Written by Betsy Abraham, email@example.com Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00
Not many high school students can say they know how to fly a plane, build a heat shield or act as mission control for a flight. But these are just some of the skills Hicksville High School junior Veronica Ann Morrish picked up at the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy, an international program that encourages students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Morrish applied for the prestigious program last year and was selected based on her academic merit and two essay prompts. She says she has always loved the mystery of space.
“I always found it fascinating growing up,” Morrish said. “It’s such a great unknown, we have no idea what’s up there. It would be such an amazing opportunity to actually go up to space and explore.”
At the beginning of March, Morrish flew down to join 304 students from 38 countries at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alamaba. Every day of the weeklong program, she engaged in different activities such as shuttle missions, weightlessness training, simulated jet-fighter pilot training, scenario-based space-walking missions, and designing, building and testing rockets.
Morrish says one of her favorite activities was the flight simulation, where she got to learn how to fly a plane just like a real pilot.
“They taught you how to use everything and you got to fly around and take off like you were in an actual plane. It was honestly the most amazing experience, it was so cool,” Morrish said. “I was one of the three people who didn’t crash,” she notes with pride.
Morrish also got to hear from and meet with top scientists, engineers and former astronauts, including Robert “Hoot” Gibson.
“He was really inspirational,” says Morrish. “He inspired me to work harder to do what I want to do with my life.”
Before the training, Morrish had been leaning toward a career in psychology but now says she would like to become an engineer or pilot. She says that her week at the leadership academy taught her valuable leadership and speech skills, as well as helped her form new friendships with other space-loving teens from around the world.
“I really grew as a person. It was an amazing opportunity and it changed my life,” she said.
Saturday, 29 November 2014 00:00
Twenty-one years ago, brothers Solomon (“Sal”) and Albert (“Al”) Basanelov of eastern Uzbekistan joined some four dozen relatives from their small city of Fergana and traveled more than 9,000 miles west to America, where they sought escape from the tightly controlled and repressive regime that marked the former Soviet state.
In 1993, the brothers established themselves in Rego Park in Queens and began seeking out careers where they could live what they saw as the American dream—ownership of their own business and the freedom to pursue their own lives and fortunes. After working for a short while caring for patients in a Queens nursing home and motivated by two cousins, Al and Sal went to a New York City barber college and after finishing the course, worked as employees for their cousins who owned barber shops in Franklin Square. Eventually, they decided to open their own shop—Al and Sal’s Barber Shop—in a small shopping strip on Stewart Avenue in Hicksville.
Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00
Hicksville’s interim School Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso gave a review of the district’s recently completed capital projects and facilities updates at Nov. 19’s board of education meeting. Most of the projects were completed over the summer in each of the district’s schools.
“Thanks to Director of Facilities and Operations, Dave Bell and his staff, we are structurally sound,” said Bonuso. “So much of what we do is in-house which saves the district money and our staff makes the facilities as special as the students they serve.”
Friday, 28 November 2014 00:00
For the past 11 months, Hicksville’s Marlo Signoracci has been training for IRONMAN, one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there. The triathlon includes a swim, bike and run portion. Signoracci recently traveled down to Florida to compete in IRONMAN Florida. Here’s a look at her experience.
Nov. 1, 2014 will be a day in my life I will never forget and will carry with me forever. It truly was the celebration of the last 11 months of training.
Thursday, 27 November 2014 00:00
The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.
In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.