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Students Get Set For Summer

The long, leisurely and lovely days of summer will soon be here. It’s an ideal time for tanning, hanging out with friends and watching teen movie marathons. However, it’s also a good time for students to spread their wings. 

 

Karen Cordani, a guidance counselor at Mineola High School, recommends students try new, or build on old, hobbies during the time off.

 

“As you make your holiday plans, allow time to expand your horizon,” Cordani said. “Explore new interests or focus on current passions in the field of academics, sports or arts. Choose activities based on your interests and aptitude, not what you think might impress an admissions officer.”

 

The break is the perfect time to prepare for the next school year and the future. While many teenagers are looking forward to catching the warm rays of the sun, Emily Abrams, a third-year student, will be working off a different kind of radiation, the electromagnetic kind. She has planned to volunteer, for a second consecutive year, at Winthrop University Hospital. 

 

“I get an opportunity to experience a hospital setting, to help out the hospital team, and to explore a possible career choice,” Abrams said. 

 

Erica Barron, also in her junior year and with dreams of becoming a nurse someday, is looking forward to interning in a doctor’s office. 

 

After months of stress, papers, and exams though, summer opens up an opportunity to start new activities too. Marissa Karaz, a sophomore, intends to attend a surf camp out on Long Beach, something she has not been able to do in the past. 

 

“I’ve always wanted to try surfing, and summer is the perfect opportunity because I’m not busy with school,” Karaz said. 

 

For senior Joyce Hwang though, travel seems to be the way to go for the break. Hwang plans to venture to the Dominican Republic and Haiti on a mission trip to work with children in impoverished villages, and subsequent to that, travel to California to visit family and friends. 

 

“On my mission trip, I’m really looking forward to building relationships with the children in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.” she said. “The whole travel experience, I am sure, will be very enriching.” 

 

But Cordani said while the time off allows students to get busy with personal interests, it’s still important to have fun with loved ones.

 

“Utilize the lengthy summer vacation productively,” she said, “however, take time out to relax and enjoy with friends and family.”

News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


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