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Students Ace National Math Exam

Success adds up for 12 eighth-grade students from Alfred G. Berner Middle School. They achieved the highest marks on the 2013 American Mathematics Contest 8 exam out of 243 students tested in their grade.

Their marks ranged from 13 to 16 out of a possible 25; the national average is a score of 10. Deborah Lobaccaro received a 16, the highest score, followed by James Kiernan, Ryann Regan, Jake Bresnihan, and Kayla Collins who all scored a 14. Seven more students scored a 13, including Victoria Bal, Kevin Voigt, Talia Nieto, Connor Curley, Michael Venezia, Matthew Schector and Kaitlin McWilliams.

“We are extremely proud of the mathematical abilities of these students,” said Principal Jason Esposito. “Their scores are a testament to the quality of the math program and staff we have here at Berner.”

The exam, one of many sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, is nationally recognized as a highly respected school-based competition. It consists of 25 multiple-choice questions on middle school mathematics. Questions are developed through the collaboration of teachers, mathematicians and professional organizations to provide challenging math problems that align with curriculum standards. According to the MMA, many colleges and universities request scores from these contests at the higher grade levels and use them for recruiting and admissions.

Each high-scoring student will receive a certificate as well as a pin of recognition from the MMA for their achievement.


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.


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.


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