Foundation Enjoys Successful Alumni Weekend

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The Olean City School District Foundation enjoyed a successful Alumni Weekend in 2014. The foundation, in conjunction with OHS’ Alumni Association, coordinates the annual Red and Gold Scramble golf tournament, along with the Academic WOF presentation at the alumni dinner at Premier Banquet Center.

The foundation would like to thank all sponsors and participants in the golf tournament, which again was a success. Proceeds raised from the event will help us continue to enhance the educational experience for students in our district.

In addition, the foundation congratulates the three new members of our district’s Academic Wall of Fame, and thanks their families and friends for attending Saturday’s dinner and celebrating their inductions with us.

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Bagazzoli, Eddy, Marcus Officially Inducted Into Academic WOF

L to R: Foundation President Adam Bennett; Gail Dwaileebe Bagazzoli; Christopher L. Eddy; Phyllis Marcus; Foundation Board Member Linda Edstrom

L to R: Foundation President Adam Bennett; Gail Dwaileebe Bagazzoli; Christopher L. Eddy; Phyllis Marcus; Foundation Board Member Linda Edstrom

The Olean City School District Foundation officially inducted three new members to the school district’s Academic Wall of Fame on Saturday.

Gail Dwaileebe Bagazzoli, Brigadier General Christopher L. Eddy and Phyllis Marcus make up the 2014 class of inductees. For more information on them, please visit their pages under the Academic Wall of Fame tab.

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Foundation Supports “History in our Halls”

L to R: OHS Principal Barb Lias; OCSD Foundation President Adam Bennett; SAC Co-President Nick Bailey; SAC Co-President Brenna Hamed.

L to R: OHS Principal Barb Lias; OCSD Foundation President Adam Bennett; SAC Co-President Nick Bailey; SAC Co-President Brenna Hamed.


The Olean City School District Foundation recently funded the “History in our Halls” project, which aims to better connect students and faculty to the history of our city through authentic photos placed in the hallways at Olean High.

The project, spearheaded by former OHS history teacher Janine Scholla, will launch with an unveiling of the photos on Saturday, June 21 in conjunction with Alumni Weekend at the High School.

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Red and Gold Scramble Slated for June 20



The Olean City School District Foundation, in conjunction with the OHS Alumni Association, is hosting the sixth annual Red and Gold Scramble on Friday, June 20 at Olean’s Bartlett Country Club.

The 18-hole scramble is open to the general public and benefits students of the Olean City School District. Cost to participate in the event is $75 per player or $300 per team, and includes greens fees, cart, food and prizes. There will also be a skins event, door prizes, on-course skills challenges and a 50/50 drawing.

Registration begins at 2 p.m. and golf will begin with a shotgun start at 3 p.m. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. To sign up, or for more information, email

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Foundation Inducts Three to Academic WOF

L to R: Gail Bagazzoli, Christopher Eddy, Phyllis Marcus.

L to R: Gail Bagazzoli, Christopher Eddy, Phyllis Marcus.


The Olean City School District (OCSD) Foundation announced the induction of three individuals to the district’s Academic Wall of Fame. Gail Bagazzoli, Brigadier General Christopher Eddy and Phyllis Marcus make up the 2014 class of inductees, and will be honored at the 131st Annual Olean High School Alumni Banquet at Premier Banquet Center on Saturday, June 21.

Mrs. Bagazzoli has spent her career working as a healthcare professional in the region. After graduating from the University of Miami (Fla.), where she was inducted into the nursing honor society, Mrs. Bagazzoli began working as a Medical Surgical Nurse at Olean General Hospital. She later elevated to Clinical Education Manager, Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department, and Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the hospital. In 2014, Mrs. Bagazzoli was named Vice President of Quality for Upper Allegheny Health System, the governing organization of Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center. In 2003, Mrs. Bagazzoli was honored as Western New York’s Nurse of Distinction, which recognizes registered professional nurses who demonstrate significant achievement in nursing practice and leadership. She is the president of the Kathi Ward Foundation, which supports the nursing profession in Cattaraugus County by providing annual scholarships to students interested in pursing a career in the field. Additionally, she serves as a program coordinator for the Association of Professionals in Infection Control, is actively involved with the American Heart Association, and has served on area nursing school advisory boards for more than 25 years.

Brigadier General Eddy, a 1982 graduate of Olean High, dedicated more than three decades of his life to serving his country. A graduate of Ashland University, Mr. Eddy earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and another in International Relations from Troy State in Alabama. He later received a PhD in Management, Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University in Minneapolis. After working with the United States Southern Command as a senior intelligence officer, and the Department of Homeland Security as a current analysis cell chief, Mr. Eddy was named intelligence program manager for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Miami, Fla. In his time with the Air Force, Mr. Eddy has served on Travis Air Force Base in California, Osan Air Base in South Korea, Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, the US European Command in Germany, and the Pentagon. He’s earned a number of awards for his service in the military, including the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the prestigious Legion of Merit.

Mrs. Marcus is an accomplished educator who has dedicated her life’s work to enriching the lives of students around the globe. She was valedictorian of her class at Eldred (Pa.) High School, and later graduated with honors from Mansfield University. In her time as a first grade teacher in the Olean City School District, Mrs. Marcus published a sequential phonics guide which was distributed throughout the nation for teachers, provided free tutoring with children of all levels in math and reading, and negotiated a significant grant to bring the Challenger Learning Center to the greater Olean area. Following her retirement from the school system, Mrs. Marcus volunteered her time teaching at New Life Christian School, and continued to provide free tutoring for more than 25 children per week. She has helped several underprivileged individuals learn to read and write, and even mentored a teacher in South America so he could come to the United States and obtain his doctorate degree. Mrs. Marcus received the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Good News” Award in 2001, and was a six-time recipient of the area’s “Who’s Who” recognition.

