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Students Show Off Their Art

Students at Hicksville High School have been busy creating artwork throughout the entire school year. They were finally able to show off the hard work they put into their art projects at the school’s annual art show held on Monday, May 19.

The art show displayed at least 1,000 pieces of art, and a minimum of 150 pieces from sculpture and ceramics alone.

Sculpture and Ceramics teacher Angela Galante says that the school likes to foster the arts and help students develop their talents.

“We have a strong art department,” said Galante. “There are not many schools that run the courses that we do."

The Art Department has seven full-time teachers and offers classes that include Studio Art, which is the prerequisite into all of the other art classes. In this class, the students learn the basics, and from there are able to sign up for other classes such as drawing, painting, fashion, computer graphics, photography, sculpture, ceramics, A.P. art, stained glass, and jewelry.

When the students excel in an art class and want to further their learnings, Hicksville High School also offers independent studies where the students can create above and beyond what they would have in a regular class.

One of Galante’s students, tenth grader Allison Bueche, takes classes in sculpture and painting. “I liked sculpture a lot actually,” she said. ”I didn’t think I would like it so much. It was the first project that kind of hooked me in.”

In her first sculpture project, the class put plaster in a tied-up garbage bag and each student held the bag to mold the plaster in a certain way. “The next day we took it out of the bag. From there, we just carved and painted it to make some sort of abstract piece from it.”

Bueche has six pieces of artwork displayed at the art show, including two from her sculpture class.

The art program at Hicksville High School likes to put the students’ artwork out into the community as much as possible. Recently, students have entered artwork into the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington in their Long Island’s Best art exhibit. “It is a very prestigious exhibit to be in,” added Galante.

Galante notes that Hicksville is able to run all these programs and participates in outside exhibits due to the great support from the community and from the school.

“We have a wonderful administration and a phenomenal new principal, Ray Williams,” said Galante. “Without them we would not be able to have any of this be possible”

While the teachers can teach the students and show them what to do, art allows the students to use their creativity to bring out their own individuality into their artwork, as well as in other aspects of their lives.

The spring concert for orchestra, treble choir and band was held on the same night as the art show. This allows the students and parents to walk around the art show before heading over to watch the concert. “This way we really get everybody to see it,” said Galante.

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.


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