Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano honored Kalifa Davy of Westbury for earning her Girl Scout Gold Award. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout may earn. Earning the Gold Award requires a minimum of 80 hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others, and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability. Since 1916, Girl Scout’s highest and most prestigious award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere.
Members of the Carle Place School District Class of 2017 were honored at the annual eighth-grade moving-up ceremony held on June 21. In his welcoming speech, Superintendent of Schools David Flatley challenged students to partake in anonymous, random acts of kindness during their time off from school, urging them to pay it forward. “Doing things for others is going to make you feel so wonderful inside, you will never want that feeling to go away,” he said.
The middle school chamber orchestra, directed by Richard Stein, and the middle school chorus, led by directors Dr. Douglas Brett and Joni Russo, provided musical accompaniment throughout the ceremony.
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.
Julian Malloy is no stranger to being valedictorian of his graduating class.
“I was the valedictorian in middle school,” Malloy says. “Coming into high school, I wasn’t that confident I would get here again, but I’m glad to say I did make it. I’m really excited.”
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.
Dhara Kadakia says she is honored to be valedictorian of the class of 2013.
“It’s great to know everything I’ve worked so hard on has come true and it’s so rewarding. I feel really special,” Kadakia said.
On top of maintaining a 101.774 GPA, Kadakia is a three-sport athlete. She is an all-state bowler, all-county tennis player, and goalie for the lacrosse team. During high school, she was actively involved in numerous clubs. She was the president of the Diversity Club, captain of the math team, president of the Math Honor Society, and treasurer of the National Honor Society. She also plays violin in the pit orchestra.
Alyssa Acierno plans to major in Foreign Language Education at Hofstra University’s Honor College in the fall. Her ideal job would be educating on the middle and high school levels. She says that a year ago, if someone asked her if she wanted to be a teacher, she would have said no way.
“But I had an epiphany this year. I saw how thankful I was to be educated by the teachers at Carle Place and I want to give back the way they’ve given to me,” Acierno says. “I want students to appreciate the importance of foreign language. I want them to know it’s more than adjectives and verbs; it’s a culture.”
Hundreds of students gathered at St. John’s University School of Law recently for the annual Catholic Middle School Mock Trial Program. The program, which began 11 years ago at St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School, now includes 14 participating schools.
St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope School sent four teams to the competition this year. The students received case packets early in the year and then formed teams that prepared to argue for the defense or prosecution. Their efforts culminated at the Law School, where 13 trials took place simultaneously in various rooms. Law school professors, alumni, and friends of the law school served as judges to decide each case.
Through the process of preparing and arguing their cases, the students learned to build an argument and gained experience with the workings of the legal system. In addition, they had the opportunity to hone their public speaking and analytical skills.
Westbury Interim Superintendent of Schools Mary Lagnado was recently awarded a doctoral degree in Administrative and Instructional Leadership from St. John’s University.
Lagnado has been with the Westbury School District for 12 years. Prior to her current position as interim superintendent, Lagnado served as Westbury’s Assistant Superintendent of Business and Management and currently oversees that important function, in addition to her superintendent responsibilities.
The Carle Place Key Club recently held their annual Fundraising through Fashion show. More than 50 high school students participated in the event alongside Rushmore Avenue School Staff, CPMS and CPHS staff. Almost $7,000 was collaboratively fundraised to raise awareness for tuberous sclerosis complex and for Zoey Seiling. The Key Club thanks top donors the CPTA, Carle Place Automotive, and Rushmore Avenue School.
Zoey Seiling is a 4-year-old who resides in Carle Place and has been diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex. Zoey’s mom, Renee Trombetta-Seiling, graduated from CPHS in 1998. TSC is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form in areas such as the brain, heart, kidneys, skin and lungs. TSC also interferes with the ability to communicate.
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