Ilion High School

Class of 2011

Alumni News

2011 Ilion Yearbook

 

Meet the Class of 2011.....

Congratulations to all the graduates! Class Roster (May 5, 2012)

Class President: Harry A. Ingerham
Vice-President: Annie M. Millar
Secretary: - Christina Wright
Treasurer: Chelsea M. Blovat

Class Advisers: Tara Raux and Richard Keeler.

 

Top Scholars of the IHS Class of 2011....

Kathe Blydenburgh is the 2011 Valedictorian.

Rachel Gay is the 2011 Salutatorian.

Other top scholars are as follows:

Chelsea Blovat, Christina Wright, Tyler Esford, Sean O�Brien, Lance Burdick, Nicole DeNigro, Erin Earl, Christopher Wolff, Brittney Jory, Stephanie Adams, Sarah Alexander, Marissa Maldonado, Jessica Boulia, Kayla Lauterbach, Jon Treen, Lauren Burger, Alexander Blaise, Kayla Grogan, and Annie Millar.

 

Mott Marathon 2016.....

2011 Ilion Mott Marathon Winner - Max Koenig
2011 Winner - Max Koenig
(overall winner and
men's division winner 4:40:41)
Ilion's Foreign Exchange student - Germany
Photo courtesy of Ilion Central School District

The 2016 participants will run the 26.2 mile marathon in memory of Jack Day IHS 2011.

"This year, celebrates the life of 2011 Ilion graduate Jack Day. Jack continues to impact the the lives of students and faculty in a positive and meaningful way. The Class of 2016 will embody his legacy and fighting spirit when they step onto the Central Valley Academy track on Thursday, June 9." Members of Jack’s family are also running as a team.

Event Date June 9, 2016 at 3 pm at Central Valley Academy Track.

Jack's mother, Patty (Vayo) Day IHS 1986 and Barringer Road School Aid is married to Tim Day, IHS 1981. In a related story, Patty shared Jack’s six-year journey from his initial diagnosis to his sad passing in August 2015. Read the full story here: Jack Day’s brave tale sets the stage for the 2016 Mott Marathon. " She hoped Jack’s story would teach people to watch for the disease [melanoma], to take steps to prevent it, and spare others from enduring the sadness. In that hope, she finds her therapy." (March 25,2016)

 

Condolences....

Jack Day IHS 2011

August 25, 1993 - August 7, 2015

Jack Day IHS 2011, 21, of Ilion passed away at home on August 7, 2015 with his family by his side, after a courageous 6 year battle with cancer. Jack was born on August 25, 1993 in Little Falls, and is the son of Tim Day IHS 1981 and Pattie (Vayo) Day IHS 1986. He was a 2011 graduate of Ilion High School and recently received his degree from Utica College in Criminal Justice.

Jack Day - Ilion NY
Jack Day

Jack was a member of the Church of The Annunciation and the Ilion Knights of Columbus 1st Degree. He enjoyed all sports, participating in football and wrestling during his school years and was an avid snowmobiler. Being with family and friends was his favorite place to be. Many of his favorite memories were of camping at Moffitt Beach and Piseco Lake each summer and more recently, time spent at the St. Lawrence River with his family.

Jack Day - Ilion NY
Jack Day with classmates at Barringer Road Elementary School

Jack loved his family and friends and was always the one to look out for them, always taking care of others and putting them first. His strong faith, determination and positive attitude in life, especially as he faced his toughest battle have inspired all who knew him.

"Creep down into the heart of Jesus. He alone can comfort you in your supreme hour of sorrow."
Mother Marianne Cope 1904

Jack Day - Ilion NY
Jack Day - 2011 Yearbook

Jack is survived by his parents Tim and Pattie; two brothers William "Connor" and Timothy Day all of Ilion; a sister Amanda Favreau of Malta; his special niece and nephew, Sophia and Jacob; his maternal grandmother Jewel Vayo of Ilion; aunts and uncles John and Jolene Day, Greg and Mary Day, Kim and Larry DelGrego, Peggy and James Marosek, Robert and Tracy Vayo and Terry and Ruth Vayo; many loved and special cousins and friends, and his faithful companion Champ.

Jack is predeceased by his paternal grandparents Jack and Charlotte Day and maternal grandfather William "Bud" Vayo.

Jack's family wishes to give special thanks to Barb Lennox, Troy DelGrego and their family and friends who were by their sides with their loving care and support; Ann Lindsay and all of the HOSPICE staff, and Jack's doctors and staff at Mass General Cancer Center whose level of care and compassion was beyond words.

