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Two Students Honored For Community Service

Massapequa High School students John Latini and Gianna Schmidt were recognized for community service by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program.

After logging in more than 100 hours, John was honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which was presented on behalf of President Barack Obama. Gianna was named a Local Honoree for her volunteer efforts. The awards salute the contributions made by young volunteers and recognize them as role models among their peers.  

John, a sophomore, is a Boy Scout who is currently working on his Eagle Scout project. He devotes much of his time to Canine Companions for Independence by raising puppies and training them to be companions for people with disabilities. He also actively works to get other people involved to help defray the $50,000 price tag of training a dog, either through fund raising efforts or working with others in a group to share the cost of training a dog. Aside from his volunteer work, John has been on the varsity swimming and diving team since eighth grade.

Gianna, a senior, organizes drives for clothing and supplies for a homeless shelter in Farmingdale. As a member of Key Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), she has been involved in volunteer activities such as the Key Club Bocce Tournament and Safe Halloween, a fun-filled event for children. She has also volunteered at the Chief Challengers basketball game, and is an editor for the high school yearbook and a member of the Chiefettes kickline.  

“We are proud of the ways these students positively impact the community through their volunteering efforts,” said Massapequa High School Principal Dr. Barbara Williams. “They are role models for all of our students.”

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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