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Two East DECA Students Rank in Top 20 in the World

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DECA recently hosted its annual International Career Development Conference virtually for more than 17,000 international students. High School East DECA students Lilly Chai and Samantha Micozzi ranked in the top 20 in the world in their respective events.

Their road to ICDC started in September by preparing for their respective competitions. The Suffolk County virtual regional competition was hosted in January, where the students qualified to compete at the New York State virtual conference held later that month. Based on their performances at the state competition of more than 2,000 students, Lilly and Samantha were among 18 students from High School East and High School West who competed at ICDC.

Lilly competed in the quick serve restaurant management where she took an exam and was given two roleplay scenarios with 10 minutes to solve a problem presented to her. Samantha participated in the professional selling competition, creating a company that could adapt to a virtual environment.

Helping Along Healthy Eating Habits

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High School East Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, under the guidance of advisers Connie Smith and Jaclyn Fettinger, hosted a virtual fruits and veggies challenge in March for National Nutrition Month.

The challenge was open to all students in Dogwood, Tackan, St. James and Mills Pond elementary schools in the Smithtown Central School District. Students tracked the amount of fruits and vegetables they ate during the month. The FCCLA chapter members kept track of their accomplishments and posted weekly updates and inspirational videos for the students. 

The three participating schools ate a total of 6,008 servings of fruits and vegetables. A top class was named in each school: Ms. Baker’s class at Mills Pond Elementary, Ms. Horsfall’s class at St. James Elementary and Mr. Korba’s class at Dogwood Elementary. Mr. Korba’s class was named the top class out of all three schools. Each student who participated received a prize for their efforts and the top classes received a certificate and bracelet.

FCCLA Teams Headed to Nationals

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High School East and High School West’s Family, Community and Career Leaders of America chapters recently competed in their first New York State virtual competition. Between the two high schools, nine teams competed in the following categories: early childhood education, event management, food innovation, interior design, hospitality tourism and recreation, nutrition and wellness, and teach and train. Students were guided by their advisers Connie Smith and Jaclyn Fettinger from High School East and Rachel Silsdorf from High School West.

High School West finished with four silver and two bronze medals and High School East finished with one gold, one silver and one bronze medal. Both sides had two competition teams with the highest scores in their category, qualifying them for the national competition. The national competition will take place in late April virtually.

Congratulations to the following students: From High School East – Trishaulla Kanhai, Alexandra Shepherd and Arianna Rava (gold, hospitality, tourism and recreation, advancing to nationals); Rebecca Albahae and Andrea DiLeo (bronze, nutrition and wellness); and Bridget Keudesdorf (silver, teach and train, advancing to nationals). From High School West: Alyssa Allocca (bronze, early childhood education); Sofia Burns, Madison Dominger and Fabiana Gorre (silver, event management, advancing to nationals); Mackenna Bath, Kerry Bresnahan and Amanda Froehlich (silver, food innovations); Brianna Gugliamo and Gabby Steinmeyer (silver, food innovations, advancing to nationals); Gabrielle Bowers (bronze, interior design); and Madeline Raeihle (silver, event management, advancing to nationals).

East Senior Puts the ‘A’ in STEAM

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Combining her love of art and science, High School East senior Nethmi Withanage recently earned a first place finish in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair.

Withanage pursued an in-house experiment mentored by her science research teacher Maria Zeitlin. Withanage’s project, “The Analysis of the Use of Color in Pandemic Artwork Using Digital Quantifications,” pursued the behavioral science topic of the role of color in pandemic artwork.

She entered her research in the LISEF, where the students present to professionals in their subject areas from local universities, scientific institutions and professionals in industry. Nethmi placed first in her category, earning her one of 20 spots among all Long Islanders for the International Science and Engineering Fair. More than 1,800 finalists from countries around the world will be virtually attending ISEF to compete for more than $5 million worth of prizes, awards and scholarships according to Society for Science.

According to Ms. Zeitlin, High School East’s science research coordinator, “Nethmi is an amazing artist and it was wonderful to take her passion and apply it in science research. Art is a valuable component in representing the historical context of pandemics and her work quantified the use of color by artists seeking to immortalize the sentiments of the day. Her work exemplified a diligent work ethic as she painstakingly analyzed over a thousand different data points.”

Additionally Nethmi was presented with the special award at LISEF from the American Psychological Association recognizing outstanding research in psychological science under the category of behavioral and social sciences. “I was excited to find out that I won first place because art is such an important part of my identity,” Nethmi said. “It was cool to unite my passion for art with science research.”

Three East Students Honored for Civil Efforts

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Three High School East students – Olivia Scioscia, Genevieve Talento, Kylie Williams – recently were honored with JCRC-L.I.’s Students Building Bridges Award. These award recipients were recognized at the countywide virtual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemoration on April 15. These high school students are working to create a more civil society. They may be students who are volunteering, building ties across different communities, working on intergenerational projects and more in the community. Pictured (from left): High School East social studies teacher Nicholas Gallucci, students Genevieve Talento and Olivia Scioscia and High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons. Not pictured: Kylie Williams.

