HSWesthampton Beach High School

49 Lilac Road
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

(631) 288-3800 / FAX: (631) 288-3915

Building Hours: 7:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.
School Hours:   7:30 a.m. -  2:16 p.m.
Summer Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Principal:  Dr. Christopher Herr (cherr@whbschools.org)
Asst. Principal:  Mr. Bryan J. Bookamer (bbookamer@whbschools.org)
Asst. Principal:  Ms. Kerry Pillittier (kpillittier@whbschools.org)


     

 

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Top Girls Lax Players

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The Westhampton Beach School District congratulates Maya Farnan and Reese King, who were named to Newsday’s Top 100 Long Island Girls Lacrosse Players list. Farnan was recognized for making 145 saves last season and King earned accolades for making 38 goals, 10 assists and 64 draw controls last season.

Date Added: 4/8/2024

Westhampton AP French students learn more about the UN

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Westhampton Beach High School AP French students in Nicolette Galante’s class recently had the opportunity to virtually meet with Dr. Souad Fennouh-Chalhoub, a member of the United Nations’ Outreach Division in the Department of Global Communications. Prior to the meeting, the students learned about the qualifications needed to work at the U.N. and prepared questions regarding how the U.N. addresses global issues such as hunger, health, access to safe drinking water, issues of peace and security, decolonization, gender equality and safety of children. During the briefing, the students communicated entirely in French with Dr. Fennouh-Chalhoub, who answered as many questions as time allowed.

Date Added: 4/5/2024

Westhampton Beach junior accepted to prestigious Stony Brook Simons Summer Research Program

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This summer, Westhampton Beach High School junior Nicholas Borruso will be attending the prestigious Stony Brook Simons Summer Research Program. He is the first Westhampton Beach High School student to earn entry into the highly competitive program; only 4% of all applicants are accepted.

As part of the six-week program, Borruso will be working on zebrafish research with Professor Dr. Howard Sirotkin in the department of neurobiology and behavior.

“This is very validating for me,” said Borruso, whose science research project relates to the developmental and behavioral effects of copper sulfate on zebrafish. “My interests align perfectly with Dr. Sirotki’s fisheries research.”

Borruso first became interested in zebrafish after taking an online summer course through Brown University. He previously took an online course about bioscience through Stamford University.

“Nick has shown a strong interest in zebrafish neuroscience since I've met him, and I am very excited that he has earned the opportunity to work with researchers at Stony Brook University this summer, said Dr. Dianna Gobler, science research teacher.

To earn his spot in the summer program, Borruso was required to participate in a highly selective application process that included his impressive academic record and recommendations from his teachers.

He attributed his success to those teachers, noting, “The guidance of my science and math teachers has been exceptional.”

Apart from his research, Borruso serves as vice president of his school’s robotics team and is a member of Mathletes and Key Club.

Date Added: 4/4/2024

Westhampton Beach student earns spot in International Science and Engineering Fair

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Due to her hard work and impressive science skills, Westhampton Beach High School senior Jessica Curran has advanced to the prestigious Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair after taking first place in the plant sciences category of the New York State Science and Engineering Fair (NYSSEF). She is one of only 14 students from across the state to earn a spot through NYSSEF and the second Westhampton Beach High School student to accomplish the feat. She will compete in Los Angeles in May.

Making it to ISEF is like the Olympics of high school science research,” said Dr. Dianna Gobler, science research teacher. “Jessica has worked very hard every single day to get to this point and I am incredibly proud of her.

Curran earned her spot after a 15-minute presentation on her science research project that explores seaweed as fertilizer. It is the same project that earned her a perfect score on her AP Research exam.

“It is very validating,” said Curran of her first-place recognition. “It shows that all my hard work paid off.”

In addition to Curran earning first place, senior Meghan Kelly took third place in the biomedical sciences category for her research project that investigates bacteria and antibiotics. Her research project also earned her a perfect score on her AP Research exam.

Curran and Kelly were two of 700 students who competed in the New York State Science and Engineering Fair. Only 20% of all student entries are invited to compete.

“It was exciting to go and see all of the projects and to have placed,” said Kelly.

Curran and Kelly are their school’s salutatorian and valedictorian, respectively. Curran is also a Regeneron Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, Commended Student in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program and vice president of her school’s National Honor Society. In addition, she serves as vice president of her school’s Environmental Cure Club, vice president of the robotics team and captain of Quiz Bowl. Outside of school, she volunteers with the Westhampton Junior Ambulance and is a Girl Scout who earned her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting. She will be attending Princeton University to study environmental engineering.

Kelly is a member of her school’s National, Math and Science honor societies, was named a Commended Student in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She is also a semifinalist in the Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium. When not studying, Kelly is an active member of her school’s varsity track team, pep band, Spanish Club and Interact Club. She is also a volunteer member of the Westhampton Junior Ambulance. She plans to study biochemistry at Duke University in the fall.


Date Added: 4/3/2024

Westhampton Beach students donate books to students in need

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To give back to the community, Westhampton Beach High School student Ava Failla recently collected and donated over 1,300 books to Book Fairies of Long Island.

The sophomore decided to take action after seeing how the Book Fairies program worked in a school district where her mother works.

“Growing up, I had a lot of nice books and I wanted to help make a difference and provide books to underprivileged children,” said Failla.

To collect the books, Failla worked with the principals at Westhampton Beach and Quogue elementary schools to put out donation boxes.

She hopes to continue the momentum and collect books again next year.

When