Jesters Create Magic

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There was magic in the air during the Locust Valley High School Jesters’ performances of Pippin on March 17, 18 and 19. The cast and crew brought the magic of Pippin to life and had the audience singing along.

The story focuses on Prince Pippin’s search for fulfillment and follows him as he discovers that happiness lies not in the extraordinary, but in the ordinary moments of every day. This musical production was anything but ordinary, from the singing and dancing to the sets and the acting. The costumes were colorful and detailed, helping to bring the audience into the world of Pippin.  

The show featured Nico Van Patten, Matthew Verni, Leonardo D’Auria-Gupta, Lucas Ferrante, Emma Wallach, Larissa Izaguirre, Rebecca Lewis and Charles Dickman as well as 75 talented highs students in the cast and on the crew!  

Pippin was produced and musically directed by William Margiotta and directed by Abbe Gail Gross.

Success in the Courtroom

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Some Locust Valley High School students have been spending time in the courtroom learning about the justice system. Members of the Mock Trial team have had success playing the roles of prosecution and the defense.

Members of the Mock Trial team compete at least twice throughout the school year in the Nassau County Bar Association Competition. They alternate the positions they take, once portraying the plaintiff/prosecution and once portraying the defense.   In each instance, the team consists of three attorneys and three witnesses. The attorneys must prepare and deliver an opening statement, conduct direct and cross-examinations of witnesses and deliver closing arguments. The witnesses have to take the stand for questioning and know all the details of the case and of the person they are portraying.  

Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David J. Ethe said the experience of preparing for the mock trials reinforces important skills, including research and presentation skills. “Members of the team also gain a deep understanding of the justice system and how it works.” The team was well prepared in their competitions and advanced to the Nassau County Bar Association Competition at the Mineola Courthouse.   

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team made of Aidan Bergin, Bobby Carroll, John Cote, Graham Holowchak, Will Holowchak, Hans Kiessling, Riggs Johnson, Caroline Martocci, Faith McQuiston, Ferah Shaikh and Spencer Weingord.  

The team is coached by Ashley Cannone and Rachel McShane.

Modeling the United Nations

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Forty-five students from the Model United Nations Club attended the 2017 Washington Area Model United Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 2-5.

In advance of the conference, students were required to prepare position papers and learn about their given roles in order to participate in committee meetings. Participants portrayed delegates from different countries and figures throughout history, argued their viewpoints and made alliances in order to pass resolutions and change the course of events. 

The group took advantage of the educational opportunities that Washington D.C. has to offer by visiting the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the National Zoo. Some students took the opportunity to visit Georgetown University. They also attended a George Washington University college basketball game.   

Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David Ethé said the experience is very valuable to the students. “The students vastly improved their skills in conducting research, writing position/working papers, working effectively and collaboratively on a committee and mastering the United Nations rules of procedure,” he explained.  

Faculty advisors Ashley Cannone and Stephanie Scavelli, along with Ali Cannone and Mr. Ethé chaperoned the trip. Ms. Cannone and Mrs. Scavelli said they are proud of their students who spent months preparing for their specific roles and showed the diversity of their strengths.

Junior Baseball Player Among Top in Nassau County

Thomas Eletto has been chosen by Newsday as one of the top high school baseball players in Nassau County. Players were chosen based on the recommendations of the Nassau County high school baseball coaches.

"Thomas had a very solid season as a sophomore on the Varsity Baseball team last year. His hard work in the off-season has paid off.  I believe he has prepared himself for a break out year," said Varsity Baseball Coach John Lonardo.

Congratulations, Thomas!

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Student Artists Accepted to Heckscher Museum Exhibit

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The artwork of two Locust Valley student artists was chosen to be featured in the "Long Island's Best Young Artists" exhibition at The Heckscher Museum of Art.

Nicole Wolert and Jan Kipper were juried by The Heckscher's Curator of Collections Lisa Chalif and new this year, they had a guest juror and artist: Cindy Grimm, Assistant Director of the Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor. 

Jan was awarded the Donald and Gloria Horn Scholarship for his painting.   Joy Weiner, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Heckscher Museum of Art said, this was the most competitive year ever, with 387 submissions sent in from 56 High Schools. Only 84 pieces of artwork were selected for the exhibit.

Their artwork is on view from March 11th- April 9th, with an opening reception on March 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m.

Congratulations to Nicole and Jan, and to their art teachers Tom Camilleri and Melanie Mooney!

Two Regional Winners in Toshiba ExploraVision Competition

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Two teams of young scientists at Bayville Intermediate School have been named regional winners in the prestigious Toshiba ExploraVision competition. 

In the K-3 category, a team of third graders thought up the idea of Float Tee’s, shirts made from woven fabric that has buoyant properties. The concept is intended to prevent drownings in children under five-years-old since drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in that age group. The students felt that life vests and other personal flotation devices are bulky, making them uncomfortable for children to wear and difficult to pack for a family vacation. The team is researching the properties that keep plankton afloat and applying those properties to their invention. Coached by librarian Paige Coppola and mentored by teaching assistant Donna DeJesu, the team is made up of Emilia Bayerlander, Evie Bergman, Lucia Connolly and Adhvaith Sreenivas.

