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WCS News for 2011-12

4-12: Congratulations to the high school music students who competed last month in a music festival in Chatham, NJ. Both the Show Choir and Senior High Band placed first, while Ensemble placed third. Special thanks to Mrs. Claudia Andres and Mr. Keith Schessl for organizing the trip, and providing such a great opportunity for the students.

4-12: Congratulations to lacrosse player Jacob Farmer, who was the #2 athlete included in the Super 7 Athletes of the Week, by WKBW news (
3-12: Congratulations to the following MS/HS students for their winning entries in the PTSA Reflections contest: Colton Fallon, Brianna Donohue, Andrew Binks, Ashley Randall, Josh Randall, Amber Harding, Haylee Clark, Dakota Sanders and Kristina Kopchick

3-12: The Wilson All-Sports Boosters Reverse Draw will be happening on Saturday, 3/31 at 6:30  PM at the Wilson Fire Hall. Tickets are $25 and all tickets sold are automatically entered in the grand prize drawings for $250, $500 and $1000. For more information, please contact Athletic Director Mr. Jeffrey Roth at 751-9341 x175 or at [email protected].  

3-12: On 3/28, senior Reid Okoniewski and the Senior High Student Council brought in local barbers to help Wilson students go 'Bald for Bucks', to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. $3,300 was raised.
3-12: The Reorganization Committee voted 9-3 against reorganizing the elementary schools. The Board members announced they will make a final decision about reorganizing at the April 3rd meeting. 

3-12: Congratulations to senior Emma Seager who has been named to Business First's 2012 All-Western New York Academic Team (2nd team).  

3-12: Congratulations to the following students who were named All-WNY Scholar Athletes for the winter season: Patrick Diez, Cody Kaminska, David Littere, Tyler Martin, Courtney Murray and Patrick Walch.

3-12: There will be a College Information Night held on Thursday, 3/22 at 7 PM in the high school. Parents of high school students may choose 3 different workshops to attend, throughout the night. 


3-12: The Art Department made a special presentation at Tuesday's BOE meeting, updating the public on its activities, including:
- high school students participating in the Portfolio Review Day at Villa Maria College, and visiting the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
- high school students being selected for inclusion (and receiving awards) in the Annual Student Celebration of the Visual Arts, which was held last month at UB?s Center for the Fine Arts Atrium
- a Kenan Center Grant which was awarded to Mrs. Bewleys? Studio in Sculpture classes for Reef Study, a major ceramics unit. Students created realistic reef animals from clay, which will be on display at the Kenan Center in June and in the LMC as part of the Student Art Show, during the month of May.
- middle school students again participated in the International Peace Poster Contest, sponsored by the Lions Club
- 7th grade art students created a holiday activity booklet for the 10th straight year, for local hospitals including Roswell, Children's Hospital, Newfane, Lockport and Buffalo General.

3-12: Congratulations to the winners of this year's Peace Poster contest: Tori Wagner (1st), Jaida Wilson (2nd) and Corinna Dompkowski (3rd).-


3-12: Thank you to WCS alumni Michael Mahar ('88) and Waste Management, for sponsoring the High School Honor Roll Pizza Party this month, which 285 students attended 

3-12: Congratulations to senior Patrick Walch, for being selected as a finalist for the prestigious Athletes in Action Call to Courage Award (
3-12: Kudos to art students Troy Chiappone, Cara Shaffer and Rachel Ernisse for  receiving awards at the Annual Student Celebration of the Visual Arts show at UB last month.

