Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes present town citations to recognize the 8th Annual Service Reception of the Builders Club of Jonas E. Salk Middle School. Pictured are Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Debbie Rifkin, Supervisor Murray, Daniella Derby, Shaylin Traiano, Kelsey Rosa, and Yingyue Liu. Board of Education President Michael Pappas, Kiwanis President Glen Lachow, Peter Ray of the Levittown Kiwanis, Councilman Hudes, Builders Club Advisor Jennifer Spiteri, and Principal John Zampaglione.
A new group of Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center Key Club officers were inducted at the Levittown Memorial Education Center as retiring officials prepare to graduate. The induction ceremony took place in the school’s Panther Room, complete with an audience filled with Key Club members and proud parents.
Sixty MacArthur High School business and marketing students were inducted into the New York State Business and Marketing Honor Society during the school’s third annual induction ceremony. Requisites for membership in this prestigious society include academic excellence in business and marketing classes, as well as a student’s display of merit, character, leadership and service.
Ryan Carroll of Island Trees High School has signed his letter of intent with Hartwick College. Carroll was the starting quarterback and co-captain of this year’s team as well as an all-conference and academic all-conference player. He helped the team achieve a 4-4 record which tied for 5th in the standings, making the team eligible again for the playoffs.
On June 19, the Stokes 4th grade students ended their five years (K-4) of studies in the district’s elementary schools with a spectacular day. Parents, staff, and students celebrated together with a day of competition and fun. Incredibly, Chili’s of Bethpage donated all of the food and refreshments, and served for more than two hours.
Nassau County Legislator Dennis Dunne, Sr. was extremely proud to present a certificate of recognition to Alicia Avery. Avery raised $266 selling lemonade and donated it to Levittown Kiwanis and St. Bernard’s Church Food Pantry. Pictured with Avery: her grandmother and mother, Legislator Dunne; and Ann Torcivia of Kiwanis.
Town Councilman Gary Hudes presented a Community Service and Academic Excellence Award to Samantha Burd of Levittown, a graduating senior from W. Trespar Clarke High School, who was honored at the school’s 2008 Senior Awards Ceremony.
Brittany Wilson, a senior at Island Trees High School (ITHS), has already demonstrated the qualities of a born leader. Elected senior class president, Wilson was the president of the National Honor Society and the Yearbook Club, Varsity Cheerleading Team Captain, and a peer leader. Her 90-plus grade point average has earned her a spot on the honor roll and in the Foreign Language Honor Society, while her overall affability and infectious spirit made her a shoe-in for Homecoming Queen.
The Jonas Salk Seahawks recently held their annual athletic awards. The school had over 80 percent of its student body participate in a sport or club.
Coach K. Awards — Given not only for hard work and personal improvement, but for a willingness to understand, and to learn in an effort to recognize one’s full potential.
Success is no stranger to the Salutatorian of Island Trees High School, Ryan Goepfert. Goepfert scored a 1530 out of 1600 on the SATs. He is also enrolled in the most challenging course loads and has a GPA of 105.58.
Goepfert has been described by teachers as a jack-of-all-trades. Although his academics are top notch and his transcript can tell a story in itself, what truly stands out about Ryan is his involvement and desire to help. Goepfert is an Eagle Scout, a tutor, a musician, a volunteer and an athlete. What Goepfert seems to take the most pride in is his dedication to the Boy Scouts; he has been a member since Tiger Scouts in the first grade and has recently completed the necessary requirements to become an Eagle Scout.
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