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GC Tech Students Complete Program of Study

The applause and well-wishes of administrators, faculty and family resonated throughout the auditorium at Wisdom Lane Middle School as 183 students received their certificates of completion from the Levittown School District’s Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center program on June 10.

 

In her opening remarks, Principal Joan Lorelli told the students that she is humbled to be their principal. She also explained that GC Tech is at the forefront of offering both college-ready and employment certification. “The world of work is the endpoint for all of our students,” she said. “Thanks for shining a spotlight on career and technical education.”

 

During the student address to the Class of 2014, SkillsUSA President Jessica Zager thanked the teachers and administration for their support. “It takes a team to graduate,” she said to her graduating peers. “It all comes down to help, so let’s remember to help others and take advantage of the skills our teachers taught us.” 

 

Student awards and scholarships were bestowed upon many of the graduates. Outstanding students also received commendations, including: Matthew Barbaro, electrical technology; Nicholas Castaldo, culinary arts; Amanda Esbin, cosmetology; Tyler Falcone, carpentry; Bridget Glennon, medical assisting; Philip Liotta, police science/EMT-B; Steven Lombardo, automotive technology; Alexander Perez, automotive technology; Veronica Rader, cosmetology; Steven Sculco, architectural drafting; Tyler Smith, graphic arts; and Julia Vargas, computer animation.         

 

The following graduates also received Class of 2014 Senior Awards.

 

• Teachers’ Choice Award: Victoria Antonacci

 

• Town of Hempstead Academic Excellence and Volunteer Achievement Award: Bridget Glennon

 

• Key Club Scholarship: Shianne Comodo, Emilie d’Hedouville, Nicole Giacinto, Bridget Glennon, Charmy Patel and Brittany Trotter.

 

• Sal Navarino Scholarship: Steven Lombardo and Daniel Thorburn.

 

• National Technical Honor Society Scholarship: Victoria Antonacci, David Colletti, Kiersten Gaertner and Victoria Jimenez.

 

• SkillsUSA Scholarship: Nicholas Castaldo, David Colletti, Patricia Hastings, Helen Lopez and Lawrence Yip.

 

The students were then called individually to the stage one by one to receive their certificates. The audience and graduates also viewed a slideshow developed by the computer animation students that recapped the school year. 

 

— Submitted by the Levittown Public School District 


News

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.

Hempstead town officials recently announced plans to improve the roadway along Longfellow Avenue in Levittown.

“One way we invest in our communities is by improving our roadways,” said Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “Upgrading our streets saves money in the long term, while making roadways safer and more aesthetically pleasing for neighbors.”

Construction is slated to begin as early as this month and is expected to be complete by October. The project will include repairs to Longfellow Avenue and Byron Place, as well as portions of Milton and Emerson avenues.


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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