Written by Nick Palma Friday, 23 August 2013 00:00
When you have three cousins and a brother, who all excelled at very high levels at the Mineola High School, the pressure is put on you the minute you walk through those doors for the first time in ninth-grade. “Watching them inspired me to work harder,” says this year’s Valedictorian, Sujith Maracheril. Sujith was able to sustain high grades all four years at Mineola High School, which placed him at the top of his graduating class, ultimately rewarding him with the Valedictorian award.
“Being Valedictorian means I was able to rise up to the challenge that my cousins and brother set before me. It means that I was able to forge an attitude that will enable me to work hard in the future and become a great doctor,” says Maracheril. It also means that his high school career has now come to an end and he was able to end that chapter of his life on a strong note.
Maracheril will start a new chapter of his life, as he will be attending the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education in New York City next fall, a seven-year medical program, which at the end he will become a doctor.
But Maracheril doesn’t want to forget about all the great memories he embraced at Mineola. “I think what I’ll remember most about Mineola are the teachers,” he says. “They all focus on educating us, but they do so with a welcoming approach.”
With Mineola having such a close-knit community it allows the teachers to form connections with the students. “They have successfully found the perfect blend of a teacher and a friend,” said Maracheril.
Furthermore, he considers his grandmother to be his main inspiration as he progresses towards his career path. Maracheril’s grandmother, Amma began to fall ill during his high school years until she passed away in April 2012. She started losing her memory and lost the special bond she once had with Sujith.
But Maracheril never let that bond fade away. He took it as a growing experience and aspired from her illness.
“All throughout her life, she lived for others. She truly showed me how service could change the lives of others and ultimately change my own life,” says Maracheril. “She inspired me to pursue a life in service of others, and I also obtained a growing curiosity for how the brain and body work.”
This helped Maracheril realize what career he wanted to pursue when he would graduate and go on to college. In August of 2012, he traveled to Calicut, India where he shadowed Dr. Balaji Zacharia, an orthopedic surgeon, who helped teach him what traits are important for a doctor to have.
Maracheril also does a lot more volunteer work in the medical field back at home. For six hours a week he shadows Dr. Varughese Chacko over at the medical arts and science building. He learns several medical procedures and terms and is also being taught how to use the new system most commonly known as the EMR.
While at the Mineola High School, Maracheril was involved in many after school activities. He was a member of Mathletes all four years of high school, along with joining the
Environmental Club, Literary Society, Science Club, and Brainstormers. Maracheril has also proven his leadership ability by becoming the captain of Mineola’s Challenge Team for
MSG Varsity, president of Mathletes and the Science National Honor Society, along with being a PE Leader in Mineola’s Physical Education program.
So while Maracheril has a great resume behind his back, heading into his first year of college, there is still a lot more to learn as he works on becoming a doctor. The spotlight might have shined bright on him at Mineola High School because of his academics, but there is still a lot of light to be shined on his bright future.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The spirit of giving during the holiday season is ramping up and two Mineola-based organizations were one of the first beneficiaries. The Family & Children’s Association and the Winthrop Cancer Center for Kids recently received 325 Toys
“R” Us gift cards totaling $8,125 from MSC Industrial Direct Co., a metalworking supply company headquartered in Melville. The two groups have received gift cards from MSC’s Annual Toys “R” Us Holiday Gift Card Program for the past several years.
The Family & Children’s Association is a multi-faceted organization that helps foster children, homeless youth, runaway teens, struggling families, veterans, and even senior citizens. While the association has a hand in many types of community outreach, it started out as an orphanage and still places an important emphasis on housing. The goal is simple—to keep families together.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.