Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00
As I conclude a five-year stint as publicity director for the Mineola Athletics Booster Club and primary correspondent on behalf of the Mineola American for Mineola High School Varsity Athletics, I am emboldened by a young student who has stepped up to fill the void in my absence.
Over the past year, Nick Palma, a junior at Mineola High School, has begun an aspiring journalistic career as a “cub” reporter in the sports department. His work began when Nick was an injured member of last season’s football team. He used the print media as an outlet to contribute to his team’s spirit and performance by reporting on their gridiron progress. He has followed this effort with various articles including last week’s feature on the baseball team. His work is diligently researched, comprehensive and well written – and if you did not know better – authored by a veteran of the industry. I am inspired to see a young man willing to volunteer to step in during a time of real need when most might look the other way. All athletes at the high school look forward to seeing their name in the local paper and the coaches are all willing participants in the process to construct an unbiased picture of their seasons. Being familiar with Nick from his days as a star MAA athlete, it makes me smile to see the youth of our community mature to another level.
While I will miss my interaction with Mustang coaches, administrators and players, I am pleased that the legacy of sports reporting over the past 10 years by John Cloghessy, myself and others will continue. It is more uplifting to see a student-athlete take on this task while managing his workload both in the classroom and on the field with unbridled success. I congratulate Nick on his work which, whether he realizes it or not, will become an essential part of his extracurricular résumé when he applies to colleges over the next year. He is a role model to his peers. Keep up the good work, Nick. I am a big fan and look forward to becoming a regular reader of your articles in the future.
(Editor’s Note: At the Mineola American, we wish to thank Tom Winters for all of the work and articles he has contributed over the years. One would be hard pressed to find an individual with as much passion and commitment to Mineola Mustang athletics than Tom. His dedication to publicizing the achievements of the Mustang student-athletes over the years and the pride in which he has shown in doing so is a tribute to him as well as the student-athletes, coaches and parents who have put in the dedication to ensure that Mineola pride shines through. We want to also thank Nick Palma for his past and future contributions. Nick, this newspaper considers you a friend and a colleague.)