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Class Of 2014 Top Grads

Valedictorian: Cindy Hom   

Cindy Hom finished first in her class to become the Valedictorian for the Oyster Bay High School graduating class of 2014. Hom plans on attending Georgetown University in September where she will study math, chemistry and possibly
physics. 

 

While at Oyster Bay High School, Hom was a member of the OBHS chapter of the National Honor Society, the National Science Honor Society, the Business Honor Society, the Art Honor Society, and was the

Publicity Officer for the Foreign Language Honor Society. 

 

Hom is working toward the Gold Award in Girl Scouts. Her project is helping seniors with technology. She also works as a volunteer assistant teacher every Sunday for the Chinese School at OBHS.

 

Salutatorian Rebecca Layne

Rebecca Layne will be attending Stanford University this fall where she will study applied math.   

 

While at OBHS, Layne excelled as a member of the soccer and lacrosse teams. Layne was recognized for her achievements by being chosen as a News 12 Scholar Athlete. Layne was a member of the OBHS chapter of the National Honor Society, the French Honor Society, the Science Honor Society, and the Tri-M Honor Society. She also played the French horn in the OBHS Wind Ensemble and performed at Carnegie Hall in March 2014. 

 

Layne served as President of National Honor Society and Vice President of French Honor Society.

 

This summer Layne will continue her studies of epigenetics at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.


News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Raingarden Workshop

Wednesday, November 19 & Thursday, November 20

Informative Hospital Talk

November November 20

Opera Night

Sunday, November 23



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