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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association recognized seven Southampton High School spring varsity teams as Scholar-Athlete Teams.

The Varsity baseball, softball, girls golf, boys lacrosse, boys tennis, girls spring track, and boys spring track teams earned the distinction by recording GPAs above 90 percent during the spring athletic season.

East Hampton

East Hampton High School students Kendall Stedman (left) and Brody Eggert attended the SIA conference with Assemblyman Fred Thiele. Independent/Courtesy East Hampton School District

East Hampton High School students Kendall Stedman and Brody Eggert recently attended the annual Students Inside Albany Conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Stedman, a junior, and Eggert, a sophomore, were welcomed by Assemblyman Fred Thiele. The SIA Conference brings together students from across the state to learn about the state government and how citizen participation influences the public policy process.


Bridgehampton School hosted the “Beehive Ball” to celebrate Dancing Classrooms, a social development program designed by ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine, on May 31.

Students in fourth through eighth-grade who completed the program, which was taught by artist-in-residence Jessica Heins, performed merengue, fox trot, rumba, tango, and swing at the event.

The school also hosted the “Day of Achievement Awards” on May 31 to honor students for their academic and athletic achievements during the school year.

Bridgehampton’s eighth-grade class recently was awarded honorable mention in the 2019 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition for kindergarten through 12th grade students, which aims to engage the next generation in real world problem-solving.

Melanie Braia, Jona Posner, and Ryeasia Walker worked together on a paper that created a modified wind turbine that could extract humidity from the atmosphere to create a supply of fresh drinking water. Their work placed in the top 10 percent of all students who participated nationally.

Westhampton Beach

Westhampton Beach science students attended Molloy College’s Women in Science Symposium on May 22. Independent/Courtesy Westhampton Beach School District

Twelve science students from Westhampton Beach High School attended Molloy College’s Women in Science Symposium on May 22. The students heard renowned scientists talk about their lives and research, including keynote speaker Dr. Sylvia Earle. “The symposium sparked a great deal of discussion and ideas among the students. It was a great opportunity,” science teacher Diana Gobler said.

The Westhampton Elementary School also held an open house for its greenhouse on June 4. Students showed parents and community members about the work they’ve been doing at the greenhouse.


Springs School athletes will compete in the Special Olympics at Hampton Bays High School on Sunday, June 9, from 8 AM to 4 PM.

The students will compete in several track and field events, including a 25-meter wheelchair race.


Tuckahoe recently named eighth-graders Giulia Campaiola and Brandon Perez as the Wall of Honor students for the third semester.

Hampton Bays

Members of the Hampton Bays Elementary School K-Kids club recently raised $150 by selling plastic ducks during their lunch period as part of a scholarship fundraiser for senior high school Key Club members.

As part of a letter learning activity, second graders have been participating in daily activities that start with a letter of the day. The students recently worked on the letter E and engaged in a variety of outdoor activities related to exercise.

The High School’s CURE Club (Classmates United in Restoring the Environment) will have a ceremony for the start of its Wind Turbine Project on Tuesday, June 11, at 3 PM at Hampton Bays Elementary School.


Riverhead seniors who plan to continue their sports careers in college wore their colleges’ apparel to school on May 22. Independent/Courtesy Riverhead School District

Students at Riverhead’s Pulaski Street Elementary School will participate in the Riverhead Community Awareness Program’s annual Say No to Drugs march on Friday, June 7 at 9:30 AM.

The sidewalks in Riverhead High School’s courtyard were recently decorated with chalk following an art fundraiser sponsored by the school’s art club, in which students donated money to draw designs using chalk during their lunch or study hall periods. The fundraiser raised $100, which will be used for art supplies, art-related field trips, and community service projects.

Four members of the Riverhead High School girls track relay team have qualified to compete in the 800-meter medley relay at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor track and field meet at Aggie Stadium in North Carolina on June 14. Miasha Pittman, Emani Womack Ashli Bell, and Enaria Suazo earned the spot after competing in the Under the Lights Invitational in Massapequa on May 10.

Nineteen Riverhead High School seniors, who plan to continue their athletic pursuits after graduation, wore their colleges’ apparel to school on May 22: Conor Batjer, Shane Coleman, Aiden Fitzpatrick, Kamryn Gill, Angelina Graziano, Travis Hayon, Alex Jacobs, Connor Kalmus, Kayla Kielbasa, Ella Malanga, Danny Mastropaolo, Ryan Ott, and Nicole Scioscia will play lacrosse at Kean University, Pace University, New York Institute of Technology, Salisbury University, Southern New Hampshire University, LIU Post, The College at Brockport, St. John’s University, Penn State University, SUNY New Paltz, Farmingdale State College, and SUNY Plattsburgh, respectively.

Quashiem Miller and Robert Tyre will play basketball at Suffolk Community College, and Crisitian Pace will play basketball at St. Joseph’s College. Christy Falisi will play field hockey and softball at Mercy College, Morgan McLean will row crew at Manhattan College, and Brook McKay will play softball at Marywood University.

The district’s Peacemakers Club was recognized with a United for Kindness award from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center at a ceremony on May 22.

A student-led antibullying movement comprised of fourth graders who meet weekly during their recess with adviser Shannon Kutner, the Peacemakers of Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue elementary schools were acknowledged for the work they do in “helping to create a world without bullying.”

Six Riverhead Middle School students were recognized at a VFW Post 2476 ceremony for the award-winning essays they wrote for the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen contest on May 18.

Daniella Flores, Madison Amanda Wojcik, and Abby Maureen Sullivan were the first through third-place winners in seventh grade. Michaela Ligon, Quinn Steven Brickman, and Emma Kylie Funfgeld were the first through third-place winners in eighth grade. Ligon also earned second place in Suffolk County.


Cutchogue East Elementary School’s third graders recently authored “Pause,” a book that shares the mindfulness techniques the students learned through the district’s mindfulness curriculum.

The book discusses strategies for relaxation and calming the mind during stressful times. The school also held a Meet the Author reception to celebrate what the students had learned and shared.

Best-selling author Ann Braden visited with students from Mattituck Jr./Sr. High School and Cutchogue East Elementary School at the culminating event for the year’s Common Read project on May 17. The students all read Braden’s book “The Benefits of Being an Octopus” and blogged weekly across grade levels to share insights, reflections, and responses.

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