Wantagh High School student-musicians William Hostetter (French horn), Catherine Hanauer (harp) and Katriana Koppe (vocalist/soprano) were selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association’s Winter All-State Conference, to be held in Rochester on Dec. 5-8.
The district is pleased to announce that high school senior Athena Yao was named one of the nation’s 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program competition. Athena will continue to compete for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, which altogether total more than $31 million and which will be announced later this spring.
Wantagh High School students took steps toward planning their academic futures through attendance at the district’s first of three college mini-fairs, held on Sept. 10. Director of Guidance Frank Muzio said 50 representatives set up tables in the gymnasium with information about national and regional colleges and universities for students exploring options after graduation.
Wantagh High School opened its doors to incoming freshmen, who commenced the 2019-2020 school year through attendance at the annual orientation program, held on Aug. 27. In addition to being introduced to the school’s administration, the freshmen received information on academic expectations, sports eligibility, conduct and guidance goals.
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.