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Science Fair

Ms. Cruz's research class participated in their first in-house science fair. Participants included Tyler Bissoondial, Mackenzie Filosa, Adhith Jacob, Li Lin, Brady Marr, Dillon Moi, Samantha Nadler, Sahara Partap, Christopher Sanchez, Hayden Schneider, and Gabriella Simal. A good day was had by all. Students shared their knowledge either by answering other students' questions or by presenting to our interns and teachers. Yesterday, participants from this class received their awards from the Long Island Science Congress Competition. Awards ranged from the Achievement Award to the Highest Honors Award. Tyler Bissoondial also received the distinction of making it to the state competition in Syracuse.

VIDEO: Students Shine in Bellmore-Merrick Challenge


Members of the Bellmore-Merrick School and Community Leadership Program and Athletes Helping Athletes participated in the Bellmore-Merrick Challenge on May 22.

Special needs students from various schools around Nassau County gathered at Calhoun each year to participate in the Bellmore-Merrick Challenge, a field day of fun activities designed to make connections between students from across the county.

What started with three schools and 90 kids, has grown into an extraordinary event with 14 schools and 450 kids. Students competed in a variety of traditional field day activities, including relays, an inflatable obstacle course, jumping competitions and throwing contests, among other events.
The Bellmore-Merrick Challenge provides an opportunity for special needs students to have fun, develop their strengths and socialize with students from nearby districts. 

“A special thank you goes out to all of the participants, buddies and volunteers from Athletes Helping Athletes for making this another successful year,” added Calhoun Principal Nicole Hollings.

Art + Tech Highlighted at Shows

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Both the Merrick Avenue and Grand Avenue middle schools combined arts and robotics to create electrifying shows on May 9 and 16, respectively.

“The concept was that when everyone is the same it is boring,” explained Michelle Biancardo, a technology and coding teacher at both middle schools. “What makes society interesting is the difference between people. Sometimes that difference can create dissonance, but more often it can create beauty, cooperation and fun.”

At Merrick Avenue, the Robotics Club used Makey Makey kits to code messages and music from each artist when the clay ball was pressed, completing the circuit.

This year at the Grand Avenue Spring Expo, art and technology collaborated again to create an interactive installation called "CLIQUE." 
The Robotics Club, lead by Biancardo and the Art Club, lead by Nicholas Giordano, worked together to attach the large scale artwork to coded sounds. 

“The balloons are attached to wires and copper tape, which acts like a conductor,” explained Dillon Moi, an eighth grader in the Robotics Club. “These small motherboards were wired to helium balloons and aluminum touch pads to "complete the circuit and create a sound that supportd the main idea.”

Budget Vote Results

The Budget Has Passed. Thank You.
Yes- 3,743
No- 1,520

El presupuesto ha sido aprobado. Gracias.
Sí- 3,743
No- 1,520

Proposition #2 Has Passed.
Yes- 3,974
No- 1,225

La Proposición # 2 ha sido aprobada.
Sí- 3,974
No- 1,520

Congratulations to Board of Education members who were elected or re-elected.

Felicitaciones a los miembros de la Junta de Educación que fueron elegidos o reelegidos.

Merrick Kiwanis Honors Graduating Seniors

 Merrick Kiwanis Honors Graduating Seniors photo
The Kiwanis Club of Merrick honored one graduating senior from each of the Central High School District schools at the Club’s 52nd annual Student Recognition Night on May 14. 

Each of the students selected by their respective principal, was chosen on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular and community service activities, and outstanding character. This year’s recipients were: Matthew Alexander of Meadowbrook Alternative Program – MAP, Caroline Casella of. Calhoun, Ali Cheema of Mepham and Sidra Naheed of Kennedy.  

At the dinner, the honorees were introduced by the principals, who described and praised the achievements and accomplishments that led to their selection for this prestigious award. In their acceptance remarks, the students shared what their high school careers have meant to them, beyond the academics that will take them on to college next fall. 

Kiwanis member Dr. Nancy Kaplan, a school board trustee, spoke on behalf of Superintendent John DeTommaso, who was unable to attend. She offered a heartfelt and insightful assessment into what makes a school – and a school district – successful, citing the caliber of educators and support that produce students like those being honored. She also delivered the superintendent’s praise and thanks for Kiwanis’s efforts in the community, citing the support for the Community Food Bank at MAP that serves more than 60 local families. The students also received Citations from County Legislator Steve Rhoads and Proclamations from State Sen. John Brooks.

Kiwanis is a service organization for individuals desiring personal involvement in the leadership and improvement of their communities.

Girls Track Clinches Division Championship

Girls Track Clinches Division Championship
Calhoun High School girls track headed into the May 17 competition with a mission of earning their fourth consecutive division championship — and they were victorious.

“The Colts got out to a fast start and never looked back,” said coach Joseph Migliano. “Maura Walters and Elizabeth Tuzzolo took third and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles earning the team a fast 10 points and Maura’s first ever All-Division honor.”

Next up was the 1500 meters in which Calhoun sent out freshman Julianna Razza and sophomore Faith Dwyer. Razza earned her first event championship while Dwyer ran her second fastest time all year and finished third to claim the last All-Division spot. 

Lisa Jose took second in the 100-meter dash and also earned All-Division honors. 

Meanwhile, Jamie Campanelli went on to throw her personal best in shot put and win the event for the second straight year. Senior captain Victoria Unz battled through an injury to take second in the discus, along with sophomore Melissa Kurlanchik who finished fourth in that event. 

In the triple jump, Jose won with a jump of 33 feet, 9 inches while teammates Walters and freshmen Ashley Thompson followed up with fourth and fifth, respectively. 

Eighth grade standout Sara Manson scored in the 100-meter hurdles, long jump and earned her first division title in the pole vault event. 

Sophomore Nicole Devlin set a goal to win the division high jump, and met it. She beat the reigning high jumper and claimed her spot as division champion. 

In the 800-meter race, sophomore Emma Bhansingh ran 4-second personal best and finished fourth overall in a very fast heat. 

“It was a very special day for the team earning their fourth consecutive division title,” Migliano said. “They proved why track and field is a true team sport, scoring in all events and winning by roughly 50 points.”

Students Awarded NYS Senate Youth Leadership Awards

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Five Mepham High School students were recently recognized with NYS Senate Youth Leadership Awards.
Nicholas Azzariti, Julia Caponi, Anthony Novello, Anthony Paolillo and Allison Trenkle were each recognize.

Nominations for an award come from teachers, administrators, counselors or other school faculty for well-rounded candidates who excel not only academically, but through leadership in extracurricular and volunteer activities. There are four categories including Academics, Athletics, Arts and Community Service.

Pennies for Patients

Which team can raise the most money for the pennies for patients campaign?

