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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

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

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.

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.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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