Four local boys were awarded the highest honor a Boy Scout can receive at a ceremony on Friday, April 12 at the First Presbyterian Church in Mineola. Matthew Kohl, Kevin Mulder, Jonathan D’Annunzio and Christopher Gavin, from Mineola’s Boy Scout Troop 45 received the Eagle Scout Award for their long term dedication and service to the community. Requirements to becoming an Eagle Scout include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating scout spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership.
The ceremony began at 7:30 p.m. as the four boys were brought to the front of the Church and honored in front of their parents and friends and fellow Troop 45 members. Pastor Chester Easton and Scout dignitaries gave short speeches praising the young men on their hard work and dedication in becoming the coveted title of Eagle Scouts.
Mineola High School senior Brandon Lee Heard visited sixth-graders in Staney Jacob’s class at Dutch Broadway School in Elmont on March 22 to discuss his senior project. For the project, Lee Heard worked with children to motivate them to do their best despite any extenuating circumstances.
Physical education teacher Christine Gayson organized a fun day of hockey between the second-graders and the staff at Meadow Drive School. There were three groups each of students and adults. A surprise visit from Dr. Mike Nagler and Director of Physical Education, Ralph Amitrano, joined up to compete with the staff. The students received trophies and ribbons for their game and participation.
It was another night of fun and learning for the bears of Williston Park’s Pack 311, who tied themselves into a human knot after learning how to tie some classic and handy scout knots. This den of third-graders meets several times a month to learn about the great outdoors and engage in activities that teach about core scout values, such as honesty, friendliness, and loyalty.
The Harvard Club of Long Island named Mineola High School Eileen Burke a Distinguished Teacher of 2013 on April 7.
Burke has been teaching English for 34 years, 25 of which have been at Mineola. She received her BA in English from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and her masters in Reading from NYU.
Mineola residents Alex Eisen and John Watts were recently named Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival winners. The two’s original musical, The Dark I Know, was produced last fall at SUNY New Paltz.
Joseph Parrino, a first-grader in Ms. Wojis’ class at Meadow Drive Elementary won a Scholastic “Skippy Jon Jones Circus Contest.” He created an illustration for a new Skippy Jon Jones at the circus book. The book is titled: Skippy Jon Jones Cirque De Ole’.
Mineola resident Danilo Aviles has been named a “Distinguished Teacher of 2013” by the Harvard Club of Long Island.
He will be honored at the Harvard Club of Long Island’s annual University Relations Lunch on April 7. Following the award ceremony, Harvard professor Dr. Maria Tatar will give a short lecture entitled, “Mythical and Magical: The Resurgence of Fairy Tales in Popular Culture.”
Wheatley senior science research student Tiffany Truong has been invited to present her research at a poster session of the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Truong will join eye and vision researchers from all over the world as she presents her first-author project titled “A comparison of methotrexate and mycophenolate in the treatment of chronic uveitis.”
The graduating class at Mineola High School hosts a Senior-to-Senior Day each year to build connections with the senior citizens within the community. Senior residents are invited to come for the day, which begins with lunch and ends with a free performance of the high school musical. Other annual festivities include dancing and performances by many of the school’s performing arts groups. This tradition has been a staple at Mineola High School for more than 25 years.
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