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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

Levittown Hall in Hicksville comes alive every Thursday night with music, dance, fun and laughter as students are swept away into the world of Latin dance.

Under the instruction of professional teacher Mark James, dance hopefuls learn a trio of Latin dance, including salsa, meringue and what James describes as the biggest craze in Latin dancing today, bachata.

 book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

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


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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