Green Meadow Named 2021 National Blue Ribbon School

Green Meadow Elementary School was named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday morning. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance. Green Meadow is one of only 325 schools in the country, including one of 19 schools in New York to receive the 2021 National Blue Ribbon School award. Congratulations to Green Meadow students, teachers, staff and families!

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The Columbia Players are performing the musical “Big Fish” on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Tickets are available at the door and cost $12 for students/seniors and $15 for adults.

We stopped by a dress rehearsal earlier this week to speak with Ethan Ploss ’19 who is playing the lead character of Edward Bloom.

Q: How’s the show going so far?
A: It’s going great. We have everything set and we’re all ready to perform.

Q: For those who aren’t familiar with “Big Fish,” what is the story about?
A: It’s a funny show. It’s a fun show to watch. It also gets really sad at some points. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions.

Q: So it’s got a little bit of everything in it?
A: Yes.

Q: How do you compare this show to other ones you’ve done in the past?
A: Well this is my first time working with the director Marc de la Concha. He’s a great director. He gets to business very fast, and it’s been fun.

Q: What do you like about your character?
A: Edward is a very complicated character. He has a dynamic from being older in one scene to being a teenager in the next scene to being a middle aged man in the next scene. It’s just really fun to work with essentially three different characters.

Q: Is that a challenge for you to perform as a character at different stages of his life?
A: Yeah. It is pretty challenging and I’ve been practicing really hard. I hope it goes well.

Q: What is your favorite part of this play?
A: My favorite part is the last song that Edward sings. It’s very sad. It’s an incredible song. It’s very beautiful and it’s really fun to act.

Come see the Columbia Players perform “Big Fish” on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 in the Columbia High School Auditorium! Tickets are available at the door and cost $12 for students/seniors and $15 for adults. View “Big Fish” trailer.