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Seniors Rise as Semifinalists in National Scholarship Competition

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Nine Ward Melville High School seniors have been named among 16,000 semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, and now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. 

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship award, these students must fulfill several requirements to advance to the final level of the competition, including completing a detailed scholarship application. This application focuses not only on the student’s academic record, but also their participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, employment and honors or awards received. It must also be accompanied by a recommendation letter from the high school. More than 90% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. 

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors. 

The Three Village Central School District congratulates the following students for being named a National Merit semifinalist: 

Jake Butkevich
Matthew Fiorella
Katherine Liu
Keene Lu
Christopher Moore
William Sun
Benjamin Templeton
Justin Zhang
Rebecca Zhang

A National Honor for Ward Melville Musicians

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Ward Melville High School student-musicians Greyson Nekrutman and Alexandra Woroniecka have been named among the top-performing high school musicians in the United States and were invited to perform during this year’s NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles. The event will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from Nov. 7-10. 

“To be selected to represent the Three Village Central School District at this level is a true honor and an amazing testament to the students’ hard work, dedication and talents, as well as their family and teachers’ guidance and support,” said Anthony Pollera, district director of music. “We could not be prouder of all they have accomplished.”  

During the national convention, the students will perform under the leadership of the most prominent conductors in the field of music education. Greyson will perform on the drums as part of the All-National Jazz Ensemble and Alexandra will perform on violin with the All-National Symphony Orchestra. 

The All-National Honor Ensembles performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form, and students are chosen through a rigorous audition process. The symphony orchestra will be comprised of the nation’s top 121 instrumentalists and the jazz ensemble will be made up of the top 20 instrumentalists. 

All-State Honors for Ward Melville Musicians

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As a result of their exceptional music talents, 22 Ward Melville High School student-musicians have been selected as participants and/or alternates for the 2019 NYSSMA All-State Conference, which will take place in Rochester, New York, on Dec. 5-8. 

Thousands of students auditioned for this honor last spring at solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state, but only a coveted number of spots were available for the prestigious 2019 festival. 

Congratulations to the following Ward Melville students on being selected for this high honor: 

Jordan Amato (alternate) 
Emily Bussa (alternate)
Eric Chung (string orchestra) 
Campbell DeMaio (treble chorus)
Carson Di Fede (alternate)
Steven Fontana (mixed chorus)
David Futcher (wind ensemble) 
Alicia Heintzelman (alternate) 
Jonathan Huang (string orchestra)
Cherrie Lan (alternate)
Jessica Liao (alternate)
Grace Lin (symphonic band) 
Molly Marino (alternate)
Oliva McBride (alternate)
Ava McGovern (alternate)  
Christopher Moore (string orchestra) 
William Sun (alternate)
Leo Takemaru (alternate)
Ava Williamson (alternate)
Meghan Woods (alternate)
Justin Zhang (alternate)
Emilie Zullo (alternate)  

‘Reel’ Big News for Ward Melville Filmmakers

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Five Ward Melville High School talented film students recently captured the attention of a national audience and had their original works selected to be screened during this year’s All-American High School Film Festival, which will be held in New York City from Oct. 11-13. 

This international competition is the world’s largest high school and middle school film, photography and media arts festival and draws thousands of applicants each year. 

“It is a true honor to have a film selected into this prestigious event,” said Jennifer Trettner, district visual arts coordinator. “The Ward Melville film program is definitely doing it right, as we have had films selected each year since 2014.”

Congratulations to the following students and their teacher Lisa Cappiello:

“Will Forever B-ILL,” Action Sports by Ryan Manuud
“The Poetry of Hip-Hop,” Broadcast Journalism: Feature Story by Max Friedman
“Parallel Worlds,” Documentary by Eve Peters
“Reach,” Micro Movie by Ryan Manuud
“Party's Over,” PSA by Catherine Cao


Flag Display Pays Tribute to 9/11

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In what has become a time-honored and breathtaking tradition, members of the Ward Melville High School Robotics Club and Stage Crew helped to pay tribute to the 18th anniversary of 9/11 by installing large American flags along Old Town Road in East Setauket. 

The display, which runs in front of the campus, includes several dozen flags that stand more than 7 feet tall. The project was overseen by Robotics and Stage Crew advisers Steve Rogers, Mark Suesser and John Williams and was first implemented several years ago to help all who pass by remember and reflect on the historic day. 
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