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Division Avenue HS Announces Top Students

The Division Avenue High School administration and staff is pleased to announce that Savvas Papadopoulos and Lyndsey Petrofsky have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectfully, of the Division Avenue High School Class of 2014. 

 

Papadopoulos is an Advanced Placement student with Distinction and a 2013 recipient of the Rensselaer Medal for Excellence in Science and Mathematics.  Papadopoulos is the president of both the Science Olympiad team and student council and is a member of the National Honor Society, robotics team and Math Honor Society. Papadopoulos also helped renovate the entrance to the Levittown Historical Society as part of his Eagle Scout project. He plans to attend Cornell University this coming fall, where he will study engineering.

 

Petrofsky is an Advanced Placement Scholar and is president of the Distributive Educators Club of America. Lyndsey is the Key Club project manager and treasurer of the Chamber Singers, as well as a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and broadcast club. Lyndsey is a guitarist and formerly attended the New York State School Music Association’s All-State competition. She also had her artwork displayed in Times Square as a winner in an art competition to promote the band “One Direction.” In addition to her educational pursuits, Lyndsey works closely with the Nassau County regional and school PTA organizations to head workshops about drug abuse and its effects on families. Lyndsey has been accepted to Binghamton University, but is still undecided where she will study international business in the 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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