Governor Shumlin’s FY 2013 Recommended Budget

first_imgAlthough the General Fund (GF) budget gap of $51 million addressed in the FY 2013 Governor’s Recommended Budget was less than the gap previously estimated (October 2011) – FY 2013 is the fifth consecutive fiscal year requiring the resolution of a GF budget gap. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin presented his fiscal year 2013 budget to the Legislature January 12, 2012. The federal stimulus program (American Recovery & Reinvestment Act or ARRA), which was used to cover the base GF operating budget gaps for fiscal years 2009, 2010 and 2011, has essentially ended – requiring the State to close the projected FY 2013 GF budget gap.The Governor’s FY 2013 Budget Recommendations present the General Assembly with a balanced budget that maintains services, continues advancement in important programs for the future and deals with the added challenge of recovering from the devastating damages caused by Tropical Storm Irene.While the analysis shows small GF gaps for FY 2014 through FY 2016, the Consensus Revenue Forecast due to be revised and adopted by the Vermont Emergency Board at its January 18, 2012, meeting will likely at least partially close or eliminate the gap for the out years. For Detail of Governor Shumlin’s FY 2013 Executive Budget Recommendations, offered to the Legislature on January 12, 2012, go to this LINK.Click on these links for Shumlin’s STATE OF THE STATE and BUDGET addresses.CONSENSUS REVENUE HISTORY AND FORECASTGeneral Fund Revenue Forecast Recovers to Pre-Recession LevelsOn July 22, 2011 the Vermont Emergency Board adopted revised General (GF), Transportation (TF) and Education (EF) Funds Consensus Revenue Forecasts for the remainder of FY 2012 and for FY 2013. The General Fund for FY 2012 was projected to be within 1% of meeting the FY 2008 pre-recession level, while FY 2013 was projected to exceed FY 2008 by 5.6%. The Transportation Fund and Education Fund forecasts for the remainder of FY 2012 were projected to exceed the FY 2008 levels by just over 1% each, with FY 2013 projected to grow by 2.8% and 4.2% respectively. It has taken four fiscal years to see revenue levels return to the pre-recession high points.However, these revenue increases have not yet been enough to close the FY 2013 General Fund budget gap. This year, the Governor’s FY 2012 Budget Adjustment and FY 2013 Budget Recommendations have been submitted in advance of the January 18, 2012 Emergency Board meeting. This means that the Consensus Revenue Forecasts used herein are those presented to and adopted by the Board at the July 22, 2011 meeting. FY 2013 BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FY 2013 General Fund OverviewPIE CHARTS: Above, spending. Below, funding source.A combination of base and one-time adjustments, and the use of reserve funds, were employed to bring the GF budget appropriations into line with available GF revenue.After agencies and departments submitted their FY 2013 budget requests, the full impact of the upward budget pressures was known. The upward pressures and the loss of federal and special funds resulted in a FY 2013 budget gap of $51 million.In prior years, the Governor’s Budget Recommendations were calculated based on the Consensus Revenue Forecast adopted by the Emergency Board just prior to the Governor’s budget address to the General Assembly – normally mid to late January. This year, however, the Governor’s Budget Recommendations are being submitted in advance of the January Emergency Board meeting and are therefore based on the July 2011 Consensus Revenue Forecast.The Governor’s budget recommendation includes language to appropriate up to $15 million GF to Public Safety, if it becomes available from a January 2012 Consensus Revenue Forecast increase.The same amount of TF would be moved from Public Safety to Transportation for additional infrastructure improvements and Irene recovery projects. Any GF Revenue increase in excess of $15 million will be reserved in the Human Service Caseload Reserve to offset future Human Services needs. Highlights of the Governor’s FY 2013 Budget: Proposes a FY 2013 General Fund (GF) increase of 5.3%, 2% of which covers reductions in federal and special fund sources, and lives within available revenue.Continues, and in some cases expands, Irene aid to towns, businesses and individuals.Continues support for priorities such as Health Care Reform and access to high speed internet and mobile services.Provides for the GF transfer to the Education Fund at statutory level.Provides the funding to maintain the three Budget Stabilization Reserves for GF, TF and EF at their statutory level.Begins a phased increase in GF Budget Stabilization Reserve by 0.25%, or $3.09 million for FY 2013.Fully funds State Employees’ and State Teachers’ retirement.Invests $8 million in innovation at UVM and VSC.Increases by $1.48 million, more than double FY 2012, GF support for Fish & Wildlife.Continues $4.8 million GF support of the Next Generation initiative in accordance with the Workforce Development Council recommendations.Provides for the largest Transportation budget in VT history.Increases the Transportation paving program by 35.9% and the bridge program by 16.7% over FY 2012.Increases the Town Highway programs by 128.5%, including Irene related projects – up 15.1% excluding Irene.Provides $200,000 of additional GF funding to the Office of the Attorney General for the fight against child pornography.Provides $10.2 million to cover FY 2013 GF Pay Act.Provides $20 million GF to restore lost federal funds for base Medicaid match.Provides $6 million GF for Tobacco programs base spending.Proposes redirection or delay of approximately $18 million in previously approved capital projects to pay for Irene recovery of the State Waterbury Office Complex and Vermont State Hospital.The Shumlin Administration offered these 2011 Accomplishments:Agency of Agriculture:Created the VT Farm Disaster Relief Fund, in partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation, to raise over $2.25 million for farms impacted by Irene.Distributed $1.5 million of capital funds, leveraging over $5.7 million in federal funds, for water quality improvement.Enabled 13 new dairy processing plants to come on line.Directed over $1 million in federal grant funds to Farm-to- Plate efforts, leveraging over $1.5 million in additional project investment.Launched online licensing to enable Vermont businesses to renew, and pay online, their retail products and weighing and measuring device licenses.BISHCA:Spearheaded Vermont’s first-in-the-nation effort to develop an affordable, administratively simple and high quality health care system.Supported the creation of the Green Mountain Care Board, charged with developing payment reform, delivery system integration and administrative simplification proposals.Licensed 41 new captive insurance companies.Agency of Commerce and Community Development:Initiated a pilot program to attract recent college graduates to Vermont. More than 25 have already taken advantage of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program.Brought new jobs to Vermont: WCW, Inc. is moving from New York to Vermont, creating 120 new jobs for Vermonters, and expansions at