Written by Sanskriti Bimal Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00
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.”
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied.
“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State. The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS
Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events.
After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer.
Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park. This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought.
Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20. Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.