Written by Marlo Jappen Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
The crowd was roaring with cheers and applause as the Island Trees High School Class of 2014 marched across the track for the 58th Annual Commencement ceremony.
On June 27, 210 Island Trees High School seniors received their diplomas, signifying the next step on the road to adulthood.
During the ceremony, Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles J. Murphy addressed the graduating class with a quick anecdote about how he was once in their shoes. He recalled how in 1984, one teacher warned him, “don’t even think about being different or I’ll kick you out of the ceremony.”
Murphy encouraged the class to overlook the uniformity of their graduation gowns and embrace their individuality to make their unique mark on the world.
Valedictorian Tiana Grgas delivered a powerful speech entitled “Dare”. She began by referencing Walt Whitman’s poem “O Me! O Life” as she said, “That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
“All of us are here today because we achieved something,” Grgas told her class. “But this is not enough. We all most consider what our next verse may be, and none of us should consider not contributing one.”
Grgas concluded by urging her peers to follow their own special path. “Even if you don’t know who you are or who you want to be, branch out and explore your potential,” she said. “Don’t let anyone force you into living a life you did not choose.”
After collecting their diplomas, the graduates tossed their caps in the air and exited the field ready to take on a new chapter in their lives.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:30
Audrey Zhang, a sixth grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School, took home first place in the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) on Sept. 17. Zhang was honored at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for her work and was presented with a $500 check and an iPad Mini. Many dignitaries were on hand, including State Education Department Regent Roger Tilles.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
Communities value their libraries, and at the Levittown Library, the library staff, in turn, truly appreciates their patrons. Employees at the Levittown Public Library, with a talent for knitting, demonstrate their commitment to the community’s teens by making “amigurumi”—small knitted or crocheted stuffed toys—for use in the reading program.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:36
Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:32
The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.