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Students Tapped for Local Music Festivals

Students Tapped for Local Music Festivals photo

A dozen students were selected to represent the district at a pair of music festivals.

Eleven students will participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County festival in March. Choral students Shacquan Swaby and Jordan Tobin were chosen from Amityville Memorial High School. Performers from Edmund W. Miles Middle School will include vocalists Jeff Cruz and Keiry Martinez, and violinist Kayla Marrero. 

From Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, band students Donovan Graham Martinez (bass clarinet) and Tatiana Martinez (oboe) were selected. Alanna Gayle will play the violin with the All-County orchestra, and Cherice Quintyne-Best, Katya Ramos Rojas and Madeline Shingleton will join the chorus. 

Kayla and Madeline, as well as Edmund W. Miles Middle School ninth-grader Alex Diaz, all participated in the Long Island Strings Festival in January. Alex played the viola with the secondary school orchestra, Kayla played the violin with the seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra, and Madeline was a cellist with the sixth-grade orchestra. 

“We congratulate these fine young musicians, along with their parents and music teachers, on being selected to participate and perform in these prestigious festivals,” said Director of Fine Arts Dr. Fran Fernandez. 

Student Explore Health Care Professions

Student Explore Health Care Professions photo
Amityville Memorial High School students who participated in a summer medical program were recognized at the district’s Board of Education meeting on Jan. 12.

Ten Amityville Memorial High School students attended the two-week Health Careers Academic and Readiness Excellence program through the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. HCARE is designed to give high school students an introduction to various professions in the health care field. 

HCARE administrator, Erik Flynn, attended the board meeting to present certificates and white coats to the participants. He then led the students in the white coat oath.

Forensics Class Comes to Life

Forensics Class Comes to Life photo

Forensics students at Amityville Memorial High School put their deductive skills to the test during a three-day lesson using Breakout EDU kits. They investigated a mock crime scene in the library, conducted interviews and determined suspects and motives. From all the clues, students had to figure out combinations to a series of locks.

The lesson was planned by librarian Kathryn Beleckas and forensics teacher Jenna Ellis. Students had to apply the investigative skills they have been learning throughout the year to “break out.” They interviewed other teachers who played different characters in the scenario and had to identify their top suspect, which served as the clue to open the final lock. It turned out to be Spanish teacher Reynaldo Bueno, who said he enjoyed taking part in the activity.

Ms. Ellis explained that the activity gave students an opportunity to apply the course content through hands-on inquiry. They had to work in teams to collect evidence and analyze data. Students completed police and witness reports, evidence logs, fingerprint sheets and crime scene sketches. 

Senior Jada Roberts said the breakout activity made her feel like a part of a television crime show, and it has her considering a career in forensics. Classmate Argelio Reyes said it brought the classroom lessons to life, such as when he had to take fingerprints.  

“It was interesting to find all of the clues,” said junior Zainab Mujeeb. “I felt like a real forensic scientist.”

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.”
Thursday, February 22, 2018