Schools: Distinction Award; Recognition for Athletes | Huntington now


Fourteen local students were recognized as recipients of Distinguished Youth Awards, which they obtained by following a one-year program.

They each received medals, certificates and proclamations at a special ceremony at the Suffolk County Legislature.

Legis. Tom Donnelly, D-Huntington Station, said, “I congratulate all of these remarkable students for their commitment and enthusiasm. They showed initiative in getting into the program and dedication in sticking to it through to completion. They should be very proud of themselves and really deserve to be recognized.

The program focuses on volunteer service, personal development, exploration and physical fitness. Students agree to complete the requirements in two, three or all four categories for Bronze, Silver or Gold recognition. Each category may require up to 100 hours or more of activity which must be recorded and certified. In addition, students have personal interviews in the legislator’s office at the start of the program and then at the end.

The program is open to all young people in Suffolk County between the ages of 13 and 18. A total of 47 Suffolk students have won awards this year from the program, including almost a third from Legislative District 17.

Walt Whitman High School had the most program winners with ten: Jordan Badalamenti (Silver), Andrew Connolly (Silver), Owen Connolly (Gold), Victoria Isernia (Bronze), Alyssa Katwala (Gold), Kristina Lineen ( Bronze), John Lineen (Bronze), Lorianna Mattutat (Gold), Natalia Ortez (Gold) and Andres Valencia (Silver). Other local youth who earned DYAs were: Gianna Tantillo (Silver) and Vanessa Tantillo (Silver) from Half Hollow Hills High School East, Emily Franciscovich (Gold) from Deer Park High School and Juliet Beck (Gold) from North Babylon High School.

Registration is ongoing for the Distinguished Youth Awards program 2021-2022. Applications are available on the Suffolk County Legislature website at: The deadline for submission is September 15th. For more information, call Legislator Donnelly’s District Office at (631) 854-4433.

Guidelines for Half Hollow Hills Problems

The Half Hollow Hills Central School District has provided the following information on the district’s eligibility guidelines for free and discounted meals for the 2021-2022 school year.

HHH 2021-2022 Income Eligibility

Ladybug release

Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arborteum will welcome Girl Scouts from Suffolk County for its 4e annual release of more than 100,000 ladybugs in its flower gardens, plants, plants and arboreta to help protect its plant life.

The educational event will teach Girl Scouts and their families how aphids, a common pest, can harm a variety of plants. Ladybugs are a natural predator of aphids.

The hands-on event will feature 60 Girl Scouts from Suffolk County, ages 5-14, and their parents, from Northport, East Northport, South Huntington, Kings Park and Dix Hills.

Scholar-athlete School of Distinction

For the fifth consecutive year, Elwood-John H. Glenn High School has been recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association as the recipient of the Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction Award for the 2020-2021 school year.

“I am exceptionally proud of the work of our student-athletes both academically and athletically over the past year under difficult circumstances due to COVID-19,” said the director of athletics and athletics. physical education David Shanahan. “Being recognized as one of 13 Suffolk County High Schools and one of 64 New York State Schools as a School of Distinction reflects the hard work of student-athletes, parents, administrators. and our great coaching staff. ”

To receive this award, schools must have 100% of their varsity teams qualified and receive the Scholar-Athlete Team Award during their respective sporting seasons.

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