The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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May 17, 2013

Merged services filled with pluses

Medina Journal-Register — The past few years have seen the Medina and Lyndonville Central School Districts merge a variety of different extracurricular student activities.

A handful of Lyndonville student athletes have joined Medina’s varsity football and boys soccer teams. Some have also participated in marching band.

Meanwhile, a bunch of Medina students have acted in the Lyndonville musical the past two years.

Next school year those combinations will continue, and the districts will add a shared varsity track and field program, too.

So how do the students feel about all of it? What if it leads to something bigger in the future?

At this time it is too soon to tell what will happen down the road. However, a small sampling of students in both districts seemed to feel what has been done so far has been successful.

Last fall Lyndonville sophomore Brandon Schoolcraft had the opportunity to play varsity football with the Medina team. It was a chance he did not think he would get again after playing in youth leagues.

“It was really fun and exciting and the Medina kids were really accepting of us,” he said. “I’m really excited for the upcoming season.”

Meanwhile, on the soccer pitch, James Ianni played on the merged varsity boys soccer team. “It was a lot of fun and a great experience,” the sophomore said. “It was nice to get out there. I had played with them during the summer so we knew each other. It was kind of like a family.”

The latest joint venture was the all-school musical Anything Goes. (Last year’s show was Legally Blonde.) The show played in Lyndonville and featured almost a 50/50 split in cast members.

“Merging means we have a larger cast, so we can do bigger shows,” said Medina senior Connor Gardner, who played the role of Sir Evelyn in the show. Indeed, with a larger pool of students to choose from, the competition for a starting spot on a team or a lead role in a show is stiffer.

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