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.”
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.
“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, beads, and paint. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fund raising event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island and allows artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends, family members and others to use originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art. Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those we have lost to this terrible disease. All are invited to participate by creating an “art bra” or becoming a sponsor.
Fran Mulholland from Hicksville along with her friend Emilia Goncalves decorated a bra for last year’s Creative Cups. Their bra was themed “Celebrating Another Birthday.”
Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:41
Hicksville High School senior Kyle Carroll recently participated in the prestigious Blue Grey Super Combine in Canton OH. Over 7,000 high school football players are invited to combines sponsored by Blue Grey Football throughout the country. Carroll was recognized for his overall scores and abilities during the one on one drills and was honored to have been chosen as one of 140 athletes invited to the Super Combine at the Football Hall of Fame. From there, a select few will be invited to play in the Blue Grey All-America Bowls in December in Texas and in January in Florida.
The Super Combine in Canton took place on Fawcett Field at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The combine featured some of the top football prospects from around the country. Carroll fit seamlessly into the drills as he displayed impressive work with fast feet and hip turns as well as skilled ball handling ability.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
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.