Massapequa has one of the largest graduating classes in all of Long Island and students received numerous awards and honors in addition to well-earned diplomas.
On Thursday, June 21, Plainedge High School held its graduation ceremonies at Hofstra University. Through heartfelt speeches and performances, it was evident that the Class of 2012 was filled with high achievers, worthy of all the accolades and scholarships they received.
The surprise guest speaker was Senator Charles Schumer (D – New York). Schumer shared his own experiences with the students and urged them to be energentic when following their dreams. Speeches were also delivered by Class of 2012 Valedictorian Casey Vieni and Salutatorian Alanna Ticali, who each recounted their memories of Plainedge and offered words of inspiration to their peers.
For several months, the possible acquisition of Aqua NY by New York American Water has raised concerns about the future of the water supply for hundreds of thousands of local residents.
According to activists, such concerns have to do with costs; as significant, is the possible spread of groundwater contamination plume from the Northrop Grumman/Navy site in Bethpage to public supply wells.
The ordinance is now in effect and represents an effort by the board of trustees to eradicate what they claim is a blight on the village by mostly foreclosed homes which have not been properly maintained.
Concerned by the existence of foreclosed homes in Massapequa and what they see as a blight on the community, the Village of Massapequa Park board of trustees recently approved a property maintenance code for the village. The vote was unanimous and the law takes effect immediately.
The ordinance requires that all individual and bank-owned homes be properly maintained. That includes the maintenance of pools, shrubbery, windows, siding and general upkeep of the property.
According to published reports, Jacobson died after a brief illness.
Ten years ago, a little girl in a blue dress sat in a second-grade classroom at Unqua Elementary School not comprehending a word her teacher was saying. English, and dresses, were foreign to her because she spent most of her seven years living with her grandparents in China, wearing overalls. Today, with a weighted grade-point-average of 5.07 on a 4.75 scale, she will stand before her class on graduation day to deliver the valedictorian speech.
Bertie Geng is what one may call a valedictorian of valedictorians. She not only possesses a stellar academic record, but received a perfect score on the SAT, perfect scores on the SAT II in chemistry, biology and U.S. history, and a score of 5, the highest attainable score, on numerous Advanced Placement exams. For her outstanding academic achievement, she was named a United States Presidential Scholar semifinalist, one of the most prestigious recognitions a student can attain.
Casey Vieni has been named Plainedge High School’s Class of 2012 valedictorian and Alanna Ticali has been honored as its salutatorian.
For the past 13 years, these two students have strived for the best, in the process, achieving their goals at the highest levels.
The Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team made history for the school district this spring when it was crowned the winner of the Nassau County Mock Trial Tournament.
The largest event of its kind in New York State, the team defeated nearly 500 students from 44 high schools around the county.
The team brought home a plaque and the traditional championship trophy, a gigantic golden cup with the names of the winning teams inscribed on it.
Among those who took part in the parade were Village of Massapequa Park trustees, including Mayor James Altadonna; Peter J. Schmitt, presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature; George Maragos, Nassau County comptroller and Republican Party candidate for the U.S. Senate; plus representatives from the Nassau County Police Department, the Village of Massapequa Park Fire Department, Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, marching bands from both Massapequa High School and Plainedge High School, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Amvets Post 88, the American Legion Post 1066 auxiliary unit, and many more marchers.
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