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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

Jaclynn Demas always loved film and television. She dreamed of having a hand in its creative process. and wanted to shape the moving image. The East Williston resident’s obsession paid off after taking home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program last month as producer of PBS KIDS’ Peg + Cat.

“I’ve loved TV and was a movie buff since I was a little kid,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to do was make films. I was just upset at how things were made. When I got older, I took a lot of courses in TV and video production.”

Get out your needle and thread, glue gun, beads, and paint. Creative Cups, the popular, life-affirming fund raising event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program, is back. This is the fourth time that Creative Cups has happened on Long Island and allows artists, breast cancer survivors, their friends, family members and others to use originality and creativity to transform ordinary bras into works of art. Creative Cups celebrates the lives of those living with breast cancer and those we have lost to this terrible disease. All are invited to participate by creating an “art bra” or becoming a sponsor.

Fran Mulholland from Hicksville along with her friend Emilia Goncalves decorated a bra for last year’s Creative Cups. Their bra was themed “Celebrating Another Birthday.”


Sports

Hicksville High School senior Kyle Carroll recently participated in the prestigious Blue Grey Super Combine in Canton OH. Over 7,000 high school football players are invited to combines sponsored by Blue Grey Football throughout the country. Carroll was recognized for his overall scores and abilities during the one on one drills and was honored to have been chosen as one of 140 athletes invited to the Super Combine at the Football Hall of Fame. From there, a select few will be invited to play in the Blue Grey All-America Bowls in December in Texas and in January in Florida.  

The Super Combine in Canton took place on Fawcett Field at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The combine featured some of the top football prospects from around the country. Carroll fit seamlessly into the drills as he displayed impressive work with fast feet and hip turns as well as skilled ball handling ability.

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.


Calendar

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August 2

Blood Drive

August 2

Holy Family Church Fair

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