The Melville Chamber of Commerce has awarded $500 scholarships each to Tyler Justin Fisher, a junior at Half Hollow Hills High School East and Nicholas Regueiro, a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School West. Both students had submitted essays in the Melville Chamber’s student essay competition.
The competition was created in cooperation with the Half Hollow Hills Library, Hofstra University’s National Center for Suburban Studies, Patch and local businesses to encourage appreciation of the many positive aspects of life in the Half Hollow Hills community. Students were asked to submit essays based on their connection to the local treasures they have discovered that make a positive impact on their lives.
Utilizing Patch/AOL's “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” exhibit presented at the HHH Library featuring the photographs of local master photographer Asia Lee the Melville Chamber reached out to the local schools seeking student participation.
The judges were thrilled with the quality of the students’ writing. Their proven ability along with their very apparent love for their community speaks well for the future of Long Island. The Melville Chamber of Commerce which represents more that 300 active local businesses calls Half Hollow Hills our home.
Nicholas Requeiro wrote in his winning essay. “In my younger years I was always fascinated with nature, but who wouldn’t be when you’ve been brought up in the beautiful town of Huntington! As a young boy, I hid in trees, caught butterflies, and was always riding my bike or rollerblading until long after dark. My parents had to call all of my neighbors on a daily basis to ask them if they knew where I was -- usually to find me hiding in a tree in the park down the street. I still remember my family’s annual trip to F&W Schmitt’s Farm to pick pumpkins, and the terror I felt at the idea that I would be lost in the corn maze for hours – as I had been the year before.”
In his essay Tyler Fisher shared “This day, truly defined by beauty, is neither the sunniest nor the warmest day of the year. Rather, the people breathing in this day, experiencing it, together sharing its exquisiteness are what definitively make it so excellent. The day surpasses pleasant and swell, crosses over fabulous and amazing, and clears phenomenal and magnificent to become truly beautiful when the father in a traffic jam keeps from honking his horn, the coach detecting a bad call keeps from yelling at the umpire, and the young siblings in a tree house keep from fighting.”
Both students will receive their awards at the April 18th breakfast meeting of the Melville Chamber of Commerce at the Colonial Springs Golf Course in East Farmingdale.
For information about the “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” competition or the Melville Chamber of Commerce call: 631 777-6260.