Written by Steve Mosco, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Two of Massapequa’s best and brightest neatly closed out their high school careers with whip-smart precision, nabbing top honors in the class of 2013.
Melanie Sheehan and Nicole Heneveld, members of Massapequa High School’s graduating class, received the admiration of faculty and fellow students this month, bringing home valedictorian and salutatorian honors, respectively.
A lover of sitcoms with dreams of writing and producing, Sheehan took her high school career very seriously. The soon-to-be Fordham University freshman was captain of the swimming and diving teams and a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program, placing her among the top 1 percent of students in the nation.
She was also copyeditor of the school newspaper, The Chief, played bass clarinet in marching band, and is currently working toward her gold award, the highest honor in the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. She is an advanced placement scholar and member of National Honor Society.
“I’m very goal oriented and I do everything I can to reach my goals,” she said, admitting that her drive sometimes diverted her from enjoying the moment. “If I could go back in time, I would remind myself to step out of my daily life and enjoy it rather than get so caught up in the chaos of schoolwork.”
She plans on studying English and Communication and Media Studies at Fordham.
“I believe I will attain my goals at Fordham because the school puts such a strong emphasis on social mindedness,” she said.
But Massapequa will never be far from Sheehan’s mind as she bestows advice to her underclassmen.
“I think it’s really important to know what your priorities are and to dedicate yourself to your priorities, whatever they may be,” she said. “I made school a priority in my life, which is a large part of why I have succeeded academically.”
For salutatorian the high school selected Nicole Heneveld, a familiar face to students who attended any drama performances in the last four years. Heneveld took on many lead roles in an array of fall and spring productions, and now she takes on Adelphi University’s Honors College with aspirations to one day become a published author or a voice actress for animated films.
“I love to write fiction and poetry, particularly spoken word poetry,” she said. “When someone connects with a poem or story I have written, I feel a sense of great accomplishment.”
But her achievements are not limited to writing; Heneveld co-founded and presided over the high school’s International Thespian Society troupe and sang with select choir ensembles. She also found time to work as editor-in-chief of Visions: Art and Literary Magazine.
Heneveld said she drew inspiration from numerous sources throughout her high school career, including her grandfather and numerous teachers. As for the school she leaves behind, Heneveld said the next generation of graduates should always be open to new experiences and to never fear failure.
“Take advantage of all the opportunities offered at Massapequa High School. Join a club, try out for a sports team, audition for the musical, write poetry — do anything and everything you love — and find people who have the same interests and passions,” she said. “You may find that you are not alone in your passion if you just step out of your comfort zone and try.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
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 pannel 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.
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 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”