Hudson Senior High School News Archive


Schoolgirl Queen 2018 Nominee

Lindsey KlugoCongratulations to Lindsey Klugo, Hudson High School's 2018 Schoolgirl Queen contestant!

Each spring, students at several area school districts nominate one junior girl to compete for Schoolgirl Queen. The Schoolgirl Queen contestants from each school district in Columbia County will represent their schools at the Columbia County Fair in August (one of whom will be chosen as the winner).

Seniors Complete Bard Early College Hudson Programhigh school students hold certificates

Six Hudson seniors, along with a few others from neighboring districts, were recently recognized for their scholastic achievements in the Bard Early College Hudson program. Congrats to Bluehawks Angel Canarte, Jimmy Canarte, Michael Dolan, Dominic Domkoski, Connor McCagg and Alicia Salvatore!

These seniors and others from Germantown, Taconic Hills and Coxsackie-Athens completed five college courses this year and received 13 credits from Bard College. Courses were in Humanities, U.S. History, Psychology, Creative Writing and Theatre. Colleges they're planning to attend include Bard College, Pace University, Marist College, Dutchess Community College, Hartwick College, SUNY New Paltz, Cazenovia College, American International College and Tufts University.

In addition to the seniors, seven juniors from school districts in and around Hudson participated in Bard Early College Hudson this year. Next year, participation will grow to 23 students, inclduing 16 Hudson students and seven others who will participate through Questar III BOCES.

The early college program, which began in 2016 and is located at a special satellite campus on Warren Street, is made possible through a partnership of Bard College, the Hudson City School District, Questar III and the Galvan Foundation.

National Honor Society Inductees

Twenty-nine Bluehawks were inducted into the National Honor Society on May 30, 2018:

Jasmin Ahmed, Lili Barglowska, Hailey Beaumont, Monalissa Carius, Tori Colarusso, Emma Eaton, Olivia Elliott, Victoria Gardner, Osman Gofran, Spencer Goldstein, Lauren Gower, Jahid Hasan, Miftahul Huq, Ian Hutchings, Katherine Jepsen, Byonte Jones, Aaron Li, Sarah Li, Sanjida Lopa, Joshua Meicht, Majed Murshed, Emilia Ortiz, Caleigh Parmentier, Ravid Rahmen, Hailey Rolon, Hannah Romano, Emily Sullivan, Fariah Sultana, Autumn Tampasis.

Congratulations to all!

Alvarez and McCagg Named Class of 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Antonio W. Abitabile, Principal of Hudson Senior High School, is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2018. Maya Rose Alvarez and Kayleigh Elizabeth McCagg, both of Hudson, have been named Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively.

Maya Alvarez - Valedictorian

Maya AlvarezMaya Alvarez is the President of the National Honor Society, Yearbook, SADD, BrainBee, Environmental Club, Prison Public Memory Project, Underground Railroad Project, Scrub Club, Math Club, and Mentor Foundation USA. She played volleyball, basketball and softball. Maya was also a Power of Peace graduate.

Maya achieved the Lawrence Tech Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics and CGCC Certificate of Excellence. During high school, she raised over $500 for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and volunteered as a math tutor to assist students with passing the Algebra Regents. Ms. Alvarez will attend college to study Biology and prepare for medical school in the field of Cardiology.

Kayleigh McCagg - Salutatorian

Kayleigh McCaggKayleigh McCagg is a member of National Honor Society, SADD, Varsity Club, Tri-Music Honor Society, Drama Club, Yearbook and BrainBee. She participated in the Youth Employment Services (YES) program, JV and Varsity softball, Varsity soccer, Varsity Cross-Country, Varsity Track and JV Basketball.

Kayleigh received the Advanced Placement Scholar Award, Rotary Student of the Month, Gellert Cornell Admissions Invitation, winner of the regional BrainBee competition (Rensselaer Chapter), participated in the national Brain Bee, received a scholar athlete award in soccer, participated in All-County Choir, All-County Band, All-County-Jazz Band. Additionally, she has received the CASDA Scholars Recognition.

Ms. McCagg organized a fundraiser through Centro Civico Foundation for the families affected by Hurricane Maria and has been a Salvation Army bell ringer and volunteer. She is also a member of Stottville Volunteer Fire Company, Post 42 American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary member, International Youth Neuroscience Association (IYNA) and an assistant at St. Mary’s Church Religious Education.

