Schools: Awards, Scholarships for Local Students


Eleven local students have been granted the Girl Scout Gold Award for their projects assisting others.

They represent service units in South Huntington, Northport, Centerport and Dix Hills.

The Gold Award recipients are:

Jennifer Weigand, Emily Lewin, Paige MacPherson, Sophie Crowley, Francesca Ferme, Alexis Huntington, Madeline Poulis, Nina Varvatsas, Alivia Vassallo, Julianna Chin and Anika Varma,

The Gold Award program recognizes the power and dedication shared by an elite group of young women who earn the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.

“The Gold Award is the highest distinction a young woman can earn in Girl Scouting and is earned by less than 6% of Girl Scouts annually,” said Tammy Severino, GSSC’s president and CEO. “Earning this award takes an extreme amount of dedication, hard-work and commitment from each of the girls. We are incredibly proud to celebrate this distinguished class of young women and the great efforts they have made for their communities.”

To meet the Girl Scout Gold Award requirements, each candidate must complete at least 80 hours toward their project.

To learn more about the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County or the Gold Award, visit:

Northport superintendent Robert Banzer

Northport Seniors Awarded Scholarships

More than 80 Northport seniors were recognized at a recent ceremony for scholarships they received from community and local organizations.

Retiring Northport Superintendent Robert Banzer also was honored, receiving a a special
“Heart of a Tiger” award as thanks for his nearly eight years in the district.

The students and their awards:

Senior Award Scholarship Winners:
 United States Military Academy at West Point Appointment: Richard Corbett, Andrew Miller
 United States Army ROTC Scholarship: Maeve Carroll, Kevin Oliver
 United States Navy ROTC Scholarship: Ruby Nolan
 United States Air Force: John Slagle
 Naval Preparatory Program Scholarship: Jeffrey Bartholomew
 Kenneth Losey Education Award: Stella DeNunzio
 Northport American Legion "Americanism" Award: Sarah Avelar, Olivia Bingham, Maeve
Carroll, Anthony DeStio, Haleigh Greenberg, Karla Guevara, Aidan Larsen, Tatiana Martinez,
Ava Mir, Meghan O'Rourke, Andrew Reid, James Rosenberger, Caitlyn Ryan, Timothy
Sheahan, Kaylee Weidenman
 Rose Ann Madiou Memorial Scholarship: Maeve Carroll
 Bards Poetry Scholarship: Benjamin Schlaich, Angelina Singotiko
 Gifted & Talented Parents' Association Scholarship: Isabel Zulawski
 Fifth Ave School PTA W.I.N.G.S. Scholarship: Juliana Franco, Michael Lombardo
 Joan Baltman Memorial Scholarship: Tyler Mulligan
 Nathan Bruckenthal Memorial Scholarship: Hayley Martin
 Northport Chorale Scholarship: Xandira Allen
 Mrs. Irene Taylor Memorial Scholarship: Katie Hayes, Mackenzie Sweeney
 Bellerose Avenue Alumni-Jeffrey Conner Memorial Scholarship: Amanda Penny
 Memorial Scholarships of the Retired-United Teachers of Northport:
o The Joseph Quartararo Memorial Scholarship: Dessa Kavrakis
o The Retired Teachers of Northport Memorial Scholarship Honoring Elementary
Educators: Ashly Lopez Lopez
o The Retired Teachers of Northport Memorial Scholarship Honoring Secondary
Educators: Samuel Rosenfeld-McMahon

