Wheatland-Chili Central School District

Small School Leads to Big Success

Senior Maureen Girven is finding success at Niagara University, thanks to her foundation at WC.

“At Wheatland-Chili every student has the opportunity to join as many clubs and sports teams as they would like,” said Girven. “I learned leadership in cross-country, drama club, student government, yearbook, and in Leadership Asset Training.”

“Wheatland-Chili gave me a chance to be the best young adult I could be!”

She has completed an internship with Disney, worked at events in the Niagara area and the Super Bowl. Girven is poised to begin her career in Tourism/ Event Management.


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    In 1912, construction began on the iconic 366 foot Kodak Tower in downtown Rochester. On May 17, one hundred and six years later, Corey Ingham stepped off the top and rappelled all the way down to the pavement below. This extraordinary feat was simply training for the volunteer work he would do the following day.

    Ingham is no stranger to volunteer work. For four years, he donned a fuzzy Easter Bunny costume at the American Legion in Scottsville to the delight of the community children. “I passed it on to my brother, he’s an eighth grader, because I was too tall for the costume,” Ingham explained.

    Ingham also completed an Eagle Scout volunteering project at the American Legion. “I maintain the memorial garden for fallen sheriff deputies for the county – they go back to 1911, I think.” The bench and signs were already in place, but Ingham built a retaining wall, planted shrubs and flowers, and installed a paver pad surrounding the bench. Ingham and his family just power washed and oiled the bench and put down fresh mulch in preparation for the Memorial Day parade, which ends right at the American Legion on Main Street. Ingham’s father is a Sheriff’s Deputy so this project has special meaning to him.

    The day after Ingham’s rappel, he and his father acted as bottom belayers for the 21 Stories for Scouts 2018 event, which raised over $150,000 for outreach programs for Rochester’s urban youth. Ingham’s job was to make sure participants had a smooth landing. He was one of 15 ropes volunteers, together with the 96 participants and 10 members of the press, 121 people repelled down the Kodak Tower on Thursday and Friday.

    “It was the single largest fundraising event in the history of the Seneca Waterways Council,” said Tony Vogl, Director of Development for the Seneca Waterways Council, BSA.

    “It was a great way to finish off the week after the APs (advanced placement exams),” Ingham laughed.

    In response to the building’s stature, Ingham said, “It wasn’t really all that bad. I don’t really have any fear of heights. It’s mostly making sure you know how to use all the equipment, hooking yourself in, and they check it. So, you just hop up over the edge and it’s a really cool view. You can see everything.”

    Ingham is the valedictorian and recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award for the Wheatland-Chili Class of 2018. He will attend Alfred State in the fall to study Surveying and Geomatics Engineering.

  • PTA holds congratulatory breakfast for State Championship Girls Varsity Soccer Team Continue Reading »

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    The PTA hosted a congratulatory breakfast for the State Championship Girls Varsity Soccer team along with head coach Gary Ward and Assistant Coach Jenn Quinn on Tuesday, April 17. PTA president Lisa Hitchings welcomed the group by saying, “The community is so proud of you girls. I represent the community when I say congratulations.” Hitchings then presented the players and coaches with commemorative championship key chains.

    This season was the team’s second state championship in a row and marked over 500 varsity wins for Coach Ward in his 36-year career. As the event ended, Coach Ward commented that this team “laid claim to his greatest team of all time. I hope to keep it going next year.”

    Next year’s team will see big changes as eight student-athletes graduate in June. All of the graduates will be continuing their education, and in some cases their soccer careers, in college.

    Photo caption: Head Coach Gary Ward, Assistant Coach Jenn Quinn, PTA President Lisa Hitchings, and Principal Eric Windover with the Varsity Girls Soccer Team


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