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Essay Winner Hits The Airwaves

Hicksville’s Katelyn Gilhuley could go on and on about how great her second grade teacher, Mrs. Schwartz was. During the last school year, Mrs. Schwartz taught Gilhuley how to add, subtract, multiply, divide and work through word problems. So when it came time for the Long Island Student Essay Contest, Gilhuley knew exactly what she would write about for the theme: “My Teacher Made This Fun!”

This just in, this just in,” Gilhuley wrote: “This year’s favorite subject is math! Go math! If you are in Mrs. Schwartz’s class, you know she makes math fun! If you ever get something in math correct, she stomps her feet in celebration. If you answer incorrectly she says, ‘nice try,’ and makes you want to try harder. Learning is fun because Mrs. Schwartz allows her students to write math on the board and solve the problems. We try to earn a party. Buckle down and stamp your feet! Learning math in Mrs. Schwartz’s class is a special treat.”

Gilhuley’s essay stood out among thousands of entries and she was named the grand prize winner in the Primary Grades Division.

“My principal came in to tell me that I won and my whole class clapped for me and congratulated me,” says Gilhuley. “I was pretty excited.”

For her winning composition, Gilhuley received a $500 gift card, as well as $50 from the PTA, which she is planning on saving to spend on “something cool or on college.”

As part of her prize, she was also able to record her essay at the studios of WBAB FM, where it will air on 11 radio stations in September including WALK FM, WBAB FM, and WBLI FM.

“I had to record my essay in one of the rooms and I got to take a tour of the whole studio. It was so cool. I liked everything,” said Gilhuley.

Eight-year-old Gilhuley will be entering third grade at Fork Lane Elementary this fall and has a wide range of interests. She likes playing lacrosse and softball, reading, art, going to pools and beaches and playing with her friends. She also takes dance lessons and collects peace signs, and loves to travel. And though she’s only eight, she already has an eye on her future.

“When I grow up I want to try to be an actress and singer,” she says. “And I also want to be really good at math.”

News

Looking for a place to work on your bedside manner and start a promising new career in the process? Look no farther than your hometown.

The Vocational Education and Extension Board (VEEB), a division of the county that oversees educational facilities such as the Fire Service Academy and EMS Academy, recently transplanted one of its facilities — The School of Practical Nursing — into a new location right in the heart of Hicksville, where they recently held an open house to celebrate their new home.

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.


Sports

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

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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