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7th Grade Teams:

• Awesome
• Team Dynamite
Team Fire
• Team Supreme

8th Grade Teams:

• Team Discovery
• Team House Braves
Team Justice
• Team Legacy
• Team Warriors

Former Students Impart Words of Wisdom

Grand Avenue welcomed back former students who imparted words of wisdom on the Drama Club and other school extracurriculars. Biscaydence, University of Miami's a capella group who just came in second at Nationals, stopped by to perform for current students. The Drama Club and Grand Voices were treated to pop hits in the style of Pentatonix. Biscaydence is currently spearheaded by Steven Alexander, a 2013 graduate of Grand Avenue who is now attending University of Miami for a degree in music education. Another former Drama member, Richie Jackson, is now a Tony-nominated Broadway producer for his work on Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song. Mr. Jackson recalled his Grand Avenue memories from 40 years prior with that club and the newly-formed Gay Straight Alliance. His play will compete for the Tony this June. Lots of Grand Avenue alumni doing big things!

Calhoun Duo Awarded NYS Senate Youth Leadership Awards

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Two Calhoun High School students were recently awarded NYS Senate Youth Leadership Awards.

Junior Marc Edayadi, who serves as president of Calhoun Model Congress, is a member of several honor societies, editor of the school newspaper, Hoofbeats, and plays trombone and baritone in the band.

“Marc has a talent for getting other students engaged in politics and public policy,” said Beth Finneran, Calhoun Model Congress supervisor. “As president of the Calhoun Model Congress Club, he mentored 12 other students on how to write bills on various topics from the environment to trade to education. He coached them on how to present and effectively debate. Thanks to Marc’s leadership this year, Calhoun had the most bills pass through committee at Yale Model Congress in Calhoun history.”

Senior Brianna McDonough attends the BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts. She is heading to the University of Rochester in the fall. She is a member of three National Honor Societies. 

“I have seen both a tremendous work ethic and persistence to be an agent of positive change in her community and around the world,” said her guidance counselor/Calhoun Assistant Principal Dr. Neil Testa. “She has steadfastly grown into a natural leader, aiming to help people in and around her community. Her activities and performances outside of school are often geared toward helping people and raising awareness  for various causes. Her involvement and writings about her work with helping victims of the natural disaster in Puerto Rico has earned her the “American Scholastic Press Association Award for Outstanding Story.”

Nominations for an award come from teachers, administrators, counselors or other school faculty for well-rounded candidates who excel not only academically, but through leadership in extracurricular and volunteer activities. There are four categories including Academics, Athletics, Arts and Community Service.

BOCES Transportation Schedule for the Memorial Day Break, May 24 & 28, 2019

* BOCES BarryTech - AM BarryTech Students - Regular AM pick-up from designated stops to BarryTech. Return Bus to respective High Schools. A transfer bus will be available to take students to their assigned stops.
PM BarryTech Students - Pick-up from their designated stops beginning at 10:20 to their respective High Schools. A transfer bus will be available to take students to BarryTech. Return Bus to respective High Schools. A bus will be available to take students to their assigned stops. (Guardian Bus, 516-723-3287, opt #1)

* Long Island School for the Arts (LIHSA) - PM pick-up from respective High Schools and return to respective High Schools. (Calhoun & Mepham HS, Guardian Bus, 516-723-3287, opt #1), (Kennedy HS, BOCES Transportation, 516-396-2020)

Composer/Conductor Makes Music with Kennedy Students

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On May 1, orchestra, band and vocal students at Kennedy High School worked with composer/conductor Stephen Melillo ahead of their evening concerts.

One of the most internationally recognized composers for wind band music, Melillo  is known for his techniques in concert music, revolutionizing the video game industry in terms of how they use music, film scores, TV shows, as well as multiple Pulitzer nominations for his music.

“The transformation my students had in a total of less than four hours with Stephen Melillo was absolutely incredible,” said JFK Band Director Walter Avellaneda. “They understood passion and they understood how to play their instrument with beauty and intensity at such an intense level. They played from their hearts in such a way that I have been silent and speechless about it since then.”

“It’s always a meaningful experience when our students have the opportunity to work with professional musicians,” said Cheryl Fontana, the district’s director of the fine & performing arts. “We are so grateful to Mr. Melillo for sharing his knowledge and passion with our young musicians.”

A special highlight of the event is that the music department commissioned a piece by Melillo, honoring Lorraine Poppe, the school’s late former principal. The piece, “to Love & be Loved,” will soon be released worldwide. 

“We were able to send a recording of the work to Ms. Poppe and her family a few weeks ago,” explained Avellaneda. “Her sister said it was the last piece of music that she was listening to as she passed. They were playing it over and over for her; it brought their family much comfort during a difficult time.”

Avellaneda said it was an honor to play for Poppe’s family who attended the evening concert. “Without her vision, the music program would have never flourished,” he added. “And now we are lucky to have the same endless support by Principal Gerard Owenburg who encourages these types of experiences; it is truly fitting that the piece was premiered on National Principal's Day,” he added.

Broadcasting Students Earn Top Awards

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Bellmore-Merrick’s Broadcasting students earned top honors at the BASH Awards at Stony Brook on May 3.

Rocco Law and Brandon Hislop won first place for “Best Anchor Team” for their work on Sports Talk, out of 24 teams.

“Rocco stays late, comes in early and goes above and beyond for the program,” said teacher Stuart Stein. “And Brandon is the perfect on-air foil for Rocco sharing his love of sports and always being ready to challenge him.”

Casey Fahrer finished second in category of Best School News Package. He was also recently selected to represent Bellmore-Merrick as a National Youth Correspondent to the 2019 Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason University. 

“With a team made up of four freshmen, seven sophomores and four juniors, BMB was easily the youngest group of nominees at a senior-dominated event,” added Stein.

Mepham was one of only two schools in all of Nassau County to be recognized and one of only five schools to win or place in multiple awards. All of the students who attended the event were inspired and filled with ideas to take BMB productions to the next level for next year’s competition. 

BASH recognizes the most outstanding high school student work in broadcast journalism and video production.

Mepham Welcomes Holocaust Survivor

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Mepham High School was honored to host Holocaust survivor, author and international educator, Irving Roth, on May 7 for a special assembly.

Adelphi student teacher, Rebecca Singer, arranged this opportunity after having met Roth at his temple and research center located in Manhasset.  

Over 100 ninth graders from Linu Chacko's and Mr. Morris' classes were able to listen to Roth's experiences as a 10-year-old growing up in Czechoslovakia, with no idea of how his life was about to change. 

The students listened attentively to his inspiring and powerful story and then asked him questions, gaining invaluable lessons as a culmination to their Holocaust unit in English class. 

Roth asked the students to promise to remember his story and pass it on to their children, and to speak up whenever they see evil taking place around them.

Grace Bayer Selected for Elite California Art Program

Grace Bayer Selected for Elite California Art Program photo
Grace Bayer, a junior at Mepham High School, was recently one of 20 students from across the nation named a California Arts Scholar. She and the others will attend the California State Summer School for the Arts program.

