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Deer Park Graduates Are Falcons Forever

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Deer Park High School graduates were encouraged to draw upon the lessons learned and the friendships made as a source of inspiration for the future at the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2022 on June 23.

In their crowning moment as Falcons, the 303 graduates walked onto the field in the maroon caps and gowns to cheers and applause from their proud families. After remarks from senior class advisers Sara DiCandia and Marissa Caruso, who reminded them to never forget where they came from, senior members of the chorus sang the Alma Mater.

Senior class President Yoki Lin recalled how much they have achieved since their first day of high school on Sept. 5, 2018. There were also some unexpected moments. “We’ve come across every challenge that life can throw at us and these hardships have only made us stronger,” she said.

Salutatorian Saima Hoque centered her speech around the quote, “Do I dare disturb the universe?” She encouraged her fellow graduates to indeed disturb the universe in their pursuit of their goals and dreams.

Valedictorian Nicholas Stamatakis spoke about the “mini role models” throughout his time in high school – teachers and friends who have imparted some kind of knowledge on him. He told everyone, as they move on from high school, to find people who have traits they want to emulate.

For the seniors, the path to graduation felt like a long journey but for their parents, the time flew by, noted Superintendent James Cummings. They’re both right, he said. To give a little perspective, he noted some changes that have taken place in the lifetime of the graduates. They were born around the time Michael Jordan retired from basketball and people could still rent movies from Blockbuster. The iPhone came out when they were 4 and popular social media site TikTok debuted when they were in middle school.

Mr. Cummings said that that graduating class features students who have been educated in Deer Park their entire lives, as well as those who have moved here later on from other towns, states and countries.

“For one brief moment in time, all of your journeys have taken you to the same place,” he said, encouraging them to continue their personal journeys by following their own passions and interests.

Principal Charles Cobb recognized five students who will be joining different branches of the military after graduation. He praised the entire class for the style, grace and unrelenting passion they have shown in enduring many challenges over the past few years.

Date Added: 6/24/2022


 

Deer Park High Schoolers Take a Walk at Their Old Primary Schools

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Continuing a beloved senior walk tradition begun in 2018, Deer Park High School students from the Class of 2022 visited their respective primary schools on June 21, speaking to second graders from John Quincy Adams Primary School and May Moore Primary School and reconnecting with their old teachers.

Date Added: 6/23/2022

Deer Park HS Congratulates Senior Awards Recipients

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Deer Park High School held its annual senior awards on June 2, presenting numerous department awards, schoolwide awards and scholarships to the deserving members of the Class of 2022.

The school’s jazz ensemble welcomed guests to the event with delightful musical selections. After salutatorian Saima Hoque led the pledge of allegiance and Anthony Aguilar performed the national anthem, Principal Charles Cobb greeted the seniors and their families.

“Students, thank you and congratulations,” Cobb said. “You deserve every bit of this. And thank you to those who have donated to our wonderful students. They’re going to put that money to good use, to further their education or move out into the workforce, beyond Deer Park High School, and these things couldn’t be done without your extremely generous support.”

Date Added: 6/23/2022

High School Celebrates Spring Student-Athletes

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Deer Park High School recognized the athletic accomplishments of varsity teams at spring sports awards night, hosted by Athletic Director Dominick Fontana on June 9 in the high school’s auditorium. Teams honored included baseball, girls golf, kickline, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, boys spring track, girls spring track and unified basketball. Athletes received certificates and plaques including Most Valuable Player awards, Coaches Awards, Spirit Awards and Scholar-Athlete awards.

Date Added: 6/23/2022

 

Practice Pays Off at Deer Park HS Spring Concerts

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After a long year of diligent practice, Deer Park High School’s accomplished student-musicians put their talents on display at the school’s annual spring concerts on the evenings of June 6 and 7. The events included performances by the orchestra and chamber orchestra, directed by Kathryn Attard; the symphonic band and wind ensemble, directed by Derek Schmelter; and the chorus and women’s choir, directed by Catherine Singer.

Date Added: 6/23/2022