Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
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.”
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
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.