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Marbleized Mask Art for a Cause

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Masks have become the ultimate fashion statement during the Covid-19 pandemic. Bellport High School Art Club members, under the direction of adviser Lisa Conk, decided to make the latest fashion accessory in order to benefit the community.

Prior to the start of the holiday season, the students utilized the painting technique of marbling to create distinctive face masks. In aluminum trays, the student-artists chose distinctive paint colors to create aqueous surface designs and to produce patterns similar in appearance to marble or various types of stone. They then dipped the white fabric masks in the solution to create fashionable designs.

Ms. Conk said that the masks were being sold to benefit various community organizations. The art club hopes to replenish their art supplies so that they can continue to design and sell face masks this coming spring.

Shoebox Christmas

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The Bellport High School Student Council hosted the annual Christmas in a Shoebox to benefit the South Country Central School District community’s young children.

Each year, the student council hosts a drive to collect gifts and toys for the impending holiday season. The members then gather to wrap the gifts in shoeboxes prior to being distributed throughout the community.

“This is our favorite activity for the community, and there is even more need during the pandemic,” adviser Ellen Hoffman said. “The student council really enjoys the opportunity to lift some of the burden. Everyone in the high school was so generous; faculty, staff and students really came through in this challenging time to help make the holidays happy.”

Bellport High School math teacher Amanda McCauley and social worker Ann Haddad also hosted a similar activity to benefit high school students this year. Faculty, staff and students were extremely generous with their donations of gifts that were included in gift boxes for secondary-level students struggling this holiday season.

Return to Play

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The smacking sounds of fist against ball resound through the Bellport High School gymnasium during the afternoon as girls volleyball team members, both varsity and junior varsity, hone their skills for impending competition. Under the direction of varsity coach Larry Auth and junior varsity coach Ellen Hoffman, the student-athletes have been participating in a soft roll-out of high school sports practices until the New York State Public High School Athletic Association gives approval for competition.

Bellport Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education Robert McIntyre explained that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not yet approved sports that are categorized as “high risk,” due to the potential transmission of COVID-19. Volleyball, football, wrestling, basketball, competitive cheer and lacrosse are all categorized as “high risk” sports.

“We can practice with restrictions but are limited in what we can do,” Mr. McIntyre said. “The athletes are extremely happy to be able to return to a sense of normalcy and to be able to work on their skills, even if they cannot participate in competitions at this time.”

When the governor announces the approval to play high risk sports, NYSPHSAA will then release guidelines to play during shortened seasons. If approved, basketball, wrestling and cheerleading will resume on Jan. 4. Football and volleyball would follow with the season commencing on March 1 and lacrosse on April 26.

Charlotte Kellogg Wins QuestBridge Scholarship

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The district is pleased to announce that Bellport High School senior Charlotte Kellogg was selected for admission to Amherst College with a QuestBridge College Match Scholarship and welcomed into the QuestBridge Scholars Network. This year, only 1,464 Finalists were selected as Match Scholarship Recipients at the organization’s 42 college partners, with only 18 students matched to Amherst College. As a member of the QuestBridge Scholars Network, Charlotte was awarded a full, four-year scholarship to Amherst College, which will cover tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies and travel expenses.

In being considered for this prestigious opportunity, QuestBridge searches for academically talented students, like Charlotte, who match the college partners’ level of academic achievement and can potentially thrive on their college/university campuses. Finalists are chosen from a pool of applicants who are in the top 5% to 10% of their class, have received mostly A’s in the school’s most rigorous classes and have realized strong standardized test scores, if taken.

QuestBridge is a national nonprofit institution that connects the country’s most exceptional students with leading educational institutions and further academic opportunities at some of the nation’s top colleges and universities. In June, Charlotte was named a College Prep Scholar and was subsequently considered for a finalist designation and then College Match Finalist.

The district congratulates Charlotte on this outstanding academic accomplishment and much success in her studies at Amherst College this fall.

Bellport seniors receive Suffolk Zone Awards

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Bellport High School seniors Madison Baumann and Bobby DeSantis were selected as recipients of the Suffolk Zone Award. Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this award recognizes one male and one female Suffolk County high school senior from each school district who exemplify outstanding scholastic ability, physical education performance and leadership qualities.

“The physical education staff at Bellport High School recognize the leadership, enthusiasm and inclusive nature of Bobby and Madison,” Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education Robert McIntyre said. “They are a spark of energy and always bring out the best in their peers.”

Ranked in the top of her class, Madison was named a scholar-athlete for varsity volleyball in 2017-2019. In 2019, Madison was the team’s Offensive MVP and Ace Leader. She has also pursued dancing for the past 14 years and is a leader on the Bellport High School Clipperette Dance Team. Madison also excels at academics as a member of the National Honor Society, Science and Math honor societies, and is a high honor roll student. Madison also shares her athletic skills with peers as a member of Athletes Helping Athletes and as a teacher at Stage Door School of Dance.

Bobby is also ranked at the top of his class and is a three-sport athlete who competes in football, basketball and lacrosse. He is a three-year starter in football. Prior to being named captain during his junior and senior years, Bobby was named captain of the junior varsity football and lacrosse teams. As a junior, Bobby earned the designations of All- Division and Academic All-County honors in football and continues to be a leader on and off the field.

The District congratulates Madison and Bobby on this outstanding accomplishment and much success in their academic and athletic careers.
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