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Valedictorian Recognition

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Ward Melville High School Class of 2023 valedictorian, Ava Della Pietra, was honored at the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association 29th annual Valedictorians Luncheon on June 1. Ava joined other valedictorians from across the county in being recognized for their high achievements.

Date Added: 6/6/2023

LI Math Fair Highest Award Winner

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Ward Melville High School junior Alexander Huang was awarded the prestigious Alice Griswold Memorial Award at the 2023 Long Island Math Fair. Huang participated in the fair held at Hofstra University through his affiliation with the Institute of Creative Problem Solving and presented a paper on the subject of magic squares. The Alice Griswold Memorial Award is given to an 11th grade student with the most outstanding paper and presentation.

Date Added: 5/26/2023

Student-Athletes Commit to Colleges

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Thirty-nine Ward Melville High School student-athletes were celebrated during a brief ceremony for continuing their respective sports at the collegiate level this fall. Students were surrounded by their families and coaches as they were individually recognized by Executive Director of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Athletics Kevin Finnerty. Principal William Bernhard thanked each athlete for contributing to Ward Melville High School’s history of excellence.

The district congratulates the following students and wishes them the best of luck as they continue their athletic careers:

Nikolas Barbero – Siena College, lacrosse

Max Behar – Hamilton College, football

Nicholas Bruckner – Harvard University, lacrosse

Brendan Buncke – Limestone University, lacrosse

Daniel Cosentino – LIU Post, lacrosse

Catie Edson – Manhattan College, lacrosse

Jack Friend – University of Maine, baseball

Nicholas Gaffney – Hobart College, football

Charles Giachetti – St. John Fisher University, lacrosse

Kyra Giannelli – SUNY Geneseo, field hockey

Julia Greek – SUNY Plattsburgh, basketball

Mackenzie Heaney – Framingham State University, volleyball

Victoria Killigrew – Western Connecticut State University, softball

Mike Kitevski – Boston University, lacrosse

Kira Kronenberg – Rochester Institute of Technology, tennis

Hanna Lebens – SUNY Cortland, lacrosse

Philip Manitt – LIU Brooklyn, fencing

Alex Moraitis – Caldwell College, baseball

Elyse Munoz – Molloy College, soccer

Trevor Murray – University of Mary Washington, lacrosse

Alicea Pepitone – University of South Florida, softball

Benjamin Perrotta – SUNY Oswego, lacrosse

Jaron Popp – Sacred Heart University, volleyball

Richard Ragonese – Misericordia University, volleyball

Thomas Ruehle – Southern Arkansas University, baseball

Abigail Sasson – Vassar College, track and field

Benjamin Thayer – SUNY Oneonta, lacrosse

Aidan Valeiko – Connecticut College, lacrosse

Lorenzo Velez – Utica University, football

Dylan Verby – Worcester State University, soccer

Kristin Vosswinkel – Hamilton College, lacrosse

Gabrielle Walker – Shippensburg University, soccer

Emma Ward – Connecticut College, soccer

Dean Ward – SUNY Oswego, soccer

Charlie West – University of Connecticut, baseball

Raina Willie – SUNY Oneonta, swimming

Wyatt Wiskoff – Suffolk County Community College, baseball

Isabel Xu – California Institute of Technology, swimming

Jace Yannucciello – Muhlenberg College, wrestling

Date Added: 5/26/2023

Career Speaker Series

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Ward Melville High School students connected with local professionals during the Career Speaker Series on May 22. Two panels of experts representing the fields of healthcare, business, finance and marketing visited the high school to help guide students with important career-related decisions.

The panels spoke to students about how they got into their fields and worked their way up to their current positions. The event was organized by the Three Village Industry Advisory Board.

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Date Added: 5/25/2023

Sticker Shock Campaign

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Ward Melville High School students set out around town to spread messages about the importance of preventing underage drinking. Spring semester health classes participated in the Sticker Shock Campaign through the Town of Brookhaven’s Drug Prevention Coalition. They were tasked with creating sticker slogans and designs to remind adults of the dangers of purchasing alcohol and vape products for minors. The Drug Prevention Coalition selected three finalists for print, and students “shocked” the town by placing the stickers on products at local businesses.

Students traveled to Setauket Beverage, 7-Eleven on Old Town Road and the Setauket Pasteria to strategically place the stickers on alcoholic beverage cases, take out bags and pizza boxes. The activity is a youth-driven approach designed to reduce underage drinking, while allowing students to have a voice in addressing the problem.

Date Added: 5/25/2023