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students inside albayFor the 11th consecutive year, the League of Women Voters of Scarsdale will select two high school students to attend the annual Students Inside Albany Conference to take place from May 22nd to May 25th, 2022. Any Sophomore, Junior or Senior student who attends Scarsdale High School or who resides in the school district is eligible to apply.

This year, Students Inside Albany will be an in-person event designed to immerse students in the process by which public policy is proposed, revised and enacted in New York State. Similar to past years, the agenda will be packed with tools to instruct students on how to influence public policy decision-making at the state level. Similarly, the highlight of the in-person program of meeting with legislators will continue to allow discussions with state legislators on issues and advocacy.

Scarsdale students who attended this program in the past were unanimous in their enthusiasm about the program.

The cost of the conference, including hotel and meals, will be co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters New York State Education Foundation, Inc. and the Scarsdale League.

Applications and more information are available on the LWVS’s website under the Youth Programs tab and are due by February 4, 2022.

Please contact LWVSyouthprograms@gmail.com for more information.

Letters2The Village of Scarsdale received 250 letters and drawings for Santa at special mailboxes around town this year. Many of the writers reported that they had behaved well this year - or at least tried to – and others wished Santa a merry merry, advised him against eating too many cookies and even invited him to stop by.

What items were popular this year? Take a look at excerpts from a few letters to Santa:

Violet wrote, “Was I notty? Maybe a little bit? Nevertheless she asked for “2000 littlest pet shops, Polly in my Pocket, a Big Wolf Stuffy, cute little puppy dress, the littlest pet shop cruise ship and lots more pet shoppe gifts.

Hania wanted only one gift: A big pink unicorn.

Alice put in a request for American Girl doll items, including a wellie wishers camping tent.

August, age 7, listed eight items includes Bowser’s airship, slime and Pokemon stickers.

Also six years-old Elijah as for a small bow and arrow, a monkey costum(e) a school backpack skates for hockey, a hockey stick and t-shirt.

Elizabeth reported that she had been ‘nice” this year and asked Santa to bring a swing for the doll house, dresses for the Barbie and a “real horse that talks.”

Aidan asked for a toy grand piano.

Ava had high hopes for Christmas, with a long list that included a Ninja course to hang from the poles of her trampoline, a phone, a dog, a Brandy Melvin shopping spree, press on nails, make up and beauty face masks.

Ryan mused, “This year I’ve been working on self controlling on part of it was “no punishments” and I did very well. So any ways, I would want a F-35 that lights up and makes sound please.

Rhea reported, “I have been really good this year and requested a Nintendo switch, a hydroflask, an iPhone (if your feeling generous) and dangling earrings. She said, “That’s all! But feel free to give whatever you think I’ll like. Don’t eat too many cookies.”

Three year-old Shishi told Santa that she went to school all day and did not cry and therefore asked for a unicorn toy with a white and purple mane, who eats purple strawberries.

And it seems that children of all ages still have faith in Santa. 12 year-old Audrey told him, “This year I played games with my sister. And I helped my friends with anything they need. I can’t wait to see our elves this year. She asked for sweaters (zip up but no hoodies), candles for her room, claw clips, a different colored snowboard helmet and tree hut sugar scrubs.

Six year-old Hudson sent Santa an invitation. He wrote, “Will you come to my house? We have a beautiful Christmas tree and a big chimney. I will get you cookies.”

Last Jean, who is perhaps a parent or grandparent, sent out a plea for us all. She said, “First thank you for all the blessings in food, family, community and growth because I am so appreciative. My biggest request for a Christmas wish is for the safety of our kids, our future generation. May you keep them safe from harm’s way and from evil doers and bring more faith and awareness to more people.”

