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Welcome to Rise 

Welcome to the September 2018 edition of “Rise Grand Island” the alumni newsletter for Grand Island Senior High published every other month by the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation. “Rise” is where we connect with thousands of Islanders across the globe, keeping you and them informed on what’s happening in Purple and Gold land, and reminiscing a little bit as well.

This is Volume 3, Number 5, the fifth offering of “Rise” this calendar year, our third year as the official publication for alums of Islander Nation. Thanks for reading us and for your comments and support.

We enjoy hearing from those of you who find “Rise” in your in-box every other month. Give us a shout, especially if you or a GISH alum you know has done something new, newsy, or newsworthy. You can reach us at the email addresses on the front page.

This issue’s “At the Top” features architect Linda Syverson Guild, Class of 1973, who is also a gifted quilter, an artist whose work captivates the eye and tells a tale, too. Now she wants to add words to the mix of stories. She’s starting a book project, stories about people and places in Grand Island. Check out her quilts and more about the book in “At the Top.”

Also in the issue Foundation Executive Director Traci Skalberg takes us inside last month’s GIPS Foundation’s Teacher of the Year Awards, a rollicking, three-Kleenex affair held a few days before school starts each year, which honors the best and greatest in GIPS. She’ll also share some exciting news from Charity Navigator.

The “Grand Legacy Update” by Leigh Lillibridge, is a shout out for volunteers to become part of making the Grand Legacy Memorial Stadium Project a spectacular success.

Our Class Reunion Update lets you know who is going to party and when in case your class is on deck or maybe you just want to crash another class’s soiree and see a few old friends. We’ve added monthly class gatherings to the lineup so you locals can share a drink or a coffee with old friends. Check it out.

“Distant Mirror” correspondent, Mike Monk, Class of 1967, has penned a beautiful piece on the books of Beverly Cleary, timeless stories from his youth which he now reads to his grandchildren — who’ve come to love them as much as he did.

A recent cycling accident primed my “I’ve Been Thinking” column about whether I need to grow up or act my age. See my piece for details … some of which are painful.

As we do every issue, we honor those Islanders who passed away the last couple months in our In Memoriam section.

Per our custom, we’ll see what songs were popular on the radio, what books people were reading, what movies were wooing us to the big screen, and what television shows kept us from our homework each decade during January going back to the 1930s.

We hope you enjoy this “Rise” as the cool temps and beautiful colors of fall approach. You know, colors like purple and gold. Oh, yeah, and remember … keep pushing on

George Ayoub, Class of 1968
Editor, “Rise Grand Island”

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At the Top

Our feature story for the issue, with an eye toward alums whose star is rising.

PushING On

A roster of Islanders who have reached new and noteworthy milestones.

I've Been Thinking

George Ayoub's latest observation or bemusement about life – obviously seen through the eyes of a Senior High alum.

A Distant Mirror

Remembrances, reminiscences, and darn good stories from our intrepid correspondent, Mike Monk.

Shaking the World

Stories of impact from the GIPS Foundation.

Your Legacy. Their Opportunity.

Stories of alumni, educators, parents and friends who give opportunities to today's students.

On the Island

Current news from the halls of Senior High.

In Memoriam

A list of Islanders who have recently passed away.