment in the Canastota School District. Canastota High School Principal Jay Altobello and teachers, Kristie Boisen, Lisa Visalli and Kelley Brenon also participated in the event sharing their goals with the students in attendance.

Twenty-five students took advantage of this outstanding opportunity. Canastota Cares represents the goals of the Character Education Committee at CHS stressing the principles of character, action, respect, empathy and service. The Character Education Committee is composed of high school teachers, Kelley Brenon, Lisa Visalli and Elizabeth Garofalo.

Canastota FBLA members attend National Fall Leadership Conference in Charlotte, NC


From Nov. 15 through 18, five members of Canastota High School’s FBLA chapter traveled to Charlotte, NC with their advisor, Elizabeth Garofalo, to attend the Future Business Leaders of America National Fall Leadership Conference.  Over 1400 members attended from throughout the United States.

Members attended a kick-off New York State meeting on Friday, Nov. 16.   Members also attended two national general sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings where motivational speakers provided dynamic inspirational keynote addresses.

On Friday and Saturday members attended many informative workshops that were presented throughout the day.

While in Charlotte, members were able to tour the Bank of America Stadium where the Carolina Panthers call home. 

Canastota FBLA members Attend Fall District 7 Conference FBLA Picture

The 2018 New York State FBLA District 7 Fall Conference was held at Herkimer County BOCES on Friday, November 9.  Eleven Canastota High and Jr. High members attended along with close to 70 members from throughout Madison, Oneida, and Herkimer counties.  The meeting was planned and conducted by the New York State Vice President for District 7, Andrew Fox, a sophomore at Little Falls High School.     

Workshops were presented to the membership in attendance on topics such as Attending College, Motivational Speaking, and Resume Building.  Canastota members, Carly Cashel and Matt McDermott, presented a workshop on FBLA 411.  Lucas Barnello and Payton Shirley presented the FBLA Program of Work, and Emily Case presented a workshop on Scrapbooking to the members in attendance. 

While at the meeting, the following Canastota members were appointed to serve as District Officers:  Emily Case, District Historian; Carly Cashel and Matt McDermott as Co-Treasurers for District 7.

The next district meeting will be held on January 4 at Morrisville State College.  

Drama Club Presents Gone With the Gust

By Kendra Evans

Play flyer

This year's Drama Club production is Gone With the Gust by Tim Kelly. The play is about the auditioning process of young girls hopeful to play the role of the century, Jezebel O’Toole.


Traditionally senior Drama Club members choose the play. Senior Maddy Milligan said her reason for choosing this play was “Bells, bells, bells,” which she says will make more sense come opening night.

Many hours have been spent preparing for the play, from building sets to rehearsing on Sundays since September.

This years directors are Mrs. Kelley Brenon and Mrs. Tina Davis. While Mrs. Brenon has been directing the fall plays for over a decade, this is Mrs. Davis’ first year on board. Mrs. Davis said that on-stage productions have “always held a certain magical quality in [her] eyes” and that “the opportunity to be part of this year’s production provided [her] a chance to share in that magic.” Mrs. Davis says that the experience has been “truly rewarding” and that “we have a talented cast of amazing students.” Mrs. Brenon said the play has been a “great experience” and that “the kids have been very helpful, and have been working really hard, and it’s been very enjoyable.”

The play is November 9th and 10th at 7pm. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.

CHS Welcomes New Assistant 

By Hayley Patane

Mr. KennedyCanastota High School has recently welcomed a new assistant principal, his name is Mr. Kennedy. Mr.Kennedy is new to administration, having recently received his administrative degree from SUNY Cortland. Mr. Kennedy became an administrator for the first time on July 2nd of this year when he began as assistant principal here at CHS.

Mr. Kennedy attended high school at Holland Patent and was an all-state tuba player. He attended college in Hartford, Connecticut at Trinity College. While attending Trinity College he was a double science major in Biology and Environmental Science. He received his masters at Utica College, to become a teacher. Mr. Kennedy also studied abroad for one year and five months in New Zealand, another five months in Australia and one month in Cambodia, Malaysia, and Taiwan. During his time spent in Australia he played lots of pick-up rugby and while doing so knocked out his two front teeth!

