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Rise Grand Island!


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Welcome to Rise 

Welcome to the January 2019 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 4, Number 1, the first edition of Rise this calendar year, our fourth year as the official publication for alums of Islander Nation. Thanks for reading us and for your comments and support.

We really 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 a done something new, newsy, or newsworthy. You can reach us at the email addresses on the front page.

Our “At the Top” lead story this issue is about the publisher of “Rise,” the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation and all its good works. All those good things, by the way, are provided through generous donations from readers of “Rise” and countless others who believe in the mission of the Grand Island Public Schools.

Foundation Executive Director Traci Skalberg, writes about the GIPS Foundation’s investments and audit in “Shaking the World,” and revisits scholarship season (which is upon us) in “Your Legacy. Their Opportunity.”

Leigh Lillibridge’s Grand Legacy Update is about endings and beginnings, specifically, the demolition of the West Stadium and the groundbreaking ceremony for its shiny new replacement.

Our Class Reunion Update let’s 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.

Islander Ken Aldridge, Class of 1960, has completed his eighth novel, a crime story about a college professor faking his own death and the small town police chief on the trail. Read more about it in Milestones.

Our “Distant Mirror” correspondent, Mike Monk, Class of 1967, writes words to live by … well, actually phrases and sayings to take to heart, providing enough examples that perhaps you may want to include them in your repertoire for daily living.

My “I’ve Been Thinking” column considers Super Bowl Sunday and those of us of a certain age who remember life before the Super Bowl, before we had to count those dang Roman numerals.

As usual we’ll see what songs were popular on the radio, what movies were wooing us on 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 we get year four off to a Grand (Island) start. Oh, yeah, I almost forgot: remember to keep pushing on.

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

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Rise Grand Island!


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.