Schools: Habitat Help; Shaving for St. Baldrick’s

A delegation of Huntington High School Habitat for Humanity club members traveled to New Orleans during the students’ recent mid-winter vacation, partnering with a local affiliate to help continue rebuilding housing stock destroyed more than 15 years ago when Hurricane Katrina devastated the area.

The Huntington students volunteered to work during their mid-winter vacation.

The Huntington Habitat members caulked and puttied the entire outside of a home; painted the exterior of a house and installed flooring along with prepping a foundation. The group was led by high school dean of students and club faculty advisor Robert Gilmor III.

The organization’s executive board consists of President Olivia Polinsky, Vice President Rylee Davis, Treasurer Charlotte Curtin and Secretary Jessica Maxiner.


Harborfields Winners

The Harborfields Central School District Board of Education recently recognized student winners in the 2023-2024 Suffolk Region PTA Reflections contest.

Honored were Washington Drive Primary School’s Kayleigh Holahan in the Dance Choreography category; Harborfield High School’s Bridget Hickey and Oldfield MiddleSchool’s Karynn Modica and Lucy Morris in Literature;  Harborfield High School’s CaelanBues and Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School’s Madeline Klug in Photography; and  Harborfield High School’s Keira Lau and Samantha Urmaza and Washington Drive’s Eliana Tacy in Visual Arts.

Also honored was Washington Drive volunteer Diantha Demetriou, for dedicatingher time to the school’s students for over a decade through writing, directing and playing the piano.

Shaving for Pediatric Cancer

Walt Whitman High School wll host its 25th St. Baldrick’s event Tuesday to help defeat pediatric cancer. The head shaving tradition draws students, teachers, administrators and parents.

The event runs from 2:30 -6:30 p.m.

Top Students at Half Hollow Hills

The Half Hollow Hills school district has named the top 20 students at each of the two high schools. Isaac Kim and Jacob Goldbaum were named, respectively, valedictorian and salutatorian at West. At East, Jayden Neidell was named valedictorian while Jaimie Mohiuddin was named salutatorian.

Half Hollow Hills West

Isaac Kim – Valedictorian
Jacob Goldbaum – Salutatorian

Jessica Avallone
Molly Bernal
Jonathan Camina
Brett Dalia
Daniel Dobin
Maya Drame
Charlie Gruber
Luke Guttman
Josie Kleinberg
Sophia Mazz
Hayley Morris
Marie Palumbo
Anushka Pandya
Keyah Raje
Carina San Jose
Caroline Stanzione
Grace Su
Harrison Zoccoli

Half Hollow Hills East

Jayden Neidell – Valedictorian
Jaimie Mohiuddin – Salutatorian

Rishi Aravind
Mia Bordwin
Angelina D’Amico
Nicole Frankel
Jack Gidseg
Nathan Glick
Jack Goldfried
Aidan Joseph
Jaclyn Kalina
Alexandra Lerner
Jash Mody
Michelle Morales
Ryan Parkes
Justin Roberts
Stasya Selizhuk
Ava Sobel
Skylar Sukoff
Ella Woods


Brianna Lieneck Scholarship Applications

Applications are open for the second annual Brianna Lieneck Memorial Scholarship Award.

The Odierno Law Firmannounced the scholarship, which  aims to recognize and support a female student-athlete currently in her senior year of high school in Nassau or Suffolk County who is planning to pursue higher education at a four -year University or Community College in the Fall of 2024. The chosen recipient will receive a one-time tuition award of $15,000, directly paid to their enrolled institution.

In 2005, Brianna as killed in a boating accident at the age of 11, leading to the establishment of Brianna’s Law. This comprehensive boater education law mandates all power boaters in New York State to complete an eight-hour boating safety course.

Brianna had a passion for various sports, with softball being a particular favorite. She embodied values such as hard work, teamwork, and dedication, excelling not only on the field but also as a diligent student.

To be considered for this memorial scholarship, interested and qualified candidates can submit a 500-word essay to [email protected]. The essay should highlight how the candidate embodies Brianna’s qualities and outline a hardship or disadvantage they have overcome. Scott Odierno expressed the firm’s satisfaction in annually awarding this scholarship, stating “We are delighted to present this scholarship for the second year in a row. It is integral to our firm to uplift and serve the Long Island community. It’s fulfilling to provide direct support to outstanding students.”
Applications will be until June 15 each calendar year. The Lieneck family will
select the recipient, and the announcement will take place during the last week of June. For further details, visit or
email [email protected].

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