Valedictorian Andres Perez is an overall impressive student. He has an incredible work ethic and a craving for learning. Perez is enrolled in the most challenging course load at Island Trees High School and has achieved a 107.78 GPA, while studying even more curriculum outside of school on his own. He scored a 1300 out of 1600 on the SATs and was honored with the AP Scholar with distinction award in his junior year.
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.
Meghan Whittaker, Guy Lovell, Stephen Baumgarten, Robert Milano and Paige Moran, students at Holy Trinity were recently honored for their induction into the International Thespian Honor Society.
As the warmer weather sets in, the beginning of prom season takes off at the beginning of June like clockwork every year. For the autistic students at the Brookville Center for Children’s Services however, the May 31 prom was a first this year.
The residence program administered by the center educates kids with autism up until age 21, according to Beth Hudson, the senior director at the school. There are 25 students between the Lido Beach and Glen Cove houses, Amy Keegan, assistant director of community resources at the center, said.
The 24th William A. Haps Scholarship Awards were presented in ceremonies held at Wantagh Fire Headquarters on June 3. The awards are in memory of the deceased firefighter who passed away July 20, 1989. He had served the community for some 42 years.
Seven students were honored this year. Chairperson Don Snyder spoke of the student achievements as family, friends and firefighters looked on. Making the presentations on behalf of the late William and Dora Haps was grandson and Ex-Captain Bill Bischoff and granddaughter Diane Geddes. Also present was Assistant Principal Anne Rao of MacArthur High School and Frank Muzio, director of the guidance department at Wantagh High School.
Eighth graders Selena Rodriguez, Bianca Marinelli and Korey Magnus, members of the second place team, designed a device to dispense medication. By creating a lever that pulls out one tablet at a time, the group brainstormed a project that ensures that a person cannot dispense more than one pill. Each student who won second place will receive a $500 savings bond.
Each year students in New York State participate in the prestigious eCYBERMISSION Competition sponsored by the United States Army. In the eCYBERMISSION Competition, students are challenged to brainstorm an invention and test their creations.
Third-grade students at Abbey Lane Elementary School have been studying Mexico’s culture, language, flag and points of interest. The social studies unit then culminated in a Cinco de Mayo celebration in each of the grades’ classrooms. Students were encouraged to bring in their favorite Mexican foods to share with classmates while listening to Spanish music.
There were also many educational activities. In Susan Zizza’s classroom, the students decorated sombreros using a directional glyph (color-by-choice exercise) and wore their new hats to their Mexican feast. In Vicki Bartolomeo’s class, the unit of study culminated in a celebratory snack of popular Mexican food.
Most adults remember the popular Chia Pets with their growing grass hair advertised on television in the 1980s. For Mother’s Day, students in Valerie Kovel’s class at East Broadway Elementary School decided to make a simplified version of this creation with grass planters decorated with a face on the front of a cup.
Congratulations to the Island Trees girls’ varsity bowling team on making it to the team and individual county championships. Joanna Viscuso, Emily McLaughlin, Julia Petry, Megan Ng, Melissa Jorgensen, and Chelsea Anderson placed 12th at the team championships held at Garden City recently. Viscuso and McLaughlin had a strong season and qualified for the individual county tournament against the best bowlers in Nassau County.
Island Trees High School Senior Kathryn Gundersen has earned a Scholastic Art & Writing Award for 2013. Gundersen was selected as one of the most talented young artists and writers in the nation.
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