Sewanhaka High School recently held its 84th commencement ceremony and graduated 249 seniors at the David S. Mack Sports Complex at Hofstra University. At the ceremony, Senior Class President Joseph Mazzeo welcomed the class in his speech, recalling the class activities the students shared over the past six years, and recognized their class advisors Meredith Herbert and Michael Nola.
Salutatorian Daniel Sullivan and Valedictorian Robert Myrick also spoke to their classmates. At graduation, the faculty awarded the Harold W. Wright Memorial Scholarship to Myrick, for earning the highest average on 10 New York State Regents exams.
Keleigh Power of Floral Park Memorial High School is among the recipients of the 2013-14 Sewanhaka Federation of Teachers (SFT) Etta Schneiderman Scholarship Fund Award. The award is given in memory of Etta Schneiderman, a veteran math teacher from the Floral Park Memorial faculty who was not only an outstanding teacher, but also a profile in leadership through her tireless efforts with the SFT.
Schneiderman was a dedicated union member for many years and served in multiple executive board positions; in 2002 she was elected president and held this position right up until her untimely passing in 2007. Schneiderman was a true advocate for the best interests of the students via the needs of the professional staff and she is fondly remembered as a dynamic teacher, mentor, and friend.
The Floral Park Brick Heads Team #3181, an extracurricular robotics program of the Floral Park Bellerose School District, was honored by Mayor Thomas Tweedy and the Board of Trustees at the village meeting on June 17. The team of 10 students in grades 5 through 8 competed in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition.
The 2013-14 season was a remarkable one for the Brick Heads. They competed against 110 teams from throughout Long Island. On March 2, they brought home three trophies from the Long Island FLL Championship Tournament. The team’s awards included Robot Performance, Judges Award and, in collaboration with Carle Place Middle School, the Alliance Award.
Floral Park Memorial PTSA Scholarship
The end of May was celebrated at Our Lady of Victory School with fun and games. Spirit day was kicked off with the school talent show, and what talent there was. Dancers, singers, piano players, and comics-even a pogo stick jumper and singing hula-hooper entertained the school. Then it was out to the school yard to enjoy music, play some bingo and perform the choreographed school dance to “Happy.” The students wore the tie dyed t-shirts shirts they made in art class the previous week. Topping off the week was Field Day. Competition was on as “go blue team” and “go white team” was chanted throughout the day. There were scooter board races, Nukem, basketball and even a game of whiffle ball. In the end the blue team was victorious.
The Sewanhaka Central High School District Cosmetology Program recently competed at the Huntington Hilton Hotel, in Melville. Students from both the senior and junior program entered in the Long Island Teachers Guild Competition in the areas of senior styling, junior styling, hair color, mannequin styling and fantasy hair.
There were more than 200 student entries competing that evening in the presence of salon owners, parents, family members and school administrators. The Sewanhaka students excelled in four of the five categories capturing 10 awards in total.
Students at Sewanhaka High School were recently asked to bring in a variety of items for deployed and returning members of the military. All donations were collected through Social Studies classes and then given to the American Legion Post 1033. Students were asked to bring in toothbrushes, lip balm, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, gum, candy, nutrition bars, snacks, canned goods, pasta, and more. Sewanhaka thanks all students who donated for this great cause.
The Sewanhaka District Band traveled to Walt Disney World to perform in the recent Parade on Main Street. The students in the district band also participated in a clinic with a Disney conductor, and performed a movie score along with a scene from The Lion King. The trip was chaperoned by Christopher Doherty and Mrs. Rachel Daloia.
Pictured is the Sewanhaka Central High School District Band marching in the Parade on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.
— From Sewanhaka High School
Maggie Speck, a senior at Sacred Heart Academy and Floral Park resident, has won the grand award for Grades 9-12 in AAA New York’s 2014 Poster & Video Contest. Speck’s poster “Don’t Become Another Headline,” illustrates the dangers of texting while driving.
Speck and her art teacher Kristin Mariano have been invited to attend the awards luncheon on June 5, where she will receive her award and a $1,000 prize.
On Friday, May 23, Sewanhaka High School, in conjunction with the United States Marine Corps, hosted a Military Career Exploration day. The day provided students enrolled in the Career and Technical Education Program, along with Advanced Placement classes, an opportunity to meet Marines from various career fields, and learn about how the Marine Corps can provide opportunities to students.
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