Perrone returns home with self-written musical

Photo contributed Cornwall High School graduate and New York University student, Livi Perrone, wrote a musical and will be bringing it to the Motocyclepedia Museum, in Newburgh. “Happily the Musical” will be performed at 8 p.m. on June 30.

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Cornwall High School graduate and New York University student, Livi Perrone, wrote a musical and will be bringing it to the Motorcyclepedia Museum, in Newburgh. “Happily the Musical” will be performed at 8 p.m. on June 30.

Livi Perrone, a 2016 Cornwall High School graduate, is no stranger to theater. She wrote her first original work when she was 13-years-old and has since written a number of adapted plays and musicals for young performers. Having completed her first year at New York University, for dramatic writing, Perrone has written an original musical, with Emmy award-winning composer, Sean P. Pallatroni, and will be bringing it to Orange County later this month.

“Happily the Musical” will be performed, by local actors and actresses, at 8 p.m. on June 30 at the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh. Tickets will be available at the door.

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CCHS Senior Prom 2014

Cornwall Central High School’s senior class held its dinner dance on Thursday, June 12 at Anthony’s Pier 9. The event attracted 336 guests and provided lots of photo opportunities!

Rain doesn’t damper prom festivities

Tara Mannion checked into the prom at the Meadowbrook Lodge with Eva Lynch, Dylan Mannion and Taylor Lamities close behind.

Tara Mannion checked into the prom at the Meadowbrook Lodge with Eva Lynch, Dylan Mannion and Taylor Lamities close behind.

Unlike in years past, the weather played a part in the May 9 Cornwall High School junior class prom festivities, but that didn’t stop the students from having a good time.

The tradition has been to drive down to Donahue Memorial Park, in Cornwall-on-Hudson, to take pre-prom photos along the Hudson riverfront. Cars usually line the entire length of Dock Hill Road requiring police presence to coordinate traffic. A misty rain fell during the late afternoon and early evening hours keeping traffic to a minimum.

Junior Steve Fox estimated about 15 to 20 classmates could be found at the riverfront park around 5:30 that evening. When the rain would fall, Fox noted more teens opted to take photos in the gazebo. Junior Megan Gagnon said she visited the park about an hour later and counted more students, but definitely not as many as in previous years. Gagnon said she was a little disappointed, but happy with how her pictures came out. Fox said he took photos at friend’s house as well.

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Seniors honored as first scholar artists

Jessica Lipton

Jessica Lipton

On May 2, Jessica Lipton and Matthew Suckling were among the 34 high school seniors to be honored for their achievements in the arts and humanities during the first annual Senior Scholar Humanities Breakfast, coordinated by the Orange-Ulster B.O.C.E.S. Division of Instructional Support.

Lipton was unable to attend the breakfast, but Suckling was joined by his parents, as well as Cornwall High School principal Lynn Imperato and superintendent Neal Miller.

The breakfast was held at The Palacio, in Goshen. The keynote speaker was Lindsay Nery, a 2003 graduate of Port Jervis High School and former Graphic Design student at the Orange-Ulster B.O.C.E.S. Career and Technical Education Center. Nery is an artist and illustrator of children’s books.

Following the speaker, each attending student was called on stage to receive a certificate and trophy which was about a foot high.

Matthew Suckling

Matthew Suckling

“I was pretty excited,” Suckling said when he learned he was named the school’s top male scholar artist. “I hadn’t heard of it before, but it seemed like a really nice honor to have received. It was pretty cool.”

Suckling is an accomplished trumpeter. His musical portfolio includes performances in the New York State Band Directors Association Honors Jazz Band, New York State School Musical Association (NYSSMA) Area All-State Symphonic Band, several NYSSMA all-county ensembles, the Hudson Valley Youth Wind Ensemble, and the NYSSMA All-State Jazz Ensemble, and most recently the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Jazz Ensemble.

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“Bench” essay wins top honors

Photo by Jason Kaplan Kelsie Costello escapes from her “everyday hectic life” as she looks out at Rings Pond. The reflective water is just part of the scenery she describes in her winning essay about her favorite place.

Photo by Jason Kaplan
Kelsie Costello escapes from her “everyday hectic life” as she looks out at Rings Pond. The reflective water is just part of the scenery she describes in her winning essay about her favorite place.

Winter has been a busy season for Cornwall High School senior Kelsie Costello. In January she learned she had won an essay contest sponsored by Teaching the Hudson Valley. She was also nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC from Feb. 14 to 16.

