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Seton Hall University doctoral student wants to study Fulton schools

By Ashley M. Casey

At the May 27 meeting of the Board of Education, Fulton City School District Superintendent Bill Lynch informed the board that Dola Deloff, a doctoral candidate from Seton Hall University, wants to do a study of the Fulton school district.

Deloff, former assistant principal of Mexico Middle School, is pursuing an Executive Ed.D degree in Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy.

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“The Hammer” tells students to work hard toward their goals

Matt "The Hammer" Hamill during his presentation in Fulton.
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill during his presentation in Fulton.
Hamill is pictured with three fans. From left to right are Shania Purchas, a wrestler for Mexico High School; Heidi Brown, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Sandy Creek High School; and Charlene Purchas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Mexico High School who will attend Hamill`s alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology this fall.
Hamill is pictured with three fans. From left to right are Shania Purchas, a wrestler for Mexico High School; Heidi Brown, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Sandy Creek High School; and Charlene Purchas, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Club member from Mexico High School who will attend Hamill`s alma mater Rochester Institute of Technology this fall.

By Daniel Farfaglia

Just as everyone was ready to kick off the long Memorial Day Weekend May 23, students at Fulton Junior High were welcoming a celebrity into their gymnasium.

The special guest was Matt “The Hammer” Hamill, who gave a special presentation. He is a deaf athlete who won three NCAA wrestling titles for the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers during the 1990s. 

Since then, he has become a Mixed Martial Artist who now competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. When he is not in the ring, he is giving motivational speeches to schools all over North America.  Continue reading

Fulton softball falls to New Hartford in sectionals

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team made it to the sectionals only to go out in the first round with a 3-0 loss to New Hartford May 24.

The team finished its regular season strong, winning three of four games to finish the regular season with an overall record of 12-6. 

On May 15, Fulton rolled past Christian Brothers Academy 22-3. The Lady Raiders knocked off Homer 14-2 on May 17. Fulton held off Cortland 3-2 in Game 1 of a May 20 Doubleheader. Cortland topped the Lady Raiders 7-5 in Game 2. 

Against CBA, Fulton had a 3-0 lead at the end of two. Then they put the game out of reach, outscoring the Brothers by 15 runs to push their lead to 19-1. 

Both teams scored two runs in the fourth and fifth innings as Fulton maintained an 18-run lead. The Lady Raiders added another run during the sixth inning to cap off a 22-3 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Keisha Pierce with four runs and five RBIs including a homerun.

She was followed by Cheyenne Laun with three hits and three RBIs, Jessica Marvin with three hits and two RBIs, Katelyn Ely with two hits and four RBIs, Mikayla Guernsey with two hits and two RBIs and Maureen McCann and Brynn Waloven with a hit and two RBIs each. 

On the mound, the Lady Raiders were led by Cheyenne Laun with three strikeouts while allowing three runs off two hits in six innings of work.

In the Homer game, the Lady Raiders were leading 5-1 at the end of the second. But then Homer scored during the third inning to bring the deficit down to three runs at 5-2. 

Fulton erupted in the fourth inning, scoring eight unanswered runs to take a 13-2 lead. The Lady Raiders scored another run down the stretch en route to a 14-2 win.

Fulton was led by Brynn Waloven with  two hits and three RBIs, followed by Maureen McCann with two hits and two RBIs, Caitlyn Chrisman and Cheyenne Laun each with two hits and an RBI, Keisha Pierce with two hits, Kassidy Kearns and Casey Jones with a hit and an RBI and  Katelyn Ely, Anna Guernsey and Jessica Marvin combined for a hit and two RBI. 

Cheyenne Laun pitched a complete game for the Lady Raiders, throwing eight strikeouts while allowing two runs off three hits.

In Game 1 of the May 20 doubleheader, Fulton and Cortland were scoreless after two. Then Cortland took a 2-0 lead in the third.

Fulton then stormed ahead, scoring three unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings to escape with a 3-2 win over Cortland.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Brynn Waloven with two hits and an RBI, followed by Mikayla Guernsey with a  hit and an RBI and Katelyn Ely and Maureen McCain with a hit each. 

Cheyenne Laun led Fulton on the mound with eight strikeouts while allowing two runs off four hits in five innings pitched.

In Game 2, Cortland took a 1-0 lead in the second. But then Fulton answered back, outscoring Cortland 3-2 in the third inning to tie the game at 3. 

Cortland then outscored the Lady Raiders by a run in the fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead. Cortland added another run down the stretch to come away with a 7-5 win over Fulton.

The Lady Raiders were led by Keisha Pierce with two hits and an RBI, followed by Anna Guernsey, Mikayla Guernsey and Casey Jones with a hit each. 

Fulton got another complete game effort on the mound from Cheyenne Laun, who threw two strikeouts while allowing seven runs off 12 hits.

