In a departure from past practices, the 2017 Newark High School Arcadian is dedicated to business teacher Kathleen Tanea and health teacher Karen Cline.
Rene Sutton-Spike, who teaches the marketing and publications class that produced The Arcadian, said the senior class nominated staff members they’d like to see the yearbook dedicated to, and Tanea and Cline got the highest — and nearly same number of — votes.
After it was announced at the annual awards assembly that the yearbook was being dedicated to both teachers, each came forward, received hugs, a yearbook and said thank you.
“I was very honored and totally surprised,’’ Tanea said. “I was very emotional, because as I looked out at the audience it really hit me that ‘this is it, I won’t be back next year to the place where I have spent most of my career’ and I will really miss all of you.”
Cline expressed similar sentiments.
“It was an honor and nice surprise,” she said. “To know that you have had a positive impact on your students confirms I have made a great career choice and that I am on the right path in life. I have a special bond with so many of the seniors and will truly miss them next year.”
A 1980 NHS graduate, Tanea, who serves as technology staff development coordinator and Newark Central School District technology integrator, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business education from Nazareth College.
She worked for one year teaching business at Red Jacket High School before coming to NHS in 1985. She has coached cheerleading for basketball, soccer and football; coached junior varsity girls tennis; served as National Honor Society adviser; and helped coordinate the annual Academic Excellence dinners and senior ice cream socials.
She and her husband of 33 years, Tim, a retired eighth-grade math teacher at Newark Middle School, have two children, Chris and Sara.
Chris Tanea graduated from Texas A&M University. As a communications specialist, his clients include Katy Area Economic Development Council in Katy, Texas. He and his wife, Cali, live in St. Louis.
Sarah Tanea graduated from Penn State University and is currently attending Lock Haven State University in Pennsylvania while completing her clinical rotation in its physician’s assistant program.
“Mrs. Tanea will be missed, as she will be a graduate of 2017,” The Arcadian staff wrote. “Thank you for the years of devotion to NHS, may you enjoy every day of your retirement in good health, doing whatever you please.”
The yearbook dedication page about Tanea included, “Seniors say Mrs. Tanea encourages students to do their best, and without her and her college prep class many students would struggle when applying and getting ready for college. She has dedicated many, many years to this school and all of the students who have passed through. She helps to prepare everyone for the next chapter of our lives. She has done a lot for everyone. She is in charge of making sure seniors choose the right path after high school, and has been doing that for quite some time.”
A 1981 Palmyra-Macedon High School graduate, Cline graduated from Continental School of Beauty in Rochester and worked in cosmetology after high school.
She became active in bodybuilding in the ‘90s, winning the title of Miss Rochester and Miss New York State Women’s Bodybuilder in 1992.
She graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in science and education, and earned her master’s degree in education from Canisius College in 2015.
Cline has taught health at NHS since 2009. She is the varsity coach for both girls lacrosse and indoor track. She and Nicole Reinholtz, NHS prevention counselor, are co-advisers of Youth 2 Youth Club and coordinate numerous healthy and safe choice events each year.
She has been married to Dave Cline for 21 years. The couple has one son, Cory, 26, who is an electrical apprentice.
“Mrs. Cline has made a significant impact on NHS through her strength and conditioning, health and sports science classes,” The Arcadian staff wrote. “She has shared her knowledge and her personal experiences. Mrs. Cline is the varsity coach for both girl’s lacrosse and indoor track. Mrs. Reinholtz and Mrs. Cline advise the Youth 2 Youth program, which has sponsored Red Ribbon Week as well as drives to help our school community.”
The yearbook dedication page about Cline included, “Seniors say Mrs. Cline is a mother figure for every student she meets. She brings joy, jokes and laughter for every student. She isn’t only a teacher, but she also is a friend to teachers and students. Mrs. Cline has been a large part of so many students lives ever since freshmen year. She has always opened her arms to anyone that is hurt. She always has a listening ear and genuinely cares for each individual she helps. She’s a caring person and would take the shirt off her back in order to help you.”
The Arcadian also included two memorial pages this year.
