May 9 BOE meeting honors Valley Stream’s achievers

 May 9 BOE meeting honors Valley Stream’s achievers photo

Valley Stream Central High School District students were commended for an assortment of achievements at the May 9 board of education meeting. The majority of these recognitions were focused on the arts, and the evening also featured the annual District Art Show held in Memorial Junior High School’s gymnasium.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Heidenreich and members of the board of education first applauded Central High School’s Sophomore Advanced Science Research Team for winning the $9,000 Grand Prize at the Northwell Health's third annual Spark Challenge. Aleena Abraham, Maheen Babar, Kayla Dhanipersaud, Melisha Gonseka, Patricia Joseph, Ronie Rocca and Khadija Zahid competed against approximately 80 schools and focused on patient care in the Physical Therapy field.

Next, certificates were presented to talented, dedicated and creative artists who have represented each of the four buildings at competitions and events during the 2016-17 school year. From Central, Grey Landcaster won first place in the student category in the Art Guild Exhibition: From My Perspective and Nicole Ann Merin received an Honorable Mention. Shakela Ibrahimi won first place in the Student Category in the Art Guild Exhibition: Works on Paper, Kimberly Rambarran earned an Honorable Mention in the Art Guild 2016 Nassau County Student Exhibition and Competition and Keyahna Marks achieved an Award of Excellence in the Art League of Long Island: Go APE competition.    

Shakela Ibrahimi, Christopher Jason, Cathleen Liang, Kayleigh Navarro, Nazia Seelochan, Corey Windham participated in the Art Supervisors All County Art Show, and Nicholas Rodriguez, Heidi Schmalfuss, Massai Yates had work featured in the LIATA Art in Heart Exhibition. Christina Mui received the Andrew Presberg Promising Young Artist Award in the Long Island’s Best Young Artist Show at the Heckscher Museum of Art, and four students earned awards in their respective categories of the Photographic Federation of Long Island competition. Grey Lancaster placed first, Nyallah Abrahams and Elyssa Guzman placed second and Gerry Thermil placed third.

The recognition of Memorial Junior High School artists followed. Norah Auguste, Maryam Bacchus, Hailee Batista, Frances Brown, Alexia Campbell, Kailee Finn, Eliana Garcia, Sabrina Solaman and Chelsea Warren had work featured in the Art Supervisors All County Art Show, and Renine Castor and Casey Woluewich showcased their talents in the Colors of Long Island Exhibit. Hailee Batista, Eliana Garcia, Shyann Madison, Alana Moy and Christopher Thomas participated in LIATA Art in Heart.

Many North High School students were celebrated. Daniela Crimi earned a third-place award and Justine Woracek was acknowledged as a participant in the Art Guild 2016 Nassau County Student Exhibition and Competition. Daniela Crimi, Jessica Sossi Romano, Justine Woracek participated in the Art Guild Exhibition: Works on Paper. In the Art Guild Exhibition: From My Perspective, Jessica Ehrlich placed second and Rebekah Buon and Ariana Concepcion participated. Alexandra Valme received an Award of Excellence
in the Art League of Long Island: Go APE contest, and Rebekah Buon, Daniela Crimi, Noah Feldman were recognized as participants.

Nicole Aresta, Cristian Castro, Marlin Gomes, Timothy Hutchinson, Lindsey Poonai, Yerlin Rozon, Chitpreet Singh and Sylvia Viteri had work featured in the Art Supervisors All County Art Show and Rebekah Buon, Noah Feldman, Allison Vasquez displayed their creativity in the Colors of Long Island Exhibit. Daniela Crimi placed second in the Congressional Discovery competition and won an Award of Excellence at the LIATA Art in Heart event, which also featured the talents of Nicole Aresta, Noah Feldman, Vanessa Mendez, Leslie Ramos, Jessica Sossi Romano, Alexandra Valme, Allison Vasquez and Justine Woracek. Rebekah Buon had her work selected to the Long Island’s Best Young Artist Show at the Heckscher Museum of Art and Daniela Crimi was applauded for earning a Silver Key Award in the Scholastic Art and Writing contest.

The recognitions concluded with an outstanding assortment of art accolades for South High School students. Ricky Vargas was congratulated for earning Best in Show in the Advanced Visions competition and placing first in the Art Guild 2016 Nassau County Student Exhibition and Competition. Karen Alvarez, Maham Ayaz, Soleil Correa, Keren Dial, Chelsea Hicks, Dylan Roca, Maria Rohr, Taylor Santiago and Michelle Trager participated in the Art Supervisors All County Art Show and Wardah Aziz, Valerie Lenis, Nicolas Quinones, Dylan Roca and Megan Ward were represented in the Colors of Long Island Exhibit. Joseph Iccari, Autumn Knight and Ricky Vargas took part in the Congressional Discovery event and Taylor Santiago achieved an Award of Excellence at LIATA Art in Heart, which also featured the talents of Adam Aswat, Kayla Camacho, Christopher D’Costa, Sophia Gonzalez, Nicole Wojtkielewicz and Julia Yang. Ricky Vargas, Taylor Santiago and Julia Yang had their work selected for the Long Island’s Best Young Artist Show at the Heckscher Museum of Art, and Ricky won Best in Show.

In the Nassau Community College Honors Show, Karen Alvarez received an Excellence in Photography (HS) award, Maham Ayaz earned an Excellence in Illustration (HS) distinction, Joseph Iccari achieved an Excellence in Painting (HS) title, 
Liz Angela Lopez was awarded Excellence in Mixed Media (JH), Deanna Martin earned an Excellence in Graphics (HS) distinction, Nazia Rahman achieved an Excellence in Drawing (HS) distinction, Ana Salazar was awarded Excellence in Mixed Media (HS), Eleanor Schroll received an Excellence in Painting (JH) award, Alysse Fazal earned a Merit in Illustration (JH) distinction, Samantha Gordon achieved a Merit in Mixed Media (HS) title, Lianna Moze was awarded Merit in Painting (HS), Mahek Patankar received a Merit in Drawing (HS) honor and Nicolas Quinones earned a Merit in Illustration (HS) distinction.

Emily Avalos, Soleil Correa, Keren Dial, Rushpreet Kaur, Sonia Rai, Denise Rubenstein had their artwork featured in the New York State Legislative Exhibit. For the NYSATA Portfolio Project, Soleil Correa, Liz Angela Lopez, Eleanor Schroll and Victoria Sung were distinguished at the middle school level and
Wardah Aziz and Nazia Rahman were distinguished at the commencement level. Karen Alvarez won a first-place award in the Photographic Federation of Long Island competition and five students earned achievements in the PTSA Reflections contest. Timothy Parnell was named a State Finalist and received a PTA Award of Merit, Dylan Roca was a first-place regional winner at the high school level, Liz Angela Lopez was a first place regional winner at the middle school level, Faith Acevedo was a second place regional winner at the high school level and Eleanor Schroll was a second place regional winner at the middle school level.

The district looks forward to celebrating event more excellent accomplishments during these final weeks of school.