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Students In The News

New Hyde Park Memorial High School recognized Demetri Heliotis and Sarah Maxwell as its Students of the Month.

 

The Academy of Finance recognized Heliotis as an outstanding academic student. His teachers report that he is a dedicated student who is a pleasure to have in class.

 

Heliotis is also quite involved in school and community activities. He is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.

 

Heliotis is an active volunteer in the youth program, GOYA, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Hempstead. As a volunteer, Heliotis has helped in making food runs, where he distributes food donations to those less fortunate. In addition, Heliotis is one of two captains for his altar boy team.

 

As a customer service representative at Northeastern Group Ltd., an insurance agency, Heliotis says, “This position has helped me to develop my self-confidence and given me the ability to deal with a variety of customers daily.” Heliotis’ career goal is to become a CPA. He would like to study accountancy at St. John’s University or CUNY Baruch in the fall. 

 

Maxwell is an outstanding student in Ms. Rizzuti’s 11th- and-12th grade physical education classes. She is an excellent role model for the younger students in and out of the gymnasium. In each class, Maxwell demonstrates leadership, communication and cooperation skills. She is a vital part of the Varsity Volleyball team where she works hard every day and shows sportsmanship towards her opponents.

 

She is an overall successful student and was acknowledged by the Nassau County Volleyball Association by receiving this year’s scholar athlete award.


News

The Village of New Hyde Park Board of Trustees held their 2014-15 tentative budget hearing on Monday, April 7, where a proposed budget of $6 million was presented.

 

The appropriation represents an increase of $160,512 from the 2013-14 budget and a tentative tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.8 percent increase from last year.

 

“Working on this year’s budget was one of the hardest we’ve ever done,” Village Mayor Robert Lofaro said.

Following her uncontested election last month, trustee Donna Squicciarino was officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Lofaro for a one year term on Monday, April 7. 

 

Squicciarino is the second woman in New Hyde Park’s 86-year history to serve as trustee. Florence Lisanti was the first woman to serve on the board, whose term expired in 2001.

 

“I think it’s great,” said Squicciarino. “We needed a woman at the table with a different point of view. We have a lot of different perspectives that guide the village in the right direction.”


Sports

Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make. 

 

Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more. 

 

“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”

 

For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches. 

Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field. 

 

Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice. 

 

Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - April 16

Kids Eat Free At Applebees - April 20

School Board Meeting - April 22


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