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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

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


Calendar

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs and Ascended Masters

August 29

Adventures in Genealogy

September 4

Greek Festival

September 5-7



Columns

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