Class of 2010 - Outstanding in all Endeavors
"I’m sure you want to hear a nice long speech..." began U.S. Senator for New York Charles Schumer during his brief appearance, "and it’s hot...so, here’s my speech," holding the papers high for all to see, Mr. Schumer tore up his prepared speech and wished the Class of 2010 congratulations. His gesture drew tremendous cheers.
"Members of the Class of 2010 won significant honors, both individually and collectively, and have been tremendous representatives of our school and community," stated High School Principal Ron Hoffer before he briefly enumerated the following statistics:
• The graduates met and/or exceeded the academic standards: 96% of the students in the Class of 2010 will go on to further education; 98% will have earned a Regents Diploma this year.
• At the 36th Annual Scholastic Awards program, 106 deserving students received 189 awards. These recipients wore gold- or purple- ribboned medallions at graduation.
• So far, 80 students have received academic or community scholarships that value well over 2.3 million dollars.
• Julie MacDonnell, Angharad Rebholtz, and Conrad Volle were National Merit Scholarship Commended students.
• Our Fine Arts students displayed works, earned numerous awards and received great recognition. Sayville was the only district to receive awards for all ten pieces submitted at the BAFFA High School Student Invitational Art Exhibit. Both Anthony Argentina and Morgan Kane won awards at the Hecksher Museum Annual Long Island Best Young Artist Show that exhibited over 200 entries,
• Our Music Department was again named a Grammy Award-winning school and selected as one of the best 100 communities for music education in America. Our award-winning music performing groups and musicians were recognized locally and throughout the county, state, and nation.:
• In the Boston Heritage Music Festival, Sayville won First Place-Jazz Choir, First Place-Wind Ensemble, First Place-Jazz Ensemble, First Place-String Ensemble.
• NYSSMA All-State Electronic Music Award won by Diane Yanoti, and NYSSMA All-State Music Awards won by four seniors: Tessa Buono, Julie MacDonell, Alexis Minogue, and Angharad Rebholtz. Additionally, there were 21 All-County musicians.
• Our Theatre Arts program, directed by Mr. Steven Hailey, had active Sayville Players membership soar to 75; produced an opera (August), Creature Creeps, Steel Magnolias, the musical Oklahoma, and the 32nd Senior-directed/written May One-Act Plays. Sayville Players were accepted into the International Thespian Society; nine were recognized with United States Achievement Academy National Speech and Drama Awards and inducted into the Sayville Players Honor Troupe.
•In the arena of Interscholastic Athletics, for a second consecutive year, all 26 varsity teams were given NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team awards. Varsity individuals and teams won championships in six sports. Winning LEAGUE or DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS in Girls: Golf, Field Hockey, Tennis, Cross Country: Boys: Football, Swimming-Diving: COUNTY AND LONG ISLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS in Girls Golf and NY State Champion Golfer, Julie MacDonell; All-State Athletes: Julie MacDonell, Jenn Clinton, Cynthia Cheng. All-American Athletes: Gina Farinacci, Megan Whitehurst, Danile Mellynchuk. Twelve student-athletes in the Class of 2010 earned Gold Key awards from Section XI this year: John Albergo, Heather Bonamico, Cynthia Cheng, Kathryn Dranoff, Andrew Hartman, Karley Malenczak, Allison O’Connor, Lauren Skolnick, Timothy Slevin, Arielle Theofield, Ray Waters, Megan Whitehurst.
•High School Service Organizations, student government, Key Club, Anchor Club, Tri-M, FBLA, Art Honor Society, Interact, SWEEP, S.A.D.D., History Club, and the National Honor Society have once again served our community by giving back not only to local communities, but also world wide. As a result of such service, our Anchor Club was named Number One in the northeast region for a remarkable second consecutive year.