Thursday, April 27, 2017



May 1st is coming and, for most, that just might seem like another ordinary day. For seniors, however, May 1st  represents the day they have to have their future plans finalized. On this special day, seniors wear shirts representing their schools or branches of the military to show off what they will be doing next year. Deposits for most schools are due that day to secure students’ spots.  Overall, it is a celebration of the future for seniors. 

Now that May 1st is looming, seniors are going to start getting ready for their futures.  Leaving for college this summer is going to be exciting, but it is also stressful. There is so much preparing to do before hand. 

Seniors also have to prepare mentally for college. If they are going away, it is going to be difficult transitioning from being with family and friends all the time to not having them around. They will also be starting a whole new workload that might be different from what they are used to in high school. 

Students can prepare for this big change by remembering that their future is right around the corner. They should be trying to stay as calm as possible through this hectic time in their lives. There is so much work that goes into this transition, so get ready because it’s going to be happening fast.  

This year on Monday, May 1st, the senior class of Washingtonville High School will be holding a Decision Day Potluck Dinner.  It will be held in the large cafeteria at 5pm. Seniors attending are encouraged to bring a meal to the dinner. All seniors are welcome no matter what they are planning to do after graduation. Come on out and celebrate the decision that you made with your friends. 



The Washingtonville girls’ lacrosse team went up against Cornwall’s team this past Monday.  The first half seemed like an even matchup, with the score being 4-4 by the end of the half.  With two goals scored by Bella Consentino and Taylor Amato, the Wizards were doing very well in the first half on both offense and defense.  

Spectator, John Steinnman, commented on the first half of the game.  “I thought they played very good on defense. They were able to limit their shots, and not fall too far behind to keep the game close.”  This particular matchup was a little uneven as Cornwall’s lacrosse team is a little stronger than Washingtonville’s;  seeing them hold their ground in the first half was impressive.   

As the second half started, it seemed like both teams wanted the win.  They were both playing as physically as they could without getting a penalty.  Cornwall went on a scoring streak about five minutes into the second half.  Nate Sorensen, another spectator at the game, thought the Wizards were playing well.  He expressed,  “I thought they were playing good defense, and were doing well in stopping their fast breaks.”  They were able to really stop the fast breaks when they needed to.  With close to seven minutes left, Kate Annesi scored a goal in a fast break.  

All things considered, the Wizards performed very well against Cornwall.  Unfortunately, they fell a little short and ended up losing the game 13-5.  It was not that Cornwall played better, both teams played well; more shots just ended up going in for Cornwall.  The Wizards have an away game on Tuesday, May 2nd, against Minisink Valley.  All Wizards are encouraged to go out and support the team.



Washingtonville is home to an unbelievable number of talented athletes of various sports.  Athletics are a major part of the culture here at Washingtonville, not only in the high school, but in the district and community as well.

One sport people do not frequently hear about is lacrosse.  Lacrosse is on the rise here in our village and many people in our district and community would like to keep it that way, but places for town lacrosse to play have become few and far between. Here in Washingtonville, town lacrosse has become a major part of beginning one’s lacrosse career, making it a pressing issue that the town teams do not have a field to play on. 

On Tuesday, April 25th, various members of the lacrosse community in Washingtonville made an appearance at the Blooming Grove Town Hall to make it apparent that they need the fields that they have been asking for over the past nine years.  This is imperative in order to continue the town’s lacrosse program or they will be forced to move the program elsewhere. 

Directors of the Youth Lacrosse Club of Washingtonville, Elaine Perri and Scott Perri spoke for the lacrosse community stating that the fields that they use now are school fields which they cannot play on most of the time due to varsity and junior varsity using them.  Ms. Perri explained, “My children are a part of the lacrosse community here in Washingtonville and we would like continue that and also bring business into our village.” 

The town lacrosse program has previously been given permission to use the fields at Lasser Park, but the directors noted to the town board that every time they try to use the fields they are driven out. The Blooming Grove Town Board sympathized with all the members of the lacrosse community and are going to put their best foot forward in order to get a field in time for next year’s season.  



Washingtonville’s yearly All Night Party is right around the corner. For the second time, the event will be held at The Castle Fun Center in Chester, NY on June 25th. The Castle Fun Center holds a floor full of arcade games, bowling lanes, laser tag, rollerblading, mini-golf and go carting.  On the night of the big event, all of these activities will be available to Washingtonville High School students from 8pm to 8am for a cost of $100. 

