Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
Lights, Camera, fashion. Mineola High School presented its annual Junior Prom Fashion Show at the school auditorium on Thursday, April 10. The stage was transformed into a catwalk to rival that of Fashion Week in New York City.
The event featured dazzling ladies and dashing gentleman from Mineola’s Class of 2015. Forty-one models showed off prom ensembles in style. The girls displayed a selection of prom dresses from long and super glam gowns, to flirty dresses in an amazing selection of hues of soft pastels and bright colors. The guys dressed to impress in tuxedos and the look was cool and contemporary.
“The success of the Junior’s Prom Fashion Show is a testament to the amazing student body at Mineola High School,” class advisor Bette Sloane said. “The community came out to support their fundraising efforts and we had a fabulous fashion show in the process.”
The fashion show was produced in collaboration with local businesses in preparation for prom season. Flaunting upcoming trends, the girls in strapless ball gowns to one-of-a-kind breathtaking dresses from Estelle’s Dressy Dresses were escorted by junior and senior males wearing stylish tuxedos by Foresto Tuxedo.
The models didn’t just simply walk the runway, various light-hearted poses were struck throughout the performance including the popular Charlie’s Angels pose, and of course, the ever present ear-to-ear grin.
“Everyone had a great time, we raised over $4,000 to help fund our prom,” said Class President Elizabeth Brown. “There was a lot of hard work put into it and it was great seeing our efforts pay off.”
There was a brief pause in the spectacle when the class officers, Brown, Rebecca Katinas, Dom Paggi and Ryan Eccher came out onto the stage, to hand over flower bouquets to Sue Sabatini and Bette Sloane, acknowledging the contribution of the junior class advisors in organizing the event.
“The show wouldn’t have been possible without [Sue] and [Bette],” said Junior Vice President Katinas. “Both of them are amazing and we can’t thank them enough.”
Along with rocking music and an enthusiastic crowd, there were more than a dozen raffles that were given out. Baskets ranged from seniors prom bids, to restaurant gift cards, to vouchers for a free haircut.
The show had a beneficial relationship for both the junior and senior classes. The juniors took to the stage modeling tuxedos, prom gowns and selling raffles in order to help raise money for their own prom while the seniors were able to buy those raffle tickets with the hopes of winning a ticket to their own prom this year.
“The raffles are a great way to attract people to come,” said Lauren Jenkins, who won a $55 iTunes gift card. “There’s nothing more exciting than sitting in the audience hoping to win.”
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.