Babylon Celebrates Student Achievement

Babylon School District’s Board of Education celebrated the musical, scholastic and athletic talent of many district students at its April meeting. Superintendent of Schools Richard Rozakis welcomed the audience and expressed his pride for the students. “We have a lot to celebrate,” he said. “We have many students who have excelled in many different areas.”

Director of Fine Arts Angela Turk honored students in grades five through10 who participated in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County Concert Series.

Ms. Turk and the board also recognized students who participated in the 2014 Long Island String Festival Association Honors String Ensembles. These musicians were among the very best student string players in Suffolk County. Selection to a LISFA ensemble is a highly competitive process, based on superior scores at the annual New York State School Music Association solo festivals and school music instructor recommendations.

Director of Practical Arts Claire Reilly and business teacher Andrew Marulis honored members of Babylon High School’s DECA chapter at the meeting. These students competed and earned multiple awards at the 54th annual DECA State Career Conference in Rochester, N.Y. DECA is an international co-curricular student organization with more than 200,000 high school and college members. It prepares students for careers in leadership, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, management and hospitality.

In the area of athletics, high school wrestlers Dominick Mazzella and Brett Frole were honored by Athletic Director Michael DeJoseph and the board for becoming Suffolk County Division II champions. Dominick finished the season with a record of 24-5, while Brett had a record of 28-6.

Shelby Fredericks was honored for being selected as a National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Scholarship recipient. The NIAAA Scholarship recognizes the distinguished scholastic, leadership and sportsmanship attributes of high school student-athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life. For this honor, Shelby received a $250 scholarship.