Minerva Sailing Program participants
The 2012 Town of Minerva Youth Program wrapped up its six-week summer of sun and good times on Aug. 17 with a mostly noisy and all fun morning of skits, songs, awards and recognitions.
A good crowd of parents, guardians, friends, staff and campers showed that they were certainly ready for a great morning of endings, and beginnings. The summer was great at beautiful Minerva Lake, with its excellent beach, fine boat launch, wonderful concession stand and terrific atmosphere. Of course, the sunny weather didn’t hurt, either. All of these factors led to an entertaining and safe summer for the youth program campers.
The Minerva Youth Program (MYP) staff and support people did their usual wonderful job throughout the summer, keeping all the campers safe while allowing them to have fun. The summer program has fun as its bottom line, and this summer was no different. The weather was mostly cooperative — it was often a struggle to get the campers out of the water when the time came to gather at the pavilion for trips home on the buses or family/friend car.
The following is a wrap-up of the awards and recognitions that were given the morning of Aug. 17 at the Minerva Lake pavilion. After the Minerva Lake sailing program awards, Crazy Hat Day, Citizenship, and most improved swimmer awards were given out. First are the great Crazy Hat Day award winners!
Crazy Hat Day (took place on Thursday, Aug. 16)
Prettiest hat – Logan Taylor
Most original hat – Wyatt Hitchcock
Craziest hat – Kodie Pratt
Prettiest hat – Caitlin Wamsley
Most original hat: Kara Tucker
Craziest hat: Katelyn Tennyson
Prettiest hat: Aiden Halloran
Most original hat: William Wright
Craziest hat: Tristen Hitchcock
Prettiest hat: Maria Ordway
Most original hat: Katie Mather
Craziest hat: Avery Bayse
Prettiest hat: J.T. Start
Most original hat: Liam Halloran
Craziest hat: Kaleb Davie
Prettiest hat: Sierra Galusha
Craziest hat: Cassie Pratt
Best Explanation of a Hat: Dayna Studnicky
Note: Once again, the panel of judges did not have an easy time of it; the competition was indeed intense. The judges for the Crazy Hat Day contest were: Fran Paradis, Tom Ordway Sr. and Sue Montgomery Corey. Thank you all for the hard work you put into this difficult task.
The Minerva Youth Program Citizenship award, given to a camper in each morning group who counselors decided was a good citizen throughout the summer program, is difficult to assign and very difficult to achieve. Award winners are campers who really are role models for others in terms of friendliness, helpfulness, and doing the right thing (when no one is looking). Citizenship means good character. These award decisions are often very tough to make – here are the award winners for this past summer:
Little Girls: MacKenzie Mulligan
Little Boys: Cooper Halloran
Middle Girls: Chelsea Wright
Middle Boys: Aiden Halloran
Big Girls: Cassie Pratt
Big Boys: Andrew Taylor
Most Improved Swimmer
The Most Improved Swimmer is an award that goes to an individual from each of the six (actually seven) swim levels who consistently works hard to make improvements in his or her swimming skills during the summer.
Level 1: Mary LaBrecque
Level 2: Isabelle Waite
Level 3A: Tristen Hitchcock
Level 3B: Kali Dugan
Level 4: Grant Printy
Level 5: Garrett Hill
Level 6: Casey Halloran
Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Lisa Fabin presented American Red Cross Swimming Level cards to all those campers who were able to successfully move up the swimming level ranks. Counselor and WSI Selina LeMay-Klippel was not able to be there for the awards event, but her work with the swimmers during the summer (instructing, evaluating) was invaluable!
There are a lot of folks to thank in regard to the Minerva Youth Program for allowing it to be as successful as it was this past summer. Some folks will likely be missed in this attempt to give thanks, but if so, remember that your contributions were welcome and necessary. Above all, thanks to the great MYP staff, who worked so hard to provide very successful and incredibly important safe and fun days for the campers. Program staff this year included: Dakota Bennett, Cameron Dubay, Katrina Dubay, Lisa Fabin, Trish Gardner, Murphy Harr, Selina LeMay-Klippel, Bridgett Mather, Lena Mather, Chris O’Connor, Stephanie Ovitt, Lance Paradi, and Mike Corey.
Many thanks go to the Town of Minerva lifeguards who throughout the summer did their job, and of course more; these fine lifeguards include Lynn Green, Liz Ordway, Heather Vanderwalker, and Massena Green. Those “Lost Swimmer” drills went very well, of course. Thanks to Katie Smith and her staff at The Stand for all their patience and generosity (and watchfulness).
Thanks to the Minerva Central School bus drivers (Ken Smith and Bev West) and coordinator Joe Gonyo for all their help during the summer (and to MCS for allowing the MYP to use the school building on rainy days). Thanks, too, to the Town of Minerva Parks and Recreation and Highway Department staff Rob Kohrman and Dan Lynn for being there when they were needed (the MYP shed at the canoe launch was an amazing addition). A special thanks to the instructors for the sailing program, which included a record 14 young sailors – you all stepped up to help when the regular sailing director Ron Bruce couldn’t run it this summer. Phil Wilson took over the helm, and with the help of Bill Brannon, Jeff Palka, Jon Ordway, Gus Stewart and several folks from Hewitt Lake, the sailing program was a great success.
Thanks go to The Minerva Youth Commission for all its support of the program, as well as to the Minerva Town Board, which provided much-appreciated support. And thanks to all those parents and guardians who prepared your campers for the beach, lunch, and the weather day after day. And, a great THANK YOU! goes to the campers, who ranged this year from ages four to 14 – you made the summer a fun one for all!