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Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Congratulations Class of 2019 photo

Glen Cove High School seniors marked the end of their high school careers surrounded by family members, administrators, teachers and friends at their commencement ceremony on June 26.

The high school band played “Pomp and Circumstance” as the Class of 2019 processed onto J.C. Maiden Field. Seniors and co-class presidents Lucy Costello and Aamaiyah Vaughan led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by the by the school’s concert choir singing the national anthem. The group also performed the school’s alma mater, conducted by senior Julianna Willson.  

Principal Antonio Santana told the graduating class how much he would miss them, as they began at the high school the same year he did. He also explained that success is not measured by material items.

“Please remember success is not measured in things we accumulate, by cars, jewelry and money,” Mr. Santana said. “It is measured in the worth we have as individuals and in our communities. It’s not a function of income or fame, it’s not labels or titles. Success is measured in good deeds. It’s about the power we all have to make positive change and enhance just not only our lives, but the lives of people that matter to us and the people in our communities.”

Mr. Santana also recognized student Derek Cosme, who was killed in 2017, saying, “I know you are here with us today, and I know that you can feel the love we have for you.” 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna told students their families will always be their greatest supporters and reminded them that their families, teachers, principal and she realize how special they are.  

“Each of you have a gift that only you can give the world,” Dr. Rianna said. “You may not fully realize what that gift is yet or how you might use it in the future, but you will. In the next few years, you will discover so much and have so much more to explore. Now is the time that the real work begins.” 

Board of Education President Gail Nedbor-Gross told the seniors that they have come a long way in Glen Cove schools and to think of their time in the district like building a house. 

“You’ve now successfully completed building the foundation,” Ms. Nedbor-Gross said. “From here, you’ll continue to build a life and hopefully have many, many more accomplishments.” 

Salutatorian Mackenzie Edwards reflected on change and acknowledged that while change has an impact on our lives, some things stay the same.   

“Our foundation is made up of our memories, our family and our friends,” she said. “It is what we have achieved in this school and in this life. It is ours forever.”

Honorarian Christina Cavallone reminded students that although high school was over, the imprints they made at Glen Cove High School would stay with them for the rest of their lives. 

Each year, the graduating class selects a faculty member to speak. Security guard Michael Curran was chosen and told students it was a pleasure to watch them grow over the past four years. Mr. Curran’s speech, which was met with cheers and applause, was peppered with jokes, much to the delight of students. 

Valedictorian Matthew Tran said he realized that his classmates may have mixed feelings about leaving high school, but said he was happy. 

“I’m happy that we are taking the next steps in our lives and on our way to becoming the young adults we already think we are. Even though we are leaving high school, Glen Cove will always have a special place in our hearts.”

The ceremony continued with each student receiving their diplomas. It concluded with the tassel ceremony and the tossing of the caps. Congratulations! 

Click here to watch GCTV's coverage of the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.


Seniors Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Seniors Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Glen Cove High School’s senior class enjoyed a bit of nostalgia during the school’s Senior Walk on June 17.

Wearing their graduation caps and gowns, the Class of 2019 visited Deasy and Gribbin schools to reminisce about their time as youngsters in the district. The senior students walked through the hallways of the buildings to cheers and congratulations by the district’s elementary students. They also received high fives and hugs from teachers and students alike. Congratulations, Class of 2019!   

Downloading Google Data for Graduating Seniors


As our graduating seniors prepare to move on, we wanted to let you know about a tool that will allow them to take all of the files, documents and other information that they have built up in their Glen Cove Google account with them.

Google Takeout is a tool that lets users download whatever data they choose from their Google account to be saved or used with other programs and services outside of Google. It can be accessed by signing in to a Glen Cove Google account and then going to

If you are planning to download any information from a student Google account, please do so by 8/1/19. After that date, account access for seniors who have graduated will be disabled.



Golden G Awards for Cofield and Hudson!

Golden G Awards for Cofield and Hudson
Congratulations to E’Shone Cofield and Trinity Hudson for earning the Golden G, Glen Cove High School Athletic Department’s most prestigious award! Best of luck to these two future collegiate athletes.

First-Place Honors for Wind Ensemble

First-Place Honors for Wind Ensemble
First-Place Honors for Wind Ensemble
On May 31, the Glen Cove High School Wind Ensemble traveled to Pennsylvania to compete at the 2019 Music in the Parks competition at Dorney Park. The group performed for a panel of judges and competed against high schools from all over the tri-state area. The wind ensemble was awarded first place in its division as well as Best Overall Instrumental Ensemble of the festival. Mrs. Frank Rifkind could not be more proud of how the group performed and the level of musicianship and professionalism that was demonstrated. Congratulations to all! 

Glen Cove Music Takes the Gold

Glen Cove Music Takes the Gold photo
Glen Cove Music Takes the Gold photo 2
Glen Cove Music Takes the Gold photo 3
The Glen Cove High School Wind Ensemble, Mixed Chorus and Select Chorale traveled to Hofstra University on May 20 and May 21 to perform at the 2019 NYSSMA Major Organization Festival. All three groups prepared repertoire that was performed in front of two adjudicators and were then rated based on their performances. The guidelines used for judging are rigorous and require extra preparation from the groups. The wind ensemble and mixed chorus were given a top rating of Gold, while the select chorale was awarded the prestigious Gold with Distinction rating. Congratulations to all those who participated! 

Students Collaborate to Create Ocean-Inspired Art

Students Collaborate to Create Ocean-Inspired Art photo

The Student Senate, led by Ms. Susan Poulos, visited kindergarten and second grade classrooms at Gribbin and Deasy elementary schools to teach and create ocean-inspired paper art with the younger students. The Students Rebuild Program sponsors this project. This year’s theme is Ocean Challenge/Ocean Conservation. For every piece of artwork the students created, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $2 to programs training coastal youth in ocean conservation and coral restoration. Thank you to Addison Huvane, a Student Senate member who brought and inspired members of Student Senate to participate with this civic action project.

Special thanks to Principal Antonio Santana, Principal Francine Santoro, Principal Melanie Arfman, Mrs. Susan Poulos and all the faculty and staff who supported this program. A total of $ 1,338 in donations was raised from this project by creating a 669 pieces of artwork.

High School Orchestra Is Superior!

High School Orchestra Is Superior photo
Glen Cove High School’s orchestra, led by teacher Jim Guarini, earned a superior ranking at the Long Island Music Festival held in Dorney Park, Pennsylvania. Students performed two adjudicated pieces in the Foy Concert Hall at Moravian College and received perfect scores for both selections! Congratulations!