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Junior Horsemen Win Second Straight Title

  The undefeated Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Junior Horsemen defended their 2016 title by winning a second consecutive Westchester Youth Football League championship game. The Junior Horsemen, 9-0 this season, trounced Ossining, 32-12, to claim the crown. The Westchester Youth Football League is made up of teams from 15 local communities. The Horsemen’s volunteer coaching staff included Dave Hallesworth, Rob Gramaglia, Jason ... Read More »

Girls and Boys High School Varsity Basketball Preview

by Tom Pedulla –  The Hudson Independent examines the prospects of local schools for the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball season. Girls DOBBS FERRY Last year’s record:  13-9 Top returning players: Guard Raquel Addona, Forward Katlyn Fanning, Guard-Forward Kayla Halverson, Guard Tamryn McCarthy. Key to success: Defense, inconsistent last year, is a point of emphasis. We’re going to be really ... Read More »

JV Horsemen Squads Posting Remarkable Records

by Kevin Brown –  What a season for youth football! The Jr. Horsemen are now under the umbrella of SHHS Varsity coach Jorge Veintimilla, and coordinated by Joe and Chrisse Good. Cheerleading is run by Cindy Guzman. Members of the Westchester Youth Football League (WYFBL), USA Football, and a practitioner of Heads Up Football, the Jr. Horsemen focus on teaching ... Read More »

Tarrytown Schools Screen New Documentary on Teenage Anxiety

by Maria Ann Roglieri –  Anxiety in teenagers is increasing and is currently a hot topic among school psychologists and parents. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety afflicts nearly 1/3 of adolescents and adults. Fortunately, it is treatable. The New York Times Magazine recently featured an article about anxiety (“Why Are More American Teenagers than Ever Suffering ... Read More »

Coaches, Players Favor Thrills of Football over Injury Risks

by Tom Pedulla Steve Yurek lacked what he needed most when he was hired before last season to coach the varsity football team at Irvington High School – players. He inherited a program with an 18-member roster, two above the required number on game day. That was cutting it too close. He responded by posting notices around town encouraging youngsters ... Read More »

New Era of Horseman Football Ready for Kickoff

by Kevin Brown Sleepy Hollow High School kicks off its varsity season on Saturday, September 2 at home against Pearl River High School. Pearl River is coming off a turbulent off-season that saw Coach Mike Oliva unexpectedly dismissed but then re-instated after public protests and petitions throughout the community called for his reinstatement. Despite a challenged record in 2016, players ... Read More »

Irvington Teacher Files Lawsuit vs District Over Student Attack

by Rick Pezzullo A special education teacher at Irvington Middle School has filed a lawsuit against the district after allegedly suffering “grievous and permanent injuries” after being attacked in a classroom last March by a student with a history of behavioral problems. In an August 21 complaint filed in state Supreme Court, Clarice Martin, and her fellow plaintiff, husband Douglas ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow, Irvington Welcome New School Leaders

Joshua Whitham

by Rick Pezzullo Joshua Whitham started his new job as Sleepy Hollow Middle School principal in early July, learning the lay of the land and the vibe of the village. A native of San Diego, where his educational career began as a sixth-grade teacher for gifted and talented students, Whitham has Lego blocks in his office to represent a hunger ... Read More »

Gedid, Friedman Win Special Election for Irvington BOE

Maura Gedid

by Rick Pezzullo Maura Gedid and Brian Friedman were the top two vote-getters in the July 11 special election for two seats on the Irvington Board of Education. The summer election was scheduled after residents in the Irvington School District voted in May to expand the Board of Education from five to seven members. Gedid, who helped the district start ... Read More »

THE MASTERS SCHOOL Class of 2017

Tremarli Philmore Abbott Tülay Kimika Akoglu Isabelle Moon Alexander Anqile Maayan Bar Apkon Nua Isabella Araki Alexandra Faye Berdon Adriana Katarina Bjäringer Daniel Moses Bring Treasure Faith Brooks Sophie Ryan Buchanan Haley Alexandra Casper Benjamin James Catania I-Cheng Chan Suchakree Chueluecha Oliver Santiago Clayton-Fernandes Samantha Grace Coffey Samantha Kate Coppola Meaghan Jane Cunniffe Lucas Prial Curran Chloe Danielle Davis Isabelle ... Read More »

