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Seniors Begin New Chapter

The Westbury High School class of 2015 took a relatively small step in the present—and a huge step toward their destinites—when they attended their highly-anticipated graduation ceremony on June 26.

Held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Greenvale, the Westbury graduation ushered a class of 291 students—led by valedictorian Tiffany G. Shaw and salutatorian Isabel Amaya—towards an uncertain yet bright destiny filled with endless possibilities. Countless family members packed the venue to the rafters, all offering their unbridled love and support for their loved ones. [Read more…]

Westbury Cancels Dual Language

The Westbury School District’s decision to cancel its successful dual language program has left many parents frustrated and petitioning the district to keep the program alive for at least a few more years.

“I hope they reconsider and keep the program,” said Dr. Renee Wright-Farnum, who has a fourth grader in the program. “This program gives children an advantage and it’s so beneficial.”

The district’s decision to cancel the program came after seeing that the elementary school reconfiguration, which takes place in September, would leave the program’s students unequally distributed among the elementary schools. [Read more…]

Bright Future For Val And Sal

This is the second time Westbury’s Tiffany Shaw will wear the title of valedictorian. She was also valedictorian of the Westbury Middle School graduating class.

“I was excited when I found out,” Shaw said. “I was happy and I felt very blessed.”

Shaw was born in Westbury and has attended Westbury schools throughout her whole academic career. Among the highlights of the last four years are going to all county for violin (she’s been a violin player for 10 years) and scoring 100 on her chemistry regents. She was also concert master for the orchestra and involved with the math and crochet clubs. Outside of school, she is actively involved in her church, Caldwell Temple A.M.E Zion in the Bronx. [Read more…]

Top Students Shine

For Carle Place’s Sarah Laga, being named valedictorian was a relief. It was a sign that all the hard work she had put in the last four years had finally paid off. But it wasn’t the highlight of her high school career.

“I applied through the Spanish National Honor Society for a trip to Spain and I was one of 24 kids nationwide who got to go. We spent a week in the south of Spain, that was a highlight,” Laga said.

She hopes to spend a lot more time traveling the world and to help her achieve that goal, Laga will be attending the University of Scranton in the fall, where she hopes to pursue a degree in International Studies and Spanish. [Read more…]

Student Wins Achievement Award

Award_061715AItzel Sanchez Emiliano, a seventh grader, from Westbury Middle School recently received a 2015 Nassau All-County Exhibition Achievement Award. Emiliano is a young lady of few words but her art speaks volumes. She would always give the teachers little art works to put up in their classrooms or take home to their children. Emiliano’s artwork certainly puts a smile on your face.

Frogs Then And Now

Carle Place High School Class of 1965 hosts 50-year reunion

People often dream of revisiting the glory days of their youth, but few actually get the chance to do it. Carle Place High School’s Class of 1965 did, taking a walk down memory lane at their old school to mark their 50-year reunion. For many, it was as if they never left.

Laughter, songs and stories of the old days filled the hallways as old friends greeted each other with warm hugs and big smiles on reunion day, Saturday, June 13. [Read more…]

Student Wins For Carpentry Skills

Carle Place High School student Patrick Harrington recently earned third place at the New York State Regional SkillsUSA Conference this year. Harrington, a carpentry student at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech, took third in the carpentry category. The competition is one in a national series of events SkillsUSA sponsors as part of its mission to provide the country with a competitive, skilled workforce. [Read more…]

Student Goes Inside Albany

Senator Jack M. Martins recently welcomed local high school students to the state capital in Albany. Among the students who visited were Westbury High School’s William McNeill, Joshua Curtis from Schreiber High School in Port Washington and Prajanan Senthilkumar from Manhasset High School. [Read more…]

Carle Place Holds Senior Luncheon

The Carle Place High School Student Organization, under the leadership of Ms. Erika Fallik, hosted their annual Senior Citizen Luncheon on Saturday, May 9. The event kicked off with musical performances by junior Ryan Hopkins and sophomore Sydney Perruzza, who volunteered their time to entertain the seniors. The student leaders of Carle Place served lunch and mingled with the approximately 80 senior citizens who attended. Bingo and dessert followed the luncheon. [Read more…]

Art Mart Shines

Sporadic bursts of rain could not hold back the eager appreciators of art and residents of Westbury alike from the Westbury Art Council’s first-ever “Art Mart” on Saturday, May 16. And with peeks of sunshine, the artists’ work shone brightly amongst the event-goers.

Being that this was their first “artist market” event, the council’s efforts proved positive at the piazza as the turnout was, according to Council President, Chrissy Lorusso Shelley, “modest, but successful.” From paintings and photography to sculpture and jewelry, 14 artists set up 10×10 squares to display and sell their art. Many of the artists offered discounted prints and smaller pieces for purveyors to purchase alongside larger works. Cost for each space was $20 for new members and $30 for non- or reoccurring members, but the amount of effort put into each of the artists’ pieces was priceless.  [Read more…]