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May 242015
 

Don and Mary Jewell were honored during the ceremony on Sunday.

Don and Mary Jewell were honored during the ceremony on Sunday.

The Memorial Day Committee did a wonderful job planning an informative and meaningful ceremony at the gazebo prior to the annual parade on Sunday, May 24.

This year the Committee decided to honor Vietnam War veterans and a little known WWI Hero, “Sgt. Stubby.”

Commentator Bob Mirto read the story of Sgt. Stubby, a stray Pitbull who was smuggled on a ship and became a WWI hero, saving  dozens of lives and after receiving his Sergeant stripes, he outranked his handler.

When the guest speaker failed to show up, US Senator Richard Blumenthal stepped in and offered a brief speech.

Don and Mary Jewell were recognized as VIP Orange Veterans

The flags were waving, everyone was entertained and the weather was perfect – no one fainted from the heat and the well-attended ceremony went on quickly and got the message out that THIS is one of the most important things that anyone could do on Memorial Day.

 

May 212015
 

unnamedAmity High School Music Department Presents: Back To The Future Pops in the John J. Brady Center for the Performing Arts, Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 (click link)
Come out and see the great talent of our Amity High School music students.  They have been working hard and are excited to perform.
Start your summer with a rockin’ performance. Always a great evening of entertainment that won’t break your wallet.

 

May 212015
 

IMG_4520The Amity Varsity Volleyball Team hosted Joel Barlow in Woodbridge on Wednesday night.

Barlow came out 3-1 over Amity with the following game scores: 24-26, 25-13, 25-18, 25-15

Notable Players

Barlow

Chatham Studer had 19 kills and 8 blocks; Jake Tritchonis had 18 kills and Luke OHara had 44 assists and 4 blocks.

Amity

Josh Sloat had 14 digs; Ethan Smith had 8 kills and Brett Southworth had 9 kills and 11 digs.

Records:

Barlow 15-2; Amity 4-14

May 212015
 

Tag, you're out.

Tag, you’re out.

The Lady Spartans found it hard to shine during Wednesday night’s game against the Foran Lions in Woodbridge.

The Foran managed to keep Amity at bay for the first 6 innings while racking up 3 runs of their own.

In the seventh inning Amity came alive and scored 4 runs, and Foran added 3 more to win 6-4.

In this challenging SCC interdivison game Amity’s Morgan Perry had 2 RBIs, Amanda Rieser and Alessandra Gusmano each had 1 RBI, Katie Koshes and Dani Nordyk both hit doubles.

Foran’s Natalia Hart and Alex Ives each hit home runs and had 2 RBIs; Hannah DeSousa hit a double and had an RBI; Dani Kemp also had an RBI.

Ashely Mendillo was the game’s winning pitcher for Foran and Morgan Perry pitched for Amity.

Records: Foran 11-8; Amity 14-5.

The Lady Spartans go up against East Haven tonight at Old Tavern Park.

 

May 212015
 

The seniors and their parents.

The seniors and their parents.

On Monday, prior to the Amity Lacrosse game against West Haven in Woodbridge, 13 senior members were recognized for Senior Day 2015.

Jake Milner (#2) scored his 100th career goal and now has 102 in his career.
The Blue Devils took a quick lead in the first quarter 2-0; then the Spartans showed what they were made of with 7 goals to the westies 1 in the second quarter (7-3 Amity); In the third quarter Amity added 4 goals to West Haven’s 2 (11-7 Amity); The Spartans wrapped things up with 6 goals to the Devils’ 3 in the fourth quarter, winning this game 17-8.
Notable Players
 
Amity
Jake Milner was the game’s high scoring player with 6 goals 2 assists; Brad Uscilla made 3 goals and had 4 assists; Sean Grenier had 2 goals and 1 assist; Mike Cavanagh made 2 goals; Matt Attolino made 1 goal and had 2 assists; Sam King and Matt DeLizio each made 1 goal; Kyle Luisi and Tyler Vincent each had 1 assist.
West Haven
Justin Tuschoff made 4 goals; Steve Hives made 2 goals and had 2 assists; Mark Conlan had 3 assists.
Amity outshot West haven 44-24.
Saves
Matt Perrotti made 7 saves for the Spartans; Ryan Pickering made 11 saves for the Blue Devils.
Records
Amity 9-6; West Haven 8-7

May 202015
 

IMG_3887On Tuesday, athletes from 10 high schools competed in the SCC Eastern Sectionals at Amity High School. Click HERE for full results.

