The Wantagh school community gathered for a Dec. 17 screening of the documentary “Screenagers” in the high school auditorium to learn more about the effects of screen time on children and family life. Written by physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston, the award-winning documentary explores struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction and provides insights from authors, psychologists and brain scientists, while offering solutions on how parents can empower their children to find balance in the digital world.
Members of the high school’s jazz ensemble and chamber orchestra shared the gift of music during a holiday performance for retired teachers who attended December’s Wantagh Retired Teachers holiday meeting at the public library. The student-musicians, under the direction of Jen Alessi and Dina Langer, respectively, performed holiday tunes to the delight of the audience.
Wantagh High School seniors Ethan Herman and Samantha Sparta were recipients of the Nassau Zone Award. Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this award recognizes one male and one female Nassau County high school senior from each school district who exemplify outstanding scholastic ability, physical education performance and leadership qualities.
Sophomore Melanie Volz was one of 83 students named a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY Old Westbury. Selection places Melanie in the top one-tenth of 1 percent of math students in the grade across Long Island.
Wantagh High School’s National Honor Society inducted 89 new members during a traditional candlelighting ceremony, held in the auditorium on Dec. 4. The evening featured words of wisdom from administrators, musical interludes from the high school’s string chamber ensemble and the singing of the national anthem by Carlo Tobia.
A talented cast and crew drew a full house during performances of John Caird’s “Children of Eden,” held in the high school auditorium on Nov. 29-Dec. 1. Under the guidance of play director Heather Naughton, vocal director Jennifer Alessi and choreographer Kim Davis, the cast amazed the audience with the two-act musical with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
The district is pleased to announce that high school seniors Danielle Carson and Erin Murphy signed national letters of intent to continue playing their sports at the college level. Danielle will play lacrosse at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and Erin Murphy will play soccer at SUNY Buffalo. The district congratulates the student-athletes on this athletic accomplishment and extends best wishes for success.