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Oakfield Alabama graduate makes dean's list at SUNY Cobleskill

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Kameron Cusmano, of Batavia, has been named to the Dean’s list for his outstanding academic achievement for the 2023 Fall semester.

Students must achieve a semester average of 3.50 or higher to be recognized. 

Kameron, a second-year student at SUNY Cobleskill, is majoring in Agricultural Technology/Business. He is the son of Michael and Karen Cusmano of Batavia.

O-A grad Brooke Kennedy to continue women's track and field career at Baldwin Wallace University

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Brooke Kennedy of Oakfield Alabama High School (OAHS) is one of 20 women's track and field newcomers to continue their career at Baldwin Wallace University.

Head Women's Track and Field Coach Daniel Simpson returns 2023 Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor/Outdoor Champion and All-American junior distance runner Hope Murphy (Mogadore), along with eight All-OAC performers and 10 Academic All-OAC selections from last year's team that finished fourth at both the OAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

O-A freshman and his dad bring home some trophies from regional trapshooting competition

By Billie Owens

Photos and information from Casey Luttrell:

Oakfield-Alabama High School freshman Chase Luttrell (top photo) won three trophies at the Amateur Trapshooting Association's Northeastern Grand Trapshooting Competition, held in Bridgeport Sept. 17 to 19.

The 14-year-old competed in the Sub Junior class (age 14 and under). He is coached by his father, Casey Luttrell, and Elba resident Kevin Rombaut, a teacher in the Elba Central School District.

Chase shoots a Beretta A400 multi-target 12-gauge shotgun as well as a Browning model 725.

He was named Sub Junior Singles* Champion with a high score of 89 on Friday of the competition. 

He was the Sub Junior Handicap** event runner-up with a 67.

"The scores are usually higher than this but it was kind of a rough weather day up there with some nasty wind, so all scores were lower than usual," Casey Luttrell says.

In the contest that Saturday, Singles Championship Day, Chase earned the title of Sub Junior Champion with a 178/200 and again "the weather was dicey with wind affecting the targets pretty good."

Chase shot an 85/100 in the morning and came back with a 93/100 in the afternoon for a combined score of 178/200 to win his Sub Junior class.

"His normal gun, the Beretta, was malfunctioning in the morning so that's when he switched to the Browning over/under that he had never shot before and started shooting the lights out," Casey Luttrell said. "I was very proud of him because that is a difficult thing to do.

"Picking up a gun you have never shot before and shooting it well enough to win is above and beyond my expectations for him as his father and coach."

Both father and son won in their class in Singles Championship Day.

"I thought that was pretty cool," Chase's dad said. "I won AAA class, which is the highest classification you can achieve as a shooter with a 197/200. I also won AAA class on Thursday (Sept. 17) with a 99/100. So we did great as a father and son duo and brought home some hardware to add to the trophy case."

Casey started teaching Chase about a year and a half ago, using the knowledge accumulated in his 29 years of experience as a competitive shooter in the ATA and in local leagues.

"He has improved greatly month after month," says the proud parent.

Chase also plays basketball and is a member of the Oakfield/Elba junior/senior trapshooting team.

*Singles event means shooting from the 16-yard line.

**Handicap event is shooting from a yard line that is farther back. The farther back you get, the more difficult it is.

Below, Chase and Casey Luttrell, each with a trophy they won in their respective classes at the ATA Northeastern Grand Trapshooting Competition, and their trapshooting rifles.

Three Genesee County seniors who are Tops associates get congrats

By Billie Owens

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Three Genesee County students who work as associates for Tops Friendly Markets were among 840 workers the grocery store chain honored for achieving their goal of earning a high school diploma.

They are Samantha Miller, of Pavillon High School, and twin brothers Ryan and Kyle Sage, of Oakfield-Alabama High School.

Tops decided to honor the hard work and dedication of the Class of 2020 by surprising their graduating associates with Tops gift cards and lawn signs at their homes to congratulate them on their success!

Tops, with stores in New York, Northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont, has been an advocate of supporting formal education of its employees for over two decades.

O-A's Dani Baxter earns spot on the dean's list at U. of Pittsburgh, is on track to earn degree early

By Billie Owens

Dani Baxter, a graduate of Oakfield-Alabama High School's Class of 2018, has achieved placement on the dean's list for the past three semesters at University of Pittsburgh.

Baxter is a History major and has a double minor of Museum Studies and Religious Studies.

Even though she has just started her fourth semester at the University of Pittsburgh, she is already a junior. She will graduate with her four-year degree after only three years since she earned college credits while still in high school.

O-A grad Justina Pruski named to dean's list at George Washington University

By Billie Owens
Justina Pruski, a graduate of Oakfield-Alabama High School -- Class of 2018, has been named to the dean's list at The George Washington University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Pruski is a junior studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Public Policy.
To earn recognition on the dean's list, a student must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.75 while taking at least 12 credits -- a full course load -- and passing all non-graded credit courses.

'O-A Broadway Cabaret' Music Department fundraiser concert is tonight after Open House, desserts follow

By Billie Owens

Oakfield-Alabama High School will perform a fundraising concert for its Music Department this evening -- Thursday, Oct. 10 -- at 7 o'clock in the middle/high school auditorium.

The "O-A Broadway Cabaret" immediately follows this afternoon's Open House.

It will feature high school ensemble and soloists.

A dessert reception follows.