One page was in memory of William Tyler Finn, a member of the Class of 2017 who died in 2013. The other was dedicated to John Meath, a NCSD courier who died in January.
Members of the Finn and Meath families were called forward to receive special copies of The Arcadian. They also presented awards in honor of Finn and Meath.
The following was included in The Arcadian about Finn.
“This year’s senior class keeps in memory a classmate we lost a few years ago, and we have chosen to honor him by devoting a page in the senior section to him and his family. We know that no sum of words could ever describe the person Tyler was and the loss we all felt, but I would like to take a moment and read aloud what we believe comes close.
“William Tyler Finn, most commonly known by Tyler, was the son of Bill and Tonya Finn, a big brother to Eric Finn and a friend to all. He was also a student at Newark Middle School before his passing Feb. 13, 2013. Tyler was passionate about baseball, enjoyed playing guitar, the saxophone and was a genuinely happy person. As a part of the Class of 2017, Tyler will always be remembered as a joyful part of everyone’s day. He is honored annually by his classmates wearing his two favorite colors, orange and blue, on the day of his passing. Tyler always brought happiness to all he met, and will forever be remembered for his charm and ability to cheer up those in need.
“William Tyler Finn. Most of us called him Tyler. He was known for always lighting up the mood, no matter what the situation was. Tyler was one of the brightest and goofiest of my friends. It seemed like nothing ever got him down. Even at a young age I could see that he had a strong spirit, a spirit that will live on as long as he is in our thoughts and hearts. I like to think about the memories we shared. I know your strong spirit will live on. Fly high buddy. — Sam Gilpin.
“Tyler, you were more than my best friend, you were more than my cousin, you were my brother and now you’re my motivation, and I hope you’re proud. — Isiah Jackson.
“Hey buddy, I’m just going to keep this short and simple. I miss you like crazy. I’m doing good I guess, could be better, but that’s life. Wish you could be here, but since you can’t we’ll just have to meet again in the afterlife. Until then, I’m holding it down for you, us Ty’s have to stick together. R.I.P. my dawg, till we meet again. — Tyshaun Anderson.
“I want to make sure he’s remembered and that I miss all the little league he and I played together, it’s a shame he can’t join us on the stage this year. — Jackson Correia.”
The following was included in the Meath memorial, which was read at the ceremony by Arcadian staff member Lorainne DeJesus.
“John was born the son of the late Francis and Lucia Meath on Dec. 8, 1964, in Newark. He was a graduate of Newark High School, Class of 1982. Following high school, he attended Finger Lakes Community College. John was presently working for the Newark Central School as a mail carrier. He enjoyed hanging out with many of his military buddies and bodybuilding. The funeral home flew the Marine Corps flag in honor of his service to our country. John was a very patriotic individual serving our country in each military branch: Air Force, Navy, Army and Marines.
John will be lovingly remembered by his brothers Anthony and wife, Faith, and Christopher; and sisters Patricia and Alessandra.
What can I say about John Meath? Dependable, reliable, an extra miler who had a heart of gold. A man of his word whom you could always count on.
“John will be missed. His ‘can-do’ attitude, patriotism, sense of humor and love of music are all fond memories for me. Every time he saw me last year, he called me a ‘short-timer,’ because I was retiring. I will always remember him playing his bagpipes in the cafeteria. We were blessed by his presence.
“He always went above and beyond the call of duty for his family, friends and strangers. He left a positive impact on all who were fortunate to cross his path, and has left this world a better place for being in it.
“Heaven gained a beautiful angel. May you rest in peace.”
Sutton-Spike said The Arcadian staff had done an amazing job this last school year producing the yearbook that includes more than 100 videos that can be accessed with a smartphone.
She offered congratulations for all the hard work to editors Sarinah Hernandez, Julianna Otero and Alivia Moore. She also praised the work done by business manager Alyssa James and staff members Serena Smith, Gage Brown, Lindsey Guck, Colby Wilson, Lorainne DeJesus, Marissa Swan, Keenen Eischen, Sean-Paul Whittlesey and Matt Trumble.