Written by Jill Nossa Wednesday, 25 June 2014 00:00
A number of students were recognized for their achievements in various creative arts at the Glen Cove Board of Education meeting last week, an occasion that drew a packed house to the middle school library.
The board and district administration gave special commendations to Angie Mendoza, a student at Gribbin Elementary School, for being the regional winner of the Boys & Girls Club of America’s 12th
Annual Digital Arts Festival and winners of the Glen Cove Public Library’s “Write and Illustrate Your Own Book” contest. A total of 21 district students received first place or honorable mention in the contest, which was open to students in grades 2-5 throughout the district and allowed youngsters the opportunity to create books ranging in genre from science fiction to their own personal experiences.
Commendations were also given to high school senior Danny Casale, who won first place at the LIU Post Student Film/Video Festival, and to the Glen Cove High School TV production studio students for the work they have put in covering various events throughout the district. Chris Barry, who teaches the TV production class, was also given a commendation for his work and dedication to the students.
Barry talked about the live streaming aspect and commended the students; about Casale, he said, “No other kid has ever come in the top three two years in a row, let alone won the first place twice.”
Superintendent Maria L. Rianna commented on the end of year events in the district, which she has participated in for the first time this year.
“It has been an outstanding experience...I think the students of this district are just phenomenal,” she said.
During public comment period, members of the Glen Cove High School Varsity Cheerleading team—both those still in high school and graduating seniors —as well as a parent and a coach, expressed their support for Amy Serr, who had not yet been approved for the position for the 2014-15 school year as of the meeting.
“Because of Coach Serr, our skill level has improved,” said Rosa Pangari, a member of the squad. “We are a small squad but our feelings are strong. Please approve her for the 2014-15 school year as head coach of varsity cheerleading.”
“We became nationally ranked because of her,” said one of the seniors on the team. “The program wouldn’t be the same without her.”
“I also want to express backing for Coach Serr,” said Steve Tripp. “She coaches in the fall and has tryouts in June...it is a full year job and I hope she gets on the coach’s line salary...we appreciate all she does.”
“For the last two years she has been a role model and motivator for these student athletes,” said parent Maria Pangari. “She put Glen Cove Cheer on the map...she is professional and dedicated and our goal is to go to nationals again next year.”
The members of the board did not comment but took note of the opinions expressed.
Karen Ferguson, president of the GCTA, continued her tradition of giving the board some “summer reading” material; she gave each board member a copy of the latest Diane Ravitch book, Reign of Error, which she said she also plans to read.
“I hope it brings light and education to all of us,” said Ferguson.