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Rise Grand Island!


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Welcome to Rise 

Welcome to the May 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 3, the third 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 features Ryan Murphy and Guy Busick, from the Class of 1994. The pair, who have been writing for film and television in Hollywood for over two decades, have a major motion picture hitting the big screen in August.

Foundation Executive Director Traci Skalberg, writes about the results of Go Big Give, the community’s once-a-year push to raise money and in doing so, make Grand Island a better place to live and … more specifically … advance the work of the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation.

Leigh Lillibridge’s Grand Legacy Update keeps us apprised as the new West stadium is taking shape across the street from GISH.

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 “Distant Mirror” correspondent, Mike Monk, Class of 1967, recalls two incidents nearly 40 years apart, but, when considered together, says plenty about the state of schools and how they impart discipline and help students.

Pardon the recycling, but my “I’ve Been Thinking” column draws heavily on a newspaper column I wrote in 2014 that ran in the (Grand Island) Independent and the Omaha World-Herald. It’s some unsolicited advice for graduates, this being the season and all.

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 May.

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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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.