2017 Fall Breakfast of Champions Recipients


    “A person is never taller than when he bends down to help someone in need.”

    For consistently demonstrating exemplary character, nineteen High School students were recognized by Sayville teachers and staff at the Fall 2017 Breakfast of Champions.

    The morning ceremony, to which the students’ family members were also invited, recognized students for their innate set of values evident by how they conduct themselves throughout the school day. Breakfast of Champions, held once each semester, has been a beloved tradition, one that keeps on giving to all who attend. 

    As she has done every year, Assistant Principal Jillian Makris was eloquent in introducing the purpose of the character recognition program and what general qualities of character have set these selected students apart. “These are the students who help make up the moral fabric of our school… and every day they strive to be the best they can… not just for a grade on their report card but in life as human beings.”

    In addition, Mrs. Makris thanked the family members present for providing the upbringing, encouragement, and support within the home that nurtured these remarkable students. Some familiar faces and family names among this year’s recipients were proof that “strong families make good communities.”

    During the presentations, District faculty and staff members called upon each recipient one-by-one and shared their appreciation with personalized messages,*  at which time each student shook hands with Assistant Principal Jillian Makris and received a Breakfast of Champions certificate and plaque with his or her portrait on a Wheaties Box background.

    In closing, Mrs. Makris referred to the quote about “bending to help” and noted “…that is the main tenant we heard this morning. Each and every one of you—all the nominees here—you’ve all helped someone in this High School or outside….” Immediately, Makris requested the nominees stand at their seats for additional applause.

    After, everyone enjoyed a satisfying breakfast sponsored by the Breakfast of Champions program which was served and prepared for this special occasion by the Sayville food service workers. Additional thanks went to the technology department (Mr. Vogel and Mr. Cross) for making the plaques, and Mr. Ari Kramer and his chamber students who provided the soothing musical ambiance.

    Congratulations to the following: Cody Bostinto, Matthew Castagna, Olivia Davidson, Joseph DiPalermo, Kate Donohue, Alexa Farinella, Christina Guiffre, Lily Hynes, Mallory Kassman, Hailey Keyser, William Klopp, Kathleen Kohn, Aidan Kolar, Brenna McClellan, Christianna Maharaj, Joseph Razzano, Jag Reivers, Lillian Schweikert, and Abbey Von Zwehl.