The Sewanhaka Central High School District celebrated the accomplishments of both students and staff during the board of education meeting on Nov. 21.
The meeting began with the swearing-in of new board trustee Sharon Earley Davis, who will be representing the Elmont Union Free School District.
There were several awards and commendations during the evening, beginning with John Koscinski, the architectural technology teacher in the Sewanhaka Career and Technical Education program, who was honored for receiving the Educator Award, presented by the American Institute of Architects’ Long Island Chapter.
Students were then recognized for their academic and artistic achievements. Elmont Memorial High School senior Yusef Lateef (not in attendance) was commended for his selection as a semifinalist in the 2023-2024 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Two students were also honored for their selection as Merit Award winners in the Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar-Artist Award program. H. Frank Carey High School student Shania McCombs was selected as a Scholar-Artist Award recipient in the category of Media Arts, and Sewanhaka High School student Matthew Tyler Cruz was selected as a Scholar-Artist Award recipient in the category of Theater. Twenty students were selected for this honor from across Long Island.
New Hyde Park Memorial High School’s custodial staff was presented with certificates from Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman for their dedication and work in late September, when the school became a Red Cross shelter for approximately 60 Elmont community members who were displaced due to flooding. New Hyde Park Memorial High School Principal Dr. Richard Faccio, Assistant Principal Frank Geritano and Assistant Principal Gina Rodriguez were also honored for their kindness, compassion and leadership during that time.