“These participants are selected on the basis of their talent and creativity,” explained teacher Talon Bidermann.

This rigorous, four-week training program is aimed at improving high school students’ aesthetics and technique.

Bayer’s ink drawing was also recently featured in the Long Island's Best Juried Art Show at the Heckscher Museum of Art. Her artwork will be on display at the Huntington museum through May 19.

Hack Squad Competes

Bellmore-Merrick Middle Schools Hack Squad Competes at Long Island Event photo

The First Long Island OYO Hack-a-Thon event took place on April 12 at Mineola Middle School and eight of the top coders from Merrick Avenue and Grand Avenue middle schools competed against 10 districts from Long Island.

“The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Hack Squad unveiled their finest code in the last few minutes to take a leap and finish in second place,” said Michelle Biancardo, a faculty adviser at Grand Avenue. 

The students worked for three straight hours competing to take over territories on a map.

“Each territory on the map is a challenge in a different programming language and the students had to create them within the three-hour time frame,” added Dan Stiglitz, a faculty adviser at Merrick Avenue. “The competition came down to the last 10 minutes of attacks and Syosset overtook Bellmore-Merrick in the final battle of the game.”

Grand Avenue hackers Nick Atsidakos, Max Frank, Anthony Hoffman and Matt Yang were joined by Merrick Avenue hackers Carly Curnutt, Ben Knigin, Shardul Singh and Kenan Yavuz.

Calhoun Girls Track Clinches Third Straight Conference Title

Calhoun Girls Track Clinches Third Straight Conference Title photo
Calhoun High School girls track team not only won their third straight conference title on April 29, but they now have the longest winning streak in Nassau County at 51 in a row.

Every week throughout the season, the girls would face a different task from running against some of the best sprinters in the state or having to compete with the perennial county champions Manhasset Indians in the first league meet of the year. As each week came and gone, however, the girls would always wind up on top, with only Manhasset coming within 25 points of them. 

April 29 was the girls last league meet and one they have been looking forward to all year. They would take their 11-0 record with them as they traveled to MacArthur High School to compete against the generals and cross town rival Mepham Pirates. If the players lost to even one of these teams, it could jeopardize their entire season.

“The girls had a focus about them that entire day in school. You could tell hours before the meet began that it was going to be a good night,” said coach Joseph Migliano. 

Calhoun got out to a fast start, taking first and second in the 400-meter hurdles, and following that up with first, third and fourth in the 1,500-meter race. 

“Our distance crew has really stepped up all season,” Migliano. “They are young, strong and motivated to be special. They have been solid all year scoring major points for the team.” 

The Calhoun sprinters were no different. Led by junior captain Lisa Jose, the girls took 15 out of 20 points in the sprints.

“I felt confident going into the meet because everyone had worked so hard this season and we knew what we were capable of accomplishing,” said Jose. “There was definitely a lot of pressure to maintain our winning streak but that only motivated us more to compete to the best of our abilities regardless of what the other teams put out there.”

Jose and best friend Kristina Losquadro dominated the sprinting events for the team all season. Not one meet has gone by that they haven’t been a major contributor, he explained. 

“Lisa has always been a standout athlete, but this year she evolved into a leader and captain. Someone the younger girls could look up to and emulate,” Migliano said.

Traditionally Calhoun would score big in the field events and that was no different. Throwers Jamie Campanelli, captain Victoria Unz, Melissa Kurlanchik and Erica Klein had another stellar day winning the shot put and Discus. 

“They contribute so much and no one ever sees it because the throws aren’t on the track. The team, however knows, and has a deep respect and gratitude for everything the throwers do,” Migliano added.  

Calhoun put any doubt in this meet to rest with the rest of the field events. Nicole Devlin, Victoria Drewes and Ava Bayat swept the High Jump. Sarah Tappeto led the girls into triple jump, and she along with Lisa Jose and Maura Walters swept the event. 

“Sarah is such a special athlete. Not only is she a leader on the track, but she is the lacrosse team captain as well. Balancing two sports in one season is tough, but with the talent and work ethic Sarah Tappeto has, she makes it look easy,” added Migliano.

It would be hard to talk about Calhoun’s success this spring season and not mention stand out eighth grader Sara Manson. She hurdles, sprints, jumps, pole vaults and is one of the top 400-meter runners on the team. Yesterday was no different for Sara, she won the 100-meter hurdles, pole vault and long jump. Sara has also qualified for the New Balance National Championships in Long and Triple Jump. 

“Sara leaves me speechless on a daily basis. She just turned 14 years old and has the mentality of a proven veteran. She’s strong, confident, dedicated and one terrific athlete. Every day, she strives to get better and our practices usually end with me having to kick her out of the weight room. I couldn’t ask for anything more out of this young lady, and I can’t wait for the years to come to watch her grow in the sport she loves,” said Migliano.

The girls closed out the meet with a first-place finish in the 4x400-meter race led by junior captain Elizabeth Tuzzolo.

“Liz is the heart of our middle-distance program. The girls look up to her for leadership and guidance. Nothing said this more than her getting over 95 percent of the votes along with Lisa Jose for team captain. Good or bad, Liz leaves it all on the track and sets the standard for our 400-meter runners,” added Migliano.

At the end of the day, the girls did what they set out to do months ago. Winning this meet with 115 points, beating MacArthur and Mepham by 90 and claiming another Conference Championship. 

“This is a very special group of young ladies I get to work with. We maybe one of the youngest teams winning in Nassau, but we have heart and work ethic for days,” said Migliano. “No matter if we were up by 100 or down, the girls compete like we’re losing. Leaving everything they had on the track all season long. I couldn’t ask for anything more from them. They have turned a track and field team into a track and field program, with standards and expectations.” 

Freedom Tower Visit

The Grand Ave. Yorker Club went on their final trip of the year to One World Trade Center (freedom tower) on Monday, April 29. Students went to the 102 floor to experience the panoramic views of the city. Along with advisors Mr. Bargiel and Mr. Rummenie members also toured the north and south pools, the oculus building and then walked a few blocks to Trinity Church where students were able to visit steamship inventor Robert Fulton's grave as well as first Secretary of Treasury, Alexander Hamilton! Mother Nature once again cooperated with beautiful blue skies.

Bellmore-Merrick District STEAM Career Fair Engages Crowd

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Hundreds of district students and families connected with more than 70 professionals to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics at the Central High School District’s STEAM Career Fair in the Kennedy High School gymnasium on April 11.

Visitors enjoyed interactive displays at the career presentation tables while they engaged in conversations about college and career options and networked with leaders and experts in the STEAM industries. 

“Bringing so many experts, leaders and role models together for one evening has an enormous impact on our school community,” said Science/STEM Chair Robert Soel. “I was so energized walking around the fair and seeing our students engaged in conversations about medicine, engineering, forensics, computer science, graphic arts, meteorology, and so many more."

