Greg Scott

General Amherst bringing “Run for Rocky” to Amherstburg

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The “Run for Rocky,” a fundraising event for local high school Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA’s), is coming to Amherstburg.

After five years of the event being in Windsor, where April 9 is Run for Rocky Day, General Amherst High School is hosting their own event April 26. Teacher Greg Scott, whose fitness and recreation leadership class is helping to organize the event, said the Campana family’s five-year commitment to run the event is over but they hope it will continue in school communities. The event is in memory of Rocky Campana.

“Their thought was that individual schools would do something on their own,” said Scott. “We decided to keep the run going and give it a try at our school.”

Linden Crain, student parliament prime minister, said it will involve not only General Amherst students, but students from Amherstburg Public School as well. The general public is also invited to drop by the school and donate or show up the day of the event and take part.

“It’s a minimum $5 pledge,” said Crain. “Any other donations are greatly appreciated.”

Rocky’s father Rob Campana is expected to attend the April 26 event. Rocky’s uncle Dan is a teacher at General Amherst High School.

Proceeds will go towards a project fund with GSA’s from any school able to tap into that fund to help pay for guest speakers, library materials and other projects. Trevor Klundert, a guidance counsellor at General Amherst and the GSA staff liaison, said the next national GSA conference will be in New Brunswick and funds could be used to help pay for travel to that event.

“Even though it’s taking place in Amherstburg, it helps other schools too,” Crain said of the local Run for Rocky.

Student parliament prime minister Linden Crain and Karlie Simon, a member of General Amherst’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) stand near a poster promoting the GSA and the Run for Rocky. General Amherst High School is teaming with Amherstburg Public School to hold a Run for Rocky 5K event April 26.

Karlie Simon, one of the five Grade 9 students in the General Amherst GSA, said the event will also showcase what GSA’s can do and promote what they are and how they help. She said people don’t have to be from the LGBTQ community to help out. Klundert added that the April 26 event will also show students who may not have come out yet that other students “have their back” and will make it more comfortable to let them be who they want to be at school.

The 5K run/walk will start next to the high school and proceed to Toddy Jones Park. It will then go down Dalhousie St. to Front Road South (near the Blue Haven Motel) before coming back. There will be food and music at the start/finish area.

“We’re keeping things to the sidewalks,” explained Scott, adding they don’t plan on asking for any road closures.

The event will run from 12:30-2 p.m. April 26.

According to the Run for Rocky website (www.runforrocky.com), “Run for Rocky was a charity run/walk that took place in Windsor, Ontario for five years which was inspired by Rocky Campana who passed away in 2012 after attempting to take his own life. The Campana Family, along with the Windsor Pride Community, Education and Resource Centre, wanted to share Rocky’s story. Through their collaboration, they have been able to fund GSAs in the local high school and post-secondary school systems, ensuring that parents, educators and youth have the knowledge and funding needed to help create Safe Schools, and creating a support system for youth in times of crisis. Rocky paved the path to make a difference while living, and the Run for Rocky Legacy Fund will continue to make a significant difference in his absence for years to come.”

General Amherst, Amherstburg GM team up to raise $10,000 for school

 

 

By Danica Skakavac

 

For the third year in a row, General Amherst has raised the maximum amount of $10,000 in the Buick Drive for Your students test drive event.

The announcement was posted via Twitter, proudly stating that General Amherst once again raised the maximum amount of money. The cheque presentation occurred at the school June 13.

The first time this event was held was in October 2015. The $10,000 that was raised at the May 13 event at Amherstburg GMC Buick will go towards funding for many of the school clubs and organizations, depending on what club participating students and adults were representing or wanted their money to go towards. There is a variety of different programs and any club or program was open for people to donate to. People had the option of donating their $20 to the program, club or sports team of their choice.

