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Class of 2018 Made Their Mark

LVCSD Class of 2018 sits on the stage

The Locust Valley High School Class of 2018 gathered together for the last time to receive their diplomas during a beautiful graduation ceremony marking the milestone. For a high school class that achieved at extraordinary levels, the class as a whole is also known for being kind and giving and talented in a variety of areas.
Honored speakers reflected on how graduate Billy Fisher had helped teach them about strength. Billy, who survived a double brain tumor in elementary school, accepted his high school diploma with his class amid applause and cheers. 

High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire at his last graduation before his retirement said the Class of 2018 not only made their own memories, but left the faculty with memories as well. He noted memories of Billy Fisher’s “calm acceptance and consistent courage in the face of adversity” as being among those worth mentioning. He also acknowledged that the class included a National Merit Scholarship winner, as well as accomplished athletes, artists and musicians, and would leave behind memories of their smiles and friendships.

Salutatorian Rebecca Finke discussed three of her classmates’ yearbook quotes, one of which was Billy Fisher’s quote from Bob Marley: “In this bright future, you can’t forget your past.” Acknowledging the quote as one that beautifully sums up their time in Locust Valley, Rebecca said, “While our futures are incredibly promising, it is important to remember our foundation.”

Valedictorian Nicholas Chisari spoke of the everlasting impact that Billy Fisher would have on the lives of the entire class. “He is always upbeat, always smiling, always joking and never fails to put a smile on any of our faces,” Nicholas said. “I strongly believe that if all of us had even half the strength, determination and life experience that he has, we would all be successful.” 

Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan encouraged the graduates to look for opportunities to succeed. He pointed out that when he graduated from Locust Valley High School 20 years ago, he had no idea that he would have the opportunity to address the Class of 2018. “What I recommend is that you take advantage of the opportunities that come your way – big, small and everything in between.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said that the class had earned endless accolades. The list of achievements included more than three out of four students earning Advanced Regents Diplomas, with others earning International Baccalaureate Diplomas and AP Scholar honors. In addition, the high school was named a New York State School of Distinction for the sixth year in a row, an honor merited when every single varsity athletic team earns a grade point average of 90 or better. Dr. Hunderfund further touted the class’s extraordinary accomplishments by noting, “Your collective talents have earned you scholarships that amount to more than $10 million.”

Congratulations to the outstanding Class of 2018!
 

Honored speakers reflected on how graduate Billy Fisher had helped teach them about strength. Billy, who survived a double brain tumor in elementary school, accepted his high school diploma with his class amid applause and cheers. 

High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire at his last graduation before his retirement said the Class of 2018 not only made their own memories, but left the faculty with memories as well. He noted memories of Billy Fisher’s “calm acceptance and consistent courage in the face of adversity” as being among those worth mentioning. He also acknowledged that the class included a National Merit Scholarship winner, as well as accomplished athletes, artists and musicians, and would leave behind memories of their smiles and friendships.

Salutatorian Rebecca Finke discussed three of her classmates’ yearbook quotes, one of which was Billy Fisher’s quote from Bob Marley: “In this bright future, you can’t forget your past.” Acknowledging the quote as one that beautifully sums up their time in Locust Valley, Rebecca said, “While our futures are incredibly promising, it is important to remember our foundation.”

Valedictorian Nicholas Chisari spoke of the everlasting impact that Billy Fisher would have on the lives of the entire class. “He is always upbeat, always smiling, always joking and never fails to put a smile on any of our faces,” Nicholas said. “I strongly believe that if all of us had even half the strength, determination and life experience that he has, we would all be successful.” 

Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan encouraged the graduates to look for opportunities to succeed. He pointed out that when he graduated from Locust Valley High School 20 years ago, he had no idea that he would have the opportunity to address the Class of 2018. “What I recommend is that you take advantage of the opportunities that come your way – big, small and everything in between.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said that the class had earned endless accolades. The list of achievements included more than three out of four students earning Advanced Regents Diplomas, with others earning International Baccalaureate Diplomas and AP Scholar honors. In addition, the high school was named a New York State School of Distinction for the sixth year in a row, an honor merited when every single varsity athletic team earns a grade point average of 90 or better. Dr. Hunderfund further touted the class’s extraordinary accomplishments by noting, “Your collective talents have earned you scholarships that amount to more than $10 million.”

Congratulations to the outstanding Class of 2018!
Honored speakers reflected on how graduate Billy Fisher had helped teach them about strength. Billy, who survived a double brain tumor in elementary school, accepted his high school diploma with his class amid applause and cheers. 

