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.
The district is pleased to announce that 20-year special education teacher Kathy DelGais Butler will be inducted into the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame during a reception at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Sept. 28. Her photo will hang with Hall of Fame recipients in the newly constructed Nassau Coliseum.
It was a day of pride as the community gathered for the annual homecoming festivities on Sept. 17. Fun-filled activities started with a Friday afternoon pep rally, during which the sports teams and homecoming court were introduced. Students throughout the district displayed their Warrior pride by wearing black and gold apparel and sports jerseys.
The district is pleased to announce that the New York State School Music Association has selected high school students Kevin Ganzekaufer and Lindsay Whiteman to participate in the All-State Mixed Chorus and Vocal Jazz ensembles, respectively. The ensembles will perform as part of the NYSSMA Winter Conference, to be held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York, Dec. 1-4. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor during NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals held throughout the state last spring.
Incoming ninth-grade students received a warm welcome and words of wisdom from administrators, guidance counselors and upperclassmen during the high school’s annual freshman orientation on Aug. 29. Not only did the students learn about what to expect on the first day of school, they received some valuable advice from Principal Carloyn Breivogel and Assistant Principals James Brown and Jennifer Santorello.