Marc C. Conner Named Eighth President of Skidmore College
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Marc C. Conner, provost of Washington and Lee University, innovative leader of interdisciplinary academic programs and longtime advocate of diversity and inclusion, has been named the eighth president of Skidmore College. His term begins July 1, 2020. “I have deep respect for what Skidmore has achieved as a model of an excellent liberal arts education, and I am tremendously excited to be part of its future,” Conner said. Conner, a widely published professor of English, has served as provost of Washington and Lee University, a private liberal arts university in Lexington, VA, since Jan. 2016. As Washington and Lee’s chief academic officer, he has led the university in reaffirmation of its accreditation, co-chaired its strategic planning process and overseen the revitalization of its law school. “I'm eager to sit down with the Skidmore community, roll up our sleeves and continue Skidmore’s tradition of academic excellence, collaboration and creativity.” Conner will succeed Philip Glotzbach, who will retire at the end of June 2020.
43rd Annual South High Marathon Dance
SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Beginning in 1978, South Glens Falls High School has hosted a marathon dance to raise money for local families and charities in need. Raising $1,500 that first year, which was donated to a local EMS Squad, every year the numbers have climbed. High school students in grades nine through twelve gathers for 28 hours of dancing for a crowd that fills the entire bleachers. Donating to a dancer is not the only way to contribute; vendors, raffles, and silent auctions also fill the school and donate their proceeds. At the end of the dance, awards are presented to the students who raised the most money, the raffle awards, the live auction, and the highly anticipated tally of the money raised. The 43rd annual South High Marathon Dance will be held March 6-7, 2020 at the South Glens Falls Senior High School. Last year, the dance raised $837,859.97 for 40 beneficiaries, bringing the 42-year total to more than $8.1 million raised for 530 beneficiaries. The South High Marathon Dance Inc. is registered with the state of New York as a charitable corporation and has been determined by the IRS to be a public charity under section 501 (c) (3). Accordingly, all donations are tax-deductible.
FUNDRAISING IN THE NAME OF SOUTH HIGH MARATHON DANCE
Part of the success of the South High Marathon Dance is attributed to the significant number of fundraisers and events which take place throughout the community prior to the weekend of the Marathon Dance. If you would like to conduct a fundraiser or event, or to verify the legitimacy of one which is scheduled, please contact our Events Committee at Events@ SHMD.org. All fundraising activities or events, the use of the South High Marathon Dance (SHMD) name, icons, images and logos are subject to approval of the Corporation. Any event or fundraiser raising money for a specific student’s fundraising goal MUST also receive approval, and clearly state on all flyers and advertisements that the proceeds of said activity will be attributed to that student’s total; this includes money jars at businesses.
DONATIONS OF GOODS AND SERVICES
Skidmore College to Host Annual American Culinary Federation Competition
Top college and university chefs from the region will compete in a “Chopped”-style competition in Saratoga Springs, Jan. 8-10. Photo provided.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College will host the ninth annual American Culinary Federation (ACF) Conference and Competition, Jan. 8-10. The conference will culminate in a “Chopped”-style contest featuring chefs from colleges and universities across the Northeast.
The annual event is organized by Skidmore’s Dining Services. It provides staff development and continues to raise the standards of the College’s award-wining dining program.
This year’s contestants hail from 10 institutions across New York and Massachusetts: Binghamton University, Bonnie Briar Country Club, Cornell University, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, State University of New York at Albany, State University of New York at Cobleskill, State University of New York at Geneseo, Tufts University and Williams College.
“Skidmore College looks forward to hosting this exciting competition once again,” said Mark Miller, director of Dining Services. “Participants have the chance to be inspired by one another’s culinary creativity. The event offers professional development in a fun and dynamic setting. Our chefs enhance their culinary skills and come away with innovative dishes that can be put into practice — and onto the plate — in our own dining hall.”
Skidmore’s team has won gold medals each of the past six years of the ACF competition. Skidmore’s food service has achieved wide recognition, including a No. 4 ranking for Best College Food in New York in 2020 from Niche.com based on meal plan costs and student reviews. Top-ranked colleges offer outstanding on-campus dining and provide easy access to healthy, quality food across a wide range of cuisines and dietary preferences.
As part of the competition, each four-person team must prepare both a four-course menu and buffet platter serving 10 from the same ingredients. Each team has one hour to develop the menu and then several hours to prepare and serve the dishes.
