Schools: Huntington Names Top Students; VetDogs Visit

Andrew Knowles has been named valedictorian of Huntington High School’s Class of 2020. Julien Rentsch is the salutatorian.

They will each address fellow students at Huntington’s 159th commencement exercises on  June 28 at 6 p.m. in Blue Devil Stadium.

“I could not be prouder of these two fine young men, who are representative of an outstanding group of young people comprising Huntington High School’s Class of 2020,” Superintendent James W. Polansky said

. “Andrew and Julien have taken full advantage of the academic and extracurricular opportunities presented to them through the years. They have essentially left everything they have touched in a better place than when they found it. They are genuine ambassadors to their school and community and should take considerable pride in the legacies they will leave. Fantastic things lie ahead for this incredible pair.”

Knowles plans to continue his education at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Rentsch will attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

VetDogs at Half Hollow Hills West

The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs president and CEO John Miller, a member of the class of 1992 from Half Hollow Hills East, visited students from Hills West marketing and business ownership classes to discuss how marketing efforts can support non-profit organizations.

He also talked about America’s VetDogs and the life-changing work service dogs provide to veterans and first responders with disabilities. A service dog joined them to demonstrate the skills and tasks they are trained in to help the veterans and individuals with disabilities that they serve.

Northport Teacher Honored by Harvard Club

Northport High School science teacher Bryan Horan was recently selected as a 2020 Distinguished Teacher by the Harvard Club of Long Island.

The program was created in 2005.

As a New York State master chemistry teacher and advanced science research coordinator, Horan has prepared countless students to transition to college to pursue further interests in sciences and research. In fact, his nominator credited  Horan as the reason that he/she was accepted into Harvard. “He supported me in every way imaginable, including encouraging me to push myself harder than I ever had before,” the nomination letter read.

District chair of science technology and engineering education David Storch said that Mr. Horan engages learners both inside and outside of the classroom with the excitement, wonder and nature of science. Additionally, he challenges students to take on science, technology, engineering and mathematical challenges to discover and design solutions to real-world problems.

“I am truly blessed to work in a district that provides so many amazing opportunities that fosters professional development and growth for both myself and my students,” Mr. Horan said. “I am beyond proud to be associated with the Northport East-Northport School District.”

Census Material for Schools

The U.S. Census Bureau has mailed 2020 Census Statistics in Schools (SIS) kits to schools around the country. The kits include information for teachers to get access to free activities and materials to use in classrooms during the 2020 Census.





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