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Distinguished Graduates Set Sail From Amityville

Distinguished Graduates Set Sail From Amityville photo

There were reflections, thank-you’s and words of encouragement as 226 students graduated from Amityville Memorial High School on June 23.

This year’s ceremony featured new attire, with all graduates clad in red gowns with gray stoles. Principal Maria Andreotti wished members of the Class of 2018 much success as they begin the next chapter of their lives, whether it be in college, in the workforce or serving their country in a branch of the military. She added that she has high hopes for a senior class that distinguished itself in academics, the arts and athletics, and encouraged them to use their talents to make a positive difference in the world. 

Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly said that this year’s graduates were entering third grade when she arrived in Amityville, and it was her honor to watch them grow and mature.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of your journey,” she said to the students, reminding them to treasure the high school memories, experiences and friendships as they set sail on the next part of their lives.

Valedictorian Trevony Palmer, in addressing his fellow graduates, told them to take care of their minds and bodies. 

“Be creative and unique with your own decisions,” he said, “so that they won’t set you up for failure but rather for success.”

Salutatorian Jerinna Solanges recited words of wisdom from her teachers and her friends. She said it was their guidance that helped her achieve a high level of success in Amityville. 

“Remember those who helped you on your journey,” she said. 

After remarks by senior class President Jacob Marrero and senior class adviser Cara Garofalo-Westphal, graduates were called up on stage to receive their diplomas where they were congratulated by Ms. Andreotti, Dr. Kelly and board of education trustees. 


Amityville Seniors Walk the Halls of the Past

Amityville Seniors Walk the Halls of the Past photo

Amityville Memorial High School seniors returned to their roots for the annual Senior Walk on June 7, in which they visited the district’s elementary schools and middle school.

After departing from the high school on six buses, the seniors arrived a short time later at Northwest Elementary School. Clad in their red caps and gowns, they walked through the halls as “Pomp and Circumstance” played over the public address system. Students and teachers lined the halls to cheer the soon-to-be graduates. Many children displayed their handmade congratulatory signs and held out their hands for high fives, while teachers snapped pictures and hugged many of their former students. 

Accompanied by Principal Maria Andreotti, Dean of Students John Cardone and several teachers, the seniors then traveled to Northeast Elementary School where they got their starts as either pre-K or kindergarten students. Following trips through Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School and Edmund W. Miles Middle School, the seniors returned to the high school for lunch. 

The Senior Walk was one of many celebratory activities leading up to graduation including the senior and sports awards ceremonies, college athlete celebration day and the senior prom.

Amityville Athletes Commit to Their Sports

Amityville Athletes Commit to Their Sports photo

Sixteen of the district’s finest senior athletes will continue their athletic pursuits as they take their talents to colleges and universities on Long Island, regionally and across the United States. During College Athlete Celebration Day, held in Amityville Memorial High School’s library on June 1, administrators and coaches congratulated the seniors on their next step.

“Today is a celebration of their decision to continue their sports on the college and university level,” said Evan Farkas, director of athletics, physical education and health. “They have worked hard their whole lives to get to the next level and have paved the way for future Amityville athletes.”

The district congratulates the following athletes:

Jala Coad, football, SUNY Brockport  

Julius Goddard, basketball, SUNY Oneonta

Deandre Harding, football, Morrisville State College

Nyleek Hendricks, football, Utica College

Bri’Anna Jones, basketball, Nassau Community College

Jacob Marrero, track and field, Norfolk State University

Damion McPhaul, football, Jacksonville University

Deonte Palmer, football, Hampton University or Clark Atlanta University

Donte Palmer, football, Hampton University or Clark Atlanta University

Jayson Robinson, basketball, Springfield Commonwealth Academy

Joshua Serrano, basketball, Iona College 

Kacey Smith, volleyball, Suffolk County Community College

Sabrina Tobin, track and field, Niagara University

Enroy Toney, football, undecided

Ashley Wilson, dance, SUNY Brockport 

Deonte Wilson, wrestling, North Carolina State University

District Honors Standout Seniors

District Honors Standout Seniors photo

Nearly 200 awards and scholarships were presented to members of Amityville Memorial High School’s senior class on May 31. The Senior Awards Ceremony was an opportunity to recognize the achievements of the soon-to-be graduates.

The seniors were joined by administrators, board of education trustees, teachers, guidance counselors, families and fellow students. Also on hand were representatives of the dozens of organizations that sponsor awards and scholarships. Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly said that the Class of 2018 is receiving approximately $1.5 million in scholarship money, “a very significant contribution to our young men and women.”

Awards recognized accomplishments in academics, the arts, athletics, community service and leadership. The honored seniors were called up one by one, and guidance counselors announced each individual’s awards and scholarships. A video presentation featured the top 25 graduates, who spoke about their college plans and what they would miss most about Amityville.  

“Members of the Class of 2018 have been positive role models whose outstanding achievements are cause for celebration,” Principal Maria Andreotti said. “Their dedication, hard work and commitment to success in all areas the school are truly appreciated by the Amityville school community.”


High School Students Explore Medical Careers

High School Students Explore Medical Careers photo

Amityville Memorial High School students learned about dozens of job possibilities in the healthcare field during the first Medical Career Day on May 24. The fair was coordinated by Northwell Health’s Plainview and Syosset hospitals.

At a medical career fair in the gymnasium, students were able to visit tables to learn about different healthcare departments including radiology, laboratory, pharmacy, patient experience, human resources, marketing and communications, food and nutrition, dental and many more. 

“What makes Medical Career Day unique is that students have the opportunity to learn about so many different careers in healthcare, not just clinical ones,” said Christine Patti, Plainview and Syosset hospital’s community relations director. “Any position that they can think of can relate back to healthcare and is featured at Northwell Health.”

There were several interactive activities. At the dermatology station, students could look into a DermaScan machine, which used a LED black light to show sun damage on their skin. The occupational therapist table had a game of Jenga in which students had to use their non-dominant hand to remove the pieces. They could also practice hands-on CPR on dummies, and see the various instruments used by doctors and nurses.

South Oaks Hospital of Amityville had information about its art therapy program and Project C.A.R.E., its team-building adventure course. Doctors, nurses and other professionals led workshops in the library and auditorium on various topics such as healthy lifestyles, coping with anxiety and how to obtain careers in nutrition, pharmacy and healthcare finance. Students heard from people with military backgrounds who have transitioned into healthcare and from a doctor who immigrated to the United States and became one of the nation’s leading cardiologists. 

“The range of options out there for our students is amazing, and they were recently able to learn about these opportunities from the experts,” said Principal Maria Andreotti. “Students took advantage of this hands-on experience to engage in conversations with some of the leading healthcare professionals. They learned that they can achieve anything if they work hard and set their mind to it.” 

Friday, July 20, 2018