GMU is home of the brave!

Veterans Day event 2019

The Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School District honored more than 40 local veterans Friday morning with its annual Breakfast for the Brave.

Student speakers Kyli Odell and Tavian Raymond coordinated the event with teacher Cierra Stafford and many others as GMU thanked former and current military personnel for their service to our country. All grades attended a presentation in the auditorium that featured a big-screen video and musical performances to show our appreciation.

GMU then treated veterans to a hearty breakfast in the adjacent cafeteria. Susan Sebeck and her staff used upstate New York eggs and syrup in the main course, a breakfast casserole topped with blueberries. Sausage links, fresh fruit, juice and coffee were also on the menu.

As an added bonus, Darin Trass’ second-graders made Lincoln Necklaces in honor of our local veterans, who are listed below with their respective GMU student/staff sponsors.

Alan Digsby
Andrew Grabo (Landon Grabo, Ariana Cornell)
Andrew Sebeck (Alice Dibble, Lane Dibble)
Arnold Jump (Mackenzie Cherry)
Ashley Stewart (Kaylee Stewart)
Brett Gilbert (Kaitlyn Finch, Brennon Finch)
Brian Hall (Melena Hall)
Bruce Coon (Kalvyn Cole)
Charles “Chick” Spathelf (Wilbur Barnes)
Chris McGinnis (Cierra Stafford)
Dale Brooker (Nick Schultes, Cameron Schultes)
Daniel Freeman (Zachary Grabo)
Dave Burch (Eliza Trass)
Donald Avery (Bianca Plows)
Donald Osborne (Broden Osborne)
Donna Whiting (Maeleigh Lum, Alivia Lum)
Doug Bush (Payten Behnke, Pacey Behnke, Paris Behnke)
Eric Bowers (Eliza Trass)
Erik Reynolds (Destiny Wright)
Floyd Butler (Carly Davis, Ryan Davis)
George Clum (Tait Christensen, Anika Christensen)
Glenn Foster (Melena Hall)
Jim LeBourveau (Kaidyn Rowe, Landyn Rowe)
Justin Gardepe (Airyana Wright)
Ken Larence (Eli Fuller)
Kirk Rhone (Mila Rhone)
Larry Plows (Alivia Plows, Bianca Plows)
Larry Smith (Ethan Newman, Sadra Smith)
Mark Johnson (Wyatt Eastman, Brendon Eastman)
Michael Tiffany (Jenna Carpenter)
Neil Riddell (Dort Iannello)
Norm Eastwood (Owen Pitcher)
Phil Kraft (Anthony Kraft)
Ralph Wright (Aiden Ryan)
Robert Thatford (Rian Thatford, Ella Thatford)
Roger Crisell (Daisy Crisell, Tyler Crisell)
Ron Davy (Cierra Stafford)
Ryan Stewart (Kaylee Stewart)
Scott Wilson (Brian Wilson)
Sherry Johnson (Wyatt Eastman, Brendon Eastman)
Steve Brown (Emma Schmitt)
Terry Hoke (Kaden O’Hara, Owen Mangiamele)
Tim Hudson (Skye Wilson)
Timothy Painter (Sullivan DiGiorgi, Jack DiGiorgi, Annabelle DiGiorgi)
Tom Delaney (Dominick Hartwell)

Students were dismissed at noon Friday and will be off Monday as school is closed to observe the Veterans Day holiday.

The school will be open tonight and Saturday, though, as the GMU Drama Club invites the public to the Auditorium for its presentation of “The Addams Family.” The first show starts at 7 p.m. tonight, followed by a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday and a 7 p.m. encore Saturday night. Admission is $5 or a free-will donation.

Posted 11/8/19

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