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District Inducts New Members to 2021 Hall of Fame

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Prior to the weekend’s homecoming festivities, former district athletes and their families and friends collected on Bob Sullivan Field to celebrate the announcement of the annual 2021 Hall of Fame, held on Oct. 16. This 14-year tradition allows the district to spotlight talent and its highest caliber of athletes, as well as those athletes who have made an impact to the athletic program. This year’s inductees include George Brush (Class of 1991), Glenn Donatelli (Class of 2007) and the 2011 boys varsity lacrosse team.

“This year’s inductees will go down in the annals of time as some of the best athletes and contributors ever to grace the fields or other athletic venues of this high school,” Director of Physical Education, Health and Interscholastic Sports Timothy Mullins said. “I am confident that the many homecoming attendees will gain an even greater sense of pride and appreciation, not only for our athletic program, but for the school district and community.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney explained that sports play an important part in their lives, because it teaches about hard work, determination and teamwork. “Sports creates a bond with fellow athletes because the goal is to be your best.”

Each of the athletes received a plaque, which will be hung in the high school’s Hall of Fame. The athletes were also recognized during the homecoming game’s halftime celebration.

Phantom Pride Displayed at Homecoming

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A sensational fall afternoon and community pride was the perfect backdrop for Bayport-Blue Point High School’s annual homecoming festivities, held on Oct. 16.

The fun-filled activities commenced with a Friday afternoon pep rally and spirit week. Prior to the afternoon game against Shoreham-Wading River High School, the community cheered the students who marched through the neighborhood and down Snedecor Avenue with themed banners, the James Wilson Middle School and high school marching bands, cheerleaders and members of the fire department, police and ambulance corps.

During the afternoon, residents, faculty and students packed the bleachers at Bob Sullivan Field and demonstrated their Phantom Nation pride while dressed in school colors and shouting cheers for the home team. During the halftime show, the 2021 Hall of Fame inductees, George Brush (Class of 1991), Glenn Donatelli (Class of 2007) and members of the 2011 boys varsity lacrosse team were announced by Director of Physical Education, Health and Interscholastic Sports Timothy Mullins. After the nominees for king and queen were introduced, Matthew Nilan and Tyonne Bradley were crowned as 2021 homecoming king and queen. The cheerleading team also revved up the community even more with a cheer routine and stunts performed on the 50-yard line.

The Phantoms showed spirit and determination throughout the game and lived up to their reputation with a 34-14 win against Shoreham-Wading River High School to the delight of everyone in attendance.

Academy Street Students Trek to School

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Academy Street students took advantage of the warm fall weather to participate in National Walk to School Day, held on Oct. 6. Instead of riding the school bus, many of the students formed walking groups, trekked on foot or rode a bike through the community with parents and peers to celebrate this annual event.

Principal Kerry Vann explained that the benefits to walking to school included increased physical activity, teachable moments about pedestrian and bicycling skills to children, showing concern for the environment and helping to reduce traffic congestion around campus. It was also a great way for students to share time with their parents, peers and members of the community.

Prior to Walk to School Day, students were encouraged to wear school colors, form walking groups, and create signs and banners. They were also encouraged to write a thank-you note to their crossing guard to show appreciation for keeping them safe on the way to and from school each day.

High School Students Received Commendations from National Merit Scholarship Program

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The District is proud to announce that high school students Nicholas, Lada and Annelise were named Commended Students by the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the competition by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Although they will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Nicholas, Lada and Annelise were of the 34,000 Commended Students who were recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

The district congratulates the students on this outstanding academic accomplishment.

In-House College Shop

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Bayport-Blue Point High School juniors and seniors took steps toward planning their academic futures through attendance at the district’s college fair, held in the gymnasium on Oct. 5. Bayport-Blue Point Chairperson of Guidance Ronald Bard said more than 75 representatives set up tables with information about national and regional colleges and universities for students exploring options after graduation. The annual event parallels the guidance department’s focus on aiding students in the college application process.

“The college fair is the perfect opportunity for students to engage in the college application process,” Mr. Bard said. “We are in the process of scheduling junior conferences to start the conversation about the college application process, and by directly speaking with representatives, students gain valuable information about colleges of interest and perspective programs of study.”

Junior Kate, a field hockey athlete, described the college fair as a great opportunity to look at the academic programs available at perspective colleges, in addition to playing her sport. Meanwhile Ryan, also a junior and athlete, was searching for a school that balances a strong academic program and sports.
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