Attendees were able to meet several professionals including Erica Grow, a Storm Team 4 meteorologist from NBC, Mike Spisak, an IBM Distinguished engineer and master inventor, and Toni Sabatino, an award-winning interior designer. 

“Connecting with a professional can be an inspiring and pivotal moment in a student’s life,” added Soel. “Sometimes one conversation can set students on a path to discovering  a college major or career they may never have known they would have a passion for.”

Along with inspiring career connections, the newly-formed high school VEX Robotics team hosted an in-district VEX competition among Kennedy’s 4 VEX-EDR robots and between both of Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools VEX -IQ teams.

“Students displayed creative builds which included 3D printed parts such as scoops and horns,” said teacher/coach Michelle Biancardo. 

The Robotics team students were given 3D printed awards of VEXellence.

“The district’s STEAM initiatives in engineering, robotics and coding, have become incredibly successful; a career fair truly helps us to extend our classrooms and show kids what is possible in today’s cutting edge STEAM industries,” added Soel. 

An favorite, the career fair also hosted the district’s sixth annual Medical Scrabble fundraiser which quickly became a heated competition and “spell-a-bration” of medical terms.    

Overall, the career fair was a fun and inspiring night where students and families explored STEAM and unlocked the door to a world of future possibilities in the 21st century. 

Four Student Athletes Named All-State

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Four students from the Central High School District were recognized as All-State athletes and celebrated at the district’s April 3 board of education meeting.

Matthew Condenzio of Calhoun High School was one of the top high jumpers in New York State, coming in fourth place with a 6 feet, 4 inch jump that earned him the All-State honors. He hopes to break the 6 feet, 7 ¼ inch record this spring.

Ryan Murray, a member of the district’s Bellmore-Sharks swim team and student at Calhoun High School, won the 200m and 500m freestyle at the division championship and went on to early All-County honors, as well as qualify for states I both events. At the state championship, Murray finished in third place in the 500m freestyle. 

Mepham High School wrestler Kyle Althenn won a Nassau County Championship in the 139-pound category and earning third place at the New State Wrestling Championships. A senior, Althenn capped off his Mepham wrestling career with a 131-30 record, the second most wins in team history, 12 individual titles and four All-County honors.

Another Mepham wrestler, Matthew Hegi has already been named a two-time All-County wrestler in the 195-pound category with 80 career wins. At the New State Wrestling Championships, Hegi finished in eighth place. His 35 wins and 17 pins led all Pirate wrestlers this season. 

“Behind every successful student athlete is a tremendous support system consisting of teachers, administrators, parents and coaches,” said Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso. “At Bellmore-Merrick, that kind of backing carries our kids to new heights in their performances.”

High School Students Participate in Italian Contest

High School Students Participate in Italian Contest photo
Students from Calhoun, Kennedy and Mepham participated in the year’s American Association of Teachers of Italian annual contest that took place at SUNY Old Westbury. 

The events included poetry recitation, singing and cooking. There were 25 Long Island districts that participated with over 300 student contestants.

Mepham participants Amanda Gundel, Donatella Acquaviva both took part in the poetry recitation contest. JFK was represented by Jake Arlia, Izabella Donelson, Cristoforo Luisi, Melissa Mjeshtri and Jared Weinstein. 

Congratulations to Calhoun’s Georgia Koutsouras, the third place winner of the contemporary song performance category. Calhoun students also excelled in the poetry recitation competition with Skylar Sena earning second place in the level III category and Julia Manson earning third place in the level IV category.

Kennedy Team SPARKS a First Place Win

Kennedy Team SPARKS a First Place Win photo
Four Northwell SPARK teams from Kennedy High School competed April 11 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. 

The Glen Cove Hospital operating room team won first place for representing the profession of surgical technician and won $4,000. 

The team was comprised of Kenar Gelman, Randi Finkelstein, Pierce Infuso, Jake Levine, Peter Giannaris, David Frank, Claudia Dreyer, Whitney Sussman, Jonathan Mashal, Hunter Moran, Noah Kava, Ashley Camisso and team artist Lauren Rhakimov. 

Kennedy Students Talk Social Media With Grubhub/Seamless

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Kennedy students in the Social Media and Virtual Enterprise classes had the opportunity to video conference with Mallorie Rosenbluth, Head of Content, Social Media, and Influencer Marketing at Grubhub/Seamless. 

Rosenbluth is a leader in the field of Social Media marketing and spoke to students about her role in the company, what it's like working for a billion dollar company, and how she interacts with social media. Students and staff members were able to ask questions and check out the Grubhub office space in NYC. 

Thank you to Mrs. Zocchia, Mrs. Rojas, Ms. Leonardo, Mrs. DiGennaro, and Mrs. Mogavero for participating, and to Grubhub who was generous enough to donate gift cards to the school which will be raffled off throughout the remainder of the school year. 

One Voice, One Message 5K


The Central High School District once again hosted its One Voice, One Message 5K Run/Walk on April 13.

The event is in its fifth year and is organized by the district’s student ambassadors, Dr. Joseph Netto, the school psychologist at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program, and Robyn Einbinder, a social studies chairperson at Mepham High School.

“Many members of the One Voice, One Message committee displayed tremendous teamwork as they worked together over the course of many weeks to plan the 5K Run/Walk,” said Einbinder.

“The student ambassadors also helped to plan and execute the event, lining the route to cheer on the participants, as well as offering route directional and water stations,” added Netto.

The event raised more than $10,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Several local businesses donated goods and services for the event including food, water and other goodies. Long Island’s KJOY radio station handed out prizes and Legislator Steve Rhoads and Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen were on hand to present the district with a citation. 


Kennedy Library Dedication

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Kennedy High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District recently held the official dedication of their new library to former teacher Michael Dubin. 

Dubin, a 30-year social studies teacher, posthumously bequeathed a donation to cover the cost of the library renovations.

“When I hear people talk about Mr. Dubin’s passion for history and teaching I can’t help but think of how well he would fit in with our current social studies department,” said Principal Gerard Owenburg. “Clearly, Kennedy High School meant a great deal to Mr. Dubin and his generous gift will impact a generation of students that were born after his retirement.” 

Kristen Mogavero, the library media specialist at Kennedy High School, boasted about the latest offerings, including charging stations, a large smartboard that broadcasts school announcements and a library classroom with shared monitor desks and a smartboard. 

“We also now have flexible seating options to promote collaborative group work, including rolling chairs and a high-top counter seating,” Mogavero added.

The library also includes a new humanities research center that has been dedicated in his name. 

“We, as a staff, can take great pride in how this donation symbolizes how much it means to each and every one of us to be a Kennedy teacher,” added Owenburg.

LI Math Fair Silver Medalist

Michelle Serban, an Advanced Science Research student and sophomore at Calhoun High School in the Central High School District, was awarded a Silver Medal at the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair finals on April 12 at Hofstra University. 