Kayleigh plans to attend college to study Biology and minor in Neuroscience, with her sights set on becoming a Pediatric Neurologist.

Envirothon Team Heading to State Competitionstudents holding blue ribbons

April 2018 - Congrats to the Hudson High School Envirothon teams for finishing in first and second place in Columbia County during the Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon competition on April 25! Twenty-three teams from six counties participated in the contest, which tests students' knowledge of aquatics, forestry, problem-solving, current issues, soils, and wildlife.

The first-place team (pictured) will advance to the New York State Envirothon to compete against other county champions. Under the guidance of Mr. McDarby, HHS has a history of success at Envirothon events, having gone to the statewide event five times in the last nine years! The final competition will be held at the Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY on May 23rd and 24th. Good luck, Bluehawks!

Student Work Featured in National Symposium

A national symposium will be featuring original work from some of our students! Students who participated in the Community Writing Center at Hudson High School worked with the Public Prison Memory Project on a project titled “Letters from Some Distant Place.”

Their work will be on exhibit during the “Incarcerating Girls and Women: Research, Public Memory, and Narratives” national symposium at SUNY Albany on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, 2018. The symposium is free and open to the public, so check it out if you can! Click here fore more information about the symposium.

Congrats to the following Bluehawks on this accomplishment: Maya Alvarez (’18), Ingrid Kildiss and Kristian Tampasis (’17), Omer Mufti, Jenna Gregory, Danny Gelles, Olivia Waldron, James Chaplin, Ramisa Tasnim, Farzana Akhter, Sheila DeJesus, and Alif Anwar (’16)

Creative Career Luncheon Series

High school students heard about tech career possibilities from Jake Perry, a Program Manager at Etsy, during the most recent installment of HHS’ Creative Career Luncheon series. Mr. Perry is also a consultant for a law firm, helping to develop media and business strategies. His ultimate message was that there are many jobs in the tech industry that are not based in coding or computer programming. Thank you to Mr. Perry for taking the time to speak with our students, Scali’s for supplying the lunch, and John Friedmann’s office for helping to coordinate the entire series!

3rd Annual Great Cardboard Boat Race

Students in pool paddling boats made of cardboard and duct tapeHudson Senior High School hosted its third annual Great Cardboard Boat Race on December 1, 2017. Students in the Transportation Systems class at HHS competed against Ichabod Crane’s Transportation Systems class as well as a Principles of Engineering class from Germantown. The technology students had to build boats using only cardboard, duct tape, Elmer’s glue and plastic bottles. Students then raced across the HHS pool in their homemade two-person boats.

They were hard-fought races and Germantown ultimately won, defeating the two-time defending champion Bluehawks. Congrats to all the participants on their creative designs and determination. We’re already looking forward to next year!

NYSSMA Area All State Festival

Congratulations to Brianna Tsitsera (Grade 12) for being selected to attend the NYSSMA Area All State Festival November 17-18 at Taconic Hills High School in Craryville, N.Y.!

In order to be selected to participate in the festival, students were required to prepare and perform a solo for a NYSSMA judge, as well as sight read a short melody. The highest scoring music students in Dutchess, Putnam & Columbia Counties were selected to participate in this event.

Students will participate in intense rehearsals on Friday afternoon (Nov. 17) and Saturday morning (Nov. 18). The concert will be on Saturday afternoon under the direction of conductors from around the Capital District and beyond.

Principals Present Class of 2018 Awards

Principals present awards to eight seniorsStudents in the Class of 2018 were presented with recognitions from Hudson Senior High School Principal Antonio Abitabile and Associate Principal Bob LaCasse. Click here to see what awards each student received.

Pictured (L to R): Mr. LaCasse, Karissa Garbarini, Jessica Sherman, Emily Clark, Maya Alvarez, Siddique Ahmed, Saima Hannan, Brianna Tsitsera, Alicia Salvatore and Principal Abitabile

AP Scholars 2017

It is with great honor that Antonio W. Abitabile, Principal of Hudson Senior High School, announces that 2017 graduate Jared Scali is the recipient of the AP Scholar with Honor. To achieve the Honor status, Jared achieved grades of 3.0 or higher on at least four full-year AP Exams with an average of at least 3.25.

It is with further pride that Mr. Abitabile states that Brianna Tsitsera and Kayleigh McCagg have received the honor of AP Scholars for 2017. Miss Tsitsera and Miss McCagg receive this award for achieving grades of 3.0 or higher on at least three full-year AP Exams.


