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Mepham’s Matt Hegi Named News 12 Scholar Athlete

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Mepham High School senior Matthew Hegi was recently named a News 12 Scholar Athlete.

Hegi has also earned county champion status in wrestling, All-Conference honors as in baseball, and has been a multiyear captain for both of those teams, as well as football.

“A three-sport athlete today is rare, especially for one who has accomplished this while maintaining high Honor Roll status in the school’s most rigorous academic program,” stated trustee Nina Lanci, as she read aloud his award at the Dec. 4 board of education meeting.

In addition to his involvement in athletics, Hegi is a member of the National, Italian and Math honor societies, Athletes Helping Athletes, Math League and the Robotics Club. He also volunteers as a tutor for local youth.

“Matt is the perfect role model for our younger student-athletes,” added Lanci.
Eligibility requires unweighted grades from 90 upwards, a SAT score of 1200 or higher, plus outstanding participation in two or more sports or a multi-season sport, and examples of leadership and service to others.

Mepham Students SPARK Career Possibilities

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Students from the Advanced Science Research Program at Mepham High School visited Northwell's Plainview Hospital, as part of the Spark! Challenge experience.

“They learned the behind the scenes of a surgical operating room team and even recreate what it takes to do a full knee replacement surgery,” explained science teacher Neeru Partap. “Students also learned how to prepare for a sterile operating room environment and how to use tools used in a laparoscopic gall bladder surgery.” 

They were also introduced to several members of the team who spoke about their careers, along with other career opportunities in the medical field. 

The Northwell Health Spark! Challenge is an exciting competition that enables teams of students from local high schools to participate in onsite "Career Days." 

These Career Days are hosted at multiple Northwell Health sites to introduce students to a variety of careers within health care.

Mepham Classes Battle It Out for Charity

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On Nov. 20, over 900 students and faculty from Mepham High School gathered in the gym at Brookside to once again battle for a cause at Mepham's annual Battle of the Classes. The students and faculty competed in a variety of relay events, an oversized volleyball game, tug of war and the Pirate Relay. 

In addition, each class designed a banner and dance that were judged by a faculty panel of judges. The Class of 2020 was victorious, winning multiple pre-events and dominating in the relays. This year the charity selected for the Fall service project is the FealGood Foundation. The FealGood Foundation's mission is to provide assistance to 9/11 first responders and to educate public officials and provide entities on the problems, concerns and issues faced by those first responders. 

The organization through the leadership of John Feal, played integral role in the passing of the extension of the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Act this past summer. John, along with 9/11 First Responders, Rich Palmer, Mark Mack, Tyson Jones, Felix Dunbar, Eddie Lanza, Mike O'Connell and Rafael Orozco were honored at the event and even participated with the students in some of the relays and tug of war. 

The night was organized by the Participation in Government and Senior Experience students and was hosted by Special Education teacher Anthony Augugliaro. To date, Mepham has raised over $8,500 for the FealGood Foundation through the Flag Field and Battle of the Classes.

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