It was a night of celebration, as the district honored students, staff and athletics at the board of education meeting on Sept. 19.
The meeting began with Interim Superintendent Dr. Thomas P. Dolan recognizing five students who were selected to participate in or as an alternate in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Winter Conference. Elmont Memorial High School student Adrian Pereira-Jackson was selected for vocal jazz; Floral Park Memorial High School student Harrison Candelario was selected as an alternate and composer; and New Hyde Park Memorial High School student Cameron Conroy was selected as an alternate on the snare drum, student Nathaniel Park was selected for the All-State Symphonic Band and student Clayton Yu was selected for the All-State Symphonic Band.
Following the music recognitions, Elmont Memorial High School student Amira Elrington-Edwards was honored for being the first female athlete in the district to score points in a varsity football game.
Then, Section 8 Sportsmanship Committee Chairman Jim Amen Jr. presented the district with a Sportsmanship Promotion Program Award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The award is in recognition of the district’s efforts to promote sportsmanship and to embrace acceptance of equity and diversity. According to Amen, the district was the first to read the unity statement before its games. The district also advocated for more restrictive regulations for improper fan behavior and held a districtwide program last school year for all athletes from the five buildings to participate in icebreaker events and drills to promote camaraderie.
Additionally, Dr. Dolan recommended Assistant Superintendent Dr. Taryn Johnson for tenure and welcomed interim Floral Park Memorial High School Principal Brian Conboy.