Dellavechia and Sumayya Named Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Antonio W. Abitabile, Principal of Hudson Senior High School, is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2017.Tyler Dellavechia

Tyler Dellavechia, son of Lorraine and Lance Dellavechia of Claverack, and Esrat Sumayya, daughter of MD Elias and Shirin Akhtar of Hudson, have been named Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively.

Tyler is a member of the National Honor Society, the Class of 2017 President, a member of Yearbook Committee, Band, Jazz Band and Choir, and active in Varsity Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf and Tennis. He received the Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award in recognition of outstanding contributions as a student and a leader. Tyler will attend college to study Business.


Esrat SumayyaEsrat was a Rotary Student of the Month, attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference (RYLA), was active on the Robotics team, National Honor Society, Art Club and Yearbook Committee.

She was awarded the Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology in recognition of outstanding achievement in the pursuit of innovative approaches and an appreciation for the possibilities of technology. She also received the Elmira College Key in recognition of high scholastic achievement, leadership, citizenship and participation in extracurricular activities.

Esrat plans to attend Pace University to study Nursing.

Student Accepted to National Juilliard Dance Program

Orlando HarbuttOrlando Harbutt, a sophomore at Hudson High School, is a talented dancer who has received scholarships to Manhattan Youth Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre School. Harbutt worked out a plan with Hudson High School that allows him to leave early on Fridays in order to travel to New York City and participate in the Manhattan Youth Ballet.Orlando Harbutt holding a ballet pose

Recently, Harbutt became one of only 44 students in the nation to be accepted into the Juilliard Summer Dance Intensive, which is a three-week program in classical ballet and modern dance.

“Dancing allows me to express myself in a way that can’t be done with any other activity,” said Harbutt. “It portrays emotion. I love it.”

The exclusive Juilliard summer program begins in July.

2017 Senior Awards

Dozens of graduating seniors were honored with awards and scholarships during the annual Senior Awards Night on June 1, 2017. Click here to view a complete list of awards and recipients. Congratulations to all!

National Honor Society Inductees

Twenty eight Bluehawks were recently inducted into the National Honor Society:

Qurat Ain, Rebecca Allen, Bryant Barrientos, Arif Begh, Tyler Bleau, Zyan Brown, Nicole Conte, Kacey Crast, Lynette Dellavechia, Charles Goodermoote, Mohammad Jhilani, Jacob Johnson, Zachary Johnson, Lindsay Klugo, Autumn Kudlack, Hailey Lynch, Connor McCagg, Hasan Mufti, Kristen O'Connell, Monish Patel, Gillian Perry, Tanzil Sami, Katarina Scali, Ahsraful Shamrat, Noah Taylor, Morium Trisha, Kyle Ublacker, Michael Zhang.

Congratulations to all!

National Honor Society inductees

Students Collect Data for Cornell Lab of Ornithology

students looking at paper in a fieldA few of Mr. McDarby’s students at Hudson Senior High School are monitoring nest boxes in the Greenport Conservation Area as part of an ongoing “nest watch” program with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

With the assistance of John Horton from the Columbia Land Conservancy, the students enter the conservation area every three to four days to check on the status of 10 nest boxes. The data collected by students will be used to track the reproductive biology of birds, including when nesting occurs, the number of eggs laid, how many eggs hatch, and how many hatchlings survive.

Senior Helps Team Win State Competition

Student holds plaque at Albany Law SchoolJared Scali (right), a senior at Hudson High School who attends the Capital Region BOCES New Visions Law & Government program, helped his civics team win a state championship on February 11. For the third consecutive year, the high honors team won the state-level "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition.

The team now advances to the national "We the People" competition held in Washington, D.C. on April 21-24, 2017.

Click here to read more about how the team won the state championship >>

Students Volunteer at Local ShelterStudents visit cats in pet shelter

On June 10, students in the Environmental Club at Hudson Senior High School spent time helping in the community.

They volunteered their time to help cats in need at Animal Kind, a local pet shelter.

The Great Cardboard Boat Race

Students paddle a cardboard boat across the poolStudents in the Transportation Systems classes at Hudson High School and Ichabod Crane High School participated in a fun competition called The Great Cardboard Boat Race. Cole Moon, a Technology teacher at ICC, reached out to HHS Technology teacher, Jack Beyer, to organize the event.

