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Smithtown SD Seeks Alumni Submissions For Wall Of Heroes

Smithtown seeks alumni submissions for Wall of Heroes

Smithtown Central School District is seeking submissions from its alumni for its Wall of Heroes. The two high schools are currently compiling information from alumni – graduates of Smithtown High School West, Smithtown High School East, Central High School and Smithtown Branch High School – who have served in any branch of the armed forces. 

The district would like to honor those individuals who have defended our freedom. They will be featured with name, military portrait, high school graduation year and branch of military on the memorial wall in the Smithtown High School West and High School East buildings. 

Alumni are asked to share their service using the link: http://bit.ly/SHSWWOH. For more information or questions, please contact Joan Havranek at jhavranek@smithtown.k12.ny.us or Morgan Tavis at mtavis@smithtown.k12.ny.us. Submission deadline for the inaugural round of candidates is May 1, 2019. 


Kings Park Math Team Wins Division Title In Suffolk County Sr High Math League

Kings Park Math Team Wins Division and Second Place in Suffolk County! 

(Back Row: Standing L to R: Parker Seaman, Finn Tekverk, Eric Mitchko, Mr. Jason Huntsman-KPHS Principal) (Front Row: Standing L to R – Dr. Timothy Eagen-Superintendent, Weslyn Cai,

The Kings Park Senior High Math Team has been performing very well over the 8 past years, each year placing first in their division in the Suffolk County Senior High Math League.  This year, the team secured the division championship and also second place in the entire county, a remarkable accomplishment for a small district.   Merrick Cai and Eric Mitchko are the captains.  Four of the members qualified as individual high scorers in the County; Merrick Cai, Eric Mitchko, Taryn O’Connor and Welsyn Cai.  Each team member contributed to the success of the team and they are a great example of the talent and dedication of the students at Kings Park High School.


Holocaust Survivor Ruth Minsky Sender Inspires Smithtown Students 

Smithtown students inspired by survivor’s story

From left, Smithtown High School West student Kristen Hogan, Smithtown High School West tutor Sharon Hornberger, Smithtown High School West student Nick Herbst, guest speaker Ruth Minsky Sender and Smithtown High School West social studies teacher Christina Cone. Smithtown High School West recently welcomed Holocaust survivor Ruth Minsky Sender to speak to the Holocaust and genocide classes of Smithtown High School East and Smithtown High School West. Sender is the author of “The Cage, To Life,” “The Holocaust Lady” and “While There’s Life.” 

She shared her experiences of a tragic time in history and how she wrote poetry while in the camp. The poems depicted scenes of anguish, but also inspired others to continue their will to live. Her testimony helps educate the new generation of the atrocities of the past and inspires them to live a life free of hate. 


Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Two Commack Students Recognized With Prudential Spirit Of Community Award

Michael Larson, Principal at Commack Middle School, Jillian, Athena, and Christine Nicols, Guidance Counselor. Photo Courtesy of the Commack School District (Brenda Lentsch)Commack Middle School seventh grade students, Athena Efthymiou and Jillian Cestaro, were selected as local and state honorees for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognizes outstanding volunteer service and dedication. The scope and time of their selfless efforts to help others put them within the top ten percent of all honorees considered for selection in New York State, earning them the state-level Prudential Spirit of Community Certificate of Excellence Award. 

In addition to her Certificate of Excellence, Jillian Cestaro is also the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award, presented on behalf of President Donald Trump, recognizes Americans who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. Jillian is a founding member of a family run group called, “Kids 4 Causes.” Jillian participates in fundraisers and volunteers time to support different non-profit organizations, providing adaptive bicycles for those with handicaps, making pillows for hospital patients, to name a few. She and her team have raised $5,000 for Kids 4 Causes. Jillian was inspired by the classic starfish story, that one person, one step at a time, can make a difference.

Athena helped to raise over $10,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis foundation. Over the past four years she has been tirelessly working with her “Team Miou,” fundraising and organizing the annual “Take Steps Walk.” Athena’s efforts were so impressive that she was nominated to be the spokesperson or “Shining Star” of the 2017 walk.



