As varsity cheerleaders marched up Wantagh Avenue and approached the high school, their chants of “Black! Gold! Go Warriors!” grew louder. It was one of many displays of school spirit during the high school’s annual homecoming celebration on Sept. 16.
A pair of high school student-musicians has been selected to the All-State Winter Conference hosted by the New York State School Music Association. Lindsay Whiteman was chosen for the All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble for the second consecutive year, and percussionist Matt Hanauer was named to the All-State Orchestra.
Wantagh High School’s incoming ninth-graders were introduced to their home for the next four years when they attended freshmen orientation on Aug. 28. In addition to touring the building, the students learned about the expanded opportunities they will have.
Gray skies did not dampen the spirits of the Class of 2017 who celebrated a long-awaited milestone during the District’s 62nd annual commencement exercises held in the school gymnasium on June 23. The Board of Education, administration and faculty led the 281 graduates down the aisle and to their seats as the high school band, under the baton of Mindy Dragovich, played “Pomp and Circumstance.”
Thirteen high school science research students attended the annual 2017 Long Island Science Congress to discuss their research projects. Not only were each of the participants awarded ribbons for their research, students Samantha Cashton, Jaclyn Corbin and Kyleigh Watson received Honors Level Awards in recognition for their impressive presentation of research results.
The High School Guidance Department held the annual Junior Class Awards Program on June 2. This program, under the coordination of school counselor Margaret Swanson, affords the high school the opportunity to recognize juniors who have demonstrated academic success, as well as those who have made contributions to the school and community. Various colleges and universities participate in the Junior Awards Program, offering scholarship opportunities and prize books.
High school 10th-grade students Erika Meagher and Claire Riis ranked nationally and received Bronze medals based on their performance on Le Grand Concours, a national competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.