2010 - 2011 School Year


SPORTS 2010-2011


Senior Class Awards Banquet 2011



Potsdam High School Announces Their Top Students

Valedictorian - Sebastian Grimberg

Salutatorian - John Coleman

We are proud to congratulate the top students at Potsdam high School.  The Valedictorian of the Class of 2011 is Sebastian Grimberg, son of  Stefan Grimberg and Jan DeWaters.

Grimberg ranks number one in a very completive senior class of 122 students with a seven semester GPA of 98.86 .  Sebastian, in addition to being an outstanding scholar, contributes his time and energy to a number of school related activities.  He excels in a wide variety of athletics and extra-curricular activities including National Honor Society, Model United Nations, Student Council, French National Honor Society and Science Olympiad.  Athletically, he has participated in Soccer, Lacrosse and Indoor Track where he was Captain of both Soccer and Lacrosse his senior year.   Music has played an important role in Sebastian’s life.  He has actively been involved in Wind Ensemble, Area All State, NYSSMA Solos, Jazz Band as well as the Canta Sera Chamber Singers.  
The faculty and staff are very proud of Sebastian’s many accomplishments and foresee a bright future ahead of him.  Sebastian will be attending Princeton University in the fall pursuing a Mechanical Engineering or Applied Mathematics degree.

We are proud to announce and congratulate the salutatorian for the class of 2011, John Coleman.  He is the son of Geoffrey and Elin Coleman and is ranked a close second in his class with a GPA of 98.38 in the class of 122 seniors.
Music has played an important role in John’s high school years.  He plays the trombone in the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Orchestra, and Jazz Band. He has also participated in Area All State for four years and managed to score a 100 on his level 6 NYSSMA Solo in his sophomore year.  Among his other extracurricular activities John has been active in National Honor Society as well referees and keeps score for youth basketball.
Coleman is an incredible athlete and contributes his talents to contribute his talents to Football, Basketball as well as Baseball.  He was named a Varsity Captain in each sport, and all the teams he played for a combined total of six Section X Class B Championships.  This past Basketball season, he was awarded the prestigious Joe Jukoski  Award and became only the sixth player in Potsdam High’s history to score 1,000 points on the team.
This young man is very deserving of this distinction as he has worked very hard over the past four years an as dedicated himself to academics, athletics and family.  John is looking forward to a pursing a career in Mathematics at Clarkson University in the fall.


Potsdam High School Honors High Academic Seniors

Mike Burns

Frances Clark

John Coleman

Allana Connolly

Hannah Gingrich

Cassandra Grace

Sebastian Grimberg

Maya Holsen

Arian Mahmoodi

Avery Nagy-MacArthur

Lily Nagy-MacArthur

Xavier Patterson

Ruisheng Wang


Potsdam High School is pleased to have thirteen senior students in the Class of 2011 whose 3 1/2 year cumulative grade point average was 95% or higher at the end of the first semester of their senior year. Congratulations to: Michael Burns, John Coleman, Frances Clark, Allana Connolly, Cassandra Grace, Hannah Gingrich, Sebastian Grimberg, Maya Holsen, Arian Mahmoodi, Avery Nagy-MacArthur, Lily Nagy-MacArthur, Xavier Patterson and Ruisheng Wang.



Memorial Day Parade 2011

Memorial Day Parade

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Class of 2011 Senior Day

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Class of 2011 Senior Trip

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Potsdam High School Art Department

Eye of the Beholder

Art Show

May 19 - June 16, 2011

Creative Spirits Community Art Center

Potsdam, NY

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Potsdam High School Prom 2011

Duke John Coleman, Dutchess Cassie Grace, Princess Mariana Choong, Prince Garrett DiTullio
King Seth Adams, Queen Tess Hazen

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New York State Forensics League State Championship

On Friday, April 8, members of the Potsdam High School Speech and Debate Team - Shannon Smith, Noah Chichester, Alexis Tischler, Daniel Rothwell, Olivia Stitzer, Mackenzie Breneman, Andrew Hou, Deea Das, Brady Turner, Clifford Reilly, Jacob Bellucci, and Cassie McCormick - traveled to Mineola in Long Island to compete at the New York State Forensics League State Championship the following Saturday. No student made it into finals on Sunday, so the students went into Manhattan to sightsee. They returned Monday morning.


