On a cold night last week, the stage crew of Hicksville High School was still hard at work way past twilight. “We’ve been here since three,” said student Gabe Membreno. “And I don’t think we will be leaving tonight until 9 or 10.”
The passion the group has is palpable as one walks into the main auditorium at the school. Everyone is busy with the tasks that need to get done for the day in order to meet set deadlines. After all, the upcoming play depends on it.
Each year, thousands of animals end up in shelters in desperate need of healing and care. Volunteers like Kyrstin Stehle provide that much-needed love and attention, giving countless animals a second chance at life.
Stehle, who has worked for the past 16 years as an ESL teacher at East Street Elementary School and is also a member of the Hicksville Congress of Teachers, loves children, enjoys languages, and is committed to helping animals in need at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter in Wantagh.
Based on their strong performance at the Western Long Island Regional Competition on Feb. 8, the Hicksville Middle School Science Olympiad team will compete in the New York State competition in Rochester on April 4 and 5.
After learning about the 247 “superfund” clean-up sites contaminated with hazardous chemicals across Long Island, students in the Doshi STEM Program at Nassau BOCES decided to take action. The young scientists, which included Hicksville’s Harleen Anand and Adil Ansari, conducted testing for heavy metal contaminants in the local ecosystem including lead, arsenic and mercury. Students went out in the field to take coastal samples from Caumsett State Park, to compare with samples from a superfund site 10 miles away in Glen Cove. They prepared and tested the samples at Brookhaven National Laboratory, conducing x-ray fluorescence tests using the lab’s state-of-the-art Synchrotron Light Source. To present their findings, the students created scientific posters.
— From Nassau BOCES
Burns Avenue Elementary School student, Benjamin Choi, and Hicksville Middle School student, Srishti Tyagi, competed at the third annual Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee this past weekend.
Like many students, they were both nervous before the spelling bee began, but they braved the stage in complete confidence.
Hicksville Middle School students Jeevan George, Rafeed Hossain and Lovepreet Kaur have been declared winners in the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Kaur took first prize, after finishing second last year, followed by George and Hossain. Twenty Hicksville Middle School students submitted essays for consideration.
The VFW-sponsored competition required students to compose essays around a central theme. This year’s was “What Patriotism Means to Me.”
Meghan Dowling-Lewis is the proud social studies teacher of all three winning students. The students will be recognized at a special ceremony at the local VFW post later this year.
—From the Hicksville School District
Hicksville Middle School eighth-grade student Jonathan Kinnaman was the winner of the annual school geography bee held in early January. His knowledge of oceans, landmasses, maps, climates and natural resources propelled him to first place among 39 competitors from all grades at the school. Social studies teacher Kevin Kerley was the adviser for this local segment of the larger National Geography Bee.Kinnaman will now go up against other top-ranked students from across the country in a written test that may give him the opportunity to win $25,000 in a national competition sponsored by the National Geographic Society and hosted by Alex Trebek.
There was a winner from each grade, with sixth-grader Teresa Moritz and seventh-grader Rebecca Sloan receiving honors.
—From the Hicksville School District
Hicksville Middle School seventh graders displayed their talent and months of hard work and rehearsals during their recent winter concert.
Fork Lane Elementary School students recently participated in a variety of physical activities in the school gym, keeping with the goal of being heart-healthy.
Fourth and fifth grade students eagerly tested themselves in an activity called “Hoops for the Heart,” where they grouped as teams in a fast-paced round robin basketball shootout during their gym periods. Students enjoyed music and healthy snacks provided by the school PTA.
The fourth graders at Our Lady of Mercy School held their annual Biography Breakfast recently. All of the students picked one person significant to New York State and gave oral reports on them. The parents and students had to guess who the person was.
Kaitlyn Wawrzynski reported on NYC Fireman, Peter Ganci, a co-worker of her grandfather, Fire Fighter Bill Tracy. At the time of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Peter Ganci, held the rank of Chief of Department, the highest ranking uniformed fire officer in the department. He was among the 343 New York City firefighters and paramedics who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He perished in the collapse of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Prior to joining the Fire Department, Ganci served in the 82nd Airborne Division in the war in Vietnam.
Other students reported on famous New Yorkers, Margaret Bourke-White, Elizabeth Blackwell, Norman Rockwell and more.
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