Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00
Christian Dalusong says being salutatorian wasn’t something he was aiming for, it just happened to come by.
“It feels pretty nice, and I’m honored,” Dalusong said of the accomplishment.
In the fall, he plans on attending Stony Brook University, where he will pursue a degree in biomedical engineering.
“I want to be involved in the medical field, but I’m more of a builder than a doctor. I’d like to come up with new ways to detect and treat diseases earlier than what they are now,” Dalusong said.
He was an active member in several clubs at Westbury High School, including jazz band, chess club, AV club, Mathletes and was team captain for Quiz Bowl. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and served as vice president for the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Dalusong also volunteered as a mentor/tutor to elementary students through MPowering Kids.
He says that his biggest influencers were his parents and notes that education was very important in his family.
“My family valued education over everything else,” Dalusong said. ”Our belief is that without a great education, you’ll go nowhere in life. We need education and knowledge about the world to survive.”
He says his mom pushed him to do everything on time and study hard, and his dad was always sharing knowledge and helping Dalusong discover and try new things. Dalusong also credits his success to his aunt, who died from lung cancer.
“She always reminded me to stay focused and motivated and that whatever dreams I had, as long as I work hard enough I could accomplish it,” he said.
Dalusong came to the district five years ago, after growing up in the Philippines. He says that adjusting to a new school in a new country wasn’t that hard because people are so friendly.
“When I came in, I was the quiet kid. The people here were friendly enough to approach me and help me break out of my shell. They helped me adjust pretty easily,” Dalusong said.
He says that the highlight of his high school career has been the friends he has made.
“I’m going to miss all the amazing people in my class and school in general. I’ll miss having a close group of people with me, and the familiarity of high school in general,” Dalusong said. “I had a really amazing time at Westbury High School and my experiences there could not be traded for anything else. I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life.”
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00
Once a week, Robert Blume goes to Virpa Convenience on Carman Ave. to buy breakfast and lottery tickets. When he bought his Mega Millions and Powerball tickets on Sunday, Oct. 20, it was just like any other day. But when he went in to Virpa to check his tickets later that week, life changed forever.
He won $7 with his Mega Millions ticket, and then ran his Powerball ticket through the ticket check. Instead of the usual reading of “Sorry You Are Not A Winner,” he saw a message that said ‘Big Winner. See Retailer.’
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
“Art is beautiful. It's all around us and makes you see the world in a different way. Anyone can learn to paint, it just takes time, but when you do, you never look at clouds the same way or water the same way or even at the beach the same way.” These are the words of Westbury’s own artist and teacher Laura Meshover. Her captivating oil paintings exhibit the very essence of photo realism.
“I always knew I wanted to be an artist even from way back at a young age,” explained Meshover. “I used to take painting lessons in my neighbor’s basement when I was a little girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff anymore,” she said with a laugh.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Carle Place boys’ varsity soccer team made school history on Nov. 17, when they captured the NYS Class B championship title. It ended a long journey during which the team never lost a game. Carle Place was the only team in the state to go undefeated — and that includes all classifications. The final statistics were an impressive 18 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie; 56 goals for, 6 against, and 14 shutouts.