Recognizing Achievements

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At their Oct. 26 meeting, the Board of Education and administration honored several students for the achievements and accolades they have earned since the start of the school year.

Rocky Point Middle School students and Girl Scout Troop 1133 members Madison Jacobellis, Savannah McGinnis and Kayla Roomey were honored for their work to heighten awareness of the dangers of energy drinks. The group presented their research on the local level and is continuing to work to create a county ban of the sale to minors. The project is part of the students’ Girl Scout Silver Award project.

In academics, high school senior Matthew Brewer was honored for earning the title of Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Numerous students, including current seniors and members of the Class of 2015, were celebrated for their scholastic achievements, as they were recognized by the College Board as Advanced Placement Scholars. A total of 21 students were named AP Scholars with Distinction for receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and a score of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Thirteen students were given the distinction of AP Scholar with Honor, as they received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Thirty-six students were named AP Scholars for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Of these students, graduates Lauren McBrearty and Joseph Niver also earned the highest honor of National AP Scholar, as they received an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.

Student-musicians Nicolas Amato (symphonic band), Breanna Garske (mixed choir), Samantha Giacoia (women’s choir), Daniel Infranco (symphonic band/mixed choir), Nicholas LoCastro (mixed choir), Thomas Loomis (mixed choir), Prima Mandolfo (women’s choir), Rosa Valente (mixed choir) and Justin Zorcik (symphonic band) were celebrated for being selected to represent the district at the NYSCAME All-County Music Festival. Daniel and Thomas were also chosen to perform in the All-State Music Festival at the NYSSMA Winter Conference, to be held in Rochester, New York, in December.

Freshman Bryant Michael Liu was honored for being named the only Long Island finalist in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS middle school science competition, for which he competed in the final round of judging in California in October.