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, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd. Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”
Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.
“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said. “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”
The Third Precinct declined to comment.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.