Serban was selected as a finalist from hundreds of high school mathematic students across Long Island to present her mathematical research.  

Her study, “An Exploration of the Correlation Between Consecutive Coefficient Factorable Quadratic Equations and the Fibonacci Sequence,” was well received by fellow competitors and judges alike and we are very proud of her for her amazing accomplishment.

Student Earns Pathfinder Award

Mepham’s Gabriela Daza Earns Pathfinder Award photo
Gabriela Daza, the Class of 2019 salutatorian at Mepham High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District, was recently recognized with a Pathfinder Award from the Town of Hempstead on March 26.

While the award recognizes her “outstanding leadership qualities and serving as an inspiration to others,” it was specifically her work with the organization, ERASE Racism and efforts to promote equality among her peers that made Daza stand out to the panel. She’s among eight other high school students selected.

These annual awards honor women who have made notable impacts in their communities and include nine different categories.

Family Project Hosts Paint Night Event

Family Project Hosts Paint Night Event photo

Family Project recently enjoyed an engaging and instructional Paint Night event at Merrick Avenue Middle School.

Toni Niederhauer was the paint instructor and made this opportunity possible by providing a small canvas, paint and paintbrushes for all of our young artists. The students had the opportunity to paint a purple or yellow flower against a blue background. Niederhauer walked the students through the step-by-step process and student helpers assisted the students with following instructions to complete their projects. 

Family Project is a club held at Merrick Avenue Middle School from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings to foster socialization opportunities for students with disabilities by enjoying recreational activities with their typical peers by crafting, baking, playing in the gym and more. Families are welcome to attend.

Senior Fashion Show

Calhoun Students Stitch Together Senior Experience Fashion Show photo
Calhoun Students Stitch Together Senior Experience Fashion Show photo 2
The Calhoun High School Senior Experience classes have been diligently creating a website and social media pages to keep event-goers connected and updated on their April 16 Fashion Show fundraiser. 

“Students have been working behind the scenes in various capacities preparing for this event,” explained Elizabeth Separ, social studies teacher and senior experience coordinator. “Each student played on their strengths and took on integral roles that will help the evening be a success.”

They contacted local vendors seeking support and donations, as well as organized models and wrote the script for the evening.

“They have already collected more than $2,000 in ad space for our program,” explained Jason Elias, social studies teacher and senior experience coordinator. “We are so excited to support such a wonderful organization, one that is so close to home.”

Senior Experience is a unique class of that combines English and social studies class with an unpaid internship. This allows seniors in the school to experience what the real world is like. Each year, Senior Experience puts on a fashion show that hundreds of people attend and raises more than $10,000 to raise money for a charity of their choice.

This year, they received a special pitch from two students who were Make-A-Wish recipients themselves; Jackie Arias and Julia Lincoln.

“Make-A-Wish was always there for me to help me make sure I felt like a kid again,” Arias explained. She and her family embarked on a Make-A-Wish trip to Disney World last November. “It was a way for us to celebrate that I won the battle [against her illness].”

The April 16 event begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person. Visit for more information. 

Kennedy Students Create Art for Underpriviledged Kids

Kennedy Students Create Art for Underpriviledged Kids photo
Seventeen students in Carissa Roche’s Kennedy Art classes participated in a charitable art mission called Memory Project connecting disadvantaged children and high school artists. 

In the spirit of kindness, each student created a child’s portrait to be given back to them as a lasting keepsake and a message of global community. 

Students who participate in the project include; Taylor Abramowitz, Josh Abramovich, Olivia Basile, Sylvia Bergman, Mikaela Cohen, Yianna Foufas, Lily Goch, Lauren Horn, Daniel Iskols, Aidan Kehati, Summer Renck, Jamie Sherrard, Sarah Suss-Pardo, Emma Tiongson, Lexi Weissman, Joanna Vaccaro, and Gianna Venero.

Four Art Students Selected for Museum Show

Four Art Students Selected for Museum Show

Four juniors from the Central High School District have been accepted into the Long Island's Best Juried Art Show at the Heckscher Museum of Art.

Kaitlyn Herlihy and Gianna Valente from Kennedy High School and Grace Bayer and Gianna Jaronczyk from Mepham High School were among the 80 students selected for the only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers high schoolers the opportunity to show their art in a museum setting.

Valente, 17, of Bellmore created her pencil drawing under the guidance of art teacher Vanessa Albaneze, while Herlihy, 17, of Merrick edited her digital photography piece in Mark Booth’s class. Bayer, 17, of Merrick used ink to craft her artwork, while Jaronczyk, 17, of Bellmore utilized a marker medium in Talon Bidermann’s class.

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m., at the Huntington museum and their artwork will remain on display through May 19.

Prizes will be awarded in numerous categories and are presented at the opening reception and awards ceremony. All exhibiting artists and their teachers will receive full-color catalogues featuring all artwork in the exhibition. 

Department of World Languages Celebrates National Foreign Language Week

Department of World Languages Celebrates National Foreign Language Week photo

The Department of World Languages celebrated National Foreign Language Week with different activities throughout the district that emphasized the importance of learning other languages.

Merrick Avenue Middle School celebrated Foreign Language week with cultural lessons about the holidays Carnevale, Carnaval and Mardi Gras. Students enjoyed crafts, activities and food.  Students conducted the daily announcements in a variety of languages and decorated the halls with cultural artwork. Students, faculty and staff participated in the poster contest vote.

Mepham hosted its annual Serata Italiana on March 7. In addition to great food and desserts, there were student performances, poetry, and raffles. The World Language Honor Societies decorated the second floor with posters and cultural information. In addition, students participated in a Mystery WL Message contest in which they had the opportunity to win a prize for correctly guessing which faculty member delivered the message of the day. Bm Broadcasting included in the video announcements a special segment in Spanish to commemorate the week.

At Kennedy High School students, faculty and staff participated in its annual poster contest. Students in all World Language classes participated in an online quiz that focused on famous foreign celebrities. Students answered questions by following clues that were posted on the department’s Instagram page. 

At Grand Avenue Middle School, the entire school community was involved in a series of annual Foreign Language Week activities. The morning announcements featured music from different countries and involved students in a “culture edition” of the building’s Super Sleuth competition. Everyone was also invited to pin their favorite travel destinations on a world map to show how GAMS has traveled the world. At Calhoun, students, faculty, and staff participated in the annual World Languages poster contest vote. Teachers in both buildings focused their instruction on activities that highlighted Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish culture.

The department also held its district-wide contest in which students competed in different categories. We are especially proud of the students’ work as students developed an artistic vision of this year’s theme, “Languages Inspire Unity.” New this year was the photo category in which students submitted original photos showcasing cultural influences of their language of study in their communities. 

