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HS Color Run, May 19

The high school Color Run will be held on Saturday, May 19 and will raise funds for ALS research.

See the attached flyer and registration form, and join us for a fun run!

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HS College Fair, April 23

A college fair will be held for parents and students in grades 10 and 11 on Monday, April 23 from 6-8 p.m.

See attached documents for more information.

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HS Filmmakers Earn 12 Awards

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Locust Valley High School filmmakers took home seven first-place awards and 12 prizes in total in the 14th annual Locust Valley High School Film Festival. Judged by ABC Television’s film critic Sandy Kenyon, the students were recognized for their overall filmmaking talents.
 
Awards included first place in the categories of cinematography, editing, sound design, documentary, commercial, public service announcement and music video. Additionally, the Locust Valley team earned best performance by an actor and the Audience Choice Award. They won second place for comedy and sound design and third place for drama.
 
Twelve schools from the tri-state area participated in this year’s festival, submitting films in 11 categories for prejudging. The submissions were sent to film professors at Five Towns College who selected the finalists in each category. Those 63 films were shown at the festival and judged by Mr. Kenyon.
 
The film awarded best overall will be shown at the Long Island International Film Expo in July. Debra Markowitz, executive director of the Nassau County Film Advisory Board and vice president of the Long Island International Film Expo, presented the award and praised the quality of all of the submissions.
 
Five Towns College representative Theresa Donoghue selected two attendees at random to receive scholarships to the college.
 
Film teacher Roger Boucher said he was thrilled that his students’ hard work and dedication to their art paid off. Students from all four of his film classes and every grade won awards, including 10 students taking the subject for the first time. 

“All of the filmmakers put a lot of hours into their projects,” Mr. Boucher said. “Seeing their films play on a big screen, in front of hundreds of their peers, is an emotional experience. It’s a tremendous validation of their efforts.” 
 
Mr. Boucher said that the constructive criticism given by Mr. Kenyon is an important part of the festival. “Our young filmmakers take his suggestions and implement them to improve their films and ultimately that is the goal, for them to learn as much as possible,” he said.
 
Mr. Kenyon suggested that filmmakers look outside of their friend group for actors, pulling from the school’s theatrical program or even actors at a local college. “This can improve your films greatly,” he said. 

He also suggested having actors play their own age, rather than high school students playing middle-aged parents, for example. Lighting and sound were other topics he covered, while also stressing that often removing a few minutes from any film will be an improvement, saying that every scene should be necessary to the film.
 
Congratulations to all of the Locust Valley winners!
 
First Place, Cinematography:
“Sunrise” – Danny Dessner, Alec Miranda
 
First Place, Editing:
“Sunrise” – Danny Dessner, Alec Miranda
 
First Place, Sound Design:
“Sunrise” – Danny Dessner, Alec Miranda
 
First Place, Documentary:
“Repercussions” – Madeline Daly
 
First Place, Commercial:
“Heptybenzolite” – Anthony Bonadonna, Andrew Burkhard, Brian Graham, Teegan Rowe, Nick Sanchez
 
First Place, PSA:
“Lightsaber Safety” – Anthony Bonadonna, Andrew Burkhard, Brian Graham, Nick Sanchez
 
First Place, Music Video:
“Rolled” – Justin Manzi, Chris Muller, Ian Pedro, Raymond Weilert
 
Best Performance:
Darren McMahon – “The Job Interview”
 
Audience Choice Award:
“Stranded” – Marc Ambrosino, Danny Dessner, Anthony Madsen, Chris Madsen, John Madsen
 
Second Place, Comedy:
“The Job Interview” – Robert LaPollo, Natalia Mahoney, Darren McMahon
 
Second Place, Sound Design:
“Stranded” – Marc Ambrosino, Danny Dessner, Anthony Madsen, Chris Madsen, John Madsen
 
Third Place, Drama:
“Let It Out” – Chris Madsen, John Madsen, Alec Miranda, Hans Kiessling
 
 
 
 
 

Model UN Goes to Washington

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Members of the high school’s Model United Nations Club spent four days in Washington D.C. playing the roles of various delegates and working to solve global issues.  Forty-five Locust Valley High School students attended The Washington Area Model United Nations Conference, hosted by the George Washington University from March 1-4.

