1786 State St
Merrick, NY 11566
Ms. Nicole Hollings

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Mr. Eric Gomez
Dr. Neil Testa, Ed.D.
Mr. Ken Zisel


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Calhoun Holds 56th Annual Commencement


Calhoun High School held its 56th annual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2015 on June 28 at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury. More than 340 graduating seniors received their diplomas from Principal Nicole Hollings, members of the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso.

Class of 2014 President Griffin Miller emceed the ceremony, delivering the welcome remarks and an address along with Class Vice President Daniel Donato.

Hollings, who looked back fondly on her first graduation class since becoming principal, used the school’s performance of “Mary Poppins” as inspiration for her message of goodwill. Singing verses from the musical’s songs, she examined the messages behind those lyrics.

“If you have a passion and you work hard at that passion, you can accomplish great things,” she said. “Do what you like and like what you do.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer made a surprise appearance, relaying a funny and inspiring story of his adolescence to send a message about choices one is faced with after graduation.

The graduating class also heard from valedictorian David Braunstein and salutatorian Christine Collins.

“Graduating was no easy feat,” said Collins. “We have the ability to change the world. We just have to take the opportunity to do so.”
“Clearly we all have changed during our time at Calhoun,” said Braunstein during his valedictory address. “Writing this speech was difficult because I represent just a small piece of the Calhoun story. I wish you all good luck next year, and I can’t wait to see what we all accomplish.”
Board of Education Vice President Skip Haile also lent words of encouragement and wisdom to the Class of 2015. Senior members of the Calhoun chorus sang the school’s alma mater and “Promise,” arranged by Kirby Shaw.

To conclude the ceremony, each student was called up by name to receive his or her diploma.


Senior Wins Cristin Bambino Award

Gillian Cohen, a senior at Calhoun High School, was the recipient of the prestigious, New York School Insurance Reciprocal/Cristin Bambino Memorial Scholarship totaling $5,000. The scholarship is granted to a college-bound special education student to award him or her for overcoming special challenges while completing high school and obtaining entrance to a college.
During her high school career, Cohen has played with Calhoun’s junior varsity girls tennis team and is currently the team manager for the varsity team. Additionally, she is an active member of the school’s World of Difference and Key clubs.  

As a liver transplant recipient, Cohen also works closely with the Transplant Recipients International Organization and the New York State Organ Donor Network. She has spoken at various events reflecting on her experience as a transplant recipient and is also very active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, recently securing an internship.  

On May 2, Cohen threw out the first pitch at the New York Mets game as a representative for Make-A-Wish. She threw a perfect strike. Cohen plans on attending LIU Post in the fall.

Cohen was recognized by the Board of Education at its June 3 meeting.

Badminton Team Nets Back-To-Back County Crowns

The Calhoun Colts girls badminton team defeated Great Neck South 4-3 to win the 2015 Nassau County Championship.

The title represents back-to-back championships for the lady Colts and nine county championship wins during the past 13 seasons.

After losing the first match of the year to Great Neck South, the Colts ran off 14 straight wins to finish with a 14-1 record. 

The lady Colts defeated Syosset in the quarterfinals 6-1 and Port Washington in the semifinals 6-1 to advance to the championship match.

The team was led to victory by seniors Nicoletta Freese, Jessica Marrapodi, Claire Murphy and Elaina Walley. Key contributions were made throughout the season by Cara Augugliaro, Muriel Bingham, Nicole Casimano, Kristi Chan, Sanjida Chowdhury, Meaghan Corona, Sophy Feldman, Katie Healy, Jessica Helbock, Phoebe Ma, Briana MacLaren and Dana Piccirillo.

Along this incredible journey, the Calhoun team outscored their opponents 58-12 throughout the second half of the season, was undefeated at home, won the conference championship, the county championship, and was ranked No. 1 on Long Island by Newsday for the past five weeks.

The girls were recognized at the June 3 meeting of the Board of Education along with their coaches Daniel Bowker and David Quartarone.

Prep for the Future Thanks Local Community

Staff members in the Prep for the Future program, faculty and administrators at Calhoun High School held an end-of-year appreciation barbeque on June 9 to thank members of the community for their continued support.
The Prep for the Future program aims to connect students with disabilities to real-world experiences through volunteer and work programs with companies from the Bellmore-Merrick community. Calhoun faculty members, along with staff from the South Oaks Comprehensive Behavior Health Continuum, run the program.
The neighboring community of businesses and organizations welcome Prep for the Future students and help them build necessary skills to succeed once they graduate from high school.
At the barbeque, students and local business leaders alike gathered under a tent to enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs, refreshments and some socializing. Members of Calhoun High School administrative team, as well as central administration staff, were also on hand.

BOE Recognizes Its Own at June Meeting

During the school year’s final meeting of the Board of Education, members of the board and student representatives exchanged gifts, pleasantries and bid farewell to retiring members of the district.

Board Vice President Skip Haile read the names of the 13 Bellmore-Merrick CHSD employees retiring at the end of the year.

The board also recognized the service of retiring board trustee Susan Schwartz in a touching tribute to her years of service to the district. The board’s student representatives recognized the work of board President JoAnn DeLauter by presenting her with a plaque.

The student representatives were surprised to learn that they would be recognized for their service — delivering monthly updates on their school’s events and accomplishments. President DeLauter read a proclamation of gratitude and handed out personalized honorary gavels as a keepsake. As an added thrill, the students got to deliver the May update while sitting at the head of the board dais.

The board also recognized outgoing members of the district’s various PTA organizations.