A Buick Drive for your Students event at Amherstburg GMC raised $10,000 for General Amherst, with the cheque being presented last Tuesday. Back row (from left): Amherstburg GM finance manage Doug Davis, service manager Don Butcher, teacher Greg Scott, Amherstburg GM co-owners Scott Elliott and Mike Bezzoubkin. Students in the front with cheque are Jackie Wismer, Brooklyn Prescott, Noah Barron, Emily Pontini and Carly Renaud.

A Buick Drive for your Students event at Amherstburg GMC raised $10,000 for General Amherst, with the cheque being presented last Tuesday. Back row (from left): Amherstburg GM finance manage Doug Davis, service manager Don Butcher, teacher Greg Scott, Amherstburg GM co-owners Scott Elliott and Mike Bezzoubkin. Students in the front with cheque are Jackie Wismer, Brooklyn Prescott, Noah Barron, Emily Pontini and Carly Renaud.

Programs, clubs and sports teams that will get a piece of the pie include parent council, girls basketball, boys soccer, boys hockey, girls hockey, senior football, fit spirit run, the band, the prom, girls volleyball, boys basketball, girls slo-pitch, student council, eco-club, Doghouse Drama, track and field, curling, golf, dance, tennis, wrestling, boys baseball and senior boys volleyball.

Typically, not a lot of students show up but it is not uncommon to see a grade twelve student participating and sometimes even former students or those who were involved in coaching in the programs, said teacher Greg Scott. Fifteen of Scott’s fitness and leadership students put on the event.

Scott added the event usually gets a lot of support and action from the community, mainly parents whose children attend the school and are part of an extra-curricular activity.

“The best part of the event was seeing the number of people from the community who continue to get involved with the school and are always interested in helping the school raise the money. They allow our school to be as successful as it is,” said Scott. “I’d like to thank the people of Amherstburg for coming out and supporting the event again.”

Scott Elliott, owner of Amherstburg GMC Buick with business partner Mike Bezzoubkin, said they have now helped raise $35,000 through Buick test drive events for General Amherst High School.

The next Buick Drive for Your Students test drive event is scheduled for Oct. 14.

General Amherst High School recognizes top student athletes

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

General Amherst High School has paid tribute to its top athletes from the 2016-17 school year.

The school’s annual athletic banquet was held last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club in Oldcastle with athletes from their individual sports honoured as well as the top athletes overall.

The biggest two awards of the evening were the top female and top male athlete of the year awards. Megan Wismer was named General Amherst’s top female athlete and it was an award she was somewhat surprised to receive.

“I wasn’t really expecting it,” she admitted after the banquet.

That said, Wismer was happy to be named this year’s recipient.

“It feels really good to know all of the hard work that I’ve been putting in over the years has been noticed and has paid off,” she stated.

Brock Beaudoin was named the school’s top male athlete.

“I feel pretty good,” said Beaudoin. “I’m kind of surprised I got it.”

Beaudoin said he worked hard and was also pleased to receive his award.

“It’s an honour to be chosen top male athlete,” said Beaudoin. “I feel proud of my accomplishment.”

General Amherst High School held its 2016-17 athletic awards banquet last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club. Major award winners included (top row, from left): Shayne Purdy, Ruben Tar, Cole Zelle, Brock Beaudoin, Ethan Hamelin and Abby Orchard. Bottom row (from left): Danielle Brindley, Emma Blanchette, Jackie Wismer, Megan Wismer and Vanessa Pidutti.

General Amherst High School held its 2016-17 athletic awards banquet last Thursday evening at the Ciociaro Club. Major award winners included (top row, from left): Shayne Purdy, Ruben Tar, Cole Zelle, Brock Beaudoin, Ethan Hamelin and Abby Orchard. Bottom row (from left): Danielle Brindley, Emma Blanchette, Jackie Wismer, Megan Wismer and Vanessa Pidutti.

