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Six from Harborfields High School Named National Merit Commended Students

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Harborfields High School seniors Christopher Hummel, Caleb Kapen, Faelan Kennedy, Krista Lin, Julia McDonagh and Lindsay Sung were recently named Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. The six are among 34,000 Commended Students recognized nationwide for their outstanding academic achievements, and their high selection index scores place them among the top 50,000 of over 1.5 million students who took the 2021 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Harborfields seniors Daniel Panettieri, Darien Schultz and Maxmillian Stratton had previously been announced as Semifinalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

“On behalf of Harborfields High School, I am so proud of the academic achievements of both our Semifinalists and our Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship competition,” Principal Dr. Marie Netto said.

Date Added: 10/5/2022

Harborfields Senior Honored with Scholar-Artist Merit Award

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Harborfields High School senior Hannah Serwan has been awarded the Long Island Arts Alliance’s Scholar-Artist Merit Award in Dance. One of three students to receive this specific recognition in her discipline, Serwan is also one of only 20 students on Long Island to receive this award in any artistic field. 

Endorsed by the New York State School Music Association, the New York State Art Teachers Association, the Nassau and Suffolk chapters of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education, and the Nassau and Suffolk Art Supervisors Associations, LIAA’s Scholar-Artist program recognizes outstanding high school students who shine in both classroom settings and artistic pursuits. Serwan certainly fits the bill.

“Hannah always puts her heart and soul into everything she sets out to accomplish,” guidance counselor Jackie Best said. As the advisor for Harborfields High School’s kickline and Dance Club, Best has firsthand knowledge of that fact. “Aside from academic success, Hannah always finds time to pursue her passion for the arts. Hannah has been a valuable member of the Harborfields kickline for the past four years and her rise to choreographer and captain is due in large part to her perseverance and commitment. She is also a member of our Dance Club and an integral member at her dance studio where she studies ballet several days a week.”

Serwan will be recognized at an awards ceremony in the spring and in Newsday in June. Excited about the entire experience, she is also quick to share the credit with those who have worked with her along the way.

“I am so honored to have received this award," Serwan said. “I am grateful for my family, teachers and ballet instructors for their guidance and support.”

Date Added: 10/4/2022

Oldfield Middle School Students Explore Global Bodies of Water with Google Earth

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Kelli Bemchimol’s students at Oldfield Middle School recently used Google Earth – a computer program that renders a 3D representation of the planet based on satellite imagery – to learn about bodies of water all over the world.
Date Added: 10/4/2022

Harborfields Students Go Green to Show "Start With Hello" Solidarity

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Students at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School and Washington Drive Primary School wore green on Sept. 21 as a symbol of unity and solidarity during the schools’ Start With Hello week. Fourth graders at TJL also performed a Start With Hello play during health class, which helped teach them the importance of including others, while Washington Drive enjoyed wonderful balloon displays provided by the school’s PTA.

The Start with Hello initiative, created by Sandy Hook Promise, focuses on  empathy and inclusiveness to prevent social isolation.

Date Added: 9/29/2022

Harborfields Board of Ed Honors Music Successes

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Recognition of the music department’s recent successes was the focus at the Harborfields Central School District’s Sept. 21 Board of Education meeting.

K-12 Music Department Coordinator Dan Bilawsky was honored for winning the New York State School Music Association’s Education Innovation Award, which recognizes new and creative approaches to music education within or outside the school day.

“I’m humbled and honored to have been selected as this year's recipient of the NYSSMA Education Innovation Award.  The powers of community and collaboration, more than anything else, have fueled every unique undertaking I've been a part of at Harborfields, so I proudly share this recognition with my students and colleagues.”

“Those who know Mr. Bilawsky, know that there couldn’t be a more fitting award for him nor a more deserving person to receive it,” said Dr. Danielle DeLorenzo, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. “The district is so very lucky to have him.”

Also honored were student-musicians who earned All-National (Allie Ebanks) and All-State (Breckyn Beechey, Alexa Best, Peter Hoss, Chris Hummel, Kamden Johansen and Ethan Rosenthal) recognition, the Long Island Arts Alliance’s Scholar-Artist Merit Award (Hannah Serwan) and SCMEA All-County Jazz recognition (Jackson Ferrara, Peter Hoss, Kam Johansen, Ethan Rosenthal, Hartley Semmes and Madelin Woodward). For more information on Allie Ebanks, please view our article dated Sept. 27, and look for upcoming articles on the All-State, LIAA Scholar-Artist Merit Award and SCMEA All-County Jazz winners.

Lastly, the district recognized Harborfields High School Choir Director Clare Jackson for winning the Manilow Music Award, and longtime Harborfields High School girls varsity soccer coach Scott Wallace for being named Coach of the Year and earning his 300th career victory.

Date Added: 9/29/2022