 3-12: Business First has announced that the school district won first place (in the XL company category) in its Best Places to Work competition (
3-12: Five more teaching positions for the 2012-13 school year are expected to be cut. Over the past two years, WCS has cut the equivalent of 21 full-time teaching positions, which has resulted in many class sizes rising to almost 30 students.
3-12: Congratulations to the following students who were selected to participate in this month's All County event, held at WCS: Nathan Keil, Rebekah Blasius, Austin Daul, Jessica Dell'Aria, Jacob Graca, Bonnie Milczarski, Adam Murray, Brianna Bagwell, Zach Beyer, Connor Seeley, Jared Carney, Matt Couturier, Nate Fox, Madison Goodnight, Madeline Mocarski, Shea Munnikhuysen, Mac Musall, Elizabeth Soles, Jacob Sanborn and Wyatt Wagner.
3-12: Kudos to the following high school students who recently earned awards in their vocational classes at BOCES: (1st place) Doug Potoczak, Ann Jones, Bryce Vandermast and Robert Breen; (2nd place) Lydia Washburn, Tiffany Clark, William Hall, Matt Schmidt, Korey Kelly, Ken Washburn and Tyler Strassburg; (3rd place) Ian Kroening, Renee Leggett, Jarret Hoyt, Angelo Rice, Jade Harris, Joshua Vasi, Tiffany Watson and Nicole Wendel.
3-12: Congratulations to senior Zach Moxham for earning the Mr. & Mrs. Alan R. Elia Memorial Scholarshipawarded during this month's PAL Awards Dinner.
2-12: It's a THREE-PEAT! Congratulations to both the boys and girls Varsity basketball teams, who have now won N-O League Championships for the third year in a row. The boys will play their quarterfinal game at home this Friday, 2/24 at 7 PM, while the girls will also play at home this Saturday, 2/25 at 2 PM. Good luck to both teams and their coaches, Brett Sippel (boys) and Brian Baker (girls). 

2-12: The Reorganization Committee has held its last meeting and voted against restructuring the elementary schools. The Board of Education will make the final decision, however, at the March 13th meeting, which is slated to be held at W. H. Stevenson at 7:30 PM. Prior to that meeting, there will be a BOE work session on February 28th, in room 18 off the MS/HS library, beginning at 7:30 PM. 

2-12: Kudos to seniors Patrick Walch and Kelsey Zahno, who have been chosen as Wilson's Hewitt Award nominees. The winner of the Thomas E. Hewitt Scholarship Award will be announced in May.

2-12: Congratulations to the Athlete of the Week for 2/12, varsity basketball player Dustin DiLaura.

2-12: Kudos to the following students who participated in the All-County Music Festival II at Lockport High School this weekend: Arianna Lamb, Maria Zupa, Dan Potoczak, Charlie Seefeldt, Dylan  Gagnon, Tayler Thilk, Dan Tierney, Tom Thompson, Steven Winquist and Heidi Schwarzmueller

2-12: Both the boys and girls basketball teams will be sponsoring 'Cans and Slams' home games on February 14th and 16th. Attendees may offer a canned food item for admission, in lieu of paying for a ticket. All the food collected will be donated to the local food bank. 

1-12: Congratulations to the following high school students who were named Champions for the second quarter: Michaela Goodnight, Ben Patterson, Eric O'Hara, Allie Bubar (2x), Ernest Nelson, Dana Smith (2x), Caitlin Boyle, Ashleigh McGee, Samantha Ribbeck and Lindsay Schmidt.


1-12: Girls Varsity basketball player Jamie Curry was profiled in the Niagara Gazette this month:

1-12: Congratulations to the following four wrestlers who will be headed to the NYS Qualifiers in East Aurora: Aric Freischlag, Brian Kerwin, Kevin Barrett and Cody Kaminska

1-12: Wilson's Cupcakes for Cancer Angels has raised over $990 (this school year), which will be donated to Curesearch ( Thanks to advisor Ms. Karlene Cieslik and organizer Reid Okoniewski for their continued efforts to raise money for cancer research. 

1-12: Congratulations to all the cast and crew of The Phantom of the Opera, with special recognition to director Mrs. Gretchen Fournier, music director Mrs. Claudia Andres and stage crew director Mr. Jake Adams. For those of you who receive the Niagara Gazette, there was a nice article in the 1/27 edition, describing how senior Alex Milne made the chandelier prop that comes crashing to the stage at the end of the first act.

