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High School Pays Tribute to Parkland Victims

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Amityville Memorial High School students joined their peers from across the country on March 14 in paying tribute to the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and other schools over the last 20 years.

During a morning assembly in the auditorium, student leaders spoke about the 17 people who lost their lives in the Florida tragedy, held a 17-second moment of silence and shared a video, which included the father of Parkland victim Alex Schachter reading a poem his son wrote a few weeks before his death. Additionally, 17 Amityville students took a vow of silence for the day to honor the victims. 

The assembly was part of nationwide movement by students to show solidarity for improved school safety. Principal Maria Andreotti spoke about security procedures that are in place in Amityville schools. She also encouraged students to be the “eyes and ears” of their community by reporting any concerns, including social media posts. 

“The students, staff and administration of Amityville Memorial High School all want to create a safe and secure environment where the focus is on learning,” Ms. Andreotti said. “I am very proud of our students who paid tribute to their peers in Parkland and engaged in meaningful discussions about school safety.”

Sophomore Jeffrey Reyes Espinal said students need to make their voices heard. Students wrote letters to several lawmakers expressing their desire for legislation that addresses school safety.

“It is important to make sure that something like this will never happen again,” he said. “We can change for the better.”

Junior Meghan Luders, one of the student speakers at the assembly, spoke of the importance of having a respectful dialogue with school administrators about safety within their own school. She was one of several hundred students who signed a banner that will be sent to Parkland, which read, “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, We Hear You, We See You, Amityville Memorial High School Stands With You.” 

See ‘Seussical’ at Amityville High School

See ‘Seussical’ at Amityville High School photo
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The Amityville Memorial High School Drama Club will present “Seussical” from March 23-25. The musical production features 35 students from the high school, Edmund W. Miles Middle School and Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, along with two alumni. 

The show is based upon the works of renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss and features popular characters from at least 15 of his stories. Follow the adventures of Horton and Jojo as they travel through the Jungle of Nool and Who-ville, as the Cat in the Hat narrates.

Lead actors include senior Shival Sohan as the Cat in the Hat, sixth-grader Ayden Carton as Jojo, fifth-graders Arianna and Brianna Cuevas as Thing 1 and Thing 2, senior Jacob Marrero as Horton the Elephant, freshman Colleen Compitello as Gertrude McFuzz, sophomore Trinity Tobin as Mayzie LaBird, sophomore Alexa Victor as General Gengus Khan Schmitz and freshman Alexander Diaz as the leader of the Wickersham Brothers.

Shaakirah Nazim-Harris plays Sour Kangaroo, Tiffany Asbell is Young Kangaroo and Daniel Lutz and Imagine Halyard star as Mr. and Mrs. Mayor. There’s also Amber Palmer as Yurtle the Turtle, Johnatan Blanchard as the Grinch, Kyra Lee as the Lorax and DeAsia McCorvey as Vlad Vladikoff. 

The show is directed by Melissa Asbell and Megan Ashe, and the pit orchestra director is Jolene Maccarone.

Show times are Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. 

Boys Win State Basketball Title

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Amityville Memorial High School’s boys varsity basketball team captured the Class A New York State championship with two wins at the Final Four tournament. The team earned the berth after winning the Suffolk County and Long Island championships.

The Warriors defeated Irondequoit High School, 52-42 on March 17. After knocking off the defending state champions, Amityville played Ardsley High School the following day. With a 74-54 win, the boys in red and gray earned their first state title since 2003.

Including the regular season and playoffs, Amityville finished the season with a 27-1 record, and have a 19-game winning streak. Senior captain Josh Serrano had 29 points in the clinching game and Jayson Robinson had 18 points. 

The team was guided by head coach Gordon Thomas and assistant coach Paul Robinson. Season highlights included Josh scoring his 1,500th career point for Amityville and Mr. Thomas earning the Suffolk County Coach of the Year award. 

Amityville Artists Selected to SCALA Show

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Four art students from Amityville Memorial High School had their work selected for local exhibitions hosted by the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association.

Senior Jennifer Ayala Martinez and sophomores Astrid Dixon and Odalys Murcia were part of SCALA All-County Art Exhibition. The selected pieces included Jennifer’s pen and ink drawing “Identity Hand Design,” Astrid’s colored pencil and gel pen drawing “Pink Lady” and Odalys’s watercolor pencil drawing “Trees.”

Sarah Isaac entered her artwork within the Senior Scholarship portion of the SCALA All-County Exhibition. The students completed their work under the direction of art teachers Jayne Grasso and Heather Rickard. A reception for the show was recently held at the Old Town Hall in Babylon.

Boys Basketball Wins Long Island Title

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Amityville Memorial High School’s boys varsity basketball team brought home the Class A Long Island championship, its first since 2013. The Warriors defeated Nassau County champion Garden City 84-71 on March 10 at Farmingdale State College. 

It was an impressive year for Amityville, which finished with an overall record of 25-1, won the Suffolk County Class A title and the overall Suffolk County title. The team now heads to the state tournament in Binghmaton. The Warriors will take on defending state champion Irondequoit High School, from Rochester, in the first game of the Class A Final Four on March 17 at 9 a.m. 

In the championship game, Jayson Robinson and Josh Serrano paced Amityville with 23 and 29 points, respectively. The team was led by coach Gordon Thomas.
Thursday, March 22, 2018