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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

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


Calendar

Fall Drama Production

November 20-22

Blood Drive

November 24

Christmas Holiday Fair

November 24



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