High school students ranked nationally on the Le Grand Concours sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, and the American Association of Teachers of Italian national language exam. French Four Honors student and Le Grand Concours silver medalist Erika Meagher ranked in the 90th percentile of students participating in the competition, which evaluates students on their written, oral and listening French comprehension skills. Also taking French Four Honors, Claire Riis received a bronze medal and ranked in the 80th percentile of student-competitors.
Ashley Bailey and Ryan Kushner, who attend the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center Program in the Levittown School District, were winners in the SkillsUSA New York State competition held in Syracuse on April 25-27. SkillsUSA is a national organization which provides educational programs, events and competitions to support career and technical education.
Through a literature lesson, Julie Magnuson’s 11th-grade English students learned that freedom is not “free.” Magnuson’s class recently learned about the national guardsman from Westhampton Beach who perished in the plane crash over western Iraq in March while reading Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.”
Wantagh High School’s Virtual Enterprises International firm Guaco Taco, a taco food truck, received a silver medal in the Sales Pitch Competition at the 2018 Youth Business Summit at the New York City International Trade Show. Members of the firm include Nancy Ambrosio (CEO), Donald Conway (Human Resources), Gabriella Iannuzzo (CMO), Joseph Loccisano (IT), Jonathan Loew (Finance), Kiera Roth (Administration), Matthew Ryall (Sales & Marketing) and Stephen Vaiano (CFO).
Wantagh High School is pleased to announce that nine senior-athletes signed national letters of intent to continue their sports at national and regional colleges and universities this fall. Signing a national letter of intent is the highest honor for a high school athlete, and the district congratulates the following students on this outstanding accomplishment.
The cheer competition season may be over, but accolades continued for members of the Wantagh High School cheerleading team, who received citations from the Town of Hempstead during the April 12 meeting of the board of education. During the meeting Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Jennifer Keane announced the names of each cheerleader who contributed to the team’s third win of the Nassau County championship.
Eight of Wantagh’s top artists were selected to participate in the Heckscher Museum of Art’s Long Island’s Best Exhibition from March 17-April 15, an annual arts education initiative and only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers students the opportunity to exhibit in a museum setting.
High school student-journalist Grace Anne McKenna, co-editor-in-chief of the school’s Wantagh Warrior, garnered a coveted honorable mention award for best news article during Adelphi University’s Press Day journalism contest, held on Feb. 28. Grace Anne joins a host of Wantagh student-journalists for the 14th consecutive year, who have received this honor, adviser Peter Kravitz said.