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Rise Grand Island!


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Welcome to Rise 

Welcome to the March 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 2, the second 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” story this time around is a look back at the groundbreaking ceremony and celebration in January for the Memorial Stadium Project, “Our Grand Legacy.” We’ve provided the day’s details and a link to more information and lots of good photos of the festivities.

Foundation Executive Director Traci Skalberg, writes in this edition about Go Big Give, which will be upon us later this spring. Go Big Give is a single day effort to raise money and awareness of the great work being done by Grand Island’s non-profits.

Leigh Lillibridge’s Grand Legacy Update keeps us appraised about the stadium project’s progress and also touches on the aforementioned Go Big Give’s role in that focus.

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.

Our Milestones section has two compelling stories: The first story introduces you to the second class of inductees in Senior High’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The second story is about Lindsay Zana (2006), who is hard at work in Los Angeles trying to build a career in the film and entertainment business you and I simply refer to as “Hollywood.”

Our “Distant Mirror” correspondent, Mike Monk, Class of 1967, introduces you to three of his favorite poems and makes the case for you to perhaps give poetry a try.

My “I’ve Been Thinking” column details the push/pull, inner conflict the editor of an alumni newsletter has when the school district in question is moving nicely into the future. One looks back, the other ahead. I’m so confused!

As usual we’ll see what songs were popular on the radio, what movies were wooing us on the big screen, what novels we were reading, and what television shows kept us from our homework each decade during March.

We hope you find this “Rise” to your liking as we continue to dig out from a truly snowy Nebraska winter. Spring, and our May issue, can’t get here soon enough. Please enjoy this installment of “Rise.”

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.