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Welcome to Rise 

Welcome to the November 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 6, our last publication of “Rise” this calendar year, our third year as the official voice 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” is a shout out to any and all alums who want to be involved in the Memorial Stadium Project: Our Grand Legacy.  We have provided links for donors and for volunteers to become part of the investment that will be the new Memorial Stadium.

Speaking of which, the “Grand Legacy Update.” by Leigh Lillibridge, provides, among other things, a list of everyone who contributed to the original memorial Stadium built in 1947. My nickel says everyone treading that list of hundreds and hundreds of names will know someone — probably quite a few. The degree of separation among Islanders is low.

Also in the issue Foundation Executive Director Traci Skalberg shares an article from The Grand Island Independent about our GISH Football players and their amazing season. She also shares an article remembering Coach Ken Fischer who passed away this week. In Your Legacy. Their Opportunity, there are stories and pictures from this week's classroom grant prize patrol. The GIPS Foundation awards grants annually to our schools.

Our Milestones section introduces you to the new Dean of Creativity and Innovation at Hastings College, Islander grad, Chris Hochstetler, Class of 1984. Chris is returning to Central Nebraska after a military career, earning advanced degrees, and working as a CEO in Omaha.

Our Class Reunion Update highlights the Class of 1951 with a classic photo. Check it out. We’ll also let 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.

“Distant Mirror” correspondent, Mike Monk, Class of 1967, is sure his grandson Leo’s infatuation with all things sports is a case of apples and the distances they fall from trees … but perhaps skipping a generation.

My “I’ve Been Thinking” is a confession of sorts that I’ve grown weary of Nebraska winters and long for California sunshine. To make my point, I’ve included a benign, but hilarious car chase I started on the streets of Los Angeles some years ago.

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 November going back to the 1930s.

We hope you enjoy this “Rise” as we wrap year three connecting with Islander nation. 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.