Costello’s essay was originally submitted as an assignment for her Orange-Ulster BOCES Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) English class. Her teacher submitted those essays that met the requirements for the contest. The title of the contest was “Writing about Place” and was open to students in grades K-12. The essay had to be under 750 words and be about a favorite place in the Hudson Valley. It had to be a public, rather than a commercial, place. The contest required a description of the favorite place using sights and sounds. Costello opted to write “Bench” which is about her favorite picnic table at Ring’s Pond in Riverlight Park in Cornwall.

“I came up with this right away once I understood it had to be about nature,” Costello said. “My best friend and I always walk over to this specific bench and talk. It’s on the roadside of the pond closest to Town Hall.”

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Malone entertains interest from colleges

Don Malone

Don Malone

As a high school athlete, how does it feel to be recruited by multiple colleges?
“It feels great,” said Cornwall High School varsity basketball player Don Malone. “I’m very excited.”

Coaches from 25 Division III schools have reached out to the starting forward about playing for their school next season. Malone visited the campus of Misericordia University and fell in love with it immediately. The school remains at the top of Malone’s list, along with the College of Staten Island, Clarkson University, and Orange County Community College. But no matter which school he chooses, Malone is looking forward to playing basketball beyond high school.

“I love the game. I couldn’t imagine life without it.”

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Bauer sustains season-ending injury

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer had caught five first-half touchdown passes, en route to a Section 9 record, when an unintentional injury ended his game, the season, and the rest of his Cornwall High School football career.

“I had no idea what the record was,” Bauer said. “I was told after the game. It was funny because Mike White’s older brother had set the previous record. He was giving Mike a hard time about it. I really didn’t know. I wasn’t trying to do it. It just happened. I was surprised, but it was definitely a pretty awesome accomplishment.”

After scoring his fifth touchdown, against Saugerties on Oct. 19, Bauer kicked off and went to make a tackle when he was kneed in the ribs by an opposing player. At the time he didn’t know how serious the injury was, but he thought he just had the wind knocked out of him, yet Bauer was unable to catch his breath.

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Trumpeter to take national stage

Matthew Suckling

Matthew Suckling

Matthew Suckling has an impressive music portfolio. He’ll add to that later this month when he performs with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) All-National Honor Jazz Ensemble. With trumpet in tow, from Oct. 27 to 30, Suckling will join more than 670 of the most musically talented and skilled high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert in Nashville, Tenn.

“I really didn’t believe it,” the Cornwall High School senior said when he received the news. Suckling was attending the Ithaca Summer Music Academy when his parents sent him an e-mail letting him know he had been selected. “It was pretty exciting.”

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Hwang semi-finalist for scholarship

Kristina Hwang

Kristina Hwang

Last week, Cornwall High School senior Kristina Hwang learned she’s a semifinalist in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Hwang is one of 16,000 individuals who will have an opportunity to win one of 8,000 scholarships worth a total of $35 million. Hwang became eligible for a scholarship when she scored a 221 on her PSAT, which she took last fall.

Prior to taking the exam, Hwang discussed, with her parents, the possibility of obtaining a scholarship.

“They wanted me to get into the semi-finals, so I did have it in the back of my mind,” said Hwang.

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Gridders win storm-shortened game

A series of storms ended yesterday’s football game in Monticello with the Dragons ahead, 35-0. The game will count as a Dragon victory; it will not have to be continued.

The teams were almost finished with their warm-ups when the threat of lightning sent them back to the locker rooms. When the players returned; they had just a few minutes to get ready for the kickoff.

Once the game started, Cornwall showed some lightning of its own. The Dragons scored five touchdowns in just over 24 minutes of playing time. Kevin Gangemi went into the end zone three times on rushes and once on a pass reception. Chris Bauer added to the Dragon lead on a long toss from Mike White.

At the end of the second quarter, the officials told the coaches that the next storm was expected to hit the field within a half hour. The teams took their usual 15-minute break, and the game was called soon after play resumed.

Coach Marcus Hughes was pleased with his team’s performance. The players didn’t miss many assignments, and the new kickers both had good days. Eric Growney converted five out of five extra points, and Ryan Incognoli lofted a punt that traveled 45 yards past the line of scrimmage.

On defense, Nick Klumack picked off a screen pass, and Matt Robinson and Deston Treasure-Edwards both recovered fumbles. The coach was disappointed that the storm kept the Dragons’ second and third teams from entering the game. “They did a great job,” he said, “in helping us get ready.”

Coach Hughes has a lot of respect for Kingston, the Dragons’ next opponent. He said that their quarterback is elusive and accurate. As for his own players, the day after the game the coach was optimistic. “They’re going to keep getting better,” he said.