Hats off to the Westhampton Beach Class of 2022

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The Westhampton Beach High School Class of 2022 celebrated an academic milestone as they received their diplomas on June 24 at the school’s 114th commencement exercises.

During the evening ceremony, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carolyn Probst and High School Principal Christopher Herr congratulated the students on their academic, athletic and extracurricular accomplishments and their community service contributions.

Among those who took the podium were valedictorian Gavin Ehlers and salutatorian Madison Quinn. In speaking about the COVID-19 pandemic, Ehlers said, “We faced countless challenges, but now it’s time to take all that we learned and begin to experience our first taste of true independence. There is no need to fear what’s ahead of us.”

Quinn shared what she learned during high school, including how to handle unexpected changes. “No matter what you are faced with,” she said, “I urge you to look at each change or challenge as a surprise and welcome the new possibilities it presents to you.”

Senior class historian James Daniels, who will attend Princeton University, rounded out the celebration by speaking of class memories and achievements. In closing, the symphonic choir entertained with a performance of “We Are All in This Together.”

After accepting their diplomas and tossing their caps, the graduates joined a final procession off the football field toward their next chapter of success.


Date Added: 6/28/2022

Class of ’22 offers inspiration

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Donning white and green caps and gowns, members of the Westhampton Beach High School Class of 2022 proudly marched through the halls of their former elementary school on June 21, both to reminisce about their early school days and to provide inspiration to current students. As they took the traditional senior walk, the elementary students cheered, clapped and held up signs of congratulations.

Date Added: 6/22/2022

AP Service Recognition

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Eleven Westhampton Beach High School AP Spanish students recently earned the AP with WE Service Recognition from the College Board this year.

To earn the award, the students were required to investigate and learn about a service topic related to their Advanced Placement course, plan and complete a service project and pass their AP exam.

For their project, the students worked closely with peers and community members to investigate and identify issues and possible solutions related to global warming and climate change.

Before developing their action plan in two languages, the students evaluated and analyzed existing programs and identified areas of need.

“The final results were a great success,” said teacher Denizzie Kearns.

Students raised awareness about renewable energy, food waste and consequences of deforestation. In addition, they raised money for the future implementation of a windmill at Westhampton Beach Elementary School, donated books to the Salvation Army and a local library, and collected and transported leftover food from their school’s cafeteria to Maureen’s Haven.

“This was a wonderful and empowering opportunity for students to be engaged in service learning and experience the course content and skills through real-world civic engagement,” said Kearns.

The Westhampton Beach School District congratulates the students on this impressive achievement.

Date Added: 6/21/2022

Westhampton Beach 2022 Valedictorian Recognized

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Westhampton Beach High School valedictorian Gavin Ehlers was among those honored at The Suffolk County School Superintendents Association’s 28th annual Valedictorians Luncheon at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. The tradition, established by SCSSA, honored the enviable accomplishments of the county’s highest-achieving graduates from the Class of 2022 and was attended by school district superintendents, high school principals, valedictorians and their parents.

SCSSA President Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly noted that the honored valedictorians faced countless challenges and programmatic and instructional changes beyond their control, but still maintained their focus, determination and drive. “You clearly recognize that how you respond to life’s challenges and difficult paths is within your control,” Dr. Farrelly said.

Guest speaker Dr. Errol D. Toulon Jr., Suffolk County’s 67th sheriff and the county’s first African American to be elected to a nonjudicial countywide office, described the valedictorians as innovative and nimble when it comes to change. He also urged the students not to compare themselves on social media, pointing out that comparison is the thief of joy.

The valedictorians were then called up onto the stage one-by-one by SCSSA President-Elect James Polansky and were accompanied by their district’s superintendent of schools and high school principal to receive a commemorative plaque. To the valedictorians, Mr. Polansky acknowledged that good things occur around them every day and that it is easy to focus on the negative.

“You represent countless rays of hope and promise that the next generation will, indeed, make its mark in a tremendously positive manner as you pursue your interests and strive to reach your goals,” Mr. Polansky said.

Date Added: 6/17/2022

Westhampton Beach Student Honored by Football Foundation

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Westhampton Beach High School senior Geoff Arrasatte has been recognized by the National Football Foundation with a scholar athlete award.

The quarterback earned the accolade for his dedication to academics and football.

Arrasatte, who has played football since the age of 6, has been a member of his school’s varsity football team for the past four years and holds All-Division honors in the sport. He is also a member of his school’s varsity lacrosse team.

Off the field, Arrasatte is a member of his school’s student government and serves as senior class treasurer. He plans to attend High Point University in the fall to study international business.

The Westhampton Beach School District congratulates Arrasatte on this notable achievement.

Date Added: 6/13/2022