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Crispell celebrates its eighth graders moving up

Pine Bush High School auditorium was buzzing on Tuesday, June 25, as families and friends awaited the Crispell Middle School eighth grade students who would soon be moving on to make this building their educational home this fall.

A student dressed in a white blouse and black pants shakes hands with her teachers, who are in a line

The 232 students proceeded into the auditorium as their classmates Jackson Schultz and Michaila Maggiola, president and vice president of their class, respectively, were on the stage ready to get the program started. The select choir sang the Star Spangled Banner and Principal John Boyle welcomed the class and staff.

A young woman in a black and white dress fist bumps a man in a white shirt wearing a sling around his other arm

“You are beginning a new chapter of your life,” he said. “The best is yet to be.”

Tim Mains, superintendent of Pine Bush schools, also welcomed everyone and reminded parents and students alike that in four short years, they will be graduating from Pine Bush High School as the class of 2023!

A young man in a shirt and tie shakes hands with a woman in a pink dress as other administrators look on

Many awards were presented to students for academics, music, drama and character development including:

  • Joan Ritzinger Humanitarian Award –  Madeline Dively
  • Pythian Sisters’ Altruistic Award – Terri Metcalfe
  • Patrick T. Mataraza Respect Award – Taylor Moshinski
  • Triple C Award (Courage, Character, Commitment) – Morgan Nelson, Christian Anthony
  • Life Skills Student of the Year – Nora Kate Sweeney
  • PTO Academic Achievement Award – Thomas Brendel
  • Principal’s Awards – Jazmin Medina, Klaus Williams
  • Grade 8 Blue Team Students of the Year – Ashleigh Berentsen, Connor Stacklum                
  • Grade 8 Blue Team Outstanding Work Ethic – Juliana Cooper, Michael Cragan
  • Grade 8 Blue Team Most Improved Award – Ayla Corey, James Adamec
  • Grade 8 Gold Team Students of the Year – Alicia Pagan, Mackenzie Meisel 
  • Grade 8 Gold Team Outstanding Work Ethic – Alina Zanetti, Joseph Spinato 
  • Grade 8 Gold Team Most Improved Award – Ashanti Melendez, Camden Hoetzel 
  • Outstanding Technical Crew Member (Drama Club) – Ephraim Anderson
  • Outstanding Female Performer Award (Drama Club) – Alicia Pagan                                 
  • Outstanding Male Performer Award (Drama Club) – Matthew Landolina
  • Drama Club Director’s Award – Lydia Yelle
  • Director’s Awards for Chorus – Jaysha Smith, Claire Hornbeck
  • Director’s Award for Band – Rebecca Magnetico
  • Outstanding Young Musicians – Ashleigh Berentsen, Thomas Brendel

A young man and young woman stand and listen while a man speaks at the podium before presenting them with awards

Congratulations to the students taking their next big step into high school.


Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Tim O. Mains
Superintendent of Schools
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