Wantagh High School junior Jarod Sullivan experienced the beat of New York City through different eyes this holiday season. The talented percussionist was one of 11 New York State students who marched in the 258-member Macy’s Great American Marching Band on Thanksgiving Day. He was selected from a video audition and was asked to play the cymbals.
Senior Dan Hirsch was selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education’s All-Eastern Jazz Ensemble, which will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 5, 2017. Dan, who plays trumpet, also participated in the Jazz Ensemble at NAfME’s All-National Honor Ensembles held in Grapevine, Texas in November.
Wantagh High School is pleased to announce that 17 seniors signed National Letters of Intent to continue their sports at national and regional colleges and universities next fall. Signing a National Letter of Intent is the highest honor for a high school athlete, and the district congratulates each one of them on this outstanding accomplishment.
The Wantagh Warrior received 13 journalism awards during the annual Empire State School Press Association conference, held at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications on Oct. 28. It is the second time in 24 years that the newspaper has won individual gold awards. They were acquired by Class of 2016 graduate Sarah Sneddon in the category of news story, senior Karen Kawacki for a portfolio in review writing and junior Jacqueline Schroder for sports news.
Wantagh High School students and staff dressed in bright orange clothing to celebrate Unity Day, a program to raise awareness of bullying. The event reminded students of the harmful effects of harsh words and encouraged them to unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
The district is pleased to announce that high school senior Grace Sullivan has been named one of the nation’s 16,000 semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Grace will now continue in the competition for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarships, which altogether total approximately $34 million. Winners will be announced this spring.
The district congratulates Grace Sullivan and Thomas (TJ) Sullivan as the Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian. Director of Guidance Frank Muzio held a congratulatory meeting with the students and their parents, also attended by Superintendent of Schools Maureen Goldberg, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction John McNamara, Assistant Principal James Brown and guidance counselor Jacqueline Lennon.
High School students took the next step towards their future by attending the second of three annual mini-college fairs. More than 50 college representatives set up tables packed with information about East Coast colleges and brochures for students who are exploring their options after graduation. The annual event parallels the guidance department’s focus on aiding juniors and seniors in the college application process.