Our Lady of Victory (OLV) School honored Anthony Fitzgerald, class of 1975, as this year’s distinguished graduate. OLV School board member Tom Weissler eloquently introduced Fitzgerald at a recent school mass. Several past recipients of the award were also in attendance.
Fitzgerald lives his life with an incredibly positive attitude and strong faith, which blossomed during his years at OLV School. He reflected warmly on the wonderful education he received at OLV, as well as the lifelong bonds he formed while a student there - bonds that helped him face incredible challenges following a devastating accident 27 years ago.
Fitzgerald encouraged the students to approach every day with positivity and a determination to be kind. He attributes his success in life, professionally and as a talented athlete, to that approach and his strong faith.
— Tricia GaNun
Ling Song of Floral Park High School recently received the Go APE Award from the Art League of Long Island.
Song’s pastels work, “Untitled,” was honored as one of the top 14 works in the Art League’s Advanced Placement Student Exhibition. Now in its seventh year, the program celebrates exceptional artwork of AP art students in Long Island high schools, as selected by their teachers.
Also taking part in the program and exhibiting were Floral Park students Ariel Bouderan, Lorraine Hickman and Mike Nelson.
Their works were exhibited in the Art League’s Jeanie Tengelsen Gallery in Dix Hills from Feb. 7 through 14, with a reception on the closing evening.
The 165 students participating in the exhibit represented 47 high schools.
The National Senior Honor Society and Interact clubs at Floral Park Memorial High School are hosting a Prom Dress Drive to support the nonprofit Women of Integrity. The clubs are collecting prom dresses, evening gowns, cocktail dresses, dress shoes, and evening handbags. All dresses must be cleaned and in good condition. Bring donated items to the high school’s library through Friday, March 14.
Students enjoyed a visit from DC Comics editor Mike Marts during Catholic Schools Week at Our Lady of Victory School. They create their own comic book heroes.
The Sewanhaka High School Music Department held its annual Tri-M Induction Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 23, accepting 56 students into Chapter 5836. Advisors Debra O’Connor and Christopher Doherty led the ceremony, assisted by officers Robert Myrick, Joseph Mazzeo, Breanna Washington, Selena Thomas and Eden Medina. The Voices of Harmony performed under Rachel Daloia, and Jennifer LoPresti began the ceremony with “The Star Spangled Banner.” The dinner was held at Pompeii in West Hempstead.
— From Sewanhaka High School
Our Lady of Victory School kicked off it’s Catholic Schools Week celebration with a standing-room only opening mass on Sunday, Jan. 26. Pastor Father John O’Farrell’s homily emphasized the very important relationship between Our Lady of Victory Church and it’s parish school, stating, “OLV School is the heart of the parish – it’s what makes it beat.”
Floral Park Mayor Tom Tweedy, introduced by OLV School Board President Kerry Boyle, presented OLV School Principal Peg Augello with a proclamation acknowledging Catholic Schools Week.
The Floral Park Memorial High School PTSA will hold the first Lisa Cardalena Memorial Game Night on Tuesday, March 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Fiore’s Italian Restaurant, 144 Tulip Ave. For $40 per person, you get dinner, games, raffles, silent auction and prizes.
Proceeds will help fund the Lisa Cardalena Community Service Awards and programs for the students of Floral Park Memorial High School.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $137 billion spending plan will increase education aid by $807 million for the 2014-15 school year, but school officials say it will still put them up against the wall.
“You listen to the State of the Union address and the state is getting more, but we [Floral Park] are getting less,” said Floral Park School District Superintendent James Opiekun. “We are hoping that the legislature, in the past, has revisited the figures and we hope that they do take a look at ours.”
Once again the children of the John Lewis Childs School have risen to the occasion of supporting the Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW). They received a special citation from the men at Fort Bragg and it is being displayed in the front entrance of the school.
The citation from Commanding Officer LTC, LG Judson P. Nelson, Jr. to the faculty and students of John Lewis Childs reads, “Thank you for your selfless service to the Soldiers and Families of the Fort Bragg, Warrior Transition Battalion. Your contributions to the Battalion on 5 December 2013 were immense and meant a great deal to all who attended. Your support is a true testament to your commitment, compassion, and dedication to giving back to those who serve. Your service reflects great credit upon your organization and is a superb example for all others to follow.”
- Submitted by Floral Park School District
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