In the sectional game against New Hartford, the teams played three scoreless innings before New Hartford took a 1-0 lead in the fourth.

New Hartford added two more runs in the fifth inning to clinch a 3-0 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Katelyn Ely with two hits, followed by Cheyenne Laun with a hit. 

On the mound, the Lady Raiders were led by Cheyenne Laun, who threw seven strikeouts while allowing three runs off four hits in six innings of work. 

In relief of Laun, Mikayla Guernsey allowed four hits in an inning pitched.

Blessings in a Backpack program receives grant

Blessings in a Backpack program of Oswego-Fulton Lutheran-Episcopal Faith Partnership received a $5,000 challenge grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.

The money was awarded to the program based on its effectiveness in addressing physical, emotional and/or spiritual needs in the local area based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: 35-36.

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Fulton Pre-K to have registration night

Students fro Fulton Pre-K show their pride for their pre-k program during the Memorial Day Salute parade May 24. Shown are, left to right,  Declan Nickerson, Evelyn Lischak, Callen Cowden, Walker Doney, Kane Morey, Chase Clark, Caeli Bartlett, Kendyll Bixby, Bella Vant, Brayden Wise
Students fro Fulton Pre-K show their pride for their pre-k program during the Memorial Day Salute parade May 24. Shown are, left to right, Declan Nickerson, Evelyn Lischak, Callen Cowden, Walker Doney, Kane Morey, Chase Clark, Caeli Bartlett, Kendyll Bixby, Bella Vant, Brayden Wise

The Fulton City School District will conduct an open registration night for the district’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the Education Center, 167 S. Fourth St., Fulton.

The event will feature a free performance by the Twin Magicians.

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Guernsey, Shannon receive Lions scholarships

Anna Guernsey and Casey Shannon, both set to graduate next month from  G. Ray Bodley High School, were awarded the Fulton Lions Club’s 2014 H. and Mary Dowd Memorial and John Scaringi scholarships respectively. Each scholarship provides the winner with $750 per year for four years toward college costs. Guernsey will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College to major in radiologic technology. Shannon will attend Clarkson University to major in physical therapy. Leo Chirello, past Fulton Lions president and scholarship committee chair, congratulated Shannon, (left) and Guernsey. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Mane Event Comedy Night, Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php .
Anna Guernsey and Casey Shannon, both set to graduate next month from G. Ray Bodley High School, were awarded the Fulton Lions Club’s 2014 H. and Mary Dowd Memorial and John Scaringi scholarships respectively. Each scholarship provides the winner with $750 per year for four years toward college costs. Guernsey will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College to major in radiologic technology. Shannon will attend Clarkson University to major in physical therapy. Leo Chirello, past Fulton Lions president and scholarship committee chair, congratulated Shannon, (left) and Guernsey. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Mane Event Comedy Night, Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php .

Hannibal student-athletes honored

Hannibal High School senior athletes Ben Slate and Devin Sorrell receive the sports booster club’s $250 award for their athletic accomplishments, character and sportsmanship. They accepted the honor during the annual awards banquet Wednesday night in the Hannibal High School auditorium.
Hannibal High School senior athletes Ben Slate and Devin Sorrell receive the sports booster club’s $250 award for their athletic accomplishments, character and sportsmanship. They accepted the honor during the annual awards banquet Wednesday night in the Hannibal High School auditorium.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Teamwork, sportsmanship and dedication were celebrated Wednesday, May 21 during the Hannibal Central School District athletic banquet.

The annual event, sponsored by the Hannibal Sports Booster Club, honored roughly 300 student-athletes who participated in junior varsity and varsity level competition throughout the school year. Continue reading

A flower to brighten the day at BOCES

Devon Foster, left, and Joe Gardener learn how to make a single carnation wrap from Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology student Kristin Hartle, foreground. Devon and Joe are students in Maureen Bennett’s class at Oswego County BOCES and organized a random acts of kindness project in which they presented a flower to several random strangers. The idea for the project was spurred from classroom discussions about community building, peace and the virtues that embody a responsible citizen. In the pink shirt is Oswego County BOCES school counselor Stacey Turtura.
Devon Foster, left, and Joe Gardener learn how to make a single carnation wrap from Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology student Kristin Hartle, foreground. Devon and Joe are students in Maureen Bennett’s class at Oswego County BOCES and organized a random acts of kindness project in which they presented a flower to several random strangers. The idea for the project was spurred from classroom discussions about community building, peace and the virtues that embody a responsible citizen. In the pink shirt is Oswego County BOCES school counselor Stacey Turtura.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Simple acts of kindness can brighten another person’s day, are often an inspiration, and have the power to create a positive ‘pay it forward’ movement. 

A shining example of this is a random acts of kindness project coordinated by Maureen Bennett’s class at Oswego County BOCES.  Continue reading