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Spotlight On Local Grad

The world is an open book for Sarina Turbendian, a Farmingdale State College Class of 2014 graduate and village resident. 

 

During the commencement ceremony at Hofstra University last May — when over 1,000 Farmingdale State College students received a diploma — Turbendian said that as she waited with anticipation to hear her name read over the sound system, she was more focused on making sure she did not fall down or shake anybody’s hand the wrong way. She said that it wasn’t until she had gotten home that the realization started to sink in. 

 

“Then it hit me… I graduated,” Turbendian said. “Four years went by so quickly.” 

 

Earning her degree in professional communications, Turbendian said she will be taking a break from her studies, at least for now, but plans to return to school to pursue a Master’s in didactic literature. Her goal is to get into publishing, preferably of young adult fiction novels, although she is open to other publications. 

 

Last year, Turbendian became an intern at Callis Editora, where she edited several children’s books that were translated from Portuguese to English. She said this would give her the necessary foot-in-the-door that she needs to kick-start her career in publishing. 

 

“So much of our lives are embedded in storytelling,” she said. “It is interacting... but we do not entirely realize it in our [day-to-day] life.” 

 

As a child, Turbendian remembers she always loved writing. Whether it was poems scribbled onto little pieces of paper for her mom and dad or short stories, she was always passionate about the written word. Learning from her “childish” poems, Turbendian said she leaves Farmingdale State College with a better sense of grammar and diction which she hopes to carry proudly as she embarks on pursing her career.

 

But Turbendian is not only a wordsmith; she is also a vocal activist for social justice. 

 

“Now that I have graduated college, I want to be able to focus a good amount of my energy to help elicit change in government regarding human rights issues and equality,” Turbendian adds. “Thankfully, we live in a world where it is no longer acceptable to marginalize certain groups of people based on demographics. I want to be on the frontline, so to speak, when it comes to fighting for equality for all people.”

 

Motivated and goal-oriented, Turbendian, and the other Class of 2014 graduates—high school, college and otherwise—have so much ahead of them. Congratulations.

News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


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