Suffolk: Aiding Typhoon Haiyan victims

In Commack, Laura Keen's fourth-grade class at Mandracchia-Sawmill In Commack, Laura Keen's fourth-grade class at Mandracchia-Sawmill Intermediate School helped raise $1,500 to aid typhoon victims in the Philippines by donating money to wear pajamas. Photo Credit: Handout

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Typhoon victims in the Philippines have been getting some much-needed relief this winter courtesy of local students.

Many Long Island schools have held fundraisers in an effort to aid those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which was categorized as one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall. The typhoon killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines in November.

In Mastic Beach, Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School students raised $1,113 by donating spare change to UNICEF, which is helping provide shelter, clean water and medicine to children in the Philippines. The project coincided with the school's character education trait of December: compassion.

"Our community was hit hard by superstorm Sandy, so it really meant a lot for students to help children affected by Haiyan," Principal Monica Corona said. "Students learned that by everyone chipping in a little bit, they can really make a difference in lives of others."

In Commack, Mandracchia-Sawmill Intermediate School students raised $1,500 by donating dollars to wear pajamas, while Hampton Bays Elementary School's Kiwanis Kids Club hosted a dance-a-thon that netted $1,400. Both efforts benefited the American Red Cross.

In Lynbrook, South Middle School's Scrabble Club coordinated a spare change collection and a bake sale that raised $543. Funds went to the Afya Foundation, a nonprofit that distributes surplus medical supplies.

In South Huntington, Stimson Middle School raised $300 for the Salvation Army with a "Wear Jeans on Friday" day and a change collection launched by seventh-grader Jen Duclay.

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In Merrick, pupils at Merrick Avenue Middle School raised $300 for the Red Cross by wearing colors of the Filipino flag.

 

COMMACK

Heritage essay winner

Matthew O'Connell, a junior at Commack High School, was the grand-prize winner of Optimum's Power to Learn Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest. He received $2,500 and citation from Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Smithtown).

The contest asked students to name a Latino with whom they would want to spend a day. O'Connell chose the late Cesar Chavez, a migrant farmer who advocated for fair working conditions.

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SOUTH HUNTINGTON

Lexus essay winner

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Ashar Farooq, a student at Henry L. Stimson Middle School, recently took first place in an essay contest sponsored by Lexus of Massapequa. The contest invited middle schoolers to write a story that shared a unique perspective about how their school helps them to pursue their potential.

"Ashar in particular wrote about how his school has made him a whole person, not just a student," said Claudia Cabrera, the company's marketing director.

Farooq received a $5,000 check and a tablet computer.

 

COUNTYWIDE

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Physical leadership

The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance issued Suffolk County Zone Awards last month to one male and one female student from each high school for their academic prowess, leadership and physical performance. Students enrolled in non-coed parochial schools also received awards. Local winners were:

Cold Spring Harbor: Victoria Campbell and Gregory Suter of Cold Spring Harbor High School; Commack: Cory Seltman and Devyn Fleischhacker of Commack High School; Dix Hills: Sean Grossman and Lauren Meltzer of Half Hollow Hills High School East; Cody Cao and Pooja Pandya of Half Hollow Hills High School West; Elwood: Griffin Ryan and Mackenzie Sivilli of John H. Glenn High School; Greenlawn: Timothy Johnson and Alyssa Lepera of Harborfields High School; Hauppauge: Derek Nochisaki and Kristen Ritter of Hauppauge High School; Huntington: Christian Jamison and Naomi Medina-Jaudes of Huntington High School; Kings Park: Thomas Bonelli and Kristen Homeyer of Kings Park High School; Northport: Brian Cannon and Emily Robarge of Northport High School; Smithtown: Joe Enrico and Emily DeMarinis of Smithtown High School East; J.J. Foley and Taylor VanNostrand of Smithtown High School West; Timothy Gorton and Katelyn Jones of Smithtown Christian School; South Huntington: Bedel Saget and Kristen Cummings of Walt Whitman High School.