 

A team of fourth graders took the regional title for the grade 4-6 category for their idea to create robotic bivalves to filter PCBs from contaminated rivers. These cancer-causing chemicals are found in the sediments of riverbeds and ocean floors. Normal dredging to remove the contamination brings 10 percent of the PCBs back into the water. The team, inspired by advances in biomimicry, proposes that the robotic bivalves would function like living clams, mussels or oysters, sinking to the bottom of the riverbed, removing the harmful PCBs and floating back to the top without harming wildlife. Cyclodextrin sponges would collect the PCBs, which are known to break down faster when bonded to cyclodextrins. This ethical invention targets the Hudson River but can be used in other rivers that have PCB contamination. Coached by Paige Coppola and mentored by teaching assistant Debbie McKillen, the team consists of John Hartnett and Matthew Santibanez.

 

Regional winners receive a Toshiba PC for their school, a technology related gift for each student and a congratulatory ceremony hosted by Toshiba at the school. Each team is now required to create a video and a website detailing their project as their entry into the national level of the competition. Submissions are due April 7. 

The students competed against thousands of others and are among only 24 regional winners. Teams selected as national winners earn a trip to Washington D.C. and each team member receives a $10,000 bond. Two LVCSD teams were national winners in the 2016 competition – one from Bayville Intermediate School and one from Locust Valley Intermediate School. 

 

Three LVCSD teams earned Honorable Mention, which is also an outstanding accomplishment. They are:

 

Locust Valley High School:

Project:  Lumie Flower

Coach: Christopher Hoppner

Team: Ninth graders Jessica Bianco, Lisa Cheung and Beatrix Postley

 

Bayville Intermediate School:

Project: Glo'n Gro 

Coach: Paige Coppola

Mentor: Donna DeJesu

Team: Fourth-graders Connor Geertgens, Isabella Iodice, Abigail Maselli and Jonah Santoro

 

Project: The Water Collector 

Coach: Paige Coppola

Mentor: Donna DeJesu

Team: Fifth-graders William deLauzon, Justin Dvorak, Ainsley Johnson and Stella Viscovich

 

Toshiba describes the ExploraVision competition as an opportunity for students to expand their imaginations and have fun while developing an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Participating students developed and researched solutions to different problems in the world and wrote detailed research papers that highlighted their ideas. 

 


Fun with Robotics

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Robotics is in full swing with not only the high school team, but for the first time, the district also has a middle school team.

With three teams in total, the students have competed across Long Island and seen much success. The teams participate in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) program for grades 7-12 which challenges students to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in head-to-head challenges in an alliance format.

Team Kuiper, Team FalconBots and Team LVAI (Locust Valley Artificial Intelligence) have competed in three competitions and learned a lot from both the preparation and the competition itself.

Team FalconBots won three awards at the First Tech Challenge on Jan. 28 earning them the opportunity to advance to the Long Island Regional Finals on Feb.11 in Smithtown. They took the Captain award for Winning Alliance; first place for the Control Award and third lace for the Inspire Award.

Congratulations to all members of our Robotics teams!

State Wrestling Champion!

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Locust Valley High School senior Jon Gomez earned his second state wrestling championship on Feb. 25 in Albany.

The Princeton-bound senior took home the126-lb weight class championship for the second time during the tournament sponsored by the NY State Public High School Athletic Association. Jon defeated a strong opponent from Mattituck High School, which is the Suffolk D-II championship team.

Senior Hunter Dusold placed third in the tournament, earning All-State Honors. The team as a whole placed sixth in the tournament. During the past six years, the Locust Valley wrestling program has produced 16 All-State wrestlers and three state champions.

Congratulations to all of the wrestlers and their dedicated coaches.

Boys Basketball Conference Champs

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The Boys Varsity Basketball team clinched the Conference ABC title after an outstanding 13-1 regular season, and 16-3 overall.  Senior captains Billy Finke, Brian Wright and Danny Wilson led a talented team through the season, along with fellow seniors Patrick Halpin, Keenan Herlich, and Kyle Elrod.

Juniors Parker Appel, Thomas Eletto, Ramell Phillips, Jay Johnson, Liam Keeney, Owen Letter and Chris Madsen contributed in ways that helped the Falcons to become one of the deepest teams in Class A basketball. Eighth-grade starting point guard Jahmir Primer played above and beyond his age for the Falcons this season making the offense run seamlessly. 

Not only has the basketball team shown their leadership and maturity on the court but, they did the same off the court as well. The team hosted a free basketball clinic with the girls' program for students in grades 2 through 7 as a way to give back to the community. Additionally, they played in the Hoop for Hope game against East Rockaway High School raising money for SIBSPlace to assist children who have brothers and sisters with cancer and other devastating illnesses.

Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and to Head Coach Tim Lomot and assistant coach John Barth. Go Falcons!