|Seventh graders at Middle School students enjoyed a visit from gold medal Paralympic sled (or sledge) hockey winner Brad Emmerson in December. Emmerson, an Amherst native, shared his experiences as a member of the U.S. Paralympics Sled Hockey National Team since 2003. Invented in Sweden in the 1960s, sled hockey allows players with physical disabilities to use adapted equipment for an optimum sport experience.
Brad Emmerson got his chance to compete at his first Paralympic Winter Games in 2006, and was a major contributor for the bronze medal-winning squad. Emmerson tied for second on the team in scoring (two goals, three assists) and in plus/minus rating (+4). He held a slot on the national team for five years, helping lead the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 2008 IPC Sledge Hockey World Championships in Marlborough, Mass., the 2009 World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic and a gold medal in 2010 Japan Para Ice Sledge Hockey Championships.
In addition to his years on the national team, Emmerson has spenteight years with the Buffalo Freeze sled hockey club and now has been named the first-ever head coach of the Novice Buffalo Sabres sled hockey team.
Off the ice, Emmerson spends his time speaking to students throughout the northeast about overcoming obstacles to achieve goals with hard work and belief in one's self. Emmerson also blogs about his experiences with Team USA on the U.S. Paralympics Web site.
From business teacher Barb Moore:
On Wednesday, November 23, 2010, Mrs. Moore's Career & Finance class at East Aurora High School had the pleasure of hearing a presentation from Miss Molly Reed, East Aurora Class of 2003. After graduating from high school, Molly moved to Nashville, TN to pursue her dream of becoming a singer/songwriter for country music. Throughout the past seven years, she has working tirelessly to achieve this dream, graduating from college, releasing a CD and writing songs for many major singing sensations. Her latest release is a song written for the Christian music group, Point of Grace.
Throughout her presentation, Molly shared with the class of freshmen through seniors, the importance of following your true passion and going after what you love, no matter how many obstacles are along the way. Her enthusiasm and love for her career showed in her presentation as she was truly inspiring to our students.
At the end of her presentation, she concluded by singing a song that she has written and released on her own CD, about trying to lead a moral, wholesome life, while in a city like Nashville, that could so easily lead you in another direction!
We thank Molly for her inspiring words and upbeat message and wish her the best of luck as she continues to achieve her dreams!
On the evening of November 19th, the EAHS Science Club gathered on the hs football field and held the first annual Astronomy Night. Kyle Spindelman, the club's president, led the group with his high powered telescope to viewings of a remarkable waxing quarter moon and the planet Jupiter and its four Galilaean moons. Also on display were countless stars and constellations. Many students showed up and brought their own telescopes to enjoy the spectacle. The chilly night was warmed by Mr Grisanti and his endless supply of hot chocolate. while Mr. Evans supplied the star charts and the identification of the many celestial objects. Astronomy Night was a success and has the Science Club planning other events that shoot for the stars. photo/Mr. Grisanti