HS East Senior Named Scholarship Winner

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High School East’s Sarah Moll was selected as a finalist in the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and Scholarship for the Anna Smith Strong Chapter. This yearly award goes to a senior who exhibits leadership, patriotism, service and dependability in their homes, schools and communities. She was nominated by her teachers. She is pictured with High School East social studies teacher Nicholas Gallucci (left) and High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons.

Book Drive Fosters Love of Literacy

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The English Honor Society and the Habitat for Humanity Club at High School East sponsored a book drive for the Book Fairies of Long Island. They had 24 boxes of books. This nonprofit organization collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York. The books foster literacy, academic success and nurture a love for reading for all age groups.

Robotics Team Offers Virtual Lesson

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The district’s robotics team met virtually on March 18 with fifth graders in Ms. Spata’s class at Tackan Elementary School. The team presented the exciting world of FIRST robotics, with the hopes of inspiring them to pursue STEM throughout their future school careers. The students were introduced to topics such as autonomous programming, the design process and building concepts. The team also showcased their current and past robots and answered the many questions students had about robotics.

DECA Students Shine at State Competition

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This year, 87 students from High School East and High School West’s School of Business competed in the New York DECA State Competition. While the competition was only online, the students still worked with advisers virtually to prepare and uploaded videos of their presentations to a portal, where they were reviewed by judges. East and West students received 66 medals and trophies, and 18 students qualified to attend the International Career Conference. Students will be competing virtually against all the top winners from across the globe.

There were more than 3,000 students from across the state competing. The competitions included business topics such as: marketing, finance, public relations, accounting and entrepreneurship. Students competed in either tests and role plays or written manuals and presentations. In addition to students placing in their various competitions, they also were awarded chapter recognition for Promotional, Community Service & Advocacy Campaign for Smithtown High School East and Community Service & Promotional Campaign for Smithtown High School West.

The district congratulates the following DECA National students: High School East: Thomas Callan, Lily Chai, Kaitlyn Doukas, Christopher Figueroa, Samantha Micozzi, Gabriella Milano, Megan Reilly, Shannon Roche, Thomas Russo and Anthony Spiezio. High School West: Sophia Barazani, Sean Carroll, Emma Ehrhard, Katie Magee, Nicholas Percent, Abigail Portela, Danielle Wass and Alexander Weiner.

The following students were inducted into the 2021 New York DECA Honor Society:
High School East: Thomas Callan, Kaitlyn Doukas, Daniela Macias, Jacqueline Pedley, Shannon Roche, Jordan Romano, Alexandra Schulz and Abby Thaw. High School West: Kathleen Alexander, Caitlin Camilleri, Erika DiGiovanni, Jake Grinberg, Nicholas Percent, Deanna Vincenzi and Alexander Weiner.

East Language Learners Celebrate Cultures

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Students and staff at High School East celebrated National Foreign Language Week from March 7-13 with activities centered around their languages of study and the importance of person-to-person communication. This year’s theme was “Open Your Mind to Language.”

The hallways and doorways in the foreign language wing were decorated to reflect the different countries. Students created a showcase display in the hallway celebrating their love of languages. In addition to creative lessons throughout the week, the foreign language students participated in a variety of crafts, a scavenger hunt and recreated famous works of art.

East Art Teacher Receives Educator Award

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High School East art teacher Tim Needles has been named the winner of the 2021 Eastern Region Secondary Art Educator Award by the National Art Education Association. This award, determined through a peer review of nominations, recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of an outstanding NAEA member annually at the regional level within their division. The award was presented during the virtual NAEA 2021 National Convention.

The mission of the NAEA champions creative growth and innovation by equitably advancing the tools and resources for a high-quality visual arts, design, and media arts education throughout diverse populations and communities of practice.

The NAEA is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle, and high school visual arts educators, college and university professors, university students preparing to become art educators, researchers and scholars, teaching artists, administrators and supervisors and art museum educators.

East Students Build their Network

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The School of Business Honor Society at High School East hosted a LinkedIn workshop on March 10. The club invited Maria Frey, president and founder of Executive Consultants of New York, Corp., an organization that specializes in career and business development, to provide a guided tour to the students.

Students learned how to use the social networking platform to build their networking sphere. The workshop provided business students with a competitive edge in the ever-growing virtual reality of networking, college recruitment and job search, said Christine LoFrese, career and technical education director.

The workshop was held virtually with more than 25 students in attendance. Participants were introduced to the platform, and Mrs. Frey highlighted the importance of entering the correct information to attract employers and/or colleges. Students learned what to enter in which area and the importance of vanity URLs, LinkedIn groups and articles.

“The LinkedIn workshop was informative and helped me better understand how to set up and optimize a LinkedIn profile,” said High School East junior Lilly Chai. “It provided a great opportunity to learn about ways to network with industry professionals through the platform such as connecting with people, publishing engaging posts and joining groups.”