8UTeamCoaches: Jon Waldman, Becky Bach Goalie: Blake Barrow Team:Caleb Levine, Vincent Lin, Yoni Avini, Evan Waldman, Grayson Fix, Johan Schuerlein, Matthew Straus, Mason Collins, Courtney BachScarsdale Youth Hockey’s teams had a successful Thanksgiving weekend. The Maroon and White 8U travel teams participated in tournaments over the Thanksgiving weekend. On Friday November 26th, the Scarsdale Raiders Maroon team completed the Thanksgiving Gobbler Jamboree in Brewster NY with a 5-0-1 record against area teams from Westchester, and southern Connecticut. On Saturday November 27th both the Maroon and White team participated in the Mamaroneck Youth Hockey Association's "Turkey Shootout". Raiders Maroon placed 2nd in the Stuffing division, and the Raiders White team placed 5th in the Gravy division. Grayson Fix won the hockey shootout for the Stuffing division, while Evan Waldman placed 2nd in the shootout for the gravy division.

Also over Thanksgiving weekend, the Scarsdale Raiders 10U Maroon Hockey team travelled to Brooklyn for the CANAM tournaments at Aviator Field. Scarsdale finished the tournament with a winning record of 1-2-1 to take home the silver medal in the tournament, after a spectacular game in the tournament finals. The team was resilient and able to respond quickly in a very competitive tournament.

10UHockeyGoalie: Mason Kay
Coaches: Andy Grasheim, Neil Casey (Kevin Tagami - not pictured)
Players: Kyle Bach, Charlie Bruton, Owen Casey, Zach Handler, Johan Grasheim, Valeria Li, Jacob Strauss, Ethan Ling, Adrian Whang (not pictured: Jamie Putnam, Atticus Tagami)

 

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Ren BoysThe West family opted for red when picking out a wreath at St. James the Less. SMS eighth graders Steven and Jason Ren are pictured, left to right. Photo courtesy of Midori Im.Scarsdale Boy Scouts Troop 4 held their annual wreath fundraiser. The boys hand decorated the wreaths and sold them at St. James the Less, St. Pius X, and Hitchcock Church at the beginning of Advent on Sunday November 28, 2021. The revenue generated will be used to fund equipment and activities for the troop.

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Zachary Weitzman and Christian Kirkendall-Rodriguez decorating wreaths for the Scarsdale Troop 4’s annual fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Midori Im.

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Troop 4 also sold wreaths at St. Pius X. Photo courtesy of Heather Kolb.

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The Bauerlien family go for gold. Wreath held by Scout Neal Mazza. Photo courtesy of Heather Kolb.

FootballTeamThe Scarsdale Youth Football Rec program is a member of the 16 team Westchester Youth Football League. This fall Scarsdale’s 3rd/4th grade team went 8-0 and were crowned champions of the League. Over the entire season the Little Raiders scored 156 points and gave up only 20 points.

The team began practice in late August and capped the season with a resounding 30-0 win over Harrison in the WYFL championship game on Sunday November 7th at the SHS turf field. In between, the boys learned the basics of football from a dedicated coaching staff of Dads and volunteers.

The boys on the championship team, of which, over half the team had never played tackle football previously were:

Running Backs: Peter Brown, John Badurski, Alex Halyard, Jason Rothenberg, Hudson Fix, Zac Gottlieb.

Quarterback: Jack Wetzstein

Defensive Secondary: Jay Anfang, Teddy Lipkind, Gray Fix, Alex ZhangYOuthFootball1John McCann encourages the team.

Lineman: Bennett Schildhouse, Sebastian Maffei, Aric Lewis, Oran Bandsma, Brandon Perla, Thomas Kirwan, Elliot Roseman

Defensive Ends and Linebackers: Zac Gottlieb, Harry Forschner, Nolan Groark

Kicker: Thomas “The Golden Toe” Kirwan

Coaches: Offensive Coordinator Paul Fix - SHS class of 2000, Line Coach Bob McCann - Class of 1979, Quality Control Coach Eric Lewis, Defensive Coordinator Todd Leone - SHS class of 1981

DOFO (Director of Football Operations): John McCann - SHS class of 1980

Scarsdale Youth Football Head Coach and President: Rippy Philipps

The boys and coaches are already looking forward to next year and welcome any son or daughter of Scarsdale to join the team - No tryouts required

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