Since the switch from the high school to The Castle has occurred, the success of the All Night Party has drastically decreased. Even though The Castle has more to offer for the night, switching the price from $150 to $100 did not strike the interests of many seniors.  Many students feel that it is actually more unique to be inside the school having fun for twelve hours, especially when there is no price tag attached to it. 

There are pros and cons to both venues.  As previously mentioned, The Castle definitely presents more to do throughout the night.   The Castle has to offer a full floor of arcade games, bowling lanes, laser tag, rollerblading and go carting. It is definitely a much bigger variety.   The cons for holding the party at The Castle are, obviously, the cost, but also the fact that it does not take place in Washingtonville. 

Because the high school is smaller, it is difficult to hold more than a few small booths, hypnotists and bounce obstacles.   However, the high school does hold that homey feeling.  For most, it will be the last opportunity to be together as a class in the school they have come to love.  It is also very convenient for students and parents alike.  It may not be safe for students to drive themselves and, maybe even others, to and from the party. Students will be awake for twenty plus hours, so driving should not be an option.  Even the parents who are volunteering for the party will be at risk. Being at the high school will make it safer and easier for family members who may be picking up students from the party.

No matter where the party is held, it is definitely unfortunate and upsetting that this senior class won’t be experiencing the same fun time as many classes have throughout the years. The All Night Party is definitely something many seniors look forward to as the end of high school approaches. It is also the last time the senior class will all be together at the same time.  



This year, former level 9 gymnast and Washingtonville Wizard, Gabby Arendes, changed her athletic career path.  Ever since Gabby was three years old, she grew up balancing on the balance beam and tumbling her way across the mats up to four times a week. Unfortunately, this arduous training was not without consequences.  Gabby’s gymnastics career came to an abrupt halt after she suffered many injuries, one which would change her life forever. 
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This injury began when Gabby hurt the growth plate in her back.  It was hurting her so much, she was unable to be a gymnast anymore. After weeks of recovery, Gabby made a life changing decision: she would become a diver. It was a struggle for her to get used to riding the board, but now she shows nothing but success. She practices her diving skills two to four days a week and could not be happier. 

Throughout her first month on the diving team, Gabby set a record and broke the 6 dive record twice; they were her own records.  By the end of the season, Gabby reached another one of her goals when she placed 7th in sections.  Gabby strives to improve as a diver in the future when she continues her career at the college of her dreams. 

Yet another goal of Gabby’s was to attend her dream school, George Washington University. On Thursday, April 20th, Gabby signed to GW to continue the next four years of her life. She plans on majoring in business and continuing to dive throughout her college career. 

With the support of Gabby’s friends and family, she has made it to the next chapter of her life and hopes to continue her legacy as a diver at George Washington University.  She explained her excitement to be a future George Washington Colonial.  “I feel pretty happy about my decision to start diving. I am very proud to say that I committed to GW because I love the culture of the team and the coaches and I am very excited to spend the next four years of my life in D.C.” 

Thursday, April 20, 2017



Magic occurs in room 154 of Washingtonville High School.  Students are pushed to learn hands on skills in the classroom. However, the magic trickles out of the classroom every week and into the Breakfast Bistro where students help run a business.  The teachers in room 154 give it their absolute all to have the students learn a sense of independence, and it is certainly being displayed. Understanding how to be a member of society in this competitive world we live in is imperative in this day and age. Luckily, Washingtonville has Ms. Girton, Mrs. Angelillo, and many other inspiring teachers to help with that notion.

Aside from the ever popular Breakfast Bistro, another one of the activities that Ms. Girton’s students participate in to understand competition is Special Olympics.  Special Olympics was created by a woman named Eunice Kennedy Shriver to advocate for people with disabilities.  In Washingtonville, however, the event is run by Ms. Girton. “Special Olympics started in the 2006-2007 school year. It started at the middle school as a commitment to honor the memory of a former student with special needs who, sadly, passed away. The message that it sends out is wonderful and it is such a great cause,” informed Ms. Girton.  It is evident that Girton is extremely committed to make this day memorable for her students. 

