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Student Impress at Business Competition

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Seven students from Amityville Memorial High School’s chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America participated in the Suffolk County Regional Competition on Jan. 3 at Suffolk County Community College, with four advancing to the state championship. 

Ana Candia in the Human Resource Management Decision Making category, Eddie Marrero and John Quinone in the Entrepreneurship Team Decision Making category, and Gemma Rojas in Apparel and Accessories Marketing will compete against students from across New York State in Rochester from March 7-9. 

Other participants from Amityville included Kimone Green in the Job Interview category, Deonte Palmer in Sports and Entertainment Marketing, and Laurie Herard in Principals of Business Management and Administration. 

DECA is a nationwide, business-themed organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. This is the third year of the chapter at Amityville Memorial High School, which is advised by business teacher Jennifer Schweigert. 

Cheerleaders Have First Taste of Competition

Cheerleaders Have First Taste of Competition photo
Amityville Memorial High School’s varsity cheerleading squad participated in its first ever competition on Dec. 17 at Centereach High School.

This is the first year that Amityville has had a competitive cheerleading squad. There are 17 girls from ninth through 12th grades coached by Sally Anne Rexach, a social studies teacher at the middle school and high school. Cheerleaders perform at football games in the fall before moving on to their competitive season in the winter. 

The Warriors cheer squad performs a one-minute routine with dancing, tumbling, stunting and jumping. Coach Rexach developed the routine along with input from senior captains Kayla Gayle, Kamyce Tyson-Cardona and Ashley Wilson. 
The team competes against other schools from Suffolk County during Sunday afternoon events. 

“This provides a wonderful opportunity for our cheerleaders to experience their sport in a competitive environment,” said Evan Farkas, the district director of athletics, physical education and health. “The girls embody the Warrior spirit and are representing their school with pride. We wish them much success in their inaugural season of competition.”

Amityville Students Grant Christmas Wishes

Amityville High School Christmas Magic
Amityville Memorial High School students are spreading joy to others this holiday season through the Christmas Magic program. In early December, they shopped at Target to fulfill holiday wishes for 74 children, then went back to the school and wrapped all the gifts.

The program was spearheaded by the Warrior Awareness Program, known as the WAC PAC, under the direction of advisor Jason McGowan. Gifts will go to Christmas Magic, a non-profit organization that distributes toys to needy children.

Senior Erika Garcia said that participating in the program shows that students at Amityville Memorial High School have good character and are willing to help others. Jayda Davis explained that every child deserves to have a special Christmas, and she was happy to help make that come true.

“You get to help kids who don’t have a lot,” added senior Kacey Smith. “It puts a good feeling in my heart, knowing that I’m going something good.”

High School Students Crack the Code to Knowledge

High School Students Crack the Code to Knowledge photo

Breakout EDU kits have come to the district, and the new learning tool is already becoming popular. Recently, students in the Spanish for Native Speakers class at Amityville Memorial High School participated in an interdisciplinary activity that required them to find several clues around the library to open a series of locks.

The project, which focused on world religions, was planned by librarian Kathryn Beleckas, foreign language teacher Reynaldo Bueno and social studies teacher Matthew Tomasi. Students learned about six religions — Animism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism — by searching for clues.

At the Animism table, students had to put together a puzzle that created an animal picture and had a secret message in invisible ink. For Buddhism, they had to identify the spread of the religion to open a directional lock. The clues were in English to help students improve their language proficiency. 

Once the class cracked the final code, they opened a box that had some reflection cards on the lesson, as well as a treat for their hard work.

“It’s a way to get students engaged in the content,” Ms. Beleckas said of the Breakout EDU kits, of which there are four at the high school. “The library is a nice place to do it, as it gives you space to work with.”

She said that Breakout EDU kits could be used in any subject and for any topic. Supplies include number, letter, key and directional locks along with boxes, an invisible ink pen, black light and hint cards. Teachers can use pre-planned lessons or create their own, as she did for the world religions activity. 

Accomplished Artists at Amityville High School

Accomplished Artists at Amityville High School photo
Three students at Amityville Memorial High School have been recognized for their artistic abilities. 

Seniors Sarah Isaac and Tereza Perez were accepted into the For the Love of Art Foundations program at Adelphi University, taught by accomplished figurative artists. During the 10-week intensive program, the students will have three hours of studio time each week to focus on their drawing. It provides high school juniors and seniors a chance to expand their skills while building their portfolios. At the conclusion of the program, there is a reception with an exhibit featuring student work.

Sarah and junior Aleyna Kokoglu had their work accepted into the Advanced Visions 14 art exhibition for high school artists of excellence. Two students per high school in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Portfolio Art classes were selected. The show runs through Jan. 24 at the Student Art League Gallery, B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at LIU Post, with a reception on the final day.

Aleyna, Sarah and Tereza all are students of art teacher Jayne Grasso. 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018