Ilion High School

Class of 2002

Alumni News

2002 Mirror Cover Ilion


Digitized Class Yearbook....

Mirror 2002 from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 26, 2021)


Class Roster....

Class Roster and Honor Students, as published in the "2002 Mirror", are available on the 2002 Class Roster page. (added January 9, 2023).


Meet the Class of 2002.....

The Class Graduation List is now available. Congratulations to all the graduates! (July 7, 2002)


Honors and Awards for Class of 2002.....

The Commencement and Block I Awards List contains the names of members of the Class of 2002 and others who were recognized in the Spring of 2002. Here you will find the names of many former alumni and Ilionites whose memory is honored by awards presented in their names. (July 7, 2002)


Commencement Program for Class of 2002.....

Commencement Program for Class of 2002 has been added as a pdf file, which will open in a new browser tab. This file is not search-able and has not been indexed on this site. (March 19, 2023)


Class of 2002 Gift.....

The Class of 2002 presented a stand of lilac trees (to be planted in the courtyard) and dedicated in memory of Michael F. Skinner. Mr. Skinner was a history teacher and coach at Ilion High School for over thirty years. He was the father of classmate and Class Salutatorian, Matt Skinner. Matt's dad died just weeks before Matt's graduation in 2002. (July 2, 2002)

Michael Skinner - Ilion NY
Mr. Michael F. Skinner
History Teacher and Coach

Mr. Michael F. Skinner IHS Faculty and Coach, age 61, of 38 Harriet Ave., Ilion, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2002, after a long illness. He was born April 14, 1941, in Utica, the son of the late Francis and Helen Lafferty Skinner. He received his education at St. Mary's Academy in Little Falls, graduating in 1959. He then attended and graduated from Lemoyne College and SUNY- Brockport. On April 14, 1978, he married the former Juliann E. Piccione at St. Ann's Church in Whitesboro. Mike was a history teacher at Ilion High School for 30 years and coached in the sports program there until retiring from teaching in 1997.

Mike served with the U.S. Army from 1963 until 1966, and taught high school in New Castle, Australia, for a year. Mike was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, and devoted a great deal of time and effort to the youth of Ilion. He was a member of the board of directors of Ilion Little League for over 10 years, a coach for Ilion High School, helped start the Ilion youth basketball program, and he was also a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 BPOE. After his retirement, he was employed with the American Automobile Association in Utica.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Juliann; and his beloved children, Christopher and Matthew, both at home. He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Joseph Maurice of Salt Lake City, Utah; an aunt, CSJ James Margaret Lafferty of Latham; his mother and father-in-law, Jerry and Julia Piccione, of Whitesboro; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kathryn and Peter Dellerba of Whitesboro and Nancy and Patrick Clark of Marcy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, June 3, at 1 p.m. in the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Interment will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Little Falls. Friends may call Sunday, June 2, from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion. At the family's request, please omit flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Michael F. Skinner Memorial c/o the Ilion High School, Weber Avenue, or the Miracle House, P.O. Box 30931, New York 10114-0269. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (May 30, 2002)


Top Scholars of the IHS Class of 2002 ....

The 28th annual honors dinner was held recently to honor senior members of the IHS Class of 2002. These students were honored for earning outstanding scholastic records and achievements during their high school careers. Each of these students attained a seven-semester average of 90 percent or better.

Janice Murray is the 2002 valedictorian. She is the daughter of Brian Murray (IHS 1972) and Deb Trombley Murray (IHS 1973).

Matthew Skinner is the salutatorian for the class of 2002. Matt is the son of Michael and Julie Skinner. (April 13, 2002)

Other top scholars, in ascending rank, are as follows:

Ranks 3 through 10

Andrew Lytwynec
Kathleen Dorr
Brian Sterling
Mary Roof
Mary Margaret Sweeney
Alana Braren
Amanda Wright
Michael Bach

Ranks 11 through 19

Kirk Gerhardt
Michael Baron
Matthew Mowers
Jennifer Klock
Danielle Ford
Jennifer Jones
Travis DeJohn
Travis Robinson
Martin (Tom) Manion

Ranks 20 through 22

Jeremiah Kubica
Kelsey Schwabach
Roger Vandawalker


Thomas Manion .....

