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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

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”

The Common Core results are in and overall the district performed reasonably well according to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Marianne Litzman at Sept. 17's school board meeting.

“The students in grades 3-8 performed wonderfully in some areas but there were also some challenges,” said Litzman. “Overall as a district we performed above average for the County and State levels.”


Sports

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”

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.

 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! 


Calendar

Community Council Meeting

October 2

Indoor Garage Sale

October 5

Movie: God’s Not Dead

October 5



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