Emory Sammons was already one of the best rowers in New York State.
Now he is among the elite in the world.
Sammons and the Team USA Junior Men’s Quadruple Sculls won the B Final (06:17.890) at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships on August 6 in Traka, Lithuania. With that finish, the team is No. 7 in the world.
“I think the best part of this experience has been the ability to train and get to know some high caliber athletes,” Sammons said. “Something that I learned was how much time and effort needs to be put in to become a competitive athlete at such a high level. I have been told it’s a lot of work but I never truly understood until I was shown it.”
Switzerland won the event overall.
Team USA was sixth in its semifinals race (06:13.230), third in Repechage 2 (06:09.200), and finished fourth in its first heat (06:19.780).
“These are some things that we have worked out previously, but when the heats came we didn’t really make it happen, so we were able to make the changes,” Sammons said to Row2K.com about the 10-second improvement between the opening heat and the repechage that qualified the Americans for the semifinal.
Before the international competition, Sammons finished second in single sculls at the annual Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championship regatta in Pennsauken, NJ by 8/1000ths of a second (05:26.737) in late May. He won the Scholastic Rowing Association of New York State a few week prior by 1.8 seconds (5:44.5) earlier that month.
Photos of Sammons/Team USA in action in Traka, Lithuania (copyright protected)
Sammons, Team USA – Junior Men’s Quadruple Sculls Individuals
Congratulations to Emory Sammons who was named to the US Rowing Under-19 Men’s Quadruple Sculls team last week! Make us proud at the 2017 World Rowing Junior Championships in Trakai, Lithuania on Aug. 2-6!
The Fort Plain Central School District won a $2,000 grant from Walmart earlier this week.
The grant will fund “Smarter Social Studies,” and create a Resource Library of more than 120 new books to be used by 60 seventh-grade students. The books will be selected to help students become familiar with early American history concepts.
The grant was written by Laura Whalen from Capital Region BOCES. The grant team has won a total of $52,187,655 for its associated school districts.
All area children are invited to receive free meals this summer at Harry Hoag Elementary School every day until Aug. 4. Breakfast is served between 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Just stop in and get a free meal – open to all kids and teens ages 18 and under.
There is also an open meal site at East Hill Elementary in Canajoharie that runs from July 10 – Aug. 18.
Congratulations to the Fort Plain Jr./Sr. HS Class of 2017 Top Ten
Valedictorian Lexi Veitch
Salutatorian Zoe D’Arcangelis
The Class of 2017 yearbook editor Kierra Reid presented a yearbook to Mrs. Hext on Friday, June 2, during a special ceremony.
The class has known Mrs. Hext since they were in elementary school. She was their class advisor until she was diagnosed with cancer, at which time she handed over the reins to others. Mrs. Hext has always been supportive of the class and they wanted to show their appreciation of all she has done for them.
Other staff members who were thanked include: Mrs. Susan Summerfield, Mrs. Deb Waner, Mrs. Lisa Trembley, Mrs. Charlene Denofrio, Mr. Lance Elliott and Mrs. Laurie Capece.
Throughout the day on Tuesday, May 16, students had the opportunity to view The Stop DWI Amy Stock Memorial Trailer which was parked outside the high school.
48-year old Amy Stock was killed by a drunk driver in June 2015. The memorial was created in an effort to preserve the car, tell Stock’s story and educate the public on the dangers of drinking and driving. Members of SADD were on hand to answer any questions.
The enclosed trailer with glass sides shows her crumpled vehicle and tells the story of Stock’s life and her untimely death. The memorial features video monitors playing a video about Stock and the incident, the police report and death certificate, personal photos and some of her belongings.
The trailer travels throughout the state, particularly to high schools and colleges via STOP DWI coordinators and county sheriff offices.
For more information on Stop DWI Amy Stock memorial trailer, visit:
Listen the audio the students heard today here: http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/shf/AmyStockMemorialTrailer.htm
Fort Plain Junior Emory Sammons recently finished First at the State Finals of the Scholastic Rowing Association of New York State. Featuring competitive rowing for athletes in grades 7-12, the SRA is one of the largest and strongest rowing programs in the country. Emory rows for the Saratoga Rowing Association, traveling to Fish Creek in Saratoga for regular practices and training.
Emory and his teammates recently competed in the state championships on May 12 and May 14. He came away the 1500m Varsity Men’s Singles Champion with a time of 5:44.5, which was 1.8 seconds ahead of the runner-up from Amadeuzs Rowing Academy in Long Island. There were 8 boats in the finals, with 4 from Amadeusz, 1 from Long Island Rowing Club, 1 from Rye HS, and 1 from F.D.R. HS.
Emory then competed with his rowing partner Mike Newell, from Cohoes, in the 1500m Varsity Men’s Doubles finals and came away a champion again! They finished with a time of 5:03.4, almost a full 6 seconds ahead of the second place team from Shenendehowa. Other teams represented included Saratoga HS, Sagamore HS and Canisius HS, along with several teams from Amadeusz.
Emory will now move on to the Northeast Championships in Worcester, MA. This will be followed by the Scholastic Rowing Association Nationals in Camden, NJ. In addition, Emory has also qualified to represent New York State at the Youth Nationals in Sarasota, FL on June 9th-11th. He has also been asked to participate in training with the US National Team in San Diego, CA this summer! Emory is the son of Victor and Amy Sammons.
It started off as a way to bond with his children but it turned into a three-year physical and mental journey toward becoming an American Ninja Warrior for 40-year old Fort Plain art teacher, Geoff Snyder.
Always fitness-minded, Geoff and his son began building their own Ninja courses in their backyard after watching the television show that features a live-action obstacle course.
“It started with a peg-board in my backyard,” explains Geoff. “This gave me and my kids a way to bond and offered an outlet for me.”
Soon the obstacles became more challenging and he and his kids would go to the playground and practice some of the feats they were watching on the evening show. This turned into traveling and competing at Ninja competitions for both him and his children. He also worked with the high school technology teacher, Kreig Heroth, to build obstacle courses for the elementary physical education program.
Last year, he was one of over 70,000 people who apply to compete for the title of American Ninja Warrior each year. He was turned down. “It was the best thing that could happen,” said Geoff. “It pushed me to work harder.”
Working hard is not new to Geoff who was born with a heart defect and received a pacemaker at the age of 16. “I’ve never allowed that to be a limitation for me. If it wasn’t for my pacemaker, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this.”
Last week, as he was packing up at the end of school day, he got the phone call. Geoff will travel to Cleveland May 7-9 to become one of the 600 selected applicants in this year’s competition.
Geoff will get a walk-through of the course prior to the competition, but won’t get a chance to try any of the elements until go time, where contestants will run the course from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., not knowing when they’ll compete during the night.
“That’s when it will hit me,” he said. “When my toes are on the line and they start counting down.”
With his children and five of his co-workers cheering him on, he will no doubt have fans back in Fort Plain who will eagerly await the Season 9 premiere of American Ninja Warrior in hopes of catching of glimpse of their hometown hero.
If Geoff makes it through the first two rounds in Cleveland, he’ll be invited to compete in the four-stage course in Las Vegas later this summer.
The American Ninja Warrior series began in 2009 and promises $500,000 to the first American champion.
But according to Geoff, “Anything from here on out is just icing on the cake. I’m so much better off than when I began this journey, both physically and mentally.”