More than 500 Boy Scouts and adult leaders recently gathered at the Muttontown Preserve to compete in the annual Boy Scout Klondike Derby. Troop 45 of Mineola came away with first, second and third place finishes for the Younger Scout division and first place in the Older Scout division.
“The competition was the toughest I can ever remember in my 28 years of involvement with this event,” Scoutmaster Steve Grosskopf said. “All the patrols from so many Scout Troop, did a great job and did their best. I am so very proud of my Scouts. They certainly have been preparing for months and have worked hard to prepare for the event. Their efforts yielded an outstanding performance and winning the day.”
Young actors, singers, and musicians hone their craft at St. Aidan School. In a time where budget cuts are forcing many schools to greatly reduce or eliminate arts programs entirely, the theatre, choir, and band programs at the school in Williston Park, continue to thrive.
Starting in 1980, with a small “Salute to Broadway” production with approximately 50 students, St. Aidan’s now runs an annual, full professional-style musical. Last year’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, Junior included more than 100 fifth-and eighth grade students, as actors, singers, set designers and stage crew in Monsignor Kirwin Hall for two sold-out performances.
Williston Park resident Nicole Koster was among those honored at Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School’s annual honors banquet held at the Fox Hollow Caterers in Woodbury.
Koster received a certificate for 3-year membership in the National Honor Society. Membership in the LuHi Chapter of the National Honor Society is granted to students who have been highly rated by faculty members in the areas of character, leadership and service and who have an 85 or better cumulative average.
Alumni from Mineola High School’s class of 2013 returned to their alma mater on Jan. 10 to share their college experiences with current high school seniors. More than 50 graduates came back to sit in on 12th grade classes and answer questions about their experiences and adjusting to college life. Most came back to see their old friends, as well as to give advice.
Danielle Martinez-McCormack, who attends the University of Pennsylvania, said, “I wanted to give them advice that I wish I was told.”
— From Mineola High School
The regional National Center for Women and Information Technology (NWIT) selected Mineola Resident Emma de Bellegarde, a freshman at Sacred Heart Academy, as Affiliate Award runner-up for 2014. She submitted an essay for the the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, which honors young women at the high-school level for computing-related achievements and interests.
The NWIT committees base their selection on computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.
The New Year has always been a time for reminiscing, and more importantly, looking forward to the year to come; to review priorities and make fresh commitment. The chance to start anew. It’s a time to reflect on the changes you want, or perhaps need, to make,
and pledge to follow through on those changes.
New Year resolutions are common among the faculty and students of Mineola High School. Pratibha Anand, a sophomore at the school, says her New Year’s resolution is take a self-defense class: “By September, I would like to complete a course in it.” Patricia
Fernandes, another sophomore, has a more intricate goal in mind. She said “I would love to go throughout the entire year without any regrets.”
Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the beloved classic premiering on Broadway, Fiddler on the Roof will be performed by the Sid Jacobson Community Players on the East Hills stage beginning Jan. 25.
The extremely gifted ensemble of 35 adults, teens and children have been rehearsing three evenings a week since November, all donating their time and talents because of their love of theater. Cast members come from a variety of professions, including doctors,
lawyers, teachers and students. The youngest is 7-year-old Keira Stolowitz from Port Washington. Mineola’s own Juliana Luber will play Chava.
Singers and musicians from Mineola High School enthralled the crowd at the school auditorium on Monday, Dec. 16 during the annual winter concert. Friends, families and students packed the concert hall to watch, listen, appreciate and support the students as they shared their talent on stage.
After a welcome address by Joe Owens, acting supervisor of fine and performing arts, there were orchestra, chorus and band performances by the eighth-grade musicians and singers. The orchestra was under the direction of Sarah La Sorsa, chorus conducted by Meg
Messina and band directed by Marc Ratner. More than 150 students performed Christmas carols and holiday tunes. “The Dynamics,” directed by Meg Messina, entertained the audience by singing “Everyday People” and “Home.”
The Meadow Drive School District participated in a special program this holiday season. Students designated a box for letters to Santa Claus and students are being asked to contribute their letter, which Macy’s department stores will convert into $1 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It is estimated that for every 7,500 letters Macy’s receives for this program, one wish will be granted for a sick child this holiday season.
Christmastime marks a season of giving, family and holiday spirit. Across Mineola, houses can be seen lit up at night in festive designs from angels, reindeer and Santa Claus. From Mineola Village Hall to the Mineola Fire Department, down near Mineola Middle School and Wilson Park, homes can be viewed spreading Christmas cheer in the silent night of Mineola.
— Rich Forestano
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