Students, staff and community members were honored at the Harborfields Central School District’s Sept. 20 Board of Education meeting.
Five Harborfields High School students – Fiona Calderon, Alcira Chavez, Romeo Cruz, Sara Tovar and Jack Wilkens – were recognized for earning the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Award, which is based on exceptional academic achievement in school as well as on the PSAT or AP Exams.
“We are always so pleased when our wonderful high school students receive National Recognition,” Principal Dr. Marie Netto said. “While programs like these do not define the students, the award is certainly a testament to the hard work and dedication our students devote to their academics, and we are very proud of them all.”
Harborfields High School senior Benjamin Chait was also recognized for being a winner in last year’s “I Am EM-Powered” public service announcement competition. Sponsored by PSEG Long Island, the annual program invites students in grades 4 through 12 to create public service announcements that educate and advocate for a more energy efficient and sustainable Long Island. Chait, who is enrolled in the Harborfields Business and Entrepreneur Academy, demonstrated his expertise by applying the principles he learned in class to the contest.
Superintendent Dr. Rory Manning expressed the district’s gratitude as he honored all those involved in coming to the rescue of a student who had collapsed during a summer camp program, including 16-year veteran Harborfields social studies teacher and coach George Kouroutis, Copiague School District teacher and camp coach Nico Reyes, and Greenlawn Fire Department first responders Kenny Cadet, Daniel Caputo, Rich Ciafardini, Thomas Corrigan, Nick D’Amico, Eric Davis, Chris Dempsey, Brynn Geard, Marcus Jerome, Mitchell Lipman, John Modzelewski, Joseph Pace, Matt Paulsen, Walter Rabe, Alexa Rosenberg, Karl Ryan, Joe Salmonese, Angelo Santomauro and Mike Zeis.