There are many entities Girton has to coordinate in order for the day to run smoothly. “A team of athletes with special needs meet every Wednesday with student volunteers, staff members, and coaches who have trained with the Special Olympics organization in Track and Field and or Aquatics. We work on exercises, team building, and social activities that incorporate fine motor skills, physical activity, and hand/eye coordination. Athletes are prepared to compete in the Hudson Valley Region Annual Spring Games held each year at West Point. It is a great opportunity for athletes to exercise, socialize, interact, and make friends. The volunteers are extremely compassionate, patient, and kind.”   

On the big day, it is stressed that the absolute most important thing is to have fun.  Fun is easily found with a number of activities to compete in, Girton elaborates. “There are traditional events and modified events for each athlete, based on his or her functioning levels. Events include the softball throw, standing long jump, walking races, running races, relays, running long jump, and running triple jump.” There’s no question that every student will have a great time, but at the same time be in it to win it.

All of the students in Washingtonville can hardly wait to test their skills at West Point.  Kealen Toro, an experienced Olympian, is ready for yet another year. “I’ve been involved in Special Olympics for the past eight years. My favorite part is running and hanging out with all of my friends. I can’t wait to have a lot of fun this year.” 

One of Kealen’s friends, Chad Jackson, is just as eager to take the field. “I’ve been doing the Olympics for eight years now.  The events that I like the most are swimming and relay races. I really like doing all the activities with my friends.  It makes it much more fun!”

To add, Marisela Colangelo is practically jumping up and down with excitement! “I’ve been involved in Special Olympics for the past five years and I can’t wait to do it a sixth time. I  really like being able to exercise while making new friends from all over the places. It’s one of the things that I wait all year to go to!” No one can be oblivious to the excitement that all of these students possess; it is off the charts! 

Special Olympics is not just a competition, it is an awakening. It awakens students up to new people, imperative skills, and memories that will last a lifetime.  Students not only learn athletic skills, but also obtain new social skills to use in every day life. It is unquestionable that Special Olympics has the ability to change lives.



Washingtonville High School offers many opportunities outside of school. Throughout high school, there are multiple trips students can take with their classmates chaperoned by their teachers.  The most recent excursion was to Switzerland and Italy, known by participants as the ‘Switaly Trip’.  Visiting Zurich, The Swiss Alps, Lucerne, Lake Como, Venice, and Florence, this trip was overflowing with culture and unbelievable views. Each individual had his or her own experience and memories to take away from their time spent across the world.

Throughout the week, students were able to immerse themselves into a new culture through sight seeing and different cultural experiences.  Senior Bridget Kavanagh explained, “My favorite was seeing the culture in Switzerland; we saw them do this dance/karate thing in the park. When I first saw it, it looked kinda crazy but to them it was just a part of their culture and it was really awesome to experience that.” 

Traveling to another country allows students to encounter different people than they would normally meet in their small towns.  Senior Danielle Warn realized, “It's amazing.  The people are so different and they're so nice.  The scenery is absolutely stunning and I find that there's just more history and culture in Europe.”  The Switaly trip contributed to students’ learning along with exposure to sights beyond belief. Not only did these students come in contact with new people, the travelers became an extremely tight knit group.

Since this was not a school affiliated trip, families were also able to join. Due to this, Mr. Bacher brought his daughter, Kayla. He claimed to be only slightly nervous about bringing her but ultimately felt relieved. “Having Kayla there was one of the highlights of the trip -- especially seeing how well the Wizards brought her into the family.  The students (both mine and those who I have not taught) became my family for the week.” 

Along with family members, students were able to create new friendships with other students and form a close bond with their chaperones. Mr. Bacher continued, “From fixing a dislocated toe, to coming up with (an acceptable) group name, to videoing exhausted and sleeping students -- every minute of this trip was a joy. To have shared this life-experience with so many people is beyond words.” One cannot be prepared for the enjoyment of traveling and the cherished memories that can made. 

On these tours, not only is one having the adventure of a lifetime, education places a role in an entertaining environment. “With EF tours it's education first, so we learned about the culture of each city we visited and the history of the country. It's nice to know the background of some of these places because you’re able to understand more,” stated Danielle Warn. One would think that a vacation would mean a break from learning, yet that was not the case. Tour guides constantly lead the large group to historical sights and educated everyone on the deep rooted history.

Everyone should definitely look into going on a EF tour, whether it is run through the school or not. Traveling is a unique learning experience where one is thrust into a new culture and is surrounded by different customs. Daily, Mr. Bacher teaches students while confined in the classroom, but he believes, “seeing teenagers outside of the classroom in a foreign country experiencing new cultures is especially rewarding.” 

