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More than 400 graduates celebrate at High School East

Smithtown Central School District celebrated the accomplishments of High School East’s Class of 2017 during its 102st annual commencement exercise on June 22.

The 427 graduates marched proudly onto the football field to “Pomp and Circumstance” and were welcomed by Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Bradshaw, who spoke to the Class of 2017 about smart goals and dream-driven goals. “You don’t have to pick one or the other for your goals,” she said. “Today, your graduation day, is a noteworthy accomplishment. But it is only one day that represents the culmination of 13 years of studying. You should be proud of the work that got you here. But as you embark on the next stage of life, consider not just your next goal, consider your next journey and how you want to spend that journey.”

East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons urged the graduates to dream big. “This is an unbelievably exciting time in your life,” he said. “All doors are open as you decide what your next chapter in life will be. Keep making informed choices and educated decisions. Continue to test yourself and stay committed to your beliefs because you know what’s best for you. We are so proud of your current accomplishments and we look forward to hearing all of your future successes as well.”

Student honor speaker Kyle DiPietrantonio, who is selected by the class instead of a valedictorian or salutatorian, took a moment to reflect on how far the class has come in the past four years at Smithtown High School East. “These past four years, we have been working to create our own identity,” he said. “You have the power to make a difference. You have the ability to impact and influence. Leave your legacy.”

Senior class president Juneve Porciello addressed her fellow classmates and spoke about how graduation wasn’t the end but a new beginning. “Today, we are not saying goodbye, we are saying hello to our future,” she said. “The days in front of us are what hold the greatest adventure. It’s time to take the next step in our journey.”

The 400-plus members of the Class of 2017 were then called to the stage one by one to receive their diplomas and pose for a picture before tossing their caps high into the air to celebrate the end of their time at High School East.

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Smithtown High School East celebrated the graduating Class of 2017 on the evening of June 22. Check out the video of the ceremony featured on Newsday at

HSE Researcher Captures International Title

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High School East Science Research student Emily Peterson placed fourth in the cellular and molecular biology category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California. Her project investigated “Lecithin-Retinol Acyl Transferase in Squamous Cell Carcinoma: The Relationship Between Oncology and Wound Repair.”
Intel ISEF gathers more than 1,700 students from 78 countries. In order to qualify to compete at ISEF, students must place first in regional fairs held around the world.

For Smithtown, qualification at the regional New York State Science and Engineering Fair requires not only a first-place finish, but also beating the other first-place winners in the lightning round. Held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, students presented 7-9 minute talks to accompany poster boards. “Research is not just about how well you know your project, but also about the questions you ask moving forward,” said Maria Zeitlin, High School East science research coordinator.

First-place finishes at NYSSEF from High School East included junior Shrey Thaker and seniors Erika Nemeth, Jillian Pesce, Peterson and Ruisi Zhong. Cindy Li took home third place, Anjali Balamurugan won second place and Sanjana Eranki took home an honorable mention.

The first-place finishers at NYSSEF from High School East traveled to ISEF to compete against student researchers from around the world. East student projects each investigated a unique way to understand the mechanisms and clinical aspects of cancer.

Friends of Music Fundraiser Shows Off Talent

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To celebrate the talent of the student-musicians in the district, the Smithtown Friends of Music recently held its second annual Jazz Brunch at Smithtown Landing Country Club.

Approximately 90 student-musicians from High School East and High School West – including jazz ensemble, choirs and chamber – each performed 20-minute sets for the audience of family and friends.

“This is the only annual event where both schools can participate and support each other,” said Elena Gruber, president of the Smithtown Friends of Music. The event is a fundraiser to help support the Smithtown Central School District’s music department.

Board Honors Retirees, Merit Scholars

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The district honored its two National Merit Scholar winners and recognized the district’s retirees during its board of education meeting on May 23.
Prior to the start of the meeting, a celebration was held for approximately 50 faculty and staff members who will be retiring at the end of the school year. Each retiree was also recognized with a certificate from the board of education.

Board of Education President Christopher Alcure, Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane, High School West Principal John Coady and High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons honored High School East student Sanjana Eranki and High School West student Samantha Catalano for being named National Merit Scholar winners.

Essay Winner

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Congratulations to Connor Ver Straten for being awarded as a winner of Stony Brook University's Italian Studies Essay Contest: Exploring the Culture of Italian Americana Through Italian American Writers.

Two Seniors Named National Merit Winners

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High School East senior Sanjana Eranki and High School West senior Samantha Catalano have been selected as winners of National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.

The two students were chosen for Merit Scholarship awards among 15,000 finalists based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. The National Merit Scholarship Competition evaluates participants on their academic record, school’s curricula and grading system, two SAT scores, school official’s written recommendation, the finalist’s extracurricular activities, leadership and personal essay.

In the fall, Samantha will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she will pursue an undergraduate degree in biology. Sanjana is still undecided on her college choice at this time.

Grant Helps Drive Anti-Bullying Campaign

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High School East has been selected as a winner of the 2017 United Against Bullying Grant Program. Sponsored by Safe Fleet and Seon’s anti-bullying committee, High School East received a $1,000 grant award to further the development of its educational anti-bullying program empowering students. The school was selected after writing one of the winning essays about its efforts to end bullying and inspiring students to be leaders in their schools and communities.

Gold Medal Performance

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The High School East treble choir received a gold medal for their performance at the New York State School Music Association Majors Competition on May 24. The treble choir performed music at level 6, the highest level of difficulty. 

Students Lend a Helping Hand to Habitat

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High School East’s Habitat for Humanity Club recently participated in a build at Mastic Beach. The students did tile and floor work in addition to meeting members from AmeriCorps and current Habitat homeowners. The students raised $2,000 through various events to donate to Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk.   

Senior-Athletes Head to College

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A Celebration of Diversity

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High School West hosted the district’s World Culture Showcase on May 4. Students from across the district helped to create a night celebrating the diversity within their community.

The evening featured a variety of performances in the High School West auditorium including dances from Ireland, El Salvador, Armenia and India, as well as songs from Israel and Turkey.

In the school’s library, attendees visited booths created by students to showcase their family’s heritage. Many of these booths included games for families to test their knowledge of various countries.

Rotary Recognizes Student Achievements

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Fourteen students from High Schools East and West were presented with awards from the Rotary Club of Smithtown on May 11 at the High School East Little Theater.

Each guidance counselor selected a student for recognition based on their character, morals and ability to overcome obstacles.

After enjoying a breakfast together, each of the 14 guidance counselors from both schools took to the stage to speak about their honoree and why they were chosen. The following students were award recipients: High School East – Katerina Agrotis, Joseph Coburn, Elijah Esposito, Lauren Levine, Francesca Mauceri, Richard Sigler and Sarah Weynand. High School West – Kyle Barone, Julia DiLullo, Kenneth Hahn, Alisha Karminski, Diego Navarro Martinez, Meghan Scheidt and Adam Wang.

Uplifting Display of Student Artwork

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Four students from Dianne Shanian’s beginning photography class at High School East had their work selected to be displayed on the walls inside the dialysis unit at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to honor the four student-artists – Kayla Daneau, Samuel Denenberg, Anthony Fazio and Alexa Ondrush  – at the hospital on May 4.

Military Appointments

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Join us in congratulating Jonathan Goohs (right) and Conor Rowan (left) on their appointment to distinguished military academies. Jonathan will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy and Conor will be attending the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the fall.