Juniors and Seniors Go Head-to-Head in Annual Powderpuff Game

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Girls from Lynbrook High School’s Class of 2021 and 2022 recently participated in the school’s annual flag football game at Marion Street School. Hosted by the Lynbrook High School Key Club, the powderpuff game has been a tradition in the Lynbrook community for the past 15 years and this year would be no different.

Coaches and players took the field as their peers cheered them on. Players were charged $5 to get into the game and guests were encouraged to make a donation. As a result, the Key Club was able to raise $702 which was split between both the junior and senior class. At the end of the game, the seniors took home the win with the score of 31-0. Although there were many obstacles to overcome due to the pandemic, with the help of the high school staff and administrators, the day was a success.

“Powderpuff has always been such a great event in our community, and I am extremely grateful we were able to have it,” said Carly Tucker, senior and Key Club Co-President. “Seeing how excited everyone was to have this event, really made this day more special than ever!”

Fellow senior and Key Club Co-President Marti Candel noted that powderpuff is her favorite event of the year.

“The competitive but fun game gets everyone so excited,” she said. “The spirit and happiness is felt by everyone and of course the seniors took home the win because they are epic!”

The Lynbrook High School Key Club looks forward to continuing the powderpuff tradition for years to come.

LHS Student-Journalists Rank in Statewide Competition

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Members of Lynbrook High School’s newspaper, Horizon, were recently honored with top awards in the New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The Horizon staff, led by editor-in-chief of Horizon Online Emily Bergin, earned second place for their news website, lhshorizon.com, while junior and Horizon managing editor Elizabeth DiFiore took home third place in the Best Feature Story category for her piece, “The Pandemic Through the Eye of an ER Nurse.” In addition, junior Julia Swerdin, editor-in-chief of Horizon print editions, placed in two categories. She was recognized with the honorable mention award in the Best Feature Story category for her piece, “LHS Students Take a Seat to Make a Stand” and received second place in the Best Sports Story category for her story, “Lynbrook Kicks Off Intramural Sports Season.”

The Lynbrook Public Schools congratulates the Horizon team, along with their adviser Jessica Sanders, on these outstanding achievements.

Lynbrook Owls Soar to Collegiate Level

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Surrounded by proud family members, 13 senior student-athletes from Lynbrook High School made their college commitments for next year. The Lynbrook Public Schools congratulates the following students and wishes them the best of luck as they take their talents to the collegiate level!

John Carver, Adelphi University, baseball

Mason Benvenuto, SUNY Oneonta, lacrosse

Finn Boyle, SUNY Potsdam, swim

Andrew Ciprian, Palm Beach Atlantic University, lacrosse

Kaitlyn Devaney, Merrimack College, swim

Sarah Fava, Cabrini University, lacrosse

Isabelle Gaudet, Virginia Wesleyan University, volleyball

Jenna Hendrickson, University of Pittsburgh, lacrosse

Madi Marchetta, Adelphi University, lacrosse

Luigi Prosperi, LIU Post, soccer

Erin Quinlan, Case Western Reserve University, swim

Kayla Schwizer, SUNY Oneonta, soccer

Lauren Siciliano, Northern Vermont University - Lyndon, softball

Homecoming Lives On in Lynbrook

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A pandemic could not stop Lynbrook High School from celebrating its senior student-athletes. The school hosted a festive and safe homecoming car parade for its senior athletes which was followed by the school’s annual homecoming football game at Marion Street School on April 10.

Student-athletes from Lynbrook High School’s Class of 2021 decorated their cars in green and gold and met in the high school parking lot. While honking and waving to onlookers, the seniors made their way to Marion Street School where they continued the car parade on the school’s track. Three seniors, along with Lynbrook High School Principal Joseph Rainis and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Melissa Burak led the parade. Homecoming Queen Maeve Mooney was one of the parade participants. She was crowned queen in school the day before, along with Homecoming King Joseph Giovinco, a senior on the football team.

Prior to the football game against the Division Avenue High School Blue Dragons, senior members of Lynbrook’s cheerleading, kickline and football teams were announced onto the football field with their loved ones. Attendees and teammates cheered them on as they prepared to close the chapter on their high school athletic careers. In addition, the Lynbrook community held a moment of silence for RoseAnne Strife, a longtime supporter of the Lynbrook Public Schools and student athletics. She was both a member of the Lynbrook Moms’ and Dads’ Club executive board and a devoted PTA member for many years and was well-respected in the district.

During the football game, the Lynbrook cheerleaders showed their school spirit as they chanted and cheered on the Lynbrook Owls. To keep everyone safe, a limited number of spectators were allowed to attend the game and masks were required. That did not stop the crowd though from showing their Lynbrook pride and support.

The cheerleading team continued to entertain the crowd during halftime with a spirited performance. This was followed by a spectacular performance by the kickline team. Although the Lynbrook Owls did not take home the victory, the day was a memorable one for all as the community came together for a taste of normalcy.

“I am thrilled that we were able to celebrate our hardworking senior athletes this year and hold a homecoming event,” said Dr. Burak. “Although there were health and safety protocols in place and less of a crowd, it was a beautiful day to come together to support our Lynbrook Owls. For those who participated, smiles were definitely behind the masks. My hope is that we are one step closer to normalcy.”

LHS Students Take Simulated Business to the Top

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Lynbrook High School’s Virtual Enterprise students in Dr. Benedict Tieniber’s class are continuing to build success with their business, Fit Kit. Fit Kit was recently recognized as the number one VE business in the United States in top sales internationally over the last six months. Furthermore, Fit Kit was ranked in the top 15 worldwide for traders during Feb. 2021 and won top overall performance with nearly 2,000 transactions.

Virtual Enterprise is a national educational nonprofit that annually provides more than 16,500 students with the opportunity to create and run virtual business ventures in 430 schools across the country. Through the program, students create a business together, role-play corporate positions, conduct transactions with other simulated businesses, attend trade shows and run the business as if it were real.

Fit Kit is a company that the Lynbrook students created which is dedicated to helping people reach their fitness and health goals. During the current pandemic, at home workouts and healthy eating has become essential. The goal of the company is to guide people into a healthier and happy lifestyle for whatever their fitness goal is. The students have presented Fit Kit at online VE trade shows and at different VE competitions.

Congratulations to the whole Fit Kit team on their outstanding achievement!