Mepham Physics Team Earns First Place at Olympics

Mepham Physics Team Earns First Place at Olympics Photo
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

Youssef Ibrahim Dives into First at County Championships
Youssef Ibrahim Dives into First at County Championships 2
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.

Mepham Girls Basketball Finishes Season Undefeated

Mepham Girls Basketball Finishes Season Undefeated
The Mepham High School girls basketball team finished their regular season with an undefeated record and were named conference champs.

The squad, whose 12-0 record will propel them into the Nassau County Conference III playoffs, is led by junior point guard, MaryAnn Bagonis. She averages 13 points per game. Senior Maeve Testa averages 12 points per game and 10 rebounds per game.

“I am proud of the consistent team effort and spirit put forth by these girls on the court each week,” said coach Jim Mulvey.

The squad enters the first round of playoffs on Feb. 16.

Three Seniors Named National Merit finalists

Two Seniors Named National Merit finalists
Three students in the district have been named finalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Alaina Anderson of Calhoun High School, Maximilian Bazil of Kennedy High School and Rachel Jozwick of Mepham High School all received this distinction.

“We are proud of the exemplary students who received this prestigious honor,” said Superintendent John DeTommaso. “In addition to being strong in academics, they have each contributed greatly to their school community.”

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 15,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers qualified as finalists. From here, approximately 7,500 students will be notified of various monetary, corporate-sponsored or college-sponsored awards.


Eleven Mepham Athletes Sign With Colleges

Colleges
Nearly a dozen student-athletes from Mepham High School officially signed letters of intent to play sports with various institutions post-high school.

“These standout student-athletes were committed to excellence throughout their seasons at Mepham, earning them recognition from various schools,” said Athletic Coordinator Anthony Cracco. “It is their continued drive to success both on and off the field that will take them far in their collegiate careers.”

The athletes are as followed: Amanda Amalfitano – Kean University; Emily Amato – Marywood University; Kevin Chaimowitz – Union College; Karlee Greco – Mount Ida College; Carolyn Hayes – College of Mount St. Vincent; Carissa Kahn –Siena College; Kristin Lasker – SUNY New Paltz; Jeremy Lissade – Seton Hill University; Billy Moutafis – New York Institute of Technology; Maeve Testa – Adelphi University; and Mike Valentino – Seton Hill University.

“It’s always a proud day to see Pirates advancing in a field they’ve worked so hard in,” added Eric Caballero the district’s director of physical education, athletics, driver education and health.



Mepham Team Earns Top Honors at Business Competition

Mepham Team Earns Top Honors at Business Competition
On Jan. 13, Mepham High School joined other budding entrepreneurs from throughout the island to compete for the top spot at Long Island’s Regional Business Plan Competition, sponsored by HSBC.

Teams representing 56 virtual enterprise companies from 42 high schools in both Nassau and Suffolk counties had their written business plans and oral presentations judged by industry professionals and educators at Farmingdale State College.  

Mepham’s TruViewVR earned first-place honors for Most Enthusiastic Booth and Best Catalog at this year’s competitions.  

“TruViewVR’s presentation team, consisting of Marquise Soto, Kevin Chaimowitz, Nick Girardi, Mike Smith, Mike Pioli and Jake Brief, performed brilliantly during the Business Plan Competition,” said Vice Principal Marie Netto.

They will continue on to the Trade Show Competition in April held in New York City.