HACKLEY SCHOOL Class of 2017

Shayan Argrette Ahmad Isabella Cacdac Ampil Salik Awan William Kirby Ballentine Lucy Alison Barse Matthew Peter Bonanno Kristen Elizabeth Bringsjord Winston Edward Britton Jr. Camille Harker Butterfield Madison Kelly Chen Andrew Kendrick Chung Jack Kaplan Clark Jackson Spencer Corrigan William Biddle Cotter Meghan Irene Macrae Cunningham Fernando H. Docters Joy Morgan Dracos Sabrina Esther Fleishaker Justin Kai Forstmann Owen Faulkner ... Read More »

DOBBS FERRY HIGH SCHOOL Class of 2017

Saylor Abel Christopher Agostino Glory Akoh Nermine Mahmoud Farouk Amer Mika Andrews Jessie Anker Christopher Gianni Arditi Maximilian Baumann Noah Berliner Elizabeth Bloom Gavin Bradley Tenia Braithwaite Hannah Louise Brown Maddison Rose Cambeiro Leon Campbell Noel W. Campbell John Capone Benjamin Chuang Justin Cohen Isabel Cruz-Bai Thomas Christopher Cullen Jacob Day Amanda Diaz Samantha Marie DiGirolomo Matthew Antonio Ellis Maria ... Read More »

SLEEPY HOLLOW HIGH SCHOOL Class of 2017

Esmeralda Abreu Angel Acosta Diaz Alexandra Adofo Anthony Aguirre Leon Melanie Alberto Melissa Almonte Stephen Alvarez Tatiana Andre Xavier Andre Aranxa Anorve Heidy Arana Heleno Jessica Arduino Junior Arevalo Alexander Arias Diego Arias • (Valedictorian_ Yannoli Arias Justin Atkinson Ariel Azzis Puebla Daniel Barros Dylan Basescu Jeantil Beltré Marcos Benzan Mata Zachary Bernstein Austin Bird Alec Bjorkland Lindsey Boozer Kevin ... Read More »

IRVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Class of 2017

Alissa Abramson Matthew Abramson Kevin Adams Stephanie Ades Michelle Agovino James Agro Natalie Aronson Imogen Aukland Dorian Barber Sofia Bazdekis Maxine Bell Nina Bernstein Christina Bundrick Sean Henry Canning Caileigh Cappello Suzanne Carroll Emma Castiblanco Carson Cerrito Alec Chevreux Dan Chevreux Larissa S Chraim Katherine Colucci Riley Conklin Jillian Conley Justin Conwisar Leia Correa Anotonia Cruz-Kent Gianna D’Arrigo Aine Daly ... Read More »

Four Vie for Two Seats on Expanded Irvington BOE

by Rick Pezzullo In May, residents in the Irvington School District voted to expand the Board of Education from five to seven members. A special election was set for July 11 and four individuals have stepped forward to vie for the two additional seats: John Dawson, Brian Friedman, Maura Gedid and Della Lenz. Voting will take place from 7 a.m. ... Read More »

Sports – Three-Sport Sleepy Hollow Athlete Excelling on Diamond

by Tom Pedulla Sleepy Hollow High School trailed Yonkers 2-1 in the fifth inning in the Nyack Tournament earlier this season when Sleepy Hollow Coach Rob Spirelli checked with right-hander Sean McCarthy. Despite being set back by an unearned run, McCarthy was pitching well. Spirelli was concerned that his pitch count was building. He wanted to make sure he felt ... Read More »

