Middle school students Grace Kane and Keira Young were the first-place, proverbial $100,000 platinum winners of the business department’s Shark Tank Challenge for their project SuitSafe, a company that designs suitcases that make traveling easier and safer with their accessories. Christian Calabro and Andrew Dougherty were the second-place $75,000 gold winners for their business Ace Sports, while Jack Bruno was the third-place $50,000 silver winner for his business Gaming Blvd.
Wantagh Middle School students Margaret Gates (grade 8), Jennifer Rosen (grade 7) and Evan Thole (grade 6) were winners of the school’s annual Memorial Day Speech/Essay Contest. Margaret was invited to read her winning entry during the Memorial Day ceremony, held at Wantagh American Legion Post 1273, while the winners, second- and third-place winners were invited to walk in the community’s annual Memorial Day parade.
Wantagh Middle School student Margaret Gates has received a Long Island String Festival Association Private Study Grant totaling $500. Margaret is a LISFA and Nassau Music Educators Association All-County cellist, as well as a member of the school orchestra, under the baton of teacher Peter Saladino.
Middle School student Charles Albano was a first-place winner in Division III (grades 6-8) of the New York Association for Public Transportation Nassau Chapter 2017 Safety Poster Contest and the recipient of a $200 cash prize. In addition, Ava Kornbluth was a third-place Division III winner and the recipient of a $100 cash award. Both students successfully conveyed this year’s theme “My Driver – My Safety Hero.”
During the English Language Arts Department’s second annual “Word on the Street” celebration, more than 30 middle school students, administrators and faculty members read original works and favorite literary pieces to peers and parents. Nicole Waldbauer, Director of ELA, Reading and Libraries, explained that the annual event is an opportunity for the district to celebrate literacy and the spoken and written word. ELA teacher Christine Hult added that the goal is to spread the love of words.
Aidan won the school wide Geo Bee on January 12, 2017. Besting 31 other contestants. He then took a written test and qualified for the NY State Geo Bee. On Friday, March 31, 2017 Aidan traveled to Albany where he faced off against other winners from throughout the state. He advanced to the tiebreaker round where he was eliminated.
Under the direction of Samantha Gordon, music director Peter Saladino and production manager Kimberly Davis, the middle school proudly presented an unforgettable rendition of the popular Broadway musical “Mary Poppins,” held in the high school auditorium on March 17 and 18.
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Attention All Students trying out for Fall Sports: The nurse will be collecting all physicals and sports forms on Wednesday, August 30th. All forms can be found on the athletic webpage. Please make every effort to hand in all forms on August 30th. Check the nurse’s website for fall sports information.