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South Country 2024 valedictorian recognized

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Bellport High School valedictorian Samantha DeLillo was among those honored at the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association’s 30th annual Valedictorians Luncheon at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. The tradition, established by the SCSSA, honored the enviable accomplishments of the county’s highest-achieving graduates from the Class of 2024 and was attended by school district superintendents, high school principals, valedictorians and their parents.

SCSSA President Dr. Timothy Hearney noted that leadership begins with one’s mindset. He advised the graduates to reflect on what matters and to find purpose and meaning in what they choose to do in life. He added, “Leadership is about finding joy,” and encouraged the students to “work hard to find joy in what you do.”

Guest speaker Matthew Cohen, president and chief executive officer of the Long Island Association, defined the group of valedictorians as “people who are going to think out of the box to find solutions.” His heartfelt speech included the advice to “take advantage of all the opportunities offered to you” and to “stick with things, no matter how hard.”

The valedictorians were then called to the stage, accompanied by their school district superintendent and high school principal, to receive a certificate of recognition, the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss and a journal from SCOPE.

Date Added: 6/24/2024

US Government students tour Ellis Island

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Bellport High School U.S. History & Government classes recently enjoyed a trip to New York City to tour Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Students were in awe as they entered the same facility where millions of immigrants were vetted and registered before entering the United States to become an integral part of our nation's history. Following the historical tours, the students visited the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square for lunch. Many students reflected on this trip as a memorable close to the 2023-2024 school year.

Date Added: 6/20/2024

Stellar season for Bellport boys 4x400 relay team

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The Bellport High School boys varsity 4x400 relay team finished their season with notable accomplishments. The runners qualified for the New York State Championship meet by taking second place at the state qualifying meet with a time of 3:20.96. The team also broke a 30-year school record at the North Shore Invitational, taking first place with a time of 3:23.28. The South Country School District extends its congratulations to Arthur Henry, Raymond Kreamer, Josiah Salomon and Jovhan Salomon on an impressive season.

Date Added: 6/19/2024

Bellport seniors earn significant college scholarships

Bellport High School Class of 2024 members Dennys Cardenas, Samantha DeLillo, Dylan Knakal and Iesha Rodney have earned impressive college scholarships. thumbnail259610

Bellport High School Class of 2024 members Dennys Cardenas, Samantha DeLillo, Dylan Knakal and Iesha Rodney have earned impressive college scholarships.

Cardenas received a St. Joseph’s University Presidential Grant. The merit-based scholarship gives him a full ride to the school. He spends his time working and volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Bellport. He plans to study biology at St. Joseph’s with the goal of going into the dental field.

DeLillo earned an academic scholarship to Vanderbilt University through the Peabody Dean's Achievement Scholarship. The Class of 2024 valedictorian is an AP Scholar with Distinction and will be graduating with an AP Capstone designation. She is a member of her school’s National, Science, Italian, Math and Tri-M Music honor societies. As a multitalented musician, she participates in the clarinet choir, jazz band and pit orchestra. In addition to playing the clarinet, she performs on the flute and the tenor, alto and soprano saxophone. She is also the class president, a member of student council. In addition, she belongs to Interact and the Students for Environmental Quality Club and has participated in Athletes Helping Others, Special Olympics, Unified Basketball and Unified Bowling. Outside of school, she is a competitive dancer. She intends to study special education in college.

Knakal’s tuition costs at the University of Miami will be paid for through the premier Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholarship. Knakal is an exceptional student who is ranked in the top 10 of his class. He is an AP Scholar and was selected for the Town of Brookhaven’s Hispanic Heritage Academic Excellence Recognition Award and the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Award. He has also earned the New York State Seal of Civic Readiness and Bellport High School’s Graduation with Distinction in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Knakal is also a member of his school’s National and Math honor societies and serves as the historian of the Science Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, he played both junior varsity and travel club soccer and ran for the varsity cross-country and varsity winter and spring track and field teams. He was awarded the Gold Key and Senior Athlete awards for his athletic achievements. He is also a musician and played viola annually in the prestigious New York State School Music Association Solo Evaluation Festival. He has been a member of student council, Athletes Helping Others and Robotics Club. Additionally, he gives back to his community. He has provided peer mentoring and tutoring in math, participates in the annual Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics, and is part of community service events with Mary Immaculate Church, CEED Farm, the South Country Library and the Brookhaven Free Library. He is interested in studying mathematical economics, finance and pre-med in the fall.

Rodney earned a full ride to Cornell University through the Cornell Grant. She is an AP Scholar with Honor and a member of her school’s National and Science honor societies, as well as president of the Math Honor Society. Rodney is a member of her school’s track and field team, running the 400-meter and throwing shotput. She plans to study biology in college.

Date Added: 6/14/2024

Eight Bellport High School seniors military-bound

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Eight members of the Bellport High School Class of 2024 will be entering the military following graduation. They represent the 1% of graduates who commit to the military each year. The South Country School District extends its gratitude and well wishes to the following seniors who committed to entering the military:

Jake Garromone, Air Force
Melvin Guallpa Guncay, Marine Corps
Lazarus Jackson, Marine Corps
Adonis Lopez, Navy
Stephen Lupo, Air Force
William Muench, Navy
Benjamin Schuierer, Navy
Connor Wilson, Army

Date Added: 6/13/2024