More Sparks in City Hall
Those South Park Sparks brought plenty of spark to City Hall on Wednesday. I have a story in today's paper about it, about the accolades the high school's championship football team got from Mayor Brown and Council leaders. But as often happens, I couldn't fit everything from the event in that article. So I thought I'd share some of the quotes and comments that didn't make it into the story -- the outtakes, so to speak.
South District Councilman Chris Scanlon was among the officials at the event. Turns out Scanlon has known South Park coach Tim Delaney for years, and he said he wasn't surprised that Delaney's leadership would create a championship team.
"As a result," he told the students, "you made history."
Scanlon also told the football champs he hopes to see them back in City Hall "next year with a back to back.
Principal Theresa Schuta also praised Delaney, saying: "The coach and his staff turned these boys into fine young men."
In addition to heaping praise on the students, Mayor Brown gave each of the football players a couple gifts, including a pen and a Buffalo pin.
"We gave them gold City of Buffalo pins," Brown said. "We want them to carry Buffalo in their hearts. Each of them are in our hearts."
Brown and the Common Council also issued a proclamation declaring Dec. 2 South Park Sparks Day.
Former student recognized
Mayor Brown graduated from Buffalo State College in 1983 with a degree in political science and communication. He was back at his alma mater last Friday evening when he was inducted into the Communication Department's Hall of Fame and was cited for his "Excellence in Public Communication."