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Westhampton Beach runners head to states

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Westhampton Beach High School runners Lily Strebel and Trevor Hayes will head to the Section XI state meet on March 2 following stellar performances at the state qualifying meet. Strebel placed second in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:43.62 and Hayes earned second place in the 1,600-meter race with a time of 4:27.94. Earlier in the season, the two earned accolades from Newsday and were named top track and field runners. The district extends its congratulations to the student-athletes.

Date Added: 2/22/2024

Westhampton Beach students attend writers workshop

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Westhampton Beach High School students Rebecca Gutierrez-Haefeli and Ava Kuklis recently attended the inaugural Steinbeck House Writing Workshop in Sag Harbor and heard from Bret Anthony Johnston, bestselling novelist and director of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. The students were nominated by their English teachers to attend the workshop for demonstrating an interest in creative writing. They are both avid writers and members of their school’s Seascapes literary arts magazine.

Date Added: 2/20/2024

P.S. I Love You

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Students at Westhampton Beach High School spread kindness among their peers when they participated in P.S. I Love You Day on Feb. 9.

Spearheaded by the school’s Youth to Youth Club, students were encouraged to wear the initiative’s symbolic purple and engage in random acts of kindness. Members of Youth to Youth also made bracelets with Best Buddies club members and the student body took part in a Unified Volleyball tournament.

P.S. I Love You Day aims to raise awareness about bullying and suicide while promoting kindness.

Date Added: 2/13/2024

Westhampton Beach student scientists advance in research competition

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Three impressive Westhampton Beach High School Advanced Science Research students have advanced to the semifinals of the Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium. They are set to present their work at the semifinals on Feb. 12 at York College in Queens.

Students Meghan Kelly, Grace Orr and Kate Pomroy worked individually on their research for over a year as part of their coursework in AP Research STEM. For the semifinals, they will be required to give a 12-minute talk on their findings.

“Meghan, Kate and Grace worked very hard on their research projects and this recognition is very much deserved,” said Dianna Gobler, science research teacher. “I’m incredibly proud of them for making it this far in the prestigious competition and can’t wait to see how they do in the finals.”

Principal Dr. Chris Herr added, “These three young ladies have gone above and beyond in their research. The work ethic required, coupled with their passion for science, is unbelievable. We are very proud of their accomplishment and look forward to all the successes that will come their way.”

For her project, Kelly explored “The Efficacy of Chemically Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles on Enterobacter aerogenes Compared with Common Antibiotics Ampicillin and Kanamycin.” She said she selected the project because she has always been interested in microbiology.

Orr researched how “Calcium Hydroxide Enhances the Adaptive Ability of Coral Species E. Ancora, D. Actinodiscus, and M. capriocornis, Exposed to Decreased pH and Elevated Temperatures in an Ocean Simulated Environment.” She said she became interested in coral after visiting Belize on a school science trip.

Pomroy studied “The Effect of L-Leucine on the Regeneration Rate of Hydra Viridissima.” She said she chose the project after reading an article on the regeneration of fly wings.

The three seniors are stellar students and participate in a variety of after-school activities. They are all members of the National, Math, Science and Language honor societies and have received AP Scholar designations. Kelly and Pomroy were also recognized as Commended Students in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program as a result of their outstanding scores on the qualifying exam. Kelly additionally is one of only 357 students in the world to earn a perfect score on her AP Research exam, and Orr has been named a finalist in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair.

When not working on her research, Kelly is running track and participating in pep band, Spanish Club and Interact. She plans to study biochemistry at Duke University in the fall.

Orr is president of the Cure Club and will be attending Florida Institute of Technology in the fall to study marine biology.

Pomroy, who plans to attend college to study mechanical engineering, is president of her school’s book club, vice president of GSA, president of Seascapes Literary Magazine and a member of Mathletes, Quiz Bowl and Art Club. She is also involved in her school’s theater program.

The Westhampton Beach School District extends its congratulations to these three student scientists.

Date Added: 2/7/2024

Westhampton Beach students win VFW essay contests

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Six Westhampton Beach School District students have been named local winners in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 535’s annual essay contests. They were presented with certificates of achievement at an awards ceremony on Jan. 25.

Middle school students Regan Moran, Jordan Razzano and Adelina Scott penned winning essays for the Patriots Pen contest that carried the theme of “How are you inspired by democracy?”

High school students Ava Borruso, Sam Sarocky and Jack Stalters earned accolades for their Voice of Democracy essays that addressed the question, “What are the greatest attributes of our democracy?

The Westhampton Beach School District congratulates the essayists on a job well done.

Date Added: 1/30/2024