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A Student’s Perspective

During these final months of the school year, death is the furthest thing from a high school student’s mind. We are too busy being excited for summer and the end of another school year to worry about something so far away and foreign as death. 

 

“Death is for the old and sickly; not for us, we can’t die, there’s too much for us to do, to experience, to see.” 

 

If we read the front page of a newspaper we might see a story about a teen or two tragically dead before their time, but they’re so far away, “that’s not us, that could never be us.” 

 

Unfortunately the accident, which took the lives of five teens, reminded us of the frailty of our lives and that it could have been anyone us. Those kids were us. 

 

It seemed as if everyone had a different story about the accident: how many were dead, how exactly it happened, who was involved. The only thing anybody was sure of was that lives were lost. The lives of teenagers, of our classmates, our friends, and our children. 

 

The community reacted almost instantly. There were pages posted on social media for people to share their condolences, vigils and fundraisers were organized, people were reaching out to help in any way they could.

 

The scene on the lawn of St. Kilians church Sunday night was heartdropping, as thousands of people from the community came to the church to show their support with a candlelight vigil. 

 

As the church bells tolled preceeding the vigil, time felt suspended. The air surrounding the church was alarmingly and respectfully quiet. During those moments a distinct feeling of regret, sadness and sorrow could be felt. “If only,” and “what if,” were common thought.

 

An online fund was set up on Saturday to help pay for Noah Francis’ funeral. In August, the Francis family lost Noah’s dad. His mother died fourteen years prior. The fund has already raised over $19,000 since its creation, anyone interested can donate online at http://www.gofundme.com/92i2o4. Farmingdale High School students will be wearing green on Monday to remember their lost Dalers. Despite the tragedy, it is refreshing to see the community come together to support those who have lost someone they love. After all, once a Daler, always a Daler.

News

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus. 


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


Columns

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com