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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

Rhea Manjrekar traded in her running shoes and track shorts for high heels and an evening gown recently, as she participated in the Miss Teen India New York pageant. The 15-year-old from Hicksville snagged the title of first-runner up, and will be competing for the national title in December. 

 

This was Manjrekar’s first time competing in a pageant. But she started out with major doubts about even participating. 

 

 “At first, I didn’t want to do it. I have extreme stage fright. My mom told me to try it out because she thought it would boost my confidence and look good on my college applications, so I went for the practice,” Manjrekar said. “The girls were so nice. I thought I wouldn’t fit in but I made friends immediately so I decided to do it.” 

The parking lot of Sears in Hicksville transformed into a sea of cars this past Saturday as part of the ninth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show. 

 

The show, which was founded by Jericho prostate cancer survivor Sandy Kane, is the only car show on Long Island dedicated to raising funds for research, testing and also education for early detection of prostate cancer. The all-volunteer car show usually draws around 4,000 attendees. It features 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles and more; a perfect day for car enthusiasts and the like.


Sports

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! 

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.


Calendar

Board of Ed Meeting - September 17

Back To School Night - September 18

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser - September 20


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