Certain lessons are unable to be taught through a curriculum. Although there might be a hefty price to pay depending on the tour, the memories are well worth it. Having the opportunity to go to another country is extremely beneficial because most students rarely spend time outside of Washingtonville. Therefore, why not take a trip across the world with your closest friends and favorite teachers?



Safe School Ambassador members of Washingtonville High School gave a presentation to Junior Leadership Orange Program students. This took place on Wednesday, April 19 at Thomas Bull Memorial Park as part of the JLO students’ final workshop of the year. At this presentation, the SSA members emphasized civic duty and citizenship and how to contribute to one’s community.  In addition, they stressed the importance of using one’s influence to further society in an uplifting and positive manner. The SSA members that presented included Andrea Saladino, Larissa Nguyen, Gabby Arendes, Alex Leonty and Taylor Hackett. 

Washingtonville’s Safe School Ambassador Program is run by assistant principal Mrs. Shaw, Health teacher Mr. Lepere and Science teacher Mr. Williams. When asked how Washingtonville’s Safe School Ambassadors were selected to present to the JLO students, Mrs. Shaw explained, “I was contacted by Michael Bark, a youth program technician at the Orange County Youth Bureau regarding the final workshop that the JLO students would do. We have received grant money over the years from the Youth Bureau that has helped to defray the cost of SSA training of new students and facilitators every year at WHS and Michael was my contact there. He was helping to coordinate the JLO workshop and wanted to have representatives present on the topic of Civic Responsibility and Citizenship and reached out to me to see if we were interested in sending some of our students to speak about this very important issue with the 8th grade students in the JLO program.”

The Junior Leadership Organization is a leadership program for eight grade students of Orange County. The program spends seven sessions on education, leadership, orientation, communication, quality of life, volunteerism and leadership. They travel to different places throughout Orange County that help prepare students to be leaders in the community. 

The Board President of the organization is Lt. Col. Kristopher Geis and when asked how the students are selected he replied, “Each middle school throughout Orange County (private and public) issues the applications at the end of 7th grade to apply for the program. Once the board comprised of the OC Youth Bureau and Leadership Orange adults panel the applications they chose typically two from each district.” 

Both groups truly benefitted from this informative and important presentation.  Hopefully the messages that were received will help to eradicate malevolence and inspire benevolence all throughout the county.



It is that time of year again.  The 6th annual Hopeball tournament will be taking place May 5th in the gymnasium of Washingtonville High School.  All are welcome to join in on the fun or sit in the stands for support. 

Hopeball began in 2012 when a group of four individuals in the junior class wanted to have a dodgeball tournament in order to raise money for the community. This tournament between students put teams together to compete in the hope of raising money for a family that was in desperate need.  This event took off and every year brings more students and fans. 

The growing nature of this event can most likely be attributed to the fact that it is such a worthy cause. Mrs. Angelillo, the supervisor of Hopeball, is so thankful for everyone that has participated. “I absolutely love Hopeball. The students in the school definitely look forward to this event, as well as myself! It is a little stressful because of how many teams sign up at the last minute but, overall, it is a very fun night and I hope everyone enjoys it as well.” 

Brandon Politza, a student who annually participates, explained how much he enjoys this event. “I think Hopeball supports a good cause. It’s a great opportunity to come out and have fun. I love competing with and against my friends as well.  Last year, my team fell short and lost in the finals but hopefully this year we can come back.” This year’s annual Hopeball event is definitely going to be competitive and fun-filled!

The process of Hopeball is simple.  There are approximately 30 teams participating every year. Each team consists of 6 people: 3 boys and 3 girls. Teams have the option to dress up in costume or prepare a uniform to keep the team united. The cost is $5 per player which means and total of $30 per team. For spectators, there is a recommended $5 donation  at the door.  Each dodgeball  winner is determined by the team who wins the best out of 3.  Teams are set up in a bracket to keep them organized throughout the game. Games are played until 2 teams are left for the finals, leading to the championship game.

In order for Hopeball to happen, at least 16 teams are required to sign up.   Permission slips can be found in the main office and are due, with the money, to Mrs. Angelillo no later than Friday, April 28th.  Make sure to sign up to save you and your team a spot in the bracket!  Come out and support a family in need by playing on a team or sitting in the stands!



