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Sanford H. Calhoun High School

1786 State St
Merrick, NY 11566
Ms. Nicole Hollings

Assistant Principals:
Dr. Neil Testa, Ed.D.
Mr. Michael Gavalas
Mr. Mark Melkonian

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Girls Track Clinches Division Championship

Girls Track Clinches Division Championship
Calhoun High School girls track headed into the May 17 competition with a mission of earning their fourth consecutive division championship — and they were victorious.

“The Colts got out to a fast start and never looked back,” said coach Joseph Migliano. “Maura Walters and Elizabeth Tuzzolo took third and fourth in the 400-meter hurdles earning the team a fast 10 points and Maura’s first ever All-Division honor.”

Next up was the 1500 meters in which Calhoun sent out freshman Julianna Razza and sophomore Faith Dwyer. Razza earned her first event championship while Dwyer ran her second fastest time all year and finished third to claim the last All-Division spot. 

Lisa Jose took second in the 100-meter dash and also earned All-Division honors. 

Meanwhile, Jamie Campanelli went on to throw her personal best in shot put and win the event for the second straight year. Senior captain Victoria Unz battled through an injury to take second in the discus, along with sophomore Melissa Kurlanchik who finished fourth in that event. 

In the triple jump, Jose won with a jump of 33 feet, 9 inches while teammates Walters and freshmen Ashley Thompson followed up with fourth and fifth, respectively. 

Eighth grade standout Sara Manson scored in the 100-meter hurdles, long jump and earned her first division title in the pole vault event. 

Sophomore Nicole Devlin set a goal to win the division high jump, and met it. She beat the reigning high jumper and claimed her spot as division champion. 

In the 800-meter race, sophomore Emma Bhansingh ran 4-second personal best and finished fourth overall in a very fast heat. 

“It was a very special day for the team earning their fourth consecutive division title,” Migliano said. “They proved why track and field is a true team sport, scoring in all events and winning by roughly 50 points.”

Calhoun Duo Awarded NYS Senate Youth Leadership Awards

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Two Calhoun High School students were recently awarded NYS Senate Youth Leadership Awards.

Junior Marc Edayadi, who serves as president of Calhoun Model Congress, is a member of several honor societies, editor of the school newspaper, Hoofbeats, and plays trombone and baritone in the band.

“Marc has a talent for getting other students engaged in politics and public policy,” said Beth Finneran, Calhoun Model Congress supervisor. “As president of the Calhoun Model Congress Club, he mentored 12 other students on how to write bills on various topics from the environment to trade to education. He coached them on how to present and effectively debate. Thanks to Marc’s leadership this year, Calhoun had the most bills pass through committee at Yale Model Congress in Calhoun history.”

Senior Brianna McDonough attends the BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts. She is heading to the University of Rochester in the fall. She is a member of three National Honor Societies. 

“I have seen both a tremendous work ethic and persistence to be an agent of positive change in her community and around the world,” said her guidance counselor/Calhoun Assistant Principal Dr. Neil Testa. “She has steadfastly grown into a natural leader, aiming to help people in and around her community. Her activities and performances outside of school are often geared toward helping people and raising awareness  for various causes. Her involvement and writings about her work with helping victims of the natural disaster in Puerto Rico has earned her the “American Scholastic Press Association Award for Outstanding Story.”

Nominations for an award come from teachers, administrators, counselors or other school faculty for well-rounded candidates who excel not only academically, but through leadership in extracurricular and volunteer activities. There are four categories including Academics, Athletics, Arts and Community Service.

Calhoun Girls Track Clinches Third Straight Conference Title

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Calhoun High School girls track team not only won their third straight conference title on April 29, but they now have the longest winning streak in Nassau County at 51 in a row.

Every week throughout the season, the girls would face a different task from running against some of the best sprinters in the state or having to compete with the perennial county champions Manhasset Indians in the first league meet of the year. As each week came and gone, however, the girls would always wind up on top, with only Manhasset coming within 25 points of them. 

April 29 was the girls last league meet and one they have been looking forward to all year. They would take their 11-0 record with them as they traveled to MacArthur High School to compete against the generals and cross town rival Mepham Pirates. If the players lost to even one of these teams, it could jeopardize their entire season.

“The girls had a focus about them that entire day in school. You could tell hours before the meet began that it was going to be a good night,” said coach Joseph Migliano. 

Calhoun got out to a fast start, taking first and second in the 400-meter hurdles, and following that up with first, third and fourth in the 1,500-meter race. 

“Our distance crew has really stepped up all season,” Migliano. “They are young, strong and motivated to be special. They have been solid all year scoring major points for the team.” 

The Calhoun sprinters were no different. Led by junior captain Lisa Jose, the girls took 15 out of 20 points in the sprints.

“I felt confident going into the meet because everyone had worked so hard this season and we knew what we were capable of accomplishing,” said Jose. “There was definitely a lot of pressure to maintain our winning streak but that only motivated us more to compete to the best of our abilities regardless of what the other teams put out there.”