The classes were tasked with building boats using only cardboard, duct tape, Elmer’s glue and plastic bottles. The boats had to hold two people who then had to paddle the length of the HHS pool. Spectators joined to cheer on both teams. Achieving the fastest time of 34.06 seconds, Hudson was declared the winner and received a trophy.

“This was a great learning experience for the students and a lot of fun,” said Mr. Beyer. See more photos on our Facebook page >>

New Club at HHSFour students play Magic: The Gathering card game

Game Club is the newest student club at Hudson Senior High School. It started as a small informal group of students but it grew so popular that Mr. Renner sought approval from administration to make it an official student club. Students have made this club a resounding success with 25 to 30 attending members, including gamers and athletes! It is open to all high school students.

The most popular games are Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, and Chess. Many games were donated by Kirwan's Game Store in Catskill.

Game Club meets every Friday after school and they have tournament days every few weeks. See more photos on our Facebook page.

Student Artwork on Display in Annual Juried Art Show

A girl smiles next to a charcoal drawingSophia Rice (senior) and Daniela Rivera (junior) were selected to participate in the annual Juried Art Show at Columbia-Greene Community College. Mrs. Albino, high school art teacher, and Sophie Rice (pictured) attended the opening reception of the Columbia-Greene Community College 2017 Juried Art Show on Thursday, January 26.

Their artwork will be exhibited in the Foundation Gallery at CGCC until February 24, 2017.



Local Farm Donates Squash to HHS

Students scoop seeds out of acorn squashThe Foods classes at Hudson High School had an "emergency lab day" thanks to a generous donation of acorn squash from Holmquest Farms and Greenhouse in Hudson, NY.

Holmquest Farms donated six cases of acorn squash, also known as winter squash, that weighed over 100 pounds! The students learned about food preservation as they prepared the squashes for cooking and freezing (to be used throughout the year). Thank you, Holmquest Farms!

HHS Sophomore Selected as Environmental Ambassador

brianna poses with class reptile CharlieBrianna Tsitsera, a sophomore at Hudson High School, was recently selected to join the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s new 4-H Invasive Species Action Team (ISAT). Tsitsera is one of 16 teenagers from across New York State, and the only one from Columbia County, to be chosen for the team.

The brand new program, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, aims to educate youth about the impact of invasive plant species on “both the ecology and economy of New York State,” according to the website. The ISAT ambassadors will also share information about the ways in which other youth can become involved in the monitoring and eradication of local invasive species.

Read more here >>


HHS Senior Receives Giddings Scholarship

Sheila DeJesus is a 2016 recipient of the Giddings Scholarship, provided by the Alice & Murray Giddings Foundation. Sheila is about to graduate from HHS as well as Questar III's Culinary Arts program. Read more about Sheila on Questar III's website >>

Congratulations on Senior Awards

Congratulations to all our seniors who won awards! We will certainly miss all of our graduates next year! See the list of award winners here...

HHS Robotics Team Advances to Championship

robotics team holding championship flagThe Hudson High School Robotics Team won the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Robotics Competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. This win qualifies them to compete in the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 27-30, 2016.

The Robotics Team at HHS began about 12 years ago but this is the first time the team has won the chance to compete in the championship, which is attended by hundreds of high school teams from across the world. Read more here >>

Update: The team was able to raise enough funds to travel to the championship in St. Louis, Missouri! They faced some extremely tough competition, consisting of teams from across the nation and nearly 40 countries. Although they did not win, the HHS Robotics Team performed very well against their international competitors!

Students Help with Cornell University Research

environmental science students collecting water samples from Hudson RiverStudents in Mr. McDarby's Advanced Placement Environmental Science class collected water samples to be analyzed by Cornell University as part of the institution's Invasive Species Program. Researchers are going to look for microscopic traces of DNA (what they call eDNA) from three invasive species - sea lampreys, Asian carp and round goby.

The students' findings will be added to Cornell's state map of invasive species and a tag will be added giving credit to the class and Hudson High School.

Italy Trip 2016

students on stairs in ItalyOver spring break, about two dozen HHS students traveled to Italy with Signora Barletta and other adult chaperones. On their way to Venice, the group visited Verona (the setting for Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet," where they stood beneath Juliet's balcony). They also traveled to Florence, the cradle of the Rennaisance. Students climbed the hundreds of steps up to the Cupola of the Duomo or up the bell tower for a breathtaking view of the red tile roof-topped, medieval city.

Another stop was Assisi, the small medieval town where Saint Francis was born. Did we mention the food, the gelato, the pastry shops? Students had to try at least one gelato per day! The last city was Rome. Rome, far the favorite. The travelers said that the center of the Roman Empire was impressive.

