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Parade to Celebrate OHS' Science Win

A parade will be held in Ossining to celebrate OHS' status as the number one high school science program in the United States.

A parade will be held to celebrate Ossining High School's nationally recognized science program. Last month, the school won Intel's Star Innovator Award in its Schools of Distinction competition. The Innovator Award is given to the school with the most successful and innovative math and science program in the country.

Awards and recognition for Ossining High School have been piling up. Two OHS students were just named to the New York State School Music Association All-State Music Ensembles last week. Also last week, OHS' Business Department was recognized by the New York Department of Education and Business Teachers Association for being an outstanding model for other districts to follow. And if that wasn't enough, OHS 2011-2012 Valedictorian, Evan Olin, was named to USA Swimming's 2011-2012 Scholastic All-America Team.

With so much to celebrate, one might argue that a parade is in order.

“This parade is in celebration not only of the students, faculty and administration of Ossining schools and all the hard work they have done to deserve the Intel Star Innovator Award, but it is a celebration of the Ossining village and town that support the work of our children individually and through groups such as Ossining MATTERS and Communities That Care and through inter-municipal cooperation,” said Ossining Village Mayor William Hanauer. “This award from Intel shines like the sun on an Ossining discovered for its intellectual, academic, athletic and artistic accomplishments by the outside world.”

Officials note that parts of New Castle, Yorktown and Briarcliff, that comprise the Ossining Union Free School District, are also a big part of the school's success.

“All should feel Ossining Pride in this distinction: the Board of Education who provides governance and direction, the entire District Leadership Team who offers vision and support, the faculty and entire staff who devote themselves in all six schools to our students, our parents/guardians who provide support and who entrust us with the best children I can imagine, our own students—of course and our entire Ossining community who partners with our schools in every dimension,” said Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Glassman.

The parade will be held on October 27 at 3 p.m. The parade begins at Roosevelt School and will end with a rally at Market Square. Everyone is invited to come and celebrate.

“If the New York Yankees won the World Series, there would be a ticker tape parade in Manhattan. If a local Little League team won the state championship, there would be a local parade. So it is only fitting that academics should be celebrated in the same way,” said Ossining Town Supervisor Susanne Donnelly. “We have much to celebrate.”

 

 

PAPA October 03, 2012 at 01:13 PM
BRAVO to all the dedicated teachers who helped the students reach this pinnacle.
Bette Carl October 03, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I would like to know who is funding this parade? The Taxpayers or is OHS paying from the check they received from this award. At a time when we are all struggling, a parade is not on the agenda for Residents to pay for and it is also too close to Elections and that just makes it look like a 'vote for me' tool. We need more information on this story before October 27th.
Djsam64 October 03, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Really politics??? Can't these kids just get recognized. Isn't it just enough to see our tax dollars paying off with our students.....I highly doubt that the cost of a small parade is so much to ask!!! All you people who voted against budgets....here is what you have paid for!!! Families from all over are now looking at us based on what these kids did! That means more tax dollars - so if the parade costs a little - then lets pay for it and shut up about the politics....this is our future...and it is putting Ossining on the map instead of the site of SING SING!!
Djsam64 October 03, 2012 at 02:38 PM
CHEERS TO OHS and to all who helped make this happen!
Bette Carl October 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Kids have won awards for years here and when my kids attended and graduated from OHS it was one the the #1 schools. The parade is nonsense.

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