Six Lengthy Island college students have been amongst 478 nationwide final month to obtain essentially the most prestigious award bestowed upon a youth civilian by the U.S. Congress.
The scholars have been issued the 2020 Congressional Award Gold Medal for achievements that embody accumulating greater than 800 hours over the span of not less than two years within the areas of group service, private improvement and bodily health. They have been mailed their medals in time for a digital ceremony final month.
The recipients have been Kaitlyn Berger of Northport, Ryan Czarkowski of Port Washington, Sahit Dokku of New Hyde Park, Dhruv Malhotra of Melville, Alp Sander Turgut of Westbury, and Diya Varma of Dix Hills. Berger, Dokku and Varma are seniors at Northport, Herricks and St. Anthony’s excessive colleges, respectively; Czarkowski, Malhotra and Turgut graduated this summer season from the Port Washington, Half Hole Hills and Jericho college districts, respectively.
“I discovered to understand how a lot even small gestures imply to others and the way serving to others makes me really feel like a greater, happier, particular person,” stated Berger, whose group service efforts included having cooked and delivered hundreds of meals to senior residents in lower-income backed housing in addition to creating customized present luggage for these in want.
Statewide, there have been 26 gold medalists this yr, the fifth most amongst U.S. states. California led the way in which with 139.
The Baldwin College District has appointed two new principals: Andrew DiNapoli at Baldwin Center College efficient Nov. 1, and Valerie Paul at Lenox Elementary College.
DiNapoli had been the district’s director of curriculum since 2018, and earlier than that was the Okay-12 coordinator of English language arts within the Glen Cove College District.
Paul was beforehand principal of PS 312Q Jamaica Youngsters’s College, and earlier than that was the assistant principal at PS 165 Ida Posner College in Brooklyn.
“I sit up for working with such a dynamic and passionate workers as we proceed to make sure a protected and wholesome studying atmosphere that will probably be partaking for all of our learners,” DiNapoli stated.
Brendon Mitchell has been appointed principal of Oceanside Excessive College, whereas Michelle Mastrande has been appointed principal of Oceanside College 5.
Mitchell beforehand served 5 years as principal of Oceanside Excessive College Castleton, an alternate highschool. Mastrande had been assistant principal of Oceanside Center College since 2017 and earlier than that was a dean, staff chief and social research trainer at Nice Neck North Center College over 15 years.
“I’m trying ahead to the chance to construct relationships with workers and households as we navigate these difficult instances collectively,” Mastrande stated. “As our yr progresses we’ll attempt to foster the social and emotional improvement of all of our college students, whereas emphasizing a faculty tradition that’s rooted in compassion, inclusivity and fairness.”
Essay contest winner
Seaford Excessive College senior Sarah Keane was one among 5 winners nationwide in an essay contest coordinated by American Olympic runner Brenda Martinez. The competition requested members to share who they’re and what they stand for, college officers stated.
Keane, a member of her college’s cross nation and monitor groups, wrote about the one that evokes her as a runner: her grandmother. Keane’s grandmother grew up in Eire throughout World Struggle II and used the prize cash from successful races to finance her immigration to america.
For successful, Keane acquired the chance to take part in Zoom exercises with Martinez and can obtain gear from New Steadiness.