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Island Trees Class of 2014

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.

News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


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