In the team standings, Amity won the girls competition with 141 points. Cheshire was second with 99.50. Hillhouse was third with 95. Shelton and Guilford tied for fourth with 73.  Jonathan Law and Daniel Hand tied for fifth with  62.   Sheehan came in sixth with 57. Lyman Hall was seventh with 32.50 and Foran came in eighth with 5.

Amity’s winning athletes: 

Girls

100 Meter Dash: Zoie Reed came in second at 12:60

200 Meter Dash: Zoie Reed First Place at 25.75

800 Meter Run: Melissa Taggart, first at 2:27.33; Lisa Gorham, third at 2:28.56

1600 Meter Run: Emily Criscuolo, third at 5:31.68.

3200 Meter Run: Nicole Feng, second at 12:13.19

100 Meter Hurdles: Lauren Duhl, second at 16.14

300 Meter Hurdles: Lauren Duhl, second at 47.58

4 x 400 Relay: Lauren Duhl, Christine Hill, Alissa Beedle and Melissa Taggart, second at 4:11.54

4 x 800 Relay: Lisa Gorham, Grace Leyden, Melissa Taggart and  Emily Criscuolo, first at 9:45.79

Long Jump:  Zoie Reed, first at 18-00.50 (Breaking her 2014 record of 17-03)

Javelin Throw: Zoe Marie Moscato, first at 105-05; Jacqueline Snow, second at 100-02.

Boys

Hillhouse took first place with 143; Amity came in second with 139; Shelton was third with 108; Cheshire claimed fourth with 71; Sheehan was fifth with 67; Hand had 63.50 for sixth place; Lyman Hall was seventh with 42; Jonathan Law had 31 for eighth; Foran was ninth with 21.50; and Guilford was in tenth place with 9.

1600 Meter Run:  Kyle Beaudette, first at 4:25.74; Matthew Arovas, second at 4:27.67.

3200 Meter Run: Kyle Beaudette, second at 9:55.39

110 Meter Hurdles: Aaron Rattley, second at 15.01

4 x 100 Meter Relay: Matthew Whitehill, Aria Mohseni, Austin Mosley and Michael Battat, second at 43.56.

High Jump: Austin Mosley, second at 5-10.00

Javelin Throw: Matthew Post, first at 170-07 (Beating the old SCC Eastern record of 167-00 set in 2012)

NOTE: The top performers from Tuesday’s East Sectional will join their counterparts from the West Sectional the SCC Championships on Tuesday May 26 at Sheehan.

 

May 192015
 

IMG_3595The bus ride from Middletown to Woodbridge was worthwhile for the Xavier Falcons as they visited Amity Monday afternoon.
In the first quarter, the Falcons were ahead by 2 until the Spartans came alive and took a 5-4 lead.
The Falcons regained their lead and then began running over the Spartans with 4 additional goals to Amity’s 1. Second quarter score 8-6.
Xavier kept Amity from scoring in the third quarter while pulling even further ahead with 2 goals — 10-6.
Amity was able to score once (1) in the final quarter, and Xavier tacked on 2 more for the 12-7 win.
Notable players
Amity
Senior Jake Milner was the game’s high scoring player with 5 goals and 1 assist for the Spartans; Matt DeLizio and Ben DiMauro each scored 1 goal. Brad Uscilla had 2 assists and Matt Attolino had 1 assist.
Xavier
Austin Reid made 3 goals for the Falcons; Chris Connolly made 2 goals and 1 assist; Colin ODonnell and Wes Reid each had 1 goal and 1 assist; Colin McCarthy made 1 goal and had 2 assists; Brett Reid, John Ford, Tom Pardew, and Owen Gonzalez  each made 1 goal.  Evan Pesco and Josh Buchas each had 1 assist.
Shots
Xavier outshot Amity 34-26
Saves
Sophomore Matt Perrotti made 12 saves for the Spartans; Xavier’s Odell made 8 saves.

May 182015
 

IMG_3688The Amity Girls Tennis team hosted Guilford in Woodbridge Monday afternoon.

There was a damp chill in the air, but even so, it didn’t hold the Lady Spartans back from winning on Senior Day.