For many students, balancing the academic workload is hard enough, right? Imagine playing a sport while struggling with homework, tests, essays and quizzes. In addition, seniors have the added stress of applying to and deciding which college they will attend. It sounds hard to believe, but that is what most high school athletes deal with year in and year out. 

Throughout the duration of the school year, athletes in all sports are thrown the metaphorical curveball of balancing both their athletics and academics - a daunting task for some, but for younger students, this can often be even more challenging.

For example, picture a junior baseball player. Whether he is getting playing time or not, that player has to deal with the hardest academic year of his life.  A big part of that is due to having to study for both Chemistry and the witchcraft that is Trigonometry. Being that the athlete has practice or a game every day, he has little to no time to squeeze in studying or homework.  Junior Jeremy Gutierrez claimed, “While I always try to make baseball my priority, it’s my academic obligation to focus on my grades, which can be challenging at times.” Given that challenge, subjects can become even harder to grasp.  However, for those who have already taken those complex classes,  it is still not a walk in the park.

While their grades are somewhat set in stone, for the most part, seniors have a major life-changing decision to make- where to go with their academic lives.  That decision is based off several factors: Stay local?  Go to a big university?  Major?  With these questions, as well as a bevy of others to contemplate, seniors have an overwhelming number of factors to consider when making the big decision. 

Senior baseball player Ben Allegro pronounced, “Since I’m a senior, it’s very important to balance grades and sports because you can’t give off the impression to other universities that you’re slacking off.”  Allegro goes on to say, “It’s the most important and difficult decision of your young life.” 

Sports should be enjoyed and played with passion, however, that can’t be done without some hard work in the classroom. Students have to have keep up with their grades while balancing sports. Whether a junior, senior, or even a freshman, the effort you put into both activities will be the key to the future.



This April marks the third year that Washingtonville High School celebrates National Poetry Month.  Poetry month started nationally in 1996 and English teacher, Danielle Todaro, decided to bring this celebration of poetry to Wizard Nation three years ago. 

There are many details that go along with poetry month. Teachers and students have the ability to post their poems on the board outside of room 134.  There will be two poetry quests, a chance to win a Barnes and Noble gift card, and poetry on the tables in the cafeterias. For many, Poetry Month is a chance to come out of their comfort zones and express a passion for poetry. 

Poetry Month at WHS means that students will have the opportunity to participate in two poetry quests throughout the month of April. Ms. Todaro has strategically posted lines of a poem throughout the building and students can locate the different lines to put the poem together like a puzzle.  This is a great way to test students’ knowledge while giving them a chance to win a $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble donated by the Washingtonville PTSO. The first poetry quest will run until April 7th and there will be a second one after spring break. 

Aside from the poetry quest, Ms. Todaro wants to give to students and teachers a chance to share their own original poems. There is a bulletin board located outside Ms. Todaro’s classroom, room 134.  Stop by before school, during passing, and even after school to pin your poem on the board.  Students can also share their poems on Ms. Todaro’s website.  Just share the poem on google docs and she will post it to her website. The poems can be anonymous if students would like to keep their anonymity. It is amazing to see how many students and teachers participate in such a great celebration and students love seeing their teachers get involved with what the school has to offer. 

Many people are not given the opportunity to show their passion for poetry. This month, there are many ways for poems to be published for the whole student body to see. “Being an English teacher, I feel like Poetry Month shouldn’t go unnoticed. I feel as if people should be able to enrich their lives by reading the poetry around the building and come out of their comfort zones with the poetry they write. It’s really nice to be able to display the different poems written by students and teachers,” Ms. Todaro explained excitedly. 

Lauren Horowitz, a junior at WHS, also shared her thoughts on Poetry Month and how she feels about writing poetry. “Poetry Month really gives people the opportunity to think outside the box, and get them out of their comfort zones to read or write a piece of literature that they are interested in. I love to write poetry, for I enjoy releasing my thoughts out on paper in a creative way. I was very thankful for being able to read my poem on BGTV and to give students the opportunity to listen to my poem. ” 

Students and teachers are encouraged to submit their poems throughout the month of April.  This is truly a great way for poetry to be spread throughout our school. Ms. Todaro works hard each  year to make sure students get more involved with their poetry. Hopefully in the future, more students will take part in such a special event!



