Westhampton Beach Valedictorian Honored

Westhampton Beach Valedictorian Honored
Westhampton Beach High School Class of 2019 valedictorian Chris Bender was honored at the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association’s 25th annual Valedictorian Luncheon, held at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook on May 30. During the event, he was presented with a certificate and gift of recognition. He is pictured with his parents and district administrators. 

Westhampton Beach Inducts 40 Into National Honor Society

Westhampton Beach Inducts 40 Into National Honor Society
During a candle-lighting ceremony on June 4, 40 Westhampton Beach High School juniors were inducted into the National Honor Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for students. 

To be eligible for membership, the students were required to have and maintained an unweighted grade point average of 92 or better; meet the standards of leadership, service, citizenship and character; and complete 45 hours of community service. 

The Westhampton Beach School District congratulates the following inductees: Jasmine Agme, Clayton Arcuri, Emily Arpino, Molly Brennan, Blake Busking, Nick Chen, Sophie Cline, Jacob Croce, Jennifer Curran, Christopher Daleo, Halle Dixon, Richard Federico, John Paul Ferrantino, Rachel Frank, Danielle Freda, Yunushan Gulsen, Grace Hayes, Jake Hoffman, Kay Horak, Kathleen Kelly, Kathryn Massey, Jocelyn McNamara, Jason Montagna, Spencer Moyle, Ellen Murphree, Nicholas Murphy, Jack Naglieri, Dylan Nijankin, Rose Peruso, Isabella Quinones, Pierce Rosen-Keith, Gage Rubio, Joseph Sarno, Alexandra Schurek, Isabelle Smith, Julia Smith, Avery Solomon, Julie-Anna Stollow, Hanna Tufano and Sophie Waszkelewicz.

Students Entering the Military Honored at Ceremony

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High school seniors from Westhampton Beach High School who have committed to entering the military upon graduation were honored at a joint ceremony with Hampton Bays and Southampton School Districts at Hampton Bays High School on May 31. 

During the formal event, which was the first of its kind, the two Westhampton Beach seniors were presented with proclamations, an American flag to be flown above their respective schools, a commemorative plaque and a $250 scholarship. Their families were given blue star flags.

The ceremony kicked off with a musical military tribute by the Hampton Bays Symphonic Band, followed by several speakers taking the podium to offer congratulations and well wishes. Among them was keynote speaker Andrew Sierra (retired) of the United States Marine Corps.  

The idea to host this ceremony stemmed from a similar event created by the Our Community Salutes organization. The nonprofit began hosting thank-you events after its members realized they didn’t have an opportunity to say thank you to a young service member who was killed in action.   
Preceding the ceremony was a buffet breakfast prepared by students of the Hampton Bays Culinary Arts program. 

The Westhampton Beach School District congratulates the following seniors who will be entering military service: 

United States Army
Jane Alavez, Westhampton Beach

United States Marine Corps
Christina Marsicano, Westhampton Beach

Learning from Renowned Scientists

Learning from Renowned Scientists
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Twelve science students from Westhampton Beach High School attended Molloy College’s Women in Science Symposium on May 22. During the event, the students heard from renowned scientists, including keynote speaker Dr. Sylvia Earle, who discussed their lives and research. “The symposium sparked a great deal of discussion and ideas among the students. It was a great opportunity,” said science teacher Dianna Gobler.  
 

High Honors for Blossoming Scientists

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Westhampton Beach High School students Evan Lockwood and Matthew Daleo received a high honors award at the Long Island Science Congress Senior Division Awards Ceremony on May 20. It was the second highest award bestowed during the event. The pair earned the recognition for their research project, “Biodiversity of Pre-Cretaceous Vertebrates at the Lance Formation, Wyoming, USA.” The sophomores, who have been working on their project under the direction of science teacher Dianna Gobler, collected fossil samples they used for their research during a school trip to Wyoming with science teacher Rob Coleman. 
 

School Board Honors Valedictorian and Salutatorian

School Board Honors Valedictorian and Salutatorian
The Westhampton Beach Board of Education acknowledged the accomplishments of Class of 2019 valedictorian Chris Bender and salutatorian Frank Lapinski at its May 13 meeting. The two seniors earned the top spots in their class through their impressive commitment to academics. They have also been active members of their school community, participating in numerous extracurricular activities. 

Broadcast Journalists Win Big

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Students in Kirsten Mett’s broadcast journalism class at Westhampton Beach High School earned two first-place trophies for their “Hurricane Watch” broadcast news program at the third annual Broadcast Awards for Senior High, held May 3 at Stony Brook University. The awards highlight the achievements of high school broadcast programs across Long Island.

Earning first place in the Best Sports Package category were Jake Bennett, Alec Gilbride and Clarke Lewis. Emma Lagattolla, Morgan Laube and Paige Rignola took the same top honor for Best School News.

The Westhampton Beach School District congratulates the “Hurricane Watch” crew on a job well done.  

Celebrating Commitments

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As a symbol of their commitment to the pursuit of higher education, the Westhampton Beach High School Class of 2019 wore apparel to show off their choice of college on May 1. The class will be heading to a number of premier schools this fall to begin their postsecondary studies, including Binghamton, Cornell, NYU, Pace and Yale. Principal Dr. Christopher Herr expressed his pride in the class, noting, “They worked incredibly hard to achieve at the highest levels [and] have made their mark on Westhampton Beach High School.”