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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 Mineola Fire Department will kick off its Operation Santa program on Friday, Dec. 12.  Santa and his helpers will be visiting homes in Mineola until Dec. 23.  Santa will start his rounds each night at approximately 7 p.m.

 

If you would like Santa to stop by your home and visit your children, please call Ex-Chief Gary Mazur at 516-746-6583 and he will return your call as soon as possible to arrange a visit for you.  Please leave your cell and home numbers and call early as dates fill up fast.


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.


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

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

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com