Students at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District marked their commencement in front of parents, family members and friends on June 23. Marching into the auditorium at the Brookside School to “Pomp and Circumstance,” the students were welcomed by program director Susan Ellinghaus.
“We are here today to celebrate your graduation and to celebrate the next phase on your journey through life,” said safety officer Donald Smith. “I want you to realize that as one door closes, another opens. You should never be afraid to walk through the door.”
Additionally, class of 2008 graduate Raquelle Kabatsky, valedictorian Tiffany Terravecchia and salutatorian Michelle Beery addressed the audience. Board of Education President Susan Schwartz presented diplomas to the graduates as they crossed the stage.
During the ceremony, several students received special awards. Daniel Healey was awarded the U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Award by Staff Sgt. Eli Henderson. Terravecchia and Beery received the PTA Coordinating Council Award, with Michael Dapolito being acknowledged with the BMUST Scholarship Award. Dapolito was given $200 from Allstate Insurance, presented by Kabatsky. Terravecchia received the Bellmore Lion’s Club Award. And Beery, Tara Eyring, Daniel Pflaumer and James Seible were awarded the Meadowbrook Alternative Program Award.