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Wendy’s Winner A Solid New Hyde Park Student

For Ariana Bruschi, winning the school award in the national Wendy’s High School Heisman competition is about hard work. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School senior is a standout Gladiators field hockey, lacrosse player and an avid volunteer.

 

“It really helped me and showed how hard work paid off,” she said. “I thank all my coaches and my guidance counselor Mary Beth Healy. They really helped me.”

 

The Wendy’s competition measured three parts: academics, athletics and leadership. These categories were strengths for Bruschi.

 

“I’m glad and honored to have won this award,” she said. “But it wouldn’t have been possible without my teammates, friends and coaches. You need to be close-knit with your team. As a team, you need to be unified.”

 

Bruschi excelled at an early age in two sports, making both field hockey and lacrosse varsity squads in 10th grade. Through six games for the New Hyde Park Gladiators this season, she’s notched 16 goals and two assists and is on pace for a 50 point season. 

 

“It’s a great award,” Gladiators head lacrosse coach Dominic Gagnon said. “She can play the game. Moving forward, she has a great opportunity once she gets to college. If she works hard in the offseason, she can do well.”

 

Gagnon feels Bruschi, a center, has potential as long has she keeps working to hone her craft. He sees All-County possibilities. Bruschi already nabbed the Scholar Athlete Award, the Coaches Award for field hockey, All-County honorable mention and is one of Gagnon’s captains.

 

“Ariana has to have a strong finish to the season to make All-County,” he said. “She’s All-County material, but it’s all about practice and dedication.”

 

Bruschi earned membership in the senior and junior national honor societies, foreign language and art national honor societies. She also participates in Big Brother/Big Sister, Italian Club, and District Sports Night and acts as the photographer of the Lance yearbook. 

 

Bruschi, along with the high school cheerleading squad, organized a breast cancer awareness theme for Liz’s Day, where the team put pink flamingos around New Hyde Park, dubbed “flocking” to get the word out. This October will mark the 16th year of the day, remembering Elizabeth McFarland of Floral Park who died breast cancer at the age of 42.

 

“Liz’s Day is a great event. It brings awareness to a diseases that affects so many women,” said Bruschi. 

 

Bruschi will be attend the University of Delaware in the fall to study visual communications.

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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