The chess team journeyed to Northport HS for the annual Suffolk County Chess Tournament on January 25. The Mariners placed third, for the third time in four years. Juniors Matteo Savarese and Pauline Delacruz each won three of five matches, finishing among the top ten individual competitors. Junior Vonya Von Hassell, sophomore Palmer Egan, and freshman Enzo Cirillo each won two matches for the Mariners.
Senior Alex Grun was the January Rotary Student of the Month. The co-vice president of Rotary Interact Club and tennis team captain is a member of Varsity Club and the Chess Team. When he is not studying, Alex enjoys teaching tennis, helping the homeless and delivering meals to the needy. His future plans include attending Gettysburg College to participate in a five-year engineering program. He is the son of Susan Grun.
The second Community Science Night of the school year was held on January 8. Guests of all ages enjoyed hands-on activities such as “Make Your Own Supernova,” “Forces, Energy & Motion,” “Chesapeake Bridge Span,” “Firth of Forth Bridge,” “Golden Gate Bridge,” “Speed Stackers,” among others. The next Community Science Night will be held on Wednesday, April 9.
Fifty-four dual language students received their diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language on behalf of the Ministry of Education of Spain at the January 29 Board of Education meeting. Teacher Ellen Martín explained how the students were given the DELE examinations last spring to indicate the degree of their competence and mastery of the Spanish language. Lukas Baumilas, Sarah Brady, Grace Carter, Nicholas Castillo-Marín, Isabella Ellams, Sydney Miller, Max Ochoa, Avery Owen, Evelyn Purcell, Brian Solano, Freddy Soledad, Juan Serrano, Brandon Solano, Juliana Stein, Remi Wesnofske, Jack Zaloga, Isabella Valdespino, Emeli Alfaro, Sarah Eckert, Arianna Dozier, Emma Armus, James Kearney, Alex Morales, Kori Morris, Giselle Ramirez, Megan Robinson, Jeremy Sisco, Hailey Jackson, Martin Chino, Estefania Gonzalez, Nicole Gutierrez-Alcaute, Alan Gutierrez, Ana Guevara-Rojano, Caroline Palumbo, Jonathan Amado, Julie Ordoñez, Camille Valdespino, Anthony De Los Santos, Enrique Pichardo, Daniela Lejarza, Robert McKnight, Kasia Rus, Christina Szafranski, Kelly Nano-Miranda, Joey Farrell, Janet Amador, Diego Franco, Fatima Hernandez, Valentina Yepes, Luis Jacob Villalobos, Juan Sebastian Munoz, Matthew Palumbo, Doris Hernandez, and Litzy Martinez all received their DELE diplomas.
On Tuesday, January 14, 10 fourth gaders competed in the annual SES National Geography Bee. The students had worked with teachers Julia Best and Kim Garypie during recesses and on their own to prepare for the event. After many rounds, Riley Turner claimed the championship medal, Maxwell Murch placed second, and Alex Boyd placed third.