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2016-2017 Division Avenue High School News

Division Avenue Graduates Pave Their Path to the Future
Hofstra University's David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex was a sea of blue and white caps and gowns as 254 Division Avenue High School graduates from the Class of 2017 took the next step toward new challenges during the 58th commencement exercises.


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Division Avenue High School celebrated the accomplishments and achievements of the Class of 2017's top students during the annual Senior Awards Night on June 6.

On June 7, Division Avenue High School's Tri-M Music Honor Society, under co-advisors Matthew Nobile and Alison Sellars, hosted an Acoustic Café in the Kim Foglia Memorial Garden.

Division Avenue senior, Sean O'Regan, received the National Football Foundation's Scholar Athlete Award. Sean was a 4 year member of the football team and served as captain during his senior year.

Hundreds of works featuring Division Avenue's most dedicated and talented artists were on display during the school's annual Art Show on May 17. Not only was the community able to take an up-close look at the best and brightest talents, peers were encouraged to explore their creative sides.


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On May 22nd, 2017 the Division Ave. High School String Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Mark Martufi, performed at the NYSSMA Major Festival at Hofstra University.

On Tuesday May 23, 2017 the Division Avenue High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Michael Bastone, performed at the NYSSMA Majors Festival at Hoftsra University.

Ryan Dwyer, a 10th grade student at Division Avenue, spends much of his time giving back to the community. He shared the story below about his time spent in the Dominican Republic, and Division Avenue couldn't be any prouder.

On Monday March 6th, DRAGON Pride awards were presented to 8 students that embody the attributes of DRAGON Pride.

Kristen Stritzl, an English teacher at Division Avenue, was recently asked to attend the National Writing Project's College Ready Writers Program for High-Needs Schools launch meeting in Washington, DC. Ms. Stritzl will be one of the co-facilitators leading an advanced institute as part of a 2017-2018 CRWP SEED High-Need Schools grant.

Seventeen Division Avenue High School senior athletes have committed to their sports at local and regional colleges and universities. The district congratulates these students on this outstanding accomplishment and wishes them continued success in their sports.

The National Honor Society of Division Avenue High School inducted 61 students during a traditional candlelighting ceremony, celebrating the organization's tenets of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship.

Alicia Renda, a junior at Division Avenue, recently placed 1st at the local level for the Voice of Democracy competition. This completion was an orated essay regarding Alicia's position on "Responsibility to America." By placing 1st at her local VFW, Alicia was entitled to a $400 scholarship.

On Tuesday April 25th, students from all over Nassau county came together at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration to compete in this year's Envirothon.

Science Research student, Annie Tao, was 1 of 14 students across Long Island to be accepted into the Partners for The Future program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

During the April 20 meeting of the Levittown Board of Education, Division Avenue High School senior Meagan Schulman was recognized for her Gold Award project for the Girl Scouts of America.

The artwork of Division Avenue High School students Lobna Bayoumy and Salia Soeun-Thol were two of 84 pieces selected for exhibition in the annual Long Island's Best: Young Artists at the Heckscher Museum exhibit.

The Board of Education and Central Administration recognized Division Avenue High School's top winter athletes during the public meeting of April 19.

The district is pleased to announce that 53 elementary and secondary students were selected to exhibit their artwork in the Art Supervisors Association 13th Annual Nassau All-County Art Exhibition, held on March 12 at Farmingdale State College.

On April 6th, several Division Avenue students were honored for their photography submissions to the "Best in Town" contest, sponsored by Senator Kemp Hannon.

Board of Education trustees and administration gathered at Division Avenue High School's baseball field on April 5 to dedicate the school's newly constructed bleachers and walkway.

On Friday, March 17th the Division Avenue High School Career Development Program hosted their first CD Science Fair. The science experiments were part of the CD 3 science curriculum led by Mrs. Negri. The CD program is instructed by Ms. Donna Negri, Ms. Eileen Nelson, and Ms. Eileen Savino.

The Division Avenue Science Olympiad team competed at the New York State Finals for the 9th consecutive year on March 10th & 11th at LeMoyne College.

