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Division Avenue HS Science Olympiad Students Place Third

This year, the Science Olympiad team traveled to Yale University for another invitational competition. Teams from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Georgia competed against the Levittown students in 21 science categories. Division Avenue High School Class of 2011 valedictorian Karolina Ksiazek helped to organize the science events and gave the students a personal tour of the campus. 

 

Last year, Division Avenue High School’s science research and technology students placed third at the invitational Science Olympiad competition at Islip High School. This competition challenged participants to compete as a team in 25 individual science events.  

 

Under the direction of technology teacher Robert Flauto, the students earned first place in six of seven building events. Science teachers Sarah LaBonte and Gerard Marzigliano also guided the students to wins in six academic lab events. 

 

Yale University Invitational Award Winners:

 

Boomilever – Nicholas Fuchs, Anthony Montoya and Savvas Papadopoulos – 4th place

 

Compound Machines – Bobby Evans and Savvas Papadopoulos – 4th place

 

Geologic Mapping – Bobby Evans and Kristin Schmidt – 5th place

 

MagLev – Alfredo Esposito and George Hores – 3rd place

 

MagLev – Danielle Kramer and Jason Tiemer – 6th place

 

Scrambler – Zack Kuller and Megan Oliveri – 4th place

 

Islip High School Invitational Award Winners:

Technology

Boomilever – Nicholas Fuchs and Anthony Montoya – 1st place

 

Bungee Drop – Christopher Giorlando and Michael McGarvey – 4th place

 

Compound Machines – Christian Magorrian and Fatima Maqsood – 1st place

 

Elastic Launch Glider – Christian Magorrian and Morgan Ward – 1st place

 

Elastic Launch Glider – Savvas Papadopoulos and Gabriela Pereira – 2nd place 

 

MagLev – Danielle Kramer and Jason Tiemer – 1st place 

 

MagLev – George Hores and Diana Pretter – 2nd place

 

Mission Impossible – Eric Beller and Christopher Thompson – 1st place

 

Mission Impossible – Krysten Garcia and Anthony Montoya – 2nd place

 

Scrambler – Bailey Gribben and Alexandra Sorbello – 1st place

 

Scrambler – Krysten Garcia and Michelle Pedreros – 2nd place

 

Scrambler – Zachery Kuller and Megan Oliveri – 4th place

 

Academic Lab

Dynamic Planet – Anthony Montoya and Jason Tiemer – 4th place

 

Experimental Design – Haniya Abbasi, Sophia DeFranco and Bobby Evans – 2nd place

 

Experimental Design – Diana Pretter, Alexandra Sorbello and Brittany Voboril – 4th place

 

Entomology – Haniya Abbasi and Anna Yoo – 1st place

 

Entomology – Sally Phan and Melanie Popovitz – 4th place

 

Food Chemistry – Christopher Giorlando and Christian Magorrian – 3rd place

 

Forensics – Shannon Nadolny and Anna Yoo – 1st place

 

Technical Problem Solving – Eric Beller and George Hores – 5th place

 

— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District 


News

Five year projection shows tough road ahead

The Levittown Board of Education unanimously adopted a $198.7 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, which comes with a proposed tax levy increase of 1.62 percent. This represents a $2.1 million increase from last year, for a proposed levy of $133.2 million.   

 

The Levittown school district will receive $49,163,299 in state aid for the 2014-2015 school year, which increased by $690,049 from last year’s budget. The other revenues also show an increase of $684,250 from last year. 

 

In the past seven years, the district received its largest percentage of state aid in 2008-2009 with 30 percent. According to Assistant Superintendent Bill Pastore, state aid has decreased since then, leveling off for the past few years and coming in at slightly below 25 percent for 2014-15.

Seven in contest for three seats on school board

On April 8, members of the Levittown Property Owners Association invited all seven candidates in the running for Island Trees School District Board of Education to a “Meet the Candidates” forum. Of the seven only four attended, and only three spoke on the dais. 

 

According to Levittown Property Owners President Diane Kirk, members of the Island Trees School District were invited to attend the forum, but declined stating that they were going to attend their own forum on May 12.

 

Challenger Brian Fielding, a 1995 Island Trees High School graduate, opened the forum with the promise of more transparency.  


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero. 

 

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more.  The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. 

Friday Pins, Pizza & Pepsi

Trevor Williams 166,101

 

Keith Kyte 137,119,115

 

Anthony Baio 111,73

 

Alyssa Williams 141,133,120

 

Lauren Walpole 114,105,96

 

Kaitlyn Insinna 106,68,67

 

Robert Brooler 107,97

 

Frank Pietraniello 94

 

Friday Bumper Stars

Matthew Banfich 140,95

 

Nicky Barrera 115,99

 

Jake Mauro 107

 

Anthony Barrera 97,79

 

Michael Pietraniello 97,87

 

Ty Peranzo 95

 

Steven Tiemer 92

 

Nick Bevinetto 90,82

 

Ava Banfich 103,101

 

Julianna Mauro 103,87

 

Gianna Centonze 102,91

 

Victoria Gray 91,87

 

Mike Rosen 87,86

 

Steven Brauer 85,83

 

Stephan Mandola 83

 

Joey Mohaudt 81

 

Pantelis Siriodis 80

 

Kelsey Casperson 85,73

 

Stephanie Tiemer 71,67

 

Kathleen Hoffman 68,65

 

Friday Rising Stars

Jason Tiemer 191,169,138

 

Max Benson 179

 

Andrew Scarpaci 168,162,148

 

Avery Benson 151,149,135

 

Matthew Brezinski 143,110

 

Ted Fiber 128,115,114

 

Paul Klein 126,107

 

Nicholas Pisano 123,115

 

Billy Walsh 108

 

Saturday

Levittown Island trees

 

Michael Beck 117,89

 

Zach Pilser 114,110

 

Sophia Bloom 93,90

 

Olivia Bloom 81,79

 

Christian Tucci 88,85

 

Louis Bonaventura 84,79

 

Ava Tucci 74,65

 

— Submitted by the South Levittown Lanes


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