There is too much to mention here, so check out more photos on our Facebook page or come find out for yourself on our next trip in 2017. Ciao!

Spanish Exchange Program 2016

Students in the Spanish Exchange Program traveled to Europe and saw many historical sights. In Paris, they visited the Eiffel Tower, Napoleon's Tomb and museums with European weapons and armor from the medieval era to modern times. They also went to the Louvre, where they saw many types of beautiful and historical paintings, including the Mona Lisa.

Then the students went to Madrid, Spain to spend time with their exchange families and they learned about the Spanish culture in the home. They attended the local school and found the educational system to be very different from ours in the States. Their school layout and the way they operate was different. The host families also helped the students improve on their understanding of the Spanish language.

After returning to the States, the Spanish students visited our students in America and were shown how the American culture operates and how it is different from Spain. Our students enjoyed every moment of Spain, and the Spanish students enjoyed everything about our country as well!

spanish students and hot families at airport

Senior Trip 2016

senior boy on zip lineStudents from the Class of 2016 took a Senior Trip to the Frost Valley YMCA campground. Right in the middle of the Catskills, the seniors and chaperones participated in indoor and outdoor activities, including games, hiking, ziplining, and team-building exercises.


Click here to see more photos from the trip.

Students Teach Others as Part of Google Help Desk Course

students with Google presentationHigh school students had the opportunity to take a semester-long hybrid class/independent study in which they earned their Google Help Desk Certification. As part of Mrs. Bender's course, the students wrote blogs and reveiwed apps and tutorials. The course also required students to run a Google Help Desk, so not only did they learn hands-on skills but they also gained customer service experience.

For their final projects the students gave presentations to other students and faculty about various Google apps such as Google Calendar, Google Sheets, Google Drive, and Google Classroom. These informative sessions provided the students with additional experience in training others to use these technologies.

Psychology Class Learns Concepts Through Real-World Experience

psychology students with child

Mrs. Abitable used real-world examples to illustrate psychology concepts known as Piaget's cognitive development theory. She brought her children, Ellis and Gavin, to the Psychology 101 class to help students learn about the cognitive stages of development, such as "self-concept."

The students conducted a series of tests with Ellis (age 19 months) and Gavin (age 4 years 9 months) to determine in which stage of Piaget's cognitive development theory the children currently are. In this photo, seniors Lauren Bowes and Ali Bartolotta are testing Gavin's conservation of number with graham crackers.

Visit our Facebook page for more photos of the experiments.

Science and Health Classes View Virtual Autopsy

Students at Hudson High got to view real autopsies! Science teachers Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Nowak and Health teacher Mrs. Zincio took their classes on a virtual field trip to see science in action. They had the unique opportunity to witness a general autopsy and a forensic autopsy, all while meeting national science education content standards for Grades 9-12 as well as standards for health and physical education!

class watching virtual autopsy in library

The general autopsy discussed characteristics of living organisms, the structure and function of different systems, disease prevention/treatment, and kinesiology (or body movement). The forensic autopsy expanded the topics and focused on vocabulary, collecting and analyzing evidence, establishing a timeline and time of death, considering environmental factors and assessing the scene, and how to determine cause of death.

The group of students consisted of biology, health, and forensic science classes as well as members of the Scrub Club. A special thank you to Ray Vollmerr and the Adventures in Medicine and Science program at St. Louis University Medical Center!


Principal Abitabile Chosen as Administrator of the Year

Principal Abitabile

Hudson High School Principal Antonio Abitabile was chosen as Administrator of the Year for the Capital Region. Chuck Smith, president of the Empire State School Administrators Association (ESSAA), Capital Area chapter, presented Principal Abitabile with his award at the June 8 Board of Education meeting. The award was formally announced at the ESSAA’s awards ceremony on May 29.Smith’s award speech discussed Principal Abitabile’s incredible success as a teacher, associate principal, and now as a principal, but most importantly, always as a “lifelong learner.” Thank you, Principal Abitabile, for your service to our district, and congratulations on your achievement! Read more...

Congrats Rotary Participants!

