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Hicksville High School Spring Concert

The Hicksville High School string orchestra, string ensemble, Madrigal Singers and wind ensemble demonstrated their musical versatility and talent in a series of three spring concerts held in the high school auditorium.

The string orchestra, directed by Amy Noll, opened the second concert with three songs, highlighted by a luscious rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” that featured Brian D’Addario on electric guitar.

The string ensemble, also directed by Noll, played two songs, including Gustav Holst’s “St Paul’s Suite,” which featured Julie Choi and Cynthia Lau on violin, Heather Feltkamp on viola, and Yash Deai on cello.

The Madrigal Singers and string ensemble then combined for Handel’s “Coronation Anthem No. 1” before the Madrigals, under the direction of Michelle Emeric, performed three songs including the traditional spiritual “Elijah Rock.”

The wind ensemble, directed by Chad Wyman, closed out the show with a four-song set that featured a lively rendition of Aram Khachaturian’s “Sword Dance.”

After each musical set, the graduating seniors in each group were acknowledged by their teachers, the teachers were acknowledged for their efforts by the students, and the audience acknowledged them both with rounds of sincere applause.

News

Alan Yu, an external auditor from the firm, Cullen & Danowski LLP gave the findings of the annual district external audit at Oct. 22’s Hicksville Board of Education meeting. Discussed at the meeting were the financial statements of the 2013-14 school year which officially ended June 30.

According to Yu, the Hicksville School district has a fund balance of $34 million. Roughly 26 to 27 percent of the general fund balance comprises the total budget.

Levittown Hall in Hicksville comes alive every Thursday night with music, dance, fun and laughter as students are swept away into the world of Latin dance.

Under the instruction of professional teacher Mark James, dance hopefuls learn a trio of Latin dance, including salsa, meringue and what James describes as the biggest craze in Latin dancing today, bachata.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School


Calendar

Safe Trick or Treat

October 31

Election Day

November 4

Senior Luncheon

November 6



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