Written by Floral Park Dispatch Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:30
Editors and writers of Sewanhaka High School’s Chieftain attended the Quill Awards for Excellence in Journalism held at Adelphi University on March 12. The Quill awards have a time honored tradition of recognizing the best of high school journalism. Many past Quill Award recipients have gone on to careers in journalism and broadcasting. This year, several Sewanhaka High School students added their name to that list of recognized excellence.
Sophomore Emily Spring was awarded an honorable mention in the category of Most Outstanding Reporter for her work on features and editorials. Spring has been chosen as one of the 2014-15 Chieftain editors.
Senior Erin Nole won third place for her in-depth reporting on sports injuries and their long term impact. Senior editor, Marlena Santos won third place for her investigative reporting on social media and how it is creating an anti-social society.
The entire staff won first place for Best Page One Cover layout.
Chieftain staff thanked the editors, writers and photographers for their work on the paper.
“The current Chieftain editors are so proud of the changes that were made throughout the year,” Current editor Cynthia Devendran said.
“The paper was brought to new heights and the bar has been raised for years to come.”
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
On Saturday, July 26, Floral Park and Hance Family Foundation supporters from more than 23 states, including from Michigan, Louisiana, and Arizona, from three countries joined in the remembrance of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance in the foundation’s annual Day of Remembrance. Green ribbons and balloons were tied generously around trees, lampposts, railing and garden stakes, celebrating the lives of the sisters, gone too soon.
The foundation’s Facebook page was loaded with photos and prayers and messages from around the globe, from those who participated in some way, remembering the sisters who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 11:12
Bright blue eyes, a full head of hair, beautiful smile, and full of energy. At 5 years old, Ethan Demmers is possibly at the healthiest he will be in his life. Ethan was recently diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). Typically, people with this disease live only into their 20s. Over the next few years, the disease will slowly attack every muscle in Ethan’s body, eventually causing him to permanently be in a wheelchair. Ethan’s parents are not ready to give up their hope for a cure. They are fully committed to helping find a cure for this deadly illness, not just for their own son, but for all others suffering as well.
Ethan’s father, Dustin Demmers, is an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School. To the student body, Demmers can be described as funny, happy, wacky, wild, crazy, and unique among other adjectives. Demmers can be found smiling through the halls, making jokes over the loudspeakers, or making his class into the ideal environment for learning.