 Future Special Educator Award: Ashley McQuade, Mackenzie Sweeney
 SEPTA Achievement Award: Aidan O’Donnell, Andrew Reid
 East Northport Middle School PTSA Tiger Pride Scholarship: Adam Razi, John Setera
 Pulaski Road PTA P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship: Emma Fabrizio, Julia Weissman
 Dr. William J. Brosnan Scholarship: Alexander Amorosa
 Northport High School PTSA Scholarship: Ty D'Amico, Kyra Perles, Ella Piscatello
 Dickinson Avenue Alumni Scholarship: Reese Cartwright, Aidan O'Donnell
 Robert Rothar Memorial Scholarship: Abigail Buonagurio
 Judith P. Tracy Memorial Scholarship: Tatiana Martinez
 Robert Stokes Memorial Scholarship: Tyler Mulligan
 Richard W. Streb Memorial Scholarship: Violet Wendol
 SCOPE Scholarship: Charlotte Bingham
 Northport Middle School PTSA Scholarship: Maeve Carroll, Zoe Meadows
 Norwood Avenue School PTA, Denise Nicolosi Memorial Scholarship: Caitlyn Ryan, Kaylee
 Robert Lichtenstein Memorial Scholarship: Benjamin Loh
 Veronica Franco Memorial Scholarship: Isabel Zulawski

 Northport-East Northport Clerical Union and Office Staff Association Scholarship: Michael
Lombardo, James Rosenberger
 Caleb Paquet Memorial Scholarship: Viviana Catalan, Meghan O'Rourke, Christopher Vanek
 Michael R. Dunat Memorial Scholarship: Victor Mainetti
 Northport/East Npt. Teacher Aide Scholarship: Haley Brosdal, Caitlyn Riordan
 Ocean Avenue School PTA Scholarship : Madeleine Atherton, Emmett Radziul
 Northport-East Northport PTA Council Scholarship: Nicholas Crafa, Ava Mir
 Leslie Spanko Memorial Scholarship: Francesca DeRosa
 Fort Salonga Association Scholarship Award: Katie Cancro
 Stephen A. Rigos Memorial Scholarship: Marissa Kang
 Kathleen "Cookie" Amato Nursing Scholarship : Shannon McArdle
 Kathleen "Cookie" Amato Memorial Scholarship: Alina Meadows
 Ramon Guerrero Memorial Marching Band Scholarship: Evan Johnson
 Happy School Bus Scholarship: Anneliese Burg, Ty D'Amico
 East Northport Rotary Club-Fred Marin Scholarship: Kyra Perles, Ella Piscatello
 Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk – Helen Strobl Memorial Scholarship: Andrew
 Northport Chamber of Commerce Joseph A. Pidal Jr. Scholarship: Benjamin Loh
 Steven G. Carr Memorial: James Rosenberger
 Lieutenant Commander Christopher C. Tragna Memorial Scholarship Andrew Miller
 You Gotta Have "FRIENNDS" Scholarship: Kaitlyn Foster, Marissa Kang, Meghan O'Rourke,
Xiomara Sorto
 Marine Corporal Christopher G. Scherer Memorial Scholarship: Finalists: Kaileigh Baudier,
Andrew Miller; Runner-up: Sarah Avelar
 United Teachers of Northport Scholarship: Tyler Corso, Alvin Lam, Tatiana Martinez,
Samuel Medina, Holly Zhang
 Cynthia M. Spina Memorial Scholarship: Scarlett McCann
 Joseph P. Fazio Memorial Scholarship: Benjamin Schlaich
 ELC Carole Gandy Memorial Scholarship: Kyra Perles
 Asharoken Garden Club Scholarship: Hailey Beck
 Lillian S. Brueggemann Educational Scholarship: Ashley McQuade
 Northport Rotary Scholarships:
o Rotary "Service Above Self" Scholarship: Kyle Nock
o Rotary Interact/RYLA Scholarship: Stephanie Stegner
o Rotary Dick Manning Trade Scholarship: Sebastian DiTucci
 Northport-East Northport Kiwanis Club Scholarships:
o Donald F. Hewson Scholarship: Angelina Singotiko
o John Ryder Scholarship: Emma Fabrizio
o James Loomer Scholarship: Stephanie Stegner
o William H. Kelly Good Citizenship Award: Kyra Perles
 Charles and Helen Reichert Family Foundation Scholarship: Thomas Cavuoto, Sophia
 Ft. Salonga Market (IGA) Richard G. Costello Memorial Scholarship: Sarah Avelar, Kristen
 East Northport Fire Department/Barbara Strievski Memorial: Alexander Amorosa
 Northport Historical Society and Museum Senior Award: Finalist: Brandon Murphy;
Runner-ups: Christian Lomma, James Rosenberger
 The Ericson Family Fund Scholarship: Lindsay Avila

