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Wheatley Shines In Italian Poetry

 Two Wheatley students won awards in this year’s Italian Poetry Contest recently held at SUNY Old Westbury. 

 

Freshman Rene Venable of Mineola was awarded second place in the Level 2 category for her recitation of “Portami il Girasole” by Eugenio Montale.  Senior Caitlin Calio was awarded Honorable Mention for her recitation of Dante’s L’Inferno Canto V in Level 5.

 

The annual event is sponsored by the Long Island Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Italian.

 

“I am pleased that our students always accept the challenge and am so proud of their performance this year,” Wheatley’s Italian teacher Susan Vasselman stated. “We received so many compliments on our recitations from the other competitors and their teachers.”

 

The 2014 event was extremely competitive, with 25 schools and more than  300 students participating. Students are rated on their interpretation of the works, poise, pronunciation and intonation. 

 

Joan Anderson, chairperson of the foreign language department in the East Williston School District added her praise: “Our Italian program is always well represented with so many of our students participating. We are so proud of the public recognition they have received.”

 

Mineola residents Alana Osroff, Daniel Singh, Jade Marcus and Rachel Tomei also presented at the event, along with Wheatley schoolmates Jason Manzano, Ryan Schnur, Eva Suppa, Brittany Haber, Morgan Misk and Julia Haghighi. 

Bravissimo a tutti! 

News

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.”

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.


Sports

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.


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. 


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