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Hannibal names 2013 valedictorian and salutatorian

Taylor Beckwith (right) and Adrienne Shortslef, seniors at Hannibal High School, have been named as this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian. Both students received final grade point averages of above 100 percent.
Taylor Beckwith (right) and Adrienne Shortslef, seniors at Hannibal High School, have been named as this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian. Both students received final grade point averages of above 100 percent.

by Nicole Reitz

Taylor Beckwith and Adrienne Shortslef, seniors at Hannibal High School, have been named as this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian.

Beckwith, daughter of Scott and Kimberly Beckwith of Hannibal, will attend Hillsdale College in Michigan and major in chemistry. She was attracted to the school’s graduate programs and small campus.

She also received a $6,000 a year merit scholarship from the college.

Beckwith is going for Hillsdale’s pre-med program and hopes to become a surgeon. She discovered that she wanted to become a surgeon during the dissection unit in biology.

“Everyone in our group was afraid of doing it, but I had a ball and loved it,” said Beckwith.

She did not always want to be a surgeon. Beckwith said that she went through a phase where she wanted to be a marine biologist. She lost interest after realizing that the job requires diving, something she has a fear of.

Beckwith’s favorite subjects are chemistry, followed by calculus. “I like puzzle solving and with chemistry everything just clicks and fits together, whereas English is more interpretive,” she said. “I like things to be exact and calculated.”

For the past four years, Beckwith has been a part of the ski club. She has also participated in a writer’s open forum, OCAY League and National Honor Society.

As part of the National Honor Society, Beckwith was required to do a five-hour service project. She volunteered at Fairley Elementary School’s Celebration Day and helped out with the sports boosters, running the snack bar during games.

Beckwith is looking forward to more freedom in college and more input in the classes she takes. She also wants to take advantage of the nearly free piano lessons offered to Hillsdale students. Beckwith has been playing piano since elementary school.

She will miss her best friends Megan and Colleen, who will be attending school in Buffalo.

“I will miss being around here (Hannibal) and seeing the same faces passing in the hallway,” she said.

Beckwith’s most memorable teacher was Mrs. Dunn, her Spanish teacher who retired last year. “She was so enthusiastic, she’d always make comments in Spanish that some of the class wouldn’t understand,” she noted.

Beckwith credited her love of learning to her parents. “I think my dad has been my biggest influence education wise,” she noted. “He’s always told me to work hard and taught me to think for myself and how to figure things out on my own without being dependent on people.”

Shortslef, daughter of Lisa and Chas Shortslef of Sterling, will attend the Albany College of Pharmacy in the fall and work towards her doctor of pharmacy degree.

She chose Albany because of its small size and the opportunity to take mostly pharmacy courses without many general education courses.

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Hannibal High School dedicates basketball court

The Hannibal Booster Club formally dedicated the basketball court at Hannibal High School to former boys basketball coach Ken Sturges (right) and former girls basketball coach Steve Cianfarano Left). The Dec. 28 event honored the two coaches who combined for nearly 900 wins.
The Hannibal Booster Club formally dedicated the basketball court at Hannibal High School to former boys basketball coach Ken Sturges (right) and former girls basketball coach Steve Cianfarano Left). The Dec. 28 event honored the two coaches who combined for nearly 900 wins.

by Rob Tetro

In front of a respectful crowd that featured supporters from three other communities in attendance for the Hannibal Holiday Basketball Tournament, the Hannibal Booster Club formally dedicated the basketball court at Hannibal High School to former boys basketball coach Ken Sturges and former girls basketball coach Steve Cianfarano.

The Dec. 28 event honored the two coaches who combined for nearly 900 wins.

Both coaches began teaching at Hannibal High School in 1973. Sturges was a social studies teacher while Cianfarano was a chemistry and general science teacher.

Sturges was a basketball coach for 40 years. He spent 35 of those years as head coach of Hannibal’s boys team. Sturges also spent five years as an assistant basketball coach at SUNY Oswego.

He also coached modified cross country and track and field teams while at Hannibal.

Cianfarano coached the Hannibal girls team for 27 years.

While at Hannibal, Cianfarano also coached varsity softball for 25 years and varsity girls track and field for two years. He was also an assistant coach for the varsity girls soccer team for five years.

Before moving to the varsity ranks, Cianfarano also coached Hannibal’s girls junior varsity  basketball team for a year and the Warriors modified football team for two years.

