It was a day of pride as the community gathered for the annual homecoming festivities on Sept. 17. Fun-filled activities started with a Friday afternoon pep rally, during which the sports teams and homecoming court were introduced. Students throughout the district displayed their Warrior pride by wearing black and gold apparel and sports jerseys.
The district is pleased to announce that the New York State School Music Association has selected high school students Kevin Ganzekaufer and Lindsay Whiteman to participate in the All-State Mixed Chorus and Vocal Jazz ensembles, respectively. The ensembles will perform as part of the NYSSMA Winter Conference, to be held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York, Dec. 1-4. Thousands of students auditioned for this honor during NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals held throughout the state last spring.
Incoming ninth-grade students received a warm welcome and words of wisdom from administrators, guidance counselors and upperclassmen during the high school’s annual freshman orientation on Aug. 29. Not only did the students learn about what to expect on the first day of school, they received some valuable advice from Principal Carloyn Breivogel and Assistant Principals James Brown and Jennifer Santorello.
High school juniors Matt Hession and Nicole Ninivaggi were two of 15 students chosen throughout the tri-state area to participate in this year’s Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Institute’s summer internship, being held at ADL headquarters in Manhattan. The students also received a scholarship and will travel to Washington, D.C. and an upstate retreat with fellow interns during the prestigious six-week program.
Eight high school students ranked nationally in the annual 2016 Le Grand Concours competition, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Participants enrolled in Mme. Vargas Curatola’s class were evaluated on their written, oral and listening skills in French. More than 85,000 students competed in the event.
The Wantagh High School Guidance Department held its annual Junior Class Awards Program on June 3. This program, under the coordination of guidance counselor Margaret Swanson, recognizes juniors who have demonstrated academic success and made contributions to the school and community. Various colleges and universities participated in the Junior Awards Program, offering scholarship opportunities and prize books.
Eighty of Wantagh High School’s most talented business students were inducted into the school’s chapter of the Business Honor Society as permanent and probationary members during a special ceremony in the auditorium. To qualify for membership, permanent members have taken at least three full credits in business courses and have maintained an average of 90 percent or greater while also fulfilling their community service requirement. Probationary members must have acquired the same qualifications, except having taken two full credits in business courses.
More than 100 seniors were recognized for outstanding achievements during the annual Senior Awards Night held in the school auditorium.