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Class Of 2013 Continues Trends

According to the New York State Education Department, Hicksville’s Class of 2013 is on par with years prior in regards to how many students graduated with Regents diplomas and went on to college.

In 2013, 97%  (395) of the graduating class earned a Regents diploma and 45% (185) earned a Regents diploma with an advanced designation. These numbers are very similar to 2012, when 96% (407) of the graduating class earned a Regents diploma and 42% (180) earned a Regents diploma with an advanced designation.

These numbers show consistency with five years ago; in 2008 90% of seniors earned a Regents diploma and 48% earned an advanced designation.

“We are pleased that our students have mainted a high rate of performance in achieving Regents Diplomas, most especially in light of the increased requirements and expectations at the State level. We continue to encourage students to strive to achieve a Regents Diploma with advanced designation,” said Superintendent Maureen Bright.

Hicksville graduates also show a proclivity toward attending college. In 2013, 91% of seniors went on to college (with 38% going onto a 2 year college) and 53% going onto a 4 year college). In 2012, 92 % of graduates went onto college, similar to in 2008 when 93% went onto college.

Bright says that guidance staff, teachers and administration work with students and parents, to ensure they are knowledgeable on how to achieve their academic goals. She says the district offers 19 Advanced Placement and 15 college level courses, which “enhance students’ experience and their opportunities to attend colleges of their choice.” Over the past several years, students have been accepted into prestigious schools such as Harvard University, Yale University, New York University, Columbia University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Class of 2013 received over 21 million in scholarship awards.

Hicksville

2013                                               % of Graduates      # of Students

Regents Diploma:                                       97%                  395

Regents with advanced designation:      45%                  185

Two Year College:                                       38%                  158

Four Year College:                                      53%                   225

2012

Regents Diploma:                                        96%                407

Regents with advanced designation:       42%                180

Two Year College:                                        39%                167

Four Year College:                                        53%                229

2008

Regents Diploma:                                          90%               363

Regents with advanced designation:         48%               194

Two Year College:                                         42%                170

Four Year College:                                         51%                209

News

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.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

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.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



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