Mepham Senior Receives Coach Hughes Memorial Scholarship
Emily Hagarty, a senior at Wellington C. Mepham High School, was named the 2014 Coach Hughes Memorial Scholarship recipient during a special ceremony held at the Paul Limmer Invitational Track Meet on April 5.
The Coach Hughes Memorial Scholarship is in memory of longtime track coach Gerry Hughes, who died from ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease – in 2010, and was established to honor a senior track athlete. Hagarty, who has participated in track for four years, was selected from 11 finalists.
Trish Hughes, wife of the late Mepham coach, said her family began the scholarship fund because they felt it was important to keep her husband’s name in the track community and to ensure that his legacy continued. She said that selecting the scholarship recipient is done by her entire family and is a very difficult decision. “We look for mentoring, leadership and someone who always tries to do their best,” she said.
Mepham’s head track coach Anthony Serravite said the school is grateful to the Hughes family for the scholarship and that it’s a great way to keep Coach Hughes’ memory alive. “He was a great coach,” he added. “He was very motivational and a great teacher. This scholarship means a tremendous amount and shows the meaning of love for the sport.”
An annual tradition at Mepham, the Paul Limmer Invitational Track Meet draws thousands of students from Long Island and Westchester, including students from all three Bellmore-Merrick high schools, for a day of track and field competition.
Hundreds Inducted into National Honor Society
Hundreds of students from Sanford H. Calhoun, John F. Kennedy and Wellington C. Mepham high schools were inducted into the school’s individual chapters of the National Honor Society on April 9. The National Honor Society seeks to recognize students’ continued academic excellence and commitment to success. Students are selected for induction based on academic performance and service to the community.
Students participated in a candlelighting ceremony to signify their induction into the society, which highlighted the National Honor Society’s four pillars – character, scholarship, leadership and service. Members of the building and central administrations, as well as the Board of Education, congratulated inductees as they made their way across the stage at each respective school.
Mepham SADD Hosts Senior Citizens Luau-Themed Prom
More than 140 senior citizens from throughout the Bellmore-Merrick community were treated to a senior citizens prom at Wellington C. Mepham High School on April 2, courtesy of the school’s SADD club. In line with the Hawaiian theme, students and guests donned colorful leis throughout the prom. Dozens of students helped to serve food, with members of the jazz band and soloists from the chorus entertaining guests with a variety of songs.
The prom, which has been a Mepham tradition for 14 years, enables students to give back to their community and show their appreciation for the seniors. SADD members work throughout the year to fundraise for the event.
“This is a really great community outreach program that makes a strong connection between the students and senior citizens,” said Jeannette Spargifiore, who serves as SADD co-adviser with David Kommor.
Mepham Physics Team Wins Big
Students from Mepham High School competed at the 26th annual Physics Olympics, sponsored by the Long Island Physics Teachers Association, on March 28 at SUNY Farmingdale. Mepham’s team, composed of Chris Juchem, Brian Keohane, Jane Kogan, Kevin Mendez, Matt Waldmann, and their coach, Bill Leacock, had their best year ever at the competition, taking four out of five first-place trophies and taking first place overall, earning 63.5 points with the second, third and four place teams earning 50, 49 and 48, respectively.
The events that Mepham won were:
Collision Course – An event where the team calculated the point of collision of two toy cars along an initially unknown distance. The team’s cars met at a point 0.3 cm away from their predicted point over a distance of 2.7 meters, for a remarkable 0.11 percent error.
Fermi Event – Students use their knowledge of physics and mathematics to estimate an unknown value. For example, they were asked how many African elephants would have the mass as the sun. Out of five questions, the Mepham team was perfect on four and only off by one order of magnitude on the fifth question.
Pendulum of Doom – The students had to predict the horizontal range of a pendulum mounted on a table, released from a given height and cut at the bottom of the swing, becoming a horizontally fired projectile. Mepham’s projectile landed 0.6 cm away from their predicted point, so close that the judges were surprised by their accuracy.
Physics Bowl – A game show event based upon the student’s physics knowledge. Mepham dominated with a score of 20 when the second-place team had only reached a score of 12.
‘Sound of Music’ Takes the Stage at Mepham
The Skull and Bones Drama Club at Wellington C. Mepham High School presented several performances of “The Sound of Music” from March 27-29. The production was directed by Edward Grosskreuz Jr., with Kevin Burns as assistant director and Brie Piccirillo as choreographer. Vocal music direction was provided by Michael Mitchell with instrumental musical direction by Brian Neiderman.
This beloved musical took the audience through infamous songs such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “The Sound of Music” and “So Long, Farewell.” In addition to the high school students in the performance, three North Bellmore Elementary School District students took on the roles of the younger von Trapps – Kurt, Marta and Gretl in this production.