Thomas Manion, New Hampshire, was honored by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper in their 2023 feature articles - "40 Under 40" list of business leaders. Tom's degrees include a B.S. in Biology from Saint Lawrence University and an M.P.A. in Health Policy and Management from New York University. He is the President and CEO of New London Hospital, in New London, New Hampshire. He is married and the father of four children.

Ilion High School Class of 2004 - Thomas Manion
Image courtesy of New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper.


Dress Down Day Tradition Continues.....

Senior Dress Down Day


Senior Dress Down Day

Ilion seniors celebrated the nearing of graduation during a week in June. A favorite day for fun and antics was Senior Dress Down Day.

Seniors could dress up in wild and crazy outfits to entertain the staff and undergraduates. Creativity showed through year after year.


2002 - 20th Reunion Planning

Save the Date for 20th Reunion
Saturday, July 23, 2022, 6-9 p.m.
Cacciatore's (for those who haven't been in Ilion recently, remember the Moose Club by Barringer Road Elementary School? It is now a full service restaurant run by the same family who also own Primo's)

Around $35 per person for an open bar and buffet.

Details on buying tickets to come. - Matt Skinner (February 23, 2022)


Ilion Engineers – Michael Baron - LinkedIn Networking Group....

Ilion LinkedIn Networking Group

Michael Baron P.E. IHS 2002, along with Timothy O’Connor, P.E. IHS 1966, recently launched Ilion Engineers.

The group is open to engineers and technologists from Ilion, NY by request. Check out Ilion Engineers on LinkedIn Groups.

The Ilion Engineers group's purpose is to help members in professional career growth through networking and mentoring. Ilion Engineers also focuses on assisting and mentoring Central Valley Academy students interested in a career in engineering and technology. The group is structured to be accessible to students inquiring about careers, profession specific scholarships and college & university programs. (April 23, 2016)


2004 Facebook Group....

Facebook - Ilion High School Class of 2002.

The official facebook group for the Ilion High School Class of 2002 Reunion.

Administrators of the group are: Mike Baron, Andy Lytwynec, Janice Murray Lynn, Matthew Skinner. (November 26, 2014)

Note - This is a public Facebook group which means anyone with a Facebook account can see the group, its members and their posts. However, you must have a Facebook account to access the group. Alumni without a Facebook account will not be able to see any of the posts.


Classmate's Art featured on Etsy .....

Ilion - Mary Sweeney 2002- Art Work
Title: "Butterscotch Dipped"

Mary Sweeney's still life paintings are now featured in her Etsy shop SweetToothStillLifes.

Mary's paintings are available for browsing and sale.

Mary is an Art Teacher in the Fayetteville-Manlius Syracuse district. (updated July 12, 2013)


Class of '02 - 10 yr Reunion Plans 2012.....

The Class of 2002 is planning a 10th Year Class Reunion.

"The Class of 2002's tenth reunion will be held the evening of Friday, November 23, 2012, from 7-10 pm, at Francesca's in Ilion. The price will be just under $30 per person and will include a variety of hors d'ouevres and open bar. People will sign up and pay through a website that we will have set up probably for the month of October." Please contact Matt Skinner email. (updated Sept 1, 2012)



Cortney Marie Sellers IHS 2002, 31, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. At the time of her passing, she had found peace and happiness. Born in Ilion on July 10, 1982, Cortney is the daughter of David and Lynn (Rathbun) Sellers. She was educated in Ilion schools and in her spare time she enjoyed journaling and reading. The greatest joy in her life was the birth of her son, Aidyn, and spending time with her precious son was most important to her. Cortney will be sadly missed. She is survived by her parents, David and Lynn Sellers, of Ilion; her beloved son, Aidyn Sellers, of Ilion; her sister, Erica Sellers, of Herkimer, her grandmother, Jeanne Sellers, of California; a niece, Ava Lanaux; a nephew, Jordyn Lanaux; aunts and uncles, Allan and Diane Rathbun, William Rathbun, Betsy Tanner, Dean and Lorel Rathbun, Art Rathbun, Stephen Sellers, Dennis and Norma Sellers, and Chris Lindeman. Many cousins also survive her. She is predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Rathbun Snow, and her uncle, Greg Tanner. A Memorial Mass will take place on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion, and will be offered by the Rev. Paul Catena, pastor. Burial will take place privately at the Springfield Center Cemetery later in the spring. The Sellers family has entrusted Cortney's funeral arrangements to the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (town of Frankfort) (894-8000.) Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea are serving the family. To add to her online condolences, please visit (April 23, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)


