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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

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com