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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

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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