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Counseling Center

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Fall Counseling Newsletter part I

Fall Counseling Newsletter Part II

The guidance department is a resourceful and essential component of student academic success, and counselors recognize that a well-balanced education is necessary for students to develop into responsible and well-rounded individuals. Guidance counselors provide various services including academic and college advisement, financial aid and scholarship informational workshops, and individual and group counseling.

Students are assigned to counselors in an alphabetical and vertical distribution, and students, parents, and the school community can meet with counselors as often as needed.  More over, as changes in graduation requirements occur, including credits, Regents examinations, and types of diplomas, counselors continue to assist students in meeting New York State standards, ensuring a timely graduation.  As a result, students are adequately prepared to continue their education into post secondary schools, thereby enabling students to attain their academic and career goals.

Fashion for a Cause

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Locust Valley High School’s Fashion Club members combined their creativity and desire to help others by creating submissions for The Bra-ha-ha competition held in Manhattan in November. The event, which the club has participated in for several years, is sponsored by the Karen Allen Donovan Foundation to support breast cancer research.

The club members fundraised to pay for the materials needed for their creations and the fee to submit their pieces to the event. Brainstorming and collaboration resulted in the creation of three artistic bras, along with statements to support their designs. The bras were on display at the event along with many others.  

Fashion club adviser Melanie Mooney said participation in this event allowed students to support an important cause and created awareness for breast cancer research. Proceeds from the event supported the Karen Allen Donovan Foundation.  

Sophomores Isabella Ardeljan and Haley Neves created a bra called Reflection & Rebirth. Their submission represented the transition from hardship and struggle to recovery and survival. Flowers blooming from the cracks of a mirror symbolize the beauty of rebirth and life. It represents overcoming conflict and viewing life with value, peace and prosperity. 

Seniors Nitha Paulus, Danielle Caso and Ashleigh Capozzi entitled their bra “Empower Women, Empower America,” representing empowerment and the strides made in women’s independence as seen in the Wonder Woman comics. The three student designers have unique qualities and when planning their design, they felt it incorporated a piece of each of their personalities.

Alumna Daniella Orlassino created a bra as a member of the club last year; however, the event was canceled, so her creation was included this year. Her work represented the Roaring ’20s. She said the bra’s sparkling silver, rhinestones and emerald green stones are reminiscent of the scene in “The Great Gatsby” when Jay Gatsby saw the green light from Daisy Buchanan’s house from across the water. Daniella said that era not only included flashy parties, but also saw progress for women, who gained the right to vote and found their voices in fashion and makeup. 

“The confidence women gained is what this bra represents,” she said. 

Senior Portrait Selection Deadline Dec. 13

The deadline to select the senior portrait for the yearbook has been extended to Friday, Dec. 13. Please log in to to make your selection. Contact Ms. Brandveen with any questions.

Senior Recognized in National Competition

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Senior Nina Cialone has been named a school-level Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship winner. This distinction is based upon her success in academics and athletics and her participation in community service.

Nina was named a National Merit semifinalist earlier this fall and is a member of the National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, Book Club, Model UN, Peer Leaders and the Jesters, where she performs and works as part of the crew. She is captain of the cross-country team and has set multiple school records in track. Outside of school, Nina uses her athletic ability to assist the coach of a local CYO track team and enjoys taking voice lessons.

High school counselor Faith Keenan nominated Nina for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship, saying she is a true gem and an outstanding student and scholar athlete. 

“Nina continually pushes herself to achieve her personal best,” Ms. Keenan said. “The higher the bar, the harder she works. A natural leader, Nina inspires her teammates to do their best and serves as a positive role model for her peers.”

The Heisman High School Scholarship program said it honors the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes. By inviting students from schools across the country to share their stories of leadership and impact, the program aims to inspire all students to harness their potential, push their limits and use their talents not only to advance their own futures, but to improve the communities and world around them.

Although school-level winners do not receive scholarships, earning the distinction is an honor and recognition of a student’s unique achievements.

Congratulations to Nina on being recognized as an exceptional high school student!

January Regents Review Schedule

Regents review schedule, click here.

Getting a Competitive Edge on College Applications

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Locust Valley High School seniors are being exposed to diverse colleges and universities through college fairs and individual college visits. Through the fairs, students may speak with representatives from many colleges in one day, asking them questions about campus life, admissions and more, while also making personal connections with the representatives. Individual college visits offer the students a more in-depth look at one particular school. Both scenarios assist college-bound students in determining what type of schools they want to consider, and provide them with inside information about the college, which would then give them valuable insight into whether or not that college would be a good fit.

Assistant principal Michelle Villa said the counselors work to bring as many experiences to the school as possible, to give juniors and seniors the greatest advantage in not only choosing the right schools for them, but also to give them exposure to the representatives who can give them tips on applying and on succeeding once enrolled. Recently, during a small group visit with a representative from Georgetown University, six seniors learned that the school looks at the rigor of a high school student’s courses. Admissions officer John Rob said grades are important, but they prefer students who challenged themselves with the most rigorous courses offered at their high school. He added that while SAT subject tests are not required, candidates who have taken three subject tests are preferred.

Ms. Villa said hearing this information directly from a college representative helps students understand exactly what they need to do to put themselves in the best position to be considered for admission to the schools to which they wish to apply. “In a small group setting, college bound students can ask specific questions about how to stand out in that particular college’s application process,” Ms. Villa said. “They hear very detailed information on what each school prioritizes when reading those applications.”

Washington University in St. Louis admissions representative Kendall Marie Spina told a small group of seniors this fall that they want to know what kind of impact a student has made during his or her high school career. She also offered information about the specific academic programs offered as well as social life and financial aid. 

Ms. Spina said that applications received by Dec. 15 would get the most attention for both early decision and regular decision applicants. Students also learned in this information session that the university considers students’ supplemental essay responses when granting scholarships and also pays attention to how much interest a student has shown in the school prior to applying. Ms. Spina also shared valuable information about the school’s Greek life, intramural sports and other campus life activities.

Ms. Villa said she believes these visits not only help students prepare a more competitive application, but also helps them determine if a school is really the right place for them. “Our goal is not only to help our seniors get into college, but to help them choose the right school for them,” she said.