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GC Tech Students Complete Program

The Wisdom Lane Middle School auditorium was filled with applause and well wishes from family, administrators and staff as 163 students received their certificates of completion from Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center program on Thursday, June 13.

 

Director Audre Midura congratulated the students on being part of the 31st graduating class, which has grown to accommodate programs including police science/EMT studies, cosmetology, computer animation, architectural drafting, automotive technology, carpentry, culinary arts, electrical technology, graphic arts and medical assisting. 

 

“All of you are on the right track for success and have been given an advantage by receiving technical training,” Midura said.  

 

During the student address to the Class of 2013, SkillsUSA President Michelle Licciardo thanked the administration and staff for their support throughout her enrollment in the program and told fellow classmates that she would describe the program as exceptional. “Our experiences have prepped us for college and the real world,” she said. “In addition, I have learned a great deal about myself.”

 

Student awards and scholarships were bestowed upon many of the graduates. Outstanding students also received commendations, including:

 

Architectural Drafting – Louie Bruni

 

Automotive Technology – Nicholas Genari and Patrick Kelly

 

Carpentry – Kyle Von Glahn

 

Computer Animation – Lawrence G. Timpano

 

Cosmetology – Stephanie Esposito and Kaitlin Moss

 

Culinary Arts – Stephanie Hsu

 

Electrical Technology – Brian Johnson

 

Graphic Arts – Frankie Piacente

 

Medical Assisting – Shujawodin Azizi

 

Police Science/EMT-B – Victoria Capone

 

The students were then called one by one to receive their certificates. Prior to the closing of the ceremony, the audience and graduates watched a slide presentation that recapped the year, put together by students enrolled in the computer animation program.


News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


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