Rotary Club Awards

Every month, the Hudson Rotary Club hosts two students from Hudson Senior High School at their weekly meeting. The students have an opportunity to learn about the local, national and international workings of the Rotary Club and to broaden their civic involvement. This year’s Class of 2016 participants were Jenna Gregory, Farzana Akhter, Ramisa Tasnim, Jenifer Rosete-Garcia, Victoria Younes, Olivia Waldron, Shane McNally, Lauren Bowes, Alexandra Bartolotta, Shervanessa Baker, Kody Pinkowski, Shamar Daniels, Little Isaiah Johnson, and Joshua Moon.

Class of 2016 Awards

Class of 2016

Students in the Class of 2016 have been presented with recognitions from their guidance counselors Rocky Payne and Liz Novine recently at Hudson Senior High School. See who won the awards here...

HHS Teacher Featured in National Publication

In the recent edition of Nefe Digest, a publication of the National Endowment for Financial Education, one of our very own teachers was featured.

Laura Bender, a Social Studies teacher at Hudson High School, discusses the ways in which her students explore personal financial literacy. "Students create a unique picture of what their lives will be like in the future," says Mrs.Bender. Read it here >>

Congrats to NHS Inductees

National Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the National Honor Society inductees: Clair-Djinie Bazar, Logan Cozzolino, Eoghan Deforest, Tyler Dellavechia, Thao Doan, Sophie Filli, Anthony Guzzi, Julie Klugo, Justine Marotta, Christopher Meano, Omer Mufti, Ellis Richardson Jr., Cecille Ruiz, Jonathan Simmons, Emily Spateholts, Esrat Sumayya. The induction ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 5.

Begh and Varriale Chosen for ScholarshipBerkshire winners

Congratulations to Atia Begh and Brittany Varriale, winners of the Berkshire Bank scholarship! Begh and Varriale earned $1,500 scholarships to college.

HHS Students Featured on Album

Students from the Hudson High School played horn instruments for a new album. The album, presented by Tuff Gong Worldwide, features singers from 1World Chorus, a non-profit that unites and empowers kids through music. The singers are children from the U.S., Kenya, Colombia, and Jamaica. The album is a series of covers of Bob Marley songs. Hudson students can be heard playing on "Smile Jamaica" and "Wake up and Live." They played the tuba, clarinet, tenor sax, alto sax, french horn, trombone, and trumpet. Check out the album here!

Envirothon Team Goes to StatesEnvirothon Champions

The Hudson High School's Envirothon team finished first in the county and third overall in the region in the regional competition. They will now be going on to compete at the statewide level. Twenty-three teams from five counties participated in the contest, which tests students' knowledge of aquatics, forestry, problem-solving, current issues, soils, and wildlife. The team has been training twice a week since September. Led by teacher Jim McDarby, HHS has a history of success at this event, having gone to the statewide event four times in the last 6 years. The final showdown will be held on May 27 and 28.

Jacqueline Woodson Visits HHS

Jacqueline Woodson

Renowned children's author Jacqueline Woodson visited the Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools to talk about writing and to enjoy some lunch with students. She answered questions about the writing profession and gave advice to students who might want to become writers. Woodson placed emphasis on the value of slow reading, because she said slow readers might just be learning how to write by studying others' work. Woodson is the author of the children's bestseller Brown Girl Dreaming. Read more about her visit in the Register-Star.

P.E. Dept. Holds Badminton TournamentBadminton Tournament

The Hudson High School P.E. department held a Badminton Tournament! Over 35 teams participated. The event was so successful that they went on to hold a staff/student competition. Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to everyone who played! Wednesday winners: Joey Rivette and Fahim Hussain; Runners Up: Tulona Zumona and MD Islam; Thursday winners: Fardin Nabid and Amjad Murshad, Runners Up: Alif Anwar and Shoheb Khan; Staff/Student Winners: MD Islam & Dan Hernandez; Runners Up: Fahim Hussain & Nancy Graziano

Rosete-Garcia Wins Science AwardRosete Garcia

Hudson High School junior Jenifer Rosete-Garcia has received the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, which is sponsored by the University of Rochester. She received a framed medallion and a certificate for her achievement. Additionally, if she chooses to apply to the University of Rochester, her application fee will be waived and she will be eligible to be considered for merit scholarships worth at least $10,000 per year. Every year, participating high schools each nominate one student for the award. Read more...

Leccese and Tampasis Named Valedictorian and SalutatorianValedictorian and Salutatorian

Principal Antonio Abitabile is very pleased to announce that Gina Leccese and Adriana Tampasis have been named Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the Graduating Class of 2015. Gina will be attending Siena College in the fall to major in business. Adriana plans to study science and art at Bard College in the fall. Both young women are members of the National Honor Society, and are very involved in school activities, community service, athletics, and the arts. Read more about them here...