As the May 1st deadline quickly approaches, many students are faced with one of the most important decisions of their lives: “Which college should I attend?” The decision they have been waiting for since entering high school has finally come. All of the last minute college applications, extracurricular activities, and late night homework assignments are finally rewarded with college acceptances. Yet, how does one choose a college?  Over the past few weeks, various seniors have committed to different colleges all across the country. One might ask, “What factors drove these students to these particular colleges?” It may seem like a simple decision, however many have difficulties and need advice on the best route to take for the future.

Considering all of the variables colleges have to offer, one of the most important factors a person must keep in mind are the opportunities they have to prepare students for their majors. Ponder, will this college prepare you for the real life experiences you will encounter in a career? Quinn Fowler recently committed to Alfred University and felt that this school would give her a better opportunity compared to other colleges. “Alfred University provides me with hands on engineering courses in my first semester. Other universities did not start the specific courses until sophomore year. Additionally, the equipment is open for use all day, everyday, and each student is pushed to do research in the engineering field with help of faculty.” 

Colleen Garwood will be attending Binghamton University where she will be able to obtain hands on experience during her freshman year. “Its nursing program has a direct admit policy whereas most nursing programs of the same caliber make you apply to the nursing program at the end of your sophomore year which is stressful,” Colleen claimed that it is important to take into account how competitive certain programs are. Think about the advantages a college will give you in your career compared to other schools; this will help you be more successful in your field.

Nicole Quinones believes that Manhattanville is the perfect fit for the next four years of her life. “I realized it was the best choice for me as it had way more pros than cons.” She realized that she wanted a campus feeling yet she adores the city. She found Manhattanville to be the best of both worlds. 

Jessie Sidoti, another senior Wizard, felt as though she didn’t want to be too far away from home yet wanted to be far enough to live in a dorm. “Oneonta gave me the opportunity to study what I want, while being somewhat close to home.” Most students want to spend freshman year in a dorm in order to get the “college experience,” however, that is not always possible.  Transferring to a university after one or two years in community college is also recommended for students who are uncertain of what they want to study.

For some students, taking into accountability the opportunities a school will give them for sports is a must.  After being an athlete throughout high school, some students hope to continue playing their favorite sports.  Chris Connolly hopes to balance both his academics along with his soccer career. “The University of Scranton gives me the opportunity to be in one of the best biology programs in the country as well as one of the best Division III soccer teams in the country.”

Ultimately, this is an extremely exciting time, therefore, seniors must take into account what they will be looking forward to during the next four years. In college there are so many new people to meet. It can be scary making new friends, but not for Jenny Kinsley who will be attending Oneonta. “I consider myself a people person, therefore, I always love introducing myself to everyone around me.” Never be afraid to put yourself out there in order to meet new people. 

In a few months the seniors at Washingtonville will be more independent than ever. For some, this responsibility is too much pressure to handle and the thought of being independent is frightening. However, this time shouldn’t be terrifying; you finally have the opportunity to be independent while furthering your education. “Taking eighteen years of experience in my hometown to another totally different area and seeing how well I do on my own, that's where the real fun begins.” David Mosca committed to SUNY New Paltz and, although nervous, he is excited to be independent and see what his life will be like without his family. Embrace this time to find who you are and discover your interests in and outside of school. 

Choosing a college is an exhilarating time and one should not put too much pressure on him or herself.  In the end, choose the best college for you both financially and academically— never be afraid to take a chance, trust your decision, and follow your heart. In the end, everything will work out and you will look back on the decision process, proud of the accomplishment you have made. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017



The 3rd annual ‘Cuts for a Cure' event sponsored by the Wizards Against Cancer Club is being held Monday, April 24th from 2:30 pm- 5:00 pm in the small cafeteria at Washingtonville High School. The idea for Cuts for a Cure came about from Catherine Dugan, who happens to be the mother of the club’s founder, Lucia Dugan.

Mrs. Dugan is the owner of Catherine’s Hair Salon located on Route 94 in Salisbury Mills.  Aside from suggesting the idea of this fundraiser, she and her staff participate in the event in many different ways.  In the first year of Cuts for a Cure, her salon was the one involved; it has now expanded to many more local salons and barber shops. When asked what inspired her to think of such an altruistic event, Mrs. Dugan replied, “My husband is a cancer survivor and that is what the driving force is. We can help find a cure— even in the smallest way. Any donation can help.”

The two services offered at Cuts for a Cure are haircuts and manicures. There is a minimum donation of $12 for haircuts. Those who wish to donate 8-12 inches of hair will only be asked to pay $10 and the hair will be donated to Wigs for Kids. Manicures will cost $7, and the proceeds will benefit the Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center. 

