As part of an annual Hicksville Public School District tradition, student representatives from each school expressed their gratitude for the members of the board of education for all of their hard work and dedication throughout the year. With their principals also in attendance at the October meeting, students from each elementary school personally presented each board member with a gift, and students from the middle and high schools expressed their appreciation in speeches.
Fourth-grader Lucas Moseman of Lee Avenue, fourth-grader Christopher Hernandez of Fork Lane, fifth-grader Louis Guerriere of Burns Avenue, first-grader Aiden Garcia of Dutch Lane, third-grader Abigail Goldthwaite of Old Country Road, second-grader Emily Amato of East Street, fifth-grader Aashritha Kilambi of Woodland, eighth-grader Kayla Mathew of the middle school and high school senior Julianna Shannon and junior Viren Fernandes thanked the board of education on behalf of their schools. In addition, a group of students and parents thanked the board for making Diwali a school holiday and presented the board with two large cards.
Following the recognition ceremony, high school senior Adithya Ajith was honored as a semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. High school seniors Navneet Lingala, Adithya Ajith, Priyansh Raval, Amith Anugu, Avik Gomes and Roshon Joshi were also acknowledged for their roles on the Tech Squad, which worked on STEM activities with children over the summer at Hicksville Public Library. High school juniors Viren Fernandes and Katherine Jergensen and sophomore Gunter Chow were recognized as Student Liaisons.
The ceremony served as a forum for the students to collectively offer tokens of appreciation for the members of the board of education on behalf of the district.
—Submitted by the Hicksville School District