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Kings Herald Newspaper Takes 2nd In Best Of Journalism Contest

(Standing L to R – Back Row:  Dr. Timothy Eagen-Superintendent, Christopher Trimble, Samantha Anderer,  Tara Schnepf, Nicholas Fazio, Samantha Nathan, Matthew Hoffmann, Stephen    Pravato,   Mr. Lino Bracco-KPHS Principal, Giuseppe Ciocia) (Sitting L to R – Front Row:  Jack Degnan, Jace DeMarco, Taylor Mahoney, Arianna Dolan, Grace Kraft, Lily Hoffmann, Erica Karahalis

On Friday, March 24th at CW Post, Kings Park High School’s Kings Herald newspaper earned 2nd place for “Best Newspaper” in CW Post’s “Best of Journalism” contest.  There were over 30 high school newspapers that submitted entries from throughout Long Island, NYC and even NJ! 


Accompsett Elementary Students At The Fairy Tale Ball

A royal gathering

It was a magical day for the second-grade classes at Accompsett Elementary School in the Smithtown Central School District as the royals gathered for the Fairy Tale Ball on April 5. As a culminating activity in their fairy tale unit, the second-graders dressed as queens, kings, princes, princesses, royal knights and various fairy tale characters for the event. They performed songs, dances and their own fairy tale. After the ball, guests joined the students for a royal feast back in the classrooms.  

Photos courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Hauppauge Student Writers Stand Up For What They Believe In



(front row, l to r): Sameera Narang, Destiny Robertson, Emilia DeLuca, Angelina DeLuca, Arav Prabhu and Srihan Adabala. (Back row, l to r): Kaitlin Stephens, Isabella Calvao, Edward Mallon, Giovanni Torquato, Brendan Graf, Snehal Adabala and Dr. Christopher Michael, Hauppauge School District director of English Language Arts.(Hauppauge, New York) – Hauppauge is pleased to announce the students who were recognized for their contributions in the 6th Annual Writing Contest – a collaborative initiative of The Friends of the Hauppauge Public Library and the School District. The theme of this year’s contest, for students in grades 1-8, was: “Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone.”

“It is so exciting to see our students sharing their love of literacy by taking the time on their own to share their writing for this writing contest,” described Dr. Christopher J. Michael, director of English Language Arts/Hauppauge School District. “Our students created exemplary essays that showed great skill and creativity in communicating the message about the importance of standing up for your beliefs, even if you must stand alone.”


Snehal Adabala (2nd Place, Grade 7); Srihan Adabala; Noreen Ahmedy; Lindsay Arcoleo; Lindsey Blankenship; Joseph Bryan; Isabella Calvao (1st Place, Grade 7); Coleen Chamberlain; Jack Collins; Aditya Das; Shayla Davis; Angelina DeLuca (1st Place, Grades 1 and 2); Emilia DeLuca; Robert Gennari; Alex Genovese; Brendan Graf (2nd Place, Grades 4 and 5); Mollie Green; Emily Hom; Ava Importuna; John Juliano; John Kogel; Rory Maggio; Edward Mallon (1st Place, Grade 3); Sreenand Mallisetty; Manny Manteiga; Emma Marvelli; Joel Mathew; Brandon Mileti; Emily Morris; Emma Munro; Sameera Narang (2nd Place, Grades 1 and 2); Serena Narang; Corie Paolillo; Sydney Paolillo; Arav Prabhu (1stPlace, Grades 4 and 5); Destiny Robertson (2nd Place, Grade 3); Michele Romito; Julianna Scafa; Cameron Scarito; Madison Schmalfuss; Yashvi Shah; Jacob Solomon; Kaitlin Stephens (2nd Place, Grade 6); Colin Terracciano; Adina Tkachenko; Giovanni Torquato (1st Place, Grade 6); Frank Volpe; Amanda Williamson; and Matthew West. 




Smithtown HSW Students Have Artwork Entered Into LI Best HS Juried Art Exhibition

West artists display at L.I.’s Best

Three art students from Smithtown High School West in the Smithtown Central School District were accepted into Heckscher Museum’s annual Long Island’s Best High School Juried Art Exhibition. 

Nyssa Burton, Katelyn Kguloian and Laura Minet are all students in Steve Halem’s Advanced Placement Studio Art class. Additionally, Kguloian was awarded the Renzo S. Bianchi Scholarship. 