Under the direction of Ryan Nolin, Division Avenue's talented cast and crew drew a packed house during three performances of the musical comedy "Pippin", held in the auditorium on March 16-18.

Students in Ms. Ciano's Life Management class recently completed their culminating project. The unit, focusing on relating to others, asked students to create emoji key chains.

On March 12th, Division Avenue students participated in the 13th Annual Nassau All County Art Exhibition at Farmingdale State College.

Nine students in Mr. Engels' Digital Media Productions class were recognized for their outstanding work. Students were asked to create a public service announcement focusing on the negative impact drugs has on people's lives.

Division Avenue High School students, Lobna Bayoumy and Salia Soeun-Thol, participated in the 2017 Long Island's Best Young Artists show at the Hecksher Museum.

From March 8th through March 10th, the Division Avenue High School DECA club, (Distributive Education Clubs of America), competed at the State Conference in Rochester, New York. 2,500 business education students from around New York State competed in various events and were graded on either their prepared presentation or a role-play scenario.

Fans filled the Division Avenue High School gymnasium as Challenger League student-athletes competed in the annual homecoming game on March 2.

On Monday March 6th, DRAGON Pride awards were presented to 8 students that embody the attributes of DRAGON Pride.


On Wednesday March 1st, the Division Avenue Show People presented three selections from the upcoming musical Pippin. "Magic to Do," "Corner of the Sky," and "Morning Glow" were performed in front of the Board of Education, District Administration, Building Administration, family and friends in the Levittown Memorial auditorium.

After months of preparation, the Division Avenue High School Class of 2017 performed a successful, enjoyable, and above all, memorable "Emmy Night," which is the high school's senior award assembly on January 30th, 2017.

In their final game of the season, the Varsity Boys Basketball Team, led by Coach Maini, honored their graduating seniors. Bryan Corporan, Vincent Inciarrano, Fraz Malik, Douglas Melgar, and Michael Tamburello were joined by family members prior to tip-off, and presented with flowers.

The Levittown Swim Team, coached by Mr. Greg Larkin, finished their regular season with an 8 - 0 record, winning the Conference II Championship.

On February 8th, the Division Avenue Lady Dragon Varsity Basketball Team, coached by Mr. Kissane, had two reasons to celebrate: a win over South Side (56 - 47), and the careers of their seniors. Prior to tip -off, Coach Kissane invited his two seniors, Kayla Benischek and Erin McCauley, to join him while he spoke about their hard work, dedication, and leadership abilities.

The Division Avenue Science Olympiad Team, led by Gerard Marzigliano, attended the Yale Science Olympiad Invitation at Yale University on Jan. 21. The students had an exciting day on campus, and more importantly, prepared themselves for the Regional Tournament held on Feb. 4 at Wantagh High School.

On January 21st the Division Avenue Science Olympiad Team lead by Mr. Gerard Marzigliano, attended Yale University to compete in the Yale Science Olympiad Invitational. The students had an exciting day on campus, and more importantly, prepared themselves for the Regional Tournament.

Division Avenue senior, Maria Mancz, has received a Juror's Award for her artwork submitted by Mr. Tim Ryan to LIU Post's Advanced Visions 13: High School Artists of Excellence contest. Maria's work, The Old Man and the Sea, was on display in the Student Art League Gallery at LIU Post.

Two Division Avenue seniors, Sejal Mehra and Danielle Mahn, were recipients of the 2017 Greater New York City Affiliate Winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. NCWIT stands for the National Center for Women in Technology.

Division Avenue is proud to announce that two of their teams received the NYSPHSAA (New York State Public High School Athletic Association) Scholar Athlete Team Award. Both the Varsity Cheerleading and Varsity Girls Volleyball teams received this distinction. 75% of their respective rostered players earned a GPA greater than 90% during the season.

The Major League Hitting Coach for the Texas Rangers, Anthony Iapoce, spent some time with players at Division Avenue. Iapoce was invited by Head Coach Tom Tuttle and his staff for the annual Winter Clinic hosted by Levittown West Little League.

On Saturday, January 7th, the Division Avenue High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) club participated in the Nassau County Regional Competition at Freeport High School. Twenty-five Division Avenue students competed against other high school business students from around Nassau County.