 

OTHER MAJOR AWARD WINNERS:

 

SPIRIT AWARD – Jackie Wismer

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD – Mitchell Wright

ATHLETE-PLUS AWARD – Ruben Tar

MOST DEDICATED ATHLETE – Shayne Purdy and Nia Holmes

TOP FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE – Emma Blanchette

TOP MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE – Cole Zelle

TOP MALE JUNIOR ATHLETES – Josh DiCarlo, Lee Sinasac, Brayden LeClerc, Tyler Bratt, Ethan Hamelin

TOP FEMALE JUNIOR ATHLETES – Ramie Tytgat, Abbey Gibb, Vanessa Pidutti, Danielle Brindley, Abby Orchard

 

Megan Wismer was named top female athlete while Brock Beaudoin was named top male athlete at General Amherst’s athletic award banquet.

Megan Wismer was named top female athlete while Brock Beaudoin was named top male athlete at General Amherst’s athletic award banquet.

INDIVIDUAL SPORT AWARDS

GOLF

Lowest Scoring Average – Marcus Slipchuk

 

CROSS-COUNTRY

Most Dedicated Male – Tyler Tofflemire

Most Dedicated Female – Mya Palumbo

 

TENNIS

Most Valuable Player – Reese Jones

Rookie of the Year – Matteo Palumbo

 

BOYS FOOTBALL

Offensive Player of the Year – Mitchell Wright

Defensive Player of the Year – Spencer Hawkins

Coaches’ Award – Ellis Rosati

Most Valuable Player – Shayne Purdy

 

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Award of Excellence – Ruben Tar

 

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Player – Gracie Clifford

Most Improved – Nia Holmes

 

BOYS BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Player – Darius Wilson

Outstanding Leadership – Nate Lovell

 

BOYS HOCKEY

Rookie of the Year – Jacob Fields

Most Valuable Player – Reid Stieler

 

GIRLS HOCKEY

Most Valuable Player – Megan Wismer

Corey Meloche Leadership Award – Emily Hamelin

 

CURLING

Most Dedicated – Aliyah Allard

 

WRESTLING

Most Dedicated – Nathan Charron

Most Improved – Katie McEvoy

 

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Award of Excellence – Jackie Wismer, Emma Blanchette

 

GIRLS SLO-PITCH

Most Valuable Player – Megan Wismer

Rookie of the Year – Danielle Brindley

 

BADMINTON

Top Male – Colton Renaud

Top Female – Reese Jones

 

GIRLS SOCCER

Coaches’ Award – Emma Blanchette

Most Valuable Player – Vanessa Pidutti

 

BOYS SOCCER

Offensive MVP – Michael Nasello

Defensive MVP – Nathan Salvati

 

BOYS BASEBALL

Most Valuable Player – Mitchell Wright

Rookie of the Year – Trent Kelly

 

TRACK & FIELD

Top Performer – Abbey Gibb

Award of Excellence – Nia Holmes

 

General Amherst principal Hazel Keefner thanked the coaches and teachers who helped guide the athletes through the years, noting there wouldn’t be sports teams without them. Parents were also thanked for driving players to practices and games and supporting their children.

Keefner also thanked the athletes themselves and said while some were recognized, all were winners for taking part in athletics.

“You are smart for figuring out that participating in sports are a wonderful thing, not just for physical well-being but for mental well-being,” said Keefner.

Greg Scott, head of General Amherst’s athletic department, also thanked the coaches, parents and teachers.

“It’s because of these people that you have these sports teams,” Scott told the audience.

Local schools hold test drive events in conjunction with local dealerships

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Local schools stand to benefit after test drive events run in conjunction with Amherstburg car dealerships.

General Amherst High School was the latest to have a test drive event, holding a Buick Drive for your Students event May 13 at Amherstburg GM. Greg Scott, the fitness and leadership teacher, explained that it was the third such event run in conjunction with Amherstburg GM and that this one was put on by 15 of the students in that class.

“They are implementing the skills they learned on how to run an event,” said Scott.

Abby Gorgerat, Dakota Lucier and Avery Laliberty stand with one of the vehicles that was part of the recent “Drive One 4 UR School” test drive event held at Amherstburg Public School with the aid of Joe Meloche Ford.

