Shout Out to ‘Legally Blonde’ Cast and Crew
With the curtain unable to rise on Westhampton Beach High School’s production of “Legally Blonde” due the novel coronavirus, the Westhampton Beach School District would like to acknowledge the cast, stage crew and pit orchestra who had been dedicated to perfecting the performance prior to the closure of the district’s schools.
Ra’Saan Ayala, Maya Bolduc, Molly Brennan, Sophie Caponi, Kylie Chieffo, Carter Cline, Sophie Cline, Kaylee Dalian, Diana Espana, Alie Fitt, Olivia Galway, Asdrubal Jimenez, Josh Kaplan, Matt Kern, Rosemari Marotta, Katie Massey, Spencer Moyle, Ella Pinonzek, Abby Rempe, Gisela Ribeiro, Alicia Rignola, Jake Sidor, Gavin Vander Schaaf, Isabel Vicente, Henry Zhiminaicela and Sofia Zhiminaicela
Student Stage and Tech Crew
Cassidy Connor (stage manager), Kate Massey (assistant stage manager), Jackie Massey (assistant stage manager), Isabella Alfasi, Edward Barr Forget, William Barr Forget, Sierra Davidson, Danielle Freda, Jackie Garci, Bella Giorlando, Grace Hayes, Hannah Hendrickson, Hade Lopez, Jaianna Love, Brook Messina, Melanie Meyer, Leon Muralles, Griffin Neubauer, Alex Sguazzin, Emily Solano, Alex Spizuoco, Amanda Stewart, Rachael Terry and Julia Weeks
Student Pit Orchestra
Amanda Albert, Dan Cooper, Skyler Dobrie, Cole Federico, Kay Horak, Ali Jedlicka, Donovan Kearns, Eric McBride, Fainne Sheehan and Dan Stark
Budget Vote and Trustee Election Information
The annual budget vote for the fiscal year 2020-21 by the qualified voters of the Westhampton Beach UFSD, Suffolk County, New York, will be held via absentee ballot only on June 9, 2020.
Westhampton Beach seniors receive signs of support
Parents teamed up on April 25 to pay tribute to the Westhampton Beach High School Class of 2020 by delivering green and white graduation lawn signs bearing the words “Hurricane Strong.”
“These seniors need to know we are proud of all they accomplished, and we haven’t forgotten about an awesome class of kids,” said Stacy Rubio, school board member and parent of a senior who led the initiative. “These seniors need to connect and smile. That is difficult with social distancing and students living in seven different towns.”
After searching social media for ways to honor the Class of 2020, Rubio decided signs would be a great way to make a connection with the seniors. She garnered the support of several local businesses, which chipped in to purchase the signs.
On April 25, 14 teams of parents and seniors decorated their cars and picked up the signs that were separated at socially distanced stations at the high school. They then set out to deliver 224 signs over the next several hours.
The signs are only the start of plans to honor the Class of 2020. Rubio is also working with the Parent Teacher Organization on a banner initiative in which a banner for every senior will be strung for display along Mill Road. The banners are being made possible through support from Hurricane families, the PTO and district alumni.
“The response and support have been heartwarming, but I had no doubt because we are Hurricane strong,” said Rubio.
Students Earn Honorable Mention in Virtual Poster Contest
Westhampton Beach High School sophomores Maddie Donahue and Val Finke have been awarded a $500 gift card after earning an honorable mention for a video presentation they created as part of Northwell Health’s Spark Challenge.
The two science research students produced a video presentation of their poster submission after the original in-person presentation that had been scheduled was canceled due to COVID-19. Their project began after they and their classmates shadowed medical professionals at Southside Hospital as part of the Spark Challenge. Using the information that they gained from that experience, they collaborated virtually to present, through video, an informative poster about cardiothoracic physician’s assistants — the career that they chose to highlight after the shadowing experience.
Westhampton Beach HS Juniors Earn High Honors at NYSSEF
Two Westhampton Beach High School science research students earned a High Honors designation at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair finals. Their project was one of only four in Suffolk County to earn the distinction.
Juniors Matthew Daleo and Evan Lockwood earned a spot in the finals after submitting a video presentation on their science project, “Elemental Composition of Fossilized Ceratopsidae and Dromaeosauridae Teeth from the Lance Formation, Wyoming, USA.”
The finals were held virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19.
The students have been working on their project for the past two years under the direction of their teacher, Dianna Gobler, after participating in the Westhampton Beach Middle School’s Paleos program, where students travel out west to work alongside field researchers to unearth dinosaur bones. The Paleos program is run by middle school science teacher Rob Coleman.