With a year left until graduation, several John C. Birdlebough High School juniors already received a financial boost for their post-secondary education.
Eighteen scholarships, totaling more than $500,000, were presented during a recent ceremony in the high school auditorium. The financial awards were offered by universities and colleges such as Wells, LeMoyne, Elmira, Rochester and more, and recognized those who excelled in the classroom and as citizens.
“Congratulations to all of our award-winners,” Principal Thomas Bailer said. “Be proud of who you are as a person, be proud as a Firebird, and proud as a member of this community. Continue to work hard and strive for your best and you also will continue to create a bright future.”
The following juniors earned scholarships: Gianna DeRoberts (St. Lawrence University Book Award); Nicole Henry (Clarkson University Leadership Award); Erika Brown (RIT Innovation & Creativity Scholarship Award); Emilie Hilliard (University of Rochester’s Bausch & Lomb Award); Marcus Berube (University of Rochester’s Xerox Innovation & Information Technology Award); Gabriella Allen (Wells College – 21st Century Leadership Award); Megan Hess and Olivia Thrall (Keuka College George H. Ball Community Achievement Award); Declan Hawthorne and Makayla Newvine (Elmira College Key Awards); Joshua Van Gorder and Edward Zellar (Student Sage Awards); Olivia Ripley (Rensselaer Medal Award); Kristine Rowe (Clarkson University Achievement Award); Wendy Li (University of Rochester’s Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award); Alayna Merrill (University of Rochester’s George Eastman Young Leaders Award & Scholarship); Ashley Margrey (RIT Computing Medal & Scholarship Awards); and Mariah Sheirer (LeMoyne College Heights Award).
John C. Birdlebough High School junior scholarship winners gather for a group photo after a recent awards assembly.
John C Birdlebough juniors and seniors received thousands of dollars in scholarships at their end-of-the-year awards ceremony.
Principal Gregory Molloy congratulated the students on their tremendous efforts and expressed his pride in the district in regards to the senior prank that occurred that morning; seniors surprised the teachers in the school parking lot and charged them each $1 to park their vehicle. The money raised was donated to Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital in Syracuse.
“There is something really special about Phoenix and this community,” said Molloy. He encouraged the seniors to always remember where they came from.
The Triple “C” Award is presented on behalf of the New York State Office of the Attorney General (Eric T. Schneiderman) and recognizes commitment of a student to better himself, his school and his community; Wyatt Parker was the recipient of this year’s award.
The Herff Jones, Inc. “Believe in You” Principal’s Award exemplifies the ability to combine academic excellence and exemplary leadership in school and community activities. The student leader honored this year was Maria Musumeci.
The following financial awards were also recognized:
St. Lawrence University Book Award – Marisa Dona; Clarkson University Leadership Award – Kellen Arnold; LeMoyne College Heights Award – Emma Discenza; University of Rochester Xerox Innovation & Information Technology Award – Sarah Hoag; Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award – Brianna Ball; RIT Computing Medal & Scholarship Awards – Mackenzi Berube and Jordan Jock; Student Sage Award Winners – Morgan Stobart and Abigail Venskus; University of Rochester Frederick Douglas & Susan B. Anthony Award – Jolene Zaia; University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Award – Jonathan Schmidt; University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award & Scholarship – Derick White; Clarkson University Achievement Award – Michael Sadoski; Elmira College Key Awards – Christopher Nicolella and Lauren Porter; Rensselaer Medal Award – Zachary Van Gorder.
John C. Birdlebough High School seniors celebrate their victory in the Battle of the Classes. In the back row (from left) are Anthony Besaw, Tyler Sahm, Codie Corso and Tyler Hanna. In the front (from left) are Destiny Teel, Gianna Garofolo and Gabrielle Esposito.
A yearlong school-wide battle for bragging rights at John C. Birdlebough High School culminated with a senior class victory in the Battle of the Classes on March 28 during Spirit Week.
Throughout the school year, each class earned points for various service projects and for displaying school spirit. Although the freshman class had the most points headed into the recent battle, the seniors scored enough points during the Battle of the Classes to propel them to the top of the leaderboard.
With much pomp and circumstances, students filed into the JCB gymnasium to root on their classmates. Divided into four groups -- with freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors each relegated to their own section -- Firebird pride was evident as students erupted in cheers throughout the multipart competition.
“The point of Spirit Week is to end our school year with a unity of the classes, coming together as a group of Firebirds and family,” said senior class adviser Lisa Spereno.
The event did just that, as students competed in events such as cup stacking, scooter races, an obstacle course and tug-of-war. For the seasoned veterans in the senior class, a common theme emerged as they tallied first-place finishes in four of the five events to edge out the freshmen. The juniors finished in third place, followed by the sophomore class.
Students at John C. Birdlebough High School kick off the Battle of the Classes on March 28 with a cup stacking competition.