Written by Garden City Life Staff, email@example.com Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
You know there must be something very special about Garden City High School senior Brianne Griffith if 2013 Pineapple Ball Community Achievement Award winner and multi-year Nassau County Coach of the Year in field hockey and lacrosse Diane Chapman nominated her as a News 12 Scholar Athlete.
Selected as Garden City’s 38th recipient of the distinction, Griffith wound up on a televised segment that aired on Sept. 24 and 25.
“News 12 chooses 30 winners in 30 weeks,” explained Athletic Director Nancy Kalafus. “All senior athletes on Long Island are eligible. To win, a student athlete must be at least a two-sport athlete, have above a 90 percent GPA unweighted average (Brianne’s is 95.7), have achieved 1950 or above on the SATs or above a 30 on the ACTs (Brianne scored a 34). They also must have demonstrated leadership qualities and have participated in community service.”
A member of the 2011 and 2012 state championship lacrosse team and the Long Island 2011 and 2012 championship field hockey team, Griffith served as the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) grade representative in 2011, 2012, and 2013, is an advanced placement scholar with honors, a member of the National Honor Society
Member and the National Spanish Honor Society, a recipient of the 2013 American Legion Auxiliary Award, and was a 2013 Girls State (American Legion Auxiliary program) candidate.
“Brianne Griffith is an outstanding student athlete,” said Coach Chapman. “She puts academics before athletics and excels both in the classroom and on the field. Brianne works hard every day at practice and in games, and this makes her and her teammates better. Garden City field hockey and lacrosse have been very successful because of the mindset of Brianne Griffith and the exceptional young lady that she is.”
Brianne is applying to Harvard, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Dartmouth, Yale, and Vanderbilt.
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Garden City resident Juana Quijano is among three Nassau Community College students to receive scholarships from Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C. The law firm has awarded scholarships to Quijano and two other Long Island veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are now enrolled at Nassau Community College. “It is incumbent upon the Long Island business community to assist our veterans as they transition into civilian life,” said Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, P.C. Managing Attorney Lois Carter Schlissel. “It is essential that we help them complete their education by providing tuition assistance so that they can compete for jobs in this very difficult economic climate.”
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Jill Palmeri, founder of a local charitable organization born out of a tragic event to a loved one in her life, was honored by Garden City Mayor John J. Watras and his trustees at the village board meeting held on Thursday, Dec. 5.
The Andy Foundation was founded by Palmeri in 2004 to honor the memory of her late son Andrew; it’s mission is to help children in need, and to date, the volunteer-driven organization has raised more than $700,000 for kids throughout Long Island through fundraising efforts that include tag sales, football clinics, and bingo parties.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00Buckley Country Day School upper school students earned top honors at the end of this fall’s interscholastic soccer season. Garden City’s Katherine Gage, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gage, was named the Most Improved Player of the Girls’ 5th and 6th-grade Red Team.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Mad Science Winter Program
Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is offering a six-week winter program geared to children who are interested in science. Mad Science of Long Island is a company who provides a wonderful and fun learning experience in an after school setting. Different topics such as “Bugs!” and “Walloping Weather” are offered for each week and the participants will cover a range of activities pertaining to the topic. Residents of the Village of Garden City entering grades k-5 are invited to attend.
The cost of the six-week program is $102 and all checks should be made payable directly to “Mad Science of Long Island.”