Articles by Jocelyn Stoddard


Hailey Curtiss (l.) and McKenna Towers (r.). The two Ballston Spa girls have turned illness into opportunity. (Photo courtesy Alayne Curtiss)
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Ballston Spa Girls Making a Difference

BALLSTON SPA — The smiles shared between two young ladies, McKenna Towers, 16, and Haley Curtiss, 13, display a bond that goes deeper than a friendship. Both ladies struggle with gastrointestinal disorders, but their spirits are strong. Towers has ulcerative colitis and Curtis has Crohn’s disease. Surprisingly, Towers and Curtiss have the same pediatric gastroenterology…

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The Ballston Spa Middle School 2013 tenure recipients. (Photo courtesy Ballston Spa Central School District)
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Busy Evening at Ballston Spa School Board

Ballston Spa — The Ballston Spa Central School District Board of Education met on June 5 for its regular meeting, but first had the opportunity to take care of some special business: the tenure appointments for this year. The Board of Education granted 13 staff members tenure in Foreign Language, Special Education, Science, English as…

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The Ballston Journal/NEWS
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Ballston Spa School Budget Ready for Vote

In the final required public hearing on May 8, Ballston Spa Central School District Superintendent Joseph P. Dragone presented the now familiar numbers in the proposed 2013-2014 district budget to the Board of Education. There were no surprises. “This hearing is required by law, so here we are,” Dragone said. The total expenditures in this year’s budget…

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The Ballston Journal/Board of Education
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Board of Education Passes Budget

The April 17 Ballston Spa Central School District Board of Education meeting began with the recognition of numerous students from the district’s science academic teams. Diane Irwin, K-12 science coordinator for the district, greeted the advisers for the Science Olympiad, Science Bowl and Odyssey of the Mind in both the high school and middle school….

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Ballston Spa Robotics: True Underdogs

For Ballston Spa High School Robotics Team 3044, traveling to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass. to participate in the FIRST Regional Tournament meant a first of their own. First place, that is. The roughly 50 students of Team 3044 totaled the most points in the competition, scoring not only a tournament victory, but a trip…

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Ballston Spa Middle School, Scottie's Closet, B.E.S.T, Saratoga EOC
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Scottie’s Closet Draws a Crowd

A line started to form 30 minutes before the doors opened at 9 a.m. for the second Scottie’s Closet at Ballston Spa Middle School on March 9. Many people brought their own bags and several pulled suitcases. As soon as the doors swung open, people surged down the hallway towards the cafeteria. “We had approximately…

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The Ballston Journal, Ballston Spa High School, Allison Conroe, CHloe Yettru, Ellie Frantz, Frankii Gardner
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Ballston’s Got Talent

The high school auditorium was filled with friends, family and school personnel on Thursday, March 7 for the annual Ballston Spa High School Talent Show. The excitement of classmates buzzed in whispers from each end of the room. And as it turned out, the night was to be filled with fun, excitement … and even…

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