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Amity Regional High School Hosts Spartan Stories

For the 2nd year in a row, Amity Regional High School will welcome students back on Monday, August 28th, with a celebration of the return to school.  While incoming 9th graders participate in the annual Link Crew Orientation Program, 10th-12th graders will listen to successful alumni speak about how they have used the skills and tools they developed at Amity Regional High School to make their dreams become reality.  The Spartan Stories programing was organized and created by a committee of teachers, administrators, and students.  Students will also participate in small-group activities to help build a sense of community, get everyone excited for the school year, and celebrate being Spartans!

Alumni Speakers – 8/28/2017

Jeremy Benson, Amity Class of 1997:  After graduating from Amity in 1997 Jeremy earned a degree at St. Michael’s College in Vermont before heading west to answer the call of the mountains.  Today he is a big mountain and back-country skier and writer who lives in Tahoe City, California.  In addition to appearing in several skiing films and advertisements, Jeremy has written articles and reviews for countless ski magazines and online publications, including Skiing, Mountain, and ESPN.  Jeremy is sponsored by Volkl Skis, Marker, Pret Helmets, Dalbello Boots, Alpine Meadows, Hestra Gloves, and more.

Jeremy recently published Mountain Bike:  Tahoe, a comprehensive guide to mountain bike trails in the Lake Tahoe region.  His next book, which will be released this fall, is a guidebook to back-country skiing in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains.  Earlier this month Jeremy came in first in his division in the grueling Downieville Classic cross-country mountain bike race near Lake Tahoe.

Jeff Gitelman, Amity Class of 2000:  After graduating from Amity Jeff Gitelman attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and from there has gone on to find great success in the music industry.  In addition to working as the guitarist in Alicia Keys’ band for two years, he has played with Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, and a host of others.  He is currently riding an impressive wave of success, living in Los Angeles and writing and producing songs and albums for the likes of Chance the Rapper, J. Cole, A$AP Ferg, Trey Songz, Jeremih, and Frank Ocean.

Jeff has a history of giving back to Amity and sharing his success with students.  When he was inducted into Amity’s Hall of Honor in 2015, Jeff taught some master classes and spoke at length with our students.  He was so energized by the interaction with the students that he was inspired to create The Duality School of Music – an after-school program that will meet here at Amity.  Jeff will be flying to Connecticut each week from early October to early December to teach Duality students about recording and engineering and about the art of collaboration in composition, performance, and production.

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