The number of entries to this year’s competition was a record setting 387 student works of art submitted from 53 high schools in Suffolk and Nassau counties. The jurors narrowed the field to 84 works of art representing 44 schools. The exhibition was on view through April 9. 

Photo Caption: From left: Smithtown High School West art students Nyssa Burton, Laura Minet and Katelyn Kguloian were chosen to have their artwork displayed at Heckscher Museum’s annual Long Island’s Best High School Juried Art Exhibition. 

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Four KP Students Received Awards At L I Science And Engineering Fair

L to R – Dr. Timothy Eagen-Superintendent, Suki Tekverk, Renata Bruno, Anjali Verma, Joseph Ribaudo, Mr. Lino Bracco-KPHS Principal

Four Kings Park High School students; Joseph Ribaudo, Suki Tekverk, Anjali Verma and Renata Bruno received Grand and Specialty Awards at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF). The very best of Long Island high school research is represented at LISEF. They are members of the Kings Park High School Independent Science Research Program.

Joseph Ribaudo’s project “The Analysis of Sex Hormones on the Cognitive Rigidity and Behavioral Characteristics in a Rattus norvegicus Model of Pre-motor Parkinson’s Disease” took 2nd Place in the category of Animal Sciences.

Suki Tekverk’s project “The Design of an APL Library for Financial Data Calculations and Analysis” also took 2nd Place in the category of Systems Software. Additionally, she received the Intel Award of Excellence in Computer Science.

Anjali Verma’s project “Examining the Effects of Fatty Acid binding Protein and Neuron-Astrocyte Signaling on CB1 Receptor Activation Using a computational Model of the Endocannabinoid System” took 3rd Place in the category of Computational Biology. Additionally, she received The Biophysical Society Award.

Renata Bruno’s project “An Investigation of the Effects of Low Intensity Vibrations on Lipid Characteristics in 3T3-L1 Adipocytes in Vitro” took 4th Place in the category


Hauppauge's Best Buddies Club Present Disability Awareness Program



(Hauppauge, New York) – The Best Buddies Club presented a Disability Awareness Program for the 9th grade classes in recognition of Human Rights Week at Hauppauge High School. The presentation was designed to help the freshman class understand some of the challenges people with disabilities face in their everyday lives, such as reading, writing, buttoning a shirt and beyond.

The Club members discussed acceptance and friendships among all people and addressed such questions with the audience as: “What would the world be like if there was acceptance of all people? What would Hauppauge be like?” They also spoke about the global Best Buddies Campaign slogan: “SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD.” The freshman students were asked to sign a banner and take a pledge to stop using the “R” word and replace it with “RESPECT.” Club members – with and without disabilities – also spoke about their personal experiences, the impact the Best Buddies Club has had on them and how it touches the lives of their fellow peers. “It was an amazing experience to have this open forum to discuss these important topics and to raise awareness of and empathy for the challenges that people with disabilities face in their lives,” described Best Buddies Club Adviser Angela McElroy-Braun.

Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization that fosters friendships between people with and without disabilities. The Club meets twice a month after school and buddy pairs also get together twice a month outside of the High School. “Buddies go out to eat, go to the movies, go shopping, bake, etc. The Best Buddies Club has made an amazing difference with our students in and out of Hauppauge schools,” said McElroy-Braun.


Smithtown Industry Advisory Board Empowering Women

Empowering women

Smithtown High School West hosted a female power brunch on March 31 featuring two guest panels of speakers who are local businesswomen.The Smithtown Industry Advisory Board hosted its 15th annual female power brunch on March 31 at the Smithtown High School West library. Approximately 80 female students from Smithtown High School West, who were chosen by their guidance counselors, were in attendance.

The brunch featured two different panel presentations by females in different areas of business, ranging from authors to small business owners to doctors and lawyers. The morning and afternoon panels were followed by a question and answer session. During the brunch, students had a chance to mingle and connect with the many female presenters to learn more about how they chose their career path.  

Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Daughters of The American Revolution Essay Contest Winners Jesse Damm and Morgan Suchy  


Award-winning essays

From left: Christina Cone, Smithtown High School West social studies teacher; Michael Chlystun, director of social studies; Shaun Minton, Smithtown High School East social studies teacher; Jesse Damm of Smithtown High School West; Morgan Suchy of Smithtown High School East; and Mary Alice Visnefsjy, Daughters of the American Revolution representative. The two Smithtown Central School District students won first and second place in the Daughters of the American Revolution Anna Smith Strong Chapter essay contest. Smithtown High School West student Jesse Damm and Smithtown High School East student Morgan Suchy recently received first and second place, respectively, in an essay contest conducted by the Daughters of the American Revolution Anna Smith Strong Chapter.

