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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

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.”

A little bit of Hollywood has come to Plainview. The Loft Sound Studio, a Plainview-based vocal and performance training facility, is the creation of lifelong music artist Donnie Klang

and Matthew LaPorte. The duo says that they draw upon their personal experience of the ups and downs of the recording industry to give kids today the chance to be superstars.

 

“Essentially, we’re looking for the next Justin Bieber, someone we can train and teach them how to really become an artist, put them on YouTube and hope they really blow up,” said

LaPorte. “If they do, through our connections that we made while we were in the music industry the past 15 years, we would try and get them a record deal.”

 

The Loft Studio, located at 1530 Old Country Road, already has a list of achievements, including protégé Madison Beer, who got attention after Justin Bieber tweeted a link to a video of her singing. She is currently signed to a record deal on Bieber’s label in Los Angles.


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.


Calendar

Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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