Singles

Daphne Kreiger (A) def. Emily Etter (G) 6-1, 6-0

Victoria Li (A) def. Faren Roth (G) 7-5, 6-0

Jessica Foster (A) def. Samantha Stofflet (G) 6-4, 7-5

Harika Lingareddy (A) def. Ellie Pinchbeck 7-5, 6-2
Doubles

Jamie Thimineur and Rachel Einbinder (A) def. Maddie Montenegro and Claire Dinaeur (G) 6-3, 7-6 (3)

Rebecca Bullers and Jamie Hashem (A) def. Genny Wilson and Kate Dinaeur (G) 6-2, 6-0

Charlotte and Molly Babbin (G) def. Alex Petrucci and Julia Forbes (A) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Records: Amity 13-2; Guilford 10-6

May 182015
 

Amity Theater students gather in the Black Box Theater Monday morning

Amity Theater students gather in the Black Box Theater Monday morning

About 100 Amity students gathered in the Black Box theater this afternoon for a major announcement.

The tension built until the stroke of 12 when the CT High School Musical Theater Awards nominees were finally posted on the CHMTA Facebook page.

Theater guru, director, Rob Kennedy connected his computer up so everyone could see what he was seeing on a big screen.

The kids cheered as he read off each of the 14 nominations. Although there was some shock and disappointment in their faces when he skipped over the lead actor and actress categories. Most everyone who saw Tarzan would agree that our Tarzan, Max Karsanow and Jane, Addie Robbins were amazing.

Unfortunately, this year there was no category for a child in a high school production (the last time I can remember was when Amity did Les Miserables) so Ryan Kennedy was out of the running for an award. He will, though, perform at the CHSMTA show with the rest of the cast at the Palace Theater next month.

The nominating committee did recognize the excellent performances by Morgan Guadagnoli as Tarzan’s ape mother, Kala and Kahari Blue as Kerchak, the leader of the Gorilla pack. They received nominations for outstanding supporting actor and actress.

And they found Tarzan worthy of a nomination for outstanding production of the year.

Good Luck Everyone. You All deserve this!

1. OUTSTANDING HAIR & MAKE UP ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Andrea Kennedy & David Linet

2. OUTSTANDING COSTUMING ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Julie Chevan

3. OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Dan Hassenmayer

4. OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Robert Kennedy

5. OUTSTANDING DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Robert & Andrea Kennedy

6. OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Andrea Kennedy

7. OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Peter Randazzo

8. OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRA

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN — This year the orchestra had 100% student talent

9. OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Morgan Guadagnoli – KALA

10. OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Kahari Blue – KURCHIK

11. OUTSTANDING CHORUS

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN

12. OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN

13. OUTSTANDING LOBBY DISPLAY

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN

14. OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Tom Ivanovich & Dave Trovarelli – Horizon Sound

Here is the complete list:

Congratulations to this years 2015 Nominees!!!

Best supporting actress nominee

Best supporting actress nominee

OUTSTANDING HAIR & MAKE UP ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Andrea Kennedy & David Linet

New Canaan High School – GREASE

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Gina Gallo, Mary Joan Wright, Merial Cornell, Jeannette Davidson

West Warwick High School – BIG FISH

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Troye Evers

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Outstanding costume achievement

OUTSTANDING COSTUMING ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Julie Chevan

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Irene Ludemann

Housatonic Valley Regional High School – THE BOYFRIEND
Judi Moore

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Dierdre Alexander

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Bonnie Johnson

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Joanne Nyerick

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Mary Joan Wright, Merial Cornell, Jeanette Davidson

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outstanding supporting actor and actress

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Dan Hassenmayer

Greater Hartford Academy – SWEET CHARITY
Robyn Joyce

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Kevin Gleason

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Stef Carr

Outstanding supporting actor and actress (in rehearsal)

Outstanding supporting actor and actress (in rehearsal)

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Rich Parsons

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Paul Caginalp

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Jeff Whitsett

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Robert Kennedy

Greater Hartford Academy – SWEET CHARITY
Karen Sparks Mellon

outstanding set design

outstanding set design

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Kevin Gleason

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Abby Callery, Jane Matson, Bill Mangold

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Mark Mazzarella

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Casey Lampert

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Cathy Bolton, Sam Maloney, Stephanie Bont

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Tom Ivanovich & Dave Trovarelli – Horizon Sound