A panel of seven professional chefs will judge the teams on originality, taste and presentation, and may award or deduct points for timing, teamwork, utilization of food, skills, sanitation and overall preparation.
The ACF-sanctioned competition begins in Skidmore’s Murray-Aikins Dining Hall at 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10. Teams will prepare and present their courses until 1 p.m., when final judging gets under way. Awards will be presented at approximately 3 p.m. The public is welcome to view the event at any time during the day. Admission is free.
Local All Star Moments
Saratoga Gymnastics Takes Down Shaker
Blue Streaks Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs varsity hockey team played Shenendehowa on Wednesday, December 18 at Clifton Park Arena. Saratoga Springs won, 6-1. The win was a team effort with a goal each by: Joe Amodio; Andrew Blanchard; Will Detora; Anthony LaMonda; Charlie Leary; and Michael Montague. Goalie Brad Blake had 27 saves. On Saturday, December 21, the Blue Streaks played FayettevilleManlius and won, 4-1. Will Detora, Riley Lefebvre, Michael Montague, and Devon Wormley scored for Saratoga. Goalie Brad Blake had 13 saves.
Saratoga Springs Wrestling vs. Guilderland Guilderland at Saratoga Springs Sr. HS
On December 18, 2019. Saratoga Springs Sr HS (SSSH) 63.0 Guilderland (GUIL) 24.0 99: Lucius Anderson (SSSH) over Britt Francis (GUIL) (Fall 2:41) 106: Jacob Pratt (SSSH) over Myles White (GUIL) (Fall 3:24) 113: Kyle Griskowitz (SSSH) over Samuel Sosnovsky (GUIL) (Fall 3:02) 120: Antonio Encarnacion (SSSH) over Dylan Carl (GUIL) (Dec 8-3) 126: Zeph Watkins (SSSH) over Dylan Vadney (GUIL) (Fall 2:09) 132: Marcus Berroa (GUIL) over Gordon Murray (SSSH) (Fall 0:32) 138: Griffin Biviano (SSSH) over James Hough (GUIL) (Fall 1:00) 145: Patrick Spatafora (SSSH) over Zack Hagen (GUIL) (Fall 5:45) 152: Sachiel Chuckrow (SSSH) over (GUIL) (For.) 160: Eric Griskowitz (SSSH) over Dillon O`Brien (GUIL) (Fall 3:39) 170: Sean Collins (GUIL) over Justin Garfolo (SSSH) (Fall 0:50) 182: Jack Cooper (SSSH) over Kenneth Kryzak (GUIL) (Fall 1:15) 195: Cameran Durant (GUIL) over Austen Douglas (SSSH) (Fall 1:08) 220: David Jenks (SSSH) over Justin Lamb (GUIL) (Fall 0:55) 285: Zach Harrison (GUIL) over Andrew Monroe (SSSH) (Fall 3:01)You can find more details regarding this duel using the following link: www.trackwrestling.com/tw/seasons/ LoadBalance.jsp?pageName=DualMatches.jsp&dualId=5000567132.
SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Youth Basketball Scores
Cudney’s v. PBA
PBA-39: Nick Goliber-9, Stephon Lindsey-9, Isaac Ryan-8
Cudney’s-35: Ben Van Valkenberg-13, John Gerardi-11
Olsen Associates v. Blend Realty
Olsen’s-32: Xavier Ruscio-13, Colin MacGregor-9
Blend Realty-7: Aiden Karo-5, Finn Kelly-2
DECEMBER 4, 2019
Pashley Construction v. Spa Café
Pashley’s-65: Ziyair White-16, Quinn Frank-10, Nate Siewart-10
SPA Café-56: Charlie Didonato-28, Brian McCarthy-14
DECEMBER 15, 2019
Spa Café v. Village Photo
Spa Café-64: Brian McCarthy-34, AJ Cavotta-8
Education Briefs: January 3-9, 2020
Ballston Spa Schools Receive Support of GLOBALFOUNDRIES
BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa schools were among the community organizations selected to receive funding from the GLOBALFOUNDRIES - Town of Malta Foundation as they announced their awards for 2019. The district received $3,500 in funding for the annual Tech Valley Robot Rumble Off-Season Robotics Competition held at the Ballston Spa High School in the fall. The Ballston Spa FIRST Robotics Team #3044 was also awarded a $4,000 grant to support the team’s participation in regional competitions. The district’s Scotties BackPack program received $5,000 in support to provide food for students on the weekends and the Malta Avenue PTA received $1,550 to provide science programs in the school. The Ballston Spa Middle School’s Launching Pad Productions received $1,500 to support their performance of Frozen Jr! in February. The Ballston Spa High School’s Student Book Club received $2,000 to purchase books and support club activities, the Young Adult Reading Project received $750 for books, and the drama department received $2,500 for sound equipment. The Ballston Spa High School PTSA was awarded a $4,000 grant to help with Arts-In-Education programs and the annual After-Prom activities implemented by the parent organization each spring. The GLOBALFOUNDRIESTown of Malta Foundation recently presented its 2019 slate of grants totaling over $160,000, supporting over 40 local organizations and community projects. The Foundation was developed to fund organizations, programs and projects that provide tangible benefits of a public nature to diverse groups serving the citizens of the Town of Malta, including not-forprofit corporations, charitable organizations, community arts and theater groups, community historical sites, special events, education programs, and sports and recreation activities. For more information, visit the Foundation’s web site at sites.google.com/site/ gfmaltafoundationorg/home. For more information on school programs, please visit the Ballston Spa Central School District website at www.bscsd. org or call the District Office at 518-884-7195.
Saratoga Springs CSD Thanks Donors
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Throughout the year, the District receives tens of thousands of dollars in donations from community partners, parent organizations, and individuals. The donations vary from money towards school supplies, outstanding school lunch debts, and field trips to donations of technology and classroom equipment. These donations are greatly appreciated, and they make a huge impact on our students, staff, and schools. “Our District is pleased to be able to accept many generous donations throughout the school year,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Patton. “These donations are a reflection of the wonderful community that we live in,” Patton stated.
Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning (SFIL) Awards $25,652 in Grants
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning (SFIL), the education foundation for the Saratoga Springs City School District, has awards seven grants totaling $25,652 to staff. SFIL is a non-profit organization that strives to empower the school community to ignite the love of learning in all by supporting innovative opportunities. Below are the 2019 grant recipients and grant information: Jamie Hansen and Michele Sperber for Ozobots for Grades K-2 STEM: Using simple programing techniques (from drawing lines on paper to using iPad commands for speed, direction, etc.), Ozobot programmable robots will give students the opportunity to use critical thinking and perseverance to solve problems in a fun and engaging way. The robots come with pre-developed lessons that are linked to the NYS Science Learning Standards. Jennifer Spoor for Instructional Play Materials for First Grade: As an alternative to “Skill and Drill” instruction, this grant will to provide first grade teachers with resources that will encourage purposeful play. Students will use puppets during ELA lessons to act out portions of a book. Students will also use math games to improve their fact fluency and build endurance. Finally, students would have access to various building materials to help during STEM activities allowing for hands-on problem solving. Carrie Jackson for Drum Circle Materials for Elementary Music and Chorus Elementary: Students throughout the district will have an opportunity to use World Percussion Instruments (WPI). Using items from five-gallon buckets to 24-inch Djembes, students will take part in various drum circles to immerse themselves in world cultures and communities, gaining a deeper understanding of their rhythms, dance, music and instruments. Talia Brower, Diana Kakaty, Lynne McGee, Michele Slone, & Alexandra Zanetti for a Sensory Room for Elementary Students: The room will include items such as interactive bubble tubes and switches, fiber optic light strands, and glow panels. These items, in conjunction with other purchased materials, will help to outfit a sensory room. The room will be a place where students in distress can deescalate safely so they can return to their classroom. Colleen Belanger for Heart Rate Monitors for Physical Education Students: This grant will will supply high school PE students with heart rate monitors to wear during class. As an alternative to traditional assessments, the teacher will use the data to assess students on their physical effort and growth over time. Erin Bell for Interactive Science Software: This grant would provide chemistry laboratory software to high school students. The program (Pivot Interactives) provides online simulations of experiments that are either done in the HS laboratory, or are too dangerous or expensive to conduct in school. Not only are students able to enhance their learning with these simulations, but they also provide an alternative learning environment for students unable to attend school due to medical conditions. Jennifer McGuinness for Standing Desks for the Maple Avenue Learning Center: This grant would help to provide standing desks and stools to Maple Ave students in the Learning Center. These desks and stools provide an alternative furniture choice for students to give the Learning Center a different look and feel than a traditional classroom.
