Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
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
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
A clown named Renaldo performed magic tricks for an enthusiastic audience as part of the National Circus Project, which visited Levittown Public Library on Wednesday, July 16.
All 150 tickets available for the performance were sold out in this interactive magic show for children. Throughout the entire circus act, children laughed and raised their hands as high as they could to be chosen as one of Renaldo’s helpers.
Raising her hand to participate was three-year-old Kirsten Cantwell from Seaford. “She was upset that she didn’t get picked,” said her mother Melissa Cantwell.
Kirsten Cantwell goes to any activity offered at the library, and is starting to enjoy watching magic shows. According to her mother, she really enjoyed the performance.
In the circus show, National Circus Project performer, Al Calienes, acted as Renaldo the clown.
“The show has different components of acts in the circus,” explained Calienes. “We teach children circus moves.”
With the National Circus Project, children get to see magic tricks performed live. “We infuse enthusiasm by showing them, and they in turn will be able to repeat the process,” said Calienes.
Renaldo performed plate spinning, where he spun a plate on a stick and passed it along to the stick of one of his helpers from the audience, who then passed the plate down a line of three more helpers. This interactive way of teaching the children magic tricks really allows them to absorb what they are learning.
The National Circus Project travels and performs for elementary schools, as well as middle and high schools. When the National Circus Project is not going to schools, they perform at library shows, summer camps, and other types of events.
The performance entertains the adults as well as the children. “We involve everybody,” said Calienes. “Everybody’s engaged on some level or another. “
At every library performance, Calienes donates the children’s book he wrote and illustrated Renaldo Joins the Circus to the library. He feels that he owes a lot to the library system. “Anything that ever meant anything to me I learned in the library,” said Calienes.
Calienes learned how to draw from the library, which is how he became a commercial artist. One of the main characters he would always draw would be Renaldo the clown. “I wanted to make him real so I joined the circus,” he said.
Calienes has been performing with the National Circus Project for seven years and has been in the circus business going on 26 years.
The National Circus Project brings magic to children at any school, camp or library all over Long Island as well as across the country.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Last June, Nassau County passed legislation that allows for the deployment of a speed enforcement camera system in school zones for each of the 56 public school districts in the county.
The new systems will be implemented throughout the county on July 25, and will be operational on scheduled school days throughout the year.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Levittown’s Division Avenue High School varsity baseball team, under the direction of coach Tom Tuttle, won the Class A County Championship, garnering a third-place ranking in New York State. This is the team’s 13th county championship win and the second county championship for the school in the past four years.
In addition, senior Chris Reilly was named Championship MVP for throwing a complete game shutout in game two and going three for four with two RBIs.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Taylor Traenkle, a junior at Division Avenue High School recently received the MVP award for the Nassau County Varsity Hockey League Association.
Traenkle, who plays no. 9 for the Levittown Ice Falcons, led the way averaging 2.8 points a game with a total of 25 goals and 23 assists in just 17 games.