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Middle School Celebrates Grads

The Hicksville Middle School Class of 2014 commencement exercise acknowledged and celebrated the many accomplishments of 435 eighth-grade students prepared to take on the rigors of high school in the fall.  

“I encourage you to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that will present themselves in the next four years,” said Superintendent of Schools Maureen Bright in her address to the students. “Take a course of study that will help achieve your goals.”

Vice Principal Todd Wallace served as emcee for the ceremony and announced the names of the students receiving awards for their accomplishments. Srishti Tyagi earned the annual Bernard H. Braun Memorial Scholar Award as the top performing middle school student over the past three years. The award honors the memory of a former principal of the school. Following the presentations the chorus, directed by Justin Starr and accompanied by Caroline Calleo, performed Avril Lavigne, Bridget Benenate and Matthew Gerrard’s “Breakaway.”

“It’s been a pleasure to attend this incredible school,” said Student Council President Justin Rodriguez in his address to his classmates. “We have all had great academic opportunities, met great people and made new friends.” Continuing along those same lines, National Junior Honor Society President Katie McDevitt said, “We will always have each other to fall back on no matter where we are.”

“You have gracefully navigated the challenges of middle school while still enjoying and appreciating your time here,” said Middle School Principal Mara Jorisch. “You have set a wonderful standard for the future eighth-graders who will be in your position next year.” She then listed the combined community-minded efforts and fundraising initiatives of the Class of 2014.

The presentation of diplomas, followed by the recessional exit from the school gym, led to celebratory gatherings of family and friends on the front lawn of the school.

— 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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