This award will be given yearly to an Orange Resident Senior.
If you would like to make a contribution, please send your check to Orange Scholarships, P. O. Box 1072, Orange, CT 06477, in Memory of Frank Zeoli.
The Amity National Art Honor Society will partner with the Jamie Hulley Fund for the Arts and the Amity Culinary Department to host Mugs For Mankind on Wednesday Feb. 25 from 5-7 p.m.
This event will bring students and community members together in the service of those who are food insecure. Amity art students have been working since October creating and decorating ceramic mugs for the event.
To participate in this event, community members are asked to come to the high school between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. and for a small donation, patrons will receive a beautiful handcrafted mug filled with delicious soup.
If anyone is interested in donating to the event, but cannot come on Wednesday night, donations will be accepted by the National Art Honor Society.
All proceeds benefit the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in New Haven.
For more information, contact teacher Jessica. Zamachaj at [email protected].
As a single elimination game, both teams badly wanted the win.
The Tigers quickly got the upper Hand on Amity with a 2 point lead, then the Lady Spartans rallied and took a 10-2 lead for most of the quarter. But the girls from Hand would not have any of that, they fought back and finished the quarter at 13 – 10.
In the second quarter, Amity came out strong with a will to overtake the Tigers. It was a tight, action filled 8 minutes with the Lady Spartans coming within 1 to 2 points of their opponents: 17-12; 17-16; 19-16; 19-17; 23-17; and at the buzzer it was 27-17 Hand.
The third quarter was a heartbreaker beginning with the 31-17 lead Hand had in the first 1:30 minutes. Still Amity didn’t throw in the towel, Katie Helfenbein and Elise Graham scored a combined 14 points, but the closest they came to Hand was 9 points, at 40-31 with only 2:07 remaining in the quarter.
Hand retained their lead at 44-31.
Even though they were behind … this was an important game … the Lady Spartans were not about to let it go.
Junior Elise Graham went out there like a category 5 tornado, taking every opportunity to race across the court and take a shot. She made 9 points (including one 3 pointer) for the Spartans.
For the Tigers, foul shots were their friend in the final quarter, scoring 10 points in fouls along with 12 in regular play.
They were merciless in their drive for the win, never letting Amity get within less than 10 points.
Hand won this game 66-44 and will play Mercy for the SCC Championship title.
A tearful Graham, who scored 29 points this evening, was comforted by her former teammate Chloe Brinton and other players after the game. She and fellow junior Molly Dragan walked back to the bus together.
Amity Coach Michelle Shoop, although disappointed in the outcome, had nothing but positive things to say about her girls after the game.
“I am so proud of the girls. Hand is a great team, they have an awesome inside and outside game, so I’m proud of how hard we worked,” she said. “We had two tough, tough games leading up to this, and they gave everything they had so I am really proud of them.”
This is not the end of the road for the Lady Spartans.
“We have states on Monday, it’s another tough one, but after what I’ve seen from these girls, I know they can do anything,” Shoop said.
For Amity — Graham scored 29 points (including three 3-pointers); Katie Helfenbein had 9 points; and Molly Dragan contributed 6 points.
For Hand — Geena Catelano scored 17 points; Paula Materin had 12; and Gaby Martin contributed 10.
Show of Support: After his daughter made two consecutive 2-pointers In the fourth quarter, proud father, Derek Graham ran from the top of the bleachers to the floor and back up again, high-fiving Amity fans in the stands.
Among the surprises was the starting lineup, which included fan favorite Senior Christian Mortali, who entered the ice to cheers from the stands and wide smiles from his teammates.
The event started off as many Spartans games have this season, with the other team making the first point.
The first period was a bit of a sleeper, with slow motion moves until Trinity junior Dan Bernard (#20) scored a goal off an assist from Jordan Skiba (#7) at 6:59.
In the second period both teams came alive, Trinity quickly scored with Griffin Northrop (#10) getting one past Amity goalie Tyler Johnston on an assist from Zach Lockwood (#25) at 2:53.