Suggested donation to attend is $5 for adults and $1 for students.

The school is located at 7001 Lewiston Road, Oakfield.

For questions, contact Danielle Mileham at: or phone (585) 948-5211, ext. 4004.

Nominations accepted now through April 30 for Oakfield-Alabama Alumni Hall of Fame

By Billie Owens

Press release:

Nominations are currently being accepted for this year’s induction class of the Oakfield-Alabama Alumni Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding OACS alumni who have achieved distinction in their lives and chosen field after high school through significant contributions to their career, community or through personal achievements.

If you know a person who meets the following criteria, please consider nominating him/her for this prestigious honor:

  1. Nominees must be graduates of OACS or one of its predecessors, or have been active in school classes and activities during their senior year. (Nominees who left school while in good standing to perform military service are also eligible. Deceased alumni are not eligible for induction until the fifth anniversary of the year of their death.)
  2. Nominees must have graduated prior to 2003.
  3. Selection is based on achievement after leaving OACS which includes a worthy record in more than one, and exemplary achievement in at least one of the following:
  • Job-related achievements
  • Professional honors and awards, professional affiliations, publications
  • Civic or community involvement
  • Personal achievements/accomplishments
  • Positive impact on the communities in the Oakfield-Alabama school district

Anyone may submit a nomination for any person meeting the criteria stated above. Nominations must be made during the nomination period only (March 1 – April 30) by using the Online Nomination Form or the PDF Nomination Form (see links below). Electronically submitted nominations are strongly preferred over mailed-in, hardcopy nominations.

  1. Online Nomination Form
  2. PDF Nomination Form

Students put behind the wheel of a simulator to learn about the dangers of distracted driving

By Howard B. Owens

Students at Oakfield-Alabama High School got a little firsthand experience today at trying to drive while distracted and State Police and Nationwide Insurance hope they get the message: Don't do it.

The insurance company, in conjunction with the State Police, brought in a computer simulator that allows students to put their hands on a steering wheel and drive through a neighborhood while dealing with multiple distractions.

There's the friend they're giving a ride home who won't wear her seat belt, talks incessantly and wants them to drive faster so she can get home sooner.

She also asks them to try phoning her brother and then sending him a text message. The phone pops up on the screen allowing them to finger-tap in numbers while keeping one hand on the steering wheel.

Meanwhile, deer and skateboarders cross their path, they must stop for a stop sign in front of a cop, pull on a freeway and merge into traffic.

"Distractions take away the focus of being in that car and driving, and when you take away that focus, that's when accidents happen," said Trooper Jeffrey Bebak.

Bebak said for teens, distracted driving can be a particularly deadly combination.

"They all feel they’re invincible," Bebak said. "In a general health perspective, they’re young, they feel great, they feel like they can do multiple things at once, including driving.

"You couple that with just their basic inexperience behind the wheel and you add the texting or use of a mobile device, it’s a bad combination. Too often that’s when accidents happen because of that feeling that I’m invincible."

Michael Granica, a financial specialist with Nationwide, said he's been involved in the simulation presentation before and he believes the simulator is making a difference.

"We had several students come back to us after the program and tell us that they thought about putting their phones down and they haven’t used them since," Granica said. "So if we’re able to change the habits of one person while they’re driving, everything we’ve done to promote safe driving has been worth it."

O-A Leadership Class wants to lop your locks

By Billie Owens

Press release:

The Oakfield-Alabama Leadership Class is sponsoring a Bald 4 Bucks assembly at 1 p.m. on April 27 in the hIgh school gymnasium. It is open to anyone who would like get sponsors to raise money to either have their head shaved, donate hair to Locks of Love, or have an extension put in.

Having your head shaved and getting an extension require a certain amount of money from sponsors to be able to participate. If anyone is interested, please have them contact Kelley Biro, Chelsea, Cleveland or Tracy Schlagenhauf at 948-5211, ext. 4509.

Excitement grows for O-A Alumni Softball Tournament

By Brittany Baker

As a softball team alumna of Oakfield-Alabama High School, I can say with certainty that I'm quite excited to get a chance to play on the same fields I ran around on "back in the day."

But, I'm not the only one who's ready to relive my time as a high school athlete. Registration forms for the tournament are starting to come in, according to James Patric, currently a physical education teacher and baseball coach at O-A.

"More and more people are calling about the game and details so I hope we have a good turnout," he said.

Patric hopes more enthusiastic alumni turn in their registration forms so the tournament can be a "real hit" in its first year.The deadline to turn in the forms and money has been extended to Wednesday, May 4, just in case some more people decide to join in the fun.

In an attempt to gauge interest in an activity like this, a Facebook event page was put together asking Oakfield graduates to pass the link around. About 50 positive responses poured in so planning began and a date was set for the first Oakfield-Alabama Alumni Softball/Baseball Tournament.

It will take place at the softball/baseball fields at the school from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 14. Registration costs $40 and will include a chicken barbeque dinner, a T-shirt to commemorate the day, Gatorade during the game and a chance to "hit the one you missed" or just to enjoy the sport with some old comrades.

"It should be a really fun day for everyone involved," Patric said.

Since it's likely the reunited teammates might want to mingle after the games, an adult reception is scheduled at the Caryville Inn on Main Street in the Village of Oakfield.

For more information or for last minute registration, contact James Patric at 716-560-3438 or e-mail him at

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