Masters School Co-Presidents Reflect on Lessons Learned

by Anna Young The Masters School co-presidents of the senior class, Kevin McGuire and Nina Hylton, are anxious and excited to deliver their graduation speeches during the June 10 ceremony. In lieu of honoring students with titles such as valedictorian and salutatorian, the Dobbs Ferry school allows the two class presidents to deliver a speech during graduation. Nina Hylton Nina ... Read More »

SH High Val and Sal Attribute Success to Hard Work

by Julia Ann Friedman Diego Arias Diego Arias will finish his high school career at the top of his class, having come a long way from where he started. His family came to the United States from Uruguay when Arias was six years old, and the only English he spoke was “hello.” In a third-grade reading enrichment program, Arias recalled ... Read More »

Irvington High Class of 2017 Leaders Relish Recognition

Irvington High School seniors Ryan Meng-Killeen and Zoe Mermelstein, valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2017, said it was validating to receive the recognition. Meng-Killeen and Mermelstein said they have worked incredibly hard throughout their high school career, but were surprised to receive the school’s top honors. They attributed their success to their friends and family and being ... Read More »

Hackley is Where the Heart is for Senior Baseball Mainstay

by Tom Pedulla Ryan Smith, an ace left-hander at Hackley School, understands the value of home-field advantage better than anyone. He has attended Hackley since kindergarten, but his connection runs far deeper than that. “It’s been home since I was born,” Smith said. His father, Bill, has served as Director of Buildings and Grounds since 1997, leading the family to ... Read More »

Irvington Girls Finish Season 25-2; One Win Short of State

by Tom Pedulla When members of the Irvington girls’ basketball team glanced at the scoreboard for the final time this season, they could not help but feel the sting of disappointment. They had fallen short against Seton Catholic, 86-67, in the Class B state championship game at Hudson Valley Community College for only their second defeat of the season. The ... Read More »

Students Benefit from the Use of Wind and Solar Power

Wind and Solar Unit at WashingtonIrving School

by Julia Ann Friedman When Aris Wind Company approached Peter Quartironi, Director of Facilities for the public schools of the Tarrytowns, about installing wind and solar dual units on school property, he jumped at the opportunity. Quartironi and Christopher Borsari, Superintendent of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, knew that utilizing wind and solar power would be highly beneficial to ... Read More »

Foundation Celebrates Local Businesses and Organizations in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown

by Shelly W. Colley When members of the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns chose the theme, “A Tale of Two Towns,” for their April 22, 2017 spring benefit, they wanted to bring awareness of the impact that local businesses and organizations have had on the students of the Tarrytown School district. The Foundation, an independent, parent-led 501(c)3 ... Read More »

Safety Measures Undergoing Review in Local Schools

by Robert Kimmel Safety concerns at local schools have heightened in the aftermath of the wave of bomb threats targeted at Jewish Community Centers and schools across the country, including the JCC in Tarrytown. While those threats have proven to be hoaxes, authorities say such acts can’t be ignored. Both the Tarrytown and Irvington school districts have safety committees that ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Middle School Principal to Retire

by Rick Pezzullo Sleepy Hollow Middle School will be getting a new principal for the first time in nine years to begin the 2017-18 school calendar. The Board of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns last month accepted the retirement resignation of Elizabeth Lopez, effective June 30, 2017.  Lopez has served as the principal of the middle school ... Read More »

Big Changes Coming to Sleepy Hollow High School Athletics

by Kevin Brown After a comprehensive search, Jorge Veintimilla, defensive coordinator for the Sleepy Hollow Varsity football team, has been named the new head coach of the football program.  A committee of eight local residents screened candidates with the best of them forwarded to Superintendent Chris Borsari, who made the final decision. “We were lucky to have so many great ... Read More »

Sports – Local Basketball Squads Produce Mixed Results

by Tom Pedulla The Hudson Independent looks at how the local basketball teams fared during the regular season: Girls Hackley With the exception of senior captain Kristen Bringsjord, Hackley depended heavily on a young and inexperienced roster in struggling to a 4-14 record. A season sweep of Fieldston and Bringsjord’s scrappy play provided a couple of highlights. Second-year coach Margaret ... Read More »