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Vetere Wins LIASEA Award

  • Senior Anthony Vetere 

    Wins LIASEA Award

    Sayville Senior Anthony Vetere was selected by the executive board of the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators, Inc. (LIASEA) to receive the Student of the Year Award along with a $500 scholarship. A luncheon was held on Friday, June 5th at the Milleridge Cottage in Jericho. Mr. Branscombe, Director of Special Education, and Mrs. VonEschen, Special Education Administrator attended the luncheon with Mrs. Snitkin, Anthony's case manager and Mrs. O'Hoppe, Anthony's Speech/Language Teacher who nominated Anthony for this prestigious award.


    The Student of the Year award is given to a graduating student who has progressed from a more restrictive special education program to a least restrictive program during their school career. The student must also possess strong character and citizenship along with a positive attitude. In addition, the nominee must participate in extra curricular activities.


    Anthony meets all of these criterion. He has always been open to the help of teachers and staff and has valued his education. He carries a GPA of 99.7 in Regents level classes and works on the weekends playing the piano at a local church. He is active in the Sayville High School musicals, Chorale, and Anchor Club. Anthony is also a member of Tri-M, Jazz Ensemble, and the National Honor Society. Anthony has required less and less assistance and service over the years and now has all the tools he needs to succeed as he begins his college career Five Towns College in September. He really has come so far! Congratulations Anthony! Sayville is proud of you!



    Anthony Vetere-Sayville High School

    (submitted by Angela O’Hoppe)


    I am so pleased to be here and to have the opportunity to briefly discuss and honor a remarkable young man.  I have known Anthony Vetere for several years and have had the privilege of having him as my student for the past four years.  The teachers who have known him even longer always say to me, “He’s come such a long way!” 


    When I first decided to nominate Anthony, I contacted former teachers and staff who were familiar with him in the elementary years of his education.  I soon learned of the challenges Anthony faced and the work that had to be done, on his part as well as theirs, to get him integrated into classes with is peers.  My appreciation for this amazingly dedicated young man grew.  He really has come such a long way!


    Anthony transitioned from elementary school to middle school and then again from middle school to high school.  All along the way he required less and less assistance and service.  He was always open to our help and valued his education.  Additionally, he was supported by a warm and wonderful family who adore him.   To say Anthony is a success would be a tremendous understatement.  He carries a GPA of  99.7, works on the weekends using his musical talent at a local church, and plans on attending Five Towns College in September.  (I do have to add that he can play the prelude to Angry Young Man better than Billy Joel himself!)


    It is with extraordinary pleasure for me to present Anthony Vetere with the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators Student of the Year Award! 

    PHOTO (L-R) Mr. Branscombe, Debi Kienke, LIASEA President, Anthony  Vetere, Mrs. Vetere, Mrs. O'Hoppe, Mrs. Snitkin, Mrs. Von Eschen