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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

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Calhoun Graduates Class of 2024

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Calhoun High School’s Class of 2024 was celebrated under clear skies and a canopy of blue and white on the school field June 9.

Nicole Hollings noted that the ceremony was her 10th graduation as principal.

“They [the graduates] have made Calhoun better because of all they did for this community, and I am blessed and proud to know them,” she added.

Board Trustee Megan C. Ryan, Esq. also offered positive remarks for the graduating class.

Joseph Darcourt offered a cello performance as his salutatorian address.

“For me, this piece represents ‘shake it up,’” he explained. “It embodies the spirit of embracing change, taking risks, and celebrating the present. Playing it for you today is a tribute to our shared experiences and the bright future that awaits all of us. And as we take the next step on our life paths, let's remember to shake it up.”

After reciting a quote by Mother Teresa, valedictorian Fiona Wong focused on what “doing things with great love” really entails.

“There’s no wrong combination of what you choose to pursue, within Calhoun’s walls or through outside passion projects,” she said. “And it doesn’t matter if it’s just one commitment or multiple: what matters is choosing this passion based on what we individually believe in, and giving everything we have to make an impact. To me, impacts can be big or small - they’re defined by the effort we pour into making a difference for the people around us. We may not be able to solve a world crisis, yet, but we can raise awareness around our community. That goes back to Mother Teresa’s words: we all have the power to make small impacts with great passion, dedication, and love.”

Click here to view the Calhoun Graduates Class of 2024 23-24 slideshow. 

Date Added: 6/10/2024

Calhoun’s On Tour Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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This school year marks the 50th anniversary of the Central High School District’s On Tour Company Drama program, housed Calhoun High School.

One of Bellmore-Merrick’s oldest co-curricular programs, the On Tour Company was founded in 1973 by James Drake and Dr. Dale Parkinson.Subsequent instructors included Dianne Meistrell and John Fredrickson among several others.

The program, currently under the direction of Sal Salerno, has been performing since September 1985.

“It is now considered one of the finest school drama programs on Long Island and in New York State,” Salerno said.

Under faculty direction and the student supervision of the International Thespian Society, the company produces over 10 performances a year.These include four major productions: one Shakespeare, one musical, one contemporary play and another which may be chosen from a variety of theatrical styles.

“My goal has always been to raise the bar to include college level activities, experiences and instruction,” Salerno noted of his teaching style.

Also produced are several evenings of improv or comedy showcases, senior directed one-act plays, touring/competitive scenes, dinner theater style entertainments and a pancake breakfast.

“There really is nothing like the On Tour Company,” said Cheryl Fontana, the district’s director of the fine & performing arts. “As an On Tour alumni myself, I know firsthand the invaluable experiences, training and memories students in this program walk away with!”

Notable Performances
During the past 50 years, the program has seen very successful productions. During the bicentennial, On Tour’s production of “1776” was performed in Boston for the National Council of Teachers of English conference and then again for the New York State Senate in Kingston.

After its run at Calhoun, the Company took their production of “Something’s Afoot” to SUNY Brockport. Its acclaimed production of “Oliver” was one of many that incorporated elementary students in the cast from the four component elementary districts.

“This represented the first time that the five districts worked together to present such an entertainment to the community,” added Salerno.

The program has attended many International Thespian conferences in Queens, North Adams, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut as well as hosting twice at Calhoun. The Company has also performed at the New York State Theatre Education Association conferences several times.

OTC successfully began performing Shakespeare by 1989 and musicals began to hit their stride in 1993 with “Pippin.”

As for musicals, OTC has succeeded with some of Stephen Sondheim’s most challenging works, performing “Follies” and “Sweeney Todd” – neither of which are considered typical school choices.

Among Salerno’s favorites are this year’s production of “Bright Star,” last year's “Gypsy,” as well as “Mary Poppins,” “Evita” and “Candide.” “ ‘Les Misérables’ succeeded on so many levels including selling out,” he recalled. “But of all my shows, my all-time favorite was ‘Scapino.’ It was an amazing wild crowd-pleasing comedy that I directed three times.”

Accolades and Achievements
The On Tour Company has been performing at least one Shakespeare production every year since 1985.

“They have won multiple awards for Best Ensemble scene and actor, actress and designers at the Hofstra Shakespeare Festival for 33 of 37 years from 1987 through 2023 save four years, two for snow and two for the pandemic,” explained Salerno.

OTC was also named best High School Theatre Program by Stage “Directions Magazine” and was featured in a “Seventeen Magazine” article in 1996.

Recently, working several times with Royalty company, Theatrical Rights Worldwide, OTC developed a workshop production of Monty Python’s “Edukational Show” prior to its release for schools as well as revamping “We Will Rock You: The Queen Musical” for them including providing director’s notes for future productions.

Alumni Hall of Fame
Many alumni have gone on to Broadway, film and television, including Debbie Gibson, Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Kevin Shinick of MAD TV, “Spiderman” on Disney XD and several books for Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars” series, writer/producer Adria Lang of “Sons of Anarchy,” “Fantasy Island” and more, Disney Animator Vincent Siracusano who designed the Tiger and guards for “Aladdin,” the hyenas for “The Lion King” and more.

Others include editors Bari Winter and Mike Weissman, television actors Janet Song and Jonas Cohen, Broadway leads Jeff Withers of “History Boys” and more, Jared Zirilli of “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,”Dan Maldonado who is currently appearing in “& Juliet,” Broadway stage manager Jeff Brancato and technician Max Reed, authors of young adult novels and plays Stacy Davidowitz and Elissa Weissman, as well as playwrights, Jessica Provenz and Brenda Withers. Many others have or are currently successfully working as television news producers, comic book illustrators, magazine and website authors, public relations directors, and theatre educators as well as many successful doctors, lawyers, rabbis, teachers and businesspeople.

