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East Student Honored as National Merit Scholar

East Student Honored as National Merit Scholar photo
High School East senior Ian Winkeler has been named a 2019 National Merit Scholar. He is among the 2,500 winners of the 2019 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. The winners were selected from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists.

Ian is a member of the National, Math, English and Tri-M honor societies. He also plays the alto saxophone in the school’s jazz ensemble. Winkeler is a member of the Quiz Bowl team and plays both volleyball and tennis. Outside of school, he is a certified EMT and a volunteer with the Nissequogue Fire Department. Ian will be attending Stony Brook University in the fall, majoring in biochemistry. 

National Merit winners are judged based on their accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college courses. The judges evaluate grades, difficulty of courses, standardized test scores, contributions and leadership both in school and in the community, an essay and a recommendation from a high school official. 

The merit scholarship program was created in 1955. Students in grades nine through 12 vie for academic recognition and financial support. About 1.6 million students take the qualifying test every year and about 50,000 of the highest scorers have the chance to be considered.

“Ian exemplifies the best and brightest our school has to offer,” said High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons. “He is hard working, diligent and courteous. He is a role model both in the classroom and on the athletic field. He will be a fine asset to Stony Brook University next fall.”

Tourette’s Awareness Month

Tourette’s Awareness Month
Tourette’s Awareness Month
Declaring a proclamation, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone officially recognized May 15 - June 15 as Tourette’s Awareness month in Suffolk County. Pictured with Mr. Bellone is SHSE student Gianna DiLeo.

2019 League Champs

Congratulations to HSE, the 2019 League Champs. Pictured is coach Ken Klee, Mike Miller and all of the seniors on the team.
Congratulations to HSE, the 2019 League Champs. Pictured is coach Ken Klee, Mike Miller and all of the seniors on the team.

District Names Torch Award Winners

District Names Torch Award Winners
The district has named its 2019 Torch Award recipients. The Torch Award is presented to Smithtown teachers who have significantly contributed to the growth and professional development of their teacher colleagues. The Smithtown Teacher Center hosted a reception to honor all Torch Award recipients and nominees. The 2019 Torch Award recipients are, from left, Tracy McAlvin, Christa Braunreuther, Jonathan Ferrante, Christina Cone, Jeanmarie Wilson, James Schiraldi and Barbara DiSalvo.

Leading by Example

Leading by Example photo

High School East students enrolled in the leadership class visited with classes at Mills Pond Elementary School on April 15 as part of a class project. The high school students worked on designing a program to teach to the elementary classes. The leadership students visited a kindergarten, second grade and two fifth-grade classes, where they worked on activities related to the topic of how to be a leader. The high school students read stories and made crafts during the visit. The goal of their project was to teach the younger students leadership qualities while also having fun.

Rotary Awards

On May 2, High School East hosted the Rotary Awards ceremony. Seniors from both High School East and West were honored recipients.

Mechanical Bulls Remain Strong at Local Comp

Mechanical Bulls Remain Strong at Local Comp photo
Mechanical Bulls Remain Strong at Local Comp photo 2
The district’s robotics team, the Mechanical Bulls, participated in the FIRST Long Island Regional at Hofstra University from March 28-30. 

Using their team-member-designed scouting software, the team strategized and drove their robot with near perfection for the duration of competition. Competing against 48 local and international teams, Smithtown finished the qualifying rounds in fifth-place overall. The competition included robotics teams from Long Island, New York State, China, Brazil, Norway and Turkey. 

The Mechanical Bulls finished the competition by making it into the quarter final round. Team mentor Brian Costello won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award. This award is presented to one outstanding mentor in the robotics competition who best leads, inspires, teaches and empowers their team using excellent communication skills. The Mechanical Bulls were also awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award. This award celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST core values both on and off the playing field.

A Day of Remembrance

A Day of Remembrance photo

High School East and High School West spent April 11 educating its sophomore classes on events of the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide. As part of its social studies curriculum, the schools have held a Holocaust Remembrance and Genocide Awareness Day for the past 18 years.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. During the full-day event, the 10th graders listened to a lecture by Rwandan genocide survivor and former Parliament speaker Joseph Sebarenzi. A second guest lecture included  a testimony from Holocaust survivor Werner Reich. The lectures help students connect on a more personal level and understand the importance of empathy and forgiveness despite these tragedies.