Northrop made an unassisted goal at 6:13 bringing the score to 3-0.
Amity’s captains came together to get the Spartans onto the scoreboard at 7:17, Zach Shelnitz (#8) scored off an assist from Kevin Ryan (#9) and Dalton Luciani (#28).
Trinity fought back, scoring again at 9:10 with Joey Nelson (#14) firing one in on an assist from Connor Scanlon (#3).
But Amity wasn’t done yet, Zach White (#13) got a goal assisted by Ryan and Luciani at 10:21.
With just 22 seconds remaining in the middle period Trinity’s Northrop got a Hat Trick on an assist from Bernard, bringing the score to 5-2.
The final period began with another quick move from the boys from Stamford, Nelson made an unassisted goal at 2:43, peaking Trinity’s score at 6.
Then, 14 seconds later, Anthony Uscilla (#16) flew across the ice and slapped one into the net for Amity.
At 4:07 Shelnitz scored off a Ryan assist. At 5:22 Charlie Csejka got a goal on an assist from Luciani, and at 6:34 Nick DeGennaro (#5) made an unassisted goal and tied the game at 6-6.
As the game drew to an end Ryan scored off an assist from Mac Deane (#22) at 11:35 and with only 49 seconds remaining, Uscilla made the final, game winning goal off an assist from Luciani.
Final score 8-6.
The Spartans are traveling to play Watertown-Pomperaug on Saturday at 7:30 p.m
The dance will take place at Amity High School, 25 Newton Road, Woodbridge, on Friday, March 6 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 and are available on MyPaymentsPlus.com.
Cost of admission includes entertainment by three different DJs playing dance music, a variety of free food, and some food that will be available for a small price. Water is always free. All of the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
Hughes said, “I am doing this because I see how much cancer affects everyone’s lives on a daily basis.”
That e-mail led to a collaboration on a story about the food service program at Amity High School.
Scott Feinberg was so thorough and intense, and his hard work led to an award nomination in the New England Press Association competition that year.
While we were gathering our information for the story, Scott shared his love for the movies and I was blown away by the wealth of knowledge he had about movies of all genres and his passion for the Academy Awards.
Scott had a list of Oscar Predictions for that year (whatever year it was) and without his knowledge, I contacted WTNH and suggested they interview him. He was a guest commentator for a couple of years — sometimes dead on accurate, sometimes a little off. (I finally told Scott that I did it just last year).
He went on to college and moved to California where he worked as a film critic for the LA Times, and quickly became a favorite among the stars.
In his dream career, Scott has rubbed elbows with George Clooney, Neil Patrick Harris, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Emma Watson, and so on…
So, what am I saying? … That I’m responsible for Scott’s success? NOOOOO, he did all of this on his own and he deserves it. I’m just happy that I had a little role in his life in the early stages.
Congratulations, Scott! I am so proud of you and your accomplishments.
Each year, the Amity Creative Theater (ACT) kids go to Disneyworld where they tour the behind-the-scenes departments that regular visitors most likely will never see.
The students perform in front of an audience and gain a wealth of knowledge about professional theater.
The kids and their adult leaders prepare for months to put on their always entertaining, often award-winning spring musical productions, This trip is the icing on the cake, their “reward” for a job well done, but they must raise their own money for the trip in order to attend.
On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Orange Ale House will host a benefit for the ACT — Dan Hassenmayer, the award winning lighting guru for the Amity productions — works with his father Jim, running the business.
The benefit will take place at the Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $25 at the door.
There are no “bad” seats at the John Brady Center for the Performing Arts at Amity High School, but, if you want to watch the Amity Theater production of Tarzan from anywhere but the back row you’d better act quickly!
At only $18 each, the cost of admission is one of the greatest bargains around and hundreds of people already have taken action and reserved their seats for this wonderfully entertaining musical.
The production has a 5 show run, including one matinee: March 20, 21, 27 @ 8pm, March 28 @ 2pm & 8pm
Click this link to purchase your tickets today.