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Welcome to Rise

Rise Grand Island is the alumni newsletter for Grand Island Senior High published by the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation. Every other month we connect with thousands of Islanders across the globe, keeping you and them informed on what’s happening in Purple and Gold land, and reminiscing a little bit as well.

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Newsletter Sections & Contributors

  • At the Top

    Our feature story for the issue, with an eye toward alums whose star is rising.

  • (e) Mail Bag

    Letters to the editor

  • Milestones

    A roster of Islanders who have reached new and noteworthy milestones.

  • Making Your Mark
    Making Your Mark

    Kari Hooker-Leep shares stories of impact from the GIPS Foundation.

  • Your Legacy. Their Opportunity.
    Your Legacy. Their Opportunity.

    Mike Bockoven chronicles various fundraising endeavors with call to action to invest in students.

  • Shining Bright Since 2005
    Shining Bright Since 2005

    Bianca Ayala has the unique perspective of an alum, GIPS teacher, and GIPS Foundation board member.

  • I've Been Thinking
    I've Been Thinking

    George Ayoub's latest observation or bemusement about life – obviously seen through the eyes of a Senior High alum.

  • On the Island
    On the Island

    Updates from the halls of Senior High from our student correspondent Avery Rogers

  • Distant Mirror
    Distant Mirror

    Remembrances, reminiscences, and darn good stories from our intrepid correspondent, Mike Monk.

  • A Wandering Writer's World
    A Wandering Writer's World

    Observations and ideas from a global traveler in search of stories, Islander alum, Sarah Kuta

  • Class Reunion Updates

    Class gatherings in Islander Nation.

  • In Memoriam

    Remembering Islanders who have recently passed.

  • Class Notes

    The latest happenings and info on and in alum’s lives.

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Reunion Information

Class gatherings in Islander Nation. Have an update or questions? Contact our Alumni Coordinator at

Contact Information Updates

Alumni and Friends! Do you have changes to your contact information, such as a new address, phone number, or name? Let us know so we can keep in touch!

Keep in touch with Class Notes.

Class Notes are a convenient way to keep in touch with fellow alums and friends of Grand Island Senior High and will be published in the Rise Newsletter every other month. Let us know about weddings, new arrivals, degrees, new jobs, etc.

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Rise is now offering opportunities for individuals or businesses to sponsor sections or even advertise. Contact us for more information.

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Do you have a story idea for the alumni and friends newsletter? Do you know an Islander who's reached a significant milestone? Would you like to send a "letter" to the editor? Please submit any questions, suggestions, or general feedback.

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