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Academy of Finance Concludes Year

The Academy of Finance recently celebrated its 24th Annual Graduation Dinner held at The Inn at New Hyde Park. The evening began with Christine Teetz, Academy of Finance program manager of New Hyde Park Memorial High School, introducing the guest speakers, advisory board members, administration, and faculty.

 

Three Academy of Finance alumni returned as guest speakers to share their own personal journey and advice for the graduates.  They were: Monique Hardial-Swaby, Class of 1999, Debbie Kenney, Class of 2000 and Anthony Ciampoli, Class of 2007. Each shared their own personal journey in the program and the impact that the academy has had on their lives.

 

“It is truly rewarding to hear our Academy of Finance graduates share their success stories with our students,” Academy of Finance College Marketing teacher Debra Stein-Silberlust said. “In their own way, each speaker discussed how they felt that much of their success could be attributed to the invaluable knowledge, skills and abilities they gained through the Academy of Finance Program at New Hyde Park Memorial High School.”

 

Legislator Richard Nicolello presented Valedictorian Abie Varughese and Salutatorian Demetrios Heliotis with citations. Dr. Richard Faccio, principal of New Hyde Park Memorial High School, presented the Principal’s Award to Renee Harrison for outstanding citizenship, leadership and service.

 

John Paccione, chairperson of the Academy of Finance Advisory Board, presented Babatunde Adekoya and Maria Gorman each with a scholarship award in honor of their many academic and extra-curricular achievements.

 

Roberto Varela was this year’s recipient of the Michael S. Krolick Program Manager’s Award. Valley National Bank presented the Ron Thiem Memorial Scholarship to Brandon Ianiro in honor of his successful summer internship in their bank.

 

The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce awarded two $500 scholarships to Abie Varughese and Samantha Longo in recognition of their hard work in the Academy of Finance and many hours of community service. This year, the State Farm–Pete Mathison Agency presented a $250 scholarship to Codi Fletcher for her overall academic achievement and her plan to select business as a major in college.

 

For the second year, Angela Fulgieri and the Fulgieri family offered the Alfonso Fulgieri Accounting Achievement Award to graduating senior Demetrios Heliotis for his achievement in accountancy. 

The Certificates of Financial Studies were presented by David Del Santo, vice president of the board of education, Dr. Ralph Ferrie, superintendent of schools, Principal Dr. Richard Faccio, and Dr. Stephanie Scolieri, district coordinator of business education. This evening concluded with a slideshow presentation prepared by seniors Adekoya and Varela.


News

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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