Hudson CSD Shares Survey Results

Hudson City School District is sharing the results of a recent survey that asked teachers, students and parents to give their thoughts about how well their schools are performing in important areas such as district leadership and capacity, school leader practices and decisions, and curriculum development and support, among others. According to Superintendent Maria Suttmeier, “The survey showed that our district has made a number of advancements, particularly in school safety. And looking toward a bright future, we will keep building on our accomplishments, while striving to improve areas of concern.” The district reviewed these results with site-level administrators and shared their findings with the Board of Education on Monday, March 23, 2015. See the results…

Kindness Club Donates to Class of 2016Kindness Club donates to class of 2016

The Hudson High School's Kindness Club sold their famous Kindness Cotton Candy at the Harlem Wizards game on November 5. They chose to donate half of their profits to the class of 2016! This donation totals $165.


The Owl Releases Latest Edition

The Hudson High School's school newspaper The Owl has released its September/October edition. Read all about the Kindness Club, Envirothon, the new teachers at Hudson High, Homecoming, Varsity Club, and even issues of national and international concern. Don't miss the interview with Mrs. Novine, and the book reviews by Devon Sweatt and Jenna Gregory. Check it out here!

Kindness Club Takes Silver in BocceKindness Club takes silver

The Kindness Club Bocce Team advanced to the Special Olympics State Games after competing in Rome, New York back in September at the Regional Games where they took Silver in the 4-person team event and gold in the 2-person team event. Over this past weekend, the team took silver in the 4-person bocce team out of 36 teams across the state. The Kindness Club Bocce Team is partnered with Sons and Daughters of Italy of Columbia County, who donate the use of their training facility. The team has been training since August.

Student builds cabinet in furniture classStudent builds cabinet

Student Frankie O'Neil has completed the large cabinet he was building in his furniture class. The Hudson Senior High School holds a variety of hands-on classes in which students can learn practical skills and produce usable finished products.

Kindness Table is up and runningKindness Table

The Kindness Club will be hosting a Kindness Table during lunch periods at the Hudson Senior High School. The Kindness Table will be next to the garbage receptacle in the cafeteria. Here, students can place their unused, unopened lunch items instead of throwing them in the trash, so as to minimize waste during lunch. Students can then take the unused items for their own use. If items are left on the Kindness Table at the end of the lunch period, they will be sent to the Nurse's Office. Please use this table instead of throwing away unused items, and help keep our cafeteria efficient and free of waste.

Students named AP Scholars

Amanda Chaplin, Patricia VanValkenburgh, S.M. Huq and Adriana Tampasis named AP ScholarsHudson Senior High School students, (L to R) Amanda Chaplin, Patricia VanValkenburgh, S.M. Huq and Adriana Tampasis have been named AP Scholars by the College Board for their excellent academic performance by scoring 3 on at least three of their Advanced Placement Exams – AP Biology, AP World History and AP United States History.  Standing behind the students (L to R) Associate Principal, Robert LaCasse, AP World History Teacher, Justin Cukerstein, AP Biology Teacher, James McDarby, AP US History Teacher, Sally Naramore and Principal, Antonio W. Abitabile.

Alexis Doto wins Columbia County Schoolgirl Queen

Alexis Doto wins Columbia County Schoolgirl Queen

Hudson High School senior Alexis Doto was crowned the 2014 Columbia County Schoolgirl Queen on August 29 at the Columbia County Fair.

Alexis is an active member of the school community, having participated in dance, Student Council, advertising, and the multicultural festival.

Girls' soccer team does Ice Bucket Challenge

The Hudson City High School girls' varsity soccer team has taken on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The girls participated in the nationwide viral sensation in order to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They have donated $250 to the St. Peter's Hospital ALS Regional Center, and have encouraged the school community to join in raising awareness of this neurodegenerative disease. Check out their video here, and make an online donation to St. Peter's ALS Center.

YES program continues to grow

The Hudson High School Youth Employment Service (YES) program graduated a record number of students Wednesday at Club Helsinki Hudson. The program, which just concluded its seventh year, partners students with local businesses to learn real world skills. Students undergo hours of classroom instruction before take part in paid internships. Read more...

Barksdale gives scholarships

High school students honored

Redwan Akter and Kaitlyn Krein meet Rashad Barksdale, sponsor of the "It’s Okay to Dream Scholarship”. Each student is the recipient of a $500 award.






