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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

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.

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.”


Sports

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

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

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.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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