1-12: Kudos to the Athlete of the Week for 1/30: varsity basketball player Maegen Buckner

1-12: A reminder that the Wilson Free Library offers a Homework Club, twice a week, on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3:15pm to 4:30pm. The homework helpers are volunteer students from the National Honor Society at the high school.
1-12: Wrestling results: Congratulations to the varsity wrestling team for placing 3rd at the All League meet. Aric Freischlag, Kevin Barrett and Chase Wheeler all earned 2nd place honors, with third place wins for Jon Shaffer, Justin Stephenson and Brian Kerwin. At the recent Cattaraugus Little Valley Tournament, Aric took first place in the 152 lb. weight class, while Chase took 2nd. Additionally, Kevin, Brian and Cody Kaminska all took 3rd. JV wrestlers Jeff Mazur, Joe Brown, and Ethan Monahan all took 4th at the Niagara Falls JV tournament.

1-12: Wilson's Lakeside IGA has long been a strong supporter of the school. The store just began offering 'email-only' coupons to those that sign up through their website at:  

1-12: Congratulations to seniors Patrick Diez and Kailey Schultz, for being chosen as Wilson's nominees for the annual PAL Award. The winners will be announced next month.

1-12: Kudos to the Athlete of the Week for 1/12: Varsity cheerleader Jodi Schlosser.

1-12: The varsity basketball team, along with player Tyler Martin, were highlighted in the Niagara Gazette this week:

1-12: Congratulations to the Athlete of the Week for 1/16: Varsity basketball player Tyler Martin.

1-12: The following people have been named as members of the Elementary Reorganization Committee: (community) Steven LaRock and Ann Botzer; (CSEA) Karen Jordan and Heidi von Recklinghausen; (parents) Candy Ingwersen and Angie Hecko; (WTA) Cheryl Shaw and Michelle Avery; (BOE) Mark Randall and George Waters; (Admin) John Diodate, Michael Cancilla, John Montesanti and Dr. Michael Wendt

1-12: Our own Senator George Maziarz signed a letter last month (along with 14 other senators), which was sent to Governor Cuomo, asking him to seek fair distribution of state aid. Thank you to all who have been answering our request to contact your legislators! To see the letter, please follow this link: Letter to Cuomo .

1-12: Save the date! The 3rd Annual Mattress Fundraiser Sale to benefit the Football program will take place on Sunday, January 29th from 10 AM - 5 PM at the high school.

1-12: Congratulations to Varsity football player Pat Walch, who was recently named to the Third Team All state, C schools, by the NYS Sportswriters Association.


1-12: Thanks to Waste Management and District Manager Mr. Michael Mahar for sponsoring the 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Breakfast, on 1/5.


1-12: The Annual College Panel in the high school, was held on 1/5.

1-12:  On Saturday, 1/14, tenth graders will have a truck in Zipp parking lot from 10 am - 1 pm where recyclable cans and bottles may be dropped off (preferably in bags). This event is part of a 'green fundraiser' to support the sophomore class.

12-11:  The Annual district-wide Caring and Sharing Program at WCS finished making its deliveries this past week, and was able to provide Christmas gifts and financial assistance to 24 families, including 68 children. Special thanks goes to coordinator, TM nurse Mrs. Mary Canfield, for her efforts each year to help those in need. Additionally, the Cares and Shares program at Thomas Marks, coordinated by Mrs. Kristie Binks, collected enough donations to fill 150 baskets for the Ransomville Food Pantry ( Town Supervisor Mr. Joe Jasztremski and other leaders from the Town of Wilson visit the TM students each year as part of the Cares and Shares campaign, to talk about the importance of giving back to their community. Thank you to all who made donations to either program.


