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Both Smithtown High Schools Claim Lofty Student-Athlete Honors

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Both Smithtown Central School District high schools have received an impressive honor from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for their performances in the classroom as well as in competition.

High School East and High School West received School of Excellence awards for the 2020-21 academic year.

To earn the School of Excellence Award, 75 percent of a school’s varsity teams must qualify and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award.

The purpose of the School of Excellence Award is to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide academic honor.

Each school will receive a plaque to recognize the honor.

“This program highlights and celebrates schools that value the importance of academics as well as athletics,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA executive director. “It is always exciting to see how many of our member schools take advantage of this opportunity and show the value of education.”

Scholarships Honor West Social Studies Teacher

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Three High School West students – Claudia Rivas Orellana, Madison Friscia and Caitlin Camilleri – were each awarded a $5,000 scholarship by the Greg W. Sill Foundation, in conjunction with the High School West social studies department. Mr. Sill served the Smithtown Central School District and its students for 20 years as a dedicated and inspirational social studies teacher. 

The “Power of a Pebble” scholarship was presented to Claudia, an English language learner who has proven to be hard working, empathetic and committed to her studies. Madison and Caitlin were each awarded a “Be the Coffee Bean” scholarship for their efforts to change the environment for the better and for spreading positivity.

“We know Mr. Sill would be proud of these three recipients and the growth that they have shown, along with the impact that they have made in the Smithtown community and beyond,” said members of the High School West social studies department.

Smithtown West Class of 2021 is Well-Prepared for the Future

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High School West Class of 2021 overcame the obstacles faced during pandemic to a restored in-person graduation during the 106th annual commencement exercises, held on June 24 on the football field. As is tradition, the graduates dressed in their blue and white robes, processed onto the field and paid tribute to the statutory mascot on their way to their seats and to the cheers of family and friends.

After class president Shannon Alptekin led the salute to the flag, the jazz choir performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” under the baton of James Brosnan.

In his opening remarks, High School West Principal John Coady told the graduates they have “risen above the chaos” of the pandemic. “This pandemic has taught us not to take anything for granted, and you have not,” Mr. Coady said. “You worked through the challenges and are here today as a result of your hard work and resilience.”

During his address, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Neil Katz described graduation as a time for the students to reflect on their experiences and the numerous challenges that have shaped them. He also offered six traits he would look for in hiring an individual: adaptability and flexibility; the ability to problem-solve and to think critically and creatively; a demonstration of perseverance and resilience; the adoption of a positive attitude; the ability to express empathy and caring; and being able to communicate with good interpersonal skills. He told the Class of 2021 that they have already demonstrated so many of these skills and are thus “well-prepared for the future.”

Honor speaker George Maidoff encouraged his classmates to “view the world in a brighter light,” as well as to cherish and learn from each moment. He also urged the demonstration of gratitude. “Gratitude is a chosen mindset which gives us an optimistic perspective on life, and when practiced, we can evoke heartfelt interactions with each other and create positive change.”

Shannon, in her address, talked about the opportunities the pandemic presented. “Considering the pandemic eliminated certain distractions from our lives, we were forced to focus on what was most important to us,” she said. “We made a difference – be it to ourselves or somebody else – and that’s what really matters.”

After the congratulatory speeches, Mr. Coady presented the senior class to the community, prior to the awarding of the diplomas by the board of education and school counselors. The seniors then participated in the traditional moving of the tassels to indicate their becoming alumni of the Smithtown Central School District.

The concert choir seniors and jazz choir then performed “The Sweetest Days,” a tribute to parents and the graduates, prior to the students exiting the field to take photos with parents and friends.

Seniors say Goodbye at High School West

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High School West seniors counted down their final days of school on June 18 on the football field. The seniors were joined by teachers and administrators for an outdoor barbeque lunch. After lunch, they moved to the football field to spend the last hour together before graduation. As the clock on the football field counted down the hour until the final bell of the school year, the soon-to-be graduates shared memories and took photos as they bid farewell to High School West.

HSW Students Soak Up the Sun in Newly Constructed Chairs

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High School West construction II students completed their Adirondack chair project in class in early June. The students worked diligently for the past seven weeks in class each day to create these beautiful pieces of furniture. Each student created their own chair using a variety of wood working tools, machines and skills learned in class. As a reward for their hard work, the class visited the softball field to give the chairs a “trial run” on a beautiful summer day. The chairs will be something the students and their families can enjoy for years to come.

West Seniors Recognized by Long Island Special Educators

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Two High School West students have been recognized by the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators for their dedication to their academic success.

High School West senior Daniel Van Nostrand has been selected by the scholarship committee of LIASEA to receive the Student of the Year Award. He was honored during a virtual ceremony on June 4. 

High School West senior Alyssa DiLoreto was selected by the executive board of LIASEA’s award committee to receive the Jodi Shapiro Memorial Award. She was also recognized for all of her achievements at a virtual ceremony on June 4.

West Senior Named CAS Scholarship Winner

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On June 3, the Council of Administrators and Supervisors virtually honored four graduating seniors with $1,000 scholarships honoring past CAS officers. This year, Smithtown High School West senior Christina Unkenholz received the Anthony Laurino Award.

