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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 debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 22

International Night - October 23

Halloween Dance - October 24


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