12-11: Thank you to all who voted for WCS alumni Amanda Benton. Her poster won the 'American Jobs Act' poster contest! To see the three winning entries, please visit: . Amanda began her journey with art classes here at WCS, continued on to study printmaking in college and is presently teaching at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


12-11: Congratulations to Athlete of the Week for 12/26: Varsity wrestler Chase Wheeler, who just celebrated his 100th win as a sophomore!


12-11: Varsity football players Patrick Walch and Cameron Sidote were recognized at the Section VI banquet, where they won the following awards: (Pat) Class C North Co-MVP for Defense and the Cross Training Football Inspiration Award; (Cameron) Class C North Co-MVP Offense. Both were also named to the All WNY Academic 1st Team. 

12-11: Thomas Marks Physical Education teacher Mr. Bill Atlas just received $1,000 in gymnasium equipment from the NFL's Play60 program ( Mr. Atlas submitted an application on behalf of Thomas Marks in October.

12-11: Congratulations to the Athlete of the Week for 12/19: Varsity girls basketball player Jamie Curry.


12-11: The Varsity boys basketball team was featured in the Niagara Gazette recently:


12-11: Kudos to Varsity wrestler Chase Wheeler, who celebrated his 100th win during yesterday's wrestling tournament. Additionally, his teammates placed as follows: Kevin Barrett 2nd; John Shaffer 3rd; Aric Freischlag 3rd; Brian Kerwin 3rd; Liam Bull 4th; and Justin Stephenson 4th. Overall, the team placed 5th out of 12.

12-11: The 29th Annual Senior Citizen Breakfast was held on Thursday, 12/15, at the high school. Special thanks to Business teacher Ms. Christina Palermo for organizing the yearly event. 

12-11: Both the boys and girls Varsity basketball teams were profiled in the Niagara Gazette this month:

12-11: A webpage has been created, calling attention to media ethics employed by local news station WIVB, in regard to airing stories aimed at the Wilson community. Please follow this link for more information: . 

12-11: At the Board of Education workshop on 11/29, the following district-wide changes were proposed to go into effect next year. The Board is asking for input from the public, regarding the proposed changes, so please contact Board members and Superintendent Dr. Wendt, to offer your feedback. Names of BOE members may be found on the WCS website, ( under the 'District Offices' link. The next BOE meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th at 7:30 PM in the auditorium.  To read more, please visit this link from the Union Sun & Journal

Reorganization of elementary schools: W.H. Stevenson would become a primary building, housing grades K-2, plus Pre-K; Thomas Marks would become an intermediate building, housing grades 3-5. Additionally, Stevenson would close in a few years, leaving TM as the lone elementary school in the district.

Transportation: elementary school students will first be bussed to their 'home' school, and then board a shuttle and travel to their correct building if need be, adding about 10-15 minutes to the bus ride

Non-core subjects at the elementary: 'Specials' which include art, music, and physical education may be eliminated altogether, or assimilated into regular instruction and be taught by the classroom teacher

More teacher cuts: In addition to the 16 positions that were already cut over the past 2 years, the elementary is slated to cut 2-3 more teachers, in addition to cutting 1-2 more special education teachers

Class sizes: with class sizes this year closing in on 30 students, the Board will be setting a limit soon for the maximum amount of students in a class

12-11: The Athletic Department has updated its website with a list of this fall's All-League team members, Scholar Athletes and more. To see which Wilson athletes were recognized throughout the league, please visit the WCS homepage, and follow the 'Athletics' link, followed by the 'Shining Stars' link. Congratulations to all the fall Varsity sports for being named NYS Scholar Athlete Teams, by having a team average of 90% or higher.

12-11: WCS donated approximately 200 jars of peanut butter and jelly to local food pantries as part of the PB&J Jam of WNY


12-11: SADD will be running a toy drive as part of WCS's Annual Sharing of Christmas program.  All toys collected will be donated to local families. Both toy and cash donations may be forwarded to Mrs. Jaime Lepsch in the high school by Friday, 12/9.

