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West Hempstead HS Inducts 155 Into Honor Societies

West Hempstead HS Inducts 155 Into Honor Societies Photo

As a result of their dedication, commitment to excellence and elite academic standing, more than 150 West Hempstead High School students were inducted into the Tri-M Music, Italian, Spanish, Art and National Honor Societies on April 24.

Opening the ceremony, members of the high school Chamber Orchestra performed for the parents, faculty, Board of Education members and district administrators in attendance.

“To our accomplished students, we honor your achievements in four important areas – scholarship, leadership, community service and character,” said High School Principal Alvaro Escobar. “All of you are now leaders who will strive to live up to the expectations and responsibilities of your society, community, school and, most importantly, yourselves.”

Current members of each honor society spoke about the group’s significance, its requirements for induction and the responsibilities of its members. After lighting their society’s candle, the inductees recited their respective oaths, pledging their commitment to the chapter.

This year, the Tri-M Music Honor Society inducted 15 new members, while the Art Honor Society accepted 35 new creative students. The Italian and Spanish honor societies welcomed 14 and 39 new members, respectively. The National Honor Society inaugurated 52 Juniors and Seniors.

The district is very proud of its newest honor society members and extends its gratitude to the teachers and staff who advise these clubs.

West Hempstead High School Spring Musical Another Great Success

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The West Hempstead High School Drama Club presented the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” for students, faculty and community members.

Based on the book by Rachel Sheinkin, the story brings together an eclectic group of sixth-graders, each eager to win the competition for very different reasons. These young students include sweet and timid Olive Ostrovsky, who traveled by bus with her only friend – the dictionary – to compete; the bold and hyper-allergic William Barfee, who plans to use his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; returning champion Charlito “Chip” Tolentino, who struggles with his escalating puberty as he tries to win for the second time; the easily distracted Leaf Coneybear, who entered the bee as second runner-up and is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a competitor; overachiever Marcy Park, who is disappointed by her consistent success; and the politically aware Logainne “Schwartzy”  Schwartzandgrubenierre, who is only competing to impress her father. Through hilarious, touching and catchy songs, the spellers reveal their hopes, struggles and passions as they make their way through the competition.

Captivating the audience from the first act, the cast gave a riveting performance as they embraced their inner tween, spelling challenging words and exposing their ambitions and aspirations for life.

The drama club would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to West Hempstead Director of Music and Fine Arts Jonathan Trapani, production directors Wayne Heckler, Joseph Kane and Nicole Morace, choreographer Melissa Benson and stage director Daniel D’Pasquale for their unconditional support and dedication to another successful spring musical.

To view all photos from the performance visit the photo album link on the high school webpage.    

Leading By Example

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Carly Sills, a student at West Hempstead High School, was one of two high school seniors chosen to speak at the National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony for the Island Park School District’s Lincoln Orens Middle School.

As tradition, Lincoln Orens invites the two seniors who hold the highest grade point average from West Hempstead and Long Beach high schools to address the younger students and encourage their academic success in high school.     

Alongside Carly, Long Beach High School senior Joseph Aebly offered words of advice and inspiration to the 28 newly inducted members. NJHS members are selected based on their demonstration of the society’s five core values – scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship – as well as specific academic requirements.

The West Hempstead School District is proud of Carly for leading by example and inspiring her peers.

Lisette Palomo Named News 12 Scholar Athlete

Lisette Palomo Named News 12 Scholar Athlete Photo

West Hempstead High School senior, Lisette Palomo has been recognized as a News12 Scholar Athlete for her outstanding academic and athleticism. She also received a $1,000 scholarship from the Bethpage Federal Credit Union Hempstead branch.

Throughout her tenure at West Hempstead High School, Lisette has been enrolled in Advanced Placement, college-level and honors courses where she earned a 99.86 GPA. On her SATs, Lisette received a 1320. She also is in numerous clubs and organizations at the school as well as plays two musical instruments.

Outside of the classroom, Lisette is on multiple sports teams including lacrosse, basketball, badminton and soccer.

As a member of the girls varsity soccer team since the eighth-grader, Lisette has led the Rams to 43 wins, four playoff appearances and one conference championship.

With 72 points consisting of 49 goals and 23 assists, Lisette currently holds the second highest number of career points in West Hempstead history. Among her accomplishments, she has been named an All-County athlete for three consecutive years, was on the fourth team All-State as a senior, and was featured as one of Newsday’s Top 50 Girls Soccer Players to Watch. She also was voted the Nassau County Girls Varsity Soccer Player of the Year in Conference AB3. She will attend Iona College in the fall.

To see the full interview, watch News 12’s Scholar Athlete segment beginning on Tuesday, March 28 at 5 p.m. Congratulations, Lisette!

Video: Love Is Universal

Love Is Universal
Love and kindness filled the hallways of West Hempstead High School as students participated in the school’s Love Is Universal Week held Feb. 6-10.

Over the five days, students, teachers and administrators engaged in activities that promoted compassion, appreciation and love for one another. They received badges for completing random acts of kindness, contributed to a paper “kindness chain” by linking kind-hearted words together, and wrote notes of appreciation to classmates and teachers during lunch periods.

The week concluded with P.S. I Love You Day named after the nonprofit organization established by sisters Brooke and Jaimie DiPalma who lost their father to suicide in 2010. Observers of the day wore purple in a display of solidarity for the organization’s causes which are to take a stance against bullying and to help end depression and prevent suicide.    

In recognition of this day, the entire student body and staff at the high school were encouraged to wear purple and participate in the “Take One – Give One” Post-It–Note activity, for which the lobby was filled with colorful Post-Its bearing messages of hope, love, empathy and compassion. Throughout the day, students were asked to take a note and keep it for themselves or give it to someone else.

Tour the Medieval Manor Museum

Tour the Medieval Manor Museum

Ninth graders at West Hempstead High School taught fellow students about self-sufficient living during the Middle Ages when they displayed their creative research at the school’s fourth annual Medieval Manor Museum on March 9.

In their Social Studies classes, the students learned about feudalism, manors and the daily lives of villagers, lords and farmers in the Middle Ages. They were then tasked with creating realistic replicas of manors where people could live and flourish on the land. The displays were made using posters, Styrofoam boards, food items and computer programs such as Minecraft to build manor houses, churches, farmlands, meadows and rivers.  

At the museum, fellow students viewed the projects and voted for the manor that was best suited for self-sufficient living.