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Broadcasting Program Hosts Prospective Students from Elementary News Club

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On April 5, several students from the News Tech Club at the Old Mill Road School in North Merrick visited the Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting program with their advisor, Deborah Walsh.

The field trip, organized by Walsh and Mepham English Chairperson Mary Donnelly, gave the students an opportunity to tour the Broadcasting studio at Wellington C. Mepham High School where Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting teacher Stuart Stein and technology assistant Matt Russell offered students an interactive preview of an in-studio news broadcast. 

Club members took turns operating the controls and the cameras, serving as anchors, camera operators and directors. The students, who use an iPad and iMovie to create their own news packages for the News Tech Club, learned how to use industry-standard equipment, including BMB’s TriCaster, to produce a live broadcast. Stein and Donnelly answered questions about the Broadcasting program and invited the students to apply for enrollment in 2019 or 2020.

Mepham Drama Club’s Performance ‘Thoroughly’ Enjoyed

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The Skull and Bones Drama Club of Mepham High School staged “Thoroughly Modern Millie” as its 2017 spring musical production at the end of March.

Winner of the 2002 Best Musical Tony Award, “Millie” is an update of the Universal Pictures film of the same title. New music is by Jeanine Tesori, new lyrics are by Dick Scanlon, and the book is by Richard Henry Morris and Dick Scanlon.

The production was directed by Edward Grosskreuz, an English teacher at Mepham High School; vocal direction by Amanda Cantwell, choral teacher at Grand Avenue Middle School; choreography by Whitney Stone; and conducted by Brian Neiderman, band teacher at Mepham.

The show starred Samantha Pepe as Millie Dillmount, Mike Pioli as Jimmy Smith, Robbie Commisso as Mr. Trevor Graydon, Emily Garone as Miss Dorothy, Samantha Morgan as Mrs. Meers, Alaina Ciorra as Muzzy Van Hossmere, Emily Fontanetta as Hui Mei, Mike Scalisi as Zhen Hao and Melissa Ponton as Miss Flannery. The show was complete with an ensemble of 22 students.

Mepham Science Experiment Lands on Magazine Cover

Alex Cifuentes and Sydney Mason, two sophomores from one of Josephine Parlagreco’s chemistry classes at. Mepham High School wanted to see what would happen if they held the prism lenses over the iPhone camera lens.

The result was a photo they captured when the camera was pointed at a white light; a simple flashlight. It was featured on the cover of the March 2017 edition of Chem 13 News magazine.

Italian Students Win Poetry Awards


On March 24, students from the central high school district participated in the American Association of Teachers of Italian’s annual poetry recitation contest at SUNY Old Westbury.

These select Bellmore-Merrick students competed against more than 225 students from all over Long Island as they recited classic Italian poems in front of peers, teachers and professors. Each student not only memorized up to 30 lines of a classic Italian poem, but also effectively introduced and interpreted it.

“The students who demonstrated their mastery of pronunciation, intonation, interpretation, poise and memorization were awarded for their accomplished performances,” said World Languages Chairperson Enrique Montes. “All competitors were commended for their efforts and determination as they spent a day immersed in Italian.”

Senior Rebecca Unz of Calhoun High School received the top prize in her category for her poignant rendition of an excerpt from Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy.” Melissa Mjeshtri of Kennedy High School was also awarded first place among a large group of freshmen from all over Long Island.

Winners were as follows:

Calhoun High School – senior Rebecca Unz – first place; senior Jonathan Kessler - third place; junior Lauren Ameruoso - honorable mention; junior James Caracciolo - honorable mention; junior Sara Grossman- honorable mention and junior Kyle Pilotti- honorable mention
Kennedy High School – freshman Melissa Mjeshtri - first place
Wellington C. Mepham High School – junior Rebecca Scotto - honorable mention

Mepham Shaves Heads for Childhood Cancer Research

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Mepham High School hosted its seventh Chop Your Lock's for Charity event to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation on March 22, raising $42,000.

“I am so proud of our Participation in Government and Leadership students for their spirit, enthusiasm and hard work in creating an event that not only raised money for such an important cause, but showcased why Mepham is such a special place,” said Kerry Dennis, social studies teacher, kickline coach and St. Baldrick's co-coordinator.

Irish step dancers from the Schade Academy of Irish Dancing kicked off the evening’s festivities. Community members were treated to face painting, games, music, raffle and more.

Team Guiliana G., created for social studies teacher Jacqueline Geller’s cancer surviving 4-year-old daughter, were top fundraisers, earning nearly $6,500 for the cause.

Since 2008, Mepham High School has raised over $250,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds research for childhood cancers.


Mepham’s Pirettes Kick Up High Scores at LI Championship

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Coach Kerry Dennis and the Mepham High School Kickline recently competed in the Long Island Kickline Championship and finished first place in Pom, first place in Jazz and second place in team. The Pirettes also earned the title of Long Island champions in Pom. The squad was also a Sportsmanship Nominee from the National Dance Alliance.

Mepham Physics Team Earns First Place at Olympics

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Mepham High School’s physics team competed at the 33rd annual Physics Olympics held on March 17 at Farmingdale State College, clinching the overall first-place trophy. 

Ailish Egan, Pavan Patel, Will Rosen, Kevin Weber and Zach Weiss competed against a field of 18 well-prepared high school teams from all over Long Island in the the Olympics, which were sponsored by the Long Island Physics Teachers Association. 

“The Mepham team earned second-place trophies for the Physics Bowl and the Bowling for Glory events, however they scored so well in all of the events that the team took the overall first-place trophy in what was a very close competition,” said William Leacock, teacher and team adviser.

Youssef Ibrahim Dives into First at County Championships

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Youssef Ibrahim, a freshman at Mepham High School, followed up an undefeated diving season with the Bellmore-Merrick Sharks by taking first place in both the Division B and Nassau County Championships.

“Youssef is one of the best divers I have seen compete in Section VIII in my 20 years of coaching,” said coach Rob Kaefer. “I expect that if he continues to push himself he will break the county record, currently held by his brother, Moustafa.”

Last season, Ibrahim scored a personal best 491.05 points at the 2016 county championships.