Mr. Kennedy will spend a lot of his summer at Camp Jabberwocky, which is one of the oldest sleepaway camps for children with disabilities. He has volunteered there for the past 16 years and generally spends his entire summer there. In his free time, he enjoys doing CrossFit, which is a workout and plays basketball on an “old men's pickup league” on the weekends. His passion in life is working with children with disabilities.

As assistant principal at Canastota Mr. Kennedy hopes to build lasting connections with students and show them that the administration really does care. Mr. Kennedy was asked if he were to win the lottery what would he do instead and he said: “ I would donate some money to Camp Jabberwocky, and make it a year-round camp, with hopes of being the director of their winter program.” Even if he won the lottery he would not quit his job. The children are his passion. Welcome to CHS Mr. Kennedy!

Canastota High School donates 14 Christmas trees
for our military men and women.  

Thanks to FFA, Jr. High Student Government, HS Student Government, FBLA, the Freshmen Class, and Canastota District Donor Days, we were able to raise funds to pay for 14 trees.  Trees will be shipped to service men and women throughout the US.  Trees for Troops

Truly Terrific Trout Trip

by Bailey Doxtater

On October 16th, members of FFA (Future Farmers of America) and the Agricultural Science class took a trip to Morrisville State College for the Trout in the Classroom Workshop. The 17 students who attended, chaperoned by Mrs. Burnor, went to the aquaculture center at Morrisville State College. There, students learned how to spawn trout and assisted in artificially fertilizing the fish. They got to observe the different life stages of the trout and learned about different types of fish. The students toured different facilities, including the wildlife museum. They learned about biosecurity and got to see a student’s project where he was breeding seahorses. One of the students who attended, Jessica Kimball, reporter for FFA said that her favorite part of the trip was seeing the baby seahorses, which were only hours old. Kyle Hale, president of the Canastota FFA Chapter said that his favorite part was touring the environmental science wing because it’s what he wants to do in his future.

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Congratulations to Newly Inducted National Honor Society Members Honor Society
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into National Honor Society this evening. Aside from having a cumulative GPA of 89.5 or higher, these students also exemplify character, leadership and service in our school and community. The new inductees are: 

Seniors:  Zach Blanchard, Rosa Galavotti, Kara Hyde, Meghan O’Dell                

Juniors: Isabella Barry, Audrey Mascareno, Joshua Heckerman

Sophomores:   Luke AckermanRichelle Brown, Kendra Evans, Ashton Morris,  Kaitlyn O’Dell, Carson Rowe, Emily Snyder, Carolyn Van Slyke, Carley Wood, Nathan Wood

Students Attend Leadership Summit Youth SummitThe first meeting of the Youth Leadership Summit was held on October 23 at Madison Oneida BOCES.  Component districts are invited to send a team of student representatives to three meetings throughout the school year.   The theme for this year’s Summit is “Building Community.”


Each district team’s goal is to develop plans which will benefit students, their districts and their communities.  An emphasis on this year’s planning will include:

  • dialogue and planning process regarding issues that are important from student perspectives related to building community.
  • focus on opportunities to build community and develop a plan of action that addresses a youth related issue.
  • taking action locally in order to improve on self, others and their communities.
  • consideration of community service projects and volunteerism and student leadership.

The Canastota team consists of advisors, Liz Garofalo and Lisa Visalli and the following students:  Carly Cashel, Luke Ackerman, Matt McDermott, Jacob Malbouf, Logan Hood, Payten Shirley, Bryson DeMott, Kendra Evans, Lee Hannan, and Lucas Barnello.  The next meeting is scheduled for February.

Photo:  Carly Cashel, Payten Shirley, Luke Ackerman, Jake Malbouf, Lucas Barnello, Logan Hood, Lee Hannan, Kendra Evans, and Bryson DeMott.  Absent:  Matt McDermott

Canastota School Hosts Blood DriveRed Cross By: Eden LaRonde

It’s back to school time again, which means, that the Annual School Blood drive has come and gone. This year the drive was held on September 13th. This date is earlier than blood drives in the years past, due to scheduling. In total there were twenty volunteers and 21 donations. Fortunately, those who were unable to donate due to a sports event or a scheduling issue will have the chance to donate in the upcoming blood drive on November 11th, which will hopefully between the end of the fall and the start of the winter seasons. If you wish to donate in the upcoming blood drive you must be at least 16 years old. 16-year-olds must have a permission slip signed by their parent and read a sheet regarding tips and procedures when it comes to donating blood. If you wish to receive a permission slip for the upcoming blood drive, speak with Mrs. Tucci, or check the outside of room near the time of the drive. Thank you to all those who donated, and everyone who volunteered! To those who are planning to donate in the upcoming blood drive, remember to drink lots of water and eat healthy before your appointment to give blood.

