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Shoreham-Wading River Celebrates 46th Commencement

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The Shoreham-Wading River High School’s 46th commencement exercises on June 24 were a time for celebration. The members of the Class of 2022 proceeded onto the football field led by Principal Frank Pugliese and Assistant Principal John Holownia, followed by administrators, Board of Education members and faculty members.

Mr. Pugliese led the Pledge of Allegiance and senior Mia Lombardi sang a flawless rendition of the national anthem while her classmate Emily Curry conducted an ASL interpretation. Mr. Holownia then took the podium and shared his gratitude to all who made the school year successful and for bringing the Class of 2022 to this special day. STEM Director Dr. Joseph Paolicelli introduced Salutatorian Erik Epp, who shared his quiet humor and quoted from Frank Herbert’s “Dune”: “Climb the mountain just a little bit to test that it’s a mountain. From the top of the mountain, you cannot see the mountain.”

Mr. Holownia then recognized student William Steele’s future military service as a member of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Graduate Liam Flatley then sang the famed Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”

Director of Humanities Mrs. Nicole Waldbauer introduced Valedictorian Lauren Halloran, who shared a farewell address with her gratitude to teachers, family members and her fellow classmates for their efforts and commitment. She encouraged her fellow graduates to step out of their comfort zones.

Superintendent Mr. Poole then asked students to face their families and applaud them before sharing his remarks, encouraging the graduates to continue to follow their dreams, as they leave Shoreham-Wading River with the foundational skills to embrace those dreams. Mr. Poole then shared the rare celestial event of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn aligned in their natural order across the morning sky for the month of June, a metaphoric path laid out for the Class of 2022.

Mr. Pugliese then thanked all the students who took part in the ceremony, the first responders and the exceptional academic seniors. He encouraged students to always remain positive, search out different perspectives and make decisions that feed their souls.

Teachers Mrs. Mary Hygom and Mr. Jason Malvagno served as lectors and introduced each student, who then walked to the podium to receive their diploma. The diplomas were presented by Board of Education President Katie Andersen, Vice President Robert Rose and trustees Michael Lewis, Henry Perez, Thomas Sheridan, James Smith and Meghan Tepfenhardt.

Date Added: 6/27/2022

SWR Students Benefit From Eagle Scout Project

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Construction projects have always been a great opportunity for Eagle Scouts to do something for their community that will have some permanence. Shoreham-Wading River High School student Gavin Trezza had that thought in mind when he laid plans for his own unique Eagle Scout project.

Gavin designed and constructed music stands with SWR blue and gold colors and a hip-cat donning a derby hat playing the saxophone. He had some help from his fellow scouts in the process.

Gavin then proudly donated them to the school and looks forward to using them with his musical peers in his senior year. The gifts were used them for the first time at the Shoreham-Wading River underclassmen academic awards in June.

Date Added: 6/23/2022

Seniors Commit to College Athletics

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Success in the classroom, excellent grades and team participation have led Shoreham-Wading River High School seniors Max Barone and Dylan Kiely to commit to playing football for the Red Dragons at SUNY Cortland in the fall of 2022. They join 13 seniors who committed earlier in the year to some of the top universities in the nation.

Those students are Lindsay Cahill, Farmingdale State College, softball; Aidan Clifford, Pace University, lacrosse; Alexa Constant, Stony Brook University, lacrosse; Francisco Cortes, Harvard University, lacrosse; Carlie Cutinella, Wofford College, lacrosse; Catherine Erb, Dartmouth College, lacrosse; Ryan Farron, Canisius College, lacrosse; Greg Friedman, Mercy College, baseball; Nicolette Joannou, SUNY Oswego, soccer; Hannah Kershis, Wingate University, lacrosse; Joey Marchese, SUNY Cobleskill, baseball; Billy Steele, West Point, baseball and Jake Whitney, Siena College, lacrosse.

Date Added: 6/21/2022

Community & Career Engagement

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Shoreham-Wading River High School students in Mr. Nick Vertucci’s Architecture class and Mr. Walter Caskie’s World of Technology class took a field trip to Riverhead Building Supply’s Manufacturing and Distribution Centers in Calverton.

Students saw how interior doors and custom millwork and windows are assembled. They also met with the company’s director of human resources for a tour of the corporate office. They were schooled in some of the essential elements of applying for a job, résumé preparation, interviewing skills, job descriptions, employment expectations and opportunities for advancement within the company. The tour concluded with a visit to the flagship retail store in Riverhead, where students toured the store, design showroom, lumber yard and vehicle fleet.

Date Added: 6/21/2022

Seal Of Biliteracy

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Date Added: 6/16/2022