Schools: Wildcat Sports Combine; Reparations Scholarships

The South Huntington School District Booster Club has partnered with Excel Sports Performance Academy for a sport-specific combine for middle  and high school athletes on April 10.
The intent is to provide each athlete with professionally rated scores in individual performance events such as the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, bench press, etc.
The event is open to athletes in South Huntington and neighboring district.
There will be a “Youth Fitness Combine” for students in grades K-5.
Registration and additional information can be found at:

Episcopal Diocese Scholarships

The Reparations Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island has launched a scholarship program for Black, African American, or Caribbean American descendants of enslaved people who are pursuing higher education or vocational training.

Applicants must be high-school seniors or be  enrolled in an accredited university or vocational school and live in the Diocese of Long Island (which encompasses Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York). Applicants may apply for up to $5,000 per semester for their studies. Applicants should demonstrate scholarly achievement, possess leadership skills, be involved in their communities, and have a commitment to continuing education.

The deadline to apply is April 22.

Scholarships will be presented by the Right Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island, on Juneteenth, June 19, at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City.

Provenzano said, “The scholarships are offered to support children from families who were disenfranchised by the racist policies of real estate red-lining and discriminatory hiring practices within the area of our diocese. This is an essential step as we seek to address the long-practiced sin of racism that has existed in our midst.”

The program is named the “Barbara C. Harris Scholars Program” for the Right Rev. Barbara C. Harris (1930-2020), a descendant of enslaved people and the first female bishop in the Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion.

10 Chosen for Boys and Girls State

Ten Harborfields High School students were recently chosen for the American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State 2022 summer leadership and citizenship programs. Gavin Crawford, John DiBella, James Ricci, James Slear, Sean Tucker, Owen Walter, Nick Zavack and Peter Zavack were selected for Boys State; Alexandra Banks and Aliyah Steinberg were selected for Girls State.

New Reading App

Sixth and seventh graders at Elwood Middle School learned how to use the Sora reading app, which provides one-click access to ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines that they can use on their Chromebooks. Students then used Sora to explore  the content available on the platform.

Photo supplied by the Elwood School District

Harvard Club Honors Counselor

Jill Faber, a Huntington resident and Half Hollow Hills graduate, has been named a
“Distinguished Teacher of 2022” by the Harvard Club of Long Island.

“This award honors middle and high school teachers who have profoundly influenced their
students’ lives,” said Dr. Judith Esterquest, chair of the Distinguished Teacher Selection
Committee. “Dedicated teachers like Ms. Faber inspire Long Island students to excel, to become
passionate about learning, and to recognize the value of hard work. These teachers devote
countless hours to creating better futures for our children.”

She will be honored at a virtual awards ceremony on April 2, along with seven other
teachers from across Long Island. Delivering the keynote will be Harvard Professor of
Psychology Fiery Cushman, who studies how people make moral decisions.

Faber is a New York State-certified school counselor working as a learning success coach
for Arizona State University Prep Digital, a fully digital high school for students across the country and globe. She is also an adjunct at SUNY Old Westbury. Previously, she was a school counselor in the Copiague Public Schools and a leave replacement counselor in Southold.


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