Gayla Cawley

The Amenia Monarchs had two wins at home, over Tribury and Prospect, before losing Sunday to Torrington on the road. 



Amenia took on Tribury at home on Tuesday, June 4, and had a 3-to-1 victory. The Monarchs were able to make the most of their opportunities and play small ball to push their runs across in two innings. 


In the second inning, extra hitter Matt Hosier and first baseman Kenny Shufelt walked. Designated hitter Jim Pomeisl singled to load the bases, and second baseman Pat Argentina was able to hit a sac fly to drive home a run, tying the game at 1. In the fifth inning, left fielder Josh Wolinski hit a single and stole third after third baseman Caleb Huff reached on an error. Shortstop Tom “Scooter” Downey and catcher Tommy Moore were able to cash in, driving in a run each with a double and single, respectively. 


Mary-Kate Bida, Millbrook’s standout runner, competed in the New York State Track Meet this past weekend and was able to place ninth in Division II schools in the 3,000-meter race. 


Bida placed seventeenth out of the 26 runners she was running against in the 3K, but she was able to do even better in comparison with runners from Division II (small) schools in the state, placing ninth with a time of 10:44 minutes. 


Her head coach, Trace Keller, said he was ecstatic with her finish. “When you think of the 50,000 male and female athletes in New York state, for her to come in ninth overall is pretty phenomenal,” he said.


Bida’s future coach from SUNY Oneonta was on hand, and Keller said the coach was visibly impressed with her performance. 


To get Bida prepared for the state meet, Keller worked with her on her final kick in the last hundred yards of the endurance race. 


According to Millbrook High School’s two guidance counselors, Helen Grady and Lisa Petta, the three factors students should consider when choosing a college is the school’s academic program, how comfortable they feel on campus and finances. 


The two counselors said they tell their students to choose a college that offers the best academic program for their major.  Aside from just choosing the best courses related to that major, students should also research and ask about the school’s internship and co-op opportunities.  Students should also look at how successful that college is with job placement after graduation. 


Chrissy Groenewegen, Millbrook’s Middle School Guidance decided to go back to school in mid-life.  She was rewarded for her hard work by being the only one of five New York recipients of the American School Counseling Association’s (ASCA) graduate award. 


Although Chrissy is a little older than most interns, she looks forward to what she hopes is a promising career in school counseling. She received a $500 scholarship for the graduate school award.  To be considered, Chrissy had to have a letter of recommendation from Hains, had to answer three questions in three separate essays and had to submit her grades (she has a 4.0 grade point average).  She said winning was unexpected but she was pleasantly surprised. 


Jamie Tsai, an exchange student from Taiwan who has spent the past year at Millbrook High School, will be heading back to his home country in less than a month, with a newly gained fluency in English and new experiences. 


Talking to Jamie, it becomes apparent a year away from home has made him more outgoing and more confident in speaking English. Looking at Jamie, it is hard not to notice the change that has come over him physically as well. Jamie says he has lost 35 pounds, due to running cross country and playing J.V. baseball. For cross-country, Jamie ran three miles a day.  He says he intends to keep in shape after he gets back to Taiwan, despite the 13 hours per day that Taiwanese students spend in school. At Millbrook Jamie also made the J.V. baseball team, playing right field. He explained that there aren’t any baseball fields back home, so the sport is a newfound love for him. 


On Tuesday, May 21, voters took to the polls in Millbrook and the neighboring school districts of Webutuck and Pine Plains, and voted to approve all three budgets by a wide margin. 



Millbrook’s budget was passed with 390 “yes” votes and 156 “no” votes.  The budget totals $27,189,135 with a tax levy increase of 3.89 percent.  Voters approved the Pine Plains budget with 482 “yes” votes and 215 “no” votes.  That budget totals $28,481,750 with a tax levy increase of 1.48 percent.  In Webutuck, the budget passed 264 to 69.  That budget totals $20,493,269 with a tax levy increase of 1.63 percent. 


For Millbrook, that amounts to a $24,650 cost per student.  Pine Plains sees a cost per student of $28,005 while Webutuck’s figure is at $27,618.  Despite the Pine Plains having nearly 300 more students than Webutuck’s school system, their cost per student total is about the same. 


On Tuesday, May 21, Millbrook’s voters approved the budget by an overwhelming margin of 71.4 percent. Voters also chose three members to serve on the Board of Education. 


Joseph Forte was re-elected, with 333 votes. Craig Wolff was voted out, receiving only 287 votes. This meant that two new members were elected to serve. Paul Tobin, who is a principal in the Greenburgh-Graham Union Free School District, was elected, with 299 votes. Deirdre Houston, owner of Millbrook Floral Design, received the most votes, with 344. Their terms begin in July, after the end of the school year. 


The students of the Millbrook Central School District showed their work at their Spring Arts Show Thursday night in the school cafeteria.


Jillian Cafarchio not only teaches Arts and Computer Arts at the middle school but is in charge of the school’s website and Twitter page. The students created the works in the show not only in art class but  during study halls, lunch and other free periods during the day. 


The tide seemed to be turning for the Monarchs last Thursday night when they took on the Wolcott Scrappers on their home field in Amenia. Yet a win eluded Amenia as the Monarchs tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, only to give up four runs in the seventh. Things were going well on Sunday afternoon when they traveled to Terryville to take on the Black Sox, but a blown save and late-inning dramatics by their opponent turned the game into another wasted opportunity. 


On Thursday night Jim Pomeisl started the game for Amenia. Wolcott was able to play small ball to push two runs across early. In the top of the first, Pomeisl gave up a leadoff double. A fly-ball out advanced the runner to third, and a groundout scored the run, for a 1 to 0 deficit. In the third, Wolcott was able to score after two consecutive singles and an RBI groundout, to lead 2-0. For his part, Pomeisl pitched four innings, giving up two runs off three hits and two walks. 


After Millbrook’s most successful season in program history for girls’ lacrosse, five of their players were voted to the Section 9 All-Star teams and Head Coach Jillian Cafarchio was voted the Section 9 Coach of the Year. 


Junior Taylor Goodwill, the team’s goalie made the All Star first team.  Junior Julia Galantich, who plays midfield, made the second team.  Senior Monica Koralus, an attack player, made the third team.  Senior Courtney Lewis, a defender, and Freshman Elizabeth Halpin, a midfield player, received honorable mentions. 


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