Mineola High School freshman Awdifa Abdin was recently honored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. In a national contest with more than 250,000 submissions, she was recognized with a Regional Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2014.
Abdin received the Silver Key award in the category of flash fiction for her work titled Melodic Medicine, which is about a girl who helps her sister with cancer by playing music. She received a pin and certificate.
— From Mineola High School
Eleven Wheatley School students experienced a recent vacation they will never forget. They traveled to Paris and the south of France accompanied by Wheatley teachers Jean François Henley and Laura Gurick. The group spent three days touring the sites of Paris including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre while practicing their language skills with the locals.
In movies like Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, a parent’s very real nightmare of inadequate child care is at the crux of the film’s storyline. So the promise of a new website with intentions to revolutionize babysitting offered new hope at the party recently held at Melville’s Jewel Restaurant to celebrate its launch.
Babysitting Barter has roughly 1,000 babysitters and 2,700 parents connected to its website nationwide, according to CEO and founder Brian Mannix.
To celebrate the diverse cultures within the community, Mineola High School held its seventh annual Multi-Cultural evening on March 4. Parents, students, neighbors and “foodies” showed up at the event to savor world cuisine, broaden their cultural boundaries and get a glimpse of the diversity within the community.
Elsa Coelho, a world language teacher at Mineola High School and program designer, said “our community is extremely diverse. Celebrating the diverse cultures is very important as it helps to better understand and enhance the comfort with people of different race, culture , background and beliefs. Through this evening's events, we are able to open up our students eyes to the global village we live in.”
Residents in the Mineola School District may or may not need to pony up more in taxes as a result of a proposed exemption for veterans. Across New York State, school districts are being met with this special exemption, which provides three tiers of tax breaks based on whether or not they are a veteran, saw combat or suffered a disability. It’s possible to qualify for all three.
While a similar exemption already exists at the county level, the state left individual school districts to decide if it would be in the best interest of the taxpaying community.
Everyone has role models. People to look up to. Someone you respect, admire and aspire to be like in some way. For Mineola High School junior Kelly Behan, her role model is her brother, Tom.
“I have always looked up to my brother growing up,” she said. “He is hardworking, motivated in sports, dedicated in school, while still managing to have a social life. He had an enjoyable and memorable high school experience and continues to succeed in college. I hope that one day, I can be as successful as him.”
Michelle Rodrigues, a Mineola sophomore, took the traditional approach of choosing her role mode: one of her parents.
Mineola Pack 246 recently held its annual Blue and Gold Dinner. The Senior Webelo Scouts bridged to Boy Scouts. Front row, left to right: Kevin Pusey, Addison Granados, Dennis Peitler, Jack Schneider, Miko Amican, Nick Ramos and Thomas Gaines. Back row, left to right: Senator Jack Martins, Trustee George Durham, Senior Den Leader Linda Ramos and Cub Master Jay Schneider.
— From Pack 246
The Irish American Society of Nassau Suffolk and Queens, located on Willis Avenue in Mineola, announced that the 64th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 behind the Nassau County Court House off Old Country Road. It will proceed up Mineola Boulevard to Jericho Turnpike and end at Jericho Turnpike and Willis Avenue.
First grade students in Maureen Reyhanian’s class at Meadow Drive School recently celebrated the completion of their personal narratives. Following weeks of learning how to develop the beginning, middle and end of a story while incorporating relevant details, each student wrote a personal narrative about a notable event in time.
To celebrate the completion of their projects, the first graders held an Author’s Tea and invited family to hear their finished pieces, with topics ranging from going to the movies to Superstorm Sandy. Finished products will also be submitted to the Nassau Reading Council’s Young Author’s Contest.
— From Meadow Drive School
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