There are many salons and barber shops that give their time and expertise to cut hair at this event.  Last year’s event featured Catherine’s Hair Salon, Good Looks, Revive Your Hair Spa & Juice, and Tammy’s Nails. WACC is expecting these businesses to continue to support the event this year.

According to WACC advisor Mrs. Lynch, “Anyone can donate money, get a manicure or come and buy baked goods to support without cutting their hair. In the past two years, not everyone donates their hair, people come out just to get an awesome trim and do something charitable.”  Anyone interested in contributing to a good cause should attend!



Running, jogging and walking are great ways to exercise considering that anyone with two legs can enjoy the benefits. It is also great because it can push the body to the absolute maximum. The simplicity and benefits running gives to the body is what makes it so popular; this past weekend proved that notion as the village of Washingtonville partook in its 24th annual scholarship race.

On Saturday, April 1st, the highly anticipated 5K scholarship run, WOG, and walk took place. Hundreds upon hundreds of people came out to support the students of Washingtonville.  The money that was raised will be given to graduating seniors of the class of 2017 in the form of scholarships for college. 

The coordinator of the run, Barbara Quinn, elaborated on just how many people turned up to the event. “Over five hundred participants came to run in this year’s scholarship run. This includes over four hundred runners and joggers, one hundred walkers, and twenty five children. It was an absolutely amazing turn out and I love to see everyone being active.” 

The run displays just how active the community can be when coming together for a cause. In addition, the run serves a huge purpose.  Mrs. Quinn made clear, “We raised enough money to give at least fifteen scholarships of five hundred dollars to Washingtonville seniors this year. Raising this much was a huge success and I’m beyond happy that it can help out with college expenses.” Running a simple three miles can truly help out with overly expensive textbooks.

Despite the scholarships, many contestants were in it to win it. Sue Connolly, a walker in the women’s fifties plus age group, was the second most outstanding walker out of all age groups for both men and women. “I’ve been doing the scholarship run off and on for about ten years, but this year was special. This proves to not only others, but especially myself, that I can compete with anyone. My age does not define my physical boundaries. I am beyond happy with my placing and I can not wait to do it again next year.” Every person should take a note from Mrs. Connolly. She has the best motivation. “I really love being healthy. Taking care of your body, whether old or young, is extremely important. I strive to walk every day just to keep my physical wellness in tact.” Even if it is minor, it is imperative that one does physical activity several times a week to be healthier and happier.

The run was a huge success, as hundreds of people united for the love of running, jogging, and walking. About $7,500 was raised toward lessening the expenses of college for many worthy Washingtonville students. This year’s race was undisputedly one of the most successful.  Next year, the 25th annual event is expected to generate even more people and money.



The Washingtonville varsity boys’ baseball team lost 1-0 in an uneventful game against Pine Bush this past Monday. Washingtonville accumulated just two hits as the sun faded away over the third base side for the duration of the game. 

Two players in particular who thrived in their limited opportunities, however, were center fielder Jeremy Gutierrez and catcher Ryan Hendricks. Both were behind on Pine Bush’s Noah Krzyzak’s fastball, but showed great poise and fouled off many pitches.

Gutierrez, who made a run-saving catch in center field during the second inning, explained, “I feel pretty comfortable in the outfield.  I felt good about that catch and hopefully I can have more catches like that in the future.” 

This was Hendricks’ first varsity baseball game. When asked about how he felt the game  went, he elaborated, "It was quite nerve racking but as the game went on I got comfortable with my teammates and it felt amazing being able to play at the varsity level." Over the course of the season, Ryan is determined to be the best player possible. "For my first season I want to make sure I keep my starting spot behind the plate." Hendricks sternly added, “It is imperative to become the best teammate I can be and do whatever I can to help my team win games.”

Jack Wilde surrendered one run in the first inning, but then proceeded to throw four scoreless innings on the mound.  Wilde took the loss as the Wizards’ record dropped to 0-1.  Jason Bensetler and Sam Sosa each provided one hit for the Wizards.

Chase Glasspoole scored the only run of the game. Noah Krzyzak pitched 5 and 2/3 scoreless innings and got the win for Pine Bush, who now have a 1-0 record. The Wizards will hopefully be able to turn things around in time for their next game.