TRUE COLORS IN CLASS OF 2014
Sayville’s Commencement for the Class of 2014 was held on Saturday, June 28th, at 10 a.m., on a clear day under a blazing summer sun. Even so, most “kept their cool” for the sake of the graduates who were celebrating their final hours at Sayville High School.
Enthusiastic graduates, led by Sayville Administrators and Board members, began their procession from the high school, unfurling like ribbons of purple and gold, across the green stretch of lawn and onto the red track toward the football field as the crowd of relatives and friends cheered and whistled. Processing along with the 245 graduates were more than 100 Alumni (one Alumnus was from 1938) participating in the Annual Alumni Walk.
During the ceremony, speakers shared insights, comic anecdotes, and a few sight gags to liven up the morning ceremonies. After the diplomas were awarded, a brief visit by Senator Chuck Schumer was followed by Principal Ronald Hoffer’s final words of appreciation, and then the graduates’ purple and gold mortarboards sailed upward against a cobalt blue sky.
Still showing their “True Colors” as graduating seniors, (a class theme developed during their Middle School Frost Valley Trip in 2009), the Class of 2014 had continued their “chain reaction” of paying it forward with kindness, service, and support throughout their High School careers.
After the processional was played by the Sayville High School Band, directed by Mr. Andy Giammalvo, Senior members of the High School Jazz Choir—Kurt Caminske, Benjamin Diehl, Liam Hofmeister, Gabrielle Kalomiris, Julia Magnani, and Katya Sparwasser—blended their seasoned a capella voices to sing The Star-Spangled Banner. As a special tribute to her class, The Patricia Ann Kubelle Memorial Award-Winning vocalist Gabrielle Kalomiris gave an absolutely exquisite performance of Billy Joel’s Vienna, paraphrasing in closing: “When will you re-a-lize, Sayville waits for you!” After the thunderous applause, Mr. Hoffer remarked, “My guess, Gabrielle, if Billy Joel were here, he would say WOW!” (To see the video of Commencement, including Gabrielle’s performance, go to the sayvilleschools.org/TIDINGS ONLINE.) The Seniors also closed with God Bless America, directed by Karen DiMartino and accompanied by the Band.
PRAISE FOR THE CLASS OF 2014: "Outstanding In All Endeavors"
“Members of the Class of 2014 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: 95% of the students in the Class of 2014 will go on to further education; 99% will have earned a Regents Diploma this year.
• At the 40th Annual Scholastic Awards Program, 77 deserving students received 111 awards. These recipients wore gold- or purple-ribbon medallions at graduation.
• So far, 146 students have received academic or community scholarships that value well over 3.6 million dollars. (The amount includes $110,000 in scholarships and awards from local community organizations.)This list is incomplete since notification of more scholarships continue throughout the summer.
• Kurt Caminske, Matthew Hewson,and Shannon Wissemann were recognized for their anticipated U.S. military service.
• Liam Hofmeister, Aneri Kinariwalla, Heather Leahy, Jennifer Lembeck, and Emily Nowlan were National Merit Scholarship Commended students.
• Our Visual Arts seniors participated in ten juried shows: Kara Stenberg and Emily Milano were selected into the Hecksher Museum Long Island’s Best Youth Artist Juried Competition; Esra Erdogan was awarded scholarships from Long Island University Advanced Visions, BAFFA, SAVA, and SMBA.
• In our Music Program, the String Ensemble participated at the New York Philharmonic.Three NYSSMA All-State musicians—Robert Danzi, Heather Leahy, and Susan Mangaluz—were recognized locally, throughout the county, state, and nation. Congratulations to all of our award-winning performing groups and musicians.
• In our Theatre Arts Program, our seniors participated in Play On, The Glass Menagerie, South Pacific, and six seniors produced and directed in the “36th Annual One-Act Plays.” Five seniors earned the U.S. Achievement Academy Award, one senior received the Thespian Circle Award, and five others were inducted into the Sayville Players Honour Troupe 2014.
• In the arena of Interscholastic Athletics, 18 of 26 varsity teams were Scholar-Athlete Teams. The following teams won LEAGUE or DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS in BOYS: Soccer, Golf, and Football; GIRLS: Soccer, Volleyball, Golf, and Softball; SUFFOLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS: BOYS: Soccer, Golf, and Vollyball; GIRLS: Soccer, Lacrosse, and Softball; Long Island CHAMPIONSHIPS: Boys Golf and Softball.
• High School Service Organizations, (Student Government, Athletes Helping Others, Key Club, Anchor Club, Tri-M, Art Honor Society, Interact Club, SWEEP, SADD, History Club, and the National Honor Society) have once again served our community by giving back not only to local communities, but also worldwide.