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Falcons Supporting Falcons

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The first Locust Valley High School alumni football game was held at Centre Island on Aug. 11 to raise funds in support of the varsity football program.

Former Falcons from 1982 through 2016 played in the game while current Falcons cheered them on from the stands. The night was a success with a great game, lots of fun for the players and fans and funds raised for a great cause.

Varsity football Coach Michael LoGerfo said he is proud to be part of a community that offers such tremendous support for the football program. “The entire coaching staff is extremely grateful for the support, not only from this game, but always.”

Learning Until the Very End

Cleaning up the beach
Posing at the beach
Beautiful day to clean the beach
Tired from cleaning the beach
Cleaning the beach
Cleaning the beach
Cleaning the beach
Cleaning the beach
Cleaning the beach
When IB exams ended in May, learning did not stop. Students throughout the high school continued delving into topics that could make a difference in their lives, or in one case, in the environment. 

Veronica Campi’s second year IB Biology students took on a post-exam project that concentrated on plastic pollution. The class, which included many seniors, worked in groups to create public service announcements and took a field trip to Stehli Beach to clean up the litter. Data was collected using the Ocean Conservatory’s data cards, used by the environmental organization to educate people and create solutions to solid waste and litter. 

Ms. Campi said that at first, she wasn’t sure her students would be receptive to taking on such a project at the end of senior year, however, she soon discovered that they shared her enthusiasm for the project. “After viewing some of their work, I came to the conclusion that they enjoyed themselves and have become involved.”
 

Hats Off to the Class of 2017!

Graduates toss their caps in the air

The Class of 2017 sat beneath sunshine and a bright blue sky for the very last time as Locust Valley High School students. Donned in the traditional green and white graduation caps and gowns, they were all smiles as they were celebrated for their numerous accomplishments.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund addressed the graduates and guests, reminding them of all this class has achieved. The accolades include students becoming AP scholars, earning IB diplomas, becoming National Merit Finalists and Semifinalists and more than one in four of the graduates earning Advanced Regents Diplomas with Honors. The seniors helped the high school become a New York State Reward School for the sixth consecutive year and a School of Distinction with every athletic team earning a GPA of 90 or better. As a group, the seniors earned more than $9.5 million in scholarships from colleges, universities and the generosity of more than 40 community organizations.

Dr. Hunderfund added that the class deserved credit for “developing into 161 individuals with unique talents, abilities, interests and beliefs and the ability to express them with respect, dignity and tremendous poise and confidence.”
LVHS Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire said the members of the Class of 2017 are special. “Each class leaves a legacy – the Class of 2017 has left a noteworthy legacy of civility in discourse, of kind, respectful and mature behavior toward each other, toward staff members and toward young students.”

Board of Education President Erika Bruno used art as a metaphor for the future that lies ahead for the graduates. “You have a blank canvas on which you can paint in any colors and styles that you choose.”

Twins Nicholas and Matthew Rizzo earned the distinction of Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2017. In separate speeches, they each acknowledged their appreciation for their classmates, teachers and all of the support staff.

“I would just like to say it has been my pleasure learning alongside all of you,” said  Valedictorian Nicholas Rizzo. “Let us not forget about all the wonderful and inspirational teachers we have had in Locust Valley High School who were always there when we needed extra help or struggled with a particular topic.”

In his salutatory address, Matthew said, “My achievements would not have been possible without the support, mutual respect, and admiration of you, my fellow students.  It was to elevate the prestige of Locust Valley that I pushed myself in all tasks I set myself to, and it was the dedication I felt to this community which kept me focused throughout all of high school.”

Congratulations and good luck to the incredible Class of 2017!

 

Student Artists Highlighted

Student artwork

The MS/HS Art Show held this spring, highlighted the talents of our student artists in a variety of mediums. Paintings, drawings,sculptures and photographs were included in the show which was held in the mini-theater and surrounding hallways for the community to enjoy. 

The pieces speak for themselves. Take a look at the slideshow to see a sampling of the outstanding work from students in middle school and high school including the IB art projects.

 

Seniors Earn $9.5 Million in Scholarships

Senior athletes
Award recipients
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Senior accepting award
Senior accepting award
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Award recipient
Award recipient
Senior accepting award
As the 2016-17 school year comes to an end, there is still plenty to celebrate and acknowledge. Many members of the Class of 2017 were recently recognized for their academic, artistic, athletic and altruistic achievements, earning $9.5 million in scholarships thanks to universities and community organizations.

Seniors were recognized for their achievements at the annual senior awards ceremony held on May 31, 2017. A separate athletic awards ceremony highlighted individual and team accomplishments and awarded the athletic scholarships to those recipients.

Many family members came out to applaud the seniors on their continued success as teachers, administrators, coaches and community leaders described the achievements and attributes that earned students the various awards. Awards were presented from 10 high school academic departments, and scholarships from nearly 40 community groups at the senior awards ceremony.

Many students were awarded scholarships from the colleges and universities to which they applied and were notified personally by those schools.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!