Wantagh BOE Recognizes Student Accomplishments

Wantagh BOE Recognizes Student Accomplishments

One way in which Wantagh School District demonstrated a return to normalcy was in the board of education’s recognition of student accomplishments during the June 17 business meeting. The board and central administrators held the recognition section of the agenda on the front lawn of Wantagh Middle School, which was already set up for a previous crossing over celebration earlier in the week. 

“This was a tough year for our athletes,” Superintendent of Schools John McNamara said. “We were excited to get everyone on the courts and fields, which resulted in two county championships.” 

Under coach Dan O’Shea and assistant coach Suzanne Hoffman, the girls volleyball team garnered the Nassau Country Class A Championship. The football team also secured the Nassau County Conference 4 Championship under coach Keith Sachs and assistant coaches John Jansen and Jim Morrow. 

Director of Physical Education, Health, Athletics and Drivers Ed Jennifer Keane thanked the board of education and central administration for their continued support throughout a turbulent year.  

Coach Sachs said that the year brought the team closer together and made the athletes a “close-knit” and better team. “Winning a championship was just the bonus,” he said. 

The board also recognized budding Broadway star Katriana Koppe, who will compete in the National High School Musical Theatre Awards, also known as the Jimmy Awards. Katriana will participate in 12 days of workshops and coaching as one of the 35 regional winners. On May 27, Katriana was surprised to see her headshot on the ABC News screen in Times Square announcing her the winner of the Roger Rees Award for Excellence in Student Performance for her role as Cinderella in the school’s adaptation of this beloved fairytale.  

In her comments about Katriana, Wantagh Theatre Director Kimberly Davis said, “Through the years, we have watched her grow as a performer on this stage and in her drama and music classes, exceeding every expectation and inspiring everyone who has worked with her. Her immense talent is outshone only by her enthusiasm and kindness.”