Congratulations to the poster winners from each of the buildings:

Calhoun High School:
First Place: Skyler Basco, Mr. Thienachariya
Second Place: Gary Solorzano-Ruiz, Ms. Sycoff
Third Place: Mia Bader, Ms. Thienachariya

Kennedy High School:
First Place: Joanna Vaccaro, Ms. Valenti
Second Place: Linda Jiang, Ms. Cooper
Third Place: Jamie Maroof, Ms. Engelson

Mepham High School:
First Place: Maya Abdulrazzaq, Ms. McNeil
Second Place: Michele Spiller, Ms. Langevin
Third Place: Alexandra Rodriguez, Ms. O’Neill

Meadowbrook Alternative Program:
First Place: Stephanie Mangual, Ms. Feldman

Grand Avenue Middle School:
First Place: Abigail Maiello, Ms. Crocitto 
Second Place: Vivian Guo, Mr. Zawislak 
Third Place: Isabella Dragovcic, Mr. Zawislak 

Merrick Avenue Middle School:
First Place: Angelina Arceo, Ms. Han
Second Place: Anthony Biviano, Ms. Kelly
Third Place: Jayda Liriano, Ms. Cohen

The top three poster finalists from each school were displayed at Brookside to determine the district-wide favorites. Central Administration staff voted for their top choices in both middle school and high school categories. Congratulations to the following students, who were selected among all finalists: 

High School:
First Place: Skyler Basco, Calhoun, Ms. Thienachariya
Second Place: Mia Bader, Calhoun, Ms. Thienachariya
Third Place: Gary Solorzano-Ruiz, Calhoun, Ms. Sycoff

Middle School:
First Place: Isabella Dragovcic, Grand, Mr. Zawislak
Second Place: Jayda Liriano, MAMS, Ms. Cohen
Third Place: Angelina Arceo, MAMS, Ms. Han

They department would like to thank the entire World Languages department for judging and to the faculty, staff, and students who submitted votes for the poster contest. They would like to send a special thanks to all students who participated and the teachers who helped make this event a huge success.  

Félicitacions! Congratulazioni! ¡Felicitaciones! 恭喜 Gōng Xǐ!

Here is a complete list of winners:

Bellmore Merrick Central High School District
World Language Department Contest

High School Winners


3H Poetry
1st Place - Kelsey Laverty, Mepham - Ms. Hayes

2H Comic Strip
1st Place - Ameziane Aouchiche, Mepham - Mr. Franklin

3R/3H Photo
1st Place - Jenna Rosenberg, Mepham - Ms. Hayes
2nd Place - Julia Gallagher, Mepham - Ms. Hayes
3rd Place - Ashley Johnson, Mepham - Ms. Hayes


2H Essay
1st Place - Caitlyn Raehse, Calhoun- Mr. Ritaccio

3R Essay
1st Place - Sam Romanov, JFK - Ms. Alfieri
2nd Place - Olivia Basile, JFK - Ms. Alfieri
3rd Place - Jean Mahon, JFK - Ms. Alfieri

3H Essay
1st Place - Michael Balboni, Calhoun - Ms. Sycoff
2nd Place - Colin Ader, JFK - Ms. Valenti
3rd Place - Jake Arlia, JFK - Ms. Valenti

4R Essay
1st Place - Jayson Sabillon, JFK - Ms. Alfieri

4H Essay
1st Place - Melissa Mjeshtri, JFK - Ms. Alfieri
2nd Place - Jaclyn Flynn, Calhoun - Ms. Sycoff
3rd Place - Marley Zimmerman, Calhoun - Ms. Sycoff

5R Essay
1st Place - Thomas Tiongson, JFK - Ms. Alfieri
2nd Place - Nicole Alfonsi, JFK - Ms. Alfieri
3rd Place - Gina Senato, JFK - Ms. Alfieri

AP Essay
1st Place - Donatella Acquaviva, Mepham - Mr. Franklin
2nd Place - Victoria Cecere, Calhoun - Ms. Sycoff
3rd Place - Michael Piacquadio, Calhoun - Ms. Sycoff

2R Poetry
1st Place - Franco Chimenti, Mepham - Ms. Montuori

3H Poetry
1st Place - Cristoforo Luisi, JFK - Ms. Valenti
2nd Place - Rachel Schleider, Calhoun - Ms. Sycoff
3rd Place - Daniel Delgado, JFK - Ms. Valenti

4R Poetry
1st Place - Brian Caso, Calhoun - Ms. Sycoff
2nd Place - Jennifer Enella, Calhoun - Ms. Sycoff
3rd Place - Grace O’Malley, JFK - Ms. Alfieri

4H Poetry
1st Place - Austin Silano, Mepham - Mr. Franklin
2nd Place - Camryn Cerrino, JFK - Ms. Sycoff
3rd Place - Joshua Abramovich, JFK - Ms. Alfieri

5R Poetry
1st Place - Cassandra Livingston, JFK - Ms. Alfieri
2nd Place - Jillian Conlon, JFK - Ms. Alfieri
3rd Place - Ashley Romeo, JFK - Ms. Alfieri

AP Poetry
1st Place - Gina Zazzi, Calhoun- Ms. Sycoff
2nd Place - Emily Turner, Calhoun- Ms. Sycoff
3rd Place - Caroline Casella, Calhoun- Ms. Sycoff

3H Comic Strip
1st Place - Meghan Manning, Calhoun - Ms. Sycoff
2nd Place - John Sprague, Calhoun- Ms. Sycoff
3rd Place - David Mitri, Calhoun- Ms. Sycoff

4R Comic Strip
1st Place - Nicholas Carlino, JFK - Ms. Alfieri
2nd Place - Gianna Scaduto, JFK - Ms. Alfieri

4H Comic Strip
1st Place - Sianna DeJesus, Calhoun - Ms. Sycoff
2nd Place - Jared Weinstein, JFK - Ms. Alfieri

2R/2H Photo
1st Place - Timothy Burns, Mepham - Ms. Dand
2nd Place - Amelia Mandato, Mepham - Ms. Montuori
3rd Place - Timothy Langone, Mepham- Ms. Montuori

3R/3H Photo
1st Place - Louis Saraceni, Mepham - Ms. Montuori
2nd Place - Jake Arlia, JFK - Ms. Valenti
3rd Place - Gianluca Caravello, JFK- Ms. Valenti

4R/4H Photo
1st Place - Vincent Di Martino, JFK - Ms. Alfieri
2nd Place - Pierce Infuso, JFK - Ms. Alfieri
3rd Place - Nate Lerner, JFK - Ms. Alfieri

5R/AP Photo
1st Place - Jenna Davis, Mepham - Ms. Montuori
2nd Place - Harris Freeman, Mepham - Ms. Montuori
3rd Place - Alex Scalamandre, Mepham- Ms. Montuori


2H Essay
1st Place - Julianna Rosenthal, Mepham - Ms. Qiu
2nd Place - Alessandra Bracco, Mepham - Ms. Qiu
3rd Place - Sky Wang, Calhoun- Ms. Qiu