companies like Commonwealth Dairy in Brattleboro, SB Electronics in Barre, Revision Military in Essex, Mack Molding in Arlington, Sonnax in Bellows Falls, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in Waterbury and Essex Jct., just to name a few.Agency of Human Services:Department for Children and FamiliesSaw its 3SquaresVT caseload grow to 47,833, earning the State a USDA high performance bonus of nearly $390,000 for having one of the top six program access rates in the nation.Created the Vermont Rental Subsidy program, allowing 75 to 80 families and/or disabled individuals to transition to permanent housing more quickly.Low-Income Weatherization Assistance program won a competitive grant from the US Department of Energy to bring sustainable energy resources to low-income Vermonters.Completed nearly 5,000 child abuse and neglect investigations and assessments, nearly double the number completed four years ago.Worked in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Education to gather and analyze input on simplifying and improving publically supported Pre-K (2007 Act 62) in Vermont.Worked with other groups to create a first of its kind housing subsidy intended to be a bridge for individuals and families who are in need of stable housing.Department of CorrectionsShifted prison populations to enable more Vermonters to be brought back from out-of-state prisons to serve their sentences in Vermont correctional facilities.Transitioned the women’s prison population to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, creating new opportunities for women to reenter our communities safely.Department of HealthVermont was ranked the Healthiest State in the Nation ‘ due in part to high rates of high school graduation, lower rates of infectious disease, low violent crime rate, and high use of early prenatal care.Vermont received the first and only ‘A’ on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.Vermont was named third best state for children’s access to health care.The department worked with the Vermont National Guard and other groups to deliver more than 30,000 respirators and 240,000 pairs of gloves for safe cleanup after Tropical Storm Irene.Distributed more than 1,200 free drinking water lab test kits to residents with private wells that may have been contaminated.Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent LivingSecured an $18 million, three-year federal grant to help move individuals from facility-based care to home-based care. +Helped 1,622 Vermonters with disabilities find work.Reduced repeat applications for general assistance by over 150 people.Department of Vermont Health AccessContinued to serve 166,000 Vermonters with high quality affordable health care. +Received approval of a federal Health Care Exchange implementation grant for $18 million.Continued expansion of the Blueprint for Health across Vermont with primary care medical homes and community health teams.CONNECTVT:Worked with the Legislature to obtain approval for an expedited permitting process to manage the volume of project applications.Worked with private providers, who completed building more than 1,200 fiber miles.The Vermont Telecommunications Authority gave initial funding to two innovative strategies to build a rural roaming carrier network to support the expansion of cell service to reach underserved ‘nooks and crannies’ and low population density areas of the State.Established Vermont as the leader in the nation in Smart- Grid deployment.Agency of Natural Resources:Launched a comprehensive, long-term plan to make real progress in cleaning up Lake Champlain.Created a program to replace old outdoor wood-fired boilers to reduce the unhealthy smoke they produce.Required manufacturers and sellers of computers, cell phones and other electronic devices to provide convenient ways for Vermonters to return used electronic devices for proper disposal.Established a Climate Cabinet to implement a new, ambitious energy plan, and to help prepare Vermont for the climate changes we already see coming.Public Service Department:Issued the 2011 Vermont Energy Plan, which calls for 90 percent renewable power by 2050.Agency of Transportation:Provided Irene emergency repairs on 531 miles of closed roads, 200 damaged bridges and 34 closed bridges – all completed by the end of 2011.Completed $20 million in repairs following the spring floods, while keeping VT Routes 2 and 78, the only two roads connecting the Lake Champlain Islands to the Vermont mainland, open at the peak of the highest Lake Champlain water level in recorded history.Partnered with New York to complete the Lake Champlain Bridge between West Addison, VT and Crown Point, NY.Advanced the first project to go to construction under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s U.S. High-Speed Intercity Rail Program.Organized a task force to advance projects to replace the long-stalled Circumferential Highway project, in conjunction with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission.Education:Served more children in high quality preschool programs ‘ up 30 percent in the last 5 years ‘ a key foundation for a child’s success in school and beyond.Vermont students continue to outperform their peers across the country in Reading and Math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the SAT and AP exams. More students are taking these exams (despite decreasing enrollment), and Vermont’s scores continue to rise.Vermont’s high school graduation rate is one of the highest in the country. Nearly 90 percent of our students graduate from high school within four years.Applied for a waiver from the USDOE to the No Child Left Behind Act, which would refocus the work of the department in the coming months and may allow students to use a high school assessment such as the SAT or ACT to measure their college and career readiness.Public Safety DepartmentVermont Emergency Management successfully managed the response to the extreme flooding and damages from Tropical Strom Irene, developed a donations plan that will become an annex in the State Emergency Operations Plan and coordinated with FEMA to help communities complete their requests for public assistance. To date $16.5 million has been approved for mitigation and more than $48 million has been paid for individual assistance and small business assistance.In 2011, Vermont’s 55 roadway deaths were the lowest since 1944, due to the collaborative enforcement and educational efforts by State, county and local law enforcement.Vermont has seen a 50 percent reduction in fire-related deaths in the past seven years. Changes addressing fire protection issues have contributed to this reduction, including increased inspections of existing residential buildings, public education, and legislative changes. Source: Vermont Agency of Administrationlast_img read more

Long Island Press 2014 High School Journalism Awards: A Night To Remember