Legislators Congratulate Smithtown HS East & West Kickline Teams


Suffolk County Legislators Kennedy and Trotta Congratulate Smithtown High School East and West Kickline Teams for Securing 

National Championship Titles

Pictured at the Legislature are from left: Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, Smithtown High West Coach Tara Foglia, rear, fourth from left, members of the Kickline teams, Suffolk Legislator Leslie Kennedy and Smithtown East Coach Sarabeth Cooke, rear, right.(Smithtown, NY)…At a recent meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature, Legislators Leslie Kennedy and Rob Trotta introduced the Smithtown East and West Varsity Kickline Teams, known as the Whisperettes.

The Smithtown High School East Kickline team won their 21st consecutive national championship at the Small High Kick Division at the National Contest of Champions in Orlando, Florida. They also captured second place in the Large High Kick category and were one of six teams selected by the judges to perform an encore of their Large High Kick routine during the awards ceremony. Also congratulated was Sarabeth Cook, their coach and a former Whisperette.

The Smithtown High School West Kickline team regained their Medium High Kick Division title at this year’s National Dance Association High School competition in Orlando, Florida. This is the seventh time in the last 12 years that they have won this title. They also earned Best in Category and Best Technique. Coach Tara Foglia and Smithtown School District Athletic Director Patrick Smith were acknowledged for their efforts. 

“I commend these young women and their coaches for their hard work, commitment and perseverance in winning these titles. Through their determination and dancing skills they won their respective divisions making their school and everyone in Smithtown very proud of them,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta.





Kings Park Students Performed At SCMEA

SCMEA Division III West

(Back Row: Standing L to R – Dr. Timothy Eagen-Superintendent, Mr. Jon Nowak-Advisor, Ms. Cherilyn Chustek-Advisor, Thomas Nimphius, Steven Torre, Gianna Pizzulli, Emma Schoor, Nicholas Klemballa, Mr. Paul Eger- Advisor, Mr. Jason Huntsman-KPHS Principal) (Front Row: Kiera Johnson, Dario Longobardi, Jacqueline Zambrotto, Zachary Kant, Shannon Hull, Alexa Grimley, Mr. Jared Glazer-Advisor) (Missing from Picture: Alessandra Reilly, Sydney Wong)

Kings Park students pictured above performed as members of the 2019 SCMEA Division III West performing groups.  Congratulations to all!


SHSW Students In Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science Delve Into Cell Study

Science students delve into cell study  

Smithtown High School West students in Sara Albanese’s Project Lead the Way Principles of Biomedical Science worked with samples from the HeLa cell line to create a chromosome spread. HeLa cells are the oldest and most commonly used human cell line, isolated in 1951. Cells were dropped onto a slide to release the chromosomes, or genetic material, and then stained so the cells and chromosomes would be visible under a microscope. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Kings Park Student Merrick Cai Finalist In National Merit Scholarship Program

National Merit Scholarship Finalist


L to R – Dr. Timothy Eagen-Superintendent, Merrick Cai, Jason Huntsman-KPHS PrincipalThe National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to Finalist standing.

We, at Kings Park High School, are excited to announce that Merrick Cai has advanced to the Finalist standing!  We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Merrick, along with his family for this recognition and wish him well in all of his future endeavors.


Smithtown Sister/brother team raise more than $30K to fight cancer

Sister/brother team raise more than $30K to fight cancer

Smithtown High School East junior Amanda Davidson raised $25,500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and was named one the Students of the Year. She placed in the top five of teams from Long Island. Her brother Andrew Davidson, a fifth-grader at St. James Elementary School, raised more than $5,000 and was the youngest to receive an award. Amanda also received a community and development scholarship from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Photo courtesy of Smithtown Central School District


Kings Park Student Madeline Canonico Recognized With Prudential Spirit Of Community Award


Prudential Spirt of Community – President’s Volunteer Service Award (Standing L to R – Dr. Timothy Eagen-Superintendent, Madeline Canonico, Jason Huntsman-KPHS Principal)

It is with great pleasure that we recognize Madeline Canonico who was recently honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Volunteer Service Award from the Prudential Spirit of Community granted by the program on behalf of President Donald Trump. 

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes Americans throughout the United States of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.

Here at Kings Park High School, we are proud to celebrate Madeline’s contribution.