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Farmingdale's 2013 Valedictorian

Nakul Gupta has been named Valedictorian of Farmingdale High School’s Class of 2013. Gupta earned a cumulative 105.074 Grade Point Average (GPA), the highest of all his classmates.

“Nakul is extremely self-motivated,” said Farmingdale High School Principal Glen Zakian. “His success is the result of hard work, determination and his ability to work effectively with others.”

Gupta enrolled in several Advanced Placement courses in a variety of subjects, but specifically focused on math and science. In 2012, he conducted extensive research at Stony Brook University and was named as a Simons Fellow Scholar. The Simons Fellowship Program enables students to work with university faculty mentors to learn more about laboratory tools and techniques.

Gupta also reached the national semi-finalist standing in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search Competition, where thousands of high school seniors across the country conducted original research projects and presented their work to the country’s most prestigious and well-known science and technology industry experts.

In addition to achieving a high level of academic success, Gupta participated in various clubs and organizations at Farmingdale High School. He was a member of the Science Bowl team for four years and was also named captain of both the Boys’ Varsity Tennis and Mathletes teams. He also participated in the Chamber Orchestra and was co-president of Service Club.

Gupta plans to continue his educational career at Harvard University in the fall.

News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

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.  


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
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