The two Smithtown Central School District students were nominated by their teachers for demonstrating the qualities of a good citizen. Damm and Suchy submitted their transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal essay and a written response to an essay prompt. Both students received a pin, certificate and a monetary award. 

Photo courtesy of the Smithtown Central School District


Hauppauge's Jillian Lawrence And Jacklyn Goldblatt Recognized For Winning Essays



(l to r): Hon.C. Randall Hinrichs, District Administrative Judge; 2nd Place Winners Leah Catalano, Eastport South Manor High School; Jill Lawrence, Hauppauge High School; (unknown); and Hon. Isabel Buse.(Hauppauge, New York) – Hauppauge High School is pleased to announce that Jillian Lawrence won 2nd Place and Jacklyn Goldblatt won 3rd Place in the Suffolk County Judicial Women in the Courts Essay competition in celebration of National Women’s History Month. Lawrence won $250 and Goldblatt won $100 for their winning essays, which were presented at a special awards ceremony on March 24, 2017, at the John P. Cohalan, Jr. Courthouse in Central Islip, New York.

“Why I Cannot Wait to Vote” was the essay topic for the competition, which was open to all high school juniors in Suffolk County. There were 139 essays submitted from 13 County-wide high schools from which eight students won awards. “The Hauppauge High School Social Studies Department is very proud of their Jillian’s and Jaclyn’s recognition,” stated AP US History Teacher Ellen Robbins.




St. James Native Alexa DeAngelis Named Fulbright Scholar


Harbor Country Day School Alumna Alexa DeAngelis Named Fulbright Scholar

St. James native one of 11 Fulbright research scholars to study in Italy

Alexa DeAngelisSt. James, New York.  Alexa DeAngelis, a member of the 2008 graduating class of Harbor Country Day School and a graduate of St. Anthony’s High School and Georgetown University, has been granted a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study cancer research at Sapienza-Università di Roma in Rome, beginning in October 2017. 

As a biochemistry major at Georgetown, Alexa was a member of the chemistry club and of the Georgetown University Research Opportunities Program. She also minored in Italian, studied abroad in Florence and took courses in economics and mathematics, among other subjects. She graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown in May 2016. 

Alexa credits her time at Harbor Country Day, St. Anthony’s and Georgetown as instrumental to being awarded such an outstanding honor as the Fulbright grant: “Probably one of the biggest influences in my life and work ethic comes from Harbor’s motto, ‘Sine Labore Nihil’ – ‘Without work, nothing.’ I definitely had it taught to me at a young age that anything worth having requires hard work. I still reflect on that often, and it gives me motivation to put in the extra effort in everything I do.”

Alexa continues, “And my college experience was nothing short of incredible, in large part because of the environment at Georgetown. I learned just as much, if not more, from my friends as I did in my classes.” Alexa says her immersive college education perfectly suited her “wonderful problem of being interested in too many things.” 

Throughout her academic career, Alexa’s relentless spirit and ambition has extended far beyond her classwork. While a student at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington, she participated in the Student Ambassador Program, the Friar Quest Research Program and served as co-editor of the school yearbook, among her many other extracurricular activities. She also was a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and French Honor Society. Alexa was also actively involved with Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society program, for several years, even serving on its executive board for three years while at Georgetown. A current research technician at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Alexa is looking forward to using the Fulbright grant to further explore the area of cancer research in Rome.

“I couldn’t be more proud of Alexa and of everything she has achieved since she graduated from Harbor,” said Harbor Country Day School Head of School, John Cissel. “When she was a student here, she never stopped asking questions and exploring possibilities. I’m not at all surprised to see that she’s reached such a high level of success at this point in her life. I’m quite sure that this is just the beginning of even greater accomplishments for Alexa.”

As a Fulbright recipient, Alexa joins a prestigious group of awardees, including actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming and economist Joseph Stiglitz. Since the United States Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, more than 360,000 individuals from around the world have participated in the program. Roughly 8,000 grants are awarded each year, involving more than 160 countries worldwide. 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The student program currently awards nearly 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study. Alexa received one of only 11 grants given out this year in the “research” category for Italy.