“Werner Reich and Joseph Sebarenzi’s presentations were both very inspirational and gave you a feeling to be a better person and try to keep peace for the future,” said Ashley Lockwood, High School West student. “Also, to try and forgive others to stay healthy and get rid of anger and bitterness.”

During breakout sessions, students worked in smaller groups for different activities. They spent two periods learning the background of what happened in Cambodia and Rwanda through a presentation and film clips and created an awareness poster.


HSE Writer Named Scholastic Winner

HSE Writer Named Scholastic Winner photo
High School East junior Alexis Yang has been awarded a silver key in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her flash fiction, “Bubble Gum.” Alexis, a 2018 national gold medal winner in the Scholastic competition, is the co-editor of Solstice, High School East’s literary magazine, a member of the National English Honor Society and Habitat for Humanity. Last summer, Alexis attended the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is pictured with High School East librarian and Solstice adviser Jean Marie Kliphuis and High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons. 

Smithtown Students Inspired by Survivor’s Story

Smithtown Students Inspired by Survivor’s Story photo
High School West recently welcomed Holocaust survivor Ruth Minsky Sender to speak to the Holocaust and genocide classes of High School East and High School West. Ms. Sender is the author of “The Cage, To Life,” “The Holocaust Lady” and “While There’s Life.” 

She shared her experiences of a tragic time in history and how she wrote poetry while in the camp. The poems depicted scenes of anguish, but also inspired others to continue their will to live. Her testimony helps educate the new generation of the atrocities of the past and inspires them to live a life free of hate. 

Helping Hands

Helping Hands
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Helping Hands 3
On April 6, the members of Habitat for Humanity HSE volunteered at the Smithtown Food Pantry/St. Thomas Church. The members sorted and stored donations of food and household necessities for the Smithtown community.

East Leaders on the RISE

East Leaders on the RISE photo
High School East’s Interact Club hosted the RISE leadership conference for students from High School East and West, Kings Park, Commack and Connetquot school districts on March 20. Interact is a community service club that works with Rotary International. Students attended workshops on empathy and how to pitch yourself and participated in team building activities with senior leaders from Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. There were also opportunities to share ideas on community service projects and fundraisers.

Smithtown Brunch Helps Female Students ‘Power Up’

Smithtown Brunch Helps Female Students ‘Power Up’ photo
The 17th annual Female Power Brunch was hosted by the Smithtown Central School District, in conjunction with the Smithtown Industry Advisory Board’s Career Center and Smithtown Central School District’s Career and Technical Education Department, in the library of Smithtown High School West on March 15.

Approximately 70 business-minded female students from both high schools were in attendance to listen to the two dozen female guest speakers of the day. Prior to the start of the guest speaker sessions, the students had a meet and greet with members of the Career Tracks Committee, mentors and guest speakers.

During three different sessions, the students learned about the speakers and mentors, their career path and interests. Speakers shared their messages after the networking brunch, where guests and students came together to talk about their college and career goals. Guest speakers touched on a wide range of topics and included a variety of career paths including a CEO, college president, advertising manager, digital media manager, risk consultant and business owners. 

East Artists Featured in Local Exhibit

Two student-artists from High School East, under the direction of art teacher Dianne Shanian, had their artwork selected for inclusion in the Colors of Long Island 2019 Student Art Exhibit. This exhibit showcased the artwork from a variety of Long Island schools, grades K through 12. Junior Isabel Agostinelli worked on a textural portrait that built all the colors and tones out of individual photos to compose the whole portrait. Sophomore Alexandra Lanzon created a painting that centered on the theme of the Industrial Revolution. This exhibit is on display until April 8 at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook.

Smithtown Students Sample College Offerings

Smithtown Students Sample College Offerings photo

To give its students a sampling of the many options available for their post-secondary education, High School East held a daytime mini college fair on March 13. More than 50 colleges and universities both locally and throughout the U.S. had representatives available to field questions from the high schoolers. Students asked about academic programs, campus life, admissions, financial aid and tuition information during their time with the college representatives.