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Elizabeth Silver, Zoe Kaplan Head SH High Class of 2016

by Heather Colley Elizabeth Silver and Zoe Kaplan are this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian at Sleepy Hollow High School, respectively. The Hudson Independent profiled the top two academic students in the school’s graduating class of 2016 to learn more about their high school experience, and their extensive plans for the future. Q: Elizabeth, where will you be attending college next ... Read More »

Fraternal Twins Relish Earning Top Two Spots at Irvington High

by Elizabeth Nutig For one family in Irvington, the excitement at graduation was doubled, as fraternal twins Sweta and Swati Narayan were at the head of the Class of 2016 as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Sweta, who will be studying biology at the University of Chicago in the fall, said being valedictorian has always been a goal of hers, and ... Read More »

Sports – AYSO Women’s Club Soccer Teams See Huge Success

by Heather Colley Two years ago, Coach John Sutherland initiated the formation of the Sleepy Hollow Football Club as a branch of AYSO Tarrytown to give skilled young soccer players the opportunity to play in a variety of different divisions within the Westchester Youth Soccer League. Two teams in particular, Blaze (9-year-olds) and Mustang (Under 13), have succeeded tremendously under ... Read More »

Watercooler – Heard Around the Watercooler

NOMINATED Congratulations to Sleepy Hollow High School for winning 12 Metro Award nominations for its 2016 musical, “Seussical!” including Best Overall Production. Henry Titcomb was nominated as Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as the Cat in the Hat; Zoe Kaplan was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role as Gertrude McFuzz; and Francis Pace-Nunez, who ... Read More »

Water Fountains with High Lead in Tarrytown Schools Shut Down

by Rick Pezzullo Two water fountains in two schools in the Tarrytown School District were shut down in late May after recent tests showed a lead content higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations. In a May 24 letter to district staff and parents, interim Schools Superintendent Daniel McCann reported one fountain at Washington Irving Intermediate School and ... Read More »

Underage Substance Abuse Discussed at Irvington High Forum

by Neal Rentz What are the potential consequences of underage drug and alcohol use? According to a panel of local experts, the consequences include potential addiction, criminal prosecution of both youths and parents and even death. About 75 local residents came to Irvington High School on May 19 to listen to a roughly 80-minute discussion on the consequences of underage ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Track and Field: A Season of Ambition

by Heather Colley The Sleepy Hollow track and field team has an impressive array of star athletes that will be graduating this spring, and this year’s seniors hope to end their high school careers on top. Mark Jelenek attributes his ability to dabble in every area of the sport over the past four years to the excellent program itself. “Track ... Read More »

Heard Around the Watercooler – May 2016

NAMED Three students from Irvington Middle School were named top chemists in the state after placing first, second and third at the New York “You Be The Chemist Challenge,” held April 16 at the BASF Research and Development Facility in Tarrytown. Seventh grader Henry Demarest won first place, while eighth graders Rishit Gupta and Zachary Rosman were named runner-up and ... Read More »

Local Students Attend First Westchester Youth Gender Equality Conference in Irvington

by Heather Colley On April 10, 20 members of Sleepy Hollow High School’s Feminism Club attended the County’s first ever Gender Equality Conference, held at Irvington High School and organized by Irvington senior Zachary Gallin. More than 120 students from 26 schools in Westchester attended the four-hour conference, which consisted of two eminent guest speakers and 10 workshops led by ... Read More »

Program on the Effects of Alcohol and Drugs Provokes New Thinking Amongst Irvington High’s Athletes—and their Parents

by Barrett Seaman Michael Nerney is a bearded bantam, full of energy and jovial in nature, but his message delivered on March 14 to Irvington High School athletes—and later to some parents—was deadly serious in its content. A former teacher and coach, and a father of three himself, Nerney now gives presentations not only on the effects of alcohol and ... Read More »

Young Men’s Mentoring Program of the Tarrytowns Expands Focus

by Kevin Brown Based on his personal experiences and seeing what his friends were dealing with, in late 2013, Roniel Bencosme assembled a few professionals from The Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow community to tell them about his idea of starting a hands-on and informal mentoring program for young men in our community. The group’s mission was to help young men prepare for ... Read More »

Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley Launches Fundraising Campaign with Broadway Show Music Concert

by Morey Storck On April 8 the first of four 30th Anniversary Celebration Fundraisers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Hudson Valley Chapter will be held at The Tarrytown Music Hall. The benefit concert of Broadway show music will present headlining performers who have appeared in starring or featured roles in recent Broadway musical theatre productions. These four signature events sponsored by ... Read More »

Sports – Banner Season for Lady Bulldogs

The Irvington High School varsity girls’ basketball team once again recorded a remarkable season with a 22-2 record and its sixth Section 1 Class B Championship in the last seven years. The Lady Bulldogs won the title with a gutsy 77-68 victory over Woodlands, rallying from a 10-point halftime deficit, led by a career-high 45 points from point guard Lindsay ... Read More »

Sports – Irvington Synchronized Skaters Win Gold at Nationals

by Rick Pezzullo Two students in the Irvington School District were recently crowned National Champions at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Michigan as members of the Skyliners Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team. Erika Sipos, a freshman at Irvington High School, and Rachel Cortese, an eighth grader at Irvington Middle School, helped the 23-member Skyliners squad win its first national ... Read More »

