51 Students Entered in All-County Art Exhibition
Demonstrating the district’s commitment to a well-rounded education in academics, athletics and the arts, 51 Bellmore-Merrick students from Calhoun, Kennedy, Mepham, Grand Avenue and Merrick Avenue have been entered into the Art Supervisors Association 10th annual Nassau All-County Art Exhibition, which will take place on March 16 from 12-4 p.m. at the Ruth S. Harley University Center at Adelphi University in Garden City. Prior to the exhibition at 11 a.m., ASA will present scholarships to one outstanding senior from every member high school in a special ceremony. Additionally, one outstanding professional artist-educator will be recognized.
The exhibition, which is free of charge, will honor more than 1,200 students in kindergarten through 12th grade for demonstrating excellence in a range of two-dimensional mediums, including painting, drawing, printmaking, computer graphics and photography. Students, parents, art educators, administrators and community members are encouraged to attend.
In order to be considered for this exhibition, each art educator is limited to nominating three student entries. More than 400 art educators from 200 schools in 45 districts countywide submitted work to this prestigious exhibition.
The following Merrick Avenue students were selected to participate:
MAMS English Classes Develop Skills with Spelling Bee
The students in Eileen Weissman’s English classes participated in a spelling bee on Feb. 14. In preparation for this event, the students worked on their spelling and vocabulary skills.
Assistant Principal John Gibilaro, English Department Chairperson Kim Serpe and Special Education Chairperson Ivy Cohen served as judges. After many rounds of increasingly difficult spelling words, the two finalists were Jacqueline Murray and Joseph Malone, with Jacqueline declared the winner.
American Mathematics Competition
Twelve students from Merrick Avenue Middle School have been selected as winners in the American Mathematics Competition, with three taking home gold, four silver and five bronze. This is a national contest that challenges students mathematically and encourages them to use their critical thinking skills. Approximately 130 students took the test afterschool on Nov. 19.
Seventh-graders Thomas Giannuzzi and Emma Gold and eighth-grader Benjamin Libov were awarded gold; seventh-grader Edward Lada and eighth-graders Johnathan Intravaia, David Kantor and Amelia Seabold were awarded silver; and seventh-graders Jack Kelly and Dylan Moehringer and eighth-graders Lauren Fink, Joy Ma and Matthew Terlovsky and were awarded bronze.
“It was so great to see how many students came out to participate in this voluntary competition,” said Principal Dr. Meador Pratt. “This is a national competition and it really is extremely difficult. It’s great to see students want to challenge themselves. I commend all of the students who participated, as well as their teachers, for supporting this effort.”
Merrick Avenue Honors Reflections Contest Winners
Merrick Avenue Middle School recognized seven winners of the schoolwide National PTA’s 2013-14 Reflections Program competition. Those seven students advanced to the Nassau County competition, with three students continuing to the state competition. Teachers, administrators and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray honored all students in a special ceremony on Feb. 10.
In literature, Julia Frank and Patrick Boyle took first and second place, respectively; Sam Moskowitz was awarded first place in music; Juliana Tirino took home first place in photography, with David Beigelman taking second place; and in visual arts, Corey Stanton was awarded first place and Andrew Razza received second place accolades. Julia, Patrick and Sam will progress to the state competition.
“Each and every one of these students is really a reflection of all of you,” said Murray. “I just want to congratulate all of our students. Thank you to our parents, PTA and the administration for supporting and instilling a sense of community in this school and for running this contest – it really is a great contest.”
Every student had an opportunity to participate in the contest, which emphasizes the importance of art and instills a strong sense of creativity in students. Winners received a certificate of recognition and two books, courtesy of the PTA, from the “Hunger Games” series.
“It’s important to instill an appreciation of the arts in our students today so that they will have the desire to continue learning the arts in the future,” said Dominique Tirino, Merrick Avenue PTA president. “The PTA Reflections Program is a perfect example of how to accomplish this.”