civic and social responsibilities
700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203(click
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House Principal: Christopher Pallozzi
Theme Coordinator: Leslie Hatfield
Home School Coordinator: Torrie Chapple-Chapman
Guidance Counselors: Kristi Koldis and Karen Moorby
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Senior recognized among top American
scholars for 2013
High School senior June Criscione has been
recognized as one of 141 U.S. Presidential
Scholars nationally and just five in New York
state. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
announced the members of the 49th
class of U.S. Presidential Scholars on May 6.
“Presidential Scholars demonstrate the accomplishments that can be made
when students challenge themselves, set the highest standards and commit
themselves to excellence,” Duncan said. “I’m honored to celebrate their
creativity, hard work and community service, and I encourage them – and
all students – to continue to showcase the capacity for greatness in our
nation's young people.”
Criscione is the top-ranked student in the
Albany High Class of 2013. Both she and Albany
High’s second-ranked student, Hillel Adler, will
attend Harvard University in the fall.
is a student in Albany High's prestigious
International Baccalaureate program and an
accomplisehd violinist. She is enrolled in
One of just two Upstate New York students
recognized as Presidential Scholars, Criscione
and the other 2013 award recipients will be
honored in the nation’s capital June 16.
Visit our District News section to read
more about her achievement.
Leadership Academy theme focuses on civil and social
responsibilities. Albany High's social studies and
foreign language electives are offered in Leadership
Academy (except Spanish 1, which is offered in all four
academies) and are available to all students. So are
Career and Technical Education programs in health
services and occupations, nursing, emergency medical
technician training, early childhood education and
adolescent psychology, and Career Explorations programs
in health and education.
A unique feature of
Leadership Academy is
a large-group instruction room designed to simulate the
General Assembly Room at the United Nations. Students
will use the U.N. Room for international debates, multimedia
presentations, guest presentations and research.
Tuesday, May 21
-- School budget vote.
Polls open 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
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Wednesday, May 22
-- Parent Coffee, 10 a.m.
Friday, May 24
Unused snow day, no school
Monday, May 27
-- Memorial Day, no school
Thursday, May 30 --
Night, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 1 --
Monday, June 3
Concert featuring Symphonic Band, Vocal Music,
Orchestra and Jazz Band, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4 --
Concert featuring Wind Ensemble, Albanettes,
Advanced Orchestra, Select Choir, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5 --
Athletic Banquet, 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 8 --
Monday, June 10 --
Tuesday, June 11-Friday, June 21
-- Regents exams
Sunday, June 23
-- Graduation, University at Albany SEFCU
Arena, 2 p.m.
Abrookin to host community dinner --
Get a gourmet meal at a great price at a
Community Dinner to be hosted Wednesday by the
chefs-in-training at Albany High School’s
Abrookin Career and Technical Center.
Students will prepare a five-course meal from
scratch from appetizer to dessert under the
guidance of Chefs Paul Moyer and Lisa Valentine
of Abrookin. Dinner sittings begin at 5 p.m. and
run every 15 minutes until the last one at 6:30
Junior debates at Puerto Rican/Hispanic youth
leadership assembly --
Albany High School junior Wilfred Lopez was selected
to be a member of the Capital District Delegation to
the 2013 Angelo Del Torto Puerto Rican/Hispanic
Youth Leadership Institute held March 23-25 at the
New York State Capitol. Lopez was one of some 200
students chosen from throughout the state to
participate in the program, which is designed to
develop leadership skills in Latino and Hispanic
youth. The weekend included networking activities,
career-building workshops and intensive training on
the state legislative process. Lopez also debated in
a mock legislative session held in the state
Senior earns Model UN award --
Albany High School senior Christopher
earned an award of outstanding
recognition at a recent Model United Nations
conference in Washington, D.C.
Bangert-Drowns was a delegate from Oman
in the League of Arab State Committee at the
Model UN, held March 21-24 at George Washington
University. Some 2,000 students from the United
States and around the world participated in the
Winter varsity teams get scholar-athlete
Four winter varsity teams at Albany High School
have received scholar-athlete recognition from
New York State Public High School Athletic
The recognition is
given to teams with a composite grade-point average of 90 or greater.
