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District Chorus Concert Brings Voices Together

The Hicksville School District chorus concert brought together the developing voices from all nine public schools for a one-night songfest at the high school. Twenty-one participants had achieved All-County Chorus status.

The elementary chorus, comprised of 131 vocalists from the seven grade schools, opened their four-song set with Jack North and Walter Rodby’s “Sol-Fa Calypso” and closed with Irving Berlin’s “I Love a Piano.” Laurie Haddock, Beth Garner, Rachel Pantorno and Mindy Weiss, who were assisted by Frank Barbera, directed them in rotation.

The middle school chorus, directed by Caroline Calleo and Justin Starr and accompanied by Stephen Goldstein on piano, treated the audience to three songs, including Sherri Porterfield and William Blake’s “The Tiger” as their opening number.

The high school Madrigals, directed by Michelle Emeric, sang a lively a cappella set that started with John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “In My Life” and closed with the familiar beats of Lalo Schifrin’s timeless “Mission Impossible Theme.”

The program concluded with a performance by the high school concert choir, also directed by Emeric, who opened their set with Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer” and finished with Brian Tate’s “Gate Gate.”

— From the Hicksville School District

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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