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Colt Pride Shines Through Homecoming

Colt pride Shines Through Homecoming photo

Colt pride was soaring at the Oct. 13 homecoming festivities at Calhoun High School as the football team came out as victors against New Hyde Park High School.

During the weeklong festivities, the school’s hallways were decorated and students and staff alike donned the grey and blue school colors.

The community was treated to the annual ColtFest and pep rally before the big game, where each sport team was announced and took over the field for their entertaining choreography.

“The sports teams had great routines and I loved how each team supported the other,” said Principal Nicole Hollings. “ColtFest was filled with treats and activities leading up to an absolutely incredible performance. Ed Tumminelli and Eric Vivelo directed the instrumentalists in performing a rousing rendition of the ‘Game of Thrones’ theme and a Green Day song that was just incredible. The sound was thrilling and it set the stage for an outstanding pep rally.”

Gabe Wagner and Lauren Ameruoso, who according to Hollings, “epitomize the spirit of Calhoun,” were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively.

Calhoun’s Courtney Lange Presents at Science symposium

Calhoun’s Courtney Lange Presents at Science symposium photo
Courtney Lange, a senior at Calhoun High School's Advanced Science Research program, was invited to present at the 2017 NYU Health Disparities Symposium, held on Oct. 12 at New York University.  

Lange was the only high school student invited. She assisted with the construction of the poster board and she presented her summer research titled “Designing an online intervention to promote awareness about obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among blacks: The Tailored Approach to Sleep Health Education (TASHE) study.”  

Lange’s presentation received the Top Student Paper Award and her research is currently being submitted for publication.

The symposium program included a series of short, engaging talks on current health disparities research and programs. 

Bellmore-Merrick Students Reach High Notes With NYSSMA All-State Selections

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Several students in the CHSD were recently named All-State and All-State Alternates by the New York State School Music Association.

They will travel to Rochester, New York to participate in the four-day NYSSMA All-State Music Festival that begins on Nov. 30.

All-State designees include Mepham High School’s Adriana Guarascio (All-State Symphonic OrchestraCalhoun High School’s Julia Bremer (All-State Mixed Choir), Maria Fazio (All-State Mixed Choir), Doug Gallo (All-State Vocal Alternate) and Ben Shaposhniko (All-State Symphonic Orchestra and All-State Jazz Ensemble Alternate) and Kennedy High School’s Samantha Crichton (All-State Treble Choir), John Duroseau (All-State Mixed Choir) and Kristina Miller (All-State Treble Choir).

“In addition to making numerous musical and vocal contributions to their respective high school communities, many of these students also study and perform privately, chasing competitive personal goals and realizing prestigious performance opportunities,” said Cheryl Fontana, director of fine and performing arts and adult education.

Each year in late August, young musicians throughout the state receive the exciting notification that they have been selected to participate in the festival. The All-State selection process begins during the previous school year. To be considered for All-State, students must first be recommended by their music director and perform a Level 6 audition piece at the spring NYSSMA festival receiving a score of 98 or higher.

Student Reps Report Monthly School News To Board

Student reps report monthly school news to board photo
Student representatives from the four high schools in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District addressed the school board at its Oct. 4 meeting, updating the community on their respective schools’ accomplishments and activities.

Personal quips, achievements and upcoming events were included in each round up. They will continue to act as a board liaison throughout the school year at future board meetings.

Reporting from the dais each month will be Daniel O’Keefe from Sanford H. Calhoun, Rachel Katz from John F. Kennedy, Jordan Ladd from the Meadowbrook Alternative Program and Gina Connors from Wellington C. Mepham High School.

 “This is an opportunity for them to tell us what they’re proud of about their school and it’s a portion of our monthly board meetings that I look forward greatly,” said John DeTommaso, superintendent of schools.

Calhoun’s Joy Ma Named National Merit Semifinalist

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Joy Ma, a senior at Calhoun High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District, has been named a National Merit Semifinalist in the 2018 competition.

The Merrick resident is an accomplished musician playing the French horn, flute, piano – and even the piccolo at times. She also plays flute for the Nassau-Suffolk Wind Symphony.

Off stage, Ma competes in fencing year-round, representing the North Shore Fencers Club, plays on Calhoun’s badminton team and writes for the school newspaper, Pegasus.

“The teachers and students have such a positive attitude about school and learning that it makes the academic experience truly enjoyable on a day-to-day basis,” Ma said. 

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, qualified as semifinalists. Finalists will be notified in February.

Bellmore-Merrick Begins New School Year

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The CHSD opened yet another successful first school year on Sept. 5.

Administrators and teachers at both Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue middle schools welcomed eager seventh-graders; they guided the fresh faces through the halls, assisted with locker routines and helped read class schedules.

Prior to the first day, Grand Avenue Principal Carlo Conte said teachers were in the building for meetings and classroom preparation.

“Between the thought of a new year and all of the building updates – including a new library, there is a feeling of electricity that seems to be permeating the air,” he added.

At John F. Kennedy, Sanford H. Calhoun and Wellington C. Mepham high schools, teachers and staff welcomed back upperclassmen, as well as ensured a smooth transition for freshmen students.

“We had our ninth-grade orientation last week and it was great to see our Class of 2021,” said Calhoun Principal Nicole Hollings. Students rotated among five stations around the building, acclimating themselves to the building protocols.”

At Mepham, new Principal Eric Gomez said incoming freshmen “learned more about Mepham, our expectations and toured the building.”