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Carle Place Class of 2013 Celebrates Graduation

A common theme was shared among the speakers of the 57th annual Carle Place High School Commencement of just how lucky the graduates of the class of 2013 are to have gained their remarkable accomplishments in spite of graduating in the year of the unlucky number 13.

Valedictorian Dhara Kadakia, opened her speech by defining triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13.

“Some of us might have thought we were jinxed and worried about how we would turn out,” Kadakia said.

Labeled as the “unlucky 13” the class’s first and last days of the school year were even accompanied by pouring rain, which Kadakia said in her speech could not dampen the class’s spirits.

Superintendent David J. Flatley said that when Hurricane Sandy hit this past year, it seemed as if the class was off to an unlucky start. The class’s relief efforts toward victims as well as their various volunteer works throughout the year proved that this class was anything but unlucky.

“Members of this class shoveled driveways and walkways for some of our senior citizens. If character is measured best by what we do when no one is watching, then this was character in action” Flatley said.

Putting all jinx rumors to rest, the graduation ceremony took place on a bright and sunny morning with a processional followed by the pledge of allegiance led by Class President Adam Christel. The senior vocal octet, which included Joni Christel, Gianna Caramanica, Emma Senk, Emily Lang, Emily Rice, Jinju Won, Adam Christel, and Michael LoGrasso, sang an acapella rendition of the national anthem.

The welcome address was led by President of the Carle Place Board of Education Barry M. Dennis, followed by the salutatory address by Alyssa Acierno, who drew upon the classic tale Cinderella for inspiration for her salutatory address. Acierno shared that graduates should strive to obtain their own fairy tale endings using the knowledge that Carle Place High School has instilled.

The farewell address was done by senior Samantha Burden and the ceremony ended with the presentation of the senior class and diplomas by Principal Thomas DePaola. Traditional marching songs performed by the Carle Place High School Band accompanied the recessional.


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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