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Hicksville's Best & Brightest

Salutatorian: Alessandra Riccio 

We’ve all heard the saying about birds of a feather. And for Hicksville High School Class of 2014 salutatorian Alessandra Riccio the flock she was with pushed her to work harder and achieve more. 

 

“People around me strived to do better in school and activities, and that pushed me to do better to keep up with them. I saw everyone else around me was doing it, so I was motivated,” says Riccio. “And

even working together in class or on a project and seeing different ideas, it makes you a better thinker and opens your mind to how you can approach situations—both in and out of school.” 

 

She counts the top students in her class as some of her closest friends, and says being named the number two spot with a GPA of 102.82 is a great honor. 

 

 “It’s great to realize all your hard work for the past four years has paid off. It’s really rewarding,” Riccio says. “A lot of my friends were in the top, and everyone influenced me in that way. I’m glad I was able to be a part of that.” 

 

In addition to her friends, Riccio says she was inspired to work hard by her cousin, who passed away two years ago. 

 

“She worked hard, no matter how sick she was. She showed me that I can work hard too, because she kept going no matter what,” says Riccio. “She pushed me to go further and evoked my interest in the medical field.” 

 

She also credits her calculus teacher Jason Cetron for being a constant source of support the past two years. 

 

“He was more than a teacher, you could talk to him about anything. He was so understanding and encouraging,” Riccio says. “He would go out of his way to help you, he was there every day after school for as long as you needed him and to make you feel comfortable with the materials. He made you feel like you could accomplish anything, not just in school but in life.” 

 

Riccio has an extensive list of extracurricular activities, including being a part of the swim team, numerous Honor Societies, Ecology club, Science Olympiad and Robotics team. She’s also worked as a swim instructor and volunteered as a Vacation Bible School teacher and at Winthrop University Hospital. 

 

She says the activity she has the fondest memories of is the Olympics of the Visual Arts team. The team worked on an art project for several months, then traveled to Saratoga Springs, NY to compete against other schools. The past two years, the team has won third and second place, consecutively. 

 

As she heads off to Stony Brook University in the fall to pursue a biochemical major with a pre-Physician’s Assistant track, she says she’ll miss the classmates she’s grown up with the past few years.

 

“I’ll miss seeing the same people every day. You go into college and it’s not the same people you’ve been with. It’s a new environment and before it was almost automatic; you knew everyone’s personality and sometimes you take that for granted until you realize you don’t have that anymore,” Riccio says. 


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