Five recent graduates from Massapequa High School set a new record for the district and raised the bar on student achievement when they were named winners in the National Merit Scholarship Program. As they enter college this fall, Joseph Mogavero, Melanie Sheehan, Robyn Tse, Joanna Urli and Joseph Zappa are considered among the top one percent of the nation’s brightest and most promising students.
The winners earned the honor by achieving outstanding scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) and by maintaining stellar academic records, participating in school and community service activities, demonstrating leadership abilities and receiving honors and awards during all four years of high school.
Unqua Elementary School students met their guardian angels, the students and staff at Milton Terrace South Elementary School in Ballston Spa, New York, during a 30-minute videoconference aimed at expressing their appreciation for the more than $1,500 in clothes and gift cards their upstate friends donated to the district’s Sandy victims. The Massapequa School District was adopted by Milton Terrace South through the Schools Helping Schools program, launched by the New York State Council of School Superintendents as a way for districts to help other districts devastated by Sandy.
Unqua students were tickled to see the entire Milton Terrace South student body for the first time and thank them for rallying together to help their recovery, and Milton Terrace South students were equally thrilled to gain a better understanding of how the storm impacted their Massapequa peers and how their generosity helped them get through this difficult time.
Christopher Arena, Grace Day School’s valedictorian for 2013, received congratulations from Congressman Peter King for his outstanding test score on this year’s Catholic High School Entrance Exam. The young academic’s performance placed him among the top 25 test scores and earned him a scholarship to St. Anthony’s High School, where Christopher will matriculate this September. Well-liked by his peers, teachers and the community, academics is not the only arena in which Christopher excels. Since he was seven years old he has been swimming competitively, practicing every day after school. Those efforts have made him a nationally ranked swimmer in his age class for the past three years.
A sea of vibrant blue caps and gowns streamed onto the floor of the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Center at Hofstra University, June 24, as 673 Massapequa High School students crossed the flower-studded stage and took their final steps as seniors and their first as high school graduates.
The joyous ceremony was punctuated with cheers and applause by a packed arena as each speech was made and each diploma was awarded. This year an honorary diploma was presented to Superintendent Charles Sulc, who retires this month after serving the district for 44 years. Outstanding students in each academic department were also recognized for their achievements; Board of Education President Maryanne Fisher presented them with honor awards.
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.
The students of Louis P. Fortunato, a Mount Saint Mary College accounting professor, including Massapequa’s own Jessica Feerick, could have walked out of the classroom and into the workplace.
Fortunato’s managerial accounting students arrived to their finals wearing pressed shirts, shined shoes, and sharp suits.
The Town of Oyster Bay Preschool Graduation was held Thursday, June 13 at Marjorie Post Park. Grads included, Brady Gil, Matthew Ciccone, Dominick Fazio, Alexia Orobona, Michael Mullooly, Madison Christie, Ava Jurgen and Owen Mammolito.
As her impressive 36-year career serving special-needs students in Massapequa gradually winds to a close, Linda Patrissi considers the lessons taught to her as a child by her grandfather as the driving force behind her impassioned life’s work.
“My grandfather was a glassblower from Sweden, and I loved his storytelling...we had no television back then, so we would rely on him, and he was a very creative person,” she said. “And the man that lived behind him worked for book publisher Doubleday...we’d visit him for tea, and he always had the newest books, and we got to take them home. I soon realized that I wanted to do something with stories and learning in my life.”
The second annual Science Research Symposium was held at Massapequa High School this week to highlight the progress students have made on their research projects.
“This culminating event showcases the hard work and achievements our students have made this year and sets the stage for even greater success in the future,” said Dr. Thomas Fasano, assistant to the superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
Students in Amelie Czekaj’s Spanish classes at Massapequa High School-Ames Campus put their language and creative skills to the test when they produced a video and entered it into the Spanish radio station X96.3FM’s contest ¡Queremos conocer a Enrique Iglesias!
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