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Wantagh High School opened its doors to incoming freshmen, who commenced the 2019-2020 school year through attendance at the annual orientation program, held on Aug. 27. In addition to being introduced to the school’s administration, the freshmen received information on academic expectations, sports eligibility, conduct and guidance goals.

Principal Carolyn Breivogel welcomed the incoming class and explained that reputation and actions are most important to their future. “Your name is your most powerful possession,” Ms. Breivogel said. “You carry the reputation of this school everywhere.”

Assistant Principal James Brown explained the importance of community involvement and cautioned the freshmen to think about what they say or do before they act. “You should ask yourself is what I am going to say or do kind, right, and fair,” he said.

In addition, General Organization co-presidents Kaitlin Steingruebner and Juliet Watstein spoke about the importance of extracurricular activities and invited the freshmen to the club fair in the courtyard. Student-athletes Morgan Flaherty and Nick Teresky also spoke to the freshmen about the importance of sports and the joy of being on a team.

During the program, the students toured the building, meet with their guidance counselors and find their lockers, all in preparation for the first day of school on Sept. 3.