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Starting A New Academic Adventure

Both Victoria DeMatteo and Robert Wertheimer beam with pride when they talk about their son Trevor’s acceptance into Regis School in New York City.  And they should.  According to Wertheimer the prestigious Jesuit college preparatory school has only about a 14 percent acceptance rate.  “It’s extremely competitive,” he said.  But he added, so is Trevor.   

 

Trevor, now 14 and an eighth grader at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown, said he is up for the challenge.  A successful two-time Science Olympian, Trevor’s seventh grade team beat his school’s eighth grade team, and his current eighth grade team is now also headed to the demanding state competition in Rochester, said he’s ready to test some new skills. Regis, Trevor said, has a very strong debate team.  “I’m considering taking that up.”  

 

And the debate team might be just the place to put his vast knowledge of American History to the test.  While he recently read the books “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Lincoln” for enjoyment, one would be both surprised and impressed to hear his familiarity of a more recent president, but still before Trevor’s time, Gerald Ford’s tumultuous relationship with New York City, and Trevor’s understanding of the actual nuances behind the immediate headlines.  But his mom isn’t surprised.  “Trevor is very unique.  He is beyond his years,” said DeMatteo. 

 

The Journey To Regis

While Trevor will be commuting to his new school starting September 2014 by LIRR and possibly subway or bus, his true journey to Regis started in spring 2013 with a teacher recommendation.  Trevor originally planned to go to Chaminade, but heard accolades of

Regis through a teacher and decided to set his sights on that academic opportunity.  

 

Trevor needed to be at the top of his class to even apply.  The application process included a test, an essay and an interview discussing his opinion on the recent government shut-down and who was to blame for the fiasco.  

 

Trevor knows his new school, as a Jesuit learning institution, will focus heavily on community service, giving back to others and helping those less fortunate. Trevor said, “Anyway I can help people is nice.”  

 

Trevor said his though favorite subjects are Social Studies and history, but he also excels at Science and Math and has informally tutored peers in those subjects during final exam time.  He also assisted teachers in grading papers.  And Mother Nature’s recent wrath has given him another opportunity to help by shoveling out some elderly neighbors’ homes. 

 

The Future

Trevor said he isn’t sure which college he’d eventually like to attend, but right now said he might be interested in a career in law.  His dad, an investment manager, said “Trevor is also pretty good at economics.”  And his mom, a marketing professional, said at one time he expressed an interest in medicine.  When a bike accident landed Trevor in the hospital for a week Trevor took the time to read, “Angels in the ER.”  Trevor said he might be interested in the medical field and is fascinated by the heart and nervous system. 


News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Calendar

IT Board of Ed - September 17

All Star Comedy - September 18

Irreversible Paul Lynde - September 19


Columns

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