Pride and excitement wafted over Lawrence Field as 278 seniors celebrated a long-awaited milestone during the district’s 60th annual commencement exercises on June 25. The Board of Education, administration and faculty led the black-and-gold-clad seniors down the track and to their seats as the high school band played “Pomp and Circumstance” under the direction of Mindy Dragovich.
The spring sports season boasted many team and individual accomplishments. The girls lacrosse team won the Nassau County Class B Championship game, with Emily Bauer and Hannah Cullen designated an Unsung Hero and Scholar-Athlete, respectively. Baseball assistant coach Mike Ninivaggi was named the Nassau County Assistant Coach of the Year, and tennis players Douglas Fuchs, Raul Fernandez and Andrew Randazzo received the sportsmanship award. In addition, girls track team members were county and division champions, while Shayna Held took the county championship title in both the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles.
Several hundred works featuring top student-artists from the high school and middle school were on display during the district’s annual Art Festival. Many of the photographs, drawings, paintings and sculptures were previously selected for exhibitions and scholarships across Long Island, including the Art Supervisors Association All-County exhibit, the Long Island’s Best Young Artists Exhibition at the Heckscher Museum, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards contest, the Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar Artists Program and more. In addition, Advanced Placement students were on hand to describe and answer questions about their individual galleries.
More than 100 high school seniors were recognized for outstanding achievements during the annual Senior Awards Night held in the school auditorium. This cherished tradition recognizes the student’ overall academic accomplishments, community service, extracurricular involvement and abilities to overcome obstacles during their four years of high school. During the ceremony, the students received approximately $20 thousand in scholarship money from local community businesses and organizations, as well as special honors from government officials.
Thirteen of the high school’s most creative student-artists placed third in the high school graphic design category of the New York State Art Teachers Association’s Olympics of the Visual Arts. This annual adjudicated event, held at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Sarasota Springs, New York hosted 900 participants representing 37 school districts.
Senior Emily Fenter was one of 125 students nationwide who was awarded a Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant through Youth Service America. The grant was awarded to young people to lead projects that make a positive and long-lasting change in the world. Emily said she will use the grant money totaling $350 to host a blanket-making day to benefit teens undergoing scoliosis surgery at New York University Hospital for Special Surgery.
High school classes received valuable information about the dangers of texting and driving through participation in AT&T’s It Can Wait program. Through sponsorship from New York State Assemblyman David G. McDonough, the students learned that drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be in an accident and that more than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, causing life-altering injuries and death.
Eighty high school and 95 middle school students of Italian, Spanish and French were inducted into the high school and middle school Foreign Language Honor Societies during separate ceremonies in the auditorium. These inductions were a culminating activity during the district’s annual Foreign Language Week.
Under the direction of Dan Aviles, Wantagh High School’s jazz ensemble received three top awards at the annual Herricks Jazz Festival: Best Rhythm Section, Best Trumpet Section and Outstanding Soloist (Matthew Saltzman). Herricks School District Jazz Director Geoff Taylor organizes the annual festival for student jazz bands from Nassau and Suffolk counties, which is designed to provide an opportunity for group and individual performances and a critique from a guest artist. Michael Phillip Mossman, lead trumpeter with Jazz at Lincoln Center's Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, was this year’s guest artist and was responsible for deciding award presentations.
WANTAGH SENIOR HIGH DAILY BULLETIN
TODAY IS DAY 1
· TODAY WILL BE THE LAST DAY OF CLASS FOR GRADES 9-11. ENJOY YOUR LAST DAY!!
· THERE WILL BE A WARR CLUB MEETING THIS AFTERNOON IN ROOM 201.***MS. MARTIN
· REMINDER TO ALL TEACHERS AND STAFF: DON’T FORGET TODAY IS RECYCLE DAY!! PLEASE PLACE YOUR PAPER AND BOTTLE RECYCLING BINS OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR WHEN YOU LEAVE TODAY.
· THE G.O. WILL BE HOSTING A REVIEW BOOK COLLECTION FROM TODAY THROUGH 6/23. THEY WILL BE COLLECTING OLD REGENT, AP, SAT, SAT SUBJECT AND ACT REVIEW BOOKS. ALL DONATIONS WILL BE GIVEN TO CHILDREN WHO LIVE IN SHELTERS AND FOSTER HOMES. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, SO SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE.
· ATTENTION ALL LITERARY SOCIETY MEMBERS: PLEASE RETURN ALL BOOKS TO MRS. BEWICK’S -ROOM 130. THANK YOU!
· THE NATIONAL SCIENCE HONOR SOCIETY INAUGURAL INDUCTION CEREMONY WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, JUNE 15TH AT 4PM IN THE WHS AUDITIORIUM.