first_imgONLINE – ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT1. Tim KeuchlerMassapequa High School, The Chief“Katy Perry’s Album ‘Prism’ Sure to Roar to New Heights”2. Arianna ScavoneJericho High School, JerECHO“Jimmy Fallon Succeeds on ‘Tonight’”3. Miles EssnerHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Winter Movies You Won’t Want to Miss”ONLINE – PHOTO SERIES1. Chloe Citron and Evan SilveraJericho High School, JerECHO“Empowered women of Jericho”2. Kalleigh ReganMassapequa High School, The Chief“Mr. Massapequa a Big Success”3. Brandan Lawrence, Kalleigh Regan, Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Chiefs brave Syosset, Win 49-28”ONLINE – FEATURE1. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Spirit Week: Recap”2. Meghana RaoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Dr. Pepper Photobomb’ of Baseball Tonight”3. Olivia Milana and Mikaela AdwarJericho High School, JerECHO“Students Reveal Lack of Knowledge about Marijuana’s Health Risks”ONLINE – NEWS SITE1. StaffMassapequa High School, The ChiefTheChiefOnline.com2. Chloe Shakin, Taylor Kang, Sam NewmanJericho High School, JerECHOjerecho.org3. StaffHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The RoundupHillsWestRoundup.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The 2014 Long Island Press High School Journalism Awards Program was a resounding success, culminating in an awards gala May 28 at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse that hundreds of high school students, faculty and parents will undoubtedly remember for a long, long time.The annual awards competition and gala, now in its seventh year, recognizes outstanding high school journalism in print, video and online including reporting, writing, design, artwork and illustration across more than 100 individual categories, ranging from Best Arts Feature to Best Sports Video. Special awards are also presented for Story of the Year, Student Journalist of the Year, Advisor of the Year and Newspaper of the Year.With more than 1,250 entries from more than two dozen school throughout Nassau and Suffolk, the 2014 contest was unprecedented in its scope and quality of submissions. As always, Long Island Press staffers spent weeks judging the entries and were impressed by the students’ depth and caliber of work.CLICK TO VIEW PICTURES FROM THE 2014 LONG ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM AWARDS GALA“Submissions ran the gamut—from colorful arts and entertainment coverage and insightful enterprise and investigative articles to emotionally moving first-person accounts of everything from experiencing the death of loved ones to what it’s like to come face-to-face with racism,” wrote Press Editor in Chief Christopher Twarowski in a special letter to students published within a program booklet distributed at the event. “Students provided in-depth analysis of such hot-button national issues as Common Core and Obamacare to First Amendment rights and the NSA’s surveillance programs. They wrote about the environment, tackling such topics as the contamination of our drinking water supplies to energy efficiency and the importance of recycling. They wrote about government, sports, fashion. They wrote about food, technology, health, humor, the prom and war.“From breathtaking photo spreads and smart, gripping headlines to elements such as layout, flow, placement of graphics and artwork, use of pull-quotes and headlines—entrants in the design categories were likewise impressive,” he continued. “So were students’ video submissions, which included powerful public service announcements about homelessness, bullying and sexual acceptance, among other issues.“Of course, all of these topics, no matter how far-reaching, have local consequences and ramifications, and students did an outstanding job documenting them,” added Twarowski. “Their coverage of ongoing Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts to the pressures faced by teenage girls to fit society’s unhealthy interpretation of beauty added perspectives all-too-easily ignored by some local news outlets.”The gala kicked off with an introduction from Press Associate Publisher Beverly Fortune, followed by opening remarks by Press Publisher Jed Morey and a keynote address from Evan Cornog, Ph.D., dean of The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University.It would have not been possible, of course, without the continued tremendous support of its sponsors: Hofstra University, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Farrell Fritz, PC and Long Island Compost.The annual awards gala was once again emceed by award-winning journalist, broadcaster, Press Club of Long Island board member and Long Island Press High School Awards Program Coordinator (and all-around superhero) David North, who interspersed the hundreds of student’s names and their respective honors with knee-slapping jokes and observations.“Ice Cream Review,” he declared, upon announcing the winners of a food criticism category. “Must have been a tough assignment.”His infectious charm, passion and wit kept the night moving along smoothly, occasionally handing the microphone over to a host of celebrity presenters for truly moving remarks from Dr. Cornog, Long Island Compost President and CEO Charles Vigliotti, Farrell Fritz Director of Marketing Lorraine Sullivan, Bethpage Federal Credit Union Education Counselor Tommy Barbosa and Associate Vice President of Community Development Robert Suarez, and Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin, who also cracked jokes and had the crowd laughing.Press staffers also had their turn presenting, with inspiring words by Press Managing Editor Timothy Bolger, Press Senior Editor Spencer Rumsey, Press Staff Reporter Jaime Franchi, Milieu Magazine Lifestyle Editor Sara Fingerman, Press Multimedia Reporter Rashed Mian and Morey Publishing Graphic Designer Jon Chim, whose short but powerful remarks were sure to invoke at least a few starry eyes from those in attendance.“Art and design are critical components of a truly great story,” declared Chim. “Photographs and masterful illustrations can elevate any article and make them works of art in themselves. Exceptional design work can streamline a story, directing the readers’ eyes and hearts to its most impactful and emotional elements.”“A great news story is not merely an account of how, what, where, when and why,” explained [#Tomothy] Bolger. “Yes, it contains all of those elements, but a great news story is truly so much more. A great news story captivates the reader from the first syllable. A great news story shows both sides of the issue. A great news story leaves no stone unturned, serves to inform and incite, and is a catalyst of meaningful reflection and action.“A great news story affects people,” he continued. “It is a public service.”Special awards were dedicated to Aura Diaz, the 16-year-old mother from Brentwood who was murdered in 2005 and Andrea Rebello, the 21-year-old Hofstra junior who tragically lost her life in a shooting last year.Twarowski dedicated the contest’s Investigative & Enterprise Journalism Award to two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Robert “Bob” Greene, who besides being a force of nature out in the field, was also a powerhouse for good in the classroom and a longtime teacher at the university. The legendary Newsday editor was also instrumental in founding Hofstra University’s journalism and communication programs.“One of the things I love most about journalism is its power to illuminate,” proclaimed Twarowski. “To expose secret truths. To shine a light on all the dark places. To disinfect, and drown out darkness.