Sports – TNT Basketball’s Sleepy Hollow Horsemen Win Class B Championship

On March 13th, TNT Basketball’s Sleepy Hollow Horsemen 8th grade boys defeated Mahopac 41-30 to win the Tri-County Basketball League Class B championship at the College of New Rochelle. Left to right: Coach Sean McCarthy, Ryan Schatzel, Ben Goldfarb, Owen Loffredo, Quinn O’Donohue, Oliver Goldfarb, Jackson Many, Luke McCarthy, Max Himmelfarb, Alex Dawson, Xarian Rodriguez, Ramon Salazar, Devin Batheja, Jordan ... Read More »

Sports – Sleepy Hollow Juniors Spearhead Mouthguard Study for Concussions

by Zoe Kaplan Concussions are a serious issue. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that there are over 1.5 million concussions each year, with above 5% of athletes experiencing a concussion every sports season. In order to combat this growing problem, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino created the Westchester County Concussion Task Force. This force, initiated last year, ... Read More »

Diaper Drive

Kids’ Club of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow held a diaper drive and breakfast on March 15.  At “Nappies for Neighbors”, more than 40 friends dropped by to learn more about Kids’ Club, and to support our effort to collect diapers for families from literacy and learning programs Smart Babies and Smart Toddlers, and Open Door Family Medical Centers,  — three ... Read More »

SH Students Excel at Science and Engineering Fair

Emily Thayer, a senior at SH High School, is headed to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix in May after placing first for her scientific research project at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair held at the high school. Thayer, who will be studying chemical engineering at the University of Alabama in the fall, was recognized for ... Read More »

Student Resource Officer Begins at Sleepy Hollow High

by Heather Colley A few months ago, the students of Sleepy Hollow High School organized a petition and spoke to the Board of Education about the implementation of a Student Resource Officer (SRO) in the high school, a police officer that serves as a link between the town and the students. Following recent local events, the teenagers had concerns about ... Read More »

“Spring Harmony” Classical Event Slated

Sleepy Hollow High School students along with professional and semi-professional performers will be taking part in “Spring Harmony,” Saturday, April 30, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., at Hudson Harbor Lodge, Tarrytown. The classical music event will benefit the Sleepy Hollow Performing Arts Boosters, with proceeds from the evening used to benefit several music related activities at the school. Income from ... Read More »

Schools Increase Focus On Concussion Awareness

by Robert Kimmel In contact sports just a generation ago, a hard jolt to the head and its harmful consequences were mostly regarded as a temporary “time-out” to be followed by a quick return to the playing field. No longer is that the case. “The world has finally caught up with what we’ve known for decades, that head injuries are ... Read More »

SH Seventh Grader Donates Coloring Books to Young Hospital Patients

by Zoë Kaplan   While many seventh graders find themselves busy with school work, playing sports, and other extracurricular activities, Madison Ardanowski focuses on something different: community service. Over the past month, she has been collecting new and unused coloring books for children at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla. She hopes to collect and send more than 100 books ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow High School’s Success in the Performing Arts

by Heather Colley Interviewing Gail Persad, who is both the chorus teacher and the fall drama director at Sleepy Hollow High School, was a little difficult because of the euphony of singing coming from every corner of the chorus room. As she instructed students on how to hit a particular note, Persad simultaneously gave me insight into why the Performing ... Read More »

Irvington Lady Bulldogs Poised for Another Post Season Run

by Rick Pezzullo It’s a team with only two seniors and one healthy junior, but inexperience hasn’t been an issue at all this season for the Irvington High School girls’ basketball team. With only three games remaining on its regular season schedule, Irvington is 16-1, in the driver’s seat to win an eighth straight league title and well prepared to ... Read More »

Sleepy Hollow Stellar Rower to Attend Princeton in Fall

by Heather Colley Every year, Sleepy Hollow gets excited about the prospects of its various sports teams. Everyone dreams of making it to the “Dome” or the County Center. With few exceptions in recent years, such as track stars Danny Elia, Will Stallings and Gabby Maldonado (who each competed at state level), few actually make it. However, there is one ... Read More »

Irvington Fall Athletes Honored

The Irvington Union Free School District administration recognized the volleyball team, who are league champions for the first time since 1996; the girls soccer team, also league champions; and boys cross-country star Luke Carmosino, who is a section champion and placed 12th in the state championship this fall, during a Board of Education meeting in December. “The accomplishments of these ... Read More »

Business News – Let’s Play! A Place for Families

by Stefanie Sears When Parents Place, a parent-child family program that served Westchester for years, was shut down and efforts to save it were unsuccessful, a group of parents set out to create the non-profit organization Let’s Play! A Place for Families. It opened on November 3, 2015 at the Tarrytown United Methodist Church, though it had been initially launched ... Read More »

Friends, Family Celebrate the Life of Sleepy Hollow Teen

by W.B. King New York Times bestselling author of Wonder, R.J. Palacio, noted that “If every person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary — the world really would be a better place.” Those who were fortunate to call Owen Kelly a ... Read More »