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Hailey Orgass Crowned Miss Wantagh 2012

Hailey 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.

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. 


Calendar

Lazy Days Of Summer - July 26

Flea Market - July 27

Darlene Prince and the Bragg Hollow Band - July 28


Columns

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