Greater Hartford Academy – SWEET CHARITY
Greg Boucher

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Jason Kurtzman

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Tim Mammen

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Dave Glanovsky

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Tom Ivanovich

Valley Regional High School – BAND GEEKS

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Robert & Andrea Kennedy

Housatonic Valley Regional High School – THE BOYFRIEND
Michael Berkeley

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Deirdre Alexander

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Jane Matson

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Mark Mazzarella

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Thomas Dugan

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Jessica Spillane

outstanding supporting actor

outstanding supporting actor

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Andrea Kennedy

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
John Carter

Greater Hartford Academy – SWEET CHARITY
Christine Bard-Simoes

Housatonic Valley Regional High School – THE BOYFRIEND
Amber Cameron

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Deirdre Alexander

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Frank Root & Abigail Root

OUTSTANDING MUSIC DIRECTION

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Peter Randazzo

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Dan Balint

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Brett Boles

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Emmett Drake

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Chelsea Kane, Kim Wiggin

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Jerold Goldstein

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Michael Wyatt and Jonathan Curri

 

outstanding orchestra

outstanding orchestra

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRA

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

Co-operative Arts & Humanities High School – CURTAINS

East Lyme High School – GREASE

New Canaan High School – GREASE

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Molly Silverman – BILLIE BENDIX

Immaculate High School – WEST SIDE STORY
Emma Giorgio – MARIA

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Elizabeth Koennecke – SANDY

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Chiara Giampietro – MARIA

Valley Regional High School – BAND GEEKS
Maggie Walsh – LAURA

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Alexandra Cahr – TRACY

OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTOR

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Hudson Lee – JIMMY WINTER

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Kyle Watkins – STEIN

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Joe Schigas – CAPTAIN VON TRAPP

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Alex Mainoff – USNAVI

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Zac Gottschall – HORACE VANDERGELDER

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Morgan Guadagnoli – KALA

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Nancy Leville – RIZZO

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Emily Crebbin – GABBY

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
KodyLynn Perkins – MOTHER ABBAS

Suffield Academy – IN THE HEIGHTS
Katherine Kalill – DANIELLA

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Katherine Griffin – MINNIE FAY

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Madeline Bria – VELMA

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN
Kahari Blue – KURCHIK

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Thomas Mueller – COOKIE

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY
Jack Leonard – BARNABY
Michael Lapore – CORNELIUS

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY
Ethan Riordan – CORNEY
Jason Nekritz – WILBER
Anthony Laszlo – EDNA

OUTSTANDING CHORUS

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN

Greater Hartford Academy – SWEET CHARITY

New Canaan High School – GREASE

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY

Valley Regional High School – BAND GEEKS

Westhill High School – HAIRSPRAY

OUTSTANDING FEATURED PERFORMER

Cheshire High School – NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
Isabella Riccio – JEANNIE MULDOON

New Canaan High School – GREASE
Audrey Kirkpatrick – MARTY

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
Aimee Talbot – MALLORY

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Caleigh Lozito – ELSA

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE GROUP

West Warwick High School – BIG FISH
– ALABAMA LAMBS

Sacred Heart Academy – SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
– DIVA DANCERS

Greater Hartford Arts Academy – SWEET CHARITY
FANDAGO GIRLS

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS
– ANGEL CITY 4

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN

Housatonic Valley Regional High School – THE BOYFRIEND

New Canaan High School – GREASE

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS

St. Paul’s Catholic – THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Trumbull High School – HELLO DOLLY

 

OUTSTANDING LOBBY DISPLAY

Amity Regional High School – TARZAN

Co-operative Arts and Humanities High School – CURTAINS

Immaculate High School – WEST SIDE STORY

New Canaan High School – GREASE

Newtown High School – CITY OF ANGELS

May 172015
 

Third Baseman Matt Ronai signals to teammates in the outfield.

Third Baseman Matt Ronai signals to teammates in the outfield.

The Amity vs Shelton Baseball game won by the Spartans amidst protest on May 6 was replayed on Saturday from the point of the contested play (last 2 innings) beginning with a 4-4 tie score.

This time, instead of a 7-4 Amity Victory, Shelton received a 5-4 win for the books.

Matt Ronai’s 3-run homer from the original game “never happened.”

But at least Shelton’s coveted star pitcher still looks good.

NOTE: I and many Amity fans find the whole re-play decision unnecessary.