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2016-2017 MacArthur High School News

MacArthur Student Among Long Island's Best Artists
The artwork of MacArthur High School student Kamilla Tlemissova was among 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 MacArthur 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.

Each year Senator Kemp Hannon invites all high school students to participate in the "Best in Town" photo contest. The photo subject must be relevant to the theme "Best in Town" for one of the following contest categories: People, Places, Pets, or Nature.

Graphic Design student, Steven Villanueva Jr. was recognized by the Nassau Music Educators Association for his winning All-County Music Festival T-shirt design. Steven's musically themed logo was featured on hundreds of shirts sold as souvenirs at this year's festival.


On April 5th, MacArthur Science Research students Jake Iannacone, Madison Kleppan-Mella, Hannah Grunfeld, Saajid Chowdhury, and Erin Cassano participated in the Long Island Science Congress. Jake's work, which was done in collaboration with NYU-Poly researchers, related to coding errors in computer programs.

The halls of MacArthur High School looked like a sea of blue on Monday, April 3rd, as students and staff kicked off their 2017 Autism Awareness campaign.

Board of Education trustees and administration gathered at MacArthur High School's baseball field on April 17 to dedicate the school's newly constructed bleachers.

On April 4, 2017, MacArthur's Business Ownership and Marketing students Joseph Apollo, Ryan O'Shea, Joseph Razza, Jake Sarni, and Ryan Wall were first place winners in the 5th annual Nassau County Comptroller's Entrepreneurial Challenge.

MacArthur High School lacrosse player Erin Vaughan Ware now holds the record for highest scorer assist in points and goals for the Generals, having scored 257 points, 157 goals and 100 assists during her tenure on the varsity team.

The Business Honor Society hosted MacArthur's Annual March Madness Badminton Tournament Fundraiser on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in MacArthur's gymnasium. The event was organized and facilitated by the students in order to help raise funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and collect food for the Wisdom Lane Food Pantry.

With much excitement, MacArthur's annual Battle of The Classes took place March 24th. Before the actual competition, each grade got the chance to show their school spirit by participating in dress up day, culminating in Color Day, where each grade had the opportunity to be represented.

In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, the MacArthur High School Jazz Ensemble performed at a festival that celebrates the greatest of all American-made art forms, Jazz.

On Thursday March 23rd, Newsday announced their selected candidates for first team All Long Island. This year's team was compromised of 12 females, 5 from Nassau county and 7 from Suffolk County.

On March 24, 2017, ten of Mrs. Boyle's Italian III MacArthur students competed in the American Association of Teachers of Italian Poetry Contest. Italian students from several districts throughout Long Island competed and recited Italian poems such as Gianni Rodari and Dante Alighieri. MacArthur is proud to announce that Hannah Kilmetis won Honorable Mention in the level III category.

On March 15, 2017, business students from MacArthur's Business Ownership and Marketing and Introduction to Business classes visited Smokin' Al's restaurant in Massapequa.

There are close to 2,000 men, women and children in our community, including cancer, transplant and surgery patients, trauma victims, newborn babies and many others that need blood transfusions each day.

On March 3rd, MacArthur's Junior Class Officers hosted a night underneath the stars in celebration of this year's Junior Banquet.

MacArthur seniors, Jake Iannacone and Madison Kleppan-Mella, participated in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair on February 8th.

On Friday, March 17th, the following MacArthur Science Research students participated in the Molloy Science Research Fair: Saajid Chowdhury, Thomas McDermott, Rory Myles, Jennifer Taggart, Brady Peterson, and Evan Peters.

On Thursday, March 16, the MacArthur High School Marching Band, under the direction of Band Director, Joseph Romano, performed in an exclusive "Magic Kingdom March" at Walt Disney World's famous Magic Kingdom theme park in Orlando, Florida.

MacArthur junior, Kamila Tlemissova, presented her oil painting titled "Competitive World" at the Long Island's Best Young Artist Exhibition at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington. This was the 21st annual show.

MacArthur High School's production of The Breakfast Club captivated audiences on March 10th and 11th. Based on the iconic movie from the 80s, the play is set in a school library for Saturday detention where five students realize that despite their initial differences, they share many of the same problems and feelings.

For the fourth consecutive year, MacArthur High School students enrolled in the Digital Media II class were named first-place winners in the Drug Alternatives Public Service Announcement Contest sponsored by Nassau County.

Congratulations to Mr. Romano and the MacArthur High School Marching Band. The band was chosen to perform for the world at Walt Disney's famous Magic Kingdom theme park.

Jared Stern, a MacArthur High School senior and student at the Long Island High School for the Arts, assisted in the development of the 2017 Inaugural Induction Ceremony for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. As president of the NHS for Dance Arts, Jared assisted teachers Dina Denis and Sydney Weltman in determining the qualifications for NHS membership and oversaw the election of board members.