Teachers Compete in Half Marathon


April 3, 2011 - Three Potsdam high school teachers participated in the world's largest all female half marathon race with over 11,000 entries on April 3, 2011, in New York City's Central Park. Danielle Wilson, Valerie Chiarenzelli, and April Barnes, were joined by Principal Cindy Belleau and business woman Alena Bicknell. The women completed the 13.1 mile race enjoying the green grass, flowers, budding trees, and tall buildings surrounding Central Park. Pictured from left to right, Val Chiarenzelli, Danielle Wilson, & April Barnes.


Potsdam High School Saxophone Quartet


April 2, 2011 -The Potsdam High School Saxophone Quartet played at Crane's Saxophone Chamber Music Festival, which brought together saxophonists from around the country and was organized by Crane Saxophone professor Christopher Creviston. The Potsdam high school group performed "Chorale and Canon," by world-renowned composer Arthur Frackenpohl. Students in the Wind Ensemble as well as the sax quartet were treated to a session at the high school with Mr. Frackenpohl during which he spoke about his composition and made some suggestions to the quartet about the performance of his piece.
Pictured are (left to right) Lawrence Hazen, alto, Cassie Grace, baritone, composer Arthur Frackenpohl, Kate Hildreth, tenor, and Sebastian Grimberg, soprano. (T. Witmer photo)


Odyssey of the Mind

Maggie Maroney, Beth Waters, Megan Judware, Kiana McDonough, David Smith, Jake Bercume, and Tyler Chin have been working since October on their Odyssey of the Mind problem. Their problem was to create a performance that had to include very specific ideas. On March 5, 2011 they went to OFA to compete in the regional competition. There are two parts to the competition, spontaneous and long-term. In spontaneous the team is given a task or asked a question and must complete it within a given amount of time. At the end of the day they came home with a blue ribbon and are now advancing the the state competition in Binghamton, NY. on March 26, 2011. If the team is to win either first or second place in the states competition, they will advance to the world finals which will take place in Maryland. If you would like to read more about Odyssey of the Mind, the website is www.odysseyofthemind.com



Malone Model UN Conference

March 18, 2011: The Potsdam students went to Malone's first Model UN conference that they have held in 20 years. They were joined by Canton and Northeast Clinton clubs. The guest speaker spoke of Nicaragua and gave a powerpoint presentation on Mission of Hope, a group that goes to Nicaragua twice a year to help children and families with food, education, housing and medical supplies.

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Joe Jukoski Award Potsdam's John Coleman Honored as Top Boys Basketball Player in Section 10


For Potsdam Central senior John Coleman, being named the 2011 Joe Jukoski Award as the outstanding individual varsity boys basketball player in Section 10 was a group effort.

"This is a tremendous honor. It's a very prestigious award but I know I wouldn't have won it if the team that I'm on wasn't very accomplished," said Coleman, who became just the player in Potsdam history to earn the award and the first since Omri Ayalon shared the honor with Lisbon's Sean Backus in 2001

A four-year varsity standout for coach Steve Kmack, Coleman entered Wednesday's night's Section 10 Overall semi-final round game against Brushton-Moira averaging over 18 points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists per game for a Sandstoner squad that pushed its record to 21-0 with a convincing win over B-M.

"John is both a tenacious scorer and defender, never backing down from any challenge that is presented to him. He is also the engine that fuels Potsdam to the successes that they have been fortunate enough to achieve. He just recently joined the elite 1,000 career point club this season," noted Kmack.

Coleman is ranked second in his class with a 98.38 GPA and is one of the most popular students to have ever graced the halls of Potsdam High School. He excels in football and baseball as well and is still undecided as to where he will be attending college next fall.

Coleman beat out a stellar cast of finalists for this year's Jukoski that included classmate Zach Adams, Massena senior Brady Condlin and OFA senior Owen Luckie. He is the son of Jeff and Elin Coleman.

Eric LaValley was the first Sandstoner to earn the award in 1999. Former Canton standout Hal Cohen was the first to ever have his name etched in the Jukoski plaque back in 1979.

"If it weren't for coach, my teammates and my parents, this wouldn't have been possible," Coleman concluded.

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General Assembly with Alysha Brown, Zach Hunt and Sebastian Grimberg

The Sixth Annual Potsdam Model UN Competition

The Sixth Annual Potsdam Model UN competition was very successful. The following schools attended: Canton, Colton-Pierrepont, Lisbon, Franklin Academy from Malone, and Ogdensburg Free Academy. Watertown could not make it due to excessive snow. At the close of the competition, the Model UN students watched a live streaming from the BBC news of the historical moment of Egypt’s leader, Hosni Mubarak, resigning.

