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Division Avenue Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian

Dr. Francesco Ianni, principal of Division Avenue High School (DAHS) is proud to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2012. Both young men are exceptional students whose academic achievement is equaled by their athletic, cultural, and philanthropic pursuits.     

Evan Rosati, with an average of 101.93, is the class Valedictorian. He is an AP (advanced placement) scholar with distinction, an RPI medalist, president of the Science Olympiad, vice president of the Student Council, vice president of the Math Honor Society, captain of both the Mathletes, and the Long Island Challenge team. While following a schedule entirely consisting of AP coursework, he is a member of the National Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society, the Mathematics Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society.

Rosati’s propensity for science has led to his participation and awards in a variety of local and regional competitions including the New York State Science Olympiad, the Western Long Island Regional Competition, the National Science Bowl, the Long Island Envirothon, the Chemagination competition, and the Protein Modeling Challenge at Stony Brook University.

Division Avenue recognized Rosati’s leadership skills early in his tenure by naming him a Hugh O’Brien Leadership Award Finalist. He has gone on to hold leadership positions in the Strategic Abstract Board Game Club, the Humanitarian Club, the National History and Science Bowl Teams, and the Physics Olympics. As a senior, Rosati serves as a Peer Leader, one of a selected few who help ninth graders transition to high school life. Through his involvement with Student Council, Rosati has been invaluable to the organization and production of Homecoming festivities, Spirit Week, Division Idol, the Thanksgiving Food Drive, the Student-Faculty Tennis Tournament, and the Brick Memorial Walkway.

Rosati is an accomplished violinist who performs in both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He has even combined his engineering and musical talents by building his own violin for the Science Olympiad. Equally talented on the tennis court, Rosati is a varsity player who placed second in his conference last year.

Service, both to his school and community, is a priority for Rosati. He volunteers countless hours to Green Levittown, Dollars for Scholars, the Humanitarian Club (recycling, fundraising, and benefits), St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Junior Achievement, and Science and Math tutoring.

Rosati’s magnetic smile and ingenuous demeanor reflect an introspective enlightenment. “I’m proud of this honor, but it certainly comes with a sense of humility. I’ve learned, especially through the college acceptance process, that there are hundreds of students across the country whose qualifications equal or surpass mine. The true value of my accomplishment is that I have achieved perspective. Although being Valedictorian is, essentially, a competitive title, I have learned to appreciate it in relation to how far I’ve come, and how much I’ve grown, and not as a contest or comparison with others.”

Rosati hopes to pursue a chemical engineering degree at one of several prestigious universities that he will choose from in the coming months.

Eric Maciel, with an average of 100.88, is this year’s Salutatorian. He is an AP scholar with distinction, and a Hispanic National Merit Scholar. In his senior year, Maciel was on the LI Challenge team, no doubt aided by his demanding schedule of AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP Literature, Accelerated Economics, and Science Research. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Mathematics Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society, the Science Honor Society and the Science Olympiad, for which he won a sixth place medal for ecology.

As a guide and mentor to incoming freshmen, Maciel is a model Peer Leader. His literal and figurative helping hand is always extended to those in need, and his earnest sincerity exudes compassion for those who may otherwise be marginalized. He speaks fluent Portuguese and Spanish and is particularly conscious of his role as a model student and school citizen to those who have arrived at Division from an unconventional path. “My parents came to the United States from Brazil. Their sacrifice gave me an opportunity that I have to make sure I never waste. They are so proud of me, but I am prouder of them.”

Maciel is an avid soccer enthusiast who plays on the Division Varsity team, the Levittown Predators, the Long Island Rough Riders, and the Brazilian Baptist Soccer Squad. He volunteers for the New York Red Bulls as a trainer, and is a coach’s aide for the Levittown Soccer Club. Balancing his athletic aptitude is Maciel’s interest in music: he plays guitar and piano with a penchant for rock.

No stranger to community service, Maciel devotes countless hours to the First Brazilian Baptist Church of New York. He is a bible school youth teacher, a youth group leader, a teenage and youth counselor, a translator, a film crew member and multimedia assistant. His academic interest in ecology is put to practical use through his administration of the Division Humanitarian Club’s Recycling program.

Maciel has been accepted early decision into Columbia University. He will study physics at that prestigious Ivy League school and has hopes of eventually being funded to do research.

Inarguably, both Rosati and Maciel will cite being on this year’s Homecoming Court among their fondest high school memories. This testament to their humor, charm, sincerity, respect, and admiration complement their achievements and efforts in the classroom, on the stage, on the field, and in our community. In unison, Division Avenue salutes these outstanding students.

News

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.

 

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. 


Sports

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. 

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. 


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