Recognition Night Congratulates Babylon Board Members, Athletes

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The Babylon School District held a Board Recognition Night during its Board of Education meeting on November 14, 2011. The evening started off on a spirited note with a cheer from the high school cheerleaders, after which high school thespians Matt McLean and Tyler Gumpel performed a song from their upcoming play, Man of La Mancha.

Following these stellar performances, the Board of Education received certificates from Western Suffolk BOCES, the PTA and the PTSA. K-6 PTA President Heather Tenety presented the certificates and thanked each Board member for his or her dedicated service to the school district.

The special meeting also recognized the Babylon Panthers Field Hockey team, who was congratulated for becoming 2011 Suffolk County Class “C” Champions. In light of this accomplishment, Superintendent Dr. Peter Daly noted, “The 2011 team did something incredible: they decided to play a game against Bay Shore, raised $803, and donated it all to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. The next week they won the Class ‘C’ Championship.”

BOE President Dominic P. Bencivenga said, “Teams are going to win, teams are going to lose. But we raise special kids here. They know how to do the right thing, step up to the plate and help people. At the end of the day, that’s more important than wins and losses.” Added Athletic Director Michael DeJoseph, “This team does it all - through community service, in the classroom, and on the field. They are what all athletes should aspire to.”