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Harvard Club Honors Aviles

Mineola resident Danilo Aviles has been named a “Distinguished Teacher of 2013” by the Harvard Club of Long Island. He was honored at a recent luncheon of the club. 

Aviles, who has taught at Wantagh High School for eight years, teaches High School Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Pit Band, and Percussion Ensemble. He also designs marching field shows and composes original percussion works for the percussion ensemble.

 

Aviles holds a bachelor’s in music performance from Brooklyn College and a master’s in music education from Hofstra University, after touring with the Chico Freeman Band to Lithuania and Spain. Since joining Wantagh he has composed eight original compositions for the WHS Percussion Ensemble and has custom designed seven field shows for the WHS Marching Band.

 

Aviles is the founder and captain of the Mineola Bike Club, which now has more than 150 members, and a key member of the club’s racing team, he is nationally ranked in second place in his category.

 

Nominated by Jake Gambitsky, a former student who is currently a sophomore at Harvard College Aviles was described as making “a huge difference at the high school by enriching students’ lives and helping them grow through music.”

 “I continue to be inspired by his work,” continued Mr. Gambitsky, “and I have learned what an amazing difference a person can make on so many people, because of his ‘Anything is possible’ attitude.”


News

Audience members were treated to an evening of incredible singing by 10 extremely talented Wheatley students during the Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Wheatley Idol X on Friday, Nov. 7, in the packed Wheatley auditorium.

 

Nada Al-Okla, sang “Titanium” by David Guetta, Michaela Balboni sang “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, Alex Boubour sang “Love Song” by The Cure, Melanie Esquilin sang “At Last” by Etta James, Tessa Karikas sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, Ben Lee sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, Lauren Levine sang “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, Ally Levy sang “A

Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope, Juliana Luber sang “Reflection” by Alan Menken and Morgan Misk sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.


Sports

Mineola High School student Mary Elizabeth Smith signed her letter of intent to attend Stetson University in the fall. She is receiving a partial athletic scholarship and will be a member of the Stetson Rowing team.  

 

Smith is an accomplished rower who has trained locally and competed nationally. She began her rowing career as a 10th grader and ranks 53 in her rowing classification. 


 

In their semifinals home playoff game, the 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs (7-2) shut out perennial power Seaford Broncos 21-0. 

 

The Chiefs defense, the strength of the team, was lights out, making gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Charlie Villa, Luigi Kaloudis, Michael Nygaard, Luke Ruiz, John Jochym, Zachary Bohringer, Johnny Kessler, Zakria Zulfiqar and Jack McCormack kept the pressure on Seaford’s offense all game long. The Linebackers John Viggiani and Nick Rios attacked the runners and finished off the Broncos.


Calendar

Rockinghams - November 29

Village Green Tree Lighting - December 2

Village Meeting - December 3 


Columns

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