Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, announced the winners of $26,000 in college scholarships for “An Artistic Discovery,” the congressional arts competition she has been sponsoring every year since taking office. Traven Tong, a senior at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, won the contest’s top award and a $7,000 scholarship to study art at Adelphi University for his monochromatic portrait entitled “Shades.”
The students of the Searingtown School recently enjoyed field day. Potato Sack races, three legged races, kickball and tennis-baseball made for friendly competition between the green and gold teams.
The term “field day” original referred a showy day of military intramurals when generals had to “coax” rather than “command” their soldiers—and the soldiers could show off their skills without risking their lives. Similarly, school Field Days are about bragging rights, not team standings.
The students of Hillside Grade School, embarked on their 2nd Annual Spelling Bee recently. Two representatives from each class, stood onstage, and spelled their way to victory.
They managed to spell barbecue, chocolate, anxiety, and jovial for an enthusiastic audience made up of parents, teachers, and students. The winners were first-grader, Nayana Chetram, second-grader, Sahara John, third-grader, Lance Ng, fourth-grader, Adithya Krishnan, fifth-grader, Alaina Alias, and a tie shared by sixth-graders, Prachi Shah and Noel Paul.
Sewanhaka High School student Mahzabin Alam, an eighth-grader in Mrs. Bascetta Spanish class, was a winner in the AATSP- Design-A-Card Contest. The Design-A-Card Contest is an opportunity for students to create an original Hispanic design for the front of a note card. The winning entries are printed and sold as a fundraiser to support the chapter’s Judy Abrams NSE Scholarship Fund.
The Hillside Grade School held its Moving up Cerermony on Monday, June 14. Sixty-two students moved up, with both New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District Superintendent Robert Katulak and Principal Karen Olynk addressing attendees.
Matthew O’Neill led the Pledge of Allegiance and Sean Gordon gave the welcome address, with Katlyn Bartoszek giving the fairwell address. The color guard consisted Isha Ilyas, Ayusha Maharjan, Connor O’Brien and Vincent Pugliese.
County Executive Ed Mangano handed out citations to Girl and Boy Scouts that received their Gold and Eagle Awards in 2013. Eamonn Lennon of Troop 298, Marissa Pugliese of Troop 1586 and Michael Fink of Troop 298 from New Hyde Park received citations for their outstanding achievements.
Alan D. Guerci, M.D., president and CEO of St. Francis Hospital, congratulated new Eagle Scout Jack Giunta of East Williston on his efforts to promote CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training in the community. After attending AED training at St. Francis, where his mother Christine is a Registered Nurse, Giunta decided to base his Eagle Scout project on what he learned.
He and several other scouts became trained as Heartsaver Instructors, raised funds, and held numerous classes at St. Aidan’s in Williston Park. Taking it one step further, Giunta discovered that none of the public libraries in Nassau and Suffolk had updated books on CPR so he applied the funds raised to donate new CPR instructional books to these local libraries.
The Williston Park Fire Department recently held its 86th Annual Installation and Inspection Dinner and Dance. Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell took part in the celebration and expressed her congratulations to 1st Assistant Chief Gary Smithing, 2nd Assistant Chief Anthony Gagliardi and Chief George Jarnoczyk Jr. for their continued service to this organization. Clerk O’Connell presented each of the officers with a County Citation in recognition of their outstanding dedication.
The Nassau County Council of School Superintendents recently conducted a book drive for literacy purposes of charitable groups in the area that help homeless, impoverished or struggling students.
This year, the team of superintendents collected over 800 books that were donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Robert Katulak, chairperson of the Nassau Superintendent Network Group stated, “The Network Committee of our organization has combined social and altruistic programs for the superintendents this year as a means of bringing us closer together as a professional organization. We are very pleased with our efforts of collecting over 50 cases of books.”
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