Preparation for the conference included months of researching their countries and creating accurate position papers, arguments and speeches based on the opinions of their given delegate. During the conference, students were divided into various committees with the goal of creating alliances, solving global issues such as women's rights, terrorism prevention, and the peaceful uses of space. The highly competitive conference included more than 2,000 student delegations from around the world.

Faculty advisors Ashley Cannone and Stephanie Scavelli, along with Ali Cannone and Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David Ethé chaperoned the trip. In order to enhance the trip experience, the group walked to the United States Capitol building, Supreme Court building, and the Library of Congress. Some students visited the Georgetown campus as well.

Ms. Scavelli said the students worked very hard in their committees and performed at a high level at the conference. “We are all very proud of the effort they put into the Model United Nations Conference. Everyone is already looking forward to next year’s conference.”

Mr. Ethé said that the students successfully utilized their “Model UN skills” by working collaboratively with other committee members, speaking in a public forum and writing position papers.



 

Clean Sweep for Odyssey of the Mind

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All three of the high school’s Odyssey of the Mind teams advanced to the state finals after competing in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament in Freeport in early March. 

Their extraordinary performances earned each team a first-place award. Odyssey of the Mind provides students with the opportunity to solve problems in unique and creative ways. The problems allow students to think creatively as there are no simple solutions. “Thinking out of the box is a priority for success,” said adviser Alan Stella. 

The ninth-grade team chose the problem “Mockumentary! Seriously?” The team selected the classic story of “Gulliver’s Travels” and presented a humorous documentary-style performance where details were added, denied, exaggerated and disputed. They included interviews, behind-the-scenes clips and voiceovers that took the audience through the story and helped present the events as they really took place. Team members include Ava Barison, Emily Barison, Zosia Lemaitre, Natalie MacArthur, Shannon MacArthur, Lydia Paulus and Ally Weilert, with coaches Alan Stella and Brett Weilert. 

The second team chose a construction-based problem, “Triathlon Travels,” which utilized engineering skills in addition to creative wit to discover a solution. Team members created a vehicle for an Odyssey-style triathlon. The performance included events in curling, jousting and running track by navigating a two-directional course. All of the action took place in a team-created performance that was entertaining and unusual. Team members include Clark Brennan, Aiden Dempsey, Lucas Ferrante Marco McCormack, Olivia Olynciw, Joanna Yu and Eriks Zamurs, with Alan Stella as the coach. 

The third high school team, comprised mostly of seniors, solved a problem called “A Stellar Hangout,” which included a humorous performance centered on a science fiction hangout where creatures from different worlds stop, eat and relax. Their performance was out of this world! Team members include Edgar Cruz, Lily D’Addario, Brooke DiSpirito, Nicole Dressler, William FitzGerald, Beatrix Postley and Spencer Weingord. Alan Stella was the coach. 

“These students are exceptionally talented, hardworking and very independent. Despite all of their other obligations, they have managed to produce unique and exceptional work that brought praise from audience members in addition to first-place awards,” Mr. Stella said.

All three teams will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament on Saturday, April 7 at Binghamton University.
 

Artists Chosen as Long Island’s Best

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High school sophomore Nitha Paulus and senior Victoria Campanella have been recognized as among Long Island’s Best Young Artists by the Heckscher Museum of Art. Their artwork is being featured in a juried exhibition at the museum.

Hundreds of students across Long Island submit artwork in the hopes of being chosen and having the opportunity to exhibit their art in a museum setting. The young artists visit the museum and develop an original work inspired by any piece on view in the museum. After adjudication by museum curator Lisa Chalif and artist Doug Reina, only 80 pieces are chosen for exhibition.

High school art teacher Donna Chaplin and Melanie Mooney said they are extremely proud of these very talented artists.

The exhibition is on view through April 15. During the opening reception on Saturday, March 24, Victoria's piece earned the Huntington Fine Arts Honorable Mention Award. 
 

Mock Trial Provides Authentic Experience

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The high school mock trial team recently participated in the Nassau County Bar Association 2018 Mock Trial Tournament. Students gained an in-depth understanding of the justice system and valuable experience by preparing for both sides of a case. Performing as the prosecution and defense, students learned many skills and were able to have an authentic legal experience acting as attorneys and witnesses. 

Teams prepared and presented opening and closing statements, along with direct and cross-examinations. Students portraying witnesses prepared for questioning by their own attorneys as well as by the opposing team’s attorney. 