To Germany and Back Again
By Angel Hall


Last year CHS senior Nate Leinberger took part in the foreign exchange student program and spent his junior year in Germany. Upon his return, I sat down with Nate to ask him about his experience. Here's what he had to say. 

Angel: Why did you decide to go to Germany?
Nate: I wanted to go on the exchange because I wanted to improve my foreign language skills. Germany because I have ancestry there.

A: What was your first initial reaction of it?
N: My German is not as good as I thought and it's not all that different.

A: What was it like living with a host family? Did they speak any English?
N: I lived with two. The first spoke very broken English, and didn't want me there. The second spoke very good English and wanted me there so I liked them.

A: Have you been able to keep in touch with them, or any of your friends from Germany?
N: Yeah I text them all the time.

A: How do schools in Germany differ from Canastota?
N: My school was indescribably strange.

A: What was strange about it? How was it different?
N: I'm pretty sure it was a cult.

A: How does home life in Germany differ from Canastota?
N: Simultaneously a lot more relaxed and stressful. They stress education more but are very relaxed when relaxed. There's no in between it's 0 or 100 there.

A: What kinds of things did you do to relax in Germany? What did you do for fun?
N: Bike riding.

A: What were your favorite things to experience about German culture?
N: My favorite part of the culture would have to be the food.

A: How long did it take to get used to speaking the language?
N: I didn't understand anybody until the 4th month.

A: How do you think the foreign exchange student program has affected you the most?
N: I have a different perspective and a new appreciation for where I come from.

A: Would you recommend the program for other students?
N: Oh yeah. 

Empowering Freshmen Seminar - 2018

By: Emily Case

On Friday, September 28, close to 100 Canastota High School freshmen boys and girls attended the second annual “Empowering Freshmen Workshop” held at Theodore’s in Canastota.  Spearheaded by Canastota High School teachers Kelley Brenon, Liz Garofalo, and Lisa Visalli, this workshop proved to be a powerful forum that discussed relevant issues facing our students today. 

Assisting with the workshop were our School Psychologist, Brenda Jenkins and Guidance Counselor, Brandi Bostic. Facilitating the male portion of the event were Principal; Jay Altobello, Assistant Principals, Drew Kennedy and Stan Congden; and teachers Sean Dwyer, John Slater, and Guidance Counselor, Bob Mengucci.   The plan for this workshop was developed three years ago after teachers reviewed a survey that was given to previous 9th graders.  In the survey, the 9th graders were asked a series of questions ranging from “What they would change during their freshmen year” to “What advice would they give to the incoming freshmen.”  The workshop was so successful last year that it was decided to make this an annual event.

The workshop provided a safe place for open discussion to enlighten our freshmen girls with self-confidence, self- respect, and self-esteem; and our freshmen boys with such topics as respect, teamwork, leadership, and integrity.   Guest speakers from the community were on hand to discuss prevalent issues pertaining to young students today.  Speakers included Marcia Laidlaw, Deb New, Don New, and Coach Jake Smith.  Current junior, Emily Case spoke candidly to the group of freshmen.  

Chief Zophy and Officer Paladino talked about social media to each group of students.  During the afternoon session, members of KidsOneida also facilitated activities for each of the groups.  Throughout the workshop, the students participated in team building activities.  The day proved to be not only motivational, but inspirational to all those in attendance.  A follow-up meeting is planned for November.

FBLA members assisted the event by preparing invitations, certificates, and thank you notes.  They also prepared all of the folders and contents that were given out to each student in attendance.   Emily Case gave a presentation to the group about bullet journaling

While at the seminar, Emily case took time to ask a few of the girls what they would take away from this seminar and what they might change moving forward.  Freshman, Alexis Clark, said “I learned that people have their own back stories and some people think that one life is harder than another.  I mean we all have hard lives and we go through bad experiences.  What I took from this is that I learned how to get to know more about a person and about how they feel and if they are going through a bad experience, I want to help them.”  This workshop evidently had a positive impact on incoming high school students.  So much so, that club attendance could be on the rise for upcoming years.  As part of the confidence boosting day, the freshman were encouraged to become more involved in school activities.