As a coach of three sports in Hannibal for 35 years, Sturges coached more than 500 athletes while Cianfarano coached 600 athletes during his tenure at Hannibal with 180 of those athletes were basketball players.

As coach of the Hannibal boys varsity basketball team, Sturges had a record of 462-290. Under Sturges, Hannibal won seven sectional titles, 13 league championships and 14 Holiday Tournament championships.

Hannibal also earned five regional appearances under Sturges, which included one appearance in the state semifinals.

Other accolades under Sturges included winning 51 games in a row at home while having 14 Scholar-Athlete Teams.

As head coach of the Hannibal girls varsity basketball team, Cianfarano won nearly 420 games.

One of those wins came when the Lady Warriors won a sectional title en route to a regional appearance.

Hannibal made at least six appearances in the sectional championship game under Cianfarano.

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Hannibal High School students participate in All-State Festival

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Students from Hannibal High School will participate in the New York State School Music Association Zone IV Area All-State festival at Oswego High School Nov. 16 and 17. Students were selected based upon past solo festival scores and were assigned to band, chorus or orchestra. Hannibal’s Alyssa Mann, Sydney Waloven, Elyssa Terry-DeRycke and Natasha Waloven selected for the Area All-State Band.

Students from Hannibal High School will participate in the New York State School Music Association Zone IV Area All-State festival at Oswego High School Nov. 16 and 17.

Students were selected based upon past solo festival scores and were assigned to band, chorus or orchestra. Hannibal’s Alyssa Mann, Sydney Waloven, Elyssa Terry-DeRycke and Natasha Waloven selected for the Area All-State Band.

Students through individual and group practice have prepared music for the concert and they are ready to join other musicians from Oneida, Herkimer and Oswego counties, along with their guest conductor, to prepare for the concert performance.

Dr. Paula Holcomb, director of bands at SUNY Fredonia, will lead band members in a challenging concert program. At SUNY Fredonia, Dr. Holcomb conducts the Wind Ensemble and musicals and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting.

Serving frequently as a guest conductor, Dr. Holcomb has conducted bands and orchestras in 39 states, South America, Australia, Mexico, Europe, and Canada.

The program, she has selected for this talented group includes Percy Grainger’s Children’s March “Over the Hills and Far Away,” “Polka” by Dmitri Shostakovich, “Down a Country Lane” by Aaron Copland, and the lively “Danzon no. 2” by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez.

The Area All-State Concert will take place Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Oswego High School Theater.

There is an admission fee. The concert will feature the Area-All State Orchestra, Chorus and Band, performing a wide-variety of high quality musical literature, not to be missed.

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars presented 12 students with 14 scholarships at the Hannibal High School Awards Ceremony June 7.  Kneeling in front are Michael Miano, Joseph Fowler, and Sarah Shoults. Inback from left are Tyler Nixon, Mackenzie Malone, Tayler Sorell, Haylie Melfi, Melanie Licatese, Trent Lamb, Anita Dowling, and Elora Cordone.

Hannibal High School seniors receive ‘Dollars for Scholars’ scholarships

Hannibal Dollars for Scholars presented 12 students with 14 scholarships at the Hannibal High School Awards Ceremony June 7. Kneeling in front are Michael Miano, Joseph Fowler, and Sarah Shoults. Inback from left are Tyler Nixon, Mackenzie Malone, Tayler Sorell, Haylie Melfi, Melanie Licatese, Trent Lamb, Anita Dowling, and Elora Cordone.

Scholars presented 12 students with 14 scholarships at the Hannibal High School Awards Ceremony June 7.

Scholarships are provided from funds earned by the chapter’s fund-raisers, notably the annual Ducks Over the Dam race in July, and from donations.

This year’s scholarships included two $500 awards sponsored by the Country Cruizers Car Club, which were awarded to Mackenzie Malone and Tyler Nixon.

The $500 Sterling Stage Scholarship, funded by donations from the Sterling Stage patrons and owner, was awarded to Michael Miano. He also received the Dale Osborn Memorial Scholarship. The Osborn scholarship is provided to a student in a music related field in memory of Dale Osborn, a musician who was killed in 2011 in an automobile/motorcycle accident and is also $500.

The Shumway Memorial scholarship of $500, for a female athlete with a history of community service, went to Tayler Sorell.  Elora Cordone, Anita Dowling, Joseph Fowler, Trent Lamb, Melanie Licatese, Haylie Melfi and Sarah Shoults.

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