Abby Gorgerat, Dakota Lucier and Avery Laliberty stand with one of the vehicles that was part of the recent “Drive One 4 UR School” test drive event held at Amherstburg Public School with the aid of Joe Meloche Ford.

Those who filled out a form and took a test drive got to donate to the club or team of their choice. The goal was $10,000.

“It’s been going pretty well,” he said. “People have been coming in and taking test drives.”

Students were out trying to raise awareness, and money, at local businesses including No Frills, Movati, Canadian Tire and Sobeys with people at those businesses encouraged to come out and take a test drive.

Scott said the other 15 students in the fitness and leadership class helped sign people out for the Run for Rocky, the result of that being that General Amherst won for having the most participation of any school. Their prize will be a June 2 pizza celebration.

“Kids in the class are getting a lot of practical experience running events and experience troubleshooting at something like this,” said Scott.

Students Alexis DeCarlo and Rachel Shiells said there was a lot of work done to prepare for last Saturday’s event. They promoted it through the school and by passing out flyers around the community. They also used social media to make people aware of it.

General Amherst’s fitness and leadership class helped organize a “Drive One for your Students” test drive event at Amherstburg GM. Students pictured include Danijela Dobrich, Alexis DeCarlo, Rachel Shiells, Jake Simone, Jackie Wismer and Emily Hamelin.

General Amherst’s fitness and leadership class helped organize a “Drive One for your Students” test drive event at Amherstburg GM. Students pictured include Danijela Dobrich, Alexis DeCarlo, Rachel Shiells, Jake Simone, Jackie Wismer and Emily Hamelin.

Amherstburg Public School was hoping to raise $6,000 at a Drive One for UR School test drive fundraiser two days earlier. That was run in partnership with Joe Meloche Ford.

“This is for the entire school,” said organizer and JK/SK teacher Aubrey Charlton. “Joe Meloche Ford assisted us.”

Charlton said they sent forms home with every student and hoped they would be returned. She explained that different programs and departments around Amherstburg Public School could benefit. That would include new gym equipment, technology and other supplies.

“We’re not asking for money from families. We’re just asking them to fill out forms,” said Charlton.

Charlton added that Ford of Canada has donated $4 million to Canadian schools.

General Amherst honours athletic finest at annual banquet

 

By Ron Giofu

It was a night where General Amherst honoured its athletic best.

General Amherst High School held its annual athletic banquet last Wednesday night at the Verdi Club with the school’s top athletes recognized. Also honoured were the parents and coaches who help support the student-athletes.

Without the teachers, volunteers, coaches and parents, Amherst would not be what it is, noted vice principal Elvira DiGesu. Parents deserve credit for helping support their children and driving them to and from practices and games with coaches thanked for volunteering their time.

“It’s not easy but we thank you for volunteering your time,” said DiGesu.

DiGesu also thanked the school’s physical education department as well as the students themselves.

“We are proud of you on how you represented our school,” she said.

The school’s top male athlete was Macaul Reiner while Maddie Turner received the honour as top female athlete.

“I was shocked,” said Turner. “I honestly didn’t expect it.”

Reiner said his track and field season didn’t go as planned and figured that would impact his chances.

“It’s a good feeling,” he said of earning the award. “It was between a few guys my age.”

Major award winners at the June 8 General Amherst athletic awards included (back row, from left): Abbey Gibb,  Sam Girard,   Colton Taylor, Sebastian Hebert, Macaul Reiner, Lucas Renaud. Kayla Fiala, Michael Nasello, Lance Tofflemire. Front row (from left): Reese Jones, Brooklyn Prescott, Payton Laing, Olivia Starling, Maddie Turner, Dani Leroux, Sydney Emerson, Ramie Tytgat, Vanessa Pidutti.

