8. Edmeston grad to climb Mount Kilmanjaro
Graduates are often given copies of the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. Edmeston native Stefanie Cornell took that to an extreme in 2012 when she signed up for a SUNY Oswego course titled “Together We Go: Climbing Kilmanjaro.”
Cornell told The Daily Star that she was “very excited and a little nervous” to scale the 19,000-foot mountain in Tanzania. But, she said, “whatever happens, it will be life-changing.”
9. Locals gather to remember Slovenian roots
Few may realize that Fly Creek is home to an organization for people of Slovenian descent. But in October, the members of the Farmers’ Independent Benevolent Society were out in force at Cornfield Hall, eating, drinking and reminiscing about their history and their ancestors.
“When I was a teenager, after a heavy day of working in the field ... you got cleaned up, you came down here and you danced like a bloody fool and then six o’clock rolled around pretty early,” Frank Kukenberger Jr. reminisced. “It was just a grand time. It was a great place to come and enjoy one another’s company and dance.”
10. Area students experience Chinese culture
The opportunity to take a group of Milford students to China was deemed “too good to pass up,” high school social studies teacher Jennifer Pindar told The Daily Star in April, so it was off to Beijing and Shanghai for 23 students during spring break.
Students called the trip eye-opening and exciting, noting that seeing landmarks such as the Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven made history come alive.
“This trip was very educational and opened our eyes and our minds to another culture and its people,” Pindar said. “It was a learning experience and a life-changing experience for many.”