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by Maria Ann Roglieri – 

Sleepy Hollow High School Students, Teachers Win Medals

WatercoolerCongratulations to Sleepy Hollow High School performing arts students, Mr. Day, Mrs. Persad, and Ms. Trenczer for outstanding performances at World Strides Festivals in Philadelphia and Williamsburg this past month. The String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Band all received the Gold while the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble both received the Silver in Williamsburg, VA. The Select Singers, meanwhile, received the Silver in Philadelphia, P.A. Each group performed for guest artists and received a clinic at their respective venues. Awards for Special Recognition also went to Sam Leviatin and Ben Poret.

Sleepy Hollow Athletes Chosen for Bruce Beck Camp

SHHS senior Grace Hille, a cheerleader and lacrosse player, received a scholarship to attend the Bruce Beck NBC Sports Broadcasting Camp in July to learn how to become a sports broadcaster. “I am really excited to actually get into the field and be in a professional setting,” said Hillle. SHHS senior Sara Clark, a tennis, lacrosse and basketball player, was selected to work as an intern in the program. “I am not one to be on camera,” said Clark. “I am interested in working behind the scenes and this will be a wonderful opportunity for me to learn about sports management.” Clark is currently interning in the SHHS Athletic Office under Director Denise Kiernan.

Tarrytown Cantor Celebrates 25 Years of Service

Congratulations to Cantor Margot Goldberg of Temple Beth Abraham (TBA) for her 25 years of dedication and service to her congregation. She will be fêted on May 4. As first Vice-President Jennifer Povman explained, “Cantor Margot, for over a generation, has enriched the lives of the over 400 member families of TBA. She lifts us in song with her lovely voice, and also touches our souls with a blend of Jewish tradition and innovation, an unwavering dedication to teaching and community building. With her warmth and leadership, Cantor Goldberg inspires us to live Jewishly with purpose and meaning here in the rivertowns.”

Pocantico Hills Selects New Superintendent of Schools

Richard Calkins

On April 11, the Pocantico Hills Board of Education appointed Richard Calkins as its next superintendent of schools. Calkins will take over for retiring Superintendent Carol Conklin-Spillane July 1. He will be joining Pocantico Hills from the Alfred-Almond Central School District in Allegany County, where he has been superintendent of schools for nearly a decade. Prior to that, he was principal of the district’s Jr./Sr. High School, chairman of the Committee on Special Education and a special education teacher.
The Board of Education selected Mr. Calkins following a comprehensive search led by Bob Christmann of NYS Leadership Group. Board of Education President Al Pacile said the district is thrilled to welcome Calkins as its next leader.
“We are confident Rich is going to be a tremendous fit for our community and school,” he said. “Not only is he a top-notch educator and administrator with a long track record of success, he embodies the spirit of commitment and service to community that we envisioned at the start of our search.”

Farewell to Irvington High School Principal

Irvington High School Principal David Cohen is officially leaving the district for a job on Long Island as of July 1. He was principal for six years in Irvington.
Dobbs Ferry High School National Merit Finalists and Winner
Congratulations to seniors Jamie Kramer, Remy Nammour, and Zachar Hankewycz for being named National Merit Finalists. Nationally, approximately 15,000 were recognized as finalists out of the nearly 1.5 million eligible students. Kramer was ultimately named a winner, a distinction only awarded to approximately 7,500 students.

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