Within a fortuitous break from the oppressive week-long swelter, Sayville held its Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2012. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 23, while the morning promised to get hotter (and it did), it was relatively bearable compared to the previous two days and depending upon where one observed the ceremony.
Hearty cheers and encouraging whistles greeted the Commencement parade entering the football field. Processing first were the poised Administrators and Board members, but as the Class of 2012 approached, the crowd roared louder soliciting reciprocal shouts and waves from the graduates and the 81 participants in the Alumni Walk. Marching in the rear were many of the 49 “Teachers Who Made A Difference” and who had been nominated for this recognition by the graduates.
Throughout the ceremony, the purple- and gold-robed graduates benefited from decent breezes that teased across the grass football field; the Alumni and honored teachers were comfortably shaded under the white tents nearby, but those courageous souls who watched from the apt-named BLEACHERS dealt with the brunt of reflective rays. Even so, most “kept their cool” for the sake of the graduates who were celebrating their final hours at Sayville High School.
An accomplished class renowned for being supportive and grateful, the Class of 2012 lived up to its reputation and demonstrated joyful celebration with grand style.
“Members of the Class of 2012 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: 97% of the students in the Class of 2012 will go on to further education; 94% will have earned a Regents Diploma this year. • At the 38th Annual Scholastic Awards program, 143 deserving students received 246 awards. These recipients wore gold- or purple-ribbon medallions at graduation. • So far, 133 students have received academic or community scholarships that value well over 3.1 million dollars. (The amount includes $125,000 in scholarships and awards from local community organizations.)This list is incomplete since notification of more scholarships continue throughout the summer. • Garret Boyce, Jesse Hirsch, and Kyle Tieman-Strauss were National Merit Scholarship Commended students. • Jessica Bartolotta, Garret Boyce, KeriAnn Murphy, and Brenden O’Toole were recognized for their anticipated U.S. military service. • Our Fine Arts students had a tremendous year. At the BAFFA Art Exhibition, Sayville’s Kayla MacFarlane won the Jacqueline C Palmer Award: Also, Zachary Harragan won an award at the Hecksher Museum Annual Long Island Best Young Artist Show that exhibited over 200 entries. • Our Music Program had a tremendous year, with the Wind Ensemble performing at Carnegie Hall [Thank you, Mr. DeSalvo and students]. Recognized locally, throughout the county, state, and nation, we had six NYSSMA All-State musicians: Craig Davidson, Kieran Harrison, Matthew Iovino, Denise Natoli, Kailey Schnurman and Kyle Tieman-Strauss. Congratulations to all of our award-winning performing groups and musicians. • In our Research in Science and Engineering Program, under the direction of Ms. Maria Brown, the following seniors have excelled and have had their research recognized by winning multiple science competitions: Alexis Brown, Tiffany Bruno, John Farese, Jacqueline Kalomiris, Courtney Mignone, Kyle Tieman-Strauss, and Erica Weinberg. • Under the direction of Mr. Steven Hailey, our Theatre Arts Program had another productive year with the intense drama Antigone, the hilarious comedy Arsenic and Old Lace, the blockbuster musical Bye Bye Birdie, and thirteen excellent student-directed one-act plays. Thank you to the nineteen graduating seniors who are United States Achievement Academy National Drama Award recipients. • In the arena of Interscholastic Athletics, for a FOURTH consecutive year, all 26 varsity teams were given NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Awards. Congratulations to our athletes, their respective coaches, and our Athletic Director Mr. Maloney on this tremendous achievement. In ten sports, our varsity individuals or teams won LEAGUE or DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS in GIRLS: Cross-Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming-Diving, Track; BOYS: Football, Soccer, Swimming-Diving: LI CHAMPIONSHIPS in two sports: Football and Softball; COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS in five sports: Bowling, Boys Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Football, and Softball. Additonally, Football was a Rutgers Cup Recipient and we are also extremely proud of our New York State Class A-Champion SOFTBALL TEAM! •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 worldwide.
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