Past Spotlights

Past Spotlights

2018-19 Spartan Spotlights

September 2018 Spartan Spotlight: Josie Darling

jOSIE dARLING
NAME: Josie Darling

AGE: 16

GRADE/SCHOOL: Junior, High School


SPOTLIGHT MOMENT: Josie’s spotlight moment came when she became a championship barrel racer, winning the  2017 NYS Barrel Racing Championships (1D).
 
 
Josie has been barrel racing for five years. Atop her horse Big Red, Josie clocked the fastest time for riders under 18 at the state competition. She continues to compete several times a month during the racing season. Josie enjoys the people in the racing community that’s she’s met along the competition circuit. And then there’s the excitement. “When you get off the horse after a run—there’s nothing like the excitement.” Working with different horses can be challenging. Through her experiences Josie has learned to never give up, and that everything happens for a reason.

 
 
 
MORE ABOUT JOSIE:

Hobbies/activities (in and out of school): In addition to riding horses, Josie helps her father tend to the indoor horse arena where she rides. 

Favorite subject: Science

Least favorite subject: Math

What do you want to be: She’s undecided, but knows she will continue to barrel race.

October 2018 Spartan Spotlight: Seth Zacharias

Seth Zacharias NAME: Seth Zacharias

AGE: 13

GRADE/SCHOOL: 8th grade, Middle School


SPOTLIGHT MOMENT: Seth's spotlight moment came when he won the 2017 Bandelier Bandit championship at the Chemung Speedrome. 
 
 
Seth's carSeth is only 13, but for nine years of his young life, he’s felt the need for speed! Seth is a race car driver. He races bandelero cars, a type of small, light stock car. When the 2018 summer/fall season begins, Seth will move up to a different age group and the dirt sportsman race category.


 
 
 
 
 
 
MORE ABOUT SETH:

Hobbies/activities: Fixing electronics 

Favorite subject: Science

Least favorite subject: Math

What he wants to be when he grows up: Seth plans to attend the University of Buffalo and pursue a career in technology engineering. 

November 2018 Spartan Spotlight: Mia Gravelding

 
 
NAME: Mia Gravelding

AGE: 17

GRADE/SCHOOL: 11th grade, High School


 
 
SPOTLIGHT MOMENT: Mia's spotlight moment came in August when she performed an original song, written by the loved one of a person lost to overdose, at the Truth Pharm, "Trail of Truth" event.
 
 
Mia has been singing her whole life, but didn't share her talents in public until she took the stage during the Homer Brink talent show in fifth grade. That was just the first of many public performances for this talented vocalist. In addition to her moving performance at the Truth Pharm event (one that she describes as very emotional), Mia can be heard singing the National Anthem at varsity football, field hockey, and girls basketball games, and she performs at other local venues and events. She's also joined her father, singer and songwriter Nick Gravelding, on a single from his album. The song, "Drives the Heart Away,." and the album are now on iTunes. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MORE ABOUT MIA:

Hobbies/activities: Mia is a member of the girls varsity basketball team, and the HS's International Club and SADD Club. She is a summer volunteer with the district's Summer Enrichment Program and has volunteered at baskteball camps as a mentor for younger players. 

Favorite subject: History

Least favorite subject: Math

What she wants to be when he grows up: Although she's not sure of the career she will pursue, Mia has an interest in photography, and interior and fashion design. And, she will continue to sing. 


DEC. 2018 SPARTAN SPOTLIGHT: AMELIA CURTIS

Amelia Curtis
NAME: Amelia Curtis

AGE: 10

GRADE/SCHOOL: 5th Grade, Maine Memorial




 
 
SPOTLIGHT MOMENT: Amelia’s spotlight moment came this fall when she earned her black belt in karate.


Amelia has been studying karate at Tri City Karate Academy for four years. To earn her black belt, Amelia demonstrated her skills in a two-part test of her form, knowledge of terminology and sparring technique. Amelia will now be part of the Tri City Karate demo team. She will demonstrate her skills in public at community events. She will also help her karate classmates of all ages as they work toward developing their own skills. Amelia said the best part of earning her black belt is that now she has the confidence to protect herself in any situation.







 
 
 
MORE ABOUT AMELIA:

Hobbies/activities: Amelia enjoys art and crafting and is a member of her school’s art club. She also plays the ukulele. 

Favorite subject: Science and Math

Least favorite subject: Social Studies

What she wants to be when she grows up: Amelia would like to care for animals, possibly as a veterinarian, or at a zoo.  

Jan. 2019 Spartan Spotlight: Ada Chamleunsouk

Ada NAME: Ada Chamleunsouk

AGE: 10

GRADE/SCHOOL: 4th Grade, Homer Brink
 
SPOTLIGHT MOMENT: Ada's spotlight moment came in November when her original artwork was selected as a Broome County winning poster in the YES Safe Choices Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest. 


Ada loves to sketch, especially Anime. This fall she created her winning entry by combined her artistry with an important message about living a healthy lifestyle. Ada consulted with her family members, including her little sister Ila, before submitting her design. The main character is based on girls in some of her favorite video games.  
Ada and the other winning artists were honored at a reception and dinner at the Binghamton Arena Club on Dec. 8 followed by attending that evening's Binghamton Devils hockey game.






 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MORE ABOUT ADA:

Hobbies/activities: Art, reading, playing video games, field hockey and playing with her friends

Favorite subject: Math

Least favorite subject: Writing

What she wants to be when she grows up: Ada wants to be an artist when she grows up!  
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