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Former Giants Star OJ Anderson Visits H.B. Thompson Middle School

Football players at H.B. Thompson Middle School in Syosset were treated to a special guest recently when Ottis Jerome “OJ” Anderson, former player with the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, stopped by the school to discuss the importance of hard work, dedication and teamwork with the students.

After Anderson talked about football and briefly quizzed the athletes on their plays, the seventh- and eighth-grade players, who are coached by John Scott and assistant coach Harold Sheridan, had an opportunity to ask him some questions, which ranged from training and his best play ever to how it felt to win two Super Bowls. Anderson stressed the importance of a solid educational foundation and spoke about being a total athlete, inspiring the young athletes to work harder to achieve their goals both on and off the field. He also touched on the need for students to resist peer pressure and exercise good decision-making skills.

Named Rookie of the Year and NFC Player of the Year while with the Cardinals, Anderson helped lead the Giants to two Super Bowl victories. His career spanned from 1979-1992, and he was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXV.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


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