“As in past years, the competition was very keen, with more than 20 outstanding applicants from across Long Island,” the CAS members said. “Consequently, the selection committee had a very difficult time choosing the four final candidates.”

Christina has a 4.66 GPA. She has been named a National Hispanic Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Christina has been the recipient of the Suffolk Zone Award and a VFW Voice of America essay contest winner. She is a member of the National, Math, English and Social Studies honor societies. Christina will be attending Cornell University, majoring in computer science.

Smithtown’s Honor Speakers Recognized

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The district held a viewing ceremony for its two honor speakers from High School East and High School West, who were honored at the annual Suffolk County School Superintendents Association virtual valedictorian recognition ceremony on June 3.

The two honor speakers – George Maidhof from High School West and Maximillian Nadelson from High School East – were surrounded by family members and district administrators as they watched the event. Hosted by Center Moriches School District Superintendent of Schools and president of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association Dr. Ron Masera, the guest speaker was “The Energy Bus” author Jon Gordon.

Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

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The district held its national letter of intent signing on May 26 for its senior-athletes in High School East and High School West who will be continuing their sports in college this coming fall.

The district congratulates the following students:

High School West:
Ryan Bell: Providence College, lacrosse; Dan Caddigan: Cornell University, lacrosse; and Brendan Hickey – American International College, golf; and Ryan Tona, University of Rhode Island, track and field.

High School East: Dani Brady, University of Maryland, lacrosse; Christopher Cappelman, Cornell University, lacrosse; Alayna Costa, John Hopkins University, lacrosse; Emma Elmen, Lafayette College, lacrosse; Gianna Festa, Molloy College, field hockey; Delaney Foster, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, lacrosse; Nicholas Karika, Wagner College, football; Julia Miranda, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, lacrosse; Amanda Moghadasi, University of Connecticut, lacrosse; Maddelena Signorile, State University of Arizona, lacrosse; and Erin Sutter, Central Connecticut State University, soccer.

Harvesting Sun Power with West’s New Solar Structure

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Visitors, students and staff to the High School West’s campus can now park under a new clean energy solar parking structure, which officially went live to produce electricity in May. The district held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the conclusion of the project on June 9.

The new solar installation brings the benefits of carports, a cost-effective and innovative way to generate power to the Smithtown Central School District. The solar carport will significantly reduce the overall electricity bill for the district, with the money saved being reinvested in educational programs. The solar project will also provide an educational opportunity for the students, while also helping the environment.

The surface used for the solar carports will produce clean energy and actively lower energy costs. The system was installed by Sunrise Power Solutions and is the largest solar carport system owned by a school district in New York State. “This is a popular option among the K-12 municipal industry as money saved from lower energy bills can be directly reallocated back into education,” said Kristian Ingebrigtsen, CEO of Sunrise Power Solutions.

The project has a total size of 2.06 MW and an estimated annual output of 2.726 KWH. According to Michael Volts, director of energy efficiency and renewables at PSEG Long Island, the energy produced by the system will offset the entire energy usage at Smithtown High School West and the excess energy credits will be used to offset the usage at 11 other district-owned buildings.

“PSEG Long Island commends the Smithtown School District for participating in this energy performance project, which will save the community money and help create a cleaner, healthier future for its students and all of Long Island,” Voltz explained. “The more than 26,000 LED lighting fixtures and bulbs they installed will lower their energy usage, helping to reap the maximum benefits from the new solar carport systems and making them eligible to receive PSEG Long Island energy efficiency lighting rebates that lowered the cost of the project.”

Built under an energy performance contract with Johnson Controls, who led the project, the carport features 5.422 JA Solar panels and 30 SML Sunny Tripower Core1 inverters with a monitoring system. There are 10 separate carport canopy structures, along with two Leviton car charging stations. According to the EPA, this solar system will offset the greenhouse gas emissions from 416 passenger cars driven for one year or 2,124,073 pounds of coal burned.

West Student-Artists Selected for Museum Exhibition

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High School West student-artists Maris O’Brien and Samantha Pesiri recently had their artwork selected to the Heckscher Museum’s Long Island’s Best High School art exhibition.

The exhibition is the only juried one on Long Island that offers high school students the opportunity to show their work in a museum. Each year, students in grades nine through 12 are invited to create a work of art inspired by artwork shown in the museum during the current school year and submit to this prestigious juried exhibition. Hundreds of works of art are submitted from schools across Nassau and Suffolk counties and approximately 80 are chosen for display in the exhibition.

Maris’ acrylic painting, “Ripple,” was inspired by Philippe Cheng’s “Magnolia.” After the exhibit at Heckscher, her work will be displayed in Mitchell’s window in Huntington Village. Samantha mixed media artwork, “Visceral Reaction.” was inspired by Amanda Valdez’s “Grace IV.” Samantha earned the Firefly Gallery’s Next Generation award. Her work will be displayed in their gallery after the exhibition.

Breaking Bread with West FCCLA

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High School West’s Future Career and Community Leaders of America Club recently completed a Bake for Good project to give back to their school community. Each FCCLA member received a bread baking kit with instructions on how to activate yeast, knead and shape the dough. The students made one loaf of freshly baked bread to share with their families and one loaf to donate to the administrators and support staff of High School West.