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MacArthur Picks Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Levittown’s MacArthur High School administration and staff are pleased to announce that Belinda Grunfeld and Mira Sobhy are valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2014. 

 

Grunfeld is an Advanced Placement student with Distinction and a member of the Principal’s Honor Roll for all four years of high school. She is a NASA Texas Aerospace Scholar, the recipient of the Teacher’s Choice Award and a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music, Foreign Language and Mu Alpha Theta (Math) honor societies. Grunfeld has also played at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts as a member of the Gemini Youth Orchestra. Her extracurriculars include being a Peer Leader, a member of the Key Club, mathletes, Amnesty International and the international Art club, as well as the art and recycling clubs. Last year, Grunfeld was one of five MacArthur High School students chosen to compete in the Nassau County Math Competition and had a poem published in

“A Celebration of Poets.” She also served as a volunteer for Tom Souzzi’s democratic campaign for Nassau County Executive. She has not chosen a college at this time, but plans on studying economics this fall. 

 

 Sobhy is an Advanced Placement student and one of 90 girls nationwide to intern for NASA WISH at the L.B.J. Space Center in Houston. She was a Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership semifinalist and an honorable mention winner in the Long Island Science and

Engineering Fair. Sobhy was also the recipient ofstate Sen. Kemp Hannon’s Rising Star Award. She is a member of the robotics, science bowl and  Environthon teams and is a member of the Christian and art clubs. 

 

She is also a Science Olympiad, Science Congress, and Math Oympiad winner. As an athlete, Sobhy has competed four years on the USA swim team. A conscientious volunteer, her efforts include blood drives, car washes, nursing homes, hospitals, youth galas, and church groups. She has not chosen a college at this time, but plans on studying neuroscience this fall.   

 

— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District


News

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


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