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Students Compete In Spelling Bee

Burns Avenue Elementary School student, Benjamin Choi, and Hicksville Middle School student, Srishti Tyagi, competed at the third annual Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee this past weekend.

Like many students, they were both nervous before the spelling bee began, but they braved the stage in complete confidence.

Choi, who didn’t make it to round two, still enjoyed his experience.

“The stage makes me nervous but  it is exciting being up there,” he said.

Tyagi competed for several rounds. She spelled the words “sashimi,” “halal” and “foggara” correctly but she was knocked as the words got more difficult.

“I practice my memorization skills often and I like to practice spelling on my free time. It is fun,” she said.   

The intense day began at 9 a.m. with a written exam. Students then marched onto the stage and patiently waited to be called to the microphone to spell a word at random from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Every student wanted the chance to compete in the nationals. The national winner last year received an array of prizes including a $30,000 cash prize, trophy and more.

About one-third of the students were eliminated after the preliminary round, which consisted of spelling one word.

News

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.


Sports

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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