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Wheatley Teams Commended

 

The Wheatley School’s Boys Varsity and Girls Varsity Indoor Track, Fencing, Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball have been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for academic excellence in its Scholar/Athlete Recognition Award Program. This program recognizes athletic teams from across New York State for the exemplary academic performance of its team members.

 

Based on a composite of the grade point averages among team members, team champions are selected for each varsity sport from those high schools across New York State that enter the competition. Each team is vying for the crown of New York Scholar/Athlete

State Champion in their respective sport. The Wheatley School has received this recognition for 21 state championships since entering the program in 2000. 

 

The girls’ basketball team, coached by Brian McConaghy and Ashley Rogala led by captain’s Olivia Braito, Ankita Kelkar and Jamie Sellinger, had a grade point average of 98.644. The boys’ basketball team, coached by Jim Curcio and led by captain’s Kevin Martins (Mineola) and Andrew Tripi (Mineola), had an average of 91.006.

 

The boys’ indoor track team, coached by Dan Walsh and led by captains Tom Giunta, Dillon Hanel and Neil Shahdadpuri, had an average of 97.221. The girls’ indoor track team, coached by Laura Gurick, had an average of 97.802. The girls’ fencing team, coached by Pierson Taylor and Terry Grace and led by captains Gabriella Leccese and Samantha Siegler, had an average of 97.250.

 

The boys’ fencing team, coached by Pierson Taylor and Terry Grace and led by captain Ben Goldbaum, had an average of 96.360.

News

As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

 

Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.

Swaths of nearby and local residents flocked to the sixth annual Mineola Street Fair on Sunday, Sept. 14. With vendors lined up and down the streets featuring local businesses and restaurants, live performances and various entertainment for kids, the Mineola Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event didn’t disappoint Mary Cheung of Great Neck.

 

“These fairs are always fun,” she said. “It’s not too hot, not too cold. The music is the best part.”


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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