2H Poetry
1st Place - Vincent Yang, Mepham - Ms. Qiu
2nd Place - Ruijie Xiao, Mepham - Ms. Qiu
3rd Place - Georgia Karantenislis, JFK - Ms. Qiu

2H Comic Strip
1st Place - Helena Fu, Mepham - Ms. Qiu
2nd Place - Kathryn McNerney, Mepham - Ms. Qiu
3rd Place - Zachary Arzt, JFK - Ms. Qiu

2H Photo
1st Place - Brenna Camacho, Mepham - Ms. Qiu
2nd Place - Jason Spielmann, Mepham - Ms. Qiu
3rd Place - Erika Klein, Calhoun- Ms. Qiu


2R Essay
1st Place - Samantha Stern, JFK - Ms. Valenti
2nd Place - Paige Antener, Mepham - Ms. McNeil
3rd Place - Ryan Linder, JFK - Ms. Engelson

2H Essay
1st Place - Gabriel Njoku, Calhoun - Ms. O’Connor
2nd Place - Emma DeOliveira, Mepham - Ms. O’Neill
3rd Place - Janaye LoForte Mepham - Mr. O’Neill

3R Essay
1st Place - Annabelle Garcia, Calhoun - Ms. Thienachariya
2nd Place - Donovan Bonilla, Calhoun - Ms. Thienachariya
3rd Place - Anna Hilas, JFK - Ms. Schickler

3H Essay
1st Place - Jennifer Hernandez, Calhoun - Ms. Thienachariya
2nd Place - Jaydin Fahey, JFK - Mr. Reilly
3rd Place - Emily Musumeci, Mepham - Ms. Langevin

4R Essay
1st Place - Danny Destler, Calhoun - Ms. Moreno
2nd Place - Jordan Gluck, Mepham - Ms. Langevin
3rd Place - Elana Hirschman, JFK - Ms. Engelson

4H Essay
1st Place - Alison Shapiro, JFK - Ms. Cooper
2nd Place - Isabella Milgam, Mepham - Ms. Zisel
3rd Place - Alicia Prainito, JFK - Ms. Cooper

5R Essay
1st Place - Analisa Coppa, JFK - Ms. Schickler
2nd Place - Morgan Baren, JFK - Ms. Schickler
3rd Place - Savannah Espiritu, JFK - Ms. Fiorentino

AP Essay
1st Place - Rachel Zeitlin, JFK - Mr. Reilly
2nd Place - Hunter Moran, JFK - Mr. Reilly
3rd Place - Jordan Pitti, JFK - Mr. Reilly

2R Poetry
1st Place - Alex Ammerman, Calhoun - Ms. O’Connor
2nd Place - Jake Fassenfeld, JFK- Ms. Valenti
3rd Place - Julia Sussman, JFK- Ms. Valenti

2H Poetry
1st Place - Katherine Brown, Calhoun - Ms. O’Connor
2nd Place - Gabby Ostroff, JFK - Ms. Valenti
3rd Place - Kaitlin Bondi, Calhoun - Ms. O’Connor

3R Poetry
1st Place - Genevieve Buehler, Mepham - Ms. Langevin
2nd Place - Nicole Starchevskiy, JFK - Ms. Schickler
3rd Place - Lauren Eremitaggio, Mepham - Ms. Langevin

3H Poetry
1st Place - Amritha Jacob, Calhoun - Ms. Thienachariya, 
2nd Place - Skyler Basco, Calhoun - Ms. Thienachariya
3rd Place - Astrid Bonilla-Rios, Mepham - Ms. Langevin

4R Poetry
1st Place - Marlee Seifer, JFK - Ms. Engelson
2nd Place - Dani Ofsink, JFK - Ms. Engelson
3rd Place - Eesha Butt, Mepham - Ms. Langevin

4H Poetry
1st Place - Spencer Mattes, Mepham - Ms. Zisel
2nd Place - Alexa Cohen, JFK - Ms. Cooper
3rd Place - Alyssa Dioguardi, Mepham - Ms. Zisel

5R Poetry
1st Place - Adam Bernstein, JFK - Ms. Fiorentino
2nd Place - Lauren Blouin,  JFK - Ms. Fiorentino
3rd Place - Morgan Baren, JFK - Ms. Schickler

AP Poetry
1st Place - Andrew Dickerman, JFK - Mr. Reilly
2nd Place - Faith Fernandez, JFK - Mr. Reilly
3rd Place - Benjamin Berkowitz, Mepham - Ms. Zisel

2R Comic Strip
1st Place - Alec Edwards, Calhoun - Ms. O’Connor
2nd Place - Kyra Wauchope, Calhoun - Ms. O’Connor
3rd Place - Brooks Montalbano, Calhoun - Ms. O’Connor

2H Comic Strip
1st Place - Emilia Renna, Calhoun - Ms. O’Connor
2nd Place - Sophia Warren, JFK- Ms. Valenti
3rd Place - Emma DeOliveira, Mepham - Ms.O’Neill

3H Comic Strip
1st Place - Michelle Serban, Calhoun - Ms. Thienachariya
2nd Place - Stamatia Papazis, JFK - Mr. Reilly
3rd Place - Marina Babar, Calhoun - Ms. Thienachariya

4R Comic Strip
1st Place - Kyle Santagato, Mepham - Ms. Langevin
2nd Place - Conrad Ariola, Mepham - Ms. Langevin
3rd Place - Bailey Peckman, Mepham - Ms. Langevin

4H Comic Strip
1st Place - Nicole Leyderman, JFK - Ms. Cooper

2R/2H Photo
1st Place - Danielle Levitt, Calhoun - Ms. O’Connor
2nd Place - Angela Praino, Mepham - Ms. McNeil
3rd Place - Andrew Isaac, JFK- Ms. Valenti

3R/3H Photo
1st Place - Michelle Serban, Calhoun - Ms. Thienachariya
2nd Place - Aidan Marten, Calhoun - Ms. Thienachariya
3rd Place - Ava Bayat, Calhoun - Ms. Thienachariya

4R/4H Photo
1st Place - Mikayla Gorelin, JFK - Ms. Cooper
2nd Place - Marni Roth, JFK - Ms. Cooper
3rd Place - Andrew Heffez, JFK - Ms. Cooper

5R/AP Photo
1st Place - Charlize DeLuca, JFK - Ms. Fiorentino
2nd Place - Alexander Cifuentes, Mepham - Ms. McNeil
3rd Place - Alyson Hill, Calhoun - Mr. Montoya

Middle School Winners


1A Comic Strip
1st Place - Dylan Friedman, MAMS - Ms. Schleith
2nd Place - Olivia Trinkus, MAMS - Ms. Schleith
3rd Place - Isabella Dragovcic, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak

