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School News: January 9, 2014

Jericho, Syosset Students Send Letters to Soldiers

The student council at Robbins Lane Elementary School in the Syosset Central School District organized a letter-writing drive to thank U.S. Navy Lieutenant Christine Deuro, who is the daughter of a school staff member and is currently deployed in the Middle East on the USS San Jacinto, and her fellow soldiers during the holiday season.

After hearing about Lt. Deuro and learning that military personnel are often out of contact with their families for the holidays, students wanted to help by showing their appreciation. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade wrote more than 250 letters in which they expressed their gratitude for those serving in the military, thanked them for protecting freedom back home and wished them well during the holidays.

High School Artists of Excellence

Keri Collins and Emily Georghiou, seniors at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset, had works selected for exhibit in the Advanced Visions 10: High School Artists of Excellence show at the Hillwood S.A.L. Gallery sponsored by the Post Campus Art Department of Long Island University. This show features works by outstanding student artists throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. The exhibit will run through Jan. 29.

Local Students Study Abroad

University of Delaware students from our area will study abroad this winter. Dana Aronowitz of Jericho will study in Australia; Carly Goldrich of Syosset will study in London; Annabelle Halpern of Syosset will study in Tanzania; Jacob Jeifa of Woodbury will study in Hawaii; Ilyssa Pastolove of Jericho will study in Vietnam and Laos; Elizabeth Sablesak of Syosset will study in Budapest; and Gabrielle Schwartz of Syosset will study in Washington, DC.

High Honor Roll

Benjamin Intarapuvasak, Class of 2015, of Syosset was named to the Suffield Academy high honor roll for the fall term.

Jordan Passarella, a freshman from Syosset, has been named to the high honor roll for the fall term at The Loomis Chaffee School.

Girl Scout Earns Award

Chloe Van Dorn, an eighth-grade honors student at South Woods Middle School in Syosset, earned her Girl Scout Silver Award. The Silver Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout at the Cadette level can achieve. The Silver Award entails at least 50 hours of work toward a community service project that will create a lasting impact on others. For Chloe’s Silver Award project, she created 25 original acrylic paintings and donated them to the residents of The Bristal, an assisted living facility in East Meadow.

On Oct.13, a cocktail reception was held where Chloe presented and donated her art work. Through a free raffle, 25 winners each received a beautiful painting of their choice to decorate their rooms. Chloe and her sister, Emma, also performed a piano recital for the residents. Chloe spent more than 50 hours working on this project by creating the unique paintings and planning and coordinating the raffle event with The Bristal’s activities director, Felice Taber.

Last year, Chloe learned that many nursing home residents had very little or no artwork on their walls. She decided to use her creative talents to help the residents brighten up their rooms by creating and donating paintings.

Chloe, who loves all forms of art and music, plays the piano as well as the viola in her school’s chamber orchestra. She is also a member of the South Woods Middle School cheerleading and track teams, president of the Mock Trial Team and a peer mediator. Chloe enjoys sailing and surfing, too. Chloe is honored to receive her Girl Scout Silver Award and hopes to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award in the future.

Military Service Academy Nominations

Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) recently hosted his annual Military Service Academies Fair at Syosset High School, which brought together Long Island students and representatives from all five military service academies and SUNY Maritime. If you are interested in a nomination to a service academy, please call 631-777-7391.

Kellenberg Student Qualifies For Championships

Syosset resident and Kellenberg sophomore Fiona Danyko has qualified for the New York State Forensic League State Championships.

In order to qualify for the state championships Fiona had to place at two qualifying tournaments in her event. Fiona will be competing at the NYSFL State Championships in the Junior Varsity Oral Interpretation category on April 5 and 6.


Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


Jericho Wheelchair Basketball

January 17

Reality Check on America’s Economy, Health Care & Budget

January 17

Open Forum: Now What Do I Say?

January 21


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