League of Women Voters Accepting Applications for Students Inside Albany
Record Broken: Dolly Cairns Sets Point Record for Saratoga Springs
SARATOGA SPRINGS — In 1994, Jen Dryer (Pennell) ended her hoops career at Saratoga Springs with 1,518 points, 325 assists, 348 steals, and 228 rebounds. In 2019, Catherine ‘Dolly’ Cairns has broken that point record.
Cairns only needed 10 points to break Dryer’s record, so she decided to score 29 points instead on Tuesday, December 10. The new record to break is 1,547 points.
“It felt really good. I’m proud of myself for it but it’s my role to score, so, I just do what it takes to win,” Cairns said.
Cairns has been a local basketball sensation since halfway through her seventh-grade year when she was pulled up to varsity.
Her love of the game started young and stemmed from attending her older brother’s practices with their dad, Don. The two would do some dribbling and then during every water break for the team, she would shoot around, they would also practice form shooting and ball handling.
Cairns began to play organized basketball in third grade and has been playing “up” ever since.
With graduation fast approaching, Cairns is finally used to the idea of playing college basketball at Rhode Island University, where she will be studying kinesiology. She is very excited for this next chapter and will be at RIU in June and July for summer classes and practices.
“I think it’ll be a lot different. It’ll be a lot faster, a lot bigger and stronger kids. I think I’ll have to adjust but I’m up for it,” she said.
She has built good relationships with the coaching staff at RIU already and looks forward to playing with that team.
“I built a really good relationship with the head coach and just from talking to my head coach and the rest of the coaching staff, I actually wanted to commit there before I even visited campus. Then as I learned more and more about the campus, it just felt like the perfect spot for me,” Cairns explained.
Her coaches this year have helped her in the college recruitment process.
“Both of the coaches have handled most of the recruiting and talking to coaches for me. They have been my biggest help,” she said.
As far as this year’s basketball season, they are a young team after five seniors graduated last year, including Kerry Flaherty, who achieved 1,000 career points.
“We have two freshmen starters, who I think I’m doing a good job setting the tone for them. We’re all very close and we get along well and we’re having a lot of fun so far. We’ve got a lot of young kids on the team and they follow my lead. They know that when it’s time to work, it’s time to work,” Cairns stated simply.
It is clear that Cairns takes her leadership role on the team very seriously and it isn’t just a point scoring game to her.
“We would love to win a state championship, that’d be the goal, but I think short term we just want to win a sectional championship and make history for our school,” she explained.
Winning states would be the first time in Blue Streaks woman’s basketball history.
Cairns does not play any other sports, instead chooses to focus on basketball preparation in the offseason. She lifts four times a week to stay in shape and shoots around in the gym as much as she can.
Pro basketball has been on her mind here and there.
“I’m thinking about it and a couple people have told me that I could. I think playing in the USA would be cool, but I think playing overseas would be a very cool opportunity as well. I’ll just see what it comes down to when I get there,” she explained.
As far as her biggest supporters during her monumental high school hoops career, her parents Don and Kay and her grandparents Ron and Pat are at the top of the list.
With high school fading out and her starting over in college as a freshman, Cairns has advice for the younger girls on the team she’s leaving her legacy to.
“Keep working. Try to get in the gym as much as you can and work on the basic things; you can build on those basic foundations. It takes a lot of time and effort to be where I am.”
If I were them, I’d certainly be following that advice and in those footsteps. Congratulations on making Blue Streaks history, Dolly!
Waldorf Juniors Looking for Internship Experiences
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs started with a pre-school in 1981 and expanded into a high school in 1997, provides “this rich and unique education to our community as the only pre-k through 12 independent school in Saratoga County,” according to the website. Waldorf focuses on the “whole student” and likes to focus on all aspects of life and learning. The juniors at Waldorf are about to experience “real life” through their internships.
The junior class is made up of seven students; Renukadevie Mahadew, Aaren Sweenor, Hayden Cahill, Maitreya Ravenstar, Elihu Conant-Haque, Ivy BerriosMckeon, Bria Fitzgerald; all of which are excited to get started on their internships during their spring break in February.
