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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

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



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