Ryan R. Schults IHS 2002, age 24, of 58 John St., Ilion, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2008. He was born on October 9, 1983 in Herkimer, the son of Robert and Colleen (Moran) Schults. Ryan graduated from Ilion Central High School, HCCC and attended SUNY at Oswego. At one time, he was employed at Taylor Rental in Whitesboro. Most recently, he worked in the Finishing Operation Dept. at Remington Arms Co. Ryan played base guitar in a local band which, at one time, toured the United States. Heenjoyed reading books, literature and philosophy. He was very active in football, wrestling and baseball in high school. At one time, he played for the Utica Diamonds Baseball Team. Ryan was very compassionate and had a great sense of humor. Survivors include his mother and father, Colleen and Bob; his maternal grandmother, Teresa Moran of Ilion; several aunts and uncles, Mary and John Reitz of Ilion, William Moran and Nikki Lorenz of Milwaukee, WI, Beatrice Nasypany of Mohawk and Dolores Gabberty of St. Petersburg, FL; five cousins, Colleen Reitz, Cailey Moran, Allen and Mickey Nasypany, Cindy Edwards and Kevin Gabberty; and many second cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Eugene Moran; paternal grandparents, Walter and Margaret Schults; and uncle, Terrence Moran. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 21, 2008, at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, pastor. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Wednesday, August 20, 2008, from 4 -7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ryan R. Schults Memorial Fund. Envelopes are available at the Enea Family Funeral Home. Ryan's family has entrusted all funeral arrangements and supervision to Don Applegate,funeral director. (Aug 18, 2008)


Golden Bombers Buzz WebSite.....

Janice Murray, Librarian, email, New York Mills, NY, registered. (May 24, 2019)

Joseph McDonald, Web Developer, email, Herkimer, NY, registered. (Nov 7, 2011)

Michael Baron, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (April 26, 2011)

David Skramko, Show/Restaurant Reservation Specialist for MGM ResortsInternational, email, Las Vegas, NV, registered. (Feb 9, 2011)

Rev. Jonah Gonzalez, from Denver, CO, email, registered. (Aug 29, 2010)

Katharine Olson Gogol, from Ilion, NY, email, re-registered. (Dec 3, 2009)

Ryan McGivern, Pro Sales Manager, email, Corinth, NY, registered. (Jan 20, 2009)

Brian Moynihan, Financial Analyst, email, from Norwich, NY, registered. (Sept 4, 2008)

Brooke Bennett, Bank Teller , email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (Mar 6, 2008)

Alison Brockway Bowman, Human Resources, from Mount Pleasant, SC, email, registered. (Sept 22, 2007)

James Dayton, student, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Mar 26, 2007)

Gary Sickler, Translator, email, Bombay, India, registered in the directory. (Dec 1, 2006)

Katharine Olson, RN, email, Utica, NY, sent news. (Sept 14, 2006)

"I wanted to let you know that I graduated from St. Elizabeth College of nursing on May 20, 2006, and passed my State boards to become an RN on July 10, 2006. I am currently working as an RN at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare. Phillip Gogol graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College in May of 2005 and is working on his Bachelor's @ Suny IT."

Travis Roinson, student, email from Ilion, NY, registered. (May 18, 2006)

Phillip Gogol, email, was awarded the Mohawk Valley Community College Willard Sauter Award for Outstanding Illustrator. (October 25, 2004)

Patrick Murphy, email, from Argentina, sent news. (March 10, 2003)

"Hi, this is Patrick, the 2001 exchange student... Want to get any contact to be part of Ilion High School. Miss you all very much and hope to see you pretty soon!!!!!"

Mary Sweeney, Student, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (September 1, 2002)

Christina Ray, Student, email, from Logan, UT, registered. (August 29, 2002)

Brian Sterling, student at email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (August 15, 2002)


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