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Student-Artist Awarded Scholarship

Senior High School student Paulina Trzonkowska received the Renzo S. Bianchi Scholarship award for her artwork “I Love My Phone” that was selected as one of Long Island’s Best from the Heckscher Museum of Art.
Paulina received her award at the opening reception on March 18. The show was on view from March 11 through April 9.

‘Grease’ Performance Lights Up the Stage

‘Grease’ Performance Lights Up the Stage Photo

The Senior High School music department recently produced and performed two successful shows of the musical “Grease” to audiences.

Led by Matthew Lightsey as Danny Zuko and Nikki Rinaudo-Concessi as Sandy Dumbrowski, the shows were directed by Music Chairperson Joseph Barone, with musical direction by MaryAnn Cafiero. This was Barone’s 30th and final musical production at West Babylon.

Supporting cast members included: Annarose Vallone (Betty Rizzo); Colin Murray (Kenicke); Amanda Riche (Frenchy); Darren Del Orfano (Doody); Michael Valenti (Sonny Latierri); Danielle Del Orfano (Marty); and Mackenzie Grimes (Jan). 

Student Honored as Coca-Cola Finalist

Student Honored as Coca-Cola Finalist
Senior High School student Mary Chasen has been named a regional finalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

Chasen is one of only 250 regional finalists recognized for their leadership and service to the community. Nearly 86,000 applicants and more than 1,900 semifinalists participated in the program. Regional finalists participated in the next phase of the selection process, a 20-minute interview with the Regional Interview Committee, comprised of a foundation staff member and previous Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship recipients.    

Although Chasen did not move on to the final phase, she was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Celebrating Music


March is Music in Our Schools month and the district recognized the many talented student-musicians in all its schools.

Student-Photographer Takes Second

Student-Photographer Photo
Senior High School student Daniella Yurich has placed second in the the 2017 PFLI Youth Photography Showcase Competition. Daniella will receive her award on April 2at the Ethical Humanist Society in Garden City.

Senior Named Coca-Cola Semifinalist

Senior Named Coca-Cola Semifinalist

Senior High School student Anthony Liles has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2016-2017 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. He was chosen among more than 87,000 applicants because of his outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to his community.  

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. The foundation has provided more than 5,700 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $60 million in educational support. Each year, 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected to receive a $20,000 scholarship

Students Wax Poetic

Students Wax Poetic
Senior High School students competed in a Poetry Out Loud contest by reciting their favorite works of poetry on Feb. 15. Students David Grant and Tara Hauff both showcased their talents, with Hauff moving on to the final round.

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

Science Olympiad Team Takes Home Medals in States

Science Olympiad Team Takes Home Medals in States
The Science Olympiad team spent the weekend of March 10 competing in the state tournament in Syracuse. The 15 West Babylon competitors were challenged to work throughout the weekend, competing against nearly 800 students from 54 teams from throughout New York State. The top 10 from each of the 25 events are awarded medals, and West Babylon took home two medals. Eric Donohue and Erin Thompson placed ninth in hydrogeology, and Frankie Volz and Mike Lee took home 10th place in forensics.

Award-Winning Student-Artists

Award-Winning Student-Artists
Two Senior High School student-artists were recognized for their artwork in the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association All-County Art and Scholarship Show.

Senior High School student Sarah Heerey was awarded a $250 scholarship for her three works of art as well as her essay describing “what inspires you as an artist.” Paulina Trzonkowska was awarded Best in Show for her work “Strawberries.”
More than 16 high schools from across Suffolk County submitted close to 100 works of art for inclusion in the art competition. The artwork was on display at Old Town Hall in Babylon Village until Feb. 14.