The lives of Glen Cove’s Maria Krisch and Michelle Melfi were intertwined long before they met as toddlers at St. Paul’s Nursery School.
“My dad and her mom were only a few lockers away from each other,” said Melfi. “Whoever said ‘It’s a small world after all’ was definitely talking about Glen Cove.”
The pair giggled the same giggle as they adjusted their crowns and repositioned each other’s sashes at Glen Cove High School Saturday night. Nominated to the homecoming court, the game was just one of a lifetime’s worth of occasions the best friends shared.
Krisch and Melfi stuck together after they were placed in the same classes for most of elementary school. Fast-forward more than a decade and the pair has blossomed, leading clubs and and excelling in music. Even after high school, the honorary sisters say they have similar plans to enter medicine.
"We're both a little Type-A," said Melfi.
"She's the president of the student body and I'm the president of our class," added Krisch.
"It's nice to have someone similar to you that you can relate to and have fun with," said Melfi as she and Krisch exchanged identical grins. "And that's Maria."
With their college applications due in a matter of days, the pair agreed that Glen Cove’s familiar, small-town feeling would be what they missed most when they leave.
"My dad was making fun of me the other day and said I looked like a bobblehead, nodding my head at everyone," said Krisch.
"We've all known each other since kindergarten, we know all the positive things about everyone," added Melfi. "It's going to be hard not to see everyone every day next year."