Major award winners at the June 8 General Amherst athletic awards included (back row, from left): Abbey Gibb, Sam Girard, Colton Taylor, Sebastian Hebert, Macaul Reiner, Lucas Renaud. Kayla Fiala, Michael Nasello, Lance Tofflemire. Front row (from left): Reese Jones, Brooklyn Prescott, Payton Laing, Olivia Starling, Maddie Turner, Dani Leroux, Sydney Emerson, Ramie Tytgat, Vanessa Pidutti.

Other major award winners were won by:

 

SPIRIT AWARD — Kayla Fiala

ATHLETE-PLUS AWARD — Dani Leroux

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD — Bailey Rigney, Sydney Emerson

MOST DEDICATED ATHLETE AWARD — Lance Tofflemire

TOP MALE STUDENT ATHLETE — Sam Girard

TOP FEMALE STUDENT ATHLETE — Olivia Starling

TOP MALE JUNIOR ATHLETES — Michael Nasello, Colton Taylor, Lucas Renaud, Sebastian Hebert, Reid Steiler

TOP FEMALE JUNIOR ATHLETES — Ramie Tytgat, Payton Laing, Brooklyn Prescott, Reese Jones, Abbey Gibb, Vanessa Pidutti

Macaul Reiner and Maddie Turner were recognized as top male and top female athletes of the year respectively.

Macaul Reiner and Maddie Turner were recognized as top male and top female athletes of the year respectively.

 

The school maintained its tradition of handing out awards in individual sports as well:

 

SENIOR GIRLS BASKETBALL — Olivia Starling (MVP), Sydney Emerson (Award of Excellence)

SENIOR BOYS VOLLEYBALL — Ruben Tar, Hunter Dufour (Coaches Awards)

SENIOR FOOTBALL — Eric Wismer (Offensive Player of the Year), Jarrod Manherz (Defensive Player of the Year), Sam Girard (Coaches Award), T.J. Laframboise (Most Improved Player)

CROSS COUNTRY — Michael Nasello (Top Performer), Lance Tofflemire (Award of Excellence)

TENNIS — Reese Jones, Gillian Sparling (MVPs)

GOLF — Owen Coughlin (Lowest Scoring Average)

SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL — Macaul Reiner (MVP), Sam Girard (Award of Excellence)

SENIOR GIRLS VOLLEYBALL — Bailey Rigney, Sydney Emerson (Awards of Excellence)

WRESTLING — Mark Rosati (MVP), Katie McEvoy (Rookie of the Year)

FIGURE SKATING — Lexi Newhook (Best Overall Score)

GYMNASTICS — Molly Dean (Rookie of the Year)

CURLING — Josh Neufeld, Lauren Fujimoto-Cassidy, Mac Dean (Most Dedicated)

GIRLS HOCKEY — Megan Wismer, Savannah Bouzide (MVPs), Kayla Fiala, Mackenzie Neal (Corey Meloche Memorial Awards)

BOYS HOCKEY — Stefan Dobrich (Rookie of the Year), Justin Veldhuis (MVP)

BOYS SOCCER — Garret Blunt (MVP), Reid Thrasher (Coaches Award)

GIRLS SOCCER — Kristen Allen (Coaches Award), Vanessa Pidutti (Rookie of the Year)

BADMINTON — Keegan MacVoy (Top Male Player), Maddy Drouillard (Top Female Player)

TRACK & FIELD — Lance Tofflemire (Top Male Performance), Abbey Gibb (Top Female Performance), Tyler Tofflemire (Most Dedicated)

GIRLS SLO-PITCH — Maddie Turner (MVP), Ramie Tytgat (Rookie of the Year)

BOYS BASEBALL — Chris Garbutt (MVP), Eric Wismer (Coaches Award)

DANCE — Rachel Parker (Most Dedicated Senior), Vanessa Labrada Perez (Most Dedicated Junior)

 

Greg Scott, head of the physical education department, thanked administration for their support this past school year as well as the students. To the parents, he said “your support has been tremendous this year and every year.”

Scott also paid tribute to the teachers and coaches, adding that 11 former Amherst athletes came back this year to coach.