“Investigative journalism strips away the veneer put forth by those seeking to disinform the public and repackage reality toward their own ends,” he continued. “It unmasks the shadowmakers, holds them accountable, and amplifies the voices of the voiceless. The best causes change.“Hofstra University has long been a proponent and incubator of this special craft,” he explained. “These walls were in fact the longtime home of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Bob Greene, known as the father of investigative team reporting. Besides helping found the nonprofit Investigative Reporters and Editors, he spearheaded what has been called the finest hour in American journalism—the Arizona Project, in which he led a team of volunteers from 10 newspapers to investigate and expose those behind a car bombing that killed Arizona Republic Investigative Reporter Don Bolles. Their resulting 23-part series was published simultaneously in newspapers across the country, and taught Bolles’ killers and future would-be assassins of journalists several powerful lessons: You can not murder a journalist without repercussions. The story will not only continue, but will grow exponentially. If you come after one of us, we will come after you 100-fold. All journalists are family, bound by truth, mission and blood-red ink.“Greene, a former Newsday editor, is also credited with building and obtaining national accreditation for Hofstra University’s journalism and mass communication programs,” continued Twarowski. “A much beloved teacher and mentor, it’s here at Hofstra that he shared his own love of journalism in pursuit of the truth, here he taught countless students the responsibilities that come along with being a journalist, here he honed their skills, unlocked their inner muckraker, and instilled within them the secrets and wonders of this most sacred calling and most hallowed craft.“It is only fitting, therefore, that from now on this award will bear his name.”HERE’S THE COMPLETE LIST OF 2014 LONG ISLAND PRESS HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM AWARDS WINNERS: NEWSPAPER OF THE YEARFIRST PLACE. Bay Shore High School, Maroon EchoSECOND PLACE. Massapequa High School, The ChiefTHIRD PLACE. W.T. Clarke High School, VanguardHONORABLE MENTION. Shoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause ADVISOR OF THE YEARFIRST PLACE. Walt Fishon – Bay Shore High School, Maroon EchoSECOND PLACE. Elyn Coyle – Massapequa High School, The ChiefTHIRD PLACE. Christina Semple – Commack High School, The CourantHONORABLE MENTION. Jodi Kahn, Great Neck North High School, Guide Post REPORTING & WRITING AWARDSARTS FEATURE1. Haley Zirkel and Siddesh RameshW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“5 Pointz”2. Antoine BlytheBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Despite Box Office Draw, Women Lacking in Film”3. Brianne GarrettBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Television is a Woman’s World”ARTS REVIEW – THEATER1. Sam NewmanJericho High School, JerECHO“Let’s Murder Marsha is a Killer”2. Kennedy RoseBellport High, The Clipper“Singing in the Rain”3. Katie LuceyMassapequa High School, The Chief“Chilly Town with Warm Hearts: Reviewing ‘Almost Maine’”ARTS REVIEW – VIDEO GAMES1. Gregory KothesakisNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Having A Grand Old Time in Los Santos”2. Hayley ZirkelW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Gotta Catch ‘Em All”3. Kevin J. McCannNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“Video Games and Violence: Is There a Connection?”ARTS REVIEW – BOOK REVIEW1. Brianna PaoliCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“Stealing the Heart of Readers”2. Mikaela AdwarJericho High School, JerECHO“’My Beloved World’ Review”3. Catherine DarcyBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“YA novel ‘Divergent’ Worthy Entertainment”ARTS REVIEW- LOCAL MUSIC1. Rebecca SpinaCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“The best band you never heard of: Corey Balsamo”2. Sam NewmanJericho High School, JerECHO“Jericho’s Noteworthy Perform at Carnegie Hall”3. Ana GuitierrezLynbrook High School, Horizon“LHS Orchestra’s Rock and Pop Concert”ARTS REVIEW- NATIONAL MUSIC1. Rebecca SpinaCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“Best band You Never heard of: This Century”2. Rebecca SpinaCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“Best band You Never heard of: Jesse Ruben”3. Maggie ColbertBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“VMA-mazed”ARTS REVIEW – ALBUM1. Taylor KangJericho High School, JerECHO“The Next Day” David Bowie Album Review2. Renjini AntonyNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Not So Basic”3. Kennedy RoseBellport High School, The Clipper“The Second Law, by Muse”ARTS REVIEW – FILM1. Jeff HorowitzMassapequa High School, The Chief“Frozen has Disney’s Warm Touch”2. Tyler BaronNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Russell’s Hustle for the Oscars”3. Muhammad MuzammalW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“A Rousing Adventure”ARTS REVIEW – TELEVISION1. Kevin McCannNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“Giving It All She’s Got: Star Trek’s Importance”2. Alexus HaddadHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“Series Review: The Originals”3. Collin GiulianiHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“Grading The Grammys”ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT1. Ana BorrutoBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Teen Readers say ‘YA!’ to YA Lit”2. Renjini AntonyNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“The New Prince of Late Night”3. Eric MastrotaNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“Oh, Lorde”AURA DIAZ AWARD FOR FIRST-PERSON NARRATIVEThis award is named in memory of the 16-year-old mother from Brentwood who was murdered in 2005.1. Emily KulesaShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Movement for LGBT Rights Hits Home”2. Sharon Tasnim AhmedBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“The Time Has Come to Proudly Call My Name”3. Lyla DaleBabylon High School, PantherTales.org“Resiliency: The Key to Success”BUSINESS REPORTING1. Andrea ParedesBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Mall Facelift Brings Eateries”2. Siddesh RameshW.T. Clark High School, Vanguard“Hyperloop”3. Joe FiolaMassapequa High School, The Chief“Amazon Unveils Drone-based Shipping Service, Seeks to Overcome FAA Hurdle”COLUMN – SCHOOL1. Daniel Bar-LaviGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“Danalysis: The Rambling Man”2. Benjamin SenzerSyosset High School, The Pulse“Student Government #3”3. Catherine SangiovanniCommack High School, The Courant“Unproductive Testing”COLUMN – GENERAL1. Liz CazanW.T.Clarke High School, Vanguard“Crossing the Red Line”2. Maggie ColbertBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“VMA-mazed”3. Kate KozuchRoslyn High School, Hilltop Beacon“What the Fashion?”COMMENTARY/CRITICISM1. Kennedy RoseBellport High School, The Clipper“55 Is Unfair”2. Noelia VazquezEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Squeezing Into Society’s Views”3. Eric MastrotaNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“Urban