High school student wins award

High school student honored

Jordan Corrigan (second from right) won the Friends of Lindenwald Award presented by Peter Bujanow, President and HHS 1976 graduate (third from right).






Hudson High School seniors honor teachers with video

Hudson High School seniors present video to HHS faculty in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month as a gift from the Class of 2014.

If you are unable to watch the video, view it on YouTube

Hudson HS student surprised with scholarship

Jake Topple, Billy Glasser, Vinny Drahushuk, Joe Rivette and Chris Merante
Pictured L to R:  Denise Cioni of Berkshire Bank, Gazi Sakib, scholarship recipient and Bob LaCasse, Dean of Students 

A Hudson Senior High School senior received an unexpected surprise Tuesday, courtesy of Berkshire Bank. Senior Gazi Sakib was greeted by The Berkshire Bank, Hudson branch Assistant Vice President Denise Cioni, as he returned to the school from the advanced student program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he takes classes with freshman as part of the Questar III New Visons program. Read the full article on the Register Star's website.

Ghani and Ganey named as Valedictorian and Salutatorian at HSHS

Jake Topple, Billy Glasser, Vinny Drahushuk, Joe Rivette and Chris Merante

Hudson Senior High School, is pleased to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2014. Read more...

Student athletes raise money for cancer research

Jake Topple, Billy Glasser, Vinny Drahushuk, Joe Rivette and Chris Merante

Jake Topple, Billy Glasser, Vinny Drahushuk, Joe Rivette and Chris Merante raised the most money as a team for the Fourth Annual St. Baldrick's Event in Chatham, NY. Not only did these Hudson High School baseball players raise the most money as a team, but they also shaved their heads for the cause. The event is a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research.

Students travel to Spain

Participating are:  Jennifer Graziano, chaperone, Jesus Melendez, Olivia Otty, Shannon LaChance, Dan Gelles, Conner Graziano, Jacob Rivette, Mrs. Gazzera, Ricardo Wise, Shonette Yarde and in front Jayre Reynoso-Alcantara.
Participating are: Jennifer Graziano, chaperone, Jesus Melendez, Olivia Otty, Shannon LaChance, Dan Gelles, Conner Graziano, Jacob Rivette, Mrs. Gazzera, Ricardo Wise, Shonette Yarde and in front Jayre Reynoso-Alcantara.

Mrs. Amparo Gazzera’s Spanish students left Tuesday for an exchange with Gredos San Diego School in Spain. In early May students from Spain will be visiting Hudson.

Students teaching students

Shelby Rideout, Shannon LaChance, Jessica Hoffman, Samantha Kilburn, Jose Melendez, and Abigail Weinman.
Shelby Rideout, Shannon LaChance, Jessica Hoffman, Samantha Kilburn, Jose Melendez, and Abigail Weinman

Students from Mrs. Gazzera’s Spanish class taught classes at the Intermediate School as a part of the Spanish V curriculum.

Kindness Spreads Kindness

Front row L to R: Jahlisa Adams, Kentavis Newkirk, Rebecca Decker, Jared Busta. Back row: Christina Johnson, class aide Sumayyah Shabazz, Terez Abatecola, Alina Parvin, Richard Abatecola, Tristin Roberts, class volunteer Scott DiMonda, Life Skills Teacher Lisa Foronda
Front row L to R: Jahlisa Adams, Kentavis Newkirk, Rebecca Decker, Jared Busta. Back row: Christina Johnson, class aide Sumayyah Shabazz, Terez Abatecola, Alina Parvin, Richard Abatecola, Tristin Roberts, class volunteer Scott DiMonda, Life Skills Teacher Lisa Foronda

Thanks to an extremely generous donation from the Terez and Richard Abatecola Foundation to the HHS Kindness Club, Mrs. Foronda’s Life Skills Class will be able to fund a class field trip to New York City. The Kindness Club applied for funds from a local Arts and Humanities grant, but only received a partial amount. Upon hearing of the news, the Abatecola’s reached out to the Kindness Club and surprised them with the remaining funds.


The Power of Peace comes to HHS

Students participated with Power of Peace

Over the course of six days, from November 5th to the 13th, 65 Hudson High School students and 6 teachers participated in the Youth Voice Center's Power of Peace Workshop. The Youth Voice Center was founded by Executive Director and Creator of the Power of Peace Workshop Michael Arterberry, who has a long and successful working with youth in the area.