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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

 book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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