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Hicksville Graduates 100th Class

Family, friends, school administrators and honored guests cheered on the Hicksville High School Class of 2014 recently, as students took their place as the 100th graduating class in the district’s history.

“Each of you has contributed to the fabric and culture of Hicksville High School and the broader community,” said Principal Raymond Williams in his opening address. “I am thankful and honored to be part of this ceremony celebrating you, the graduates.”

The program listed the 414 graduating students of this centennial commencement exercise along with the scope of awards they won on the local, regional and national level. Among other outstanding achievements, the group garnered more than $19 million in scholarship dollars.

“You seized the opportunity to learn, to educate yourselves, to work toward acquiring knowledge and character,” said Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright. “Believe in yourself as you go on your journey, pursue your dreams, and take with you our love and support.”

The graduates heard from fellow students, valedictorian Ashna Joseph and salutatorian Alessandra Riccio.

“Our world is becoming increasingly diverse,” Joseph noted in her speech. “We learned not just academic material but the basics to work together with all groups of people.”

“I want you all to remember the relationships created in this school,” said Riccio. “We have to laugh at our mistakes and, most importantly, learn from them.”

The high school chorus, which opened the ceremony with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” again displayed their vocal talents by singing Carl Strommen’s “Like an Eagle.” They were directed and accompanied on piano by Michele Emeric.

A special presentation was made to honor Nassau County Police Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki, this year’s Hall of Fame inductee and Hicksville High School graduate of the Class of 1970. Skrynecki is currently the highest-ranking uniformed member of the NCPD.

“Always work hard to make your name one that you can be proud of, as proud as you are today,” said Board of Education President Phil Heckler.

The presentation of graduates led to the conclusion of the ceremony and the advancement of this class to the beginning of the path to their next milestone.

— From the Hicksville School District

News

It was quite a panel at the Hicksville Community Center Oct. 20 as State Senator Jack Martins and Senate Candidate Adam Haber discussed their qualifications and answered public questions about their upcoming election bids in the 7th Senate District. Congressman Steve Israel was on hand as well as 13 District State Assemblyman Michael Montesano and contender Lou Imbroto. The event was hosted by Northwest Civic Association President Joel Berse.

Martins, who previously served as Mayor of Mineola and was elected to Senate in 2011, said that the State of New York is in much better financial shape since he has taken office.

Alan Yu, an external auditor from the firm, Cullen & Danowski LLP gave the findings of the annual district external audit at Oct. 22’s Hicksville Board of Education meeting. Discussed at the meeting were the financial statements of the 2013-14 school year which officially ended June 30.

According to Yu, the Hicksville School district has a fund balance of $34 million. Roughly 26 to 27 percent of the general fund balance comprises the total budget.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School


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October 31

Election Day

November 4

Senior Luncheon

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