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Hicksville's Best & Brightest

Valedictorian: Ashna Joseph

This year’s Hicksville High School Class of 2014 valedictorian is Ashna Joseph, coming out at the top of her class with a GPA of 102.82. 

 

“I was really shocked when I first heard. I thought I’d be somewhere in the top 10 but I didn’t know I’d be valedictorian,” says Joseph. “Everyone in my class is really smart and they help each other. I didn’t

see it coming but it was a great honor to get this title.”

 

And it’s a title she says she’s sharing with the people who have supported her through the good times and the bad. 

 

“Even when something wasn’t working out, my parents were always there for me and supported me. They motivated me to do my best,” Joseph says. “They have always been there for me and not only supported me when I succeeded, but when I don’t.” 

 

This fall, Joseph heads off to Hofstra University to study biology, with a minor in psychology. She says a combined interest in science and community service encouraged her to go into the field. She also has an uncle who suffers from MS, and says “seeing him inspired me to help other people who have similar illnesses.” 

 

Throughout high school, she’s been involved in numerous honor societies and was also a Student Government representative. She was also a member of the Science Olympiad and bowling team. As a kid she attended East Street School and then the middle school, and she says that going through the district has helped shape her. 

 

“The people of Hicksville, the teachers, students, everyone together has made me the person I am,” says Joseph. “A particular advantage Hicksville students have is the diversity. Our world is only becoming more diverse. Being able to have that ability to get to know different kinds of people and working with them on a daily basis will only help later at work and in life.” 

 

As she looks back on her high school career, she says that it was her senior year that will be the most memorable.

 

“My favorite memories are all from this year. The rest of high school was great, but this year everything came together and all my friends became closer than ever,” says Joseph. “My favorite memory as a whole would be Calculus AP. We were all going through the same thing and it brought us all together. I had so many fun times in that class.” 


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
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com