The Olean City School District Foundation is a not-for-profit organization committed to enhancing the overall educational experience for students in the district. The foundation is currently accepting nominations for future inductees to the Olean City School District Academic Wall of Fame. To download a nomination form, click on the Academic WOF tab.

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Foundation Invests $2,500 for “Marathon to the Sky” Project

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The Olean City School District (OCSD) Foundation will provide $2,500 to high school science students to fund their upcoming “Marathon to the Sky” project.

The project, managed by student Saad Mirza and supervised by OHS teacher Dan Freeman, is an attempt by a team of earth science students and club members to send a payload to near-space using a scientific balloon. Students are aiming to reach an altitude of 42,195 meters, the distance of a marathon. HD cameras would be nestled inside the payload, which will also include scientific sensors designed to measure humidity, temperature, pressure, visible light, latitude, longitude, speed and altitude. The project is geared toward generating a greater interest in science at the high school level, and requires leadership, cooperation, research and critical thinking outside the classroom.

Students involved with the project have formally entered the Global Space Balloon Challenge, an international education outreach project that encourages people from around the world to build and launch their own high altitude balloons. Over a single weekend, teams from all over the world will launch balloons to the edge of space, recover them, and share the photos and data that they have collected. Olean is the only high school representing New York State in the challenge.

Over the last six months, the foundation has invested more than $12,000 into the Olean City School District. Recent projects include purchasing better equipment for classrooms, funding motivational speakers for students, supporting summer learning programs and more.

If you’re interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the foundation, and helping enhance the level of education for students within our district, please click on the “Donate” tab at the top of the page.

To find out more about the Marathon to the Sky project, visit their Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube pages.

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Foundation Provides $1,550 For Nationally-Renowned Motivational Speaker

Joel Penton

The Olean City School District Foundation board of directors unanimously approved $1,550 of funding to bring in one of the nation’s leading youth motivational speakers to talk with students at the Olean Intermediate Middle School and Olean High School.

The funding was provided through a grant from the Olean Intermediate Middle School.  Joel Penton, who speaks to middle and high school students throughout the country, will visit the Olean district during the 2013-2014 school year and share his message of the importance of making good choices and resisting negative peer pressure. Mr. Penton tailors his message to students by giving them effective strategies to use during their time in school.

Mr. Penton is a graduate of The Ohio State University and played five years of football for the Buckeyes. He was a member of three Big Ten championship teams, a member of the National Championship team, and a 4-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. In his senior year, Joel received the prestigious Wuerffel Trophy, also known as the Humanitarian Heisman. The trophy is a national award that recognizes the one college football player in the entire country who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. After graduating from OSU, Joel turned down an opportunity to play in the NFL to begin a career in full-time speaking.


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Foundation, Booster Club Reach Three-Year Extension with City of Olean for Gus Macker

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FRONT: John Irving (Co-Chair of Gus Macker Committee); Linda Witte (Mayor, City of Olean); Scott McNeal (Founder, Gus Macker); BACK: John Anastasia (Director, City of Olean Parks and Rec); Adam Bennett (President, Olean City School District Foundation); Jeff Spears (President, OHS Sports Booster Club); Laurie Aloi (Co-Chair, Gus Macker Committee)

OLEAN – The Olean City School District Foundation, OHS Sports Booster Club and City of Olean have reached a three-year agreement to keep the annual Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Delaware St. in downtown Olean.

The agreement specifies that the Macker will be held on Agusut 15-17 in 2014; August 14-16 in 2015; and August 19-21 in 2016.

“The Gus Macker is an Olean event, and should be played on the city’s streets,” said John Irving, chairman of the Gus Macker Committee. “The area businesses, along with the city, are very supportive of us, and are certainly a part of the event’s success.”

The Gus Macker has been played annually in Olean for the past six years, and in that time has raised more than $100,000 for the Olean City School District Foundation and the Olean Sports Booster Club. On average, more than 1,000 players and 4,000 people travel to Olean for the event. All money raised has directly enhanced both educational and athletic programs for children in the Olean City School District.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to extend our agreement with the city and keep the Gus Macker in its current location, where it’s worked so well over the past six years,” said Adam Bennett, president of the Olean City School District Foundation. “I’d like to thank Mayor Witte and Tom Windus for their commitment to this event, and for their support of our organizations.”

The Macker is open to players of all ages and experience levels. Brackets are matched by age, height and experience so all participants may have an enjoyable and competitive experience. Gus Macker began in Lowell, Michigan in 1974, and has since evolved to a family event with food, music, and basketball, all taking place on the streets of downtown Olean.

“I’m excited that we’ve extended the Gus Macker for another three years in the city of Olean,” said Jeff Spears, president of the OHS Sports Booster Club. “This is a great benefit to the city, booster club and foundation.”

The Olean City School District Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 volunteer organization which supports extra effort and creativity to enhance all aspects of the Olean City School District, including academic programs, athletics and the arts.

The Olean Sports Booster Club works to enhance athletic programs and events within the Olean City School District.

For more information on the Gus Macker, visit


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Foundation Formally Inducts Napolione, Preston to Academic WOF

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Olean City School District Foundation president Adam Bennett, ’06 (left) formally inducted Lisa Napolione (left-center) and Paul Preston to the Olean City School District Academic Wall of Fame on Saturday, June 15. The induction took place at the annual OHS Alumni Association Banquet at Olean’s Premier Banquet Center. Also in the photo is Linda Edstrom, ’65 (far right), foundation and alumni association board member.

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