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Northern New York Maple Expo

Hugh Newton, President of the St. Lawrence County Maple Producers Association presents Mr. Sipher with a plaque in recognition of Potsdam High School and the Potsdam FFA for hosting the Northern New York Maple Expo

Onalie I Beckstead
St. Lawrence County Maple Queen




Potsdam High School Scholastic Art Award winners: Back Row L to R: Leslie Strong Sutter ( Art Teacher), Anna Foster, Allyssa Chambers, Avery Nagy-MacArthur, Tess Hazen, Lily Nagy-MacArthur, Alexis Hunt, Elaine Rava, and Kate Hildreth.
Front Row L to R: Hui Yang, Chrishlynn Damon, and Eleanor Hawley

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14th Annual Middle/High School Art Exhibit
Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, NY
Opening Saturday, January 22nd. 2 - 4 PM
Exhibit runs through February 28, 2011

"American Consumerism" by emily miller (wire and aluminum, acrylic paint)

"Self Portrait" by Tiffani Love (graphite on Paper)

"Blue Isherwood"  by Dan Rothwell (tempera on cardboard)

Hello little Sparrow" by Chrishlyn Damon (colored pencil, graphite on plywood)



Potsdam High School Seniors Attend Governor Cuomo's Watertown Speech

January 14, 2011

About twenty-five students from Participation in Government, Civics and AP Government had an opportunity to hear Governot Cuomo speech at in the Jules Center at Jefferson Community College today. He called on Northern New Yorkers to support his agenda - and to push the legislators in attendance to do so, as well. "I have power over the Legislature when they look at me and they see you behind me." This was an excellent opportunity for the students to hear about the state of government in New York. Potsdam students were chosen to attend because our school is one of sixteen schools participating in a weekly interactive webcast series called "Albany at Work" aimed at helping high school students learn about and keep updated on the workings of New York State government. Arrangement were made to seat them in the front of the room as the Governor at times spoke directly to the students as he made his case for instituting changes to protect their future. The presentation was similar to the State of the State Address where the Governor displayed the grim statistics of the current financial situation and urged government leaders and citizens to help him deal with the $10 million budget gap facing the state. To be part of a new governor’s program as he laid out his platform of reform was a remarkable educational opportunity for our students who were delighted with the chance to meet the Governor and obtain a deeper understanding of the issues facing our state and region.

The students attending the event were Zac Adams, Alysha Brown, Frances Clark, Hayley Clark, Allana Connolly, Monique Cornett, Hannah Gingrich, Eric Hanss, Steven Hayes, Eian House, Kristy Huczel, John Jadlos, Shawn Lillie, Kaycee Maguire, Arian Mahmoodi, Nick Mallet, Emily Miller, Avery Nagy-MacArthur, Lily Nagy-MacArthur, David Smith, Mackenzie Tully, Brady Turner, Alex Weil, Ben Woodruff, and Hui Yang.



Potsdam Whiz Quiz Team National Champions

Potsdam High School return to the Whiz Quiz competition this was truly remarkable. To win the National Championship shows the hard work and determination of these young scholars. Steven Hayes, a member of the team describes the championship match.

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Annual Wild Game Tasting Lab

(AKA: Road Kill Cafe)

December 21, 2010 - The Potsdam High School Chapter of the Future Farmers of America sponsored its Annual Wild game Tasting Lab. The event was open to all students and staff and has become a tradition here at Potsdam High School on the day before the Winter Holiday vacation. Students and staff stop by to taste a variety of wild game prepared by the students. This years guest chef was Tyler Adams (2010) whose culinary skills are magnificent. He was assisted by several other alumni as well as current members of the FFA. Delicacies included a multitude of venison recipes along with antelope, bear, elk, rabbit, goose, quail, caribou and mule deer. Additionally there were homemade fries, fried potatoes and other side dishes. Soda and bottled water were available for a price with proceeds going to the FFA.

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1st Annual Ugly Sweater Contest

December 21, 2010 - Potsdam High School held its 1st Annual Uggly Sweater Contest. Students and faculty were asked to find those sweaters that crowd their closets but have not seen the light of day in a long time. Perhaps people were waiting to see if they were coming back in style. Organized by one of our ever talented French teachers, Mrs. Danielle Wilson, participants signed up in advance and then reported to the lobby outside the High School office for judging. The winners were senior Jake Bercume and our own school nurse Mrs. Ann Petroccione. Now that you know that it is going to be an annual event, you can a get a head start on next year and save that uggly sweater.



