Class of 2018 Honored for Academic Excellence

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Members of the East Meadow School District Class of 2018 were recognized for academic excellence with special scholarships along with district and community awards during annual senior awards ceremonies. W.T. Clarke High School honored its graduates on June 18, followed by East Meadow High School on June 19.

Parents, administrators, Board of Education members, community leaders and scholarship sponsors joined the students on the two special nights to honor the soon-to-be graduates. 

At W.T. Clarke, Principal Timothy Voels delivered opening remarks along with senior class president Megan Rodriguez. Various teachers and special guests presented students with specific honors and awards throughout the night. Soon-to-be Superintendent of the Bethpage School District, David Schneider along with his brother presented a scholarship in memory of their sister, Alison, to graduating senior Erin Connolly. 

Prior to awarding the seniors at East Meadow, Principal Richard Howard presented Class of 2018 Hall of Distinction inductees Bob Israel (1969), Neal Israel (1963) and John Mauceri (1963). 

Bob Israel is a producer, writer and actor that includes producing Ace Ventura: Pet Detective as well as Bachelor Party. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Aspect Ratio. An executive at both ABC and CBS, Neal Israel wrote the first Police Academy while also directing and co-writing movies such as Bachelor Party, Moving Violations, Real Genius, Look Who’s Talking Too and Surf Ninjas. Mauceri was the first East Meadow student to attend Yale University before going on to win three Emmy Awards as a performer, writer and on-camera host.

Organized by the school’s Planning and Management Team, the Hall of Distinction acknowledges exceptional alumni for their accomplishments in their individual vocational fields or contributions to the community. “Through their leadership, dedication and outstanding ability, we are pleased to celebrate the inductees’ successes and have them serve as role models for our current students,” said Howard.