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Amity Earns 14 CT High School Musical Theater Award Nominations

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May 222017
 

Amity High School’s Production of Fiddler On The Roof earned 14 Ct High School Musical Theater Award Nominations.

This is Amity’s 8th year in the awards and its 8th consecutive year being nominated for Outstanding production of the year.

The nominations, announced today, are:

Hair and Makeup – Andrea Kennedy (and crew)

Costumes – Julie Chevan, Brenda Burt and team

Lighting – Dan Hassenmayer

Scenery – Rob Kennedy (and crew)

Sound – Tom Ivanovich

Direction – Rob  and Andrea Kennedy

Choreography – Andrea Kennedy

Music Direction – Marcia Rizzotti

Orchestra – Phil Dolan Conductor (Amity Musicians)

Chorus – Amity Theater members

Lobby -Kim Goklowski and Amity Theater Parents

Leading Actor – Tevye – Eric Greenbaum

Supporting Actress – Golde – Yuliya Faryna

Outstanding Production of the Year – Fiddler on the Roof

The show nearly swept every category, the only ones that did not receive a nomination were Ensemble Member, Featured Performer, Supporting Actor, and Lead Actress.

Congratulations to Amity, Rob and Andrea Kennedy, The actors, musicians, costumers and everyone involved in this show.

Click HERE to see all of the Nominations.

Award recipients will be announced from the stage of The Palace Theater, Waterbury, on Monday, June 5, 2017, in a stunning and entertaining black tie gala. Tickets are on sale through the Palace Theater Box office.

Mission Statement:

The CHSMTA program recognizes excellence on stage and behind the scenes. We do not believe that everyone deserves an award for “showing up.” We believe that exceptional achievement should be celebrated as beacons of inspiration and aspiration.

Amity Performing Arts Summer Camps

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May 222017
 

Robert and Andrea Kennedy of the Amity Theater Department welcome area youth to spend this summer on stage at Amity High School.  

The award-winning Amity Performing Arts department is offering a theater and orchestra camp from July 5- 28.  

This half day camp offers daily classes in acting, singing, dancing or music.

Included in the itinerary are movie days, ice cream social, games and fun!  

For information go to www.amitytheaterdepartment.com  or www.amityband.org.   

End Of Year Concerts At Amity Middle School This Week

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May 212017
 

Amity Middle School Orange Campus music students will showcase their talents at two evening concerts.

The band and the choir will perform on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. and the Chamber Choir, strings and Jazz Band will perform on Wednesday evening, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Both concerts are in the gym.

Amity Middle School is at 100 Ohman Avenue.

Amity PTSO Needs Your Help For The Senior Breakfast

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May 212017
 

The annual Amity High School Senior Breakfast sponsored by the PTSO will take place on Tuesday, June 13 at 9:30 a.m. prior to mandatory graduation rehearsals.

The PTSO is looking for donations of food and drink items and gift cards for the raffle from local restaurants and families. They also need volunteers for set up and serving.

This is one of the PTSO’s favorite events!

If you can help, contact Eileen Babbitz at eileenebean@aol.com.

It’s Time To Order Your Amity Grad Balloons

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May 212017
 

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Do you know a Graduating Amity Regional High School Senior? Make that senior smile by sending a “Congratulations Amity Grad” Balloon. 

The Amity High School P.T.S.O. is once again sponsoring “Operation Graduation 2017 Balloons” for Amity Seniors.  The balloons will be delivered and tied to the graduate’s mailbox before graduation over the course of 2 days June 10th and June 12th.

Let’s celebrate our graduating seniors and support Amity Regional High School.

Proceeds go to the Amity High School P.T.S.O., including the P.T.S.O. Scholarship Fund.

You now have two ways to order balloons.  You may order online or by using this order form. Orders are due June 5th.

If you have any spare time, please consider helping inflate and/or deliver balloons. It really is a lot of fun!

Make sure your sunroof is CLOSED!

PTSO NEEDS YOUR HELP: The PTSO is in need of  VOLUNTEERS to help inflate and deliver Amity Senior Graduation Balloons. We need an army to help make this event a great success. Operation Senior Balloons begins on Saturday, June 10th at 9:00 a.m -3:00 p,m. and Monday, June 12th 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the ARHS cafe. 

Please consider signing up for a time. If you can only do an hour, that is fine.  Please include your e-mail address in the comment section of the doodle sign up.  We appreciate any time you can give to this event. Any questions can be directed to Kathy Sabitsky at  ksabitsky@gmail.com. Thank you for your support.

A longtime volunteer said, “This is one of the most rewarding things I do every year. I meet new people and have so much fun. Sometimes I inflate the balloons, and sometimes I just load my car and deliver them.”

 

 

Photos: BOW Relay For Life Survivor’s Walk

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May 202017
 

To start off the Relay For Life in Orange tonight, the survivors and their caregivers were introduced and took the first lap around the track at the Orange Fairgrounds.

