Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00Hailey Orgass, 17, was recently crowned Miss Wantagh 2012, out of eight other teen candidates, a tradition in the south shore community since 1956. She has just completed her junior year at Wantagh High School.
Her service and accomplishments include National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and Foreign Language Honor Society. She has received a scholarship from University of Rochester, including the Xerox Award of Innovation and Technology for her accomplishments in science.
In addition, Orgass is involved with the G.O. (General Organization) club at Wantagh High School. She serves as the head of the club’s public relations and as the club’s secretary. “I can’t thank this club enough for opening my eyes up to the gratification that comes from helping out others,” Orgass said. She is also a part of the French Club, Key Club, International Outreach, Science Olympiad and Class Committee.
Orgass said, “Volunteering has been my passion and an outlet I can escape to.” She helps at birthday parties for underprivileged kids at John Theissen’s Children Foundation and she transports food to shelters across Long Island for Island Harvest.
In Orgass’s statement to the pageant, she said she thanks her parents, and her brother Colin, sister Kyra, and dog Buster for supporting her. “My grandparents and my aunt keep me going, motivating me to be my best; I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for them,” she added. “My friends are a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t want it any other way.” Orgass is spending time this summer as a volunteer at Winthrop Hospital.
This year’s finalists for Miss Wantagh included: Alyssa Kelly (1st Runner up); Paulina Renda (2nd Runner up); Alyson Hopkins (3rd Runner up); Carly Censi; Samantha Fraembs; Alexandria Lee-Puma; Belinda Liu and Donna Parlato.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend.
Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.
Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.