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Student Acheivements

Boston University awarded academic degrees to 6,073 students in May 2013, many from the Massapequa area.                                                     

Among the Massapequa graduates was Nicholas M. Russo, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Cum Laude; Samantha N. Lewis, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics; Danielle C. Etrasco, Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration; Stefania S. Sokolowski, Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience, Summa Cum Laude, and a Master of Arts in Cognitive and Neural Systems; Stephen J. Houseman, Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration; and Kristen D. Mogavero, Bachelor of Science in Science Education.

Massapequa area students were also named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the spring semester. Each school and college at Boston University has their own criterion for the Dean’s List, but students generally must attain a 3.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) or be in the top 30 percent of their class, as well as a full course load as a full time student.

Students bestowed with this honor include Andrew J. Barbarello of Massapequa Park, Giovanny Jorge of Amityville and Catherine T. Curran, Danielle C. Etrasco, Mariel R. Hathaway, Olivia J. Hathaway and Samantha N. Lewis, all of Massapequa.

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

Calendar

YES Fundraiser

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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