Danielle Mahn, a senior at Division Avenue, has been named a Semifinalist for the 2017 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. With the 2016 class, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation will have provided more than 5,700 Scholars nationwide with over $66 million in scholarships.

Division Avenue High School senior Dawn Kim has been selected to perform as a violinist with the All-State Symphony Orchestra during the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference, to be held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York, Dec. 1-4.

The Division Avenue Girls' Junior Varsity Volleyball team was the recipient of a post-season award. The Lady Dragons were awarded the Sportsmanship Award presented by the Nassau County Volleyball Officials Association.

Members of Division Avenue High School's chamber orchestra and chamber singers performed at Barnes & Noble in Westbury for a Division Avenue PTSA fundraiser on Dec. 9.

On December 14th, Division Avenue and MacArthur Journalism students joined together to attend Hofstra's High School Student Press Day.

Under the supervision of Ms. Kerri O'Rourke, Division Avenue High School's S.A.D.D club organized their annual coat drive. Members of the Division Avenue community were invited to bring new or gently used winter coats to the main lobby.

As part of his culminating Eagle Scout project, DAHS 10th grade student, Zachary Martin decided to honor those Division graduates who served in our armed forces. Creating a walkway surrounding Division's Memorial Garden located on the front lawn surrounding the flagpole , Zachary laid bricks printed with the service members' names, branch served in, and graduation year.

On the heels of being granted a bid to compete in Universal Cheerleading Association's (UCA) National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando this February, the Division Avenue High School Varsity Cheerleaders held a holiday cheerleading clinic for the youth of Levittown.

Division Avenue High School students finished the fall sports season on a high note garnering two All-County, nine All-Conference, one All-County Honorable Mention, two All-Class, one All-Division and one Academic All-Conference designations.

Division Avenue High School seniors Jamie Alvino, Brandon O'Brien and Steven Reilly will continue their sports careers next year as college freshmen.

Beginning her career in 2007, Mr. Kirk worked as substitute aide, clerical, and monitor. From 2010 - 2011, Ms. Kirk furthered her position and began working part-time as a school monitor. Finally, in 2011, Ms. Kirk became a Teaching Assistant in the Special Education Department where she first served Summit Lane, and eventually moved to Division Avenue which is her current home.

The Division Avenue High School community caught the spirit of giving, as they donated more than 10,000 food items and $1,500 in supermarket gift cards for those in need this Thanksgiving holiday.

Division Avenue High School's Class of 2017 top achievers attended the annual Blue and Silver Luncheon, which was held to honor their hard work and dedication throughout their four years of high school.

The Division Avenue High School marching band, under the direction of Michael Bastone, placed sixth in the New York State Field Band Conference Finals, Small School 2 class, held at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome.

On November 18 students enrolled in AP Government and Politics with Ms. McCue at Division Avenue High School participated in a video conference with students from Glasgow, Scotland.

Wisdom Lane Middle School would like to congratulate Division High Avenue High School Freshman Melanie Barroca for earning her Girl Scout Silver Award.

Division Avenue has selected five students from an outstanding sophomore class to represent the school at the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar at Adelphi University in June 2017. HOBY's mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.

On Thursday, October 27th, Karen Torres held a texting awareness assembly at Division Avenue High School on behalf of her father, who passed away due to an accident. She shared this tragic memory and uses it as a learning tool so others do not make the same mistake of the driver that killed her father.

On Monday November 7th at Division Avenue the Physical Education Department held its 2nd Annual Flag Football Turkey Bowl Tournament. Under the lights on the turf field at Division, 18 teams with over 110 students participated for the right to be crowned the champions.

The district is pleased to announce that Division Avenue High School student-musicians Eileen Cha (cello), Dawn Kim (violin) and Joy Kim (violin) from Division Avenue High School have been selected to participate in the 2016 Long Island String Festival Association Secondary Festival, to be held at Munsey Park Elementary School in Manhasset on Nov. 20.