High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire at his last graduation before his retirement said the Class of 2018 not only made their own memories, but left the faculty with memories as well. He noted memories of Billy Fisher’s “calm acceptance and consistent courage in the face of adversity” as being among those worth mentioning. He also acknowledged that the class included a National Merit Scholarship winner, as well as accomplished athletes, artists and musicians, and would leave behind memories of their smiles and friendships.

Salutatorian Rebecca Finke discussed three of her classmates’ yearbook quotes, one of which was Billy Fisher’s quote from Bob Marley: “In this bright future, you can’t forget your past.” Acknowledging the quote as one that beautifully sums up their time in Locust Valley, Rebecca said, “While our futures are incredibly promising, it is important to remember our foundation.”

Valedictorian Nicholas Chisari spoke of the everlasting impact that Billy Fisher would have on the lives of the entire class. “He is always upbeat, always smiling, always joking and never fails to put a smile on any of our faces,” Nicholas said. “I strongly believe that if all of us had even half the strength, determination and life experience that he has, we would all be successful.” 

Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan encouraged the graduates to look for opportunities to succeed. He pointed out that when he graduated from Locust Valley High School 20 years ago, he had no idea that he would have the opportunity to address the Class of 2018. “What I recommend is that you take advantage of the opportunities that come your way – big, small and everything in between.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said that the class had earned endless accolades. The list of achievements included more than three out of four students earning Advanced Regents Diplomas, with others earning International Baccalaureate Diplomas and AP Scholar honors. In addition, the high school was named a New York State School of Distinction for the sixth year in a row, an honor merited when every single varsity athletic team earns a grade point average of 90 or better. Dr. Hunderfund further touted the class’s extraordinary accomplishments by noting, “Your collective talents have earned you scholarships that amount to more than $10 million.”

Congratulations to the outstanding Class of 2018!
Honored speakers reflected on how graduate Billy Fisher had helped teach them about strength. Billy, who survived a double brain tumor in elementary school, accepted his high school diploma with his class amid applause and cheers. 

High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire at his last graduation before his retirement said the Class of 2018 not only made their own memories, but left the faculty with memories as well. He noted memories of Billy Fisher’s “calm acceptance and consistent courage in the face of adversity” as being among those worth mentioning. He also acknowledged that the class included a National Merit Scholarship winner, as well as accomplished athletes, artists and musicians, and would leave behind memories of their smiles and friendships.

Salutatorian Rebecca Finke discussed three of her classmates’ yearbook quotes, one of which was Billy Fisher’s quote from Bob Marley: “In this bright future, you can’t forget your past.” Acknowledging the quote as one that beautifully sums up their time in Locust Valley, Rebecca said, “While our futures are incredibly promising, it is important to remember our foundation.”

Valedictorian Nicholas Chisari spoke of the everlasting impact that Billy Fisher would have on the lives of the entire class. “He is always upbeat, always smiling, always joking and never fails to put a smile on any of our faces,” Nicholas said. “I strongly believe that if all of us had even half the strength, determination and life experience that he has, we would all be successful.” 

Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan encouraged the graduates to look for opportunities to succeed. He pointed out that when he graduated from Locust Valley High School 20 years ago, he had no idea that he would have the opportunity to address the Class of 2018. “What I recommend is that you take advantage of the opportunities that come your way – big, small and everything in between.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said that the class had earned endless accolades. The list of achievements included more than three out of four students earning Advanced Regents Diplomas, with others earning International Baccalaureate Diplomas and AP Scholar honors. In addition, the high school was named a New York State School of Distinction for the sixth year in a row, an honor merited when every single varsity athletic team earns a grade point average of 90 or better. Dr. Hunderfund further touted the class’s extraordinary accomplishments by noting, “Your collective talents have earned you scholarships that amount to more than $10 million.”

Congratulations to the outstanding Class of 2018

Driving Home Dangers of Distracted Driving

Student sitting at simulator
Student sitting at simulator
Student sitting at simulator
Student sitting at simulator
Student sitting at simulator
Students signed the banner
High school juniors and seniors experienced the dangers of distracted and impaired driving without the actual danger during a program sponsored by the SADD Club. The club brought the international Save a Life Tour to the school to impress upon students what can happen when a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or texting behind the wheel.

This safe driving awareness program began with a presentation that included personal stories of those that lost loved ones through either distracted or impaired driving accidents. Following the presentation, students were invited to jump in the driver’s seat of highly advanced simulators set up in the mini-theater. After strapping on their seatbelts, turning the key in the ignition and putting the car in drive, these young drivers began their journeys. They started out driving well, stopping at red lights, following the speed limit and respecting the laws of the road. Then, the simulator gradually took away their control and their cars were speeding, hitting curbs, going through stop signs and red lights and often crashing. During the texting simulation, each driver was given a mobile phone and told to respond to the text messages they received. When doing so, their cars were swerving, hitting other cars and driving off the road.

“The simulation is a very sobering experience for the students, reminding them that they have no control under these circumstances,” said SADD Club Adviser Adriana Marin. She said the program, which she co-advises with Kristen Sylvan, was first at the high school two years ago, and is an important and effective tool in teaching new drivers the dangers of driving while impaired or distracted.

Musical Accolades Across the District

Group photo
Students holding certificates
Students holding certificates
Students holding certificates
Students holding certificates
Students holding certificates
Students holding certificates
Students performing
Students performing

Student musicians throughout the Locust Valley Central School District are performing their way to the top. Members of bands, orchestras and choruses have proven that Locust Valley musicians have talent! The Board of Education honored these musicians at its June 7 meeting.

Music in the Parks
On April 28, the Locust Valley High School Music Department competed at the Six Flags Music in the Parks Festival. Participants were adjudicated by judges from across the country and each performing ensemble was rated superior, excellent, good, fair, or poor and ranked within their ensemble classification.  The Locust Valley awards were as follows:

The string orchestra, under the direction of Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina was awarded First Place, Excellent Rating.  
The concert band, under the direction of Vincent Guerra and Lisa Conti was awarded Second Place, Excellent Rating.  
The concert chorale, under the direction of Allison Hungate Wood and Jessica Pezdan was awarded First Place, Superior Rating.  


NYSSMA Majors

Four groups participated in the NYSSMA Majors Music Festival at Hofstra University. Each ensemble performed three pieces and was adjudicated by two judges. The awards were as follows:

Middle School Concert Band directed by Vinny Guerra and Lisa Conti earned Gold with Distinction.
High School Chamber Singers directed by Allison Hungate Wood earned Silver
Sixth Grade Orchestra directed by AnnMarie Buonaspina earned Gold
Middle School Orchestra directed by Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina earned Gold



Lincoln Center Summer Internship

Three Locust Valley High School students were accepted for a summer internship at Lincoln Center. Senior Leonardo D'Auria-Gupta and Juniors Sophie Matthaei and Timothy Peguillan. The summer program, Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp, is a partnership between Lincoln Center Education, Carnegie Hall, and the NYC Department of Education.  The student interns will support the teachers, teaching artists and students involved in the summer program. 


Long Island String Festival
The following students participated in the Long Island String Festival (LIFSA) this spring:

Bayville Intermediate School: Ciaran Bowden, bass and Abigale Maselli, cello.
Locust Valley Intermediate School: Sophia Koler, violin.
Locust Valley Middle School: Gianna Palleschi, violin; John D’Addario, bass; Tessa Hutton, violin.
Locust Valley High School: Hannah FitzGerald, bass; Nils Coffey, bass; Nicholas Siconolfi, violin.


All-County Musicians
Students listed below performed in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Music Festival. They were selected for the festival based on their New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) evaluations and teacher recommendations. 

Bayville Intermediate School: Owen Pye, band,;Kathryn Constantin, chorus; Julianna DiLorenzo, chorus; Caleigh Encarnacion, chorus; Lauren Hoy, chorus; Ciaran Bowden, orchestra; Molly Bowden, orchestra; Abigail Maselli, orchestra.

Locust Valley Intermediate School: Sara Nearenberg, band; Mia Goodman, chorus; Rani Kapoor, chorus; Sofia Maragos, chorus; Hailey Martin, chorus; Julia Siegel, chorus; Alexander Kanter, orchestra; Sophia Kohler, orchestra; Andrew Wieman, orchestra. 

Middle School: Aidan Moran, band; Olivia Cody, chorus; Brett Dailis, chorus; Claire Sellars, chorus; Ava Titus, chorus; John D’Addario, orchestra; Tessa Hutton, orchestra; Kieran Moran, orchestra.

High School: Ashley Capozzi, chorus; Nils Coffey, orchestra; Hannah FitzGerald, orchestra; Matthew Guerra, band; Timothy Peguillian, chorus; Noah Pietrafesa, band; Nicholas Siconolfi, orchestra.

LVHS Senior Earns National Merit Scholarship

Brooke DiSpirito
Locust Valley High School senior Brooke DiSpirito has been named a National Merit Scholarship winner, receiving her scholarship from Northeastern University. Brooke is one of only 3,500 high school seniors nationwide to receive a university-sponsored National Merit Scholarship.

Brooke was among 16,000 students chosen in the fall as a semifinalist from 1.6 million high school juniors based on her 2016 PSAT scores. She then was among 15,000 high school students to advance to the finalist stage this spring after submitting a detailed application and an essay including information about her extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation states that its sponsors join them to enhance the educational opportunities for America’s scholastically talented youth and to encourage the pursuit of excellence.

Congratulations to Brooke on this elite accomplishment!