During the July 3 meeting of the Board of Education, the baseball team and coaches Mike Ninivaggi and Keith Sachs were honored for securing a third consecutive Long Island Championship title. The District congratulates the team on this impressive accomplishment.
The District’s 63rd annual commencement exercises returned to Lawrence Field on June 21, as 247 graduates processed to their seats as the high school band, under the baton of assistant band director Danilo Aviles, played “Pomp and Circumstance.” After a presentation of colors by Zachary Moussa, Bryan Murphy and Samuel Sloves and a flag salute by General Organization co-presidents Anna Browne, Katherine Gifford and Olivia Zukowski, senior student conductors Nancy Ambrosio, Matthew Hanauer and Karen Kawecki led the band for the last time during the playing of the national anthem.
The high school Guidance Department held its annual Junior Class Awards Program on June 1 in the library and media center. Under the coordination of school counselor Margaret Swanson, the program afforded the school the opportunity to recognize members of the junior class who demonstrated academic success and made contributions to the school and community. Various colleges and universities participate in the Junior Awards Program, offering scholarship opportunities and prize books.
Wantagh High School seniors Jaclyn Corbin and Emily Kalinoglu were recipients of the William A. Haps Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Wantagh Fire Department. Each of the students received $1,000 toward their studies in the humanities this coming fall.
High school thespians Billy DeVito, Carlo Tobia and Lindsay Whiteman were nominated for the Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance. The students were three of fifty students representing 27 regional high schools that competed for the title of Best Actor and Best Actress during a performance master class taught by a team of Broadway professionals, held on May 19 at Pearl Studios in Manhattan.
Class of 2018 valedictorian Michael Hennig and salutatorian Olivia Zukowski were honored during the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents’ annual Celebrating Excellence and The Legacy of Dr. James Tolle Breakfast, held at Crest Hollow Country Club on June 1. The annual event honored the top two students from each Nassau County high school for exceptional success throughout their high school careers.
Wantagh High School lacrosse team attacker Thomas Rohan is the recipient of the James C. Metzger Leadership Award for Nassau County high school lacrosse for his tenacity, honesty, commitment and positive attitude required in playing the sport. Thomas will continue to play lacrosse at SUNY Geneseo this coming fall.
The District’s top seniors were recognized for their scholarship, community service, overcoming hardships and enthusiasm for extracurricular activities during the annual senior awards ceremony, held in the auditorium on May 22.
High school students ranked nationally on the Le Grand Concours sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, and the American Association of Teachers of Italian national language exam. French Four Honors student and Le Grand Concours silver medalist Erika Meagher ranked in the 90th percentile of students participating in the competition, which evaluates students on their written, oral and listening French comprehension skills. Also taking French Four Honors, Claire Riis received a bronze medal and ranked in the 80th percentile of student-competitors.