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NHL star Brian Gionta presents awards at Albion

Posted 12 November 2018 at 1:08 pm

Students recognized for competing in Empire Games for the Physically Challenged

Photos courtesy of Sue Starkweather Miller from the Albion Central School

ALBION – Albion Central School last week celebrated students who competed in the Empire Games for the Physically Challenged.

A special guest, retired NHL star Brian Gionta, attended the ceremony and presented the athletes with their awards. Gionta, a Rochester native, scored 291 goals in a 16-year career. He was also captain of the U.S. Olympic hockey team.

Gionta, top photo, is shown with Hayden, who is a big hockey fan.

The middle school band played musical selections as student athletes entered the elementary school gym to a cheering audience of over 1,000 students, staff, and family members. The elementary school chorus sang several musical selections. Students watched to a video presentation of the athletes participating in the Games at SUNY Brockport.

Morgan receives her medals from Brian Gionta.  Morgan was also recognized for reading a speech at the Brockport Games.

Gionta, a former captain for the Buffalo Sabres, distributed ribbons and medals to each student athlete.  After the ceremony he took numerous photos with the athletes and their buddies.

The Empire Games for the Physically Challenged took place on Oct. 12 at SUNY Brockport. School districts from all across the region participated in many events on the Brockport campus. Albion’s student athletes participated in the long jump, club throw, precision throw, distance kick, 40 meter race, 60 meter race, 100 meter race, slalom and the soft discus.

Each athlete had a high school “buddy” who attended the Games and assisted them through the day as they moved through their chosen events.

Hannah VanEpps was Analiah’s buddy during the Games. Every student had a special high school buddy to assist them and encourage them during competition.

Student athletes included:

  • Asad Bacht
  • Morgan Brower
  • Hayden Button
  • Dejeanna Conner
  • Brook Drake
  • Ethan Ferchen
  • Analiah Figueroa-Fuentes
  • Kaitlynn Figueroa-Fuentes
  • Rebecca Fugate
  • Nick Garcia
  • Aubree Langmaid
  • Keira Lemcke
  • Tatiana Morales
  • Misty Dawn Mullins
  • David Musacchia
  • Gabrielle Payne
  • Adriana Pelligrino
  • Emily Richardson
  • Aliannah Snitzel

Adriana counts her medals.

Rebecca, Brook and Misty are all smiles as they pose for a photo with Brian Gionta. He spent time with the students after the ceremony and took numerous group photos.

Ethan and his uncle Greg Martillotta, middle school instrumental teacher, celebrate his accomplishment.

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