South Country Celebrates an Evening of Excellence 525

South Country Celebrates an Evening of Excellence

It was an evening of pride and gratitude as 51 Bellport High School seniors and six of the South Country Central School District’s teachers were honored during the second annual Evening of Excellence, held on March 26. The distinguished seniors recognized were those who have maintained a weighted cumulative average of 92 percent or better for the past seven semesters. The honored teachers were chosen by the students as persons who have been influential and inspirational during their educational journey.

During his opening remarks, Principal Timothy Hogan said “excellence” does not happen by accident. “It is the gradual result of always striving to do your best – with high intention, sincere effort and mindful execution.”

The evening was punctuated with a performance by the Bellport High School Jazz Combo, and a delicious meal was prepared and served by students enrolled in the high school’s culinary program. The presentation of colors was performed by the high school cadet core, and Kreamer Street Elementary School kindergarten students sang “America the Beautiful” during a taped video recording. Special education students also prepared the flower arrangements and the rotating wooden dessert displays, which complemented the talented artwork of high school students.

The district congratulates teachers Salvatore Di Puma (Bellport Middle School), Wendy Palladino (Bellport High School), Mary Pettit (Frank P. Long Intermediate) William Pettit (Verne W. Critz Elementary), Jennifer Reynolds (Kreamer Street Elementary) and Brenda Tejeda (Brookhaven Elementary) for having made a difference in the lives of the honored seniors.

The district also congratulates the following students: Chelsea Argueta, Grace Armann, Dimitri Arresto, Angela Aruanna, Valentina Banellis, Marvina Baslious, Megan Berja, Roshnie Bisram, Kristine Brittelli, Tyler Brock, Anna Burkhardt, Harrison Burkoff, Angelina Caroli, Henry Chillogallo, Kyle Climan, Ivelisse Diaz, Alexander Erwin, Michael Foley, Katerin Fuentes Velasco, Samuel Hampson, Timothy Harder, Maxwell Kaczmarek, Eloise Kocay, Gabriella Koehler, Shaun Laurinaitis, Theodore Loizides, Nolan Lyons, Aneeqa Majid, Justin Maler, Alyssa Mantione, Carly McEvoy, Grace Minikel, Morgan Monte, Nicholas Nazzaro, Sarah Neese, Rebekah Ofori, Samuel Perez, Juliana Polonski, Andrew Porsche, Kai Rauch, Ahmed Rehman, Daniel Roach, Ciarra Saliba, Savannah Sargent, Chiara Scharpf, Gabrielle Tims, Christopher Tucker, Jonathan Ulloa Fuentes, Gabriela Vazquez, Thomas Wilson IV and Andrew Zimlinghaus.

Photos courtesy of the South Country Central School District



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Running in Remembrance 27

Third through fifth grade students at Bayport-Blue Point School District’s Academy Street Elementary School were recently joined by Bayport-Blue Point High School students and members of the community to celebrate the annual “Friends of Carly Fun Run” in honor of former Academy student Carly LeStrange.

After being cheered on by kindergarten through second grade students lining the front entrance of Academy Street Elementary School, students, staff and their families joined one another to jog around the high school track in an effort to get in some exercise on the beautiful day.

Students from Bayport-Blue Point High School stood in front of a giant sign which was created in memory of former Academy Street Elementary School student Carly LeStrange.

This school year, the community raised $2,360 in honor of the Carly LeStrange Scholarship Fund, which is set to be awarded to a 2019 graduate of Bayport-Blue Point High School.

Photo courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point School District


LIRR Suspends Eastbound Service Due To Derailment 101

Eastbound train service east of Patchogue station will be suspended all day Saturday due to an early morning accident on the tracks outside of Speonk.  During an attempted passing maneuver, a Montauk-bound passenger train carrying 32 people sideswiped a work train, causing both to partially derail and causing extensive track damage.

Thankfully, the MTA reported there were no injuries to any of the 32 passengers, and the work train involved in the accident was unoccupied at the time. However, the derailment has shut down service to the Hamptons and the rest of the South Fork during the busy Memorial Day Weekend rush.

LIRR officials are saying they expect service to be suspended all day, and are warning passengers boarding trains at Penn Station and Jamacia they will not be able to travel east of Patchogue by rail. Regular train service will continue to Patchogue and Riverhead stations.

Stay tuned for more updates.


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