Outrage”ANDREA REBELLO COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD.This award is named in memory of Andrea Rebello, the 21-year-old Hofstra University junior who lost her life in a shooting last year.1. Giulia Milana and Marti-Rose ShankerJericho High School, JerECHO“Making A Difference One Tweet At A Time”2. Joe FiolaMassapequa High School, The Chief“Rising From The Rubble, Massapequa Breathes”3. Madison FlotteronBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Community Drives Increase To Help Those In Need”BREAKING NEWS1. Asad MarghoobHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Legal Seafood”2. Laura PuglieseSmithtown High School East, The Matador“Syria: Crisis In The Middle East”EDITORIAL1. Meghana Rao, Nelson Gomez, Matt ColozzoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Blood drive ban on gays discriminatory, wrong”2. Vanguard Editorial StaffW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Trouble for Tsarnaev”3. Joe ZappaMassapequa High School, The Chief“In defense of the printed word in a growing digital world”EDITORIAL – NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL1. Jessica MillerShoreham/Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“War on terror starts in our own backyard”2. Anne FlamioEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Accepting All Colors of the Rainbow”3. Jessica VestutoSmithtown High School East, The Matador“The Power of American Resolve”EDITORIAL – GENERAL1. Nelson Gomez and Meghana RaoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Social NOT-working: The Facebook Dilemma”2. Arman NasimW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Miss America?”3. Joe FiolaMassapequa High School, The Chief“Rising from the Rubble, Massapequa Breathes”EDUCATION- NATIONAL ISSUES1. John MirabitoBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Sciences, math see greater push from government”2. Anthony RomanoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Common app glitch delays deadline, irritates seniors”3. Alejandro Serrano and Lizzy VolavkaBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Financial struggles making the future not so bright”EDUCATION – LOCAL ISSUES1. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Pearson Publications probed by pundits and professors”2. Bryan Burrowes, Chris Condon, Nicole Horn & Chris TursellinoEastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School, Shark Bites“Educators Rally at School Forum”3. Gregory QuistSouthold High School, Sentinel“Gamberg Stars on Two Teams”ENERGY REPORTING1. Lindsay DieumegardBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Team of engineers to descend on schools in quest for energy efficiency”2. Gabrielle FarbNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“An Unbelievable Plan”ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE1. Amanda BlumHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“Not So Electric Zoo”2. Kevin J. McCannNorth Shore High School, Viking View“Video Games and Violence: Is There a Connection?”3. Joaquin ContrerasOyster Bay High School, The Harbour Voice“1994: Film’s Greatest Year”ENVIRONMENTAL STORY1. Jill HandMassapequa High School, The Chief“Is Massapequa Water Contaminated?”2. Drew Cohen and Evan SilveraJericho High School, JerECHO“5,745,000 Paper Copies a Year at JHS”3. Jeff HorowitzMassapequa High School, The Chief“Hybrids, Electric Cars fail to fully fix environmental drawbacks”FASHION FEATURE1. Jordan WilliamsNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Stephanie’s Style”2. Amy KandoraSouthold High School, Sentinel“Fashion at the Lost and Found”3. Ryan DaloBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Retro Fashion Brings New Life to the Halls”FEATURE – GENERAL1. Larry BurnhamEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“College Concerns from A-Z”2. Tali ZingmanLynbrook High School, Horizon“An Insider’s Look at Teenagers in the Israeli Army”3. Kelly GranzenShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Hourglass Figure Takes Time out of Body”FEATURE – LOCAL1. Meghana RaoMassapequa High School, The Chief“An Unexpected Farewell: Reflecting on the Death of Coach K”2. Matt ColozzoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Definition of a Fighter: A personal goodbye to Jake Brice”3. Jessica VestutoSmithtown High School East, The Matador“Voices of the Past Give Inspiration for the Future”FOOD – COMMENTARY1. Sammi SteinJericho High School, JerECHO“Food on Instagram”2. Giavanna Verdi and Tom KirbyShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Ice Cream Review”3. Anna Tobin and Judy MermelsteinCommack High School, The Courant“Taco Time!”FOOD- RESTAURANT REVIEW1. Brianne GarrettBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“A Little Taste of Peru”2. Brianne GarrettBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Diners offer more than just breakfast”3. Millena SkugarNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Burgers Bare it All”FORMAT BUSTER1. Binita ShahW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Clubs at Clarke”2. Siddesh Ramesh and Hayley ZirkelW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard‘5 Pointz”3. Aubri JuhaszOyster Bay High School, The Harbour Voice“A Message from the Editor”FIRST AMENDMENT/FREEDOM OF SPEECH AWARD1. Carolyn RogersShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“School Involvement Law Creates Controversial Decisions”2. Rohit BachaniW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Privacy Please?”GOVERNMENT- LOCAL1. Nicole LamannaNorth Shore High School, Viking View“Stop… In the Name of Safety”2. Emily FeigenbaumHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“Is Christie’s Campaign ‘Water Under the Bridge?’”GOVERNMENT – NATIONAL1. Siddesh RameshW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“A Game of Duplicity”2. Fatima OuedraogoHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“Government Shutdown”3. Emma La ReddolaCommack High School, The Courant“The Truth Behind ‘Obamacare’”HEADLINE – ENTERTAINMENT1. Maroon Echo Staff/Andrea ParedesBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Unbe-weave-able: The Hair-Rising Story Behind Extensions”2. Sam NewmanJericho High School, JerECHO“Let’s Murder Marsha is a Killer”3. Melissa HolzbergCommack High School, The Courant“Wait, like, you totes sound like a Kardashian”HEADLINE – EDITORIAL1. Harvinder BassiNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“A Syri-US Issue”2. Catherine SangioranniCommack High School, The Courant“Smoking Hot Trend”3. Armon NasimW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Miss America?”HEADLINE – FEATURE1. Vincent CoghillMassapequa High School, The Chief“Winter Blunderland: Snow days cut into school vacations”2. Giavanna VerdiShoreham/Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“A Declassified Prom Survival Guide”3. Alyssa GoodmanHalf Follow Hills Hugh School West, The Roundup“No Shave November For Girls! Let it Grow! Let it Grow!”HUMOR1. Rachel Hoffman and Lauren GoldsteinJericho High School, JerECHO“Future College Roommate is a Robot”2. Mia TrentadueSmithtown High School East, The Matador“College Roommates for Dummies”3. Dan StahlSouthold High School, Sentinel“Yellow Jackets”HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY1. Molly SchiffLynbrook High School, Horizon“One Year Anniversary of Sandy: Lessons to be Learned”2. Maddy GottliebCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“Lending a Hand”3. Joe FiolaMassapequa High School, The Chief“Rising from the Rubble, Massapequa Breathes”IN-DEPTH REPORTING1. Melissa HolzbergCommack High School, The Courant“Wait, like, you totes sound like a Kardashian”2. Meghana Rao, Nelson Gomez and Matt ColozzoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Blood drive ban on gays discriminatory, wrong”3. Nelson Gomez and Meghana RaoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Plan B and FDA decision: what students should know”INFORMATIONAL FEATURE1. Nelson Gomez and Meghana RaoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Plan B and FDA decision: what students should know”2. Margaret ColbertBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Poverty gains prevalence in suburbia”3. Samantha GalinaCommack High School, The Courant“Mirror, Mirror”INVESTIGATIVE/ENTERPRISE REPORTING AWARD1. