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Deer Park Inducts 32 Into Math and Science Honor Societies

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Following last winter’s inaugural ceremony, the high school inducted 32 juniors and seniors to the National Math and Science Honor Societies on Nov. 25 in front of their proud families. Acceptance into either honor society requires an overall grade point average of 85 or higher, and a content-specific GPA in either math or science of 90 or higher.

The school’s women’s choir performed the national anthem and pledge of allegiance at the event, held in the school’s auditorium. Speakers included Curriculum Associate for Science and Technology Alison Branca, Curriculum Associate for Mathematics and Business Christine Gill, Principal Charles Cobb, and advisers Sara DiCandia and Dylan Duprez; and Honor Society Presidents Angela D’Antonio and Sabrina Felipe.

Welcomed to both the National Math Honor Society and National Science Honor Society were Sameem Ahmadzi, Jamie Antelo Rivero, Dita Chabra, Ushima Chowdhury, Isabella Coon, Samantha DeSantis, Logan Eisenberg, Kevin Garcia, Gianna Giffone, Ishika Joshi, Jasleen Kaur, Kamran Khan, Taylor Korsiak, Riess Lessey-George, Victoria Mung, Alia Naqvi, Huda Nawaz, Tamilore Oshikanlu, Robery Punger, Kimberly Robles, Salar Saeed, Diana Sanchez, Anesa Shahid, Alexa Skoubas, Amanda Vasile-Cozzo, Brandon Yasin and Jonathan Yasin.

Also inducted into the National Math Honor Society was Jarif Kabir.

Also inducted into the National Science Honor Society were Grace Canonica, Aramys Gutierrez, Kailer Morival and Bushra Mussarat.



High School Students Show Appreciation for Vets

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Alongside parents and staff, students from the high school’s Patriot Club and Class of 2021 participated in a Thanksgiving dinner for veterans run by Sound of Heaven Church. Organizer Rachel Conliffe, a veteran herself, invited the students to help set up, decorate and share a meal with men and women who have served the nation.

“Our students were glad to have the opportunity to sit down and talk with the veterans, and show appreciation for their service,” said teacher Laurie Osbern.



Dark Falcons Finish a Season of Teamwork with May Moore Demo

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Now in its 11th year of existence, the high school’s Dark Falcons pumpkin chucking team finished its latest season with a demonstration for younger students at the district’s May Moore Primary School. The Dark Falcons have competed annually in different events from Pennsylvania to New Hampshire, testing the limits to see how far their machine can hurl a pumpkin using the catapult the students constructed.

“This group of students worked hard all summer and on Saturdays to re-engineer this machine to what it is today,” said technology teacher Bruce Sander, the team’s coach. “We decided to repower this machine using 600 feet of latex tubing and the results have been amazing, doubling our throwing distance from last year and now reaching over 1,800 feet. The engineering design and the hands-on construction while working as a team is what the Dark Falcons are all about. The involvement of the parents, with their dedication and time spent traveling to events, is also a big factor in this team’s success. We look forward to competing again next year.”

 



Three Senior Falcons Sign to Play in College

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Three high school seniors – Malik Edmead, Samantha Giroux and Alexa Skoubas – signed national letters to continue their athletic careers in college next fall. The three students were recognized in a Nov. 20 ceremony in the high school library, attended by proud friends and family members, Athletic Director Dominick Fontana, and Principal Charles Cobb.

Edmead, a point guard for the Falcons, will play basketball for Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. His major is undecided. During his Deer Park tenure, Edmead received All-County and All-Long Island honors, and was named his team’s MVP.
“Merrimack was the best fit for me,” Edmead said.

Giroux signed to play lacrosse for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she plans to major in physical therapy. A three-year team captain, she earned All-League and All-Division recognition in her freshman and sophomore years and was named Suffolk County Rookie of the Year while still in eighth grade.

“Virginia Tech has great academics, a beautiful campus, a great lacrosse program with a great coaching staff, and big school spirit,” Giroux said of her choice. “It felt like a home away from home.”

Skoubas will attend Iona College in New Rochelle, where she will study pre-med. Her high school lacrosse honors include All-Division, All-County Honorable Mention, Sportsmanship Award and team MVP.

“When I was at Iona, the coaches and girls made me feel right at home,” Skoubas said. “Also, being only an hour away from home will allow my family to come and support me at all of my games.”
 

Cross-Country Runner Marquez Finishes Second in County

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High school sophomore cross-country runner Gianna Marquez finished second in the Suffolk County championships at the Section XI State Qualifier Meet, held Nov. 8 at Sunken Meadow State Park, earning Deer Park its first-ever berth in the state championship race.

Coming into the county race ranked 11th overall and seventh in Class A, Marquez shocked the field of county competitors when she finished with a time of 19:46.64 on the dreaded “Cardiac Course” at Sunken Meadow. She ran a personal best by over 25 seconds, taking down perennial powerhouses.

“I knew going into the race that Gianna had been at her best and was strong and mentally ready,” said Coach James Petti. “She’d been running somewhat conservative the entire season to avoid burnout. We unleashed her last week at the division race, where she placed in the top three. She felt she could have gone faster, so our plan for this race was to have her just go out with the front of the pack and don’t let them get too far ahead. It turned out that she led that pack and proved to be the stronger runner. This is exciting for Deer Park and our cross-country program.”

Deer Park’s girls cross-country squad ran a school record average of 21:21 and placed eighth overall in the county, the team’s highest ever finish. Kylie Kuhn ran 21:04, Arianna Araujo ran 21:39, eighth grader Kaliyah Hull ran 21:51 and freshman Natalia Lee ran 22:29.

At the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s 2019 cross-country championships, held on Nov. 16 at Plattsburgh State University, Marquez finished 67th out of 107.

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