 

COUNTYWIDE

Physical leadership

The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance issued Suffolk County Zone Awards last month to one male and one female student from each high school for their academic prowess, leadership and physical performance. Students enrolled in non-coed parochial schools also received awards. Local winners were:

Amityville: David Holmes and Sujeyri Cruz of Amityville Memorial High School; Babylon: Nick Santorelli and Mikaila Hartigan of Babylon High School; Bay Shore: Ryan Mazzie and Asia Stewart of Bay Shore Senior High School; Bayport: Dan Percival and Cassie Dooley of Bayport-Blue Point High School; Bohemia: Spencer Hoek and Angela Schuler of Connetquot High School; Brentwood: Michael Watson and Brianna Farquharson of Brentwood High School; Central Islip: Rishav Choudhary and Alicia Hamilton of Central Islip High School; Copiague: Zach Wilson and Alessandra Altruda of Copiague High School; Deer Park: Andrew Schaefer and Taylor Thomas of Deer Park High School; East Islip: Andrew Dobkowski and Carlee Ancona of East Islip High School; Farmingville: Mark Tracy and Kathryn Doherty of Sachem High School East; Hauppauge: Derek Nochisaki and Kristen Ritter of Hauppauge High School; Islip: Kieran Mullins and Vanessa Juengerkes of Islip High School; Lake Ronkonkoma: Chris Petillo and Melissa Michels of Sachem High School North; Lindenhurst: Ryan McDonough and Samantha Saporito of Lindenhurst High School; North Babylon: Evan Heegan and Michelle Eichinger of North Babylon High School; Sayville: Spencer Andrews and Jordan Kobel of Sayville High School; West Babylon: John Nash and Shannon Reahl of West Babylon High School; West Islip: Michael Moynihan and Lindsay Darrell of West Islip High School; Michael Medwig and Kaitlyn Montalbano of St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School; Wyandanch: Rafael Serrano and Quiana Sutton of Wyandanch High School.

 

COUNTYWIDE

Physical leadership

The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance issued Suffolk County Zone Awards last month to one male and one female student from each high school for their academic prowess, leadership and physical performance. Students enrolled in non-coed parochial schools also received awards. Local winners were:

Centereach: A.J. Patera and Jackie Buzaid of Centereach High School; East Setauket: Philip Carballeira and Alexandra Szymanski of Ward Melville High School; Farmingville: Mark Tracy and Kathryn Doherty of Sachem High School East; Greenport: Austin Hooks and Victoria Piechnik of Greenport High School; Lake Ronkonkoma: Christopher Petillo and Melissa Michels of Sachem High School North; Mattituck: Joseph Macaluso and Molly Kowalski of Mattituck-Cutchogue High School; Middle Island: David Barlow and Audrey Miller of Longwood High School; Miller Place: Kevin Reidlinger and Courtney Ruziecki of Miller Place High School; Mount Sinai: Bryan Reed and Julia Michaels of Mount Sinai High School; Port Jefferson: Hunter Reiter and Olivia Racanelli of Port Jefferson High School; Port Jefferson Station: Andrew Steck and Samantha Gagnon of Comsewogue High School; Riverhead: Nathan Ernst and Carolyn Carrera of Riverhead High School; Kurt Bahnke and Jacqueline Zaweski of Bishop McGann-Mercy High School; Rocky Point: Thomas Strazzeri and Reagan Lynch of Rocky Point High School; Selden: Anthony Cami and Jamie McTigue of Newfield High School; Shelter Island: Drew Garrison and Keri Ann Mahoney of Shelter Island High School; Shoreham: Maxwell Maritato and Victoria Onorato of Shoreham-Wading River High School; Southold: Gary Prieto and Abigail Scharadin of Southold High School.

 

COUNTYWIDE

Physical leadership

The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance issued Suffolk County Zone Awards last month to one male and one female student from each high school for their academic prowess, leadership and physical performance. Students enrolled in non-coed parochial schools also received awards. Local winners were:

Bayport: Dan Percival and Cassie Dooley of Bayport-Blue Point High School; Bellport: Matthew Posch and Nina Puglisi of Bellport High School; Center Moriches: Preston Horan and Kiley Nolan of Center Moriches High School; East Hampton: Lucas Escobar and Mary Pizzo of East Hampton High School; Hampton Bays: Kevin Quintero and Stefanie Blanco of Hampton Bays High School; Manorville: Jacob Black and Rebecca Tooker of Eastport-South Manor High School; Mastic Beach: Brian Samuelson Jr. and Anissa Ash of William Floyd High School; Patchogue: Benjamin Underwood and Paula Cortezano of Patchogue-Medford High School; Sag Harbor: Drew Harvey and Katherine Matthers of Pierson High School; Southampton: Christopher Bautista and Hannah Gross of Southampton High School; Westhampton Beach: Matthew Higgins and Lauren Smith of Westhampton Beach High School.

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