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Mepham graduates of Class of 2017

Mepham graduates of Class of 2017 Photo

Community was the theme of student emcee/senior class president Madison Uzwy’s speech when she led Wellington C. Mepham High School’s 79th commencement on June 25 at the NYCM Theatre at Westbury.

“The people around you made the place actually feel like home. These people at Mepham have bonded and connected with you.”

This was the last commencement Michael Harrington will oversee as principal, as he will assume the role of assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in the coming school year.

“This class has proved that it is possible to achieve extraordinary things when there is a shared sense of purpose and drive,” he said. “The ways in which your class brought the community together through service projects…and how the spirit and pride that was felt at events [like that] is unlike any other school. Your collective efforts as a class to improve the world around you will always be the legacy of the Class of 2017.”

Salutatorian Kristina Schwab said that while she couldn’t yet determine if high school were the best years of her life, she said that “without a doubt it was four of the most significant years.”

“Think back to your freshman self and I think of the person standing here today. In the time between we have matured and grew up. We gained a great sense of independence.”

Valedictorian Rachel Jozwik spoke about how to navigate through this next chapter of life.

“The next few years – the rest of our lives will be all about experiences. We will make a million mistakes but learn a million new things. We will get lost a few times but find some really cool places. After all, the less we know, the more there is to learn.”

Board member Nina Lanci shared the “real secrets of success” with Mepham’s graduates. These life lessons were similar to basics taught in kindergarten including venturing outside to play, smiling at people and remember to be humble and kind.

“Most importantly use the buddy system,” she added. “The world is a lot less scary when you know there is someone you can trust.”




Board Honors Mepham Physics Team’s First Place Win

Board Honors Mepham Physics Team’s First Place Win Photo
The Mepham Physics Olympics team competed against a field of 18 very well prepared high school teams from all over Long Island in the 33rd Annual Physics Olympics sponsored by the Long Island Physics Teachers Association held at SUNY Farmingdale in March.

The events the team participated in were:
“The Fermi Event” – students estimated quantities such as “How many drops of water are in the Atlantic Ocean.”

“Bowling for Glory” – students used their understanding of forces and motion to guide a bowling ball through a complex path using on y the bristles of a broom.

“Laser Light Show” – students calculated the properties of a glass prism and predicted where a laser beam passing through the prism and reflected off a mirror will land.

“Rear End Collision” – students have to find where two toy cars of different speeds would rear end each other along a fixed track.

“Physics Bowl” – a game show style competition where students are challenged on their physics knowledge.

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 considered a very close competition.





Mepham Students Are Charity Champions

Mepham Students Are Charity Champions Photo
Mepham High School was honored as Charity Champions by Altice for their spring Senior Service Learning Project that raised more than $41,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation. Altice presented the students with a $2,500 check for St. Baldrick's on June 1.

Mepham Students Showcase ‘Voices from the Past’

Mepham Students Showcase ‘Voices from the Past’ Photo
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On May 25, Mepham High School's Voices from the Past class presented their student-crafted, original work of theater titled “Voices from the Past.”  
The production was designed and directed by the students of Voices from the Past, and the piece was performed in conjunction with student actors from Mepham's Skull and Bones Drama Club. Co-teachers Edward Grosskreuz and Stu Stein produced and oversaw the entire undertaking.

“Voices from the Past showcases the voices of victims, survivors, perpetrators and witnesses — be they bystanders or upstanders — of genocide and human rights abuses stretching from 1915 Armenia to the present,” said Stein. “The entirety of the play, with the exception of bits of added narration, is comprised of their real and true testimonies. The play does not portray characters; it portrays people.”

The students conceived this play as their final project for the current school year. Over the course of the year, they studied the genocides in Armenia, Nazi Europe and Rwanda, to name a few, while also becoming informed about human rights violations including the Japanese internment camps of 1940s United States, modern slavery, child soldiers and human trafficking. What the students realized is that history continues to repeat itself as the lessons of the past are forgotten or ignored. While the students understand that they cannot go out and entirely change the world, they hope they could use their newfound knowledge to inspire others to reconsider the way they treat others. Compassion and empathy are the best defense against hatred and apathy, Grosskruez and Stein explained.

“Ultimately, it is our responsibility to hear the voices from the past and to listen to their stories,” said Grosskreuz. “By using our voices in the present to echo these tales, we aim to inspire our audience — the voices of the future — to remember these people, the hardships they endured, and the lessons they gift to us.”