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High schoolers take on residents in friendly competition at Summit Village

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Assemblyman Scott A. Gray, R-Watertown, hosted a senior-to-senior board game event Thursday afternoon at Samaritan Summit Village.

Twenty National Honor Society students from Watertown High School competed in friendly board game competitions with residents of the senior-living facility. Games were laid out on tables throughout the community room, and the seniors had quite a variety to choose from. Bingo, Uno, Janga, Connect 4, Cards, Candy Land and Sorry! were some of their selections.

At one of the tables, things were teetering on the edge of collapse.

That’s because three honors students were well into a game of Janga with resident Steve Yanaitis. His careful, more methodical moves, when combined with the younger players’ riskier style, made for a tippy situation.

Despite things crashing down a few times, the group shared lots of laughter and a few stories too. Yanaitis said that he was reminded of a time when he used to play Janga at a bar in Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester.

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