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Sanford H. Calhoun High School

1786 State St
Merrick, NY 11566
Ms. Nicole Hollings

  Assistant Principals:
  Mr. Anthony DeMartinis
  Mr. Michael Gavalas
  Mr. Mark Melkonian

 Attendance: 992-1312, 1353, 1354
 Guidance: 992-1319
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Calhoun Marks 60th Commencement Ceremony

Calhoun Marks 60th Commencement Ceremony photo

The June 30 commencement ceremony for Calhoun High School’s Class of 2019, which was held at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, celebrated a theme of perseverance and personal achievement.

“Use failure to propel you forward,” Principal Nicole Hollings told graduates before belting out an a cappella version of “This is Me.” “There will be times when you will feel powerless, but you will always have the control to be just, honest and loving.”

Board member Edward Corona, a 34-year high school math teacher, reflected on the importance of seemingly difficult lessons and their relevance later in life.

“I challenge you to seek deeper meanings,” he said about the students’ overall educational experience. “Expect to be confused, but be confident that you will also be well equipped from the various resources obtained throughout your time in Bellmore-Merrick schools.”

Co-senior class adviser Nikole DeLuca pressed that life will always be a series of firsts and lasts, but to also focus on the “many indelible moments in between.” Her Co-senior class adviser Ricky Posner told students to “carve a path that is right for you.”

“Trust yourself and live your life with happiness, health and family in mind,” he added.

Class President Tara Cavanagh reflected on the four-year journey to finally become class night champions. 

“We learned from our mistakes and spent four years trying to make things better,” she said. “Our class has proved themselves a lot these past four years.”  

Salutatorian Jessica Lin colorfully told her story of growing up with immigrant parents who operated a Chinese kitchen. 

“Through working at the restaurant, I’ve learned compassion and sacrifice, and I was able to translate these values into my time at Calhoun,” she added. “It also helped me learn how to bring people together through culture.”

Valedictorian Senya Huda spoke about moving on.

“Our time at Calhoun has not only told us what to learn, but how to learn,” she said. “It is now our job to use our education to help change the world and give back to our communities.”

Sara Tappeto Named Academic All-American Lacrosse Player

Sara Tappeto Named Academic All-American Lacrosse Player
Calhoun High School senior Sarah Tappeto was recently honored at the Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Association’s annual dinner as a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American. 

In order to be considered for such an award, the athlete must maintain a 3.7. GPA during their high school career and have left their mark beyond the lacrosse field and classroom by making service contributions to the community. 

Tappeto was one of nine athletes in the county who received this honor. Aside from her work in the classroom, Tappeto led the team in goals this season and has amassed more than 100 points in her varsity career. In addition to her honor as a U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American, she was an All-County honorable mention recipient and Calhoun’s Scholar Athlete for this season. 

She will attend Molloy College on a soccer scholarship this fall.

Molly Flaherty Receives Student of the Year Scholarship Award

Molly Flaherty Receives Student of the Year Scholarship Award photo
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Molly Flaherty, student at Calhoun High School was recently presented with the Student of the Year Scholarship Award. 

She was nominated by her teachers based upon her accomplishments during her time at Calhoun. She accepted this award at the LIASEA (Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators on Friday, June 7 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. 

In attendance were Molly’s parents, sister, Maggie, special education teacher Lisa Loonie and Assistant Director of Special Education, Emily Paluseo. 

From Rams to Colts — A Welcoming Committee

From Rams to Colts — A Welcoming Committee
Guidance & Wellness Counselors Ricky Posner and Brian Resnick, along with several current students, welcomed some future Colts to Calhoun High School on May 29.

They fielded questions, offered campus tours and showed off the Colt culture to incoming ninth graders who are currently attending Merrick Avenue Middle School.

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.”

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