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Plainview High School Names Top Grad Honors

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District recently bestowed top awards on two of its seniors, with Reva Butensky named valedictorian and Nicolette Almer receiving salutatorian honors in John F. Kennedy High School’s class of 2014.

“Reva’s success has been driven by her determination and continuous desire to learn in and out of the classroom,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “Reva has accomplished a tremendous amount in her four years at the John F. Kennedy High School and we are confident that she will succeed in her future endeavors.”

Butensky enrolled in a variety of college-level courses as she studied in 12 advanced placement classes, and excelled as an AP scholar with Distinction. Butensky was also awarded with a National Merit Commendation and received the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Medal for mathematics and science excellence. Additionally, soon-to-be graduate devoted her time to conduct independent science research at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York University and participated in the High School Honors Science Program at Michigan State University. She was also named as a semifinalist in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search.

In addition to her academic achievements, Butensky excelled outside the classroom. She was vice president of the school’s Student Government Executive Board, varsity captain of the Quiz Bowl Team, president of the JFK National Honor Society Chapter, and managing editor of the Hawk Eye school newspaper. She also was a member of the Robotics and Engineering Club, Science Honor Society, Mathletes, and Drastic Measures a cappella group since her freshman year. She additionally excelled on the field as a teammate on the varsity kickline, track & field and junior varsity cheerleading teams. Butensky also received Gold Awards in the National Spanish Exam, and was a member of the Spanish Honor Society

She plans to study chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.

Meanwhile, the district also announced that Nicolette Almer has been named salutatorian of John F. Kennedy High School’s Class of 2014.

“We are very proud of Nicolette’s exceptional achievements,” said Dr. Lorna Lewis, Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent of Schools. “Nicolete is a well-rounded student and we are honored to have such a dedicated student who is also a leader in the community.”

Almer enrolled in a variety of college-level courses, including ten advanced placement classes. She was named as a National Merit Commended Scholar and a recipient of the American Chemical Society for Outstanding Achievement in High School Chemistry. Almer conducted research at the prestigious Biotechnology and Garcia Materials Research Science and Engineering Programs during the summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013. She was also named as a semifinalist in the 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.

Almer holds various leadership roles at JFK High School. She is secretary-general of the school’s Model United Nations (MetMUNC) organization, president of the Science Olympiads, drum major in the school’s marching band, public relations secretary of the Peer Mentors Club, and public relations secretary of JFK’s Science Honor Society chapter. In addition, she is a flautist in the All-County band and a member of the National Tri-M Music Honor Society, secretary of the school’s Band Officers Club and a member of the Spanish Honor Society.

Almer plans to major in chemistry at University of Pennsylvania in the fall, and aspires to pursue a career in dentistry.

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The kids may be grown. The marriage may have not worked out. Perhaps retirement affords more free time than was anticipated.

Enter The Transition Network, an national social group featuring an active chapter on Long Island that meets regularly at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library.

Judy Forman, Plainview resident and program co-chair, noted that The Transition Network is an organization of women ages 50 and over who are ‘transitioning’ into the next phase of their lives — whether it be retirement, divorce, losing a loved one or so on — and helping them to meet new people while expanding their horizons.  

Plainview resident Cila Schlanger was eager to attend a two-hour property tax workshop at the Farmingdale Public Library last week — the problem is, so were many other people.

“I was taken aback once I came here because there was such a line,” she said. “I thought it would be a two-hour workshop, but individuals had to wait to be helped on a first come, first serve basis.”

Residents are trying to save a buck whenever and wherever they can, especially when it comes to property taxes. To try and lend a helping hand, elected officials recently hosted a property tax exemption workshop at the library, drawing residents from across Nassau County.


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