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Bellport seniors earn significant college scholarships

Bellport High School Class of 2024 members Dennys Cardenas, Samantha DeLillo, Dylan Knakal and Iesha Rodney have earned impressive college scholarships. thumbnail259610

Bellport High School Class of 2024 members Dennys Cardenas, Samantha DeLillo, Dylan Knakal and Iesha Rodney have earned impressive college scholarships.

Cardenas received a St. Joseph’s University Presidential Grant. The merit-based scholarship gives him a full ride to the school. He spends his time working and volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Bellport. He plans to study biology at St. Joseph’s with the goal of going into the dental field.

DeLillo earned an academic scholarship to Vanderbilt University through the Peabody Dean's Achievement Scholarship. The Class of 2024 valedictorian is an AP Scholar with Distinction and will be graduating with an AP Capstone designation. She is a member of her school’s National, Science, Italian, Math and Tri-M Music honor societies. As a multitalented musician, she participates in the clarinet choir, jazz band and pit orchestra. In addition to playing the clarinet, she performs on the flute and the tenor, alto and soprano saxophone. She is also the class president, a member of student council. In addition, she belongs to Interact and the Students for Environmental Quality Club and has participated in Athletes Helping Others, Special Olympics, Unified Basketball and Unified Bowling. Outside of school, she is a competitive dancer. She intends to study special education in college.

Knakal’s tuition costs at the University of Miami will be paid for through the premier Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholarship. Knakal is an exceptional student who is ranked in the top 10 of his class. He is an AP Scholar and was selected for the Town of Brookhaven’s Hispanic Heritage Academic Excellence Recognition Award and the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Award. He has also earned the New York State Seal of Civic Readiness and Bellport High School’s Graduation with Distinction in English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Knakal is also a member of his school’s National and Math honor societies and serves as the historian of the Science Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, he played both junior varsity and travel club soccer and ran for the varsity cross-country and varsity winter and spring track and field teams. He was awarded the Gold Key and Senior Athlete awards for his athletic achievements. He is also a musician and played viola annually in the prestigious New York State School Music Association Solo Evaluation Festival. He has been a member of student council, Athletes Helping Others and Robotics Club. Additionally, he gives back to his community. He has provided peer mentoring and tutoring in math, participates in the annual Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics, and is part of community service events with Mary Immaculate Church, CEED Farm, the South Country Library and the Brookhaven Free Library. He is interested in studying mathematical economics, finance and pre-med in the fall.

Rodney earned a full ride to Cornell University through the Cornell Grant. She is an AP Scholar with Honor and a member of her school’s National and Science honor societies, as well as president of the Math Honor Society. Rodney is a member of her school’s track and field team, running the 400-meter and throwing shotput. She plans to study biology in college.

Date Added: 6/14/2024

Eight Bellport High School seniors military-bound

Eight members of the Bellport High School Class of 2024 will be entering the military following graduation. thumbnail259609

Eight members of the Bellport High School Class of 2024 will be entering the military following graduation. They represent the 1% of graduates who commit to the military each year. The South Country School District extends its gratitude and well wishes to the following seniors who committed to entering the military:

Jake Garromone, Air Force
Melvin Guallpa Guncay, Marine Corps
Lazarus Jackson, Marine Corps
Adonis Lopez, Navy
Stephen Lupo, Air Force
William Muench, Navy
Benjamin Schuierer, Navy
Connor Wilson, Army

Date Added: 6/13/2024


A day of civics

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As part of its role as a New York State Civic Readiness Pilot School, Bellport High School hosted a Civics Day on May 31. The informative and engaging event teaches students how to advocate for civic change.

During Civics Day, held in the school’s library, students presented projects they have been working on that involved researching an issue in their community, devising a solution to the issue and then asking community stakeholders to implement a solution. Projects addressed topics such as early release for seniors, the creation of a Clipper Service Day, the addition of a pool at Martha Avenue fields and the addition of a soccer club.

Additionally, second grade students from Verne W. Critz Elementary presented ideas for change. They advocated for more field trips, class pets and no homework.

Date Added: 6/5/2024

Bellport High School raises funds for Navy SEAL Museum

Bellport High School recently raised $510 for the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum in Sayville. thumbnail259066

Bellport High School recently raised $510 for the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Navy SEAL Museum in Sayville by participating in the Murph Challenge, named in memory of Lt. Michael Murphy. Facilitated by social studies teacher Joe Scioli, students and staff made donations and completed several athletic activities in the challenge.

Date Added: 6/3/2024

Bellport High School student receives DAR Good Citizen Award

Catherine Masem was selected as the second-place winner  thumbnail258321

Bellport High School senior Catherine Masem was selected as the second-place winner of the DAR Good Citizen Award for the Colonel Josiah Smith Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was presented with her award on May 4 at a ceremony at the Longwood Estate.

Masem was recognized with this honor for being an outstanding young person in the Class of 2024. She consistently demonstrates the qualities of good citizenship — dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Masem is an officer of the National Honor Society and Science Bowl, as well as a member of the varsity golf team. She was selected for the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists at Harvard University and was awarded the South Country Education Foundation’s grant to study at Stony Brook University’s Science and Research Awareness Series program this summer. She is a highly motivated student who is graduating a year early, and she plans to study biology on a pre-medical track at the college level.

Date Added: 5/17/2024