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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

Sabina Lotlikar never imagined she’d find herself competing in a pageant. The 19-year-old from Hicksville was more used to spending her time cooking, playing video games and working out than walking in heels in front of hundreds of people. But that all changed this year when Lotlikar decided to compete in the Miss LI pageant, an experience she describes as unforgettable.

“It was so nerve-wracking because I’ve never done anything like this, but I’m so glad I went through it and was dedicated to it. It was amazing,” she says.

When it comes to photography, it’s been a long road for Hicksville’s John Micheals. What started as a hobby in childhood, has now returned as an irreplaceable form of self expression.

“It’s a way of expressing myself. I’m very comfortable with it. It’s a way of expressing myself and being me without any qualifications,” he said.

Micheals’ journey in photography started with snapping pictures with a Kodak as a kid growing up in Queens. As an undergrad at City College of New York, he took art classes and his photography took a back seat as he became an art teacher. When he retired in 1996, he picked up the camera again, taking classes at Nassau Community College and getting his certificate in photography. He dropped photography again when family priorities arose, and got behind the lens again in 2009.  


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 % handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.

“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual  ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”


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