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Long Island’s Best Young Artists

Long Island’s Best Young Artists photo
Bellport High School is proud to announce that art students Courtney Gerard, Maria Slavnova and Gury Umanzor received awards of recognition at the Heckscher Museum’s Long Island’s Best Young Artists 2019 exhibit. 

This 23rd annual program is the only juried exhibition for high school students that provides the opportunity to exhibit in a museum. Students submit work in a broad range of media, styles and subjects, using artwork on view at the museum as the inspiration for their own work. The object labels next to each work include a statement written by the student and an image of the professional work that inspired them. Heckscher Museum Curator Lisa Chalif and guest juror artist Robyn Cooper juried the 2019 exhibition. This year, the museum received 359 artwork entries from 57 schools, with 80 selected for display in the exhibition.

Courtney, a junior, was the winner of the Donald and Gloria Horn Scholarship Award for her digital photo “Yellowstone” printed on vellum with gold leafing. Maria, a sophomore, was the winner of the Andrew Presberg Promising Young Artist Award for his digital art, “Shades of the City.” Gury, also a junior, won the Cozza Family Photography Award for her digital photograph, “Sit with Me.”  

Courtney and Gury are both students of South Country Art Department Chairperson Suzette-Emma Fandale, and Maria is a student of teacher Brandon Payne.

The district congratulates the students on this outstanding artistic accomplishment.

Bellport HS Junior Receives George Washington Book Award

Bellport HS Junior Receives George Washington Book Award
Bellport High School junior Carly Diolosa is the recipient of the George Washington University Book Award. Presented by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Alumni Relations at the George Washington University, this prestigious award recognizes high school juniors nationwide who embody the university’s drive and spirit, demonstrated through academic excellence, community leadership, diversity of thought and the ability to put knowledge into action.   

Carly was nominated by school counselor Katelyn Burke and has received a gift of James C. Rees’ book “George Washington’s Leadership Lessons,” which details how the nation’s first president developed his leadership skills and became a visionary in developing this country. If Carly decides to apply to the university after high school graduation next spring, her application fee will be waived and she will be eligible for a scholarship gift for GW Book Award recipients.

Carly is a member of the Math and Science honor societies, as well as the National Honor Society. She is an Advanced Placement student and takes honors classes to round out her challenging academic schedule. While taking time out of her studies, Carly is a three-sport athlete on the school’s varsity soccer, winter track and lacrosse teams. As student council president, she also serves as Ex-Officio Board Member, serving as a liaison to the board of education for the 2018-2019 school year.

The South Country Central School District congratulates Carly for this outstanding academic accomplishment.

Bellport HS Art Students Featured Winners at BAFFA

Bellport HS Art Students Featured Winners at BAFFA
Ten of Bellport High School’s most talented artists featured their artwork in the Bay Area Friends of the Arts High School Exhibit on April 7, held at the BAFFA Art Gallery in Sayville. Carolyn Slovensky was the winner of the prestigious Women Sharing Art, Inc. Scholarship, which is given to a graduating female senior who plans on pursuing art education at the college level. She also received a first-place award for her watercolor, “Roman Temple.” In addition, Hannah Tapler received first place in pottery for her work, “Evening Falls.” Kyle Muldoon’s mixed media work, “In Your Likeness,” and Audrey Barry’s acrylic painting on wood, “Point of View,” received third-place awards for mixed media and painting, respectively.

The annual invitational show and juried exhibition is open to high school students in Sayville, Sachem North and South, Connetquot, Bellport, Longwood, William Floyd and Patchogue-Medford. The show is also an opportunity for high school students to showcase their best pieces of artwork and to view the art of high school peers from neighboring districts. 

The district also congratulates the following talented exhibitors:

Monica Balbuca – “The Stain of Hunger,” oil pastel
Isabella Banellis – “Fire at the Net,” computer graphics
Mariz Baslious – “Clouds,” computer graphics
Hanna Lupo – “Self Portrait in the Reeds,” colored pencil
Caitlin Saliba – “The Hunt,” acrylic
Dream Smith – “Our Sunday” Best, acrylic

National Honor Society Inducts 88

National Honor Society Inducts 88 photo
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Bellport High School’s National Honor Society inducted 88 new members during a traditional candlelighting ceremony, held in the Ebersole Auditorium on April 30. After the Pledge of Allegiance, led by honor society treasurer Henry Chillogallo, introductions were made by president Chelsea Argueta, vice president Valentina Banellis and secretary Andrew Zimlinghaus. 

