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Mepham Girls Lax Nabs Conference Championship

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The Mepham High School girls lacrosse team nabbed the conference III championship after defeating East Meadow, 17-7 on May 6.

The Lady Pirates, who ended conference play 7-1, are coached by Kristen Mogavero, a library media specialist at John F. Kennedy High School.

“The team faced a challenging schedule this year that included four non-conference games against conference two opponents who were in a higher conference than us,” she explained. “Although we have a young roster, the team's bond and dedication were able to allow them to find success.”

This is the first time in program history that the team has won the conference III championship. They have won other conferences in the past.

Additionally, sophomores Jenna Dempsey and Olivia Meyer were selected to represent Long Island at the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament.

Date Added: 5/11/2022

Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting Nabs Several BASH Awards

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Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting, the Central High School District’s broadcasting specialty program housed at Mepham High School, took home four first place awards and one for third place at this year’s Broadcast Awards for Senior High (The BASH Awards).

BMB was nominated for awards in six categories taking home first place for Best Community News Package, Best Anchor Team, Most Entertaining and Best Broadcast for the BMB Morning Announcements.

Senior Emily Yucht, who produced three of BMB’s winning entries and its third-place award for Best School News Package, said the day was a testament to the hard work and dedication of every member of the program.

“We all work so well together, it’s a family atmosphere where we pick each other up and root each other on,” she explained.“On any given day there are always a dozen kids in the studio working together to create things.”

Teacher Lisa Kalish said it was a proud day for the students and staff alike.

“It was great to see the parade of BMB kids to the stage at Stony Brook accepting their awards,” she added.“The kids have worked so hard all year and grown so much it is so fantastic to see them getting the recognition they deserve.”

The award winning submissions can be seen on the BMB YouTube channel, and they include “Silver Linings” for community news, a story about the unintended benefits that the stay at home period brought, a movie trailer produced by senior Luke Melfa won for Most Entertaining. Morning Announcements stars senior Ava Scheffler and Haley Hepworth won for Best Anchor Team and the Morning Announcements team under the direction of Yucht and Sean McQuillan won for Best Broadcast.Yucht’s exploration of school newspapers took home the third place prize for Best School News.

BMB counselor Jaclyn Kratzer and new addition to the BMB team credited the energy that all the students bring to the program.

“They are all so engaged and into this program,” she noted. “It’s nice to see their passion and energy produce such quality work.”

This is BMB’s second time gaining national and regional recognition this year.After winning the National Student Television’s Broadcast excellence award in February.The BASH Awards are a regional competition begun by Southold High School in 2017.

Date Added: 5/3/2022

Mepham’s Hailey Guerrero Named All-State in Basketball

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Hailey Guerrero, a Wellington C. Mepham High School senior, was named to the All-State Team recently.

This honor is voted by Basketball Coaches in New York State. Guerrero was one of 14 players in all of Nassau County. This award includes public, private and catholic schools. She was also the Conference Player of the Year in Nassau A1 and named All County for the second year in row.

A team captain, Guerrero led the Lady Pirates to a 16-3 record this past season in Nassau County girls basketball. She averaged 21 points per game and had five rebounds this season.

Guerrero will be playing softball next year for Stony Brook University.

“She is an amazing athlete and an even better teammate,” said Coach Jim Mulvey.

Date Added: 4/29/2022

Mepham Student’s Drive to Help Ukraine

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Mepham High School senior Victoria Konyk has ties to Ukraine and has been spearheading relief efforts both at home and at school to assist in any capacity.

Her parents immigrated to the United States at the turn of the century.

“Most of my extended family still lives in Ukraine, and the culture, language and history heavily influence my everyday life,” she explained. “My sister and her son escaped and are now living with us. Nazar, my nephew, is 3 and asks me every day when he will be able to see his dad, who cannot leave Ukraine. My uncle and cousin are actively defending their nation.”

When the crisis in Ukraine first began, Konyk and her familywere shocked, but knew they had to begin mobilizing immediately.

“First, we helped pack donations to send to Ukraine,” she explained. “We still continue to spend weekends at our cultural center packing thousandsof boxes. I also organized a Ukrainian candy sale in school.”

This was highly successful because it shared traditional Ukrainian candy with her Mepham peers, while simultaneously fundraising.

Social studies chairperson Robyn Einbinder helped Konyk set up the donation drive and startthe candy drive. In addition, teachers Sarah Bender and Allyson Alciviades helped with the candy sale by organizing Senior Experience students to assist.

Konyk’s church held a pierogi sale, which she extended to Mepham.

“This fundraiser was opened to the faculty, and I sold over 140 boxes of pierogis,” Konyk explained.

Einbinder, teacher Jaclyn Kratzer, and administrative assistant Peggy Schroeder were instrumental in the success of the pierogi sale, Konyk added. Assistant Principal Andrew DelRosario has also stepped in, as well as ample support from the rest of the administrative team.

She also organized and has extended a relief supply drive at Mepham because “so many students and parents asked if they could continue donating.”

“The student body at Mepham has also supported me and my efforts to raise money and help Ukraine,” she added. “Students took time to talk to me and check in about my family during the candy sale. Those students who helped me sell candy were amazing. Hundreds of donations were collected by students to be sent overseas. Walking through the halls and seeing my classmates wearing "Slava Ukraini" (Glory to Ukraine) pins reassures me that someone cares about everything that is happening.”

Konyk said her motivation has been steadfast and clear.

“My family, my brother, and all the innocent Ukrainians did not ask to be attacked, and they did not ask to be in danger,” she said. “They did not provoke this war. If I can help by doing something, then I have to.”

Future plans include a collaboration with a freshman, Riley Adams, who connected with Konyk and shares a passion for fundraising and spreading information.

“We plan to make another candy sale and possibly createa video to share information with all the history classes,” she added. “We also plan to make a districtwide blue and yellow day.”

Date Added: 4/8/2022

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