Academy of Finance Hosts Graduation Dinner
The district’s Academy of Finance celebrated its 29th annual graduation dinner on June 19 at the Stewart Manor Country Club. 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, administration and faculty in attendance.
At the dinner, Academy of Finance alumni Gerald Picard (Class of 2003) and Sabrina Rodgers (Class of 2014) returned as guest speakers to share 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,” said AOF Principles of Management and Marketing teacher Debra Stein-Silberlust. “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 Academy of Finance program at New Hyde Park Memorial High School. 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.”
A number of awards, monetary scholarships and certificates were presented throughout the evening.
Valedictorian Katherine Procacci and salutatorian Aarman Jivraj were awarded citations from Legislator Richard Nicolello.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School Principal Dr. Richard Faccio presented the Principal’s Award to Joanna Mauceri for outstanding citizenship, leadership and service.
The two new John Paccione Advisory Board Chairperson Legacy Awards were presented to Ciara Daly and Geena Gardena in honor of their many academic and extra-curricular achievements. Marina Pappas received the Michael S. Krolick Program Manager’s Award.
Academy of Finance teacher and New Hyde Park School Store adviser Mrs. Lyn Riley presented Sarah Abraham and Aarman Jivraj with this year’s School Store Awards.
The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce awarded $500 scholarships to Katherine Procacci and Aarman Jivraj in recognition of their hard work in the Academy of Finance and hours of community service.
The Pete Mathison State Farm Insurance Agency presented a $250 scholarship to Sarah Abraham 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 Joshua Destin for his achievement in accountancy.
Medical Receivables Billing Group presented a $100 Book Award to Justin Murillo.
The Kenneth Abrahams Memorial Scholarship was presented by advisory board member Christopher Vulpis in honor of his deceased co-worker, Kenneth Abrahams. Congratulations to Erin Patrick and Brianna Platia, who each received a $250 scholarship.
Lastly, the Certificates of Financial Studies were presented by Board of Education President David Del Santo, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Ferrie, Dr. Faccio, District Coordinator of Business Education Christine Licastri and Business/Technology Chairperson Mrs. Debra Stein-Silberlust.
This very special evening concluded with a slideshow presentation prepared by senior Sarah Abraham.
Congratulations to the Academy of Finance Class of 2019:
Sarah Joy Abraham
Ciara Ann Daly
Joshua C. Destin
Guntash Pal Duggal
Jaskiran Jassica Duggal
Billy Joseph Estapinian
Geena Gabrielle Gardella
Benjamin B. George
Sean P. Gordon
Jack Thomas Ingoglia
Aarman Parvez Jivraj
Joanna Rose Mauceri
Ajamu I. Mckenzie
Marina Constantina Pappas
Erin Nobel Patrick
Katherine May Procacci
Vincent A. Puccio
Amarilis M. Thompson
Best wishes to all! May your futures be bright!
This year’s Graduation Dinner was made possible by contributions from the following Advisory Board members and their organizations:
Peter Caputo s ERA Caputo Realty
Richard DeMartino s New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce
Mary Durkin s Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
Cheryl Fajardo s Prepaid Ventures/NexsCard
Angela Fulgieri s Island Federal Credit Union
Christopher Gomoka s Academy of Finance Alumni
David Goodman s Mass Mutual Financial Group
Samantha Grenier s Northwell Health
Michael S. Krolick s Retired Academy of Finance Program Manager
Peter E. Mathison s State Farm
Timothy P. McCue s Valley National Bank
Nancy Ortiz s Medical Receivables Billing Group Inc.
John Paccione s Advisory Board Chairperson
Joshua H. Printz s HSBC Bank
Scott Silberlust s Northwell Health
Christopher Vulpis s 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.