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District Recognizes Outstanding Students and Staff

The Board of Education recognized the valedictorians and salutatorians from across the district, as well as the board of education president, energy efficient students at H. Frank Carey High School, Coca-Cola Scholar semifinalists and a National Board-Certified Teacher, at its meeting on Feb. 25.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane opened the meeting by recognizing Board President David Del Santo, who has been selected to receive SCOPE’s School Board Service Award. Individuals receiving this award were nominated by their school district for having provided outstanding service to the district.

Representatives from PSEG also presented some of H. Frank Carey’s seventh graders with a check of $1,500. The students, under the direction of science teachers, led an effort to support energy conservation. Through classroom instruction, the students were challenged to encourage families to request energy efficiency kits. H. Frank Carey won the grand prize for requesting the most kits to increase energy efficiency in their homes.

The honored valedictorians and salutatorians were then introduced by their respective principals or assistant principals, who provided information on their academic, extracurricular and volunteer activities.

Congratulations to Elmont Memorial High School valedictorian Jahnia Cunningham and salutatorian Marvia J. Pressoir, Floral Park Memorial High School valedictorian Maya Goss and salutatorian Hammad Izhar, H. Frank Carey High School valedictorian Gary Faraone Jr. and salutatorian Ruben Fonseca, New Hyde Park Memorial High School valedictorian Saba Gulzar and salutatorian Megha Gopal, and Sewanhaka High School valedictorian Ann Saji and salutatorian Jordan Shamoun. Each student received a certificate of recognition.

Additionally, Dr. Grossane and the board recognized Elmont Memorial teacher Carleen Hoahing-Pressley for becoming a National Board-Certified Teacher of Mathematics/Early Adolescence. They also presented certificates of recognition to Elmont Memorial students Munahil Sultana and Marvia J. Pressoir and New Hyde Park Memorial student Pranav Kengeri for being selected as semifinalists by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

The varsity cheer team, represented by student Francesca Marchese, also thanked the board and Dr. Grossane for allowing them to participate in High School Cheer Nationals in Orlando, Florida.