While lighting one of four candles representing the pillars of the National Honor Society, each of the officers spoke about scholarship, leadership, service and character. Even though each inductee was tapped to become a member of this prestigious organization based on their adherence to the pillars, they were further encouraged to continue to live up to these ideals through high school and beyond. Each of the inductees received a certificate and white carnation while current members read individual biographies about the society’s newest members. Principal Timothy Hogan then led the inductees in the National Honor Society pledge, making them official members, and congratulated them on this outstanding accomplishment.

Mr. Hogan said he was proud of the work ethic, impact and enthusiasm each of the students bring to the school, “which speaks volumes about you as a person.” He also encouraged the new members to thank their parents and teachers who have helped them in their journey, and to be sure to continue giving back to the community.

Meet the Class of 2019’s Top Three Students

Meet the Class of 2019’s Top Three Students photo
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The district is pleased to announce that seniors Tyler Brock and Aneeqa Majid have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for the Class of 2019. Grace Armann was also named essayist. The district’s three top students were honored during a reception in the Bellport High School library on April 18, where they were congratulated by the board of education, central administration, faculty and parents.

Principal Timothy Hogan called their being named valedictorian, salutatorian and essayist as a “remarkable achievement.” He said these students “serve as leaders of the building and as role models to other students.”

As valedictorian, Tyler acquired an overall weighted GPA of 102.9919. Tyler is an advanced Placement Scholar with Honors. Prior to his senior year, he successfully completed nine honors and five Advanced Placement classes and is currently enrolled in an additional six AP courses. Tyler will graduate with a Regents diploma with advanced designation and with honors and mastery in math and science. An outstanding athlete, Tyler has been a member of the varsity tennis team for four years, earning a first single position for the past three years of competition and the title of captain. He also ran cross-country for three years and was a member of the 2016 League Championship team. He is also a member of the National, Science and Math honor societies, Student Council, French Club and Students for Environmental Quality. Tyler also played roles in two high school musicals. His volunteer commitments include Safe Halloween, food drives, homework help at the South Country Public Library, math tutoring, Special Olympics and assisting with religious education. He plans on pursuing his interests in either civil engineering or architecture this coming fall.

Salutatorian Aneeqa Majid acquired an overall weighted GPA of 102.6667 and was designated by the College Board as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, having completed five honors and six AP courses prior to senior year and successfully challenging five AP courses this school year. Aneeqa will graduate with a Regents diploma with advanced designation and with mastery and honors in science. Born in Pakistan and fluent in Urdu, Aneeqa moved to the U.S. when she was 9 years old. Having to work hard in fourth grade to make an academic transition, she thrived prior to coming to Bellport High School in ninth grade, evidenced by her membership in the National, Math and Science honor societies. Last school year, Aneeqa was selected to participate in a summer engineering program at Stony Brook University and has been a member of the math team and varsity tennis team.  She writes for the school newspaper, The Clipper, and volunteers at the Brookhaven Public Library as a Junior Ambassador for Suffolk Literacy, where she recruits volunteers to help those who need assistance in learning to read. She also volunteers at Stony Brook Hospital and enjoys drawing and creating crafts. Aneeqa plans on attending Stony Brook University this fall where she will pursue a career in chemical and molecular engineering.

Essayist Grace Armann acquired an overall weighted GPA of 102.3955 and was designated as an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction. Prior to senior year, she completed nine honors and six AP courses and is completing an additional five AP courses this school year. Grace was recently designated as a National Merit Finalist. She will be graduating with a Regents diploma with advanced designation with honors and mastery in math and science. Her activities include Student Council where she has been class treasurer, class president, student council secretary and student council treasurer. Grace has been a PTSA student member throughout high school and a LEAD Conference representative this year in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of the National, Math and Science honor societies. Her musical accomplishments include Tri-M Music Honor Society, membership in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, concert mistress of both the pit and chamber orchestras and designation as an All-County musician in both the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association and Long Island String Festival Association. Her STEM-related activities include being involved in Women in Science and Engineering at SBU for the past three years, as well as membership in Students for Environmental Quality, math team and Envirothon. In addition, Grace is a reporter for The Clipper, a tutor and a student assistant in the district’s summer music program. Her hobbies include photography, where she recently received an district art award, traveling, reading and music. Grace plans on pursuing a major in journalism and political science and eventually a career in print and broadcast journalism.    

The district looks forward to seeing where Tyler’s, Aneeqa’s and Grace’s futures lie and wish them the best as they continue to make Bellport High School proud.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
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