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More Than a Lesson in Writing

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As part of their journalism class, West Babylon Senior High School students Georgia Evola and Rebecca Kennedy spent two months working on an article about Hilde Raimondi. Mrs, Raimondi, who grew up in Germany during World War II, worked as a custodian for 18 years in the district. The students sat down with Mrs. Raimondi for various interviews and went through a number of drafting and revision processes. Click here to read the finished article. 

Top Honors in Math League Contest

Top Honors in Math League Contest photo
Senior High School student Joseph Ronzetti won state recognition by winning second place in the New York Math League. As a team, West Babylon came in 15th place.  About 200 New York State schools and more than 1,000 students participated in the New York Math League. Students have 30 minutes to solve six problems with the aid of the calculator. There are six contests overall for the year. Ronzetti is pictured with Senior High School Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo (left) and math teacher Christina Montalvo. 

Leadership Award Winners

Leadership Award Winners photo
West Babylon Senior High School students Britney Jahrmarkt and Rocco Longo recently received a New York State Youth Leadership Award Scholarship from Senator Boyle.

Students Recognized with Athlete of Year Awards

Students Recognized with Athlete of Year Awards photo
Senior High School students Grace Glennon and Michael McMahon celebrated their nominations for Athlete of the Year at the Butch Dellecave Foundation awards ceremony last month. The Butch Dellecave Foundation recognized the top Suffolk County senior male and female from each school who show excellence in athletics, academics and the community. The students are pictured with athletic director Lou Howard.

Four Student-Actors Named BACCA Winners

Four Student-Actors Named BACCA Winners photo
During the Babylon Citizen’s Council of the Arts Teen Tony Awards, four West Babylon Senior High School student-actors were recognized for their roles in the school’s play “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The district congratulates the following winners: David Grant (outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role in a music); Colin Murray (outstanding performance by an actor in a supporting role in a musical); Mackenzie Grimes (outstanding performance by an actress in a featured role in a musical); and Danielle Del Orfano (outstanding vocal performance by a female in a musical). Each year, BACCA awards students in the Town of Babylon for outstanding performances in their high school theater productions. 

West Babylon Takes First in Math Competition

West Babylon Takes First in Math Competition photo
Senior High School students Eric Donohue and Joseph Ronzetti won first place in their division and second in the nation in the Advanced Math Competitions. The Advanced Math Competitions consist of 25 multiple choice questions that students must solve in 30 minutes without the aid of the calculator. This year, 1,333 students participated from 74 schools from around the country. From left: Senior High School Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo, Eric Donohue, Joseph Ronzetti and mathematics teacher Christina Montalvo.

Eagle Pride Soars During 2018 Graduation

Eagle Pride Soars During 2018 Graduation photo

West Babylon School District’s Class of 2018 celebrated their commencement exercises on the evening of June 22 on the football field of the Junior High School. Surrounded by friends, family, board of education members and district administrators, the students marched onto the field to “Pomp and Circumstance.”

Senior High School Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo welcomed the students and audience to the ceremony. “This class has developed a balance artistically, musically, athletically and academically,” she said. “You have shown determination and you have started many new traditions. You have shown kindness, compassion and empathy for each other and the West Babylon community. You have surpassed our expectations and I hope and believe you will take what you have learned and improve the world.” 

After the band played “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America,” 2018 senior class president and valedictorian Eric Donohue addressed his classmates. “Remember how our class left their mark on the district and emulate that in your future endeavors,” he said. “Do something you love and be excited about leaving a small piece of yourself in your work.” During his valedictorian speech, Eric spoke to his classmates about failure. “Failure is an inevitable part of our lives and no matter what direction we decide, we should be ready to embrace it with open arms. Explore the road of failure because you can only learn from it.” 

During his salutatory address, Joseph Ronzetti offered words of inspiration. “The future of this class is very bright,” he said. “Our graduating class possesses many traits and talents. We are a class of athletes, musicians, actors and artists. These gifts and talents will allow this class to provide historic transformations to the world.”

Board of Education president Lucy Campasano spoke to the students about their accomplishments and all they have done for the community and school.  “You have risen to every standard and surpassed all of our goals and expectations,” she said. “You are the reason we love this community and country. It has been our pleasure to watch you. Sometimes to watch you succeed and perhaps a few times to be there when you failed. But always to watch you grow.” 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly commended the students for their leadership and character during their time in West Babylon. “I am truly honored to be standing here as your superintendent to celebrate the significant achievements that end a chapter in your life and start an exciting new one,” she said. “I’ve seen, heard and witnessed so many of your accomplishments. You have all been amazing leaders in our school. As you all walk out and begin a new chapter, I ask you to continue to be resilient. Continue to have a vision, a goal and a drive to pursue those goals.”

After a performance of the senior medley by the chorus, the band played the school’s song, “Like an Eagle.” Along with members of the board of education and district administrators, Dr. Vassallo presented the diplomas to each member of the Class of 2018. After moving their tassels, the graduates tossed their caps high in the air and were joined by family and friends on the field.  

 

Donohue Earns Elks Scholarship

Donohue Earns Elks Scholarship photo
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

Donohue Named 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar photo
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

Seniors Walk Down Memory Lane photo

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.

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