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Making Real Life Connections in Business

Making Real Life Connections in Business
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After learning about various careers and labor unions, students in Matthew Herrschaft's and Sheila Smith's business classes at Bellport High School traveled to Jamaica, Queens to visit the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 15 training center. During the field trip, the students learned about construction union benefits and visited different training areas for a variety of careers. This valuable experience assisted the students in making classroom connections to real-life experiences in the business world.




Grace Armann Named National Merit Finalist

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Bellport High School senior Grace Armann advanced to a finalist position in the National Merit Scholarship program. Grace now continues alongside 15,000 chosen finalists to compete for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarships offered this spring. She was named a semifinalist in the 64th annual 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program competition in September 2018, having entered the competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test (PSAT/NMSQT).

At the finalist level of the competition, members of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation evaluate the finalists’ academic records, information about the high school’s curricula and grading system, recommendations, information about activities and leadership and a personal essay.

Grace is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the math and science honor societies. She is an avid musician and is currently concert mistress of the school orchestra and a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She is also treasurer of the student council and a member of the Students for Environmental Quality Club. Upon graduation this June, Grace plans to study communications and journalism in college.

The district congratulates Grace on this outstanding accomplishment and sends best wishes for further success in the competition.

South Country Celebrates an Evening of Excellence

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It was an evening of pride and gratitude as 51 Bellport High School seniors and six of the district’s teachers were honored during the second annual Evening of Excellence, held on March 26. The distinguished seniors recognized were those who have maintained a weighted cumulative average of 92 percent or better for the past seven semesters. The honored teachers were chosen by the students as persons who have been influential and inspirational during their educational journey.

During his opening remarks, Principal Timothy Hogan said “excellence” does not happen by accident. “It is the gradual result of always striving to do your best – with high intention, sincere effort and mindful execution.” 

The evening was punctuated with a performance by the Bellport High School Jazz Combo, and a delicious meal was prepared and served by students enrolled in the high school’s culinary program. The presentation of colors was performed by the high school cadet core, and Kreamer Street Elementary School kindergarten students sang “America the Beautiful” during a taped video recording. Special education students also prepared the flower arrangements and the rotating wooden dessert displays, which complemented the talented artwork of high school students.   
The district congratulates teachers Salvatore Di Puma (Bellport Middle School), Wendy Palladino (Bellport High School), Mary Pettit (Frank P. Long Intermediate) William Pettit (Verne W. Critz Elementary), Jennifer Reynolds (Kreamer Street Elementary) and Brenda Tejeda (Brookhaven Elementary) for having made a difference in the lives of the honored seniors.

The district also congratulates the following students: Chelsea Argueta, Grace Armann, Dimitri Arresto, Angela Aruanna, Valentina Banellis, Marvina Basilious, Megan Berja, Roshnie Bisram, Kristine Britelli, Tyler Brock, Anna Burkhardt, Harrison Burkoff, Angelina Caroli, Henry Chillogallo, Kyle Climan, Ivelisse Diaz, Alexander Erwin, Michael Foley, Katerin Fuentes Velasco, Samuel Hampson, Timothy Harder, Maxwell Kaczmarek, Eloise Kocay, Gabriella Koehler, Shaun Laurinaitis, Theodore Loizides, Nolan Lyons, Aneeqa Majid, Justin Maler, Alyssa Mantione, Carly McEvoy, Grace Minikel, Morgan Monte, Nicholas Nazzaro, Sarah Neese, Rebekah Ofori, Samuel Perez, Juliana Polonski, Andrew Porsche, Kai Rauch, Ahmed Rehman, Daniel Roach, Ciarra Saliba, Savannah Sargent, Chiara Scharpf, Gabrielle Tims, Christopher Tucker, Jonathan Ulloa Fuentes, Gabriela Vazquez, Thomas Wilson IV and Andrew Zimlinghaus. 

Seniors and Sophomores Win the Academic Challenge

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Bellport High School’s senior and sophomore teams were the winners of the annual Academic Challenge, held in the school auditorium on March 20. The annual challenge, similar to Jeopardy, is one of several activities held for Spirit Month. 

Adviser Ellen Hoffman said in her introductory comments, “This is one of the best parts of spirit month and is a way to see how students can perform under pressure.”  

The senior team was paired against the juniors, while the sophomores competed against the freshmen. Topics included New York State history, science, video games, colleges and universities, “Hola, Shalom, Ciao” and politics today. Commentator Wayne White and student council score keepers Carly Diolosa, Karli Monsell and Eliza Ynoa were also on hand to help the program run smoothly. 

The South Country Central School District congratulates the following team members for being chosen by faculty to participate in the Academic Challenge: 

Grade 9: Aqsa Majid, Curren Johnsen, Tarissa Jones, Charlotte Rauch and (alternate) Steven Rodas 
Grade 10: Bobby DeSantis, Anthony Huber, Victoria Monte, Zach Pino and (alternate) Hannah Wilson 
Grade 11: Shaliq Cochran, Liam Murphy, Veronica Riddick and Aidan Sawyer
Grade 12: Ashton Arbus, Tyler Brock, Africa Bryant, (alternate) Saeed Hossain and Shawn Wolf
Sunday, April 21, 2019
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