“Participating in mock trial gives students a unique opportunity to learn specific legal skills such as using objections, creating arguments, and learning courtroom procedures,” explained social studies curriculum coordinator David Ethé. “Presenting all materials and skills learned in preparation for the tournament made for an exciting and rewarding experience for student participants.” While preparing for the tournament, students also had the opportunity to work alongside actual attorneys, enhancing the educational value of the process.

The team narrowly won the first round and was defeated in a close call in the second round. Advisor John Baglione guided the students, who were well prepared for the tournament. 

Congratulations to team members Bobby Carroll, Lisa Cheung, Sydney Collings, Julia Forte, William Holowchak, Zosia Lemaitre, Caroline Martocci, Beatrix Postley, Ferah Shaikh and Spencer Weingord.

Athletic Accomplishments

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The Athletic Council recently hosted the Fall/Winter Athletic Awards Night, honoring athletes for their success on the field. In addition to team recognitions, many student-athletes earned awards for the most improved player, most valuable player and unsung hero. 

Fall team honors included:
All fall 2017 varsity teams were New York State Scholar Athlete teams.
Boys golf: Team finished first in conference and was undefeated.
Football: Big Four champions.
Volleyball: Conference BCII champions, undefeated in conference.
Cross-Country: Boys and girls qualified for Section championship.
Boys soccer: Mustang Cup third place.
Girls tennis: Third-place Conference IIA - two All-State players.
Field hockey: Second place in league finish – playoff qualifier.
Girls soccer: Conference ABIV champions. 


Winter team honors included:

All winter 2017-2018 varsity teams were New York State Scholar Athlete teams.
Boys basketball: Fourth in Conference ABC - qualified for Class “A” playoffs.
Girls basketball: First time in the history of Section VIII Nassau County Girls    Basketball Tournament that the 15th seed beat the second seed.
Boys bowling: Third in the league.
Wrestling: Nassau County Division II Tournament and Dual Meet champions. 

Locust Valley High School Athletic Trainer Tony Marra received the Most Distinguished Service Award for Nassau County Athletic Training Services from Section VIII Athletic Trainer Society. 

Mr. Marra has 32 years of experience as an athletic trainer, working with Locust Valley schools for the past six years. He is also the trainer for many Section VIII events. He is a member of various county, state and national committees and boards, constantly improving and staying informed.

Three Locust Valley coaches were also recognized for their excellence, earning Coach of the Year accolades. Bobbie Brancaccio earned the award for varsity girls volleyball, Anne Monsees as varsity girls soccer coach and Casey Neilly for JV boys basketball.

Congratulations to all of the outstanding winners!

Winter Section VIII Athletic Achievements

 

Nassau County 2017-2018 Winter Section VIII Athletic Awards
First Name Last Name Grade Sport Award
Thomas Eletto 12 Boys Basketball All-County
Chris Madsen 12 Boys Basketball All-Conference
Ramell Phillips 12 Boys Basketball All-Conference
Paige O'Brien 10 Girls Basketball All-County Honorable Mention
Julia Sabatino 10 Girls Basketball All-County Honorable Mention
Rebecca Finke 12 Girls Basketball All-Conference
Caroline Mangan 12 Girls Basketball All-Conference
Nina Cialone 10 Girls Track All-Conference Long Jump & Triple Jump
Marlene Goldstein 11 Girls Track All-Conference 300m
Tom Coll 10 Wrestling All-County
Jack Croke 9 Wrestling All-County
Matt Dellaquila 12 Wrestling All-County
Gage DeNatale 10 Wrestling All-County
Jack DeNatale 12 Wrestling All-County
Will Holowchak 12 Wrestling All-County
Vinnie Marchand 10 Wrestling All-County
Bailey O'Brien 12 Wrestling All-County
Vito Rodriguez 10 Wrestling All-County
Kyle Shriberg 10 Wrestling All-County
Jack Ward 12 Wrestling All-County & ALL-State
Roarke Creedon 9 Wrestling All-Conference
Matt Jones 10 Wrestling All-Conference

 

Team Achievements:

All Teams were NYS Scholar-Athlete Teams
Boys Basketball - JV Coach Neilly, Coach of the Year
Boys Basketball - 4th in Conference ABC qualified for Class "A" Playoffs
Girls Basketball - First time in the history of Section VIII Nassau County Playoffs that the
15th seed beat the 2nd seed
Boys Bowling placed 3rd in the league
Wrestling - Nassau County Division II Tournament & Dual Meet Champions