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Chaminade Hosts 2012 NY Open Taekwondo Championships

The 2012 New York Open Taekwondo Championships Korean Cultural Festival was held at the Chaminade High School Athletic Center in Mineola on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The tournament consisted of Olympic sparring, board breaking and forms as well as team demo competitions. Modern electronic scoring was used for all competitors and one ring featured Olympic style scoring. Highlighting this year’s event were the Goodwill Exhibition Games between the national level team from New York facing off against rival Los Angeles.

“I am very proud of the way our students competed,” Master Jeon Soo Yong said. “They worked very hard to prepare for championship, and it paid off for them,” he continued.

Jeon’s U.S. Taekwondo School took 16 students to the New York Open Championship this year. Students shattered through the boards and won the gold medal in breaking. They also defeated their opponents skillfully one by one to win the gold medal in sparring.

This event was recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation and sanctioned by the U.S. Taekwondo Leaders Union. Additionally, the event has received the support of the Nassau County with the historic institution of the first ever Nassau County Taekwondo Day.

News

Audience members were treated to an evening of incredible singing by 10 extremely talented Wheatley students during the Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Wheatley Idol X on Friday, Nov. 7, in the packed Wheatley auditorium.

 

Nada Al-Okla, sang “Titanium” by David Guetta, Michaela Balboni sang “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, Alex Boubour sang “Love Song” by The Cure, Melanie Esquilin sang “At Last” by Etta James, Tessa Karikas sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, Ben Lee sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, Lauren Levine sang “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, Ally Levy sang “A

Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope, Juliana Luber sang “Reflection” by Alan Menken and Morgan Misk sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.


Sports

Mineola High School student Mary Elizabeth Smith signed her letter of intent to attend Stetson University in the fall. She is receiving a partial athletic scholarship and will be a member of the Stetson Rowing team.  

 

Smith is an accomplished rower who has trained locally and competed nationally. She began her rowing career as a 10th grader and ranks 53 in her rowing classification. 


 

In their semifinals home playoff game, the 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs (7-2) shut out perennial power Seaford Broncos 21-0. 

 

The Chiefs defense, the strength of the team, was lights out, making gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Charlie Villa, Luigi Kaloudis, Michael Nygaard, Luke Ruiz, John Jochym, Zachary Bohringer, Johnny Kessler, Zakria Zulfiqar and Jack McCormack kept the pressure on Seaford’s offense all game long. The Linebackers John Viggiani and Nick Rios attacked the runners and finished off the Broncos.


Calendar

Rockinghams - November 29

Village Green Tree Lighting - December 2

Village Meeting - December 3 


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