Achievements in the Arts and Sciences

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Throughout the year, district students have been consistently recognized as leaders and scholastic achievers in several academic and co-curricular areas. This May, the Board of Education and administration took time during its Board meeting to recognize several students for their recent achievements in the arts and sciences.      
With a large audience on hand in the auditorium at Babylon Junior-Senior High School, Superintendent of Schools Richard Rozakis and Board of Education President Dominic Bencivenga took to the podium to honor several student groups. These included the winners of the 2013 Babylon-Covantage Ecotech Scholarship Program and the participants in the 2013 Babylon Art, 2013 Heritage Music and 2013 Music in the Parks festivals. In addition, sixth-grade student Sydney Altbacker was recognized by the district for her first-place win in the Suffolk Reading Council Creative Writing Contest.

Mr. Bencivenga welcomed the audience in his opening remarks, stating, “It’s a great day to celebrate the achievements of our students.”  

School officials noted that Covantage Ecotech Scholarship awards are presented to students whose science projects are “green” projects that focus on finding alternative energies and helping to improve the environment. Jedidiah Dale, Maxwell Pitagno and Matthew Taggart together earned a $500 scholarship for their science research project, “Flagella powered magnetically coordinated movement of NiSO4.” Emily Brown, Sara Mikovic and Meredith Wardell together earned a $300 scholarship for their project, “Apricot kernels as natural pesticide.”

The district’s senior high orchestra competed in the one-day Music in the Parks Festival, held in New Jersey, and won first place in their division. In addition, a total of 37 band students recently traveled to Boston and competed in the Heritage Music Festival, with the district’s wind ensemble placing first and jazz band placing second in their respective divisions.