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BALLSTON SPA —
The National PTA Reflections Program is designed to enhance arts education for students in preschool through grade 12, encouraging them to create works of art in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and the visual arts. The theme for 20172018 was Within Reach and student submissions are judged at the school, region, state, and national levels as they advance. Ballston Spa students recognized for their submissions at the regional level in this year’s program include James McIntyre, Nate Hill and Connor Acton from the Gordon Creek Elementary School; Kentaro (Ken) Tan from the Ballston Spa Middle School; and Shoichiro (Shawn) Tan from the Ballston Spa High School. The students were recognized for their achievements at the Ballston Spa PTA Council’s annual Founders’ Day Celebration hosted recently at the Ballston Spa Middle School. Student artwork and projects will be judged at the state PTA level and returned at the Legislative Education Conference in March. Congratulations to all the participants. Please contact the appropriate local school PTA unit for additional information on the Reflections Program or visit www.NYSPTA.org.

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 13:08

Mr. Ballstonian

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BALLSTON SPA – Dylan Jacobs, a shy senior from Ballston Spa, has been named this year’s Mr. Ballstonian. The Mr. Ballstonian Contest is a fundraiser held to raise money for this year’s prom. Mostly seniors partake but some juniors also get involved. There are five categories for this contest; the talent portion, sports wear, formal wear, spirit wear, and a clever pick-up line.

Jacobs chose the pick-up line, “are you a90-degree angle because you’re looking right.”

When asked why he decided to do the contest, he had a simple answer, “I had friends who wanted me to do it. I went to it last year and thought, ‘I should do that.’ I’m really not the most popular person so it was kind of a surprise for me.”

“It was so cheesy and I wanted to make sure the crowd understood it,” Jacobs laughed.

Jacobs is on the Robotics Team at school, the yearbook staff, and is in the National Honor Society. He is also an artist who displayed some of his 10x10 work at galleries over the summer and also participated in a New York City origami work exhibition.

For the talent portion, Jacobs decided to do something a little different.

“People know me for making weird noises so I just got on stage and made weird noises. It made people laugh, I’m not sure why. I just went up there and made some bizarre noises and the crowd loved it,” he said.

Prom will be at the end of June and will have a rustic theme. Jacobs won a free prom ticket for being crowned Mr. Ballstonian.

“I was a little surprised I won, but also not at the same time because I had a lot of fans. I accumulated a lot of fans throughout the contest so I had a feeling I was going to win. It was really exciting and I’m not a huge stage personality either so that was new to me,” Jacobs said.

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 12:51

Ballston Spa Community Spirit Week

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BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa Central School District and local community has combined forces to celebrate the school and community during the district’s annual Community Spirit Week, taking place Oct. 6 through Oct. 14. During this celebration, the high school students will be hosting a powder puff football game and pep rally on Wednesday, Oct. 10 starting at 7:00 p.m. There will be a community spirit parade on Friday, Oct. 13 at 6:00 p.m. with the Homecoming football game to follow immediately at 7:00 p.m. The Homecoming game will be versus Niskayuna High School. On Saturday, Oct. 14 the Homecoming dance will take place.

Spirit Week consists of various themes and activities for each day of the week starting with Friday being Freedom Friday, Tie-Dye Tuesday, Twin Day Wednesday, Class Shirt Thursday, and School Spirit Friday.

Ballston Spa students and clubs will also participate in the annual painting of local businesses windows throughout the village. Students will paint the windows purple and gold spirit week themes.

The elementary and middle schools in the district will also be participating in various events throughout the week as well.

All in the area are invited to participate in Spirit Week and the Community Spirit Parade, the theme of which this year is “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.

The parade is a collaboration between the Mayor and Village of Ballston Spa, the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, the Ballston Spa High School Student Council, and several interested community members.

Contact Stuart Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

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