A CHEER ... to Victor Senior High School for implementing a new club this year that empowers young women. The Young Women's Leadership Club is an extension of the successful Victor Junior High School club, and was started by student Katherine Farney, who had benefited from the club in junior high. The club has hosted its first guest speaker — Victor school district Superintendent Dawn Santiago-Marullo, who spoke about her leadership journey and provided tips on how to be a successful leader — and plans to host female guest speakers throughout the year, among other functions. “The girls are happy to have a place to go where they can be themselves, encourage one another and support one another,” says co-advisor Keeley Sprague.
A JEER ... to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, for reneging on a promise to New Yorkers. The Democratic senator threw her hat into the ring for a presidential bid in 2020, perhaps conveniently forgetting that during her U.S. Senate re-election campaign she said she would fill out the entire six-year term. It's certainly her right to run for president; in many ways, Gillibrand is a worthy entrant to what could be a crowded field of presidential candidates and offers many great ideas worth debating. Just be straight with the voters, which she failed to do.
A CHEER ... to Jim Kelly in his fight against cancer. The former Buffalo Bills quarterback received good news on Friday from his MRI results. Kelly's wife, Jill, posted on social media that his results came back clean and cancer-free. Surgeons successfully removed cancer from Kelly's upper jaw and lymph nodes last year.
A CHEER ... for generations of Honeoye Central School musicians, who have reunited for alumni concert band performances under Grace Wood's direction in 2003, 2007 and 2013, plus an alumni jazz band concert. This year, Wood is organizing two alumni concerts — a jazz concert March 2 at the Little Lakes Community Center in Hemlock, and a concert band performance June 8 in the Honeoye school auditorium. Wood says turnout has been tremendous, as has feedback from the alumni musicians who "get a kick out of meeting the students and seeing just what they can do from their old days." Ready to blow your horn? Contact Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Honeoye Central School Band Facebook page.
A CHEER ... to Victor resident and Cedarville University student Hannah Lamarco, whose self-run business has raised nearly $5,000 for the construction of a Haitian hospital. The junior management student, who served on a two-week mission trip to Haiti with a Cedarville team to help build Mercy Hospital in Les Cayes, Haiti, later started a limited liability company named Mercy Bracelets. She has made more than 600 bracelets by hand over four months, with the help of a few friends, selling and shipping them throughout the U.S., with $5 or every bracelet — which go for $10 to $15 — helping to fund the hospital construction, and coming with the name of a child waiting to receive card there. More details can be found at mercybracelets.com.