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Pearson Publications probed by Pundits and Politicians”2. Kathleen KonfinoCommack High School, The Courant“Watch Your Back: Theft on the Rise”3. Meghana RaoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Race Reality: how society, not biology, created race”MEDIA COLUMN1. Claudi RuizNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“The Wrong Path”2. Nicole LamannaNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“Hope For Humanity”NEWS STORY1. Jenna RudolfskyCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“Are Exams Way Off Base?”2. Rachel Hoffman, Alanna Levine, and Taylor KangJericho High School, JerECHO“Molly on the rise”3. Catherine DarcyBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Budget cuts force clubs, sports cuts”OPINION- GENERAL1. Melissa HolzbergCommack High School, The Courant“Worth More than a Picture”2. Meghana RaoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Race Reality: How Society, not Biology, Created Race”3. Liz CazanW.T. Clark High School, Vanguard“The Real Problem”OPINION- NATIONAL1. Rachel StearnsShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Crayons, Ovaltine and an AR-15?”2. Jane MurrayShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Embracing Change”3. TJ ButtgereitW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Tagging Liberty”OPINION- POP CULTURE1. Rebecca SpinaCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“A grave face”2. Julie FishbachRoslyn High School, Hilltop Beacon“Role Models in Today’s Society”3. Paige SokoloffSmithtown High School East, The Matador“The Cyrus Saga”OPINION PIECE- SCHOOL1. Navi ArnejaW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Waking Up Asleep”2. Aubri JuhaszOyster Bay High School, The Harbour Voice“Minding Your P’s and Q’s”3. Jessica MillerShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Natural Helpers doing more harm than good”POLITICAL/NATIONAL FEATURE1. Muhammad MuzammalW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Violence in America: An Incurable Disease”2. Matthew WiglerGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“Wigged Out: Down to the Core of the Common Core”3. Ryan MazzieBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Military an option for those financially strapped”PROFILE1. Brianne GarrettBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Goodbye, gentle giant”2. Christina Panouis and Ciara GallagherNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Ken-ya Make a Change?”3. Tayler BradfordNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“A Girl to Admire and Learn From”Q&A SCHOOL1. Bryan Burrowes, Chris Condon, Nicole Horn and Chris TursellinoEastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School, Shark Bites“A Conversation with Dr. King”2. Arman NasimW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Eureka: The True Story of a Young Scientist”3. Jessica CarusoSmithtown High School East, The Matador“Jaclyn Gallery: East’s Fastest Freshman”REVIEW/CRITICISM1. Navi ArnejaW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“A Force of Expression”2. Samantha CalzoneEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“I Wrote This For You”RELIGION/MULTICULTURAL1. Meghana RaoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Race Reality: How Society, not Biology, Created Race”2. Carolyn RogersShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Peaceful Religion Corrupted for Politics and War”3. Lyla DaleBabylon Jr./Sr. High School, PantherTales.org“Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.”SCHOOL-FEATURE1. Julia HutchinsonBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Students struggle for the high school experience”2. Renjini AntonyNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Running More Than the Classroom”3. Dan WalochaLynbrook High School, Horizon“Nick Kardasis, the Jolly Janitor”Honorable MentionSamantha Peterson Sayville High School, The Current“Mindfulness Battles Stress at Sayville High School”SCHOOL NEWS1. Frankie TomassoLynbrook High School, Horizon“Lynbrook Goes ‘All In’ for Class Night”2. Meg TohillEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“The Reaping: SADD Fighting Grim Decisions”3. Melissa Holzberg and Kathleen KonfinoCommack High School, The Courant“Beat the best, become the best”SCHOOL SPIRIT1. Paige SokoloffSmithtown High School East, The Matador“Attention: Enthusiastic, Fun-Loving Livestock Wanted”2. The Courant Editorial StaffCommack High School, The Courant“School Spirit Back with #Mack”3. Shannon QuinnSouthold High School, Sentinel“A Measure of Spirit”SCHOOL CULTURE REPORTING1. Alanna Levine & Rachel HoffmanJericho High School, JerECHO“Choreo 2014: A Dance to Remember”2. Meghana RaoMassapequa High School, The Chief“Race reality: how society, not biology, created race”3. Collin GiulianiHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“Football (Anti) Fanatics… The Lack of Support for the HSE Football Team”SCIENCE/HEALTH1. Matthew GillamHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“Bionic Man Visits HSE”2. Danielle Ajodan and Won JungGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“The Power of Protein”3. Maggie ColbertBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Keep Calm and Veg On”SOCIAL COMMENTARY – SCHOOL1. Kennedy RoseBellport High School, The Clipper“55 is Unfair”2. Isabella AlessandriniNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“GPA = Giant Pressure to Succeed”3. Stephanie ZelenetzNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“The Syrian Question”SOCIAL COMMENTARY- GENERAL1. Liz CazanW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“The real problem”2. Kelly GranzenShoreham-Wading River, Wildcat Pause“Society’s Short Tolerance for Short Skirts”3. Mary MazzieCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“Patronized by my Patrons”SHORT FEATURE1. Ray Epiquin and Savannah Parker-DavisEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Great Strides Made by Black Americans”2. Emma CohenLynbrook High School, Horizon“The Trouble with Sochi”3. Emma CohenLynbrook High School, Horizon“Coming to School”SERIOUS FEATURE1. Tayler BradfordNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“A