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Hicksville's Class Of 2013 Shines

The Hicksville High School Class of 2013 took their seats on McCormack Field at the start of their graduation with the hum of excitement from family and friends behind them, a podium seating a variety of school administrators and honored guests before them, and a very bright future within their grasp.

“This afternoon we celebrate the outstanding achievements of Hicksville High School’s Class of 2013,” said Principal Brijinder Singh in her opening address. “Dream big and make it your choice to have a great future.”

The graduating students of this 99th commencement exercise may arguably be considered one of the best and brightest in the school’s history.

“You have defined yourself as a special class in so many ways,” said Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright. “You have taken the many opportunities afforded to you and used them to help mold yourself, your future and our world.”

It was noted, among their other outstanding achievements, that this group had garnered over $17 million in scholarship monies.

“The uniting factor here is Hicksville High School, which has functioned as an important tool to shape our lives for the future,” said salutatorian Rakshit Tyagi, who is continuing his education at Cornell University this fall.

The high school chorus, which had opened the ceremony with the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” again displayed their vocal talents with their singing of Alan Menkin’s “Go the Distance.” They were directed and accompanied on piano by Michele Emeric.

“Life is not a spectator sport; be an active participant in everything you do,” valedictorian Melissa Hammer advised her classmates. “We need to value our lives for the time we have and strive to make a difference in the world around us.” Hammer will be attending Harvard University in the fall.

A special presentation was made to honor retired U.S. Army Captain Nancy Hogan, a Hall of Fame inductee and Hicksville High School graduate.

“I hope that you have made these past four years some of the best years of your life,” said Board of Education Vice President Dolores Garger, whose daughter Caitlyn was among this year’s graduates and one of the top 25 students asked to stand in an acknowledgment of academic achievement.

The presentation of graduates, conducted by Director of Student Activities Joan Deem, led to the conclusion of the ceremony and the advancement of this class to the beginning of the path to their next milestone.

News

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”

The Common Core results are in and overall the district performed reasonably well according to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Marianne Litzman at Sept. 17's school board meeting.

“The students in grades 3-8 performed wonderfully in some areas but there were also some challenges,” said Litzman. “Overall as a district we performed above average for the County and State levels.”


Sports

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”

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.

 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! 


Calendar

Community Council Meeting

October 2

Indoor Garage Sale

October 5

Movie: God’s Not Dead

October 5



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