Storm King students learn life-saving measures

Photo contributed Storm King School students practiced CPR during a demonstration.

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Storm King School students practiced CPR during a demonstration.

February is American Heart Month. In recognition, JoAnn Parker, American Heart Association director for the Hudson Valley Tri-County, offered a hands-only CPR demonstration to 110 Storm King Students and faculty last week.

The demonstration was made possible by Ray Sharo, the boys’ soccer coach and a leadership team member for the American Heart Association.

Following dinner, on Feb. 8, the students and staff gathered, for about an hour, in the Walter Reade, Jr. Theatre for the demonstration.

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Many animals speak in “Madagascar Jr.”

Photo by Jason Kaplan Ann O’Connor gives the young thespians stage directions during a rehearsal of “Madagascar Junior.”

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Ann O’Connor gives the young thespians stage directions during a rehearsal of “Madagascar Junior.”

The directors had three reasons for choosing “Madagascar Junior” as the Lee Road School show.

-They liked the friendship theme.

-The kids were familiar with the Dreamworks movie

-And the script had several speaking parts.

The number of speaking parts was important, because the directors wanted to give a few lines to each fourth-grader in the cast. And this year, there were more fourth-graders than in previous productions.

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Holidays overwhelm some foreign students

International students at Storm King School gathered at lunchtime on Dec. 19 to talk about their nation’s holiday customs.

International students at Storm King School gathered at lunchtime on Dec. 19 to talk about their nation’s holiday customs.

For a student from Indonesia, the Christmas season in America was overwhelming. “I wondered why everyone was so happy,” she admitted.

Storm King School has many students from other countries. At lunchtime on Dec. 19, they gathered in a conference room to share their holiday experiences.

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AG office asks teens to protect grandparents

Assistant Attorney General Gary Brown (left) listens as Assemblyman James Skoufis speaks to a class at Monroe-Woodbury High School on Nov. 28.

Assistant Attorney General Gary Brown (left) listens as Assemblyman James Skoufis speaks to a class at Monroe-Woodbury High School on Nov. 28.

If Assistant Attorney General Gary Brown is a statewide elder abuse coordinator, what was he doing in a high school classroom on Nov. 28?

Mr. Brown told a room filled with Monroe-Woodbury juniors and seniors that scams affecting the elderly amounted to $1.5 billion in New York State in 2016. He said the scams are prevalent during the holidays, and the Attorney General’s Office is trying to help senior citizens by educating their grandchildren.

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Play transports Cornwall to Maine, almost

Photo contributed Storm King School Department of Visual and Performance Arts will put on the play “Almost, Maine” this weekend.

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Storm King School Department of Visual and Performance Arts will put on the play “Almost, Maine” this weekend.

One of the most often produced high school plays in the United States is hitting the Walter Reade, Jr. Theatre  this weekend. The Storm King School Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present “Almost, Maine” on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Director Anne Fulton said the play is perfect for the students because it consists of nine scenes, but each one is a self-contained play. All but two students have just one part, so no one is under a ton of pressure to learn lines. Each scene is about 10 minutes long. Seniors Scott Rolon and Jack Besterman have roles in two of the scenes

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NY festival accepts film from SKS campers

Contributed photo Members of the Storm King film program work on “Take a Hike,” which has earned a spot in the New York Short Film Festival on Nov. 4.

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Members of the Storm King film program work on “Take a Hike,” which has earned a spot in the New York Short Film Festival on Nov. 4.

Could you call the Storm King Summer Film School a tradition? The program with Zhenya Kiperman debuted in June. Campers signed up for one to three weeks and produced a short feature entitled “Take a Hike.”

That doesn’t sound like a tradition. But “Take a Hike” has been accepted into the New York Short Film Festival and will have its premiere on Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. in Manhattan’s Cinema Village Theatre at 22 East 12th Street.

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Class of ‘67 remembers a different era

The Class of 1967 attended the Cornwall-NFA football game and then headed south for a picnic at the Black Rock Fish and Game Club.

The Class of 1967 attended the Cornwall-NFA football game and then headed south for a picnic at the Black Rock Fish and Game Club.

The Class of ‘67 met on a summery weekend when the calendar claimed it should be autumn. The alumni gathered at the Temple Hill Tavern on Friday, Sept. 22, at the Homecoming Football Game on Saturday afternoon, and then left for a party at the Black Rock Fish and Game Club.

The 67s had not been the most active of classes. Some members hadn’t seen one another since high school, although they didn’t live that far apart. But that seemed destined to change, with one graduate suggesting monthly gatherings for people who lived in the area.

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Orange County helping victims of hurricanes

Contributed photo Sen. Bill Larkin (foreground) adds a carton of water to the KFM trailer that is filled with supplies for the residents of Puerto Rico.

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Sen. Bill Larkin (foreground) adds a carton of water to the KFM trailer that is filled with supplies for the residents of Puerto Rico.

Cornwall: Both Hurricanes Harvey and Maria packed quite a punch this summer, leaving devastation in Texas and Puerto Rico. As citizens continue to repair their broken lives, Orange County has been collecting donations to help the victims. That generosity has spread to Cornwall, as well as the school district.

Hurricane Harvey struck Texas on Aug. 25 and lingered for five days. The Category 4 storm brought winds upwards of 130 miles per hour, leading to widespread destruction of homes and buildings.

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Graduates take a trip back in time

Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School Principal Darren Corsetti (third from left) recently gave a tour of the building to members of the class of 1957 and their spouses. This class was the last to graduate from the facility when it was still a high school. The tour marked the first time they had returned since graduation.

Cornwall-on-Hudson Elementary School Principal Darren Corsetti (third from left) recently gave a tour of the building to members of the class of 1957 and their spouses. This class was the last to graduate from the facility when it was still a high school. The tour marked the first time they had returned since graduation.

On Sept. 16, six members  of the class of 1957, and their spouses, returned to Cornwall-on-Hudson School for the first time since graduation. The building housed Grades 1-12 until after their senior year.

A year ago, elementary school principal Darren Corsetti was approached by Joyce Gibbons, the mother of one of his classmates. She mentioned having graduated from the village school  and Corsetti invited her on a guided tour anytime she wanted. The 60th class reunion seemed like the perfect opportunity.

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Local student is most valuable debater

Contributed photo Pierce Pramuka holds up the  Most Valuable Debater plaque and the certificate he received after a week at Cornell University.

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Pierce Pramuka holds up the Most Valuable Debater plaque and the certificate he received after a week at Cornell University.

Picture this! You’re 15 years old and you’re spending a week at Cornell University with students from around the world. Each day, after listening to a lecture, you’re given a proposition and told whether you will argue for or against it. Your speech must be five minutes long. If it’s shorter or longer, your team loses points.

It sounds intimidating, but Pierce Pramuka handled the pressure successfully. At the end of the week, he received a plaque as the program’s Most Valuable Debater.

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