Girl to Admire and Learn From”2. Brianne GarrettBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Poverty Makes It Tough to Make Ends Meet on LI”3. Brianne GarrettBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Goodbye Gentle Giant”SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYSIS1. Grace SegersHalf Hollow Hills High School East, Thunderbird“Tragedy in the Age of Twitter”2. Emma SchwabNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“What’s All the Buzz About?”3. Nicole LamannaNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“Forget Diamonds and Dogs. Netflix is your New Best Friend”SPORTS FEATURE1. Matthew RottlerShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Clasen Athletic Star in all Three Seasons”2. Ryan MazzieBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Juiced: High School Athletes Put to the Drug Test”3. Matthew RottlerShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Spring Sports Off to Cold Start”SPORTS- SCHOOL1. Zach PekaleLynbrook High School, Horizon“Mike McTrey”2. Evan SchneiderLynbrook High School, Horizon“Nembach Swims for States”3. Brianne GarrettBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“After Decade, Girls Basketball Reaches Playoffs”SPORTS- NATIONAL1. Nicolette DanzyBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Pros Coming Out, But Student Athletes Remain in Closet”2. Kyle GalinRoslyn High School, Hilltop Beacon“Preview of the Madness of March”3. Katie CresserMassapequa High School, The Chief“Islanders and Rangers – Keep your Enemies Close”STORYTELLING1. Arman NasimW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“It’s Kind of a Funny Story…”2. Larry BurnhamEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Looking Back”3. Althea MignoneSouthold Jr./Sr. High School, The Sentinel“Christmas Break”STUDENT ISSUES1. Gabriel AjzenmanLynbrook High School, Horizon“Parent Portal Paranoia”2. Claudia RuizNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“Unnecessary Requirements”3. Kayla GonzalezGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“Gym? GPA”STUDENT PROFILE1. Katrinia LastraBellport High School, The Clipper“Soccer Star, Cow Lover, and ‘Queen of the Orchestra’”2. Arman NasimW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Eureka: The Story of a Young Scientist”3. Danielle AjodanGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“Athlete Spotlight- Josh Namigohar”TECHNOLOGY1. Daniel StahlSouthold Jr./Sr. High School, The Sentinel“Tech Squad”2. Jeff HorowitzMassapequa High School, The Chief“Hybrids, Electric Cars Fail to Fully Fix Environmental Drawbacks”3. Siddesh RameshW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Hyperloop”TRAVEL1. Stephanie Moreno, Ganesh Ravichandran and Erin-Marie DeytquiezW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Around the World in 21 Days”2. Jamie AranoffNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“Place That You May Not Know Exist, But That You Should”3. Kevin J. McCannNorth Shore High School, The Viking View“North Shore Abroad” VIDEO AWARDS ONLINE AWARDS NEWSPAPER DESIGN/ILLUSTRATION & HEADLINECARTOON1. Nicholas DahillEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“The Reaping: SADD Facing Grim Decisions”2. Priyanka AlguNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Red Ink for Red Skins”3. Casey LeachBellport High School, The Clipper“Snowman Crossing”CARTOON – ENTERTAINMENT1. Nicholas ColonnaBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Applause Versus Roar”CARTOON – POLITICAL1. Fabio RiveraW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“The Debate”2. Hayley ZirkelW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Sanctions”3. Jack BurkeShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Media Programs Young Minds to Unrealistic Standards”CARTOON/SCHOOL ILLUSTRATION1. Nicole CaicoEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Stress Decay”2. Priyanka AlguNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“How to Shape a Well-Rounded Student”3. Jenna KaminskyLynbrook High School, Horizon“Lynbrook’s Lethargic Learners”COMIC STRIP1. Julia WolniewiczEastport-South Manor Junior-Senior High School, Shark Bites“Comics”2. Alanna PetroneOyster Bay High School, Harbour Voice“Solar Academy”FEATURE DESIGN1. Haley ZirkelW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“5 Pointz”2. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Catch-A-Wave”3. Tiffany Heravi and Ariella JahaveriGreat Neck North High School, Guide Post“Oreos Anonymous – The Unexpected Addiction”LAYOUT – SINGLE PAGE1. Libby Berman, Irma Purisic and Elisabeth DicarmineLynbrook High School, Horizon“Spirit Week 2013”2. Maxx VogelsbergEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“EInstyle”3. Rebecca SpinaCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“Headed In”LAYOUT/SECTION1. Siddesh RameshW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Features, Issue 2”2. Daniella Weinstein and Ludia OchRoslyn High School, The Hilltop Beacon“Magazine”3. Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Oliver!”LAYOUT/FRONT COVER1. Arman NasimW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“February 2014”2. The Chief Editorial StaffMassapequa High School, The Chief“June 2013”3. Gretchen WalterSouthold Jr./Sr. High School, The Sentinel“Summer 2013”LAYOUT/OVERALL1. Maroon Echo Editorial StaffBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo
“NOV. 2013”2. Siddesh RameshW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Issue II”3. StaffShoreham/Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“NOV. 2013”NEWS HEADLINE1. Brandan LawrenceMassapequa High School, The Chief“Jones Beach Treading Water in Sandy Recovery Efforts”2. Jessica GraffMassapequa High School, The Chief“Nicole Heneveld: life’s her stage and she’s directing”3. Meghana Rao and Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Social NOT-working: the Facebook Dilemma”NEWS ILLUSTRATION1. Binita ShahW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Clubs at Clarke”2. Anne Flamio and Nick DahillEast Islip High School, The Broadcaster“Keepin’ it Real, Keepin’ it Green”3. Julianna GortakowskiBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Computer Science”ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATION1. Kenneth Lau, Kelly Louie, and April TodaroW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Summer Movie Preview”2. Nicholas ColonnaBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Java Jolt!”3. Joelle BenigoShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Christmas Cheer or Family Feud?”PHOTO ESSAY1. Marcus CroteauSouthold Jr./Sr. High School, The Sentinel“The 39 Steps”2. Sidesh RameshW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Senior Dinner”3. Rachel Hirschheimer and Alexis CorbinJericho High School, JerECHO“A Look at Live News”PHOTOGRAPHY – SERIES1. Kalleigh ReganMassapequa High School, The Chief“Oliver!”2. James Treadwell, Eamonn Lennon, Marvin PakNew Hyde Park Memorial High School, The Chariot“Homecoming”3. Alanna Levine, Taylor Kang, and Ben KronengoldJericho High School, JerECHO“Humans of Jericho”SINGLE PAGE LAYOUT1. Giavanna Verdi and Tom KirbyShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Ice Cream Review”2. Kelly Granzen and