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Syosset Central School District BOE Honors Athletes at Recent Meeting

Also Discusses Finance, Music and Resolutions

At the Monday, Jan. 11, Syosset Central School District Board of Education meeting, the voting period was short but the accolades were many. After a very successful fall athletic season, the board took a moment to recognize some of the most outstanding student athletes in the district.

The boys cross-country team, coached by Bart Sessa, won its 13th consecutive country championship during the fall season, an incredible achievement. Sessa named Max Segall as the overall top runner on what was clearly an outstanding team. Similarly, the Girls Cross-Country, coached by Douglas Schumacher, were All-County champions, with Rachel Ngu qualifying individually for the prestigious Federation Championship.

While recognizing Ngu’s accomplishment, Schumacher emphasized the potential of the entire team, which lost many of star runners after the 2009 graduation, and is now made up almost entirely of new students. In light of the team performing far beyond anyone‘s expectations during the fall season, Schumacher announced their goal to qualify for the Federation Championship as a team in the near future.

The girls’ tennis team dominated during the fall season, with a record of 13-1 after the regular season and a victory at the Long Island Championship. Coach Larry Levane pointed out that the girls’ performance was especially impressive given just how tough the competition is in tennis on Long Island. To succeed in such high-level play, the girls had to not only be talented, but put in a tremendous amount of practice. Hannah Camhi, who placed third in the state tournament (singles division), was recognized as an inspiration to the entire team due to her outstanding work ethic.

In other sports news, boys’ soccer coach Brett Waxer recognized James Ciano as not only an All-County champion, but a member of the All Region team as well. The football team, coached by Paul Rourke, was also recognized by the board for another successful season.

The cash-on-hand figure as of November 30, 2009, was $58,356,823.66. In the Superintendent’s report, Dr. Hankin reminded the community of the upcoming Winter Concerts, and reported on the success of the recent Alumni Day. Dr. Herman reported that the board had recently attended both the BOCES budget advisory meeting and the Syosset PTSA meeting.

Since music is never far from the heart of things in Syosset Schools, after the athletic portion of the evening, the singers took to the stage. In fact, there was a full-blown opera presentation, complete with coaching from veteran vocal coach Debra Birnbaum of the Metropolitan Opera. Thanks to a new partnership with the International Vocal Arts Institute (or IVIA), Syosset students can now benefit from the instruction of Birnbaum, and other coaches from both the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic.

The board voted on 22 resolutions, all of which passed. The list of resolutions included Appointment to Tenure, Approval of Leave of Absence, and the acceptance of multiple donations – including an unspecified amount of Scholastic books.