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Sanford H. Calhoun High School

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1786 State St
Merrick, NY 11566
Ms. Nicole Hollings

  Assistant Principals:
  Ms. Danielle Amato
  Mr. Michael Hughes
  Mr. Mark Melkonian

 Attendance: 992-1312, 1353, 1354
 Guidance: 992-1319
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Calhoun’s Ryan Karis Among Poetry Out Loud State Finalists

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Ryan Karis, a student at Calhoun High School, was among 18 state finalists at this year’s Poetry Out Loud competition in Manhattan, which was held in March.

To reach the state level, the students first competed at regional semifinals in February. At both the semifinals and finals, participants recited works from classic and contemporary poets and were scored by a panel of judges that included poets and educators.

The state competition was coordinated by the Teachers & Writers Collaborative in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts.

Date Added: 4/16/2024

Calhoun’s Logan Schaeffler Nabs Second 1600M State Title

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Logan Schaeffler, a senior at Calhoun High School on the track team, was recently named the two-time New York State champion for the 1600-meter run.

His journey to establishing himself as one of the top boys distance runners in the state nothing short of extraordinary.

“His unwavering commitment to his sport, coupled with his natural talent and sheer determination, has propelled him to the top of the ranks in the fiercely competitive world of track and field,” noted trustee Edward Corona at the April 3 board meeting where Schaeffler was honored. “Logan's remarkable time of 4:11 not only secured his victory but also stood as the best in the state this year, missing the state record by a mere half-second. Such a feat speaks volumes about his incredible skill and prowess as an athlete.”

Schaeffler’s achievements extend far beyond his recent triumph on the track.

“As a four-year varsity letter winner, he has consistently demonstrated his exceptional abilities, setting records and leaving a legacy that will be remembered for years to come,” added Corona. “Holding both the Nassau County cross-country record and the Nassau County indoor mile record at 4:11, Logan has proven time and again that he is a force to be reckoned with in the world of distance running.”

The board recognition also mentioned his “character, resilience, and humility” that truly set him apart.

“Logan remains grounded and humble, always attributing his success to hard work, dedication, and the unwavering support of his teammates, coaches, and loved ones,” Corona stated.

Schaeffler is set to attend Marist College in the fall to pursue a degree in graphic arts while participating in the school’s track program.

Date Added: 4/4/2024

High School Students Offer Guidance to Elementary Peers

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Students from Kennedy and Calhoun High Schools visited Merrick’s Lakeside and North Merrick’s Fayette elementary schools, respectively.

A group of Lakeside alumni who now serve in their high school’s student government revisited their alma mater to engage with current student council members.

The focus was emphasizing the profound impact of service in shaping strong communities. Their message resonated deeply with the future Cougars, sparking enthusiasm and renewed commitment to making a positive difference. As we continue to foster a culture of service and leadership, let's draw inspiration from these alumni and their continual service.

Calhoun athletes regularly visit Fayette School through the ACES program, or Athletes Compassionately Educating Students, to lead lessons about healthy and positive life habits. During their recent visit, sixth graders broke out into groups as ACES athletes discussed the importance of avoiding drugs and alcohol and maintaining an active lifestyle. The high schoolers also shared what sixth graders can expect both at Merrick Avenue Middle School and Calhoun, including classes, teachers, participating in sports and independently following a daily schedule. Sixth graders greatly enjoyed receiving the beneficial insight.

Date Added: 3/28/2024

Students Compete in JSHS, Calhoun's Wong Earns First Place

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Fiona Wong, Calhoun High School’s class of 2024 valedictorian, placed first in the chemistry category and several Kennedy High School students were named semifinalists at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held on Feb. 11.

Her project, Computer-Aided Drug Design of Sterylglucosidase A Inhibitors to Treat Aspergillosis, focuses on creating new drugs to inhibit the respiratory fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus, in immunocompromised populations.

“Software was used to simulate the efficacy of these designed drugs before additional steps are taken to synthesize the chemicals,” explained Advanced Science Research Director Jennifer Pefanis.

Wong advanced to the regional final symposium, which was held on Feb. 24 at York College.While her JSHS journey ended there, she finished in the top of the category for all of Long Island competitors.

Eight students from Kennedy High School competed at JSHS on Feb. 11 as well. Seniors Minami Rodger, Ava Goldsmith, Paula Pastor, Dylan Friedman and Claire Schwartz and juniors Jack Levitt, Mark Prainito and Jayden Simon were named semifinalists.

“This is the most semifinalists we have ever had and it's the first time for any juniors from Kennedy to be included,” noted Barbi Frank, the ASR director at Kennedy.

Rodger placed third in the behavioral science category for her research, The Use of Ultrasonography to Estimate Visceral Adipose Tissue Mass and Effect on Risk of Hyperketonemia.

JSHS invites high school students to report on the results of their original research investigations in STEM and compete for scholarships and recognition at university-held regional symposia.

Date Added: 2/27/2024

Calhoun Leadership Students Share Anti-Hate Messages

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On Thursday, Feb. 29, seventh-grade students at Merrick Avenue Middle School had the opportunity to learn from Brian Joyce's Calhoun High School Leadership students.

“During their visit to social studies classes, the Leadership students taught seventh graders about the importance ofsymbolsin our society, the origins of some specific hatesymbols, to identify strategies for responding to and eliminating hatesymbols, and to createsymbolsthat reflect the opposite of hate, disrespect, and inequity,” explained Christina Cone, the social studies chairperson.

The lesson reminded students to think about the impact of their words and actions and promoted understanding and compassion.

Click here to view the photo slideshow.

Date Added: 3/4/2024

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