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Amityville HS Celebrates Homecoming

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Amityville held its homecoming parade and game on Oct. 25 on the field at Amityville High School. On a beautiful, warm afternoon, the Warriors showed their pride as they took on the Westhampton Beach Hurricanes before a vocal crowd of supporters. Despite a spirited, gritty performance, the varsity football team fell to the Hurricanes 31-20.

Before the game, the Amityville community was treated to a colorful parade as the sophomore class float anchored the route with a very lifelike reconstruction of the school’s football field, complete with a goalpost. The Amityville Parent Teacher Council also showed their pride, waving to the parade audience as they went along on their float. The high school marching band and the Amityville Royal Court helped lead the crowd through the village and onto the field.

The halftime show featured performances from the cheerleading squad as well as the marching band and a trio of dancers. Amityville also announced its 2014 homecoming king and queen: Victor Akintola and Jeannine Hernandez, respectively. The candidates for king and queen were Joab Dorsainvil, Malcolm Mathis, Travon Duncan, Lillian Ayodele, Amber Knapp and Jenifer Morency.

Additionally, four members of the Amityville community were recognized as recent inductees into the Amityville Sports Hall of Fame. Reynolds Hawkins Jr., Oliver Hinckson, Cherese Hinckson and Jeanette Santos stood at midfield to receive applause for their recent induction.

Browse the photo gallery to relive all the action.

 

Nine Inducted into Amityville Sports Hall of Fame

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More than 100 guests turned out on Oct. 24 to see the Amityville Sports Hall of Fame induct nine individuals and the members of two football teams. The newest members of the district’s athletic hall of fame are Warriors Reynolds Hawkins Jr., Cherese Hinckson, Oliver Hinckson, Albert “Allie” Leftenant, Richard Allen Maher, Mary “Mazie” Kretz McDonough, Victor S. Niemi, Jeannette Santos and Kenny Young.

Reynolds Hawkins (Class of ’78), a founding member of the Amityville High School Sports Hall of Fame, was nominated and selected for induction this year because of his achievements in basketball, cross-country and track. Among his accomplishments are setting a New York State freshman two-mile record that stood for 27 years and holding cross-country course records at Sunken Meadow State Park. He has also been a successful coach at Amityville since 1996, earning 24 league/county Coach of the Year awards and coaching 16 state champions, among other achievements.
In her acceptance speech, Cherese Hinckson (Class of ’97) said she had long been focused on competition with her brother, Oliver, also a member of the Class of 1997 and the 2014 Sports Hall of Fame.

Cherese said she was especially grateful to her parents, who were constantly on the go shuttling kids to games.

Oliver, for his part, said he first became devoted to athletics after being sent to the time-out room while in high school and ogling the trophy case. He said it inspired him to become a serious athlete.

Tommy Leftenant accepted the award on behalf of his father, who was unable to make it, although a dozen other Leftenants were in attendance. Tommy said his father was proud to be part of the Warriors legacy.

Jeannette Santos, a long-time member of the Amityville Board of Education and a Warriors athletics booster since 1960, said she was amazed. She felt, as a mother, that all the kids were hers and urged all members of the community to support the children.

Inductee Richard Maher, who won county wrestling championships in his weight class in 1965, 1966 and 1967, was equally humble, saying he was just one wrestler in a long line of great Amityville wrestling teams.

Bruce Pescitelli spoke on behalf of inductee Kenny Young (Class of ’75), who was both an outstanding soccer and baseball player. He said that when Young stepped up to bat, the baseball scouts would get out their stopwatches to clock how fast he ran. He was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 20th round of the 1975 Major League Baseball draft and was awarded a baseball scholarship to the University of New Haven, where he decided to attend.

The 1956 and 1961 varsity football teams, both winners of the Rutgers Cup, were inducted as well. George Cerchiai, a member of the 1961 team who now lives in Miami, said he was thrilled to be back in Amityville with his former coach Lou Howard, who Cerchiai referred to as “Caption Lou.”
The goal of the Amityville High School Sports Hall of Fame is to honor and acknowledge past great athletes, coaches, contributors and teams that have impacted the Amityville school sports community. Its mission is also to reunite the past sports history of the school with the present champions that add to the rich fabric of the Amityville High School athletic program.

Browse the photo gallery for a look at all the inductees.

High Notes for High School Music Students

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Two accomplished student-musicians will be representing the school district at All-State and All-County competitions this fall after successful auditions last year.

Aidan McGlone, a senior soprano, has been selected as a member of the highly selective 2014 All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble, which will perform at the NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester this December. McGlone was chosen from a large pool of candidates that auditioned last spring at NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state. She was chosen based upon her proficiency score and teacher recommendations.

Kristian Morgan, a junior tenor, was selected to represent Amityville as a member of the NYSCAME/Suffolk All-County Mixed Choir. Rehearsals and a performance from the select choir will take place in November. Morgan was one of many students who auditioned at NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals held throughout Suffolk County last spring. The All-County festival will feature the county’s top 11th- and 12th-grade students. Morgan was chosen based on his proficiency score and teacher recommendations.

“I am extremely pleased for Aidan and Kristian,” said Fran Fernandez, Amityville’s fine arts director. “I congratulate them as well as their families and their past and present music teachers on this outstanding achievement.”


College-Minded Students Make Trek to Southern Campuses

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For the eighth consecutive year, Amityville High School students, under the guidance of social worker Reynolds Hawkins, visited four historically black universities in an attempt to navigate the college application process.

During the week of Sept. 22, 32 students visited Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, Cheyney University and Lincoln University over a four-day period. The students were introduced to admissions counselors, went on guided tours and visited area museums in what was part college preparedness, part history lesson.

“[These visits] gave us a sense of what we’re coming out of in high school and what we’ll be going into,” said Kyle Hobson, who plans to study criminal law and minor in music production. “They also gave me a sense of what my culture has actually done for us and how we’ve developed as a people.”

Added Deja Hoover, who plans to study health and physical education, “When I get out of high school, there are going to be more opportunities than my ancestors had. Visiting these colleges allowed me to realize I can take advantage of these opportunities.”

Jenifer Morency, a physical therapy student who also plans to run track in college, learned how to narrow down her choices.

“I learned that there are colleges that aren’t for you,” she said. “When I visited Virginia State, I felt at home. I could picture myself there. When I visited other colleges, I didn’t get that same experience. So it was important for me to see what I didn’t want, because I won’t get to do these college years over again.”

Hawkins said the group that attended ranged from grades 10-12. The Historically Black University Tour program helps students discover a range of college options outside of New York in an environment where they would feel most comfortable and prepared for success.
Friday, October 31, 2014