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One Word At A Time

Carle Place Middle School student Gianna Marasco always knew she was good at spelling. When her school spelling bee rolled around, she found out just how good she was.

 

“I knew I would make it pretty far, but I didn’t expect to make it to the semifinals,” the seventh grader said. “It’s very exciting.” 

 

On Feb. 9, Marasco will join fourth through eighth graders from all over Nassau and Suffolk counties for the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee. The winner of the Bee will go on to represent the region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. later this spring. The semifinals consist of a written test, oral test and then the final bee, and Marasco has been busy studying for the upcoming competition. 

 

“I’ve been studying about 10 words every night,” she said. 

 

She says she has enjoyed learning new words from different origins and countries. While she doesn’t have a favorite word, she says she does enjoy learning new vocabulary for English class and for when she speaks to people. 

 

Besides being an expert speller, Marasco is also an avid reader and plays soccer on two teams. 

 

Haley Meyrowitz will serve as Marasco’s alternate.


News

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.  


Sports

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.


Calendar

Los Lobos - March 5

Coffee House - March 8

Meet the Mayor - March 8


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