Students Shine at Hampton Bays

Several different groups of Hampton Bays students were recognized at the latest Board of Education meeting, held at the high school library on Jan. 8. During the meeting, students were lauded for their community service work as well as their academic achievements.

Members of the elementary student council presented a $2,322.36 check to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital as part of its Change for Children efforts. They had collected the money by urging their fellow students to donate loose change over the course of a few months. The students and advisers Tracey Carey and Jenn Martino handed the oversized check to hospital representative Christina Rosa-Ragona, who told the students that they had done a phenomenal job. She also reported that an anonymous donor in Hampton Bays had pledged to match the school’s contribution.

Middle school student council adviser Toni Dossiano brought a handful of student council members to the Board meeting to discuss their role in the annual Strides for Life walk to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Ms. Dossiano said that the Hampton Bays turnout this past year for the American Cancer Society event was greater than ever and that she expects the numbers to keep growing this coming year. She reported that the annual walk drew more than 64,000 people overall.

Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contest winners were also recognized at the meeting. Bill Hughes of VFW Post 5350 was in attendance to congratulate this year’s winners and present them with certificates of distinction. Patriot’s Pen winners included eighth-graders Joshua Aube, Brian Calderan and Annalise Romagnoli and sixth-graders Christopher Gulotta and Sarah Rodriquez. Voice of Democracy winners were seniors Timothy Berglin (who was unable to attend) and Harry Fotopoulus.
Two Hampton Bays seventh-grade math wizzes were also recognized during the meeting. Jonathan Struss correctly answered 997 out of 1,000 questions in the Sumdog Math National Contest, earning him 10th place in the entire country. Sofia Sosa scored 999 out of 1,000 questions correctly, earning her third place in the entire country.