Jose and best friend Kristina Losquadro dominated the sprinting events for the team all season. Not one meet has gone by that they haven’t been a major contributor, he explained. 

“Lisa has always been a standout athlete, but this year she evolved into a leader and captain. Someone the younger girls could look up to and emulate,” Migliano said.

Traditionally Calhoun would score big in the field events and that was no different. Throwers Jamie Campanelli, captain Victoria Unz, Melissa Kurlanchik and Erica Klein had another stellar day winning the shot put and Discus. 

“They contribute so much and no one ever sees it because the throws aren’t on the track. The team, however knows, and has a deep respect and gratitude for everything the throwers do,” Migliano added.  

Calhoun put any doubt in this meet to rest with the rest of the field events. Nicole Devlin, Victoria Drewes and Ava Bayat swept the High Jump. Sarah Tappeto led the girls into triple jump, and she along with Lisa Jose and Maura Walters swept the event. 

“Sarah is such a special athlete. Not only is she a leader on the track, but she is the lacrosse team captain as well. Balancing two sports in one season is tough, but with the talent and work ethic Sarah Tappeto has, she makes it look easy,” added Migliano.

It would be hard to talk about Calhoun’s success this spring season and not mention stand out eighth grader Sara Manson. She hurdles, sprints, jumps, pole vaults and is one of the top 400-meter runners on the team. Yesterday was no different for Sara, she won the 100-meter hurdles, pole vault and long jump. Sara has also qualified for the New Balance National Championships in Long and Triple Jump. 

“Sara leaves me speechless on a daily basis. She just turned 14 years old and has the mentality of a proven veteran. She’s strong, confident, dedicated and one terrific athlete. Every day, she strives to get better and our practices usually end with me having to kick her out of the weight room. I couldn’t ask for anything more out of this young lady, and I can’t wait for the years to come to watch her grow in the sport she loves,” said Migliano.

The girls closed out the meet with a first-place finish in the 4x400-meter race led by junior captain Elizabeth Tuzzolo.

“Liz is the heart of our middle-distance program. The girls look up to her for leadership and guidance. Nothing said this more than her getting over 95 percent of the votes along with Lisa Jose for team captain. Good or bad, Liz leaves it all on the track and sets the standard for our 400-meter runners,” added Migliano.

At the end of the day, the girls did what they set out to do months ago. Winning this meet with 115 points, beating MacArthur and Mepham by 90 and claiming another Conference Championship. 

“This is a very special group of young ladies I get to work with. We maybe one of the youngest teams winning in Nassau, but we have heart and work ethic for days,” said Migliano. “No matter if we were up by 100 or down, the girls compete like we’re losing. Leaving everything they had on the track all season long. I couldn’t ask for anything more from them. They have turned a track and field team into a track and field program, with standards and expectations.” 

Four Student Athletes Named All-State

Four Student Athletes Named All-State photo
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Four students from the Central High School District were recognized as All-State athletes and celebrated at the district’s April 3 board of education meeting.

Matthew Condenzio of Calhoun High School was one of the top high jumpers in New York State, coming in fourth place with a 6 feet, 4 inch jump that earned him the All-State honors. He hopes to break the 6 feet, 7 ¼ inch record this spring.

Ryan Murray, a member of the district’s Bellmore-Sharks swim team and student at Calhoun High School, won the 200m and 500m freestyle at the division championship and went on to early All-County honors, as well as qualify for states I both events. At the state championship, Murray finished in third place in the 500m freestyle. 

Mepham High School wrestler Kyle Althenn won a Nassau County Championship in the 139-pound category and earning third place at the New State Wrestling Championships. A senior, Althenn capped off his Mepham wrestling career with a 131-30 record, the second most wins in team history, 12 individual titles and four All-County honors.

Another Mepham wrestler, Matthew Hegi has already been named a two-time All-County wrestler in the 195-pound category with 80 career wins. At the New State Wrestling Championships, Hegi finished in eighth place. His 35 wins and 17 pins led all Pirate wrestlers this season. 

“Behind every successful student athlete is a tremendous support system consisting of teachers, administrators, parents and coaches,” said Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso. “At Bellmore-Merrick, that kind of backing carries our kids to new heights in their performances.”

LI Math Fair Silver Medalist

Michelle Serban, an Advanced Science Research student and sophomore at Calhoun High School in the Central High School District, was awarded a Silver Medal at the Al Kalfus Long Island Math Fair finals on April 12 at Hofstra University. 

Serban was selected as a finalist from hundreds of high school mathematic students across Long Island to present her mathematical research.  

Her study, “An Exploration of the Correlation Between Consecutive Coefficient Factorable Quadratic Equations and the Fibonacci Sequence,” was well received by fellow competitors and judges alike and we are very proud of her for her amazing accomplishment.

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