Written by Betsy Abraham Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
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.”
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.
A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.
State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.
“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.
However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:31
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
Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:47
The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.