Athena Yao, an Advanced Placement art student, was the third-place winner in the annual 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Her acrylic work, “The Places I’ve Been,” will hang in the Honorable Kathleen Rice’s office in Garden City for the next year.
The district’s 64th annual commencement exercises took place on Lawrence Field on June 14, as 242 graduates processed to their seats as the high school band, under the baton of director Danilo Aviles, played “Pomp and Circumstance.”
The Wantagh High School Guidance Department held its annual Junior Class Awards Program in the library and media center on May 31. Under the coordination of school counselor Margaret Swanson, the program afforded the school the opportunity to recognize members of the junior class who demonstrated academic success and made contributions to the school and community.
The district’s top seniors were recognized for their scholarship, community service, overcoming hardships and enthusiasm for extracurricular activities during the annual senior awards ceremony, held in the high school auditorium on May 29.
ing Contest of the Irish Cultural Society. The annual contest is open to all Nassau County students in grades 9-12. The annual contest is a tribute to Martin J. Kelly, founding member of the Irish Cultural Society in Garden City and its past president for 23 years, who passed away in 2015.
Samantha Minars, a Wantagh High School senior, was named a $2,500 scholarship winner in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Samantha was chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists from each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments.
During the April 11 meeting, the Board of Education and Central Administration honored the varsity cheerleading team for a successful season. Under the direction of coaches Jaclyn Bonlarron and Alexandra Grange, the cheerleaders captured the Nassau County championship for the fourth consecutive year, ranked third in New York State and were semifinalists in the 2019 UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida.
Diana Putrino, a senior at Wantagh High School, is the second-place winner in the annual Long Island Business Teachers Association exam competition in the area of fashion marketing and merchandising. The exam tests students’ knowledge of business in the areas of marketing, personal finance, web design, computer applications, entrepreneurship and more. There are five winners in each category.
Wantagh High School 10th graders Margaret Gates and Austin Henglein were first-place winners in the 2019 Kathy Belton Science Fair, held at Molloy College on March 15. Sophomores Seth Braun and Christopher Morale also received accolades for their submission. The Kathy Belton Science Fair is open to ninth and 10th grade science students, who are invited to present their research to small groups of peers and judges.
Under the direction of Heather Naughton, choreographer Kim Davis and vocal director Jennifer Alessi, Wantagh High School’s talented cast and crew drew packed audiences for Dean Pitchford’s and Walter Bobbie’s “Footloose,” held in the auditorium on March 20-23.