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An Evening of Recognitions

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The Board of Education meeting held on Sept. 24 celebrated a large number of both staff and student accomplishments throughout the district. 
A number of Connetquot High School students earned a perfect score of five on one or more of their Advanced Placement examinations, and were presented with certificates of commendation by the Board of Education for this accomplishment. 

Dozens of students from the district were recognized by the Board of Education during the Sept. 24 meeting for earning scores of 100% on one or more of their New York State Regents examinations this past June. 

Ten Connetquot High School students earned perfect scores on the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors Checkpoint B exams and were honored during the Sept. 24 Board of Education meeting. 

Connetquot High School students Biproprosad Das, Abuzar Hussain, Madeleine Pittigher and Melissa Oz took part in the Brookhaven National Lab's six-week summer internship program this past summer. This program provided them the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research alongside Brookhaven scientists who are experts in their fields.

Connetquot High School students Toni Gallo and Trinity Harper were honored by the Board of Education for taking part in prestigious journalism programs this past summer. 

Students in grades sixth through ninth represented the district in the Suffolk County Battle of the Books competition and placed first place at the finals of the competition, and were presented with tokens of appreciation courtesy of the Board of Education.  

Duffield Elementary School teacher Teresa Hewitt was celebrated for being selected by the New York State English Council as a 2019 Educator of Excellence. This award honors those teachers who are leaders in the classroom, collaborators with colleagues, and mentors for teachers new to the profession. 

The quick saving action of Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School music teacher Lauren Drinkwater was celebrated during the meeting and the district thanked her for coming to the aid of a choking student earlier this month. During class, Mrs. Drinkwater performed the Heimlich maneuver and saved the choking seventh grade student, Braydon DiRoso. 

Three physical education teachers from the district were named as physical education teachers of the Year by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Congratulations to physical education teachers Michael Oldis, Leslie Sewell and Tara West. 

Connetquot High School swimming and diving coach Alex Schichilone was recognized by the National Federation of State High School Association as a Coach of the Year for Excellence in coaching the Connetquot High School boys swimming and diving team during the 2018-19 season.