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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

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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