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Welcome to Rise 

Welcome to the May 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 3, the third edition 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.

We’re trumpeting our “At the Top” feature this issue as it announces an incredible new project to renovate Memorial Stadium. GISH alum Lanny Martin (1964) has generously donated $10 million to the effort, which we detail in “At the Top.”

Also in this issue, Foundation Executive Director Traci Skalberg announces the winners of the second “Decade Challenge” among the GISH graduating classes during Go Big Give earlier this month. This is all about street cred, and Traci has the winners and the details in her Legacy update.

Traci also gives you what you need to know — including criteria and who is in — about Senior High’s new Academic Hall of Fame in her "Shaking the World" article.

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 “From the Island” correspondent Taylor Keyes writes a heartfelt farewell to Grand Island Senior High as she and her senior classmates stand on the threshold of entirely new chapters in their lives.

Our “Distant Mirror” correspondent Mike Monk followed his daughter and her husband to Bean Town last month as they ran this year’s Boston Marathon. The runners were successful, and the trip rekindled many fond memories of Boston for Mike who went to school at Harvard College.

My “I’ve Been Thinking” column both praises and picks on Grand Island’s “spring” environment — especially how it affects high school graduation, Islander sports, and our attitudes.

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

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

We hope you enjoy this “Rise” as we head toward “summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime,” the perfect time to 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.