Brass Sixtet and Jazz Band Perform Holiday Concert for Students

On Friday, December 17, 2010 the Brass Sixtet and Jazz Band offered a Holiday Concert for students during a 4th Period. It was a great opportunity for these two groups to perform for their peers. Students were treated to a variety of favorites from the Holiday season. Click Here For More Pictures



Holiday Door Contest 2010

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You Can't Take It With You Slide Show

You Can't Take It With You Program



Model UN Club Sweeps the Lisbon Competition

November 19, 2010 -Congratulations to Model UN Club as they swept the Lisbon Competition on Friday.Joe Barrett, representing Sudan won Best Delegate in General Assembly, Lawrence Hazen,representing India won Best Delegate in Eco Soc, Joey Baxter, representing Cambodia won Best Working paper in the General Assembly.

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Arian Mahmoodi Ccreated Business Selling Used Phones
Featured by Wall Street Journal

The younger Mahmoodi started the web-based company on his own and now runs it with the help of his father.
Arian Mahmoodi always respected his dad, Farzad Mahmoodi, and turned to him for odd bits of business advice about running his first start-up. But when Arian launched a new business, he quickly realized he'd need much more hands-on help from his father.

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2010 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit

Potsdam High School recently sent a six member team to the 2010 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, held at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.  Teams from thirty one schools representing over 30,000 students in the Adirondack region met to attend workshops and develop plans to reduce the carbon footprint from their respective schools.  The team from Potsdam consisted of teachers Dave Sipher, Jim Allott, and Nick Leuthauser, along with students Mike Chambers and Joe Bartlett.  Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Bob Brothers rounded out the team.

Additional photos and information can be found on the conference website at:  http://www.adkyouthsummit.org/



Pumpkin Carving Contest 2010

Artistic Congress Sponsors Contest
October 27, 2010

The Potsdam High School Artistic Congress sponsored a Pumpkin Carving Contest on Wednesday, October 27th, just in time for the Halloween Weekend. Students worked dilligently in the Art Room on their creation. Refresshments were provided. The masterpieces were displayed in the library the next day for judging by students and faculty. The winners were 1st. Place, Hui Yang, 2nd. Place, Kristian Merchant and 3rd. Place, Allyssa Theobald.

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Potsdam's Model UN Club Swept the Canton's Model UN Competition

Potsdam's Model UN club swept the Canton's Model UN competitionon Friday, October 22, that seven other schools attended. While the Sandstoners won the overall best delegation award fending off Canton, Ogdensburg, Watertown, Lisbon, Malone, and Colton-Pierrepont, many individual awards were brought home too.

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Spirit Week 2010

Monday - Class Color Day

Tuesday - Twin_Day

Wednesday - Backwards Day (Male - Female)

Thursday - Red Neck Day

Friday - Spirit Day



2010 Homecoming Court

Countess Liz Dempsey & Count Michael Hobbs

Duchess Katie Pierce & Duke Clifford Reilly

Princess Allie Kearing & Prince Ryan Boldt

Queen Cassie Grace & King John Coleman


Senior Superlatives - Class of 2011


Volley for the Cure

The Potsdam High School Girls Varsity Volleyball Team raise $337.13 for the St. Lawrence County Cancer Services. The event was "Volley for the Cure" and was held on Monday, October 18th and Tuesday October 19th. The team is coached by Julia Pahler.




Mrs. Parker's English Class Creates Books for Elementary School


Students from Mrs. Parker's English 2  Honors class read The Old Man and the Sea and then created a children's book based off of the scenes, themes and motifs from the novella.  Each group worked together to develop the story. The groups consisted of an assigned illustrator who work with 2 authors.  The students throughly enjoyed reading the stories as it created an  authentic task by having an audience other than their teacher.  They read their storybooks to the elementary students and then discussed  the moral of their story with the students.  The elementary students  actively participated in their discussions by sharing how it related  to their own lives.  Elementary teachers who participated were Mrs. Gagnon, Mrs. Maguire and Mrs. Caruso. The storybooks are now in the high school library for students to view.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010: Potsdam High School Cranberry Lake field trip. The science students worked in different stations such as identifying different types of trees. The photo students were given a scavanager hunt sheet and took photos.

Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012 7:34 AM