Honoring Student Accomplishments

It was standing room only at the Hampton Bays Board of Education meeting at the high school library on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Close to 100 people were in attendance to see their favorite students receive awards and recognition for their activities and community service. Those students whose achievements were noticed at the meeting included members of the K-Kids club, academic leaders who placed in the Johns Hopkins Talent Search, winners of the Fire Prevention Contest, All-County and All-State musicians and the November Students of the Month.

A handful of K-Kids members attended the meeting in order to present a $3,000 big check to Sherry and Scott Wheaton of the American Red Cross. The third- and fourth-graders raised the money to help victims of Hurricane Sandy during a recent dance-a-thon.

Middle school students who achieved academic excellence in the Johns Hopkins Talent Search included: Tiffany Brenes, Stephanie Cruz, Vanessa Farrell, Jason Huzau, Nicholas Kolb, Antonio Kull, Alexandra Macholz, Eric Morastitla and John Nolan. As talent search winners, these students will be able to take the SAT exam as middle schoolers.

The Fire Prevention Contest winners, representing grades K-8, were also recognized on Tuesday night and given $25 gift certificates to Skidmore Sporting Goods, courtesy of the Hampton Bays Fire Department. Elementary school students included: Manuel Londono, Ashley Rodriguez and Tiffany Sanabria Gomez for the kindergarten class; Hollie McAllister, Nellie Nicolova and Marilyn Ramos for the first grade; Jamison Moore, Brianna Quivos and Liam Sutton for the second grade; Sofia Mendez, Jazlyn Miranda and Dillon Ottati for the third grade; and Jordan Adelson, Fernanda Garzon and Emma Naclerio for the fourth grade. Middle school students included: Tristan Halsey, Lily Mazzio and Vanessa Robinette for the fifth grade; Bridget Hughes, Damaris Mejia and Hailey Troyan for the sixth grade; Oguzhan Besiktepe, Melissa Caranza and Olivia Lofstad for the seventh grade; and Kenny Brbutovic, Dayline Cintron, Erin Murphy and Karla Solano for the eighth grade. The children in grades K-6 made posters, while those in grades seven and eight wrote essays. This year’s contest theme was “Two Ways Out.”

The high school students who excelled at the All-County NYSCAME competition this year were Brandon White and Daniella Greene for orchestra and Fred Nydegger for chorus. Daniella, who was unable to attend the board meeting, also made All-State for NYSSMA.

The November Students of the Month were second-grader Olivia Thayer, seventh-grader Matthew Zbikowski and sophomore Christian Nydegger.