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Welcome to Rise 

Welcome to the July 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 4, the fourth 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 done something new, newsy, or newsworthy. You can reach us at the email addresses on the front page.

Our “At the Top” lead story covers the last steel beam that was put in place in the Memorial Stadium project, Our Grand Legacy. With the placement of the beam comes a tradition in the construction industry called a “Topping Out” ceremony. Check out the details on our front page.

Speaking of Memorial Stadium, Leigh Lillibridge’s Grand Legacy Update details how you (and anyone you may know) can still become part of the Memorial Stadium project. 

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.

In our "Shaking the World" story this month we revisit an article Traci wrote last year discussing the Memorial Stadium project. 

Our “Distant Mirror” correspondent, Mike Monk, Class of 1967, remembers his lifelong friend and classmate Mike Parmley. “Parm” passed away last May.

My “I’ve Been Thinking” column details the 30th Reunion Tour my wife and I took in June to points Southwest and West, home to thousands in Islander Nation. The Tour’s terminus was almost three decades ago to the day that we left Los Angeles and came “home” to Grand Island.

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 entertained us from each decade during July .

We hope you find this “Rise” to your liking

Remember Islanders: 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.