James Cummings

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Jeanne Kozlowsky
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Edwards Honored by Suffolk Anti-Bias Task Force

High school student Isaiah Edwards was recently honored with an achievement certificate at the Suffolk County Anti-Bias Task Force’s annual awards convocation at the W.H. Rogers County Legislature Building in Smithtown. The Task Force, co-chaired by Rev. JoAnn Barrett and Rabbi Dr. Steven A. Moss and organized under the auspices of Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, is an organization that works to combat racism and prejudice in the county’s communities.

Edwards was recognized as a role model by the district earlier this year for his dedication to volunteer work with Deer Park special needs children, and is considering a career as a teacher.

Class of 2014’s Moment in the Sun

As the sun shone brightly and a refreshing breeze moved through Al Centamore Football Field, members of the high school’s Class of 2014, led by the American Celtic Pipe Band, marched in for the school’s 51st commencement. Student Council President Daniela Zabbatino led the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Jaclyn Miano singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a lovely performance of Deer Park’s alma mater by members of the school’s girls chorus.

The graduating seniors were congratulated by laudatory speakers including Class President Gina Hock, Superintendent of Schools Eva J. Demyen, who urged the students to listen more to their parents than to their friends and played them Bobby McFerrin’s “Don't Worry, Be Happy,” and Principal James Cummings, who expressed immense pride in the students who had been under his supervision for the last four years. Continuing a longstanding Deer Park tradition, Class of 2004 valedictorian Nicholas Porcaro returned as a guest speaker, offering Rocky Balboa as a model of determination and providing this year’s graduates a synopsis of Porcaro’s rise, fall and eventually successful career reinvention in the business world.

Salutatorian Andreas Stamatakis told his peers that what they learned in their studies would not be enough to prepare them for adult life beyond high school. “Today we take a step toward a unique period of our lives, a time when our lack of preparation is our greatest strength,” he said. “When challenges come, and they undoubtedly will, we have the greatest chance to do something unique and innovative in the face of adversity. We will set precedent instead of following it. We will lead meaningful change. In this way, we might leave our mark on the world. And if it’s going to happen at all, it will happen now. Today we embark on the most exciting opportunity we will ever have. Today we leave the nest, and there’s no going back. We only have one shot. We must look inside ourselves for the courage to take charge of our lives, to spread the love in our hearts. Let’s make it count.”

In his speech as class valedictorian, Harvard-bound Kyle Devine discussed the value of uncertainty and adversity in forging the future. “Here we stand on the outskirts of adulthood, but no matter how we approach the future, there’s so much of it that remains a mystery,” he said. “While we may know who we are today, we still are yet to discover who we’ll become, but it’s nothing to worry about – we have a lifetime to figure that out. What the past four years have shown me is that many of us have the tendency to doubt ourselves, and I think it comes from our fear of failure. In our lives so far, there have been good times, there have been not-so-good times, and because we’re human, there have been mistakes. What’s wonderful about these experiences, however, is that regardless of what the consequence may be, there’s a lesson that comes forth with it, which has allowed us to develop into the individuals we are all looking at today. You can set as clear a path as you want right now, but never panic if there’s an obstacle blocking your way or you decide that you want to take a left instead of a right.  Instead, immerse yourself in the possibilities that the world has to offer you and that you have to offer the world.”

“Things will get difficult, because nothing worth having ever comes easy,” he went on to tell his fellow seniors. “But that’s nothing new, and you’ve overcome adversity before. We’ve faced hardships, we’ve made mistakes, and yet here we are, celebrating our accomplishments with our friends and family who’ve been there along the way. Times will get tougher, but so will you. There may be moments you second-guess yourself and want to quit; however, if you can rise to the occasion and maintain faith in yourself, you will get back up, surmount whatever comes your way and succeed. You can’t truly appreciate your triumphs and happiness without acknowledging the low points and failures that came along the way. As the Chinese proverb says, ‘the gem cannot be polished without friction.’”

“Before I leave the podium, I would just like to thank every one of my classmates,” added Devine, choking back tears and inciting a standing ovation. “I can truthfully say I enjoyed the past four years with you all. You made it a joy to come to school every day, and I can only hope that I taught you just a small fraction of what you all taught me, especially about what it meant to be a friend. I truly wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors, though I’m sure you won’t need it. Congratulations to the Class of 2014!”

