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Congratulations Class of 2017

Congratulations Class of 2017 Photo

Congratulations to the graduates of West Hempstead High School! Check back later in the week for a complete slideshow of photos from this milestone event.


West Hempstead’s Vaduthala, Tudisco Ranked Top Two in Class of 2017

West Hempstead’s Vaduthala, Tudisco Ranked Top Two in Class of 2017 Photo
West Hempstead High School has named Nathaniel Vaduthala and Tina Tudisco the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2017. Both seniors reflected upon their tenure in the district following years of dedication to academics, extracurricular activities and community involvement. 

Garnering No. 1 ranking in the class with a weighted GPA of 102.31, Nathaniel enrolled in as many Advanced Placement, college-level and honors courses as he could take. With a passion for science, he applied to multiple research programs prior to his sophomore year. He attended Bio Tech camps at both the Dolan DNA Learning Center and Stony Brook University, being one of only 15 students accepted into the latter program. Through the high school’s Science Research program, he further developed his research skills at Hofstra Univerity under the guidance of Dr. Roche C. deGuzman. There, he studied the mechanical characterization of gels formed using different PEG structures. Over his high school career, his research work has won awards at the Long Island Science Congress, Molloy Science Fair and Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. Equally driven by his love for mathematics, he enrolled in Calculus II and Linear Algebra courses at Nassau Community College.     

Beyond his coursework, Nathaniel also served as co-president of the National Honor Society and was a member of the student council, Key Club, and the Tri-M Music and Spanish honor societies. Gifted musically, he is a first chair cellist with the school’s orchestra, chamber orchestra and pit orchestra. In addition, he was on the track team his freshman and sophomore years.
Community service has played a significant role in the top-ranking senior’s life. As youth coordinator of the Indian Knanaya Catholic Community of Greater New York, Nathaniel acclimates children newly immigrated from India to American culture by tutoring them and engaging them in recreational sports. He has also organized various community-wide projects such as blood drives and donation walks. One of his most noteworthy efforts was the "We Can with Cans" project, in which he organized a massive can collecting campaign in order to purchase bicycles for children in need at the holidays.

Nathaniel has merited numerous honors for his academic excellence and charitable deeds. These include being named an AP Scholar by the College Board, being one of 25 students from West Hempstead High School to receive the President’s Academic Excellence award, receiving the Herald Tribune Award for his work in the school newspaper, Rampage, and meriting departmental awards in math and music. In addition, he has earned the Community Service and Academic Excellence Award from Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony Santino, the Nassau County Legislature Good Deed Merit Award, the New York State Academic Excellence Award, the West Hempstead Community Scholarship Award, the Good Deed Award for Long Island Teenagers and the West Hempstead Education Association Academic Award. He was also named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.   

Reflecting upon his time at West Hempstead, Nathaniel said he will miss his teachers the most for their constant support and guidance during his academic career. 

“All of the teachers I have had throughout my years in West Hempstead have been a major influence on the person I am today,” he said.
Nathaniel will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall, where he will major in mechanical engineering and mathematics. As he prepares to embark on this new journey, his advice to future graduates is to find a balance between working hard and having fun. 

“If you find something you enjoy doing, whether that be a class, club or hobby, push that forward,” he said. “You’ll be working hard academically but also doing what you love.”  

Like Nathaniel, Tina challenged herself with a rigorous schedule of AP, college-level and honors courses, a passion for science research, and heavy involvement in school organizations and community outreach. She graduates as Class of 2017 salutatorian with an impressive 102.25 GPA.

Her interest in research began in the ninth grade, when she studied astronomy and conducted an experiment on black holes titled “How can scientists represent black holes in three dimensions?” She went on to conduct research on sustaining urban environments, a study that landed her a $12,000 scholarship for placing third in the New York University Tandon School of Engineering Competition for High School Students. She has also presented her work at LISEF, Molloy College, Google and the South Asian American Women’s Alliance.

From the time she was a toddler, Tina has had a passion for the arts. She has performed in the high school’s drama productions since her freshman year. After playing smaller roles in “Hairspray” and “A Christmas Carol,” she earned her first lead role as Olive Ostrovsky in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” She is also president of her school’s drama and theater clubs. 

A leader among her peers, Tina has been class president for all four years of high school, a position where she motivates her classmates and works with them to improve the school. Her contributions have included coordinating class trips, decorating the halls for homecoming and choreographing the senior dance for Class Night. She is also president of Mathletes, a member of the National and Italian honor societies, was on the softball team as a freshman and sophomore, and played varsity tennis her senior year. In addition, she has volunteered at South Nassau Communities Hospital and her church. 

Along with graduating at the top of her class, Tina has been named an AP Scholar, one of the high school’s top 25 students to receive the President’s Academic Excellence award, and a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete. She has received departmental awards in English and Italian, an American Lodge #2445 Order of the Sons of Italy in America scholarship, the Community Service and Academic Excellence Award from Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, the New York State Academic Excellence Award and the West Hempstead Education Association Academic Award.  
On top of her vast achievements, Tina is also a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship award and the Leon Pollack Scholarship, accumulating a total of $35,000 in scholarships to attend Adelphi University, where she will major in education and history. She is enrolled in the honors college and Scholar Teacher Education Program, a unique five-year combined bachelor’s/master’s program for students preparing to teach at the elementary and secondary levels. Her dream of becoming an educator stemmed from her mother and the faculty of West Hempstead. 

“I wanted to be a teacher since I was 2 years old,” the salutatorian explained. “Watching how amazing my mother was at teaching, coupled with all of the guidance, devotion and passion I’ve seen in my teachers at West Hempstead, has made me want to have my own class of students to educate and support.”  