12-11: Congratulations to former Cross Country and Track star Dennis Pollow, who won the Turkey Trot in Buffalo for the third straight year in a row, with a time of 24:42 ( 

11-11: We have some great news to share about a 2003 graduate from WCS.  Amanda Benton is one of 12 finalists in a national poster competition, advertising the American Jobs Act. Amanda is presently teaching art classes at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and she also recently won a $2,500 grant from the Leeway foundation. The grant will be used to install 3 displays at the Gallery at Market East in downtown Philadelphia. Please use the following link to vote for Amanda's piece: (Her poster is labeled 'Amanda from Philadelphia'). You may vote through Facebook, if you have an account, or by entering your email address.


11-11: Guidance counselor Mr. Robert Frost has been coordinating the annual Volley for Life tournament for many years now, and this weekend's competition didn't disappoint. The winning team (Smoking Kills) was made up of the following team members: Lindsay Bryer, Zach Moxham, Mr. Roth, Ms. Seabert,  Mike Thompson and Kayla Wilkinson.  The 2nd place team (Tree Meisters), consisted of teammates: Jordan Glosser, Mr. Lombardo, Mike Reubens, Kristin Sampson, Mrs. Seeley and Tayler Thilk. We thank Mr. Frost for always putting together such a great event and wish him the very best as he retires this June.


11-11: On 11/21, there will be another Cupcakes for Cancer sale in the Library Media Center during the MS/HS Open House, from 12-4 and 5-7:30. Cupcake prices will range from 50¢ to $1.25, and all the money raised will go to CureSearch (


11-11: Kudos to volleyball player Lindsay Bryer, who was named to the All Western New York State Team for Small Schools.

11-11: Congratulations to cross country runner Shannon Nye who competed in the State Meet this weekend in Verona, NY.  Shannon overcame the muddy conditions to place 68th in the race. She was highlighted in the Niagara Gazette this week, for overcoming health issues that threatened to end her athletic career: Also, fellow teammate Torey Couturier was selected as a Runners Roost Runner of the Week last week (

11-11: The high school announced its Champions for the first quarter: Beth Beyer, Troy Chiappone, Christopher Murray, Marcella Walck, Tiffany Clark, Meagan Kenny, Jessica Quimby, Kelsey Zahno, Grace Adams, Jaime Curry, Ethan Monahan and Courtney Murray.

11-11: Congratulations to cross country runners Shannon Nye and Scott Devole who earned first team All-League honors, and were selected by Section VI as two of the Runners Roost Runners of the Week 


11-11: Congratulations to Rebekah Blasius, Brianne Hain and Mercedees Rees, who participated in the Junior High Area All State Music Festival this month at Akron high school

10-11: Congratulations to the Coach Jackie Benton and the Varsity volleyball team on their undefeated season, and N-O League Championship. The team was highlighted in the Niagara Gazette: .

10-11: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 10/31: Rachel Ernisse (field hockey) and Patrick Walch (football).

10-11: The three Honor Roll Socials in the high school will be held again this year, courtesy of Waste Management. WCS alumni and District Manager, Michael Mahar, has confirmed that WM will sponsor the events. The socials were originally cut, because of budget constraints, but private sponsorships have made them possible for the last two years.

10-11: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 10/24, who both happen to be goalies: Grace Adams (soccer) and Kailey Schultz (field hockey).

10-11: The week of 10/24 is Red Ribbon Week, which encourages students to make healthy choices and avoid illegal drug use. The DAC (Drug Advisory Council) in the HS will be sponsoring a program on 10/26 about Drug Abuse. For more information on Red Ribbon Week, please visit: 


10-11: Students and staff throughout the district are encouraged to wear pink on Friday, 10/21, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will also be a Cupcakes for Cancer sale, a Crush Cancer clothing sale and pink ribbons available throughout the week, outside lunches. Thanks to Senior High Student Council president Reid Okoniewski and co-chair Rachel Ernisse for organizing the week's events, with the help of SHSC advisor Mr. Stack.


