The Hannibal boys cross county team won the Section III Class C championship meet that was held at Vernon-Verona Sherrill High School Saturday.
The meet consisted of 157 athletes from 19 different schools. Even though Holland Patent, Tully and Adirondack proved to be as tough as expected, The Warriors, encouraged by a noticeable contingent of hometown support, tallied a team score of 90 to clinch Hannibal’s first sectional championship.
The Warriors were led by senior captain Ryan Perry, who finished first with a time of 17:14.7. Following Perry were Kyle Cooper, who came in 19th place with a time of 18:31.1, and Ben Slate, who earned a 21st place finish with a time of 18:33.5.
Senior Captain Erick Febus came in 23rd place with a time of 18:39.3 while Jason McFarland earned a 26th place finish with a time of 18:42.2. Frank Lackey came in 32nd place with a time of 18:59.1.
Zane Pointon earned a 64th place finish with a time of 20:08.7 and Blake Farnham came in 80th place with a time of 20:32.2. Ben Raymond earned an 86th place finish with a time of 20:38.7 while John Motell came in 96th place with a time of 20:51.9.
Coach Dan Pawlewicz said his team strives to succeed for more than just themselves: they work hard to succeed for their classmates and neighbors in the community as well.
A notable contingent of the students and other members of the community return the favor by accompanying them to events as they did for the sectional meet. Pawlewicz expressed appreciation and gratuity to Hannibal’s student body and other hometown supporters for all that they do.
Hannibal will participate in the Class C state championship meet this Saturday at Elma Meadows Golf Course, which is located outside of Buffalo.
Fulton Board of Education member Dan Pawlewicz’s suggestion to move board meetings around to the district’s six schools was rejected by 5-2 vote during Tuesday’s meeting.
Pawlewicz brought forth the idea during a previous meeting and asked the board to consider holding the twice-monthly meetings in the schools.
In his seven years as a board member, Pawlewicz said some community members have expressed that they are afraid to attend meetings at the Fulton Education Center.
“They want nothing to do with this building for one reason or another,” said Pawlewicz. “It opens up a door and makes someone a little more comfortable to walk in and see what is going on. If it works great, if it doesn’t, we gave it a shot.”
Pawlewicz was hopeful that by bringing the board’s regular meetings to the four elementary schools, the Fulton Junior High and the high school that more community members would attend and get involved.
“It’s the same people every week,” said Pawlewicz about the audience.
Those in attendance at this week’s meeting were comprised of administrators, members of the media, and those presenting to the board under the superintendent’s report.
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The community came out to vote Tuesday, passing the Fulton school budget for next school year 753 to 468. The $62,398,511 budget increased to 3.5 percent from the previous year. Propositions to buy a bus and two vans and to set up a reserve fund for future capital projects were also approved.
Rosemary Occhino and Dan Pawlewicz were elected to fill the two open school board seats. Occhino received 730 votes, while Pawlewicz earned 801 votes. President of the Board of Education Robbin Griffin, with 669 votes, did not win reelection. Griffin has been on the Fulton Board of Education as either a member or an officer for the last 21 years.
Voters showed strong approval for funding of the Fulton Public Library, with 761 people voting for the $170,000 library tax. “I am extremely grateful for all the people in the Fulton City School District, by putting us on the ballot, it showed us that they appreciate the value that the library has in this community,” said Betty Maute, Director of Fulton Public Library.
Maute is thankful to the community and to the Friends of the Library, who called residents that signed the library’s petition to remind them to get out and vote. With the support of the communities vote, the Fulton Public Library will open again on Tuesdays, and Mondays will be added again in the fall. Employees of the library will also go back to full time status.