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Although Locust Valley High School offers a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities for our students, we are first and foremost an academic institution.

Four Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

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Four Locust Valley High School seniors have been named National Merit finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. It is exceptional that the high school has four finalists, as the College Board bestows this honor upon less than 1% of high school seniors nationwide each year. 

Nina Cialone, Michael DiSpirito, Michelle Hsu and Nitha Paulus were recognized as semifinalists in September for achieving exceptional scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. Out of the 1.5 million seniors that took the PSAT, the four Locust Valley students are among only 15,000 nationwide to be named finalists. Each semifinalist had to prove that they had high academic achievements throughout high school and had to earn a score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test that was consistent with their high PSAT scores.

Locust Valley High School Principal Patrick DiClemente said the school’s finalists are exceptional individuals. “These four students are bright, articulate and outstanding students who have had a positive impact at our high school, and each is certain to have a successful future,” he said. “Their families and our entire school community should be proud of their successes and the accomplishment of having four finalists in one year at a school the size of Locust Valley High School.” 

The College Board shares the names of finalists with colleges and universities, and they now become eligible to receive scholarships of $10,000 toward their college educations. These scholarships can come from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporate sponsors or the universities the finalists attend. Scholarship winners will be announced in June.

Congratulations to Nina, Michael, Michelle and Nitha on this outstanding achievement!

County Recognition For Paula Dragone

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Paula Dragone, senior account clerk in the athletic office, has been awarded the Bondene Westring Award by the Nassau County Chapter of the New York State Athletic Administrators Association. This award is given to the administrative assistant who displays devotion to duty, commitment to excellence and a love of children. 
 
“We all know that Paula is the backbone of the athletic department,” said Dr. Danielle Turner, LVCSD Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. “I am thrilled that she is being recognized at the county level for the hard work she does in Locust Valley. Her efforts are often recognized by coaches and players, and now a wider audience will understand her value to our program.”
 
Ms. Dragone will be given her award and recognized at a luncheon given by the Nassau Chapter of the NYSAAA on June 12.
 

Falcons Heading to Playoffs!

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Come out to support the Falcon teams that advanced to post season play.

Boys' Basketball finished with a record 9-5 in Conference A5, and takes the 19 seed in the Class A playoff bracket, facing Garden City on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Garden City High School.

The wrestling team has 30 wrestlers who have qualified for the Nassau County Division II Wrestling Championships, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Cold Spring Harbor HS.

Girls' Basketball finished undefeated in Conference A5, and takes the 2 seed in the Class A playoff bracket, facing the winner of Garden City/Hewlett on Thursday, Feb. 20, time to be determined.
 

High School Seniors Take on Role of Congress

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High school seniors took the annual Congress in Action event to a new level by incorporating technology and creating a paperless event. Gone were the paper ballots previously used to vote on each student-proposed bill. Instead, the mock members of Congress voted using Google Forms. With their Chromebooks on their laps, not only was voting paperless, it was also instantaneous. The Rules Committee knew immediately if a bill passed or failed, without having to walk around gathering them and taking the time to count them. 

“It’s important that we use technology in our school events in order to prepare students for the online world they are entering,” said Bryan Sarandrea, coordinator of social studies and business, K-12. He added that online voting was also better for the environment and therefore served the event well.

Other aspects of Congress in Action were kept traditional. Students proposed bills just as actual members of Congress would do, after researching topics in social studies classes and writing position papers to present at the event. Audience members, also acting as members of Congress, would argue for or against each bill before the entire group would vote. 

While some bills passed and others did not, the experience gave participants a real-life feel for how our government works. “This is a realistic peek at the inner workings of Congress,” Mr. Sarandrea said. “While preparing their bills, they also hone their research and writing skills and then their presentation skills during the actual event.” He said that Congress in Action provides a well-rounded experience and going paper free brought the event into current times.  

The Rules Committee, which kept order throughout the day, was comprised of Francis Marrone, Speaker of the House, and Marissa Capozzi, Quinn Letter, Vincent Marchand, Anish Mukhi, Matthew Scicutella and Juliana Vega. 

Students were guided in their research by their social studies teachers, including Robert Buonaspina, who organized the activity.
 

Another Falcon Scores 1,000th Point!

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LVHS senior Paige O’Brien is the second varsity basketball player to hit 1,000 career points this season. After congratulating her co-captain Julia Sabatino on the milestone last week, Paige scored her 1,000 point at a home game against Valley Stream South. Her 20 point game contributed to the Falcons 16th straight win during this undefeated season. Congratulations Paige!