Friday, 07 December 2012 00:00
Seaford senior Lindsay Montemarano has signed a national letter of intent to play softball at her dream school – the University of Michigan — next year. The athlete, who has played the sport with intensity since she was nine years old, will now set her sights on winning for the Wolverines and studying kinesiology, sports management or another major that will lead to a coaching career at the university or high school level.
“Lindsay is the epitome of a scholar-athlete,” said Tom Condon, Seaford’s director of athletics. “She is committed to being the best she can be; she makes all of us proud; she’s a true example of Seaford Pride.”
Ranked 15th in her class, Montemarano is a highly motivated student who is a member of marching band and pep band. She was all-conference track and soccer, and has played volleyball and basketball. A longtime back injury that became aggravated throughout the years almost made her question whether she could play sports again. But after surgery for a herniated disc that was disintegrating her spinal cord, she says she feels better than ever.
“She accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time,” said Coach Rob Perpall. “In terms of her potential, the sky’s the limit; that’s how good she is.”
With a true passion for the sport, Montemarano said, “What I love about the game is that it can change with one swing. I also love how it’s a team sport, but there are opportunities to challenge yourself when you’re at bat and it’s just you and the pitcher.”
Montemarano has competed on a traveling team from the time she began playing and by age 14 she played on the 18 U Gold traveling team and started showcasing for colleges and universities. When she was a sophomore, the Seaford softball team captured the Long Island Championship title.
“Hanging in the gym is a championship flag that has one last spot open for a championship title. I hope to fill it with the state championship title this year,” she beamed.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend.
Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.
Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.