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Division Avenue Senior Selected Semifinalist For Scholarship

Division Avenue High School senior Jason Orellana has been selected as one of 2,200 national semifinalists in the 2014 Coca-Cola Scholars Program for having demonstrated leadership, academic achievement and commitment to the community.

 

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the nation’s most recognized corporate scholarship sponsors; more than 4,250 students have benefited from approximately $38 million in college scholarship awards. 

 

Jason is president of the school’s chapter of the World Language Honor Society and vice president and treasurer of Key Club. He is also secretary of the Class of 2014 and treasurer of the National Honor Society. Apart from taking Advanced Placement courses and participating in the school’s clubs and organizations, Jason serves as a minister and secretary of the Segunda Iglesia Pentecostal Betsaida church in Levittown. In hearing about his selection as a semifinalist, Jason said, “This is so exciting. I am grateful for the teachers who helped to shape the person I am today, especially my guidance counselor Lynn Castellano, who has been there to guide me through the toughest decisions.”  

 

In April, a National Selection Committee representing outstanding leaders in business, government, education and the arts will invite 250 finalists to Atlanta for personal interviews. Fifty students will then be designated as National Scholars and receive awards of $20,000 for college. In addition, 200 students will be designated as Regional Scholars and receive awards of $10,000 for college.   

 

The Levittown School District congratulates Jason on this academic achievement and wishes him continued success in the competition.

 

News

After announcing his resignation from the Levittown School District last January, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane has accepted a new job as Superintendent of the Smithtown Central School District. 

 

“I look forward to the new challenges awaiting me in the Smithtown Central School District,” Grossane said. “I wish the Levittown Public Schools and its students, parents and staff all the best as they continue to move forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

Five year projection shows tough road ahead

The Levittown Board of Education unanimously adopted a $198.7 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, which comes with a proposed tax levy increase of 1.62 percent. This represents a $2.1 million increase from last year, for a proposed levy of $133.2 million.   

 

The Levittown school district will receive $49,163,299 in state aid for the 2014-2015 school year, which increased by $690,049 from last year’s budget. The other revenues also show an increase of $684,250 from last year. 

 

In the past seven years, the district received its largest percentage of state aid in 2008-2009 with 30 percent. According to Assistant Superintendent Bill Pastore, state aid has decreased since then, leveling off for the past few years and coming in at slightly below 25 percent for 2014-15.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College baseball team earned an 8-2 victory over the College of Staten Island in a recent non-conference home game.

 

In the bottom of the second, left fielder Richard Sullivan of Farmingdale broke broke the scoreless tie on a two out RBI single. Senior third baseman Sal Sanquini of Levittown would go on to hit an RBI single through the left side to increase the lead 2-0. Sanquini was 2-for-4 at the plate with a game-high of 3 RBIs.

The Island Trees varsity softball team had an amazing 8-3 win in extra innings on April 2nd against a previously unbeaten Clarke team to improve their league record to 2-0.  Ashley Melendez opened up the scoring with a solo homerun to lead off the 4th inning. 

 

Although the team relinquished the lead in the 4th and 5thinnings, they did not let the negative turn of events get the best of them.   Down one with three outs left, Sam Scharff led off the top of the 7th with an amazing bunt for a hit.  Christie Ciaramitaro and Kelly Cembrale both reached on errors to keep the inning and team’s hopes alive.  Morgan Petry roped an RBI single up the middle to score courtesy runner, Kim Ahrens with the tying run.   


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