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Artists Earn Statewide Recognition

Artists Earn Statewide Recognition photo
Two students from the Amityville Union Free School District had their artwork selected for display at a statewide exhibit. Amityville Memorial High School sophomores Maksymilian Kiec and Kevin Zelaya had pieces chosen for the student art exhibit at the New York State School Boards Association conference in Lake Placid, which was held on Oct. 12 and 13. 

The students completed these projects when they were ninth-graders at Edmund W. Miles Middle School, under the direction of art teacher Nicole Scoca. Kevin created an Egyptian-inspired sneaker design using colored pencils in his art appreciation class. Maksymilian’s pen and ink piece of a Mexican sugar skull was made for Hispanic Heritage Month in his studio in art class. 

The exhibit was co-sponsored by NYSSBA and the New York State Art Teachers Association and highlights achievement in the visual arts. Work displayed demonstrates a high level of student ability using different mediums and techniques. 

“Kevin and Maksymilian definitely created standout pieces,” Ms. Scoca said. “They’re both very creative, have their own vision and have a very strong skill set.”

More Milestones for Boys Soccer Team

More Milestones for Boys Soccer Team photo
Oscar Hernandez, a member of the Amityville Memorial High School boys varsity soccer team, has set the single-season record for goals scored. The senior netted his 22nd goal of the season in a 4-0 win at Bayport-Blue Point High School on Oct. 12, a game that also clinched the league championship for the Warriors.

The forward is a four-year starter for Amityville. Oscar was an All-Long Island and All-State player as a junior for the team, which captured the Suffolk County and Long Island championships, and is on the Fall 2017 High School All-America Watch List. 

His milestone goal broke a 49-year-old school record held by Ralph Forman IV, a member of the Amityville Sports Hall of Fame. 

Assistant Coach Christopher Gannon earned his 100th win in Section XI in the team’s 2-1 win at Bay Shore High School on Oct. 7, including 44 victories with Amityville. His is former Division I College soccer player.

High School CPR Class Pays Dividends

High School CPR Class Pays Dividends photo
More than 100 Amityville Memorial High School students have learned life-saving skills through the First Aid/CPR course, and for one senior that training recently paid off. 

Dennis Cisneros, who took the half-year course in spring 2016 as a sophomore, used his training last month to assist a co-worker who suffered a medical emergency. During a work shift as a server at a restaurant in Farmingdale, a fellow employee passed out in the bathroom from an apparent overdose. Dennis administered CPR, giving the victim chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until first responders arrived. His immediate intervention contributed to his co-worker’s survival. 

“Unfortunately, there are situations like this that do happen,” Dennis said. “This is one of those things that I was prepared for. This is what any human would do for anyone else, a stranger or a friend.”

Amityville Memorial High School has offered the course for the past three years, and students who successfully complete it are certified for two years through the American Red Cross. The course, taught by health teacher Chris Gannon, provides training for situations that students may encounter at home, in school or in the workplace. Topics include basic first aid, injury control, choking, CPR, AED usage and concussion awareness. 

“This is why we offer the course,” Mr. Gannon said. “These are skills that students learn for real-life moments that could help save a life.”

Dennis enrolled in the course because he plans to enlist in the U.S. Army after graduation and wanted the medical training. He is a three-year member of the varsity soccer team including the 2015 New York State champions and the 2016 Long Island champions. Additionally, he is a member of the Liberty Partnership Program and the Hispanic Heritage Club, and is a kicker for the varsity football team.

He will be honored publicly for his life-saving actions at the November Amityville Board of Education meeting. 

High School Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

High School Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month photo

Hispanic Heritage Month got off to an energetic start at Amityville Memorial High School as the school hosted a performance by the Sol Y Sombra Spanish Dance Company on Sept. 15. Experienced dancers donned colorful garb and entertained students and teachers, who gathered in the auditorium for the afternoon show.

The program included a folk dance from Spain, the flamenco and the tango. Several students were then invited up on stage to learn and perform traditional Latin dances like the merengue slide. 

The performance was hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Club, under the direction of advisers Elisa Castro and Maria Leon-Pineros. Throughout the month, there will be daily announcements with facts about Latin culture and Hispanic-Americans who have made significant contributions to society. 


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Through Dance


Monday, October 23, 2017