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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

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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