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Athlete Of The Week

Deidree Golbourne has been running track and field all four years she has been at Westbury High School. Her passion for the sport comes from knowing that “you can put your all into it. It’s not a team sport where you have to depend on other people. You get out as much as you put into it.”


Golbourne is also seeded fourth in the state for discus throwing. She says that when she initially picked up discus her freshman year, she wasn’t a fan. 


“I didn’t really like it at first because I wasn’t’ good at it,” Golbourne says. “But I trained to become better and saw results sophomore year.

It’s a test of speed, balance, power, and gentleness at the same time because the discuss is so small and fragile.” 


Golbourne has accomplished many accolades in the track and field world including being a five-time county champion, three-time division champion, three-time state champion, and three-time all conference. She was recently awarded the Elsa Zu Proly Award, the Westbury Athletic Department’s highest award for a female athlete. The award is given to an exceptional multi-sport athlete that excels in academics and leadership. 


“It was an honor,” she says. “I saw people get it through freshman, sophomore and junior year and I wanted it to be mine. When you have that title, you have the title of being the best scholar athlete and that’s good enough.” 


“Deidree has been the model student-athlete,” Westbury Athletic Director Doric Capsis says. “She has been a person who her teammates looked up to and respected. After Deidree graduates, I will miss her not just as an outstanding student/athlete but also as a wonderful person who by example made everyone she came in contact with better in some way.”


She’ll continue her track and field career at SUNY Buffalo, which has one of the best throwing programs in New York State. She is planning to major in history.


“Because of track and field I can have so many opportunities,” she says. “And I just want to make the most of it wherever I go.” 


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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