Schools: Perfect Game; History Champ

Two Northport High School seniors have been named valedictorian and salutatorian for the 2020-21 school year. Griffin Crafa has been named salutatorian and will be attending Georgetown University, and Ian Kaish has been named valedictorian and will be attending Northeastern University.

Northport High School Principal Daniel Danbusky referred to both students as “outstanding young men.” Griffin is a member of Math Honor Society, and was previously selected as world language student of the month for his hard work in his Italian courses. Ian is a tennis player and fellow member of the Math Honor Society. 

Harborfields Helps Ollie’s Angels

Students at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School raised over $1,700 throughout the month of April for Ollie’s Angels Animal Rescue. The fundraiser was coordinated by student council advisers Stacey Kalish and Augustino Rettino and 18 fifth-grade student government members. Ollie’s Angels was started by a Harborfields resident six years ago and is a foster-based nonprofit dedicated to saving the lives of dogs across the country. Board members and representatives Judi Flanagan and Nicole Deceglie, along with newly adopted Lacey, accepted the check on behalf of Ollie’s Angels.

State History Champ

Half Hollow Hills East’s Jacob Leshnower won first place in the Senior Individual Performance category at the New York State National History Day Competition for his original research and creation of a performance titled “An Instrument of Good and Evil: Music’s Critical Role as a Communications Tool in the Holocaust.”

National History Day Contest is a competition in which students conduct research based on an annual theme.

He’s Perfect

Grant Biederman pitched a rare perfect game as Walt Whitman beat Half Hollow Hills East 5-0. He had 11 strikeouts.

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