Division Avenue High School held its first annual Pink Out football game on Friday, October 28th against Valley Stream North. Many groups and organizations came together within the school to sell pink merchandise, treats, and basket raffles to help raise money and awareness for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

On Tuesday, October 25th, Division Avenue's Girls Volleyball Team hosted their DIG PINK event. Gifts baskets were raffled off and other items were sold to raise money for the foundation. The event raised a total of $1,500. Kohl's also matched this amount, and donated an additional $1,500 to The Side-Out Foundation on behalf of the Division Avenue Volleyball Team, as well.

On Friday October 15th, the Levittown Division Blue Dragons JV Football Team participated in a Friday Night Lights game to raise money for breast cancer research.

The district is pleased to announce that Eileen Cha (Cello), Dawn Kim (violin) and Joy Kim (violin) from Division Avenue High School have been selected to participate in the 2016 Long Island String Festival Association Secondary Festival, to be held at Munsey Park Elementary School in Manhasset on Nov. 20.

On Monday October 17th, Ms. Galterio's Family and Consumer Science classes hosted a special guest. David Allen, a student-chef from Johnson & Wales University, presented to Division Avenue students both the educational and career-based opportunities offered by the University.

On Sunday, October 15th the Division Avenue Cheerleaders attended the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach. Decked out in pink "Cheer For A Cure" shirts and poms in hand, the girls walked the 5 miles in support of the cause.

Ms. Stritzl, an English teacher at Division Avenue, was recently selected as a University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award winner. Ms. Strizl was nominated by her former student and Division's 2016 Valedictorian, Jessica Vasseghi, upon enrolling in the University of Chicago.

Kristina Spano, a senior at Division Avenue, was the recipient of the Youth Recognition Award for Volunteerism. Presented by the Levittown Community Council this award recognizes students who continually give back to their community through volunteering.

Representatives from East Coast colleges and universities attended Division Avenue High School's annual college mini-fairs. Students visited the tables stacked with information and were given time to speak with recruiters about programs, the application process, and acceptance criteria and procedures.

During the summer vacation, Division Avenue Science Research student, Danielle Mahn, attended the Harvard Pre-College Program.

The district is pleased to announce that the National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named four Division Avenue High School seniors as Commended Students. Dawn Kim, Danielle Mahn, Nicholas Motschmann and Faraz Tajammul are among the 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

The Division Avenue Competitive Marching Band under the direction of Mr. Michael Bastone, took the field this past Sunday at Copiague High School attending their second competition of the season.

On September 17th, players from the Division Avenue softball program joined forces with the Levittown Athletic Club (LAC) to show support at the 1st Annual "Batting to Beat Childhood Cancers" fundraiser event to help raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

A clear blue sky was the perfect backdrop for Division Avenue High School's annual homecoming parade and game on Sept. 24.

While some students may have been vacationing or swimming in pools, Division Avenue Science Research student Shavani Sharma conducted independent research at Winthrop University Hospital. At the hospital, Shivani's research focused on the connection between diabetes and cholesterol metabolism.

Science Research student Annie Tao was accepted to the Partners for the Future Program. Located at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Annie will be conducting independent research alongside PhD's throughout the school year.

Principal John Coscia and Guidance Chairperson Mark Curtiss applaud the ninety-nine students at Division Avenue High School who have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

Division Avenue Senior, Sejal Mehra, spent her summer interning at the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC). Sejal was just one of only two interns selected for the program. To be selected, students must be a rising senior, have experience in coding, and work for a non-profit organization.

Division Avenue High School senior Dawn Kim has been selected to perform as a violinist with the All-State Symphony Orchestra during the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference, to be held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York, Dec. 1-4.

During the months of April and May, Key Club members from Division Avenue assisted Assemblyman Dave McDonough in a pet food and supplies drive. The charity supports Baxter's Pet Pantry, operated by Long Island Cares, to help families in caring for their pets and to avoid the need of sending them to shelters.

This summer Division Avenue senior, Hunter Diamond attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston, Massachusetts.

The district has appointed Stephanie Addona as special education chairperson for Division Avenue High School, effective Aug. 17, 2016.

Division Avenue High School welcomes Terence Rusch and Sam McElroy to their positions of assistant principal.