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Role Models

Everyone has role models. People to look up to. Someone you  respect, admire and  aspire to be like in some way. For Mineola High School junior Kelly Behan, her role model is her brother, Tom.

 

“I have always looked up to my brother growing up,” she said. “He is hardworking, motivated in sports, dedicated in school, while still managing to have a social life. He had an enjoyable and memorable high school experience and continues to succeed in college. I hope that one day, I can be as successful as him.”

 

Michelle Rodrigues, a Mineola sophomore, took the traditional approach of choosing her role mode: one of her parents.

 

“My mom, because she loves me for everything I do even if she is against it,” Rodrigues said. “She teaches me to be myself and not to let anyone tell me otherwise.”

 

Role models are endowed with qualities that we would like to have and those who have influenced us in a way that makes us want to be better people. Missy Dunlop, a junior, said, “I admire so many people, however my biggest source of inspiration is my mother.

She believes in every dream I have, and every day encourages me to keep on going. Whether she is watching from the sidelines or is in the audience, she is always cheering my name and giving me a standing ovation. She’s taught me what love and family values truly are.”

 

Role models live their values in the world. They are focused on helping others. They like to help out others with their time and talent. They inspire by their behavior and action.

 

Sophomore Mackenzie Schnaufer looks to the older generation.

 

“I really admire and look up to my grandparents,” she said. “They are my role models because they took advantage of all opportunities that came along their way. They never think twice when it comes to giving back to people that need help. They are the best people

to be around.”

 

As children age, an inspiring leader, a popular artiste, an accomplished sports figure or other celebrity personalities can sometimes replace or add to the father, mother, grandparents as a primary figure of role model. The life stories of extraordinary achievers can at times be a source of courage, strength and inspiration.

 

Junior Emily Abrams uses one prominent singer as a role model. 

 

“Taylor Swift has always been my role model,” Abrams said. “People only see her for the guys she dates, but they don’t see the other side of her. She inspires me in how she followed her dream and over the years, she has stayed true to her morals and always presents herself in a dignified manner.”


News

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).

Last year, the Mineola Fire Department initiated an Adopt-A-Hydrant program to offer residents and businesses an opportunity to enhance their fire protection by providing a simple service to the village, caring for a fire hydrant. The MFD is looking for adopters once again.


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 


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