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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

After spotting an abandoned cemetery at the corner of Grant Avenue and Rose Street in the heart of downtown Farmingdale, resident Vicki Gruber became inspired to trace the lineage of the Van Cott family—some of the earliest settlers in the Farmingdale community. Gruber, a corporate and securities attorney, said that after approaching the village about the history of the cemetery, she took it upon herself to do the research. Compiling three or four years worth of newfound information, Gruber discovered that each of the 16 plots in the cemetery are direct descendants of Claes Cornelissen Van Cats, a Dutch settler and firm believer in democracy, home rule and civil liberty. 

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


Calendar

Les Miserables - November 21

The Wedding Singer - November 21

Holiday Parade - November 22


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