It was recently announced that Salerno will retire at the end of the school year, however, he will remain on staff in a consulting position to ensure a smooth transition of leadership within OTC.

“We wish nothing but the best for Mr. Salerno as he begins this next chapter,” said Fontana. “The number of lives he has touched and impacted is immeasurable. On behalf of the District, we are truly grateful for his years of dedication to the On Tour program.”

Date Added: 6/12/2024

Newspapers Earn First Place at American Scholastic Press Association

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Two newspapers in the Central High School District earned first place in the American Scholastic Press Association.

Both The Cougar Crier at Kennedy High School and Hoofbeats at Calhoun High School received the distinction.

This national competition evaluates school yearbooks, magazines,and newspapers from across the country. The scholastic review and contest are a comprehensive service that not only scores publications on a point system but also provides detailed feedback and suggestions for improvement.

“Earning first place is a testament to the hard work and creativity of the studentstaff our school newspapers,” noted Brad Seidman, who serves as the Kennedy newspaper’s co-faculty adviser along with Dr. Dennis Urban. “This award also highlights the quality of our school’s publications.”

For Calhoun, newspaper’s faculty adviser Jason Boland noted this is the 16th year in a row they’ve achieved this distinction.

Both achievements will be listed in the awards booklet,The American Scholastic Journalist, which will be published in late December. This booklet not only celebrates the award winners but also serves as a resource for other schools looking to improve their own publications.

The Kennedy newspaper editorial staff includes Sophie Clancy, Jack Levitt, Adrianna Califano, Gabriella Tejada, Riley Thayer, Dan Kahn, Devin Pryor, Madeline Hyman, Joleen Shau, and Kristina Shau.

The Calhoun editorial staff includes London Basco, Penelope Orlando, Megan Bhansing, Sara Mascitelli and Ava Kamlet.

The papers are produced multiple times a year and spotlights the latest happenings on and around each campus. Filled with news, sports, editorials, entertainment, and more, the paper serves as a source and forum for students.

Date Added: 6/5/2024

Calhoun Girls Track & Field Captures First Title in School History

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The Calhoun High School girls track & field team earned their first Nassau County championship title in school history.

After winning their third consecutive county title this past winter, all eyes were on the girls from Calhoun this spring. A spring county championship has served as a thorn in the girls' side for the past few years, finishing runner-up to powerhouse Valley Stream North; but this year was different.

Coming into the Nassau County championship, the girls fought to win their 7th consecutive conference title and 8th straight division. In the process, the girls earned their 103rd consecutive victory. All three of these are currently the longest women’s track streaks in all of New York State.

“We knew we would get everyone's best shot week in and week out. Everyone wanting to be the team to knock off Calhoun,” Coach Joseph Migliano said.

The girls got off to a fast start at the county meet with Captain Kaitlyn Stibritz taking second place in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, followed by sophomore standout Sophia Delcid taking 4th and running a 15-second personal best. This opened a 12-point lead over the talented Valley Stream North team. However, that lead was short-lived as Valley Stream took 1st and 2nd in the High Jump and Shot put, scoring a combined 36 points in those two events. Dana Wauchope would take 4th in shot, with Lauren Rosario taking 3rd in High jump to mitigate.

Valley Stream's lead was halted as Calhoun walked onto the jumps runway.

“It's no secret the jumps program at Calhoun has been the heart and soul of the team for the past six years, earning the honor of the best jumps program in all of New York State for the second year in a row,” Migliano said.

Sophia Hines would lead the squad of Yolina Bastien and Danielle Lawrence to another clean sweep in the triple, scoring 24 points for the team. In between jumps, Danielle Lawrence took 3rd running a season-best and one of the top times in NY in the 100-meter dash, going 12.35 seconds. Hines and Bastien were right back on the runway for the long jump where they finished 1st and 3rd in the event and bring jumps newcomer Lauren Rosario along with them for a fourth-place finish as well, adding another 20 points to the team's total.

As the girls were celebrating a tremendous jumps performance, all eyes went back to Lawrence as she set up to run the 100-meter hurdles final. This was a crucial race for the team as Valley Stream was slated to finish 2nd, 3rd, and 5th. Danielle continued her breakout day running a season-best time for 2nd in the hurdles, knocking Valley Stream down to 4th, 5th, and 6th places.

“Our girls came into the meet as the best jumps program around, and they didn’t disappoint, but Dani today was something different,” Migliano added. “Everyone accounts for Sophia and Yolina to handle their business, but Danielle is the one that turned the day around for us. She had a historic meet and hands down was the MVP.”

Kaitlyn Stibritz took 4th in the 3,000-meter run, and Dana Wauchope finished 3rd in Discus. The strong finish came from the team's 4x800m relay, led by freshman standout Kristin Higgins. Higgins waited all day for this race and when her opportunity arose, she came through, running a 10-second personal best in the 800, to lead the team of Sophia Delcid, Kaitlyn Stibritz, and Jamie Menninger-Low to a 4th place finish.

Calhoun went on to win the meet 94-77 over Valley Stream North, claiming their first-ever spring county title.

Coach Migliano said he explained to the girls the significance of this meet and why it meant so much to him and the program.

During the 2020 spring season, the girls were the most complete team they ever had; sadly, that season was cut short due to the COVID pandemic.

Elizabeth Tuzzolo, who was a member of that team and now a coach, said this win was unlike any other. 
“We didn’t want to just win for us, but we wanted this for our 2020 class,” Migliano added. “The hardest thing I ever had to do as a coach was tell that amazing class that there would be no spring season. This win is bigger than any athlete, bigger than the team; this win is for the program; Elizabeth, and those girls who came before us.” 

Date Added: 5/22/2024

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