“The student has an idea of what they want to do for their internship, they submit a proposal that explains in writing what they want to do, what they hope to gain from it, what their major question is going into the experience, and where it will be. they have to find an adult who will be their mentor and help them to go through the experience smoothly. they have to check this with all of the people they’re going to be working with to make sure it’s an acceptable internship experience. then submit the complete proposal and have it okayed by the school,” Elihu Conant-Haque explained the process.
Although, finding the perfect internship isn’t always easy. Hayden Cahill has been looking for a computer programming internship with zero luck, so he has started the search for his second choice, law. Some students are testing the waters to see if their internship would be a possible career path for them or to just try something new. Some are looking for an experience to help them further their studies. Conant-Haque will be interning at the Saratoga Airport for aircraft maintenance and refueling. He achieved this internship by talking to the aircraft mechanic at the airport and building a relationship with him.
“The point of the junior internship is to foster the soft skills: how to write a professional email, how to get dressed for work, how to ask the questions that you need to know when you go into a job,” said Christina Limson-Harvey, high school office manager.
“I think it will be very beneficial for me to work in an environment where you’re working on aircraft that have to fly and you’re working around people who are professionals at this, this isn’t a job where ‘oh we’ll slow down and help you learn.’ Everything has to work in a timeframe and on a schedule and this is serious stuff. so that is going to be a good experience because at school you never really have that because school is there to help you along. whereas in the internship, it’s going to be a very different scenario,” Conant-Haque commented.
Once the internship is finished, the students then create a presentation about their experience.
For more information, visit www.waldorfsaratoga.org
Saratoga Springs Kinetic Team Takes First in Nike Cross Nationals
PORTLAND, OR. — On Saturday, December 7, Saratoga Springs cross country team, Kinetic XC, took the win against 21 other teams in the 5,000 meter race, a huge feat for the young team. Kinetic is coached by Art and Linda Kranick, who the girls had plenty of nice things to say about.
Though the Kranicks’ coaching style was described as “different” the seven girls on Kinetic XC say they are both really amazing and they couldn’t have succeeded without them.
“It was an amazing win,” Linda Kranick said, “usually you win by 5 points.”
Kinetic XC scored 78 points.
“They just knocked it out of the park,” she continued.
“It was an amazing experience to go and represent our school,” eighth-grader Emily Bush said.
“I remember in the beginning of the year they [the Kranicks’] said we were going to make podium and I didn’t really believe them,” reminisced Ella Kurto, a sophomore.
“It was a muddy, messy race and they didn’t let that affect them at all. They were very focused the whole time and they work very well together,” Kranick remarked. The girls remained focused by staying positive and being as encouraging of each other as possible.
Congratulations, Kinetic XC!
Scotties Backpack Program
BALLSTON SPA — In collaboration with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, the district launched the Scotties BackPack Program in 2017 at Milton Terrace Elementary School and has now expanded to all four elementary schools. The program provides a bag of easy-to-prepare food to selected students each week to eat throughout the weekend. The program started with providing weekend meals to 30 students and the goal is to provide food for 175 students this school year. The cost to provide weekend meals for one student for the school year is $183. Revenue to support the program is raised by individual and corporate donations as well as through any available grant sources. Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa Rotary, and Malta Sunrise Rotary recently joined together and sponsored a Chicken BBQ to benefit the Scotties BackPack Program. Through their efforts and contributions from many local businesses, they raised over $3,000 to donate to the program. They have also placed collection containers in businesses throughout the district. Please contact Ray Otten at 518- 852-2642 for additional information on the community support efforts. Other major contributors to the program have been Applied Materials, The Saratoga Hospital, Ballston Spa Elks Lodge #2619, and Global Foundries/Town of Malta Foundation. Individual and corporate sponsorships are always welcome! For a link to donate online visit https://www.bscsd. org/domain/28. Donations by check should be made payable to the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region or CFGCR and may be sent to: Kelly Delaney-Elliott, BSCSD. 70 Malta Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Anyone interested in volunteering to support the BackPack program, please contact 518-884-7195, ext. 1369.
Field Hockey Players Receive Foothills Council Awards
SCHUYLERVILLE — Foothill Council Honors: Six Schuylerville High School varsity field hockey players have been named to the Foothills Council All-Star Team. First Team: Bella Baldwin, Hunter Phillips Second Team: Lainey Koval, Eliza Barton Honorable Mention: Molly Elder, Izzy Reitano-Stayer