Christina WilsonShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Media Programs Young Minds to Unrealistic Standards”SINGLE PHOTO1. Rachel ShusterHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“’Tis the Season to Give Back”2. Carolyn RogersShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“SWR Students Fail the Fight of Toxic Senioritis”3. Skyler KesslerLynbrook High School, Horizon“PowerSchool Parent Portal Paranoia”GRAPHIC ART1. Brandon LawrenceMassapequa High School, The Chief“Race Composite”2. Kyle BrownShoreham-Wading River High School, Wildcat Pause“Prom is the Bomb”3. Kalleigh Regan, Nelson GomezMassapequa High School, The Chief“Oliver!”SPORTS PHOTO1. Landon CooperCalhoun High School, Hoofbeats“The Unstoppable Sharks”2. Skyler KesslerLynbrook High School, Horizon“Grossi at LAX Day”3. Sahib KalraW.T. Clarke High School, Vanguard“Champions Once Again”NEWSPAPER SPECIAL SECTIONS AWARDARTS & ENTERTAINMENT1. Corinne SchmidtBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“My Generation” STORY OF THE YEARFIRST PLACE. Nelson Gomez – Massapequa High School, The Chief“Pearson Publications Probed by Pundits and Professors”SECOND PLACE. Melissa Holzberg – Commack High School, The Courant“Wait, Like, You Totes Sound Like A Kardashian”THIRD PLACE. Jenna Rudolfsky – Calhoun High School, Hoofbeats“Are Exams Way Off Base?”STUDENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEARFIRST PLACE (FOR TWO YEARS IN A ROW). Brianne Garrett – Bay Shore High School, Maroon EchoSECOND PLACE. Rebecca Spina – Calhoun High School, HoofbeatsTHIRD PLACE. Renjini Antony – New Hyde Park Memorial High School, The ChariotHONORABLE MENTION. Melissa Holzberg, Commack High School, The Courant VIDEO – PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT1. Max Wathins, Ryan Cortazzo, Sarah LaneCommack High School, Public Service Announcement“Pay It Forward PSA”2. Brianne GarrettBay Shore High School, BSHS News/Maroon Echo“Roar- An Incusionary Video”VIDEO – NEWS STORY1. Kristen HansenHauppauge High School, Eagle Watch News Program“News Package Life Skills”2. Kristen HansenHauppauge High School, Eagle Watch News Program“St. Baldrick’s News Package”3. Madison Flotteron, Sharon Ahmed, Julia HutchinsonBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Homecoming Week”VIDEO – FEATURE STORY1. Giulia Milana and Marti Rose ShankerJericho High School, JerECHO“Making a Difference: One Tweet at a Time”2. Nandini Bissoon, Danielle Flynn & Alexis GallardoBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Phantom of the Opera”3. Madison Flotteron, Sharon Ahmed & Julia HutchinsonBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Promposal”VIDEO – SPORTS1. Billy FrielingsdorfHauppauge High School, Eagle Watch“Gymnastics News Story”2. Ryan Mazze and Imani MasheeBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“Bleacher Creatures”VIDEO – ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT1. Andrea Paredes, Nicole Nunez & Tara O’DonovanBay Shore High School, Maroon Echo“The Fault in Our Stars”2. Gianna BarberiaHalf Hollow Hills High School West, The Roundup“AASO: Spreading Awareness of History and Culture” Congratulations to all!last_img read more

Terry L. Graue, 65

first_imgTerry L. Graue, 65, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Columbus, In. Born June 16, 1952 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of Ralph E. and Luella M. (Buell) Land.  Terry had worked as a cosmetologist most of her life.  She was a member of the Parkview Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, IN.  Terry loved sewing, crocheting, playing on the computer, and went out often with her “Gal Pal Club” friends. She is survived by her two daughters, Melissa Clark, Nashville, IN, Stephanie DuBois, Georgia, one brother, Chuck Land, Greensburg, four grandchildren, Cody Hacker, Kara Hacker, Dereck Bruner, Chastity Probus, and four great grandchildren, Kendall Probus, David Michael Bruner, Rose Bruner, and Carter Scott Hacker.She was preceded in death by her parents, and her daughter, Michelle Birch. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the funeral home with Pastor Stan Loutner officiating.  Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Mason City council approves parking permit district for street near MercyOne

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this week unanimously approved establishing a parking permit district in the 700 block of 3rd Southwest between South Crescent and South Jackson. A petition was submitted with the signatures of numerous residents in that area asking for permit parking to be in effect weekdays between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM. The petition states that employees and patrons of MercyOne, the Mason City Clinic and the Mason City Surgery Center are parking on the street, preventing residents from being able to park in front of their homes, as well as impacting things like garbage pickup and city snow plows clearing the street. Jim Ewalt headed up the petition, which was signed by 77-percent of the affected residents. He says people are having problems traveling on the street safely, which includes backing out of their driveways.  “I almost got hit backing out, and I’m lucky to have an alarm system on my car that beeped and I stopped, otherwise I probably would have got taken down the street. The mailman came to me and he almost got hit head-on one day, it was here just before Christmas, and I said, ‘what’s going on’, and said ‘well there you are, everybody’s parking on the street’.” Chad Kliven says he’s worried about the safety of the neighborhood and his kids.  “Now I’ve got a one-year-old, a three-year-old, and a twelve-year-old, they all play in that area. If a ball went out in the road, you know the standard following the road-kid gets hit by a car, well we could make a commercial out of that street.  The safety issue, the fire department coming down there, ambulances, if somebody gets injured, there’s a lot of problems with that street, and I really hope you guys consider listening to us.”Duane Stansbury has lived in the neighborhood for 47 years and says the traffic situation has never been this bad.  “It never fails, I back out of my driveway, somebody comes flying around that corner. Why they can’t go down and around 1st Street and make the curve I don’t understand, because they come up to Jackson and they go north back to 1st Street again, why they do this I don’t know. It really makes it a bad situation because every time I back out of my driveway, there’s somebody coming around the corner and they’re not doing it slowly.”Joann Mumby was the only resident in that area that spoke out against the permit process.  “The reputation of the person that started this petition is just kind of unchristian I think. I think people are entitled to park in public parking and go to their job with all this stress. I know Mercy is working on the parking details, they’re always talking about the parking. I don’t think we should all have to run and get a permit to park on a public street, and that street is not that narrow to get a car down the middle of the road.” There are currently four other parking permit districts in Mason City, with three of those being in the MercyOne area.last_img read more