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Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting Students Learn from Filmmaker

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Documentary filmmaker Jeremy Newberger, of Emmy-nominated Ironbound Films, visited with the students of the Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting program on April 12.  

Newberger spent the morning discussing the world of documentary filmmaking, along with the many career opportunities and paths available in the world of broadcasting with the students.  
“He used his real world experience producing documentaries screened at both the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals to offer advice for the students as they create their own documentaries on life in an American high school,” said teacher Stuart Stein.

Newberger is currently touring the country promoting his most recent project Heading Home, the tale of team Israel at last year’s World Baseball Classic. The film will be in select theaters this summer.

Mepham Students Can Dance

Mepham Students Can Dance photo

Mepham High School held its 10th annual So They Think They Can Dance competition on April 10.

The event is modeled after the reality dance competition shows on television and is presented by the varsity kickline team each year. Eight teams were selected by teachers/coaches Kerry Dennis and Jackie Geller and were composed of athletes, musicians, artists and scholars from each grade. 

The students competed to win the praise and scores of judges Principal Eric Gomez and Assistant Principals Dr. Jennifer Carne and Marie Netto. 

The night was hosted by Mepham senior David Riobo and special education teacher and track coach Anthony Augugliaro, who was a competitor as a student in the very first competition in 2009. 

The Bellmore-Merrick broadcasting students covered the evening’s dance numbers. Team Celine were the Jazz champions and overall winners.
“The night continues to showcase Mepham spirit and pirate pride,” Dennis said. 

Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting Bequeathed Gift from Alumnus

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From mimeographs to the green screen, the way the Mepham High School student body gets its news is ever changing.
To further advance the Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting program, Frank Merklein Sr., a member of the Class of 1940, bequeathed $5,000.

Longtime friends of Merklein, Jerry Worthing and Clare Worthing, also Mepham alumni, have been acting as ambassadors of his wishes and visited the program on March 27 for a tour.

Merkelin worked in the television industry as a cameraman in the 1950s and was part of the “Howdy Doody” crew, as well the debut of The Today Show.

Students interviewed the couple on their Mepham experiences, as well as the life of Merklein, for future use in news packages.

“When we were students, we got our news from the school newspaper, The Buccaneer,” Jerry Worthing said. 

While The Buccaneer is still produced today, the broadcasting program films and edits daily announcements as well as provides video services for various events throughout the district. 

“As the program continues to mature, we are learning about more advanced technology that can be used in instruction,” said Mary Donnelly, a district English chairperson. “This gives us an opportunity to purchase some of that new technology.” 

Athletes Share Success Stories at Park Avenue

Athletes Share Success Stories at Park Avenue photo
Students in the upper elementary grades in the North Bellmore School District don’t have to look very far for positive role models. Throughout the year, their older peers from Mepham High School have been visiting classrooms through the Athletes Helping Athletes program.

Mepham athletes recently paid their third and final visit of the year to fifth-grade classes at Park Avenue Elementary School. The program cultivated positive connections and showed elementary school students how to be successful when they reach high school. Topics included good sportsmanship and making positive life choices. 

The high school students presented the youngsters with various scenarios to determine they best way to react if they were faced with a challenging situation. The athletes talked about the good decisions they made so they could achieve success both on the field and in the classroom. 

Mepham AP students Win Political Essay Contest

Mepham AP students Win Political Essay Contest photo
On March 28, Mepham High School teacher Sarah Bender and social studies chairperson Robyn Einbinder accompanied AP Government & Politics students to Hofstra University to hear Presidential Scholars Ed Rollins and Howard Dean talk about the current state of politics.  

Essay contest winners Theresa Hamm and Rebecca Scotto met with Rollins and Dean. Both girls wrote impressive essays in answer to the question, “How do President Trump’s formal and informal public communications affect his political leadership?”

Mepham Celebrates Middle Eastern and South Asian Culture

Mepham Celebrates Middle Eastern and South Asian Culture photo

On March 1, a festive crowd gathered at Mepham High School to learn more about the Islam faith and Muslim culture during the second annual Middle Eastern and South Asian Night.

The event is the brainchild of junior Rina Sarfraz, who explained that her goal is to “educate others about Islam as well as show off the beautiful intricacies of her culture.”

Attendees enjoyed a variety of activities including coloring mandalas, receiving henna tattoos and nibbling on traditional foods such as samosas, naan, kebabs, banana chips. 

Some participants even dipped their toes – and hips – into an interactive Bollywood dance lesson.

Hosted on behalf of the World of Difference and Leo clubs, led by adviser Josephine Parlagreco, the groups aim to teach others about acceptance and respect of people no matter race, religion, gender, etc. Proceeds from raffle sales will benefit the UN Refugee Agency.


Mepham Kickline Performs at National Dance Championship

Mepham Kickline Performs at National Dance Championship photo

The Mepham varsity kickline team competed for the sixth time in the program's history at the 2018 NDA High School National Championship in Orlando, Florida.

The team competed among the best in the country and made it into finals in all three routines, placing ninth out of 32 teams in Small Varsity Jazz; 10th out of 17 in Large Varsity Team Performance and 12th out of 32 in Large Varsity Pom. 

Prior to leaving for nationals, the team was named the 2018 Long Island Champions for Pom for the ninth time in the last 10 years. 

Mepham Italian Honor Society Celebrates Culture

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Mepham High School’s chapter of the National Italian Honor Society hosted its 16th annual Italian Culture Night under the direction of adviser and Italian teacher, Kristen Montuori.  

The evening was filled with music, poetry, games and food. Honor Society President Olivia Larocchia sang the classic, “Io che non vivo.” The theme of the evening was Carnevale and guests were treated to mask making and a poem recitation by society member Amanda LaRossa about the Italian holiday.  

“Guests wore their masks throughout the evening, simulating a true Italian Carnevale,” said World Languages Chairperson Rosa Kaplan. “The evening also included the annual game of Tombola, an Italian style-bingo, led by honor society officers, Joe Lozito and Gavin Dass.”

The Italian Honor Society would like to thank all of the Mepham families as well as the local businesses that helped to make the event successful by donating food and products. Sponsors included Bellmore Playhouse, Gino’s Tuscany, Moolala Frozen Yogurt, Gusto Divino Trattoria, Bagelicious, The Oakhurst Company, Left Coast Kitchen & Cocktails, Flowers by Voegler, Mary Bove, Piccolo Ristorante, Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace, International Delight Café, Darker Tanning, Michelangelo Salon, Rocco’s Pizza of Bellmore, Cynthia Connors, Presidio, Norman Egan and John Larocchia.