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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

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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