Elmont Senior Loses His Mom on ‘9/11,’ Remembers Her Through Photography

A picture is worth a thousand words and a lifetime full of memories. Just ask Elmont Memorial High School senior and aspiring photographer, Sebastian Bass, whose passion for photography connects him to a bittersweet past but also to a promising future. "I love seeing growth," Sebastian told us in an exclusive email interview. The 17-year-old … Continue reading Elmont Senior Loses His Mom on ‘9/11,’ Remembers Her Through Photography

Elmont Senior, Michael Bailey, Nominated for US Presidential Scholar Program

Source: Sewanhaka Central High School District Elmont Memorial senior Michael Bailey has been nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. One of only 25 New York State high school seniors nominated for the prestigious award, the Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. The award honors one male … Continue reading Elmont Senior, Michael Bailey, Nominated for US Presidential Scholar Program

A Letter to Petro: 10 Years Later

Words by Sophia Sunshine Vilceus (Class of 2007) A decade ago, on a cold February night, the legendary Elmont Memorial High School Basketball Coach and Guidance Counselor, Gregg “Petro” Petrocelli, passed away. It was February 27th, 2007 -- I was seated directly next to him during our Championship Game. I can never forget my shrill … Continue reading A Letter to Petro: 10 Years Later

Holiday Special: #WeAreElmont ‘Community Pride’ T-Shirts

Happy Holidays, Elmont! For years, Elmont has lived in the shadows and has been pushed to the margins of Long Island and New York. But today is a new day and age. Join fellow Elmont residents, Alumni, students, parents, & community members as we showcase community pride and celebrate our beloved hometown. Get your hands … Continue reading Holiday Special: #WeAreElmont ‘Community Pride’ T-Shirts

#Exit13Challenge Shows Hip Hop’s Power To Unite A Neighborhood

#Exit13Challenge Shows Hip Hop’s Power To Unite A Neighborhood By Karl Valere Nearly one month ago, before the rise of the now popular, #MannequinChallenge and the #UNameItChallenge, Elmont natives circulated a buzz of their own by taking part in the #Exit13Challenge. The viral video challenge featured a bevy of Elmont lyricists hungry to showcase their … Continue reading #Exit13Challenge Shows Hip Hop’s Power To Unite A Neighborhood

Elmont Graduate Becomes a Doctor, Triumphs in the Face of Sickle-Cell Disease

  Meet Melissa Jackson. Melissa graduated from Elmont Memorial High School in 2006. After graduating, Melissa attended the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York, where she was a Jackie Robinson scholarship award recipient from 2006-2010. Melissa graduated magna cum laude from Sophie Davis and was accepted into Dartmouth Medical School. She then graduated … Continue reading Elmont Graduate Becomes a Doctor, Triumphs in the Face of Sickle-Cell Disease

Fosters Family: Why Elmont & Rosedale Are Like Brother & Sister

For those of us growing up in Elmont, the lines between Elmont and Queens have always been blurry. This fact endures today -- whether geographically, culturally, socially, or politically -- Elmont and Queens undeniably share a great deal in common. We reached out to Bill Florio -- a Valley Stream resident, historian, and author -- … Continue reading Fosters Family: Why Elmont & Rosedale Are Like Brother & Sister

What A Time To Be From Elmont

What a Time to Be From Elmont By Sophia Sunshine Vilceus It has truly been a remarkable week, month, and year to be from Elmont. But what does this all mean in context? As an Elmont native who has lived out of New York State for nearly five years, it is something quite special to … Continue reading What A Time To Be From Elmont

Spartans Defeat Byram Hills, Face-Off Against Troy in Class A Final

  Source: Bob Herzog, Newsday GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — Elmont’s historic basketball season almost ended because of a tweet. No, not a social-media post, but rather the shrill sound of an inadvertent whistle that had the crowd and both teams twittering among themselves in the final seconds. Elmont, clinging to a two-point lead with 3.8 … Continue reading Spartans Defeat Byram Hills, Face-Off Against Troy in Class A Final

Elmont Spartans Win Long Island Championship

Source: Tony Bellissimo, Long Island Herald Defense wins championships, especially when you don’t allow any points in the final 11 minutes and 25 seconds as Elmont did Sunday afternoon on the way to beating Harborfields, 41-32, for the Long Island Class A boys’ basketball title before a crowd of 2,750 at LIU Post. The Spartans, … Continue reading Elmont Spartans Win Long Island Championship