They were followed by the organized teams and then everyone else who was participating in the cancer fundraiser.

There is still time to get down there and buy a luminaria bag in honor or in memory of a loved one touched by cancer.

The Luminaria Ceremony begins at 9 p.m.

Baseball: Spartans Ready To Rock And Roll After Defeating Cheshire 11-3

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May 202017
 

Amity’s Teddy Hague rounds third base after hitting a home run.

On Friday night, the Amity Spartans hosted the Cheshire Rams at Old Tavern Park in Orange for the final regular season game.

Cheshire got onto the scoreboard first on a balk, but Amity answered quickly with two runs in the first inning.

The second inning was huge for Amity, as they brought in 7 runs, giving them an unbeatable lead.

Teddy Hague hit a home run in the third inning, and Amity got its 11th run in the fourth.

One of the Rams hit a home run in the fifth inning and they scored their third run in the sixth.

Scoreboard

Cheshire   1000110    3

Amity        271100      11

Records: Amity (18-2), Cheshire (11-9)

The Spartans now move onto the playoffs and a bid to break their own record for the most consecutive state titles.

Last year, they made history with and unprecedented Four-In-A-Row. The Spartans know that they are not invincible and they work hard in every game. The road ahead certainly won’t be easy, but fans are still hopeful and believe that they can win their fifth state championship title in 2017.

The Spartans play in the SCC Quarterfinal at Amity on Monday at 4 p.m.

Baseball: Amity Wins Two In A Row, Final Game On Friday

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May 182017
 

After losing its second game of the season, this time to Notre Dame-West Haven on Monday, the Amity Spartans were back on track Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Amity hosted Jonathan Law in Woodbridge. The Spartans shut out the Lawmen 5-0.

On Wednesday, the Spartans were on the road in Wallingford against Sheehan.

With Max Scheps pitching and a phenomenal 10-run third inning, Amity defeated Sheehan 21-6.

Scoreboard
Amity      4310 030 1 — 21
Sheehan 20 1  021 0 —   6

Amity’s season record as of Wednesday, May 17,  16-2

The final game of the regular season takes place tonight as Amity takes on Cheshire at Old Tavern Road Complex in Orange at 7 p.m.

Amity (17-2) defeated Cheshire (13-8) 1-0 earlier in the season, so this should be a good game.

On Monday, May 22, the Spartans are home in Woodbridge to play in the SCC Quarterfinals at 4 p.m. Come on out and cheer on the Spartans as they reach for another state record — a fifth State Championship title.

Johns Hopkins Honors Amity Middle School Student

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May 172017
 

Nishaan Patel of Orange was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Nishaan, a participant in the CTY Talent Search, was recognized for scoring exceptionally high on a rigorous, above-grade-level test.

As part of the CTY Talent Search, advanced students in second through eighth grades take challenging tests that can reveal their true capacity for learning. Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college admissions. These students may also take advanced versions of the School and College Ability Test (SCAT) or the Spatial Test Battery (STB). Younger students take the SCAT, STB, or PSAT 8/9.

Nishaan, a student at Amity Middle School, was one of more than 27,000 students from more than 65 countries who participated in the CTY Talent Search between March 2016 and February 2017. Only about 25 percent of Talent Search participants earned the High Honors designation.

This spring, more than 6,700 CTY Talent Search participants were invited to CTY award ceremonies across the U.S. and in China and Hong Kong. Most of these students also qualified for CTY’s summer and online courses.

“We congratulate all of our CTY Talent Search honorees for their hard work and academic achievement,” said Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY. “This is a moment not just to celebrate our students, but to honor the parents and educators who recognized their academic talent and provided them with opportunities to develop it.”

Connecticut’s regional ceremonies took place at Yale University on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14.

Editor’s Note: Johns Hopkins also honored Nishaan’s brother, Armaan. Congratulations to both of these fine young men.

Students Show Their Athletic Strengths During Annual School Olympic Games

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May 162017
 

The annual Orange Elementary School Olympics took place at the Orange Fairgrounds today from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
For eleven years Jim Ronai has been running the event, and more than 150 Orange 4th and 5th-grade students were conditioned and ready to compete against their peers from the three elementary schools during the games.
The student-athletes must qualify in order to compete in one or more of the seven featured events. One of the goals of the program is to give children an opportunity to display their athletic talents in a school affiliated venue.
The hope is that many of these students will associate this positive experience with their academic experience and pride in their work, thus producing the foundation for the development of true student athletes. The kids work hard to qualify and play to win the competitions. They show good sportsmanship and support one another during the games.
A large crowd of parents, teachers, and siblings were there to cheer on these phenomenal athletes.

Included in the fun was emcee/DJs Jimmy Pino, filling in for longtime participant Eddie Choiniere. Both are Orange natives and Ronai’s childhood friends, who year, after year, make the afternoon and evening entertaining for everyone on the fairgrounds.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place athletes in each event receive medals during the award ceremony at the conclusion of the games.