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Merrick, NY 11566
Ms. Nicole Hollings

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Calhoun Graduation Hits High Notes


Marked by a moving and inspirational speech by Principal Nicole Hollings, the 57th commencement of Calhoun High School was as entertaining as it was celebratory on June 26 at NYCB Theater in Westbury.

Hollings said before belting out a few verses of “Unwritten” to emphasize her point that the future is in graduates’ hands.

“You are the future,” Hollings said. “You have the power to put aside hate and intolerance and to instead love, accept and welcome in. You have the power to ask an important question – ‘how can I help?’”
Board trustee Wendy Gargiulo, a Calhoun alumna and parent of a graduate, told students their graduation is a rewarding moment for their parents, teachers and community members.
“It’s a common thread that binds all of these people to your life,” she added.

Valedictorian Kristi Chan encouraged her peers to hold on tightly to the genuine interest that emerged when they were younger.
“I hope that all of us do not lose the very simple reason we chose to pursue our individual journeys in the first place,” she said. 

Calhoun’s Lin Published in Science Journal

Recent Calhoun High School graduate Louis Lin was published in The Journal of Experimental Secondary Science.

His report, “Loss of Mannose Phosphate Isomerase Induces p53 Mediated Apoptosis in a Zebrafish Model of Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation” was included in the June 2016 issue of The Journal of Experimental Secondary Science.

“He's worked so hard and truly deserves acknowledgement for his efforts,” said Jennifer Pefanis, advanced science research teacher.
The article can be viewed at this link http://www.jes2s.com/cdg.html.

Calhoun Runner Grace Moore Finishes Fourth in Nation

On June 18-19, two relay teams from Calhoun High School and runner Grace Moore traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina to compete in the New Balance National Track and Field Championships.

Moore ran the Steeplechase and finished fourth in the country making her an All-American. The other two relays, the 800 Sprint Medley Relay and the 1600-meter medley, resulted in personal records for the girls.

“It was a great experience and the Calhoun girls hope to return next year,” said Principal Nicole Hollings.

Mastering the Principles of 2-D and 3-D Art at Calhoun

Students enrolled in the Prep for Life special education program at Calhoun High School displayed their mastery of 2-D and 3-D art during an art show for an appreciative board of education and administration. 

For the past two years, the students have worked with teachers Nancy Scott (Art I) and Heather Lohr (Art II) on developing a portfolio of works including animal portraits, impressionist landscapes, free form sculpture, opposite op art, past to present pop art and relief sculptures. These finished products were not only displayed on hand, but were presented in the form of a digital portfolio.

“The students transitioned so well from 2-D to 3-D art and digital work and will now have digital portfolios to take with them,” Lohr said. “None of this could happen, however, without the support of the district and the students’ families.”

Photo Caption: Art teachers Heather Lohr and Nancy Scott are pictured with Prep for Life artists during their exhibit at Sanford H. Calhoun High School for the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education and administration.

Calhoun, Kennedy Takes Home High Awards at LI Science Congress

The Long Island Science Congress recently hosted its annual award ceremony to honor the top 25 percent of the students who competed in the event.  

More than 2,000 students competed in the event and several Kennedy and Calhoun high school students were recognized during the award ceremony.  

Calhoun’s Jacob Miller took home an honors award, while seniors Nicole Fegan, Louis Lin and Rachel November took home high honor awards. Kennedy’s Melissa Himelfarb, Alexia Tilman and Amanda Steinberg also earned high honors. Maxmilian Bazil, Anna Kuznetsova, Jennifer Rakhimov and Michael Sternbach earned highest honors in addition to receiving special awards that carried $50 cash prizes.