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AOF Students Graduate

The Academy of Finance celebrated its 28th annual Graduation Dinner held on June 13 at The Inn at New Hyde Park. The evening began with Christine Teetz, Academy of Finance program manager of New Hyde Park Memorial High School, introducing the guest speakers, advisory board members, administrators and faculty.

Academy of Finance alumni Jessica Santiago (Class of 2006), Christina Costas (Class of 2008) and James Walker (Class of 2011) attended and shared their own personal journey and advice for the graduates. Each speaker was wonderful, sharing their own personal journey in the Academy of Finance program and the impact that the academy has had and continues to have on their lives.

“It is truly rewarding to hear our Academy of Finance graduates share their success stories with our students. In their own way, each speaker discussed how they felt that much of their success could be attributed to the invaluable knowledge, skills and abilities they gained through the program,” Academy of Finance Principles of Management and Marketing teacher Debra Stein-Silberlust said.

On behalf of the Academy of Finance Advisory Board, faculty and students, we thank the alumni for giving back to the Academy of Finance Program. There were a number of awards, monetary scholarships and certificates presented throughout the evening. Valedictorian Cassandra Ward and salutatorian Hesham Khan were awarded citations from Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello. New Hyde Park Principal Dr. Richard Faccio presented the Principal’s Award to Ashley Aguilar for outstanding citizenship, leadership and service. Chairperson of the Academy of Finance Advisory Board John Paccione presented Aliana Moreno and Austin Varghese each with a scholarship award in honor of their many academic and extracurricular achievements. This year’s recipient of the Michael S. Krolick Program Manager’s Award was Khya Robinson. AOF finance teacher and New Hyde Park Memorial school store adviser Lyn Riley expressed her gratitude and presented Veronica Solis with this year’s The School Store Awards.

The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce awarded two $500 scholarships to Cassandra Ward and Hesham Khan in recognition of their hard work in the Academy of Finance and hours of community service, and the State Farm-Peter Mathison Agency presented a $250 scholarship to Barbara Baker-Pena for her overall academic achievement and her plan to select business as a major in college. Angela Fulgieri and the Fulgieri family offered the Alfonso Fulgieri Accounting Achievement Award to graduating senior U’Niah Cromwell for her achievement in accountancy. Medical Receivables Billing Group Inc. presented two $100 book awards to Kathryn Abramo and Juliana Torres. Advisory board member Christopher Vulpis honored his deceased co-worker, Kenneth Abrahams, by presenting the Kenneth Abrahams Memorial Scholarship for $500 to Nicholas Bentivenga.

After the awards were presented, students received Certificates of Financial Studies from BOE president David Del Santo, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Ferrie, Dr. Faccio, District Coordinator of Business Education Christine Licastri and Ms. Stein-Silberlust, who is also business/technology chairperson. This very special evening concluded with a slideshow presentation prepared by senior Juliana Torres. Congratulations to the Academy of Finance Class of 2018:

Kathryn M. Abramo
Ashley A. Aguilar
Barbara Baker-Pena
Nicholas Bentivenga
Leanna Litesha Ann Brummell
Nathalie M. Chirinos
Ryan C. Cooney
U’Niah Reyal Cromwell
Johenny Fernanda Dominguez
Elijah William Glover
Jebin Jacob
Jasleen Kaur
Hesham A. Khan
Laura Kimmins
Nicole Klappas
Ashley N. Lasko
Lauren N. Levkulic
Dana C. Litterello
Alana Moran
Aliana Moreno
Chidiebere Nweke
Robert C. Pomara
Brian R. Ramos
Khya R. Robinson
Veronica L. Solis
Juliana Torres
Austin Varghese
Cassandra M. Ward

This year’s Graduation Dinner was made possible by contributions from the following Advisory Board Members and their organizations:

Peter Caputo – ERA Caputo Realty
Richard DeMartino – New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce
Mary Durkin – Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
Cheryl Fajardo – Prepaid Ventures/NexisCard
Angela Fulgieri – Advisory Board Member
Christopher Gomoka – Academy of Finance Alumnus
David Goodman – Mass Mutual Financial Group
Samantha Grenier – Northwell Health
Michael S. Krolick – Retired Academy of Finance Program Manager
Peter E. Mathison – State Farm
Timothy P. McCue – Valley National Bank
Nancy Ortiz – Medical Receivables Billing Group Inc.
John Paccione – Advisory Board Chairperson
Joshua H. Printz – HSBC Bank
Scott Silberlust – Northwell Health
Christopher Vulpis – Rosenblatt, Levittan, Vulpis, Goetz & Co.

Sincere appreciation is extended to the above companies, individuals and organizations for their generous financial contributions to the Graduation Dinner and Awards Ceremony.