1B Poetry
1st Place - Parker Songco, GAMS -Mr. Zawislak
2nd Place - Jewel Goldberg, GAMS -Mr. Zawislak
3rd Place - Eliz Soylu, GAMS -Mr. Zawislak

1B Essay
1st Place - Jessica Mehr, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak
2nd Place - Nicholas Laddomada, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak

1B Comic Strip
1st Place - Gabriella Klimov, MAMS - Ms. Schleith
2nd Place - Elle Soontarodom, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak
3rd Place - Michael Mallia, MAMS - Ms. Schleith

1A Photo
1st Place – Natalia Kleczek, MAMS - Ms. Schleith
2nd Place – Samantha Rooney, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak
3rd Place – Brooke Peckman, MAMS - Ms. Schleith

1B Photo
1st Place - Elliana Zagare, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak
2nd Place - Pearl Guilbert, MAMS - Ms. Schleith
3rd Place - Abigail Self, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak


1B Essay
1st Place - Julia Baguiao, MAMS - Ms. DiChiara
2nd Place - Julianna Natale, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak
3rd Place - Shanna Daliendo, GAMS - Ms. Crocitto

1B Poetry
1st Place - Vivian Guo, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak
2nd Place - Connor Lowe, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak
3rd Place - James Bickom, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak

1A Comic Strip
1st Place - Dominick Totino, GAMS - Ms. Steinhaus
2nd Place - Michael Carlino, GAMS - Ms. Steinhaus

1B Comic Strip
1st Place - Sara Manson, MAMS - Ms. Di Chiara
2nd Place - Margaret Casimano, MAMS - Ms.Di Chiara
3rd Place - Lauren Duany, GAMS - Mr. Zawislak

1A Photo
1st Place - Evan Barraco, MAMS - Ms. Di Chiara
2nd Place - Alexander Adipietro, GAMS - Ms.Steinhaus
3rd Place - Ava Giuliano, MAMS - Ms. Steinhaus

1B Photo
1st Place - Logan Koenig, MAMS - Ms. Di Chiara
2nd Place - Jake Baglio, MAMS - Ms.Di Chiara
3rd Place - Julia Parente, MAMS - Ms. Di Chiara


1B Essay
1st Place- Emma Israel, MAMS - Ms. Han
2nd Place- Danielle Berkowitz, MAMS - Ms. Han
3rd Place Norah Petrozak, MAMS - Ms. Han

1B Poetry
1st Place - Gavin Chen, MAMS - Ms. Han

1A Comic Strip
1st Place – Dylan Pichardo MAMS - Ms. Han
2nd Place – Alec Ader, GAMS - Ms. Han
3rd Place – John Crowe, GAMS - Ms. Han

1B Comic Strip
1st Place - Jonathan Sferratore, MAMS - Ms. Han
2nd Place - Jacqueline Moskowitz, MAMS - Ms. Han
3rd Place - Samantha Roxburgh, GAMS - Ms. Han

1A Photo
1st Place - John Edom, MAMS - Ms. Han
2nd Place - Cameron Wise, MAMS - Ms. Han
3rd Place - Melissa Hellman, GAMS - Ms. Han

1B Photo
1st Place – Kaylin Zhou, GAMS - Ms. Han
2nd Place – Kerrin Gallagher, MAMS - Ms. Han
3rd Place – Juston Zheng, GAMS - Ms. Han


1B Essay
1st Place - Lauren Gomez-Nieto, GAMS - Ms. McDonnell
2nd Place - Carly Cornutt, MAMS - Ms. Cohen
3rd Place - Skylar Bruno, MAMS - Ms. Cohen

1B Poetry
1st Place - Saira Bano, MAMS - Ms. Cohen
2nd Place - Phaylinda Estimable, MAMS - Ms. Kelly
3rd Place - Jessica Blumberg, GAMS - Ms. McDonnell

1A Comic Strip
1st Place - Liam Osborne, MAMS - Ms. Steinhaus
2nd Place - Devin Nichols, MAMS - Ms. Yaltzindeg
3rd Place - Marci Baldinger, MAMS - Ms. Steinhaus

1B Comic Strip
1st Place - Coby Jutsen, MAMS - Ms. Cohen
2nd Place - Bryce Gould-Anderson, MAMS - Ms. Kelly
3rd Place - Phaylinda Estimable, MAMS - Ms. Kelly

1A Photo
1st Place - Marci Baldinger, MAMS - Ms. Steinhaus
2nd Place - Jocelyn Nashtatik, MAMS - Ms. Yaltzindeg
3rd Place - Matthew Leicht, MAMS - Ms. Yaltzindeg

1B Photo
1st Place - Lily Yepez, GAMS - Ms. McDonnell
2nd Place - Adam Gardner, MAMS - Ms. Cohen
3rd Place - Victoria Marciano, MAMS - Ms. Cohen

Calhoun Trio Headed to National DECA Competition

Calhoun Trio Headed to National DECA Competition photo
Three members of the Calhoun High School DECA team participated in a successful State Career Conference on March 15, earning them the opportunity to compete at International Career Development Conference in Florida at the end of April.

Sarah Encarnacion, Samantha Fortmeyer and Julia Oladipo also earned Top 10 Overall and Top 5 at the conference and are now one of only four teams from New York State chosen to compete at the national level.

“These three young women epitomize the quality of students that are part of the business curriculum at Calhoun High School,” said teacher Peter Palazzo. “They exude professionalism, confidence and an enduring passion for business.”

Their presentation was on a project involving The Red Door Salon & Spa in Bellmore.

“Our assignment was based on the local business in the service industry and we all agreed that The Red Door Spa is very familiar to the area,” Encarnacion explained.

In order to create a cause marketing campaign at The Red Door Salon & Spa, the students conducted both primary and secondary research. 

“We interviewed the owner of The Red Door Salon & Spa, who helped us develop a survey that we distributed to existing customers,” added Fortmeyer.

Each year the competition involves a different end goal, explained Oladipo, a three-time international competitor.

“We developed the RED plan, which raises money and works with the American Breast Cancer Association to produce products for women with breast cancer, as well as raise awareness,” she added.

“Julia, Samantha and Sarah worked tirelessly and seamlessly on the development of both their business plan and corresponding presentation,” added Palazzo. “Throughout the process, they displayed tremendous time management, organizational and communication skills that are necessary for success in all career paths.”

Calhoun’s Sonia Sarju Earns Second Place at Science Fair

Calhoun’s Sonia Sarju Earns Second Place at Science Fair photo
Sonia Sarju, a junior in the Calhoun High School Advanced Science Research program, earned second place at the 2019 South Asian American Women's Alliance Science Fair on March 31. 

Her work was recognized in the category of biology for a research study, “Effects of Hypoxic Conditions on the Phototaxicity of Bugula stolonifera and Bugula neritina.” 

Sarju will also be part of a presentation ceremony on May 19.

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