By Abbey Timmins and Hayley Patane
Girls Homecomingboys homecoming

Homecoming week begins Monday the 1st of October, and so does the infamous spirit week! To start off this thrilling week, Monday is ‘Merica Monday, so sport all your red, white, and blue. Tuesday then goes on to the school favorite Tuesday Twin day. On Wednesday students and staff will sport purple to celebrate the life of recently passed Canastota student, Coby Stevens. Thursday brings theme day for students in grades 9-11 and the annual toga day for seniors. This year’s theme is “United as One” so each class voted on a state for their theme to dress and decorate their homecoming float. Seniors chose Hawaii, Juniors Florida, Sophomores California, and Freshman Texas.   Thursday evening is the annual Homecoming parade and bonfire, which will start at 6:30. Spirit Week comes to a close on Friday with Raider Pride Day and the Pep Rally where we will celebrate fall athletes and award the Bronze Onion to the class who has shown the most spirit. Friday night will be the official homecoming football game at 7:00 against Little Falls. To end Homecoming week, Saturday evening is the Homecoming Dance which will be held at the school from 7pm to 10pm. Crowning of this year’s Homecoming King and Queen will take place at 9:45.

Congratulations to our 2018 Homecoming Court! 
Patrick Armstrong, Lucas Barnello, Colbey Bixby, Kenneth Coe, Sam Debrucque, Sam DiGeorge, Ethan Findlay, Samuel Snow. Kacey Cashel, Jennifer Fiore, Taylor Kutzuba, McKenzie Leahey, Mackenzie Michell, JoAnna Musacchio, Devin Lee Robinson, Loryn Wilcox
Voting for the 2018 homecoming King/Queen will be will take place at the homecoming dance. The dance is a semi-formal and will take place on Saturday, October 6th at 7:00. Cost is $10.00. Hope to see our high school students there!

Reading is Fundamental By: Emily Case As the new FBLA year continues, many chapters are beginning to set new goals and plan to achieve even more than before. With New York State FBLA’s charity being Reading is Fundamental, Canastota FBLA has BIG plans to contribute. The goal of this organization is to provide the tools needed to improve child literacy around the country by giving children the opportunity to read more. Our chapter plans on holding a book donation at our school to raise awareness and volunteer by reading to elementary students. Other ways that chapters can help include also holding a book donation, raising money for donation, or purchasing through AmazonSmile instead of regular Amazon! It’s the same prices, same service, but still supporting RIF! To learn more about Reading is Fundamental, visit

Blood Drive

September 13, 2018
Canastota High School
Coordinated by Canastota National Honor Society

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Canastota High School FBLA Members Attend National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD


July, 2018
More than 13,000 of America’s best and brightest youth traveled to Baltimore, MD as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $200,000 in cash awards.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), the largest and oldest student business organization, held its National Leadership Conference in Baltimore from June 29–July 2. Participants from across the United States and three countries were in attendance for this exciting conference to sharpen their core business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 65 business and business-related competitive events.

Three Canastota High School members, Emily Case, Carly Cashel, and Lucas Barnello, attended the conference with their advisor, Mrs. Elizabeth Garofalo.     

While at the conference, the Canastota members participated in competitive events, attended workshops, and served as state voting delegates in charge of electing the new national officer team.  Members attended and completed a two-day leadership training, Institute for Leaders. Emily Case represented the state in the Local Chapter Annual Business Report event as well as the Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure event.   In order to qualify to compete at the national level, members had to first finish as a top qualifier at the State Leadership Conference held in April.

During the trip, members were able to visit the National Aquarium, Washington, DC, the Smithsonian Museums, as well as attend the Orioles vs LA Angels baseball game at Camden Yards.

Canastota FBLA would like to thank our generous donors for their help in achieving this goal:

Canastota Central School District  
Lorraine Bruno Arsenault – Bruno Properties
Canastota Chamber of Commerce
Dr. James Colocotronis
Cerio Law Office
New York State Bus Sales
Securities and Investment Advisors