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Levittown Tribune - Schools

Ethics Essay Contest Finalist

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

Science research student Mira Sobhy, of MacArthur High School, was selected by The Williams Institute as a finalist in the 2013 Ethics Essay Contest. As a finalist, she will receive $500.

The Williams Institute, a UCLA think tank, provides world-relevant research that is disseminated to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. The institute encouraged participants to choose an ethical issue facing the nation, illustrate how it affects people, and describe what changes need to be adopted for the issue to be resolved.      


Sobhy’s essay studied the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, a topic explored in David Friedman and Matthew Zausin’s science research class. She highlighted the negative externalities related to extraction (mining and fracking), processing and combustion, as well as the impact on foreign nations. She then provided proposals for a movement toward cleaner renewables. 


MacArthur Students Win Video Contest

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

NYCM Insurance Company awarded $10,000 for a video which students from MacArthur High School produced warning teens about the dangers of distracted driving.  The entry was one of three winners selected from among 48 entries submitted by ninth through 12th graders who attend public schools throughout the state.  


Continuing In Their Sport

Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Two senior-athletes, both varsity lacrosse players at MacArthur High School, have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their sports careers at the collegiate level. Gerard Cunningham has signed with Stony Brook University and Ryan Purcell has signed with the University of Denver.


DECA Team Takes State Honors

Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Seven members of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) at Division Avenue High School received high honors during the state competition in Rochester in March.


Their performance places them among the top 10 New York State teams within their categories.


Immersed In Italian Culture

Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

Jonas E. Salk Middle School is proud to announce that Italian language and culture students have competed in two regional competitions.

Anthony Bologna, Clare Del Grosso, Jamie Ferris, Lynn-Patrice Midy and Megan Opallo recently participated in the annual American Association Teachers of Italian Long Island (AATILI) Italian Poetry Contest. The students recited Italian poems for judges, who evaluated their fluency, accuracy and delivery. 

In addition, eighth-grade student Clare Del Grosso’s delicious ricotta cake was the first-place winner in the Cuoco di Ferro (Iron Chef) competition. Students from across Long Island submitted their favorite desserts, which were judged based on appearance, texture, authenticity and taste. 


College News

Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00
University of the Sciences 

Jobin Johnson of East Meadow was recently named to the Dean’s List at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. Johnson is a doctor of pharmacy student.

Utica College

The following students have made the Dean’s List at Utica College with a GPA of 3.4 or higher: Danielle Belson, Nursing, Levittown; and Gabriel A. Zabala, Biology, Levittown. 

Mohawk Valley Community College

Mohawk Valley Community College has recently announced that Craig Cammarata from Levittown, has completed the fall semester with academic excellence and qualified for the President’s List.

SUNY Buffalo State

The following students were named to the Dean’s List at SUNY Buffalo State: Diana Berk, of Levittown, majoring in Childhood Education; Jennifer Blum, of East Meadow, majoring in Fashion and Textile Technology; Samantha Thomas, of Levittown, majoring in Geography.

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Nicholas Meoli, of East Meadow, a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham, in Madison, NJ has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2012 Semester.

Coastal Carolina University

Taylor Jones, a Special Education major of Levittown, was among approximately 1,800 students from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, who made the Dean’s List.

University of Delaware

Several local students have been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List: East Meadow: Diana Barsky, Frank Carra, Jordan Fried, Steven Goodstein, Emily Ilson, Brittany Kalman, Dylan O’Keeffe, Allyn Scherr, Brittany Sullivan, and Joshua Vogel.

Levittown: Carly Costello, Kristen Costello, Alyssa Fazio, Meghan Kirk, Michael Pecoraro, and Stephen Semenick. 

 Caldwell College 

Patrick Lehosky, of Levittown, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2012 semester at Caldwell College in Caldwell, NJ. He is the son of Michael and Maureen Lehosky and a 2010 graduate of Island Trees High School.

Berkeley College 

Jose Carvajal of Levittown has recently been named among the Berkeley College scholarship recipients. He is a senior at Island Trees High School.


Science Olympians Head To State

Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00

For the fifth consecutive year, the Division Avenue High School Science Olympiad team had earned the opportunity to compete in the New York State Finals held on March 8-9 in Monroe, NY and has won the coveted Spirit Award. The Spirit Award is earned by only one school each year and is voted on by all of the event supervisors at the competition.   

 Science Olympiad team adviser Gerard Marzigliano, teachers Sarah LaBonte, Jeff Miller and Meghan Olsen, and science curriculum associate Kevin McDermott all cheered the members to victory.  


Music Faculty Benefit Concert

Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00

 Island Trees High School will hold their 22nd Music Faculty Benefit Concert on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The performance, which is a fundraising event to raise money for music scholarships, has been a huge success for over 20 years. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased through the music department office at the high school. For more information call 516-520-2152.


Island Trees Starts Budget Meetings

Written by Emily Cappiello Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Island Trees School District started the budget process on Wednesday, February 27 at the first of a series of budget meetings. Each school principal had the opportunity to present their budgets, all down from previous years, while the board had a chance to ask questions and make cuts. 

However, a new tech program started at the high school level last year, as well as some questionable budget allotments, put Nick Grande, high school principal, in the hot seat. 


New Members Inducted Into Math Honor Society

Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Newly inducted members of the MacArthur High School Math Honor Society are pictured with, front, advisers Joanna Dillon and Cynthia Fasano and (back, l-r) MacArthur High School Assistant Principal Joseph Sheehan, Principal Kathleen Valentino and district Math Curriculum Associate James Morris. For a complete list of inductees, please log onto the district’s website at 

Photo provided by Elizabeth Sobel/Syntax.


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