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Donohue Earns Elks Scholarship

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Senior High School student Eric Donohue has been named a national finalist of the Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program by the Elks National Foundation. Twenty students from across the county receive a scholarship of at least $20,000. 

ENF is a nonprofit organization that focuses on veteran aid, charity and investment in student education. After the initial application, several thousand students advance to the state finalist level and then 500 move on to the next level of regional finalist. The 500 regional finalists each receive an award of $4,000. From the 500 regional finalists, 10 males and 10 females are selected as national finalists and are invited to attend the Most Valuable Student Leadership Weekend in Chicago, Illinois, in late April. The finalists learn leadership skills, explore Chicago, and interview for the top national awards. 

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Donohue Named 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar

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Senior High School student Eric Donohue has been named a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar. Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 150 scholars with a $20,000 scholarship to be used toward post-secondary education.

This year, 150,000 applicants applied for the 150 scholarships. The scholarship is based on merit, academics, extracurricular involvement, community service and leadership. After the initial application, the applicant pool reduces to about 2,000 students, then the next round of applications advance 250 students to an interview process in which the 150 scholars are selected. 

Scholars attended a leadership weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, in April, where they participated in leadership development training, and visited attractions in Atlanta, including the World of Coca-Cola Museum. 

Blue and Gold Breakfast Honors Top of the Class

Blue and Gold Breakfast Honors Top of the Class photo

West Babylon Senior High School’s top 25 students in the Class of 2018 were recognized during the inaugural Blue and Gold Breakfast with the Superintendent on June 12.

Hosted by School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly and joined by district administrators, students were invited to celebrate their accomplishments in the board of education room. The students were asked to choose a West Babylon staff member who has greatly impacted their educational career to join them as their guest for the breakfast.

“Kudos to all of you for being here,” said Dr. Farrelly. “I’m so proud of each and every one of you. Not only have you been in the top of your class, you have been actively engaged in so many aspects of our senior high school. I’m impressed by your leadership skills, your poise, your drive and by your ability to handle so much at the same time at such a high level.”

Each student was recognized and called to the stage to receive congratulations and a gift from the superintendent before gathering for a group photo with their classmates and invited guests. 




Seniors Walk Down Memory Lane

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West Babylon Senior High School’s Class of 2018 took a walk down memory lane, literally, when they returned to their respective elementary schools for a senior walk on June 11.

Dressed in their caps and gowns, the seniors walked the elementary school hallways before concluding their academic journey in West Babylon. School district administrators, teachers and elementary students lined the hallways in each building to offer their congratulations and well wishes as the seniors begin the next phase of their lives. 

At Tooker Avenue, Forest Avenue, John F. Kennedy, Santapogue and South Bay elementary schools, the soon-to-be graduates had a chance to reconnect with their former teachers and staff, look at old class photographs and reminisce. 



Introducing the 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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Four Students Make Finals in Acting Comp

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After making it through the first round of judging, four West Babylon Senior High School actors and actresses competed in the final round of the 2018 Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, the New York Chapter of the Jimmy Awards, also known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. Fifty students from across New York were chosen for the final round of competition.

The district congratulates the following students: David Grant (Chairman); Mackenzie Grimes (Princess Puffer); Danielle Del Orfano (Rosa Bud); and Amanda Riche (Edwin Drood). The four students will be competing based on their performances in the high school’s musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The students were coached with industry professionals at a studio in New York City on May 19. 

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Student Volunteers ‘Spring’ into Action

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Senior High School students from the National Honor Society and SEA Club worked with the West Babylon Main Street Organization during its annual spring clean up on May 12. This year, students planted flowers, removed weeds, and cleaned up the grounds of the American Legion, Sgt. John Sardiello Post 1634. Students were accompanied by the National Honor Society adviser Kathryn Mauro and SEA Club adviser Dana Meadows.

Field of Honor

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Members of the West Babylon Senior High School Honor Society held an American flag fundraiser to show their support of local veterans. The students spent the morning on May 20 placing all of the flags on the front lawn of the Senior High School. All the funds raised from the Field of Honor will go toward scholarships and donations to the local American Legion.

Performing Artists Recognized

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Five Senior High School actors and actresses will be competing in the 2018 Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, the New York Chapter of the Jimmy Awards, also known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. They will be competing based on their performances in the school’s musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The district congratulates the following students (from left): David Grant (Chairman); Mackenzie Grimes (Princess Puffer); Danielle Del Orfano (Rosa Bud); Colin Murray (John Jasper); and Amanda Riche (Edwin Drood). 

Career Fair

On May 18, West Babylon High School held its fourth annual career fair in the small gym. More than 20 careers were represented, ranging from law enforcement, government and politics, sports broadcasting, nursing and sales. Approximately 350 students, mostly 11th and 12th graders, attended the career fair where they had the opportunity to learn about these careers through small group sessions. The career fair was organized and coordinated by business education teacher and work co-op coordinator Colleen Kilgus.

Two Seniors Shine at DECA

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Senior High School seniors Eric Donohue and Emerson Schaefer competed at the annual DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 21-24. Both qualified for the event after placing as finalists at last month’s New York State DECA Conference.

Donohue was a medalist in his competition, restaurant and food service management, and was honored for his achievements.  
 

Blue and Gold Shines Bright

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An annual tradition in West Babylon for more than 60 years, the 2018 Blue and Gold Competition did not disappoint this April. For highlights of the event, and interviews from blue and gold team members, please enjoy this video.

Two Seniors Named Zone Winners

Two Seniors Named Zone Winners photo
West Babylon Senior High School seniors Eric Donohue and Erin Reahl were presented with the Suffolk Zone Outstanding Student Award for Citizenship, Scholarship and Physical Performance. The award was presented by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Suffolk Zone Award. At the awards ceremony in late March, the two students were presented with certificates and gold medals recognizing their outstanding achievement as physical education students, scholars and citizens. 

Student-Athletes Commit to Next Level

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Twelve student-athletes from West Babylon Senior High School committed to playing their sports in college next fall during a national letter of intent signing on April 11 in the West Babylon Board of Education room.

Joined by administrators, coaches and family members, the students put pen to paper as they move to the collegiate level in September. The district congratulates the following students: Krista Agostinello, soccer, Hofstra University; Joseph Ballone, lacrosse, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Brittany Claud, basketball, SUNY Oneonta; Jason Fucci, Hartwick College; Hailey Griffin, cheerleading, West Virginia University; Grace Guglielmo, soccer/lacrosse, New York Institute of Technology; Tara Hauff, track, SUNY Stony Brook; Britney Jahrmarkt, cheerleading, Sacred Heart University; Rocco Longo, football, Catholic University of America; Natalie McIntosh, softball, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Spencer Milito, track and field, College of Staten Island; and Amanda Ruppel, cheerleading, University of Scranton. 



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