Written by Eric Goldschrafe Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00
At the Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society’s (FBHS) annual community Strawberry Festival, held Sunday, June 5, two Farmingdale High School seniors received awards for their scholastic efforts.
James Andersen was the recipient of the FBHS Academic Award, presented by Trustee JoAnne Bihary. Andersen was enrolled in honors classes since he was a freshman, and was actively involved in chorus and the vocal jazz ensemble, as well as being a drum major in the marching band.
He attended the USDAN Center for the Performing Arts during summer vacation, and has been a member of the Playcrafters since the ninth grade. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, and will attend Hofstra University.
Trustee Bihary presented Farmingdale High School senior Jessica Wiking with the FBHS Fred and Dorothy Dyson Memorial Program award. Wiking has a great amount of pride and school spirit, as well as being an excellent student.
She has participated in numerous school and community activities, such as youth group leader, student government and Sunday school teacher at St. Luke’s Church. She will be attending C. W. Post University in the fall and plans on becoming a secondary school teacher.
FBHS President Mildred Johnston and Vice-President James McCullagh kicked off the Strawberry Festival with announcements, followed by comments from Village Trustee Patricia Christiansen and Legislator Joe Belesi.
Trustee Serena Brochu was presented with a gift in recognition of her research done for the Civil War Memorial, dedicated on Memorial Day. Strawberry shortcake and ice cream was the featured refreshment, along with home-baked cookies and a variety of drinks, served while the South Shore Brass Ensemble, marking its 25th anniversary, presented stirring musical performances during the remainder of the program.