Johnstown students praised

From Odyssey to Winter Guard to drama club, students excelling

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District praised recent extracurricular student activities at the Board of Education meeting Thursday night at Johnstown High School.

Superintendent Patricia Kilburn noted that 40 Warren Street Elementary School and 13 Knox Junior High School students participated in the district’s Odyssey of the Mind enrichment program. Students were headed to state level competition in Binghamton.

Board President Kathryn Zajicek noted that in only Johnstown’s second year of OM competition, three out of eight teams advanced to the state finals.

Kilburn also offered kudos to the Johnstown High School Winter Guard team, which achieved much success this school year.’

The team made Winter Guard International’s World Championship finals held recently in Dayton, Ohio. The Johnstown team finished with a score of 94.585 and a seventh place win out of 128 Scholastic A schools — a record for both scoring and placement for Johnstown.

Kilburn said this year’s positive Winter Guard program reminded observers to embrace “living.”

Zajicek said Winter Guard’s success is “fantastic news for all involved.”

During Board of Education discussion, Zajicek said she wished to take a moment to “celebrate” the cast of the recent JHS production of “Sister Act: The Musical.” The stage show was based on “Sister Act,” the popular 1992 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg in which quirky nuns learn how to sing uplifting spiritual songs.

“I think they did a great job,” Zajicek said.

Board members received self-evaluation forms and Zajicek reminded them to complete and return them to district Clerk Larraina Carpenter by April 26.

In board personnel matters, the resignation of Pruthenzzia Neri, food service helper, was accepted for the purpose of retirement, retroactive to March 31.

The board made the permanent appointment of Courtney Skiff, account clerk typist, effective May 3.

“I am very impressed with Courtney,” board member Ronald Beck said.