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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

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



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