The Herricks Model UN class and club recently traveled Washington DC, where they attended the George Washington University Model UN Conference for the sixth consecutive year. They joined over 1250 other students from around the world. This year, the event was run by a number of Herricks alumni, including recent GWU graduate Chris Longman and current students Ben Carleton, Mickey Di-Battista, Blake Goodman and Laura Longman.
The sixth grade students of the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Odyssey program recently debated a hypothetical senate bill at the New Hyde Park Village Hall. This debate was the culminating activity in their participation of the Constitution Works civics program.
Led by Odyssey teacher Sheila Bet, the students from the Garden City Park, New Hyde Park Road , Manor Oaks, Notre Dame and Hillside Grade schools held a lively debate and gained an understanding of what being a senator entailed.
— From the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District
New Hyde Park Memorial High School announced Michael Chang and Daniel Son and Jake Guercia as students of the month.
Guercia is a leader in Mr. Rotondaro’s physical education class. He helps set up and clean up activities. Guercia is a role model for other students. Guercia demonstrates an outstanding work ethic and is respected by the physical education department.
Chang and Son are both musicians in the seventh grade band. Change has a beautiful sound on the bass clarinet, and holds together the low woodwind section. He is very talented, and always prepared for class.
Son is an extremely strong alto saxophonist, who practices diligently. He is also very knowledgeable about music theory, and plays in the junior jazz ensemble with eighth and ninth graders.
The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) recently appointed interior designer Suzanne Costa to its 2014 board of directors.
She will lend her expertise to RMH-LI’s mission of providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children, specifically through her leadership skills, fundraising experience, and knowledge of the design industry.
Costa first became active with RMH-LI last year through an initiative called Project Design 2013—the largest redesign RMH-LI has seen in its almost 28 years. With the help of the region’s interior designer industry leaders, this project focused on completing a redesign and renovation of the original 18 bedrooms, four kitchens, breakfast room, five common areas, first floor restrooms and three laundry rooms. More than $2 million in design, labor and materials were donated to the initiative. Phase II, Project Design 2014, will focus on updating RMH-LI’s remaining 24 bedrooms and several common areas.
Seventh grade students recently participated in New Hyde Park Memorial High Schools second annual Wax Museum in the library. After conducting research and writing their research papers on some of history’s famous first people (individuals known for being the “first” to accomplish a great feat), the students created documentaries and presented them in the library dressed as their famous people.
Many students and members of the staff, teachers, guidance counselors, security officers, and administrative staff members attended this event.
— From New Hyde Park Memorial High School
New Hyde Park Memorial High School announced Wilmer Cruz and Kevin Fox as its students of the month.
Cruz is a student in the Read 180 program who has come a long way since the beginning of the year. He is always on task and participates consistently in class.
Cruz is a diligent worker who is relentless in trying to better himself as a learner and as a reader. When higher-level questions are asked, Wilmer is able to grasp the concepts easily.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School announced Erin Willers as its Student of the Month. Willers is a consummate professional when it comes to her duties as the design editor on the Lance staff. The combination of her tireless commitment and strong aesthetic point of view has been essential to the production of the yearbook.
The Sewanhaka Central School District Senior Robotics Club traveled to Syosset High School on Saturday, March 1 with their latest creation to participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition. Sewanhaka finished the round-robin phase of the competition in fourth place out of 22 teams that registered and then formed an alliance with the host team, Syosset, and a team from West Babylon to become the overall winners of the competition in the elimination rounds.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School recognized John Stampfli and Ashley Thomas as Students of the Month. Stampfli was honored for his achievement in the 10th-grade advanced regents chemistry class. He is an enthusiastic science student with incredible potential. Stampfli has superb problem-solving skills as well as incredible insight. He enjoys snowboarding and is also an active member of the track team.
Thomas is a student in Ms. Livoti’s drawing and painting class. She has shown an exceptional talent in drawing and she has a true passion for art. Thomas participates with enthusiasm, often taking part in outside of school art competitions. She is a member of the National Art Honor Society, where she helps with school beautification projects and fundraising.
For Susan Hassett it wasn’t over until the last dog barks.
That was Feb. 27, when she closed the door on the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter for the last time as its director.
It has been a long run for Hassett. She started working at the shelter, which is tucked at the end of a winding avenue in Port Washington, for 36 years and has been its director for the last 25.
But now it is time to go; it’s just too difficult to stay. “Emotionally, it’s very, very hard,” Hassett said. “I need to find some peace.” A successor has not been named.
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