A funeral mass for Jack will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 10:30am at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, Fr. Paul Catena and Fr. Anthony Barratt will officiate. Interment will follow at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 3-6pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion and are asked to please consider memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, to either the Amazing Gracie Foundation, PO Box 134, Mohawk, NY 13407 or the RDH-12 Eye Love Cecelia Fund, C/O Jon Cole 1738 Barringer Rd. Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (August 15, 2015)

 

Kris Lennox Fahey IHS 1984 shared this beautiful video of the memorial tribute to Jack Day. The ceremony was held Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Ilion High School football field. The video shows how much his friends and classmates loved him and how much everyone will miss Jack.

 

IHS Class of 2011 (+/-) getting the football field ready for Jack Day's memorial. <3

Posted by Kris Lennox Fahey on Tuesday, August 11, 2015
(August 15, 2015)

 

Jeffrey 'J.J.' James Dennis, Jr., IHS 2011, age 20, of Second St., Ilion, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, NYC. He was born on October 29, 1993, in Cooperstown, the son of Jeffrey and Carol (Covey) Dennis, and graduated from Ilion High School. 'J.J.' really enjoyed working on cars with his Dad and friends at Top End Auto and helping out at Tara Lyndaker’s Bottle Redemption. His hobbies included skate boarding, camping, fishing, riding bikes, spending time with all his friends at Rock & Bowl, and listening to music. Most of all, Jeffrey enjoyed spending time with his Nana Dennis. She was his world. She was always by his side when in and out of the hospital. He also enjoyed texting his favorite sister, Sam. Jeffrey 'J.J.' was the happiest person when he spent time with his son, Zayden. He was the light of his life. Surviving to cherish his memory are his parents, Jeff and Carol Dennis; two sisters, Tabitha Dennis and boyfriend, Ralph Walker, and Samantha Dennis, all of Ilion; his son, Zayden Michael, who “J.J.” loved very much; his girlfriend, Tia Lee Williams, of Herkimer; his grandparents, Susan and William J. Dennis, and Steven and Donna Jowett, all of Ilion; several aunts, uncles and cousins, including his two closest cousins, Sean Covey and Devon Flannagan; and many friends, including his very close friend, Ciearra Camarata. Funeral services will be held 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (old Main St., between Ilion and Frankfort), with Sister Mary Jo Tallman, Parish Life Director of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, officiating. Calling hours are Friday, March 28, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. Anyone wishing to share a memory of 'J.J.', or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com. A very special thank you from the family to Joseph Kimball and Natasha Clark, Melody Jowett, Randy Stannard and Theresa Corsette for all the help and guidance that you have done. A special thank you from the family to Upstate Medical Center, of Syracuse, especially (Uncle) Dr. Frank Smith, and Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, of N.Y.C., for their excellent care, kindness and compassion to Jeffrey 'J.J.'over the years. The Dennis family has entrusted J.J.'s service arrangements and supervision to Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (May 1, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

 

Fund Raiser for Sean O'Brien and family.....

During Thanksgiving of 2012, Sean O'Brien, a 21 year old college student, was diagnosed with a Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma (Brain Tumor). Sean underwent Brain Surgery during this time to place a shunt in order to relieve fluid that was accumulating and causing intermittent blindness. Due to the tumor's size and location Sean's doctor and Oncologist, in Boston, decided it would be better to watch the tumor in hopes that it would not continue to grow.

Sean O'Brien - Beauty and The Beast
Photos courtesy Ilion Drama Dept.
Leigh Lytwynec, Linda Trevor, Gary VanEvera

Unfortunately at Sean's last MRI in May, 2014 it was determined that the tumor was in fact continuing to grow, which is causing Sean increasing health problems and must be removed!!

Sean and his family have to fly to Houston Texas to MD Anderson Cancer Center in order for this tumor to be removed. It is uncertain how long Sean will need to stay in Texas for recovery. Sean's mother will be staying with him in Texas throughout his recovery process. She will be out of work from September 2014 until she is able to bring Sean home safely and he can god willing be back on the the road to recovery.

Any financial assistance and support would be greatly appreciated and will help with traveling, lodging and loss of income for the family during this difficult time. It is hard enough for any family to have to deal with such a devastating diagnosis, but the finances will unfortunately continue to grow and anything that can be donated will help!! (August 22, 2014)

 

Mott Marathon.....

Ilion NY - 2012 Mott Marathon Challenge

Participants ran the 26.2 mile marathon in honor of Kayleigh Coupe IHS 2010. Participants and spectators supported "Run to Cure Kayleigh/Mott Marathon Challenge" on June 7, 3 pm Ilion High School Track by sponsoring a runner. Donations were made through Kayleigh's Livestrong Fundraising Web Page.

 

Most Outstanding Wrestler.....

Jon Treen IHS 2001 was selected Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 2010-11 Section III Division II Championships held February 12, 2011 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. January 4, 2015


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