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College Board Recognizes 45 Deer Park AP Scholars

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The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program recently recognized 45 Deer Park High School juniors and seniors as AP Scholars for 2019, an honor granted for college-level achievement in AP courses and exams.

Named AP Scholars with Distinction – for receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of those exams – were seniors Benjamin Amster, Zubaer Mohiuddin, Omar Rahim, Sameer Riaz, Matthew Rosati and Tasfia Shaikh.    

Named AP Scholars with Honor – for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams – were juniors Ushima Chowdhury, Jasleen Kaur and Huda Nawaz; and seniors Megan Curry, Matthew Farquharson, Alexander Glancy, Aidan Maggio, Vincent Oddo, Christian Ortiz, Alisha Suhail and Gavin Thomas.         

Named AP Scholars – for receiving scores of 3 or higher on 3 or more AP exams – were juniors Sameem Ahmadzai, Isabella Coon, Gianna Giffone, Matthew Heinen, James Hope, Kaitlyn Incandela, Jarif Kabir, Kamran Khan, Taylor Korsiak, Victoria Mung, Salar Saeed, Steven Shames and Brandon Yasin; and seniors Nisa Bayrak, Diana Damian, David Farahmandpour, Sabrina Felipe, Michael Greene, Maxwell Hofstetter, Joshua Rivera, Alyssa Robb, Emanuel Saladino, Kristin Schuster, Jack Serra, Trevor Sheehan, Anthony Vassallo, Jennifer Wern and Purnava Zakaria.


Deer Park DECA Wins 29 Trophies at Regionals

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The high school sent 67 business-minded students to compete in the DECA Suffolk County Regional Competition on Jan. 8, facing off against over 1,200 students from 28 other schools. Guided by DECA adviser Gregory Menig, 29 of Deer Park’s students won trophies at the event, while another five earned honorable mention.

Earning first place trophies were Jasleen Kaur in the Accounting Applications category, James Hope in Food Marketing, Saima Hoque in Business Finance, Omar Rahim in Human Resources Management and Esteysy Yanes-Amaya in Personal Financial Literacy. Winning second place were Enika Merekar in Principles of Business Management and Gavin Thomas in Restaurant and Food Service Management; while third place trophies went to Sameem Ahmadzai in Accounting Applications, Huda Nawaz in Principles of Finance, and the team of Isabella Coon and Logan Eisenberg in Financial Services Team.

Also coming home with trophies were Michael Buffa in Food Marketing, Haley Celona in Hotel and Lodging Management, Ushima Chowdhury in Marketing Communications, Martin Chica in Automotive Services Marketing, Matt Farquharson in Quick Serve Restaurant Management, Michael Greene in Automotive Services Marketing, Max Hofstetter in Food Marketing, Hailey Lipiec in Principles of Marketing, Amanda Poggioli in Principles of Business Management, Alyssa Robb in Restaurant and Food Service Management, Nimra Salim in Personal Financial Literacy, Anesa Shahid in Quick Serve Restaurant Management, Khabiba Shahid in Personal Financial Literacy, Tasfia Shaikh in Retail Merchandising, Chaim Shames in Professional Selling (Marketing), Keryn Shames in Hospitality and Tourism Selling, Jessica Siford in Hotel and Lodging Management and Nicholas Stamatakis in Principles of Finance.

These trophy winners will compete on Feb. 25-28 at the state competition in Rochester, in an effort to qualify for the national competition to be held at the end of April in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Deer Park students who earned honorable mention recognition at the DECA Regional Competition were Madison Cadena in the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism category, Regan Mays in Apparel and Accessories Marketing, Ryder Min in Principles of Marketing, Michael Zanello in Retail Merchandising and Dilan Zhindon in Principles of Business Management.

“Congratulations to all of the students on a job well done,” Menig said.

 

Jiang and Omprakash Named Top Math Scholars

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High school freshman Jimmy Jiang and Robert Frost eighth grader Adithan Omprakash were among only 84 students named Long Island Young Scholars of Mathematics by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY Old Westbury. Their selection recognizes that they are in the top one-tenth of one percent of Long Island math students in their grade level.

Music Mastery Demonstrated at High School’s Winter Concerts

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Demonstrating their impressive skill and growing mastery of music technique, the high school’s student-musicians performed everything from classical pieces to holiday favorites during the school’s two annual winter concerts, held in the auditorium on Dec. 18 and 19.

“It is amazing how far the students have come since the beginning of the year,” said Kathryn Attard, the orchestra director. “Their music was a challenge, but they definitely rose to the occasion. They had an amazing concert and I am very proud of all of them.”




Clubs’ Collection for Vets Displays Deer Park’s Heartwarming Generosity

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During December, the high school’s Patriot and SADD clubs worked to collect toiletries and winter hats and gloves for homeless veterans, reaching out to both fellow students as well as the community. Before the holiday break, club members filled 23 gift bags, one for each resident of the Veterans Place in Yaphank, with enough items left over to save for future residents.

“The response from the community was heartwarming and overwhelmingly generous,” said teacher Laurie Osbern, the Patriot Club’s adviser. “We can always count on Deer Park to come through whenever there is a need for support.”

The Patriot Club had previously run a districtwide fundraiser in November for the GI Go Fund, an organization that assists veterans, active-duty personnel, family members and other members of the military community with employment, benefits and housing. Students and staff from each district school building wore patriotic clothing to show their support, while school, district office and transportation department employees raised $1,600 in donations.

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