Senior Accolades and Accomplishments at West Hempstead

Senior Accolades and Accomplishments at West Hempstead Photo

West Hempstead High School celebrated the accomplishments and achievements of the Class of 2017 during its annual Senior Awards Assembly on June 5.

Families, administrators and community members applauded the seniors as they received scholarships and awards for their leadership, character and community service. Principal Alvaro Escobar recognized the students for their discipline, dedication and sacrifices over the course of their academic careers. 

“Each of you should know that success is within you,” he said. “This ceremony proves positive that you all are achievers no matter what challenges life throws your way. Always look to your experiences in West Hempstead with pride and then use that as fuel to boost your confidence when those moments of doubt surface.”  

During the ceremony, faculty and administrators bestowed deserving seniors with the President’s Academic Excellence and Outstanding Achievement awards, as well as departmental awards, while individual community members and organization representatives honored recipients with scholarships. 

In addition, valedictorian Nathaniel Vaduthala and salutatorian Tina Tudisco were formally acknowledged.      

West Hempstead Family STEAM Night

West Hempstead Family STEAM Night Photo

Families and students of the district attended Family STEAM Night at the district’s middle school on May 31. The evening, organized by high school students enrolled in Advanced Placement science courses, engaged participants in a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics activities.

Accompanied by their families, students in elementary and middle school enjoyed a variety of educational activities, including making slime, building marshmallow catapults, creating water bottle bird feeders, viewing a dissection of sheep organs, building terrariums and working with 3-D printers and pens.

“Family STEAM Night is a wonderful opportunity for our high school students to educate younger students and their families in the areas of STEAM,” said the district’s Director of Science, Joseph Cangemi. “The goal of the evening is develop in these younger students an appreciation, understanding and possibly a desire to pursue a career in one of these disciplines.”

The district is proud to offer its students and community the resources and opportunity to explore the areas of STEAM.


Annual ENL International Luncheon

Annual ENL International Luncheon Photo

English Language Learner students from West Hempstead Middle School and High School reflected on the challenges and successes they faced this year during a potluck luncheon of international cuisine.

Students from each ENL class prepared traditional ethnic dishes and created posters highlighting their greatest achievements from the 2016-17 school year as well as their goals for the future. The buffet spread featured cuisines from the native countries of fellow classmates, including Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Haiti, China, Guatemala, Jordan and Hungary.

Following the luncheon, students played soccer and performed cultural dances for an audience of staff and students. They also participated in a local tradition when they honored Middle School ENL teacher Candice Walker by singing Happy Birthday and enjoying a Carvel Ice Cream cake

The district would like to thank all of the ENL teachers who made this celebration of diversity at West Hempstead a success.

Juniors and Seniors Receive Advice from West Hempstead Alumni

Juniors and Seniors Receive Advice from West Hempstead Alumni Photo

Graduates of West Hempstead High School returned to the campus on May 24 to participate in Alumni Day.

Hosted by the school’s Virtual Enterprise students, alumni from the Classes of 2008 through 2016 engaged current Juniors and Seniors in a panel discussion about success after graduation and entering the world of college and careers. Moderated by VE seniors, alumni were asked a series of questions about their majors, job opportunities and high school courses that prepared them for college.

The discussion was followed by a question and answer session where the upperclassmen asked the alumni questions and shared deeper conversations.

Going Beyond Google

Going Beyond Google Photo
West Hempstead High School Junior Deanna Gonzalez and Senior Julia Granatelli were recently named winners in their school’s “Going Beyond Google” library contest held in honor of National Library Week.

Observed from April 9-15 this year, National Library Week celebrates the contributions of libraries and librarians and promotes library use and support, according to the American Library Association.

Organized by High School Librarian Barbara Stern, the contest was designed to teach students about the importance of using library databases for research instead of Google. Students prepared for the contest by studying material relevant to the topic, including a video, an article and a blog post on the subject. They then applied their knowledge to answer a question on the high school’s library blog explaining the benefits of using library databases rather than Google to perform research and gather information.

Each winner received a gift basket containing a $25 Visa gift card as well as snacks and beverages.

The high school library staff expresses its gratitude to all students who participated in the contest.

West Hempstead Student-Athletes Honored by BOE

West Hempstead Student-Athletes Honored by BOE Photo
West Hempstead Student-Athletes Honored by BOE Photo 2
Congratulations were in order during the April 25 meeting of the West Hempstead Board of Education as several students were recognized for their athletic accomplishments.

The Board acknowledged the West Hempstead Middle School boys volleyball team for their undefeated winter II season, finishing 10-0 under the direction of Coach Andrew Wilson.

“I am proud of these young men not only for going undefeated, but also for learning a lot about commitment, sportsmanship and being a student-athlete,” said Wilson.

Also honored was West Hempstead High School senior and soccer player Lisette Palomo, who was named a News 12 Scholar Athlete. Nominated by her soccer Coach, Michael Scaturro, Lisette earned this prominent designation based on her academic achievements, involvement in her school community and athletic prowess on the field. She received a full scholarship to attend Iona College in the fall, where she will play soccer and major in biology.

“Lisette is an incredible soccer player, student and human being,” said Scaturro. “Over the past five years, she has done tremendous work for the soccer program. I couldn’t be more pleased to have coached such an outstanding and kindhearted student-athlete.”

The West Hempstead Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Patricia Sullivan-Kriss commend these outstanding student-athletes for their determination, athleticism and excellence throughout the year.     

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.