Senior Carissa Giuliano has received the Prudential Spirit of Community Award for her volunteer efforts. Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the award honors middle and high school students for outstanding service to others and to those who have made a difference.

MacArthur High School is pleased to announce that Casey Butcher and James May have been named Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. These talented individuals have not only excelled academically by each acquiring the top grade point averages during their high school tenures, but have contributed their volunteer efforts to the Levittown community.

Seven MacArthur High School students participated in the 4th Annual Conference on "Girl Power in STEM: Be Bold for Change" at Stony Brook University. The conference promoted Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers and networking for girls.

The artwork of MacArthur High School seniors Emily Angley and Dipti Sharma was on display at the Advanced Visions 13: High School Artists of Excellence exhibit held at LIU Post.

Coaches Chris Leahy and John Nessler would like to congratulate and recognize four MacArthur Bowling athletes who were selected ALL-County for 2016-2017 season.

This year, the MacArthur Key Club started their first Ashley Wade Foundation fundraiser called Jake's Jammies. After two weeks of fundraising, it turned out to be an overwhelming success. Students and staff raised money for seven teachers who volunteered to wear a onesie.

Congratulations to MacArthur Science Research student Justin Viders, grade 9, for competing in the Long Island Brain Bee on February 4th at The Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. This event exposes young students to the study of the brain early in their academic careers, and aims to motivate students to pursue careers in neurology, neurosurgery, or neuroscience.

The MacArthur High School Science Olympiad team, under the coaching of Dr. David Friedman and Matt Zausin, took part in the Nassau County Regional Science Olympiad competition at Wantagh High School on Feb. 4. The team finished in ninth place out of 44 teams, and 17 students collected a combined 35 medals in 14 of 22 events.

For the fourth consecutive year, MacArthur High School students enrolled in the Digital Media II class were named first-place winners in the Drug Alternatives Public Service Announcement Contest sponsored by Nassau County.

The National Federation of High School Coaches has named MacArthur High School varsity baseball coach Steve Costello Region I Coach of the Year for the areas including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, as well as New York State Coach of the Year. Costello has served as head varsity coach at MacArthur for 25 years.

MacArthur High School and Salk Middle School students from sports teams, clubs and music organizations took to the mat on Jan. 18 during the second annual Sumo wrestling matches to benefit the John Theissen Children's Foundation. Under the direction of coach Michael Marrero, the participants donned immense Sumo wrestling gear to the delight of a packed crowd in the MacArthur High School gymnasium and wrestled their way to donations for sick and underprivileged children. The event coincided with the MacArthur High School wrestling team's match against Manhassett.

John Ramirez, a senior at MacArthur High School, received the Shelter Hero Award from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.

MacArthur Girls Bowling continues its successful season. The team is currently undefeated and ranked third on Long Island and #1 in Conference VII. The team is made up of Seniors Amanda DeLisi, Alyssa Breeze, Skye Mollica and Junior Amanda Petrillo.

As part of a longstanding tradition, 74 top seniors from MacArthur High School's Class of 2017 were invited to attend the annual General's Breakfast. These academically talented seniors acquired a 95 percent GPA or above during their high school careers.

Throughout the month of December, the MacArthur Winter Wind Ensemble continued its long-standing tradition of holiday concerts in and around the Levittown community.

The MacArthur High School varsity MacEttes won high gold honors at the National Starbound Dance Competition at East Islip High School. The kickline team competed in the Large Group Jazz Dance category and performed a jazz dance routine executing a variety of dance skills.

On Saturday, December 10th, the MacArthur High School Science Olympiad Team, along with their advisors David Friedman and Matt Zausin, attended the Annual Islip Invitational at Islip High School.

MacArthur High School football lineman Ryan O'Shea was the recipient of the Nassau County Coaches Association's Martone Award, which recognizes the county's most outstanding lineman.

MacArthur High School students finished the fall sports season on a high note, garnering six All-County, 19 All-Conference, two All-County Honorable Mention, four All-Class, two All-Division and one All-Scholastic designations.

The MacArthur High School Winter Wind Ensemble shared the gift of music with a performance of holiday tunes for trustees, administrators and members of the Levittown community prior to the public meeting of the Board of Education on Dec. 7.

On Sunday, December 4th, the MacArthur varsity cheerleading team attended UCA's regional competition in the Poconos.

MacArthur's ABA students, 9th grade Freshman Class Council members, and Division Avenue Skills students participated in a Roller Skating field trip on Thursday, December 1st, at United Skates of America.

On November 17th, MacArthur students from Mrs. Fritch's New York City course traveled into Manhattan to participate in a field trip highlighting the city's history, culture and the use of public transportation.

The MacArthur High School basketball team, under the direction of coach Eric Rubin, hosted 35 students from Denmark's Hjemly School, who competed in the annual Jeff Shaw Memorial Basketball Tournament held at the high school on Dec. 1.

