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Farmingdale Names Two Valedictorians In The Class of 2014

The Farmingdale School District is proud to announce that Leah Ragno and Elijah Mas have been named Farmingdale High School’s Class of 2014 Valedictorians. Leah and Elijah earned a grade point average higher than 105 during their four-year academic careers at Farmingdale High School.

“Leah is an excellent student, extremely self-motivated and is a tremendous role model for our entire student body,” said Glen Zakian, Farmingdale High School Principal. “Not only has she devoted her time to academics, but has been an outstanding presence in our school community and in the greater Farmingdale community.”

Leah was a vital member of the school’s Science Olympiad Team, Environthon program and the Farmingdale High School’s Marching Band. In addition, she was inducted into the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society.  Leah interned at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital in New York City for four years where she served as a patient representative and assisted in patient escort services.  She also volunteered for the Maria Regina Innkeepers and Mary Brennan Inn Soup Kitchen organizations. Leah will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall to pursue a career in medicine.

“Elijah is a true scholar, active leader and a self-motivator.  He continues to impress me with his devotion to learn and his drive to succeed,” said Lisa A. Jensen, Farmingdale High School Guidance Counselor. “Elijah’s accomplishments have spoken for themselves as he has challenged himself in the most rigorous classes our school has to offer.”

Elijah is an Advanced Placement Scholar and will receive an Advanced Regents Diploma with a Mastery in Mathematics and Science upon graduation. Outside the classroom, Elijah was president of Farmingdale High School’s National Honor Society Chapter and was captain of the school’s Environmental Competition Team. He is also a member of the school’s Science Olympiad and Mathletes teams, and is actively involved in martial arts and music in the community. Elijah will attend Yale University in the fall to study astrophysics.

— Submitted by the Farmingdale School District

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Philip D’Aguanno, 79, of Melville, passed away on Oct. 15. Loving husband of Maria. Devoted Father, father-in-law and grandfather. A funeral mass was held at S.t Kilian R.C. Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Inc.


The Citizens Campaign for the Environment, a Farmingdale-based advocacy group, recently joined state lawmakers and Massapequa water district officials for a press conference calling on New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the proposed Navy Grumman Plume Remediation Act (A9492), which has already passed both the state Assembly and Senate, in an effort to protect Long Island’s drinking water and the Great South Bay from the Grumman-U.S. Navy underground plume of toxic chemicals. 


Sports

Nassau County ASA President Keith O’Donnell and Chief Umpire Vincent Donnelly recently presented a $2400 check to Over the Hill Gang President Jim Reilly. The donation will be added to the funds the men’s softball league raised on behalf of Sal Pugliese Jr. as the young boy battles a rare hip disorder. The OTHG would like to thank the ASA for its generous contribution to a fantastic local cause.

—Submitted by the Over the Hill Gang


Farmingdale runners Theresa Gannon, Chris Bartlett, Patty Baker and Jenine Cottone each came home with an award from the Blue Ribbon 10 kilometer and 5 kilometer runs for Prostate Cancer at Syosset-Woodbury Community Park. 


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