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Wheatley Students Receive Physical Education Honors

Erin Connolly and Ryan Keenan have been selected as Outstanding Physical Education students by the Wheatley School Physical Education Department.

Connolly and Keenan were recently honored at an awards banquet held at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The Nassau Zone of the New York State Association sponsors the awards program for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 

Connolly has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her high school years.  As a physical education student, her test scores, skill development and attitude have been exemplary. 

She is president of the Wheatley Book Club and a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Environmental Club. Connolly received recognition as an AP Scholar and as a member of Wheatley’s orchestra, where she plays the viola. She also volunteers her services as a tutor for students struggling in English, math and science.

Keenan’s fitness scores and skill development in the physical education program have been outstanding and his enthusiasm for learning is greatly admired. He has been involved in many athletic activities during his four high school years, competing in track, baseball, soccer and ice hockey. While maintaining a rigorous academic program, he has attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.2.

Keenan is an active member of the Key Club and volunteers his time to help others as part of the East Williston Creative Arts Program, Wheatley’s Day of Service and Learning and as an assistant soccer coach in the local youth soccer program.


News

Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.

 

“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


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