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Students Teaching Students

The American Sign Language program continues to grow each year in Oyster Bay.  Dr. Nicolle Sisia’s Advanced American Sign Language class worked tirelessly to share their love of language with the underclassman at OBHS.  

“ASL Day” has become an annual tradition where the Advanced American Sign Language students become teachers for the day, inviting students to the library to learn the language, grammar and cultural experiences they have acquired in their ASL classes.  

Senior Gabriella Micelli said, “I really felt like I was able to connect with many of the students who didn’t know they could enroll in an American Sign Language class.  It felt great to be able to share all that I have learned with others.”  

Juniors Bret Mattel and Nikia Gardon agree, “This is a great opportunity for us to really show others how much we learn during each class.  We were able to answer every question we were asked.  That’s a pretty great feeling.”

Dr. Sisia teaches American Sign Language Levels I, II and III.  The level III course also allows students to acquire up to six college credits for a reduced tuition.  

Junior Hannah Kaiser shares, “It’s great that as a high school student I am able to get a jump start on college.  This will make my transition from High School to college a lot easier.”  

Junior Laurel Dorfman explained that her love of the language and the ASL courses offered at OBHS have enticed her to look for additional signing opportunities outside of the school day.  “I wish I could explain how these courses have made such a positive impact on my education.  I feel successful in these classes and was able to show my competency of the language to others during ASL Day.”

The value of getting college credits while in high school can literally be “taken to the bank.”  Gianni Napolitano graduated from Oyster Bay High School in 2010.  With the college credits he earned while at OBHS by taking advanced placement and honors classes, Gianni will be graduating from New York University in January of 2014, one semester early, saving his parents tens of thousands of dollars.

News

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

The Oyster Bay community paid tribute to award winning journalist Marie Colvin at Oyster Bay High School on Saturday, Oct. 11. The school library was officially dedicated in her name and a portrait of the journalist who died on the frontlines in Syria in 2012 was proudly displayed at the entrance of the library. The event was put together by members of the Oyster Bay class of 1974 who held their 40th class reunion over the weekend.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dennis O’Hara gave a short speech in honor of Colvin’s name. Nassau County legislators Judi Jacobs and Donald MacKenzie also gave speeches, along with Colvin’s sister, Catherine Colvin, and Donna Fiore-Houman, who helped coordinate the event. Both were members of the class of ‘74. Founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, Howard Schneider, also gave a small speech at the end of the ceremony.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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