Mepham Students Walk the Talk for Autism Speaks

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For their fall service learning project, the seniors in Kerry Dennis’s and Christopher Patten’s Participation in Government classes at Mepham are raising money and awareness about autism.  

Last weekend, the seniors participated in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Jones Beach, raising more than $2,300 through the event. They also worked with Shelley Hendrix and Alison Dyer from the grassroots advocacy group Autism Votes to get petitions signed in an effort to pass legislation that will benefit those with autism.  

Hendrix and Dyer presented to the Participation in Government classes the day before the walk in order to explain how grassroots lobbying works.
 

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Mepham Field Christened with Ribbon-Cutting

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School officials, administrators, teachers and the gathered crowd of Pirates fans were all on hand to celebrate the newly installed artificial turf with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Held shortly before the Pirates football team took the field to face Carey High School, Mepham Principal Michael Harrington addressed the crowd and organized the cutting. Student representatives from every sport were invited to hold the nearly 20-foot ribbon across the new Pirates logo on the 50-yard line. School Board President JoAnn DeLauter, Vice President George Haile and trustee Dr. Nancy Kaplan were tasked with cutting the ribbon.

Superintendent John DeTommaso was also part of the ceremony, describing the celebration as an incredible day that secures for generations of children quality athletic facilities. Harrington described the occasion as a new beginning for the Bellmore-Merrick School District.

On Sept. 20, John F. Kennedy held its ribbon-cutting ceremony to christen the new field, while Calhoun will hold its ceremony on Sept. 27 at 1:45 p.m. before the Colts take on Herricks High School. Browse the photo gallery for a look at the ceremony and stay tuned for continued coverage of the ceremonies at JFK and Calhoun.

Broadway Comes to Bellmore-Merrick

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On Sept. 18 the Skull & Bones Drama Club of Mepham High School held its annual fundraiser performance with a two-act Broadway revue ensemble conceived, directed and performed by the students.

With the direction of faculty advisor Edward Grosskreuz, the student actors and singers presented “A Night on Broadway” with songs from “West Side Story” to “Motown: The Musical.”

Cast members included Emily Fontanetta and Emily Garone singing “Somewhere,” Liz Liquori, who sang “I Enjoy Being a Girl” from Flower Drum Song, Anthony Plantyn, who sang “For Once In My Life” to the acoustic accompaniment of Jacob Cutler and Jacob Geier, and Samantha Pepe, Samantha Morgan and an ensemble performing “What Is This Feeling” from Wicked. Kevin Burns delivered solo rendition of “This Is The Moment” from Jekyll and Hyde. Students Max Perry, Melissa Berman, Bianca Picano and Matt Gibbons hosted the evening.

Every year the Skull & Bones Drama Club donates the proceeds from its performance to a specific cause. This year ticket sales, concession sales, ribbon sales and donations raised more than $3,300 for the Lustgarten Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding research for pancreatic cancer treatment and prevention. Last year the troupe raised $1,651 for the Lymphoma Research Foundation.

Browse the photo gallery for a look at the performance.