Four Student-Musicians Selected for NYSSMA

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Four students from the district have been selected to participate in New York State School Music Association’s All-State Music Festival. From High School East, Gabriela Foster has been chosen to play the violin in the symphony orchestra, while Christopher Konopka, a tenor, will be part of the mixed chorus. From High School West, Dominic Gibbons, a tenor, will be part of the mixed chorus, while Liam Reynolds was chosen to play jazz guitar in instrumental jazz. Although they won’t get to experience the regular, live All-State Music Festival in Rochester, New York, NYSSMA has put together a virtual summit for students and educators to participate in at the beginning of December.

Six East Seniors Named Commended Students

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Six High School East seniors – Gianna Antonacci, Jason Dolowich, Lindsey Douglas, Dylan McCreesh, Krishna Palempalli and Frank Scagluso – have been named commended students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.

More than 1.5 million students took the PSAT last October and entered the National Merit Scholarship Program. Participants who scored at or above the commended student selection index score, but below their state or selection unit’s semifinalist selection index score, are recognized as commended students.

More Than 400 Smithtown Students Receive AP Recognition

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The College Board has recognized 463 current seniors and 2020 graduated students from both High School East and High School West as Advanced Placement Scholars.
These awards, which are divided among several categories, were bestowed upon the students based on their exceptional achievement on the national exams. Some of the highlights include:
• 213 students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by receiving a score of 3 or higher on three or more exams.
• 77 students received the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams.
• 145 students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and grades of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams.
• 28 students received the highest designation of National AP Scholar by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on all AP exams taken and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.
AP courses completed with a score of 3 or higher on the final exam afford students the opportunity to earn college credit.

District Launches Intramural Sports Program

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In an effort to keep its students engaged in sporting activities despite the current restrictions for student-athletes, the district has launched an intramural sports program for those in grades 6-12.

The six-week program will begin on Oct. 5 and run through Nov. 13 and is open to any students who wish to participate. The intramural sports program will be offered for most of the sports held during the fall season. At the high school level, sports include: girls and boys soccer, boys golf, football, field hockey, girls tennis and boys and girls cross-country, girls and boys volleyball. Middle school programs will include boys and girls soccer, field hockey, football, boys and girls cross-country and girls tennis.

According to Patrick Smith, coordinator of physical education, health, athletics and nurses, many of the coaches who were slated to head the fall sports teams will be overseeing the programs. “Students on a hybrid or fully remote program are eligible to participate,” Mr. Smith said. “This program will be a rewarding substitute for our usual interscholastic program.”

Mr. Smith added that the program will be run safely with social distancing requirements in place. The sports will focus on teamwork, skill development and conditioning and will not include any game play. More information can be found on the district’s athletic page at http://www.smithtown.k12.ny.us/departments/athletics.

Three Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Three Smithtown students – Wenxiao Men from High School East and Fiona Needham and Christina Unkenholz from High School West – have been named semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 semifinalists will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships valued at more than $30 million.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. More than 90% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

More than 1.5 million juniors in 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2021. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships