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School Buzz

Student Standouts

Missy Dunlop, 16

A bundle of talent and a musical background to be reckoned with, Missy Dunlop of Mineola High School isn’t just like anyone walking down a hallway. Thrust into the spotlight as soon as she could walk, Dunlop’s been performing ever since. On her list of the many plays she’s been involved in over the years are famous hits such as In the Heights, Oklahoma, and Almost, Maine.

Besides performing in shows, she plays on the girls varsity soccer team, treble choir, jazz ensemble, Italian club, the student service center as well as the a cappella group. “Last year, our group got asked to audition for America’s Got Talent and by far it was one of the most amazing experiences ever,” Dunlop said.

Dunlop feels the most rewarding thing is whenever she makes the high honor roll. “I feel like it proves to me that with all the busy things I do in my life, I am still capable of putting my education as a number one priority,” she says.

Andrew Pereira, 16

Andrew Pereira of Mineola High School makes it a point to not only achieve goals on the soccer field, but in every aspect of his life.

An avid member of the Student Service Center, Athletes Helping Athletes and Students Against Drunk Driving, Pereira also serves as the Student Organization Treasurer. A tri-athlete for three years now, soccer has still managed to top his list of favorite activities, earning him the George Gales Award in middle school. The award is presented to an athlete who excels at being not only sports minded but is scholarly and spirited as well.

Pereira feels that an active lifestyle, whether it be sports, arts or academics, is key to development. He plans to major in physical therapy and continue his soccer career in college.

“Definitely practice as much as you can,” he said. “Be confident in what you do and have fun with it.”

Upcoming Events

Family Bingo Night

Mineola Middle School’s Family Bingo Night will take place Oct. 18  from 7 to 9 p.m.

Newsday Marching Band Festival

The Mineola High School Marching Band will take part in Hofstra University 51st Annual Newsday Marching Band Festival on Oct. 24, which features bands from across Nassau County. Advance tickets are $8 and available through any participating school. Tickets are also available at the gate for $10. Children 10 years old and younger are free.

Family Quilt Night

The Hampton Street School will open its doors to families wanting to participate in Quilt Night on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.

Halloween Parades

The Hampton Street and Jackson Avenue schools Halloween parades will kick off on Oct. 31 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at each school, respectively.

News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


Columns

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