 Henrietta F. Ackerly Memorial Scholarship: Nicole Barrientos, Emily Brunkard, Athena
Dietrich, Caleb Hamada, Jonathan Kurz, Samuel Medina, Logan Monaco, Alexa Shutowich,
Matthew Shutowich, Xiomara Sorto, Holly Zhang
 Great Cow Harbor 10K Run Scholarship: Katie Hayes,James McNaughton
 Mike Russano Scholarship: John Dwyer
 Louis J. Acompora Memorial Scholarship: Winner: Caleb Hamada
Finalists: Andrew Miller, Megan Morris
 The Nursing Scholarship: Sarah Edebohls, Allyssa Gulemi, Joseph Luft, Shannon McArdle,
Caitlyn Muzyka

Donnelly Citizenship Award

Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly, D-Huntington Station,  recently recognized Emma Hasson, a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills, with the 2023 Legislator Tom Donnelly Citizenship Award.
Hasson is enrolled in an EMT training course, a member of the National Art
Honor Society, President of the Art Club and Secretary of the Students Against Destructive
“It was a pleasure to recognize Ms. Hasson for her service and accomplishments. She goes
above and beyond and she truly embodies the spirit of the Citizenship Award,” Donnelly said.n

Cold Spring Harbor Parent Leaders

Cold Spring Harbor School District Superintendent of Schools Jill M. Gierasch hosted
the district’s annual Parent Leader Breakfast on June 2.
Parents heard from guest speaker, Molly Prep, a reader, writer, fitness instructor,
and life enthusiast. She is also a teaching assistant at New York University for the course
The Literature of Children and Adolescents and is the author of “Cancer Angst: A Memoir.”

She lectures undergraduates on the ways illness is, and is not, represented in children’s
middle grade, and young adult literature.

Gold Key Honorees

Twelve Walt Whitman senior athletes were honored with this year’s Gold Key Awards, the highest honor in Section XI that an athlete can receive for sports participation. The awards were handed out during a ceremony at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, along with the Wildcat Booster Club awards, Maroon and White Awards athletic scholarships, and the induction of the 1986 Girls Varsity Soccer Team into the Wildcat Booster Club Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Gold Key represents an athlete’s dedication and commitment throughout their high school career.  Section XI selects the recipients, recognizing athletes who letter in eight junior varsity or varsity seasons in grades 10 through 12.  It requires an athlete to also maintain a positive balance between athletics and academics.

The Wildcat Booster Club awards are recommended by coaches and are about recognizing senior student-athletes’ commitment to their sport, their team and their community.

The 1986 Girls Varsity Soccer team won the state championship.

Gold Key Award Recipients – Thomas Bass, Alex Bogdani, Michael Coppola, Olivia DelPriore, Sawyer Diamond, Liana Dreusike, Declan Hill, Ryan Hill, Emma Kowalczyk, Emily McGowan, Shaelyn Scharpf, and Elizabeth Schreiber

Maroon and White Scholarships – John Addis, Jordan Badalamenti, Gavin Bermudez, Jenna Crocco, Sienna Guerrero, Emma Kowalczyk, Connor LaRegina, Mason Lockhart, Emily McGowan, Colin Murphy, and Shaeyln Scharpf

Walt Whitman “Excellence,” “Athletic,” & “Memorial” Award Winners – Noelle Decker, Sawyer Diamond, Kasey Wagner, Elizabeth Schreiber, John Villella, Jacob Somer, Patrick Soulias, Alex Bogdani, Gavin Bermudez, and Rufino Oliva



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