Boys' teams named are swimming and diving and indoor track. Girls' teams
named are bowling and basketball. NYSPHSAA
designates a predetermined number of athletes
from each team who have their GPAs used to
calculate the team average. (MORE)
Student artwork included in regional exhibit --
Two photos and a sculpture by Albany
High School students have been accepted for review in the 14th
Annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhbition and will be on
display at a local gallery through the end of April.
The exhibition, which opens March 26 at Albany Center Gallery, will
feature the work of more than 100 high school students from 21 Capital
Region schools. (MORE)
Abrookin student chef excels
at competition -- Senior Jessica Penny’s finesse with food
earned her a third-place medal Wednesday at a regional SkillsUSA
competition and a berth at the upcoming state-level competition.
SkillsUSA is a national organization for career and technical
students that hosts competitions in a variety of fields. Students
are given hands-on assignments in their chosen field and a deadline
in which to complete them. Local business and industry leaders
oversee and evaluate the students' work.
Theatre Ensemble to present
West Side Story
-- Albany High School’s award-winning Theatre Ensemble will
present four performances of
West Side Story, the enduring
musical that brings Romeo and Juliet to the
sidewalks of 1950s New York City.
The play opens with a 7 p.m. performance on Thursday, April 18.
Additional performances will be at 7 p.m.
Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, with a matinee at 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 21.
Section II champs again! --
Dominating from start to finish,
Albany High's girls' basketball team on March 4 brought
home the school's first Section II championship
in 15 years, beating Bethlehem 64-47 at the
Times Union Center. The Big 10-champion Lady
Falcons (20-1) led 20-13 after the first quarter and 31-20 at
halftime. After the opening minutes of the third quarter, the lead
never dropped below 10 as the Lady Falcons, ranked No. 9 in the
state, thrilled a loud and proud Albany High contingent urging them
one step further than a year ago. (MORE)
another top pianist award --
Albany High School senior
Christopher Bangert-Drowns once again has won a master award for
a piano performance -- this time with a Tchaikovsky
Bangert-Drowns recently took first place at the
master level in the New Russia Cultural Center’s 2013 Tchaikovsky Piano
Competition, one of several events
at the Albany-based center’s month-long Russian Winter Festival that
ended March 2. (MORE)
Albany High students learn
life-saving CPR skills -- More than
600 Albany High School students learned the life-saving skill of
hands-only CPR Jan. 28-29 thanks to a partnership with the City of
Albany, the Albany Fire Department and the American Heart
Visit our District News section to read more.
project a smashing good lesson -- The
Times Union and
FOX/Ch. 23 reported Jan. 15-16 about the work that
students at Albany High's Abrookin Career and Technical Center did
painting a "crush car" for a monster-truck rally at the Times Union
Willingham-Hurst top pick for all-star team -- Albany High School senior Emia
Willingham-Hurst is the top selection on the WNYT/Ch. 13 Girls' High
School All-Star Basketball team for the 2012-13 season.
Check out her feature story Jan. 10.
Albany High breaks
blood donation record --
again, Albany High School students and staff have donated
life-saving blood in record amounts.
On Jan. 10, the American Red
Cross Northeastern New York Region collected 95 pints of blood at
the school, the most ever given in a single drive. Those pints could
save up to 363 lives, according to the Red Cross.
for the Albany High blood drive: Principal Cecily
Wilson rolled up her sleeve to donate for the first
Student film earns 'best screenplay' award
A film project by two Albany High School students
has been named "best screenplay" in the 50-Hour Film
Min Dum Drøm
is the title of the short film by senior Dennis
Dominguez and sophomore Jose Vega, students in
teacher Mark Sickler's video production class.
Dominguez directed the film and Vega created the
music. Dominguez also appeared in the film. (MORE)
Channel One News, a daily news program
for teens broadcast via sattellite to 6 million
middle and high school students in the United
States, featured Albany High School's "NanoHigh"
partnership with the University at Albany's
of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The
NanoHigh program was the first of its kind at an
American public high school when it debuted at
Albany High in 2007. CBS produced the segment.
Bennett, Vasquez lead Albany High chess team
to title --
Tristan Bennett and Hermon Vasquez took first place
in their respective categories Dec. 8 to lead the
Albany High School chess team to victory in the
Right Move Chess Tournament in Schenectady. Albany
High won 14 of a possible 16 points to win the event
for the first time in three years. Bennett went 4-0
to capture the championship in the highest-ranked
"Kings" section and Vasquez also went 4-0 to win
first place in the "Knights" section. Brock Leno and
Zach Benson each had three wins and placed second
and third, respectively, in the "Knights" section
and Brandon Bethea had two wins and placed fourth
in the "Knights" section. All Albany High varsity
chess players are rated with the United States Chess
Federation and maintain their rankings with regular
chess coaching and competetive tournament play. The
Chess Club meets every Thursday after school in the
Discovery cafeteria and chess coaching is available
on Mondays after school in the Innovation Academy
Albany High musicians
among best in the state --
Two Albany High School seniors recently
performed in ensembles composed of top music
students throughout New York State.
Justin Dimase was one of only two alto
saxophone players selected to participate in the New
York State School Music Association (NYSSMA)
Conference All-State Jazz Ensemble, which performed
Dec. 1 in Rochester. June Criscione
performed in her second Conference All-State String
Ensemble, this time as first violin, sixth chair.
The String Ensemble also performed Dec. 1. Another
senior, Hillel Adler, was selected to perform in the
Conference All-State Choir but could not attend last
weekend's rehearsals and concert because of family
Varsity teams earn scholar-athlete kudos --
Six fall varsity
teams at Albany High School have received scholar-athlete recognition
from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
The award is given to teams with a composite grade-point average of 90
or greater. Girls' teams named are soccer, swimming,
tennis, cross country and volleyball. The boys' team named is cross country.
Lady Falcons cruise
to a 4-0 start -- As
Yogi Berra might say, it has been déjà vu all
over again for the Albany High School girls’
basketball team to start the 2012-13 season.
Germano competes in
Nike nationals -- Albany
High School senior Philo Germano competed in the
Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon on Dec. 1.
Germano, the top area qualifer at the Nov. 24
Nike regional meet and the Section II champion
this fall, finished 82nd out of 196 runners in
the national event in Portland.
Visit our Athletics section to read more
about Germano's outstanding season.
Senior wins essay contest on democracy --
Albany High School senior
Christopher Bangert-Drowns has won a “Voice of Democracy” audio-essay
contest sponsored by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars.(MORE)
Germano wins Section II, makes history
-- Senior Philo Germano's win
at the Nov. 2 Section II cross country championships
was one for the Albany High School history books. Germano
is the first Albany High student to capture a
Section II cross country title. He ran the 3.04-mile
course at Saratoga Spa State Park in a personal-best
time of 15 minutes, 18.04 seconds -- almost three
seconds faster than his closest competitor. (MORE)
Senior stellar on many fronts --
Albany High School senior June Criscione took the ACT exam last spring,
she didn’t think it went well. She got a perfect score.
“Obviously I did better than I thought,” she said. “My classes must have
prepared me well.” (MORE)
Bangert-Drowns wins top pianist
Albany High senior
Christopher Bangert-Drowns recently won the master award at the
annual Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition at
Blessed Virgin Mary of
Częstochowa Church in Latham. The regional
competition is held each year and features top local
student pianists competing at three levels: novice,
apprentice and master.
This is Bangert-Drowns’ second victory at the
Chopin competition; he won the apprentice award in
2007.He received a $1,000 savings bond and performed
at Sept. 16 concert at the church, where he played
Scherzo in C Sharp Minor and Etude Op. 25 No. 12.
Seniors Adler, Criscione named National
Merit Scholarship semifinalists -- Albany
High School seniors Hillel Adler and June Criscione
have been named semifinalists in the competition for
prestigious National Merit Scholarships, ranking
them among the top students in the United States.
Visit our District News section to read more.
Summer reading list available --
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Albany High alumna Cecily Wilson named interim principal at her alma mater
L. Wilson, an Albany High School graduate who returned from an Ivy
League education to teach in her hometown, has been named the interim
principal at her alma mater, Superintendent Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D.,
announced June 25. (MORE)
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