MacArthur High School sophomores Jennifer Gattus and Kimberly Mestizo have been selected to represent the district at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar, to be held at Adelphi University in June 2017.

A kidney transplant provided Michael Reed, a sophomore at MacArthur High School, with a new purpose in life.

Ms. Davidian, dedicated Levittown Mathematics teacher, was recently inducted into the Long Island Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame. Ms. Davidian was both a math teacher and chairperson in Levittown working tirelessly for 38 years before retiring in 2012.

Under the direction of teachers Lisa Levenberg and Carisa Wellenreuther, MacArthur High School's talented cast and crew drew a packed house during three performances of the musical comedy "The Addams Family" on Nov. 17-19.

The MacArthur High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce that three seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their sports at regional colleges and universities next fall.

With an opening scene that takes place in a graveyard, The Addams Family musical ran on MacArthur's stage from November 17th through November 19th. The creepy and kooky family brings forth many familiar characters.

On November 9th and 10th, Ms. McCue took students from Division Avenue and General Douglas MacArthur to Boston, MA as part of her yearly AP Government trip. Students got to tour Fenway Park, the Freedom Trail, see the John F. Kennedy Library and participate in a mock Senate debate at the Edward Kennedy Institute of the Senate.

MacArthur High School held its annual Pink Out football game where Pink replaced the traditional red, white, and blue school colors. This sea of pink spread from the football players wearing pink socks to the band adorning pink plumes to almost every spectator taking part in such a momentous event.

At the Board of Education's public meeting on Nov. 2, the trustees and Central Office administrators recognized the volunteer efforts of two MacArthur High School students who received their Eagle Scout status.

The Levittown School District is pleased to announce that MacArthur students Hannah Kilmetis (cello), Yingyue Liu (violin) and Helen Zhang (violin) 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.

Members and Advisors of the Tri-M Music Honor Societies from both Division Avenue and MacArthur attended an annual dinner at Great Neck North High School on Thursday, October 20th, 2016.

On Wednesday, October 19th, the Family and Consumer Science department (FCS) of MacArthur High School invited presenter David Allen from Johnson and Wales University to talk to students in the Culinary Arts, Food investigations, and International Foods classes.

MacArthur High School's Class of 1966 received a warm welcome home during their 50th reunion on Sept. 10.

Representatives from East Coast colleges and universities attended MacArthur 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.

On Thursday, September 22, Ms. McCue took students from Division Avenue and MacArthur High School to Hofstra University to listen to two journalists talk about the presidential election.

The District is pleased to announce that the National Merit Scholarship Program has named four high school seniors as Commended Students. Casey Butcher, Carissa Giuliano, Jake Iannacone and James May are among the 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

This summer, Taylor Cooleen (Class of 2017), attended the first annual Project Fibonacci - STEAM Youth Conference. The event was held in Rome, NY and featured various speakers and events revolving around the Fibonacci sequence. Speakers such as Alan Alda, Alan Bean, Chris Hadfield, and many others gave interesting keynote speeches regarding cosmology, psychology, string theory and communication science.

MacArthur High School art teacher Tammy Mayer and business teacher Nicole Savage were named Survivors of the Year by The Susan G. Komen Foundation.

MacArthur High School Principal Joseph Sheehan and Guidance Chairperson Elizabeth Hammer congratulate 108 current students and 2016 graduates who have earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP exams.

An overtime victory by the MacArthur High School Generals' varsity football team served as the perfect ending for the annual homecoming celebration, held Sept. 17 under sunny skies.

Senior Science Research student, Jake Iannacone, has submitted a professional paper for the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE). The paper, "Understanding Misunderstandings in Source Code," was completed with a team from New York University, University of Colorado, and Penn State, under the direction of Dr. Justin Cappos of NYU.

This summer, MacArthur Science Research students Kimberly Mestizo and Maritza Ventura (class of 2019) attended the STEM-Prep Summer Institute at Brookhaven National Laboratory. This was a four week enrichment program for ninth grade students across both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Only 20 students were selected to participate in the program.

MacArthur High School senior Jailyn Lopez has been selected as a 2016 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar.

The Long Island Arts Alliance has selected MacArthur High School senior Jared Stern as one of 20 Award of Merit recipients as part of its Scholar-Artist Awards program.

Last spring, Hannah Grunfeld was notified that she was a winner of AFS Project Change, a project she worked on in Science Research. Out of over two thousand students from around the country, she was one of eleven winners chosen.

This summer, Laura Tarone (Class of 2016), was notified that her paper, "LONG ISLAND FARMERS' MARKETS: AN ANALYSIS OF PATRONAGE AND LOCATION", was officially accepted for publication in the peer review journal The Middle States Geographer. Dr. Friedman and Mr. Zausin were listed as co-authors of the paper.

On August 25, 26, 29 and 30, the MacArthur High School Marching Band, under the direction of Joseph Romano, held its annual summer Marching Madness program.