After the candidates for graduation were introduced and diplomas conferred and awarded by district administrators and members of the Board of Education, the excited new graduates flung their caps skyward, and proceeded out to the strains of Elmer Bernstein’s “The Great Escape,” performed by the Deer Park High School Symphonic Band.


Spring Athletes Recognized at High School

Nine high school sports teams were honored at the spring athletic awards ceremony, held during a recent Board of Education meeting. Athletic Director Dominick Fontana presented certificates to numerous athletes who were in attendance along with their families.

Eight of these teams – varsity baseball, varsity softball, varsity boys lacrosse, varsity girls lacrosse, varsity boys golf, varsity girls golf, varsity boys track, and varsity girls track – were named Scholar/Athlete teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, a recognition that requires teams to have at least five players and earn a cumulative team GPA of 90 percent or higher.

The teams as a whole included 19 athletes awarded the All-League designation. Baseball player Anthony Fiorentino earned All-Academic, lacrosse player Jarrett Bonser received All-Division recognition and tennis player Faran Nazir was named All-County.

Additionally, the varsity boys lacrosse, varsity boys track and varsity girls track teams all earned their respective leagues’ Sportsmanship Awards.  


Seniors Honored at Awards Night

At the high school’s annual Senior Awards ceremony, 126 high-achieving members of the Class of 2014 were honored for their academic, athletic and civic accomplishments. The 249 awards given to the students included both school- and community-oriented awards. In some instances, students were required to write essays explaining why they would be the best candidates to receive certain scholarships, while other awards were based on academic performance or community service hours, or were selected by a committee of teachers, counselors and administrators from the high school.

“This ceremony is an opportunity for teachers, administrators, local politicians and community members to honor these students for all their hard work and dedication throughout their high school years,” said Associate Principal Jeanne Kozlowsky. “As a result of their commitment to their studies, athletic teams, extracurricular activities and community, they have made this high school a better place.”

After the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Student Council Vice President Arianna Leo, and a stirring, soulful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sung by Jerline Aristide, the night of celebration swung into high gear, with student honorees cheered on by a proud audience of family, friends, administrators, teachers and members of the Board of Education.

Deer Park’s jazz ensemble, led by director Jerry Cannarozzo, entertained the assembled community in the auditorium with several numbers before the ceremony and during the intermission, including “Tiger of San Pedro.”


Devine Honored as Outstanding Senior Science Student

Senior and valedictorian Kyle Devine was recently honored as the high school’s Outstanding Senior Science Student at the 39th annual Awards Dinner of the Suffolk Section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State. Devine, a well-rounded and extraordinarily gifted student who also serves as president of the school’s National Honor Society, a varsity baseball player, a math team competitor and a student council volunteer, was chosen for the award by the school’s science department, based on his outstanding science achievements throughout his high school career.  

This year’s Suffolk Section awards ceremony, held at the Hyatt Regency Long Island, showcased honorees from 30 different school districts, each of whom received an engraved plaque to commemorate their achievement. More than 100 attendees were on hand to congratulate the students, including Devine’s mentor, science teacher David Knuffke.

“Kyle is one of the most academically talented students whom I have ever worked with, and he is also more loved and respected by more facets of our community than I can recall any one student ever being,” said Knuffke. “He is a remarkable person in so many different ways, and for all of the talk of a ‘STEM crisis’ in this country, I will say that as long as students like Kyle are moving into the field, we won’t have much to worry about.”

Suffolk Section, a division of STANYS, is an association of science educators from kindergarten through college, working to improve science education in New York State and Suffolk County. Suffolk Section organizes, sponsors and runs numerous activities for students and teachers throughout the year, culminating in the Awards Dinner.

“It was a great night where truly outstanding students and teachers were recognized for four years of hard work,” said Brian Vorwald, co-chairman of the event. “Suffolk County and all of Long Island has made tremendous strides in science, with an unprecedented number of Siemens and Intel finalists. It was a difficult task for school districts to choose just one recipient.”

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