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School Buzz

Back to school: These three words have the power to make a student’s face turn from a smile into full-on water works. This time of the year echoes with grumbling as textbooks are shoved into backpacks and whines as kids make their way down to their bus stop—and the practically inaudible squeals of excitement as they greet familiar faces. Many students actually enjoy returning to challenges and a learning environment; just don’t ask them for confirmation.  

This week we profile two students that have brought immense pride to Mineola High School, surpassing the expectations of teachers, parents and peers.


Student Standouts


Joyce Rhim, 17 

In early September, Joyce Rhim was notified that she had qualified as a 2014 National Merit Semifinalist; an outstanding scholastic achievement. The test serves as an initial screen of about 1.5 million entries a year, of which 50,000 with the highest scores qualify for recognition. Studies aside, Rhim manages to balance her time between the a cappella choir, chamber ensemble, student service center, mathletes, JOY Club and environmental club.

“High scores on the SAT and PSAT can be achieved with practice, but I don’t believe that the PSAT is a test worth stressing for,” Rhim said.


Jacob Escobar, 17

Notable leaders possess marvelous social skills, enthusiasm for change, and most importantly, a vision for a brighter future. Jacob Escobar not only has all of these qualities, but is recognized by his peers, as can be clearly seen in his election to president of the student organization.


“I ran for S.O. president because I was encouraged by my teachers,” he said. “After thinking it through I realized that I could develop into a leader for my school. Also I believed that I would be perfect for the job because I was active in school and I was aware of what goes on.”


Escobar is a tri-athlete, part of the chamber ensemble, Key Club, Thespian Society, Athletes Helping Athletes and volunteers at the Student Service Center. 


Upcoming Events


Plant Sale


The Mineola High School PTSA will hold an open house and plant sale at the school on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.


Breast Cancer Awareness Volleyball Game


The Mineola Girls Varsity Soccer Breast Cancer Awareness Game will take place at Mineola High School on Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at 10:30 a.m. 


Autism Speaks Walk


Mineola High School will participate in the Autism Speaks Walk at Jones Beach on Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m.


Halloween Parades


The Hampton Street and Jackson Avenue schools Halloween parades will kick off on Oct. 31 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. at each school, respectively.