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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

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Farmingdale Varsity Football win Nassau 1 Crown! An undefeated season was topped with a dominating 38-7 victory over rival Massapequa in the Nassau I title game at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium on Saturday, November 19.

“This team is special because of the connection these players have,” said coach Buddy Krumenacker. “From the very get-go, I believed they could win this thing . . . We have athletes all over the field.”

Farmingdale holds 17 county championships. The Dalers will face off against Ward Melville this Saturday, November 26th, at 4:30 p.m. at Stony Brook’s LaValle Stadium for the Long Island Class I title.

The Dalers have been to the Long Island Championships nine times since its 1992 inception, winning just once in 2001.

All photos courtesy of Farmingdale High School senior James Suckle.

Congratulations to Trevor Gayron on being named a Great American Rivalry Scholar Athlete. Trevor is now in the running for the 2022 All-American Scholar Athlete Team! This team will consist of the top 25 Scholar Athletes. The winner will be determined by the athlete with the leading number of votes. Voting is now through December 15th. Vote for Trevor HERE!

FARMINGDALE RINGS IN THE SEASON

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Dancin’ and Prancin’ in Farmingdale Square. A spectacular Holiday Parade hosted by the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce marched down Main Street this past Saturday, November 19th. It was a chilly day, but the sun shone brightly on our Dalers as they entertained hundreds of guests who came out to kick off the holiday season.

Members of the Farmingdale Chamber led the charge, followed by the Farmingdale Board of Education and the ever-impressive Farmingdale High School Marching Band featuring the Dalerettes. Talented Daler musicians entertained the crowd with festive tunes while the Dalerettes performed a merry dance and kickline number.

MAGIC TO DO

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A tyrannical father, an intense battle, a dying duck, and a scheming stepmother. These are just a few obstacles young Pippin faced on his journey to find life’s purpose. Performed live in front of a packed audience, Farmingdale Playcrafter’s rendition of the Tony Award-winning musical Pippin was a bewitching production that teeters the line between reality and magic.

“Pippin is one of the favorite musicals of all time,” said Farmingdale High School Director Ms. Jessica Mischke. “We pour our hearts into the performances and are especially excited to perform Pippin exactly 50 years since it premiered on Broadway!”

The stellar cast, which featured several NYSSMA-honored musicians, dazzled the audience throughout the entire ominous musical. Senior Rebecca Kenjesky was the ultimate ring leader, playing the charming and manipulative Leading Player. Freshman William Herbert starred as Pippin, the story's young and confused protagonist, longing to find his purpose in life.

“Rebecca is a musical theatre powerhouse. When she is on stage, she completely transforms into Leading Player with a captivating and compelling performance,” said Farmingdale High School Director, Ms. Jessica Mischke. “William is an outstanding vocalist/actor, and I have a hard time believing that he is only a freshman. His skills are far beyond his years, and he approached the role of Pippin with such maturity, depth, and heart.”

Pippin’s demanding father, Charles, King of the Holy Roman Empire, was played by sophomore Bobby Silverstein. Fastrada, the beautiful conniving stepmother, was played by senior Trinity Babino. Senior Molly Keena played the hopelessly romantic widow and mother, Catherine. Pippin's saucy grandmother, full of wisdom, grace, and sass, was played by senior Gabriella Stein. Freshman Devin Williams played Theo, Catherine’s small, lovable son. Senior Eamonn McLoughlin played Pippin’s strong, dim-witted, egotistic half-brother Lewis. Rounding out the cast were the omnipresent players, Abigail Almonte, Clay Bany, Allison Banz, Hailey Batista, Gil Bitsimis, Nova Bulin, Kiley Cacace, Kaylin Cleere, Alex Cosentino, Grace Curcio, Gianna DiDio, Anthony DiPaolo, Cathryn Doran, Emily Gaba, Sofia Grago, Makai Jones, Kairi Knudsen, Emma Kurtz, Ava Lanot, Theresa Lazicky, Nick Lin, Ryan Loughlin, Joseph Magazzo, Ryan Marbit, Bella McDonald, Vincent Mei, Addison Moller, Ava Monteleone, Alexa Nazario, Carly Paine, Angelina Pascutto, Ash Pinna, Maddie Rotbart, Giana Saginario, Lily Sclafani, Skylar Studdert, Nick Suwalski, Ryan Sweeney, Ava Vaden, Isabella Winter, and Ava Zimic.

Pippin demands intense emotion from its actors, but no musical production would be complete without a reliable, talented production staff. Pit Conductor Mr. Ed Kozlowski led the orchestra, assisted by Mrs. Pat Facchiano, while Ms. Jamie Capasso and Mr. Erik Chocianowski headed design and construction. Lastly, Mr. Joseph Hasset, Mrs. Cherie Dreyfus, and Mr. Corey Sterler managed lighting and sound.

Director Jessica Mischke and Assistant Director/Choreographer Erik Mischke’s presentation of Pippin was an extraordinary tale about finding pleasure in the ordinary things in life. A truly important message to remember as we embark upon the holiday season.

PRINCIPAL'S CABINET

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To improve student life at Howitt Middle School. That’s the goal of the Principal’s Cabinet. After an application and recommendation process, six students from each grade are chosen for the Principal’s Cabinet. As representatives of their grades, this group shares suggestions and feedback about maintaining and enhancing the school experience for all students with Mr. Gavalas. The Cabinet meets once a month during lunch periods.

The Principal’s Cabinet debuted during the 2021-2022 school year. The first members included: Kaitlyn Pitz, Zaria Canizares, Sarai Mendez, Lucas Tabrys, Jasen Georgilakis, Emily DeRose, Megan Caputo, Logan de Palo, Lily Defendini, Brody Healey, Takoda Polizzi-Rothman, Ella Smith, Ja’nessa Biggs, Ryan Kearney, Ava Vaden, Kailee Smith, William Herbert, and Amber Moustafa.

This year’s group includes Julia Burzynski, Kylie Carr, Mary Carroll, Christopher Kasenchak, Michael LoGerfo, Aidan Zheng, Brenna Agnetti, Lila Edwardes, Keira Hayden, Ryder Kinhackl, Jasmine Koppel, Abigail Montalbano, Timothy Broderick, Jackson Defendini, Braedon Lyons, Sergio Paz, Mark Reo, and Julianne Vazoulas.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM

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Students at Saltzman East Memorial participated in the “Living History Museum” on Thursday, November 10th. Historical figures came to life with the push of a button and told visitors their stories.

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