10-11: The MS/HS is taking part in the 2nd Annual Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam, to benefit local food pantries throughout WNY. Donations may be sent to the following teachers in the high school: Mr. Nevins, Mrs. Bewley and Mrs. Moley-Palacios. For more information on the jam, please visit this link:


10-11: Save the date: Stevenson Elementary will be holding its Fall Clothing Giveaway on Saturday, 11/19. The giveaway is open to anyone who needs clothing, and sizes will range from infant to adult, with shoes and coats available as well.  Donations may be dropped off to Mrs. Shank in the high school.

10-11: The MS/HS had a special presentation this month by Madame Curie historian Susan Marie Frontczak. Her visit was profiled in the Union Sun & Journal: .


10-11: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 10/17: Michelle Myers (field hockey) and Jordan Glosser (volleyball). 


10-11: Kudos to Stephanie Demmin who was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society this month at BOCES:


10-11: Congratulations to the Wilson Winners in the middle school for the month of September: Natalie Ryan, Marina Muth, Rachael Cobo, Mack Musall, Dylan Wolfe and Chaylee Wilson.


10-11:  Quarterback Justin Slango and the Varsity football team was featured in the Niagara Gazette recently:


10-11: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 10/10: Shannon Nye (Cross Country) and Patrick Diez (Boys Soccer) 

10-11: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 10/3: Emma Seager (Varsity Field Hockey) and Tyler Martin (Varsity Boys Soccer). Kudos also to Varsity Football quarterback Justin Slango, for earning a Connolly Cup nomination for his performance during Week 4 of the season. The Cup is awarded to one high school senior at the end of each football season.


10-11: Following are a few updates on three 2011 graduates who are finding both academic and athletic success during their freshmen year at the collegiate level: 

Jessica Senek, volleyball:

Molly Curry, soccer:

Cody Reimers, football:


 9-11: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 9/26: Lindsay Bryer (volleyball) and Eric O'Hara (golf).


9-11: 2011 graduate Molly Curry recently had an outstanding showing in the Big Four Tournament against Niagara University. Molly is playing soccer for St. Bonaventure (on a scholarship) and scored a goal in her very first college game. She was named to the All Tournament team for her efforts:


 9-11: The week of September 19th is Homecoming week! The schedule of Spirit Days is as follows:

Monday: pajama day (girls soccer @ home)

Tuesday: favorite TV show/movie shirt day, capture the flag (juniors vs. seniors) at 7:30 pm, (field hockey at home)

Wednesday: Hat & button day

Thursday:  twin day (volleyball at home)

Friday: black & orange day, tailgate party at 5 pm (football at home)

Saturday: homecoming dance, Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony (boys soccer at home)


Also, The 5th Annual Athletic Wall of Fame Induction dinner will be held on Saturday, 9/24. This year's inductees will also be presented at halftime of Friday night's football game and include: Geraldine Julias (volleyball coach), Larry Lash (over 450 wins as a softball coach), Richard Zipp (former superintendent), Anthony 'Chip' Cipolla (still holds current records in football and baseball), Brennan McAvoy (golf), Andy Wright (soccer) and the 1985 championship football team.  


9-11: Congratulations to the Athletes of the Week for 9/19: Kaitlyn Chapman and Cameron Sidote. 


9-11: Congratulations to high school guidance counselor Mrs. Alison Faery, who was inducted into her high school's Athletic Hall of Fame (as part of its inaugural class) in Poughkeepsie, NY on 9/17. Mrs. Faery hit the game winning shot in the 1993 state championship basketball game for Our Lady of Lourdes high school. She also went on to play Division I basketball at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts. 


9-11: 10th grade English teacher Mrs. Mary Moley-Palacios was interviewed by the Niagara Gazette for creating a product that helps with recycling bottles and cans: