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Bayport-Blue Point’s Class of 2022 is Poised to Face the Future

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The Bayport-Blue Point High School football field was a sea of gold and white as the Class of 2022 processed to their seats, surrounded by proud family and district staff, during the district’s 94th commencement exercise, held on June 24.

The ceremony began with Madison D. leading the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the national anthem, played by the high school band.

Principal Robert Haas congratulated the students in his welcoming address. “Each and every one of you has unique talents that will ultimately lead to success in whatever path you choose,” he said.

Board President Michael Miller also told the graduates that he hopes “each of you will feel passionate and inspired,” and that the students have “an obligation to yourself to excel.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Timothy Hearney encouraged the graduates to find their “why” and to live in the moment and not think of the “what ifs.”

Salutatorian Amanda F. then addressed the crowd, taking her peers on a reminiscent journey of their years at Bayport-Blue Point schools, noting that it was important to take a step back and focus on what they have. “We grew as people and opened up to the world around us,” Amanda said. This was followed with thoughtful words of advice by valedictorian Annelise S. who cautioned peers not to allow stress to take away from their educational experience. “Give yourselves a fair shot on determining who you are,” Annelise said.

Principal Haas then returned to the stage to recognize students who received honor medallions, having graduated with a GPA of 90% or higher. He also recognized graduates who have selflessly chosen to serve the country in a branch of the U.S. military upon graduation, which received a standing ovation from the crowd.

Prior to the presentation of diplomas, senior members of the Bayport-Blue Point High School chorus performed a moving rendition of Natasha Bedinfield’s “Unwritten,” instilling a palpable sense of nostalgia among the graduates.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, Class of 2022 co-presidents Kieran S. and Andi S. addressed their peers and led them in the ceremonial moving of the tassels from right to left, officially signifying conferral of their high school degrees.

Bayport-Blue Point School District congratulates the Class of 2022 on their graduation from Bayport-Blue Point High School and extends best wishes for success each graduate moves forward on individual journeys.

Date Added: 6/27/2022

Bayport-Blue Point High School Valedictorian Honored at SCSSA Celebrating Excellence Luncheon

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Bayport-Blue Point High School Class of 2022 valedictorian Annelise S. was honored at the Suffolk County Superintendents Association’s 28th annual “Celebrating Excellence” luncheon in Villa Lombardi’s grand ballroom on June 2.

The tradition, established by SCSSA, honored the enviable accomplishments of the county’s highest-achieving graduates from the Class of 2022 and was attended by school district superintendents, high school principals, valedictorians and their parents.

SCSSA President Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly noted that the honored valedictorians faced countless challenges and programmatic and instructional changes beyond their control, but still maintained their focus, determination and drive. “You clearly recognize that how you respond to life’s challenges and difficult paths is within your control,” Dr. Farrelly said.

Guest speaker Dr. Errol D. Toulon Jr., Suffolk County’s 67th sheriff and the county’s first African American to be elected to a nonjudicial countywide office, described the valedictorians as “innovative and nimble” when it comes to change. He also urged the students not to compare themselves on social media, pointing out that “comparison is the thief of joy.”

The valedictorians were then called up onto the stage one-by-one by SCSSA President-Elect James Polansky and were accompanied by their district’s superintendent and high school principal to receive a commemorative plaque. To the valedictorians, Mr. Polansky acknowledged that good things occur around them every day and that it is easy to focus on the negative.

“You represent countless rays of hope and promise that the next generation will, indeed, make its mark in a tremendously positive manner as you pursue your interests and strive to reach your goals,” Mr. Polansky said.

Annelise will attend Boston University this coming fall where she will study mathematics and computer science.

Date Added: 6/16/2022

30 Commit to the Arts on SEA-BBS Fine Arts Signing Day

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Thirty Bayport-Blue Point 12th graders formally committed to continue study of the arts during the district’s inaugural Fine Arts Signing Day at the high school.

Wendy Clare, president of the Society for Encouraging the Arts in Bayport-Blue Point Schools, known as SEA-BBS, explained that the seniors have given their talent, creativity and efforts to enrich the district’s arts program. “We wish you every happiness in life but already know you have figured out the hardest part and that’s finding your passion.”

As the students’ names were called, they stepped up to a table and signed their name to a journal that is a symbolic representation of their achievement, their commitment to the arts and to the support they have received and given throughout their time at Bayport-Blue Point School District. They also received a pin to wear at graduation.

Congratulations to the following seniors:

Jamie B. – SUNY Purchase – theater
Amy B. – Sarah Lawrence College for Art History – will play violin in the school orchestra
Riley B. – Berklee College of Music – music performance
Stephanie C. – Loyola Marymount University – screenwriting
Riley C. – Five Towns College – audio recording technology and music performance
Angela C. – Texas Christian University – ballet
Katie D. – Hunter College – theater
Charlotte F. – Fashion Institute of Technology – fashion design
Sarah F. – Suffolk County Community College – visual arts
Olivia G. – Suffolk County Community College – graphic design
Reyna G. – SUNY Oneonta – digital arts and studio photography
Shannon H. – Suffolk University – graphic design and theater technology
Tara H. – Hofstra University – French language and literature
Karly K. – Adelphi University – art
Lina K. – SUNY Binghamton – studying and playing trumpet
Katherine L. – Syracuse University – public relations for the entertainment industry and hopes to be on the university dance team
Okiah M. – SUNY Plattsburgh – art therapy
Diavion M. – University of Scranton – playing in the university orchestra
Noah S. – SUNY New Paltz – film and video/communication arts
Kristen S. – SUNY New Paltz – graphic art and design
Jessica S. – Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam – music education
Kelli S. – LIM College – fashion merchandising
Juliana S. – Fashion Institute of Technology – fashion buying and merchandising
Sam S. – Suffolk County Community College – music education
Camille V. – SUNY New Paltz – art education
Jenna V. – SUNY New Paltz – art education
Grace W. – Clemson University – dance
Giavanna Z. – The School of Visual Arts – illustration
Gabriella Z. – Pace University – art therapy

Date Added: 6/14/2022

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