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Homecoming in Commack

Beneath a blue sky filled with wispy white clouds and a spirited crowd that filled the bleachers, Commack's Varsity Football Team won its second game of the season on Saturday. A nail-biter down to the final moments, the Cougars won 14-7 against Central Islip’s Musketeers.

Festivities abounded - beginning with the traditional Homecoming Parade that featured the High School Marching Band, Cheerleaders, Kickline, and class and club banners. Candidates for Homecoming King and Queen rode in high style in flashy convertibles. This year’s King and Queen are Andrew Lopes and Megan Kowal.

The Marching Band, Kickline and Cheerleaders dazzled the crowd with their performances. Senior athletes presented their moms with flowers, and Student Council members sold food and refreshments.

The 2009 Alumni of Distinction ceremony honored four Commack graduates. Commack High School’s Social Studies Chairperson and teacher Matt Keltos (1991) is devoted to making a difference in the lives of his students. Through his focus on at-risk students and his efforts in both the school and in the community, he works tirelessly with "reluctant" learners to help them on the path to success. His mantra is that "every student can succeed."

Dr. David Adleman (1991) is actively involved in molecular cancer research and the care of patients who have little access to medical care, both locally and internationally. Adleman provides pro bono medical care through the many specialized clinics offered at the The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and continues to perform both basic science and clinical research to further improve the quality of care delivered.

Seth Ettenberg (1990) has authored more than 20 published articles delving into molecular and cellular biology matters, and has been an invited speaker at international conferences. He is the research leader of an international team which is developing a drug, now in phase 1 human clinical trials for Multiple Myeloma patients. He currently supervises five laboratories at the Novartis Biotherapeutics Oncology Group, with anti cancer drugs in all stages of development, which has been the culmination of a lifelong interest in aiding cancer patients.

Reading and libraries have always been in honoree Laurie Rosenthal Pastore’s blood (Class of 1982). Pastore, who started as a library page while in college, is now the director of the Commack Public Library. She works very closely with the Commack School District’s librarians, most recently establishing a pilot program where database resources could be effectively shared between the CHS library and the local community libraries. Currently, Pastore is working with the district on One Book, a pilot project to encourage community members to read the same book simultaneously. Aside from her memberships in many literary associations, Pastore is also an active member of Friends of the Library, a group dedicated to promoting and preserving libraries.

You can see photos and the video of Homecoming at Commack High School by visiting the athletic page (Under the "Our Schools" link) on the Commack Website:

Brenda Lentsch handles public relations for the Commack school district..

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