A Toast to Merit in West Hempstead

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The district celebrated excellence, achievement and tenure during the annual Tenure Tea and final Board of Education meeting of the school year on June 18.

The annual Tenure Tea recognized tenure recipients, district retirees and employees with 20 years of the service in the district. Board of Education members and administrators congratulated all of the honorees for their dedication to West Hempstead.

The staff members honored for tenure were Jennifer Brickman, Sheila Dempsey, Nicholas DiBenedetto, Carol Gordon, Michelle Lambo-Maron, Jaclyn Kaszubski, Dr. Erica Kozakis, Nicholas Maggio and Madeline Valencia.

The district’s retirees who were celebrated include Barbara Hafner, Mary Durham, Derrick Fore and Deborah Wyner.

Those employees recognized for 20 years of service to the district include Jaclyn Adrejko, Edward Cosgrov, Virginia Fagan Pusater, Joanne Gallipoli, Kathryn Girolamo, Julie Levitt, Cari Lubliner, Paul Selhorn, Michele Stoll, Nancy Sulliva and Danny Walter.

The festivities continued at the Board of Education meeting as a pair of varsity athletic teams and a stand-out senior were celebrated. 

Neven Vaduthala was spotlighted for earning the Biliteracy Seal from the New York State Board of Regents for his upcoming diploma. He was also recognized for being a recipient of the 2019 Good Deed Award for Long Island Teenagers. Presented by the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education of Nassau County, the distinction honors teenagers who are thoughtful, helpful, charitable, kindhearted, supportive, community minded and positive.

Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Chris Mistretta honored a pair of spring varsity teams for outstanding seasons. The varsity softball team won 16 straight games during the season towards a 16-0 conference record, a conference regular season championship and an overall 16-2 mark that included a berth in the Nassau County Class A playoffs. The varsity girls’ badminton team was also acknowledged for qualifying for the Nassau County playoffs following a 9-1 conference record.

The district congratulates all of those celebrated at the Tenure Tea and Board of Education meeting for demonstrating Ram Pride.