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Fetes and Farewells in Masaspequa

The Massapequa Board of Education celebrated its champions at the June 16 Board of Education meeting and also said a few goodbyes.

Massapequa High School’s mock trial team was recognized for its Nassau County championship, its third title in the past 10 years. They also placed fourth at the New York State tournament.

Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts, presented certificates to students who received honors in the Art in the Heart virtual exhibit and the merit award winners in the Newsday Scholar Artist competition. In music, he recognized All-National Choir selection Nicole F.

There were several championship teams and athletes in the spring sports season. Shannon McEntee, director of physical education, health, athletics and recreation, presented the Long Island champion baseball and softball teams, and the Nassau County title-winning girls lacrosse team. She also recognized county shotput champions Anthony L. and Alyssa L. from the track and field team.

The Board said goodbye to one of its own, Allison Steakin, as it was her last meeting after serving as a trustee for the past three years. Board President Kerry Wachter thanked Ms. Steakin for her levity and her great suggestions on how to move the district forward.

It was also the last meeting for Interim Superintendent Brian Conboy, who took over the reins of the district following the retirement of Lucille Iconis in September. Mr. Conboy also served a two-year stint as interim high school principal from 2018 to 2020. Ms. Wachter thanked him for his steady leadership and for helping ensure a smooth transition to the new superintendent, Dr. Bill Brennan, who starts on July 1.

The Board also recognized Angela Gallucci, who is returning to the classroom after serving on the district’s central office team for the past year as administrative associate.