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Farmingdale HS Class Of 2014

A high school diploma—for some it is a stepping stone to their collegiate futures, for others it embodies thirteen years of hard work. 

 

On June 24, 452 Farmingdale High School seniors in the graduating class of 2014 adorned their cap and gown for its commencement ceremony at Hofstra University’s David S. Mack Sports & Exhibition

Complex. Friends, family, alumni and community members were in attendance to watch the newest graduates walk across the stage.

 

At the ceremony, class salutatorian Minhal Ahmed and valedictorians Leah Ragno and Elijah Mas shared a few words with the audience about their experiences in Farmingdale and the journey ahead. 

 

Afterwards, Farmingdale High School Principal Glen Zakian took the podium, to tell the students how proud he is that each and everyone in the Class of 2014 has embraced the meaning of “Daler Pride.” 

 

“I have had the pleasure to watch these students mature and grow into fine young men and woman in four years,” Zakian said. “Not only did they succeed in the classroom and reach this level of achievement, but they have become role models and valuable members in our community.”

 

After receiving their diplomas, students turned their tassels to the right, so as to turn over a new leaf into their newest life journey as young adults, before tossing their caps into the air.  

 

“We are extremely proud of our graduates who worked hard to achieve their goals and earn their high school diplomas,” said Farmingdale School District Superintendent John Lorentz. “Our high-level course offerings and extensive programs have provided the Class of 2014 with the necessary skills and foundation to pursue their dreams, in both, higher education and in the workforce.  We look forward to hearing back from our new alumni in the future, and for them to share their success stories with us.”

News

Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


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