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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 Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.


Sports

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

Live Music - September 26


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