Friday we drove to Syracuse to play Seniors Volleyball and then drove onto Hamburg / Hilbert College to visit Eric. We drove to the mall to do some shopping; iron, shorts, snacks, etc. We ate dinner at Outback Steak House. Saturday morning we met for bunch and then did the 3 hour drive home. We forgot to take any pictures. Eric is doing great – likes his classes and instructors, keeping up with the work, meeting lots of people and doing social stuff, including playing a lot of volleyball. Was SO GOOD to see him. Once home we had a quick snack and then met BD and Crabby for picklebalI. Afterwards I finished mowing the lawn, dug potatoes and picked tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden.
Friday Eric and James were scheduled to move into their dorm room. They had previously coordinated joint items such as TV and refrigerator. Everything that was piled on the bed in the spare room got organized and packed away in plastic bins. Miraculously it all fit easily into the car and we made the 3 hour drive to Hilbert College. Once at Hilbert we used laundry carts to transfer everything to the second floor dorm room. Within an hour clothes, bedding and supplies were organized. Parting was tough for all parties.
We made the drive to Hilbert on Monday such that we could attend the full day of orientation on Tuesday. Eric and James were separated into different student groups while Kathryn and I attended complementary parent’s sessions. It was comprehensive agenda of topics which presented all the resources available to new students. A long day, but worth the trip.
Eric’s Graduation ceremony was held at the HP football stadium on Friday night. The procession began with a car parade in a light rain from GWF to the HP high school. The rain did not dampen the spirits of the graduates or the spectators. The parade was initiated last year due to COVID but will likely become a tradition due to it’s popularity.
At the high school we were dispersed on the field with DIY seating to hear musical arrangements, speeches and presentation of diplomas. It’s been a rough 18 months; Eric, like many, didn’t do well with remote learning; the school – especially his principal – really worked with him; Eric put in a lot of effort to attain this “Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation.” So this celebration was well-earned!
At the end of the speeches a fabulous fireworks display.
From Rome Sentinel:
HOLLAND PATENT — The Holland Patent Central School District braved the rain to celebrate its 2021 commencement with a ceremony at the school’s sports stadium on Friday, June 18. The ceremony began with opening music followed by a welcome by Principal Russell E. Stevener, Jr. Students then marched in to Pomp and Circumstance followed by the pledge of alliegiance led by Senior Class President Grace Elizabeth Mahanna. The national anthem was then performed by Thomas R. Breil, Nicco A. Klein, Jessica Rene Landman and Arianna Rose Lange. Jonathan Schmitt gave the salutatory address. Stevener delivered a recognition of faculty before Lange gave a profile of the Class of 2021. Breil gave the valedictory remarks before Superintendent Jason P. Evangelist recognized the class standard bearers and Rory J. Richard performed “Rise Up.” Lydia Kelly, president of the Board of Education, gave the proclamation of graduation, followed by the presentation of diplomas, the singing of the school Alma Mater and the recessional.
Tripp has been itchy and shedding in a new coat. Eric volunteered to give him a bath. Tripp isn’t a brave dog but he is accepting and you can build his confidence up to tolerate new and challenging places. He was coy, but ended up willing to enter the shower stall and receive his first bath.
Shout out to varsity Boys Soccer Seniors (Thomas Breil, Josh Dzeikan, Colby Germond, Dean Kousouros, Eric Muller, Jack Schroth, and Jonathan Tolpa) on their final home game tonight! And what a game it was – HP boys varsity soccer advanced their season record to 7-2 with their 1-0 win against Herkimer. Dylan McQuire got the lone goal and HP senior goalie, Jonathon Tolpa, had six saves for the shut out. Boys Varsity soccer team has two more Away games. Unfortunately, they entered this pandemic season knowing they were not being permitted a championship game and yet – they still played their hearts out, simply for the love of the game!
This is the photograph that Eric and Kathryn settled on for Eric’s Senior Yearbook.
About half way through the season HP Varsity Soccer is doing well, with 4 wins and 1 loss to Poland. Eric is playing as a striker and isn’t playing a lot; conditioning could be an issue. HP versus Poland is shown below; with HP @ Frankfort below that.
The Holland Patent Varsity Soccer Team held their season opener, honor senior night and a 3-0 win all in one rainy night. Holland Patent began their 11 game schedule vs visiting Little Falls. Only two spectators were permitted for each player; masks and social distancing were expected of all spectators. Along the walk way to the soccer field each senior athlete was honored with a poster. HP jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the 1st half. Dylan McGuire scored a goal and had an assist. McGuire found the back of the net just 2:56 into the game and Holland Patent rolled from there. William Zimmerman scored the second goal with 27:50 remaining in the first half with the assist to McGuire. Sawyer Locke scored the third and final goal with 10:40 left before half time. Jake Schroth had the assist.
At half time the senior athletes and their parents walked out onto the field where they were acknowledged with a narrative and pictures. In the 2nd half of the game it began to rain and despite a discrepancy in shots on goal the 3-0 score stood up through out the 2nd half. Two Little Falls players suffered ankle injuries. No injuries were reported for HP.
Kathryn took a few pictures of Eric having pictures taken for his Senior Yearbook.