The Class of 2013 had a stellar year with five students being named valedictorians. Nicholas Fiacco, Jennifer Juliano, Alexandra Lynn and Emily Markham had earned the distinction of becoming valedictorian. The five students each made a speech reflecting on how they grew as people while in school and how they will benefit beyond their Manhasset education. We will be running the speeches in two editions due to the length of each speech. Jennifer Juliano and Emily Markham will appear in next week’s issue.
From left: Ella Kosciusko, Julia Baker, Kelly Fitzsimons, Layton Nass, Stephanie Mahler, Brianna Varnas, Kate Scharfenberger, Caroline Taylor, Francesca Antonopoulos, Isabella Melkonian, Lindsay Ryan, Molly Graf, and Rebecca Hance are barefoot at their beach party.
The parents of graduating seniors worked diligently on the construction of this year’s frolic “Lucky 13—Las Vegas.” The committee spearheading the frolic efforts consisted of Joanne Goldberg, Caroline Kenlon, and Judy Pegno. With the crew of parent volunteers coordinated by Diane Riscica, the Manhasset High School gym was transformed into the Manhasset Club setting of Las Vegas.
As party guests entered the club, pictures of graduating seniors adorned the wall under the banner of “High Rollers.” A pair of dice adorns the wall where a photographer will snap pictures of the attendees. Slot machines were lined up against the wall for those interested in playing the one-armed bandit. Assorted playing tables for games such as “21” (or blackjack), were cordoned off for the “high rollers.” A beautiful gazebo was designated the “Cupid Chapel” to imitate Las Vegas wedding chapels. The chapel will be donated to the school after this year’s Frolic. These are just a few of the things that the seniors enjoyed Friday night.
The decorators even re-invented the bathrooms. The furnishings of the facilities included a play on words—toilet stalls were labeled “Royal Flush.” Special DJ appearances included a surprise visit by Alyen.
Munsey Park sixth grade Chamber Choir Students were evaluated as Gold level at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) festival held at Hofstra University on May 20.
Manhasset High School freshman Michael Gabriel was recently accepted to the Juilliard School Pre-College Program as a double bass player. The highly competitive program, which runs all-day Saturdays from September to June, has recitals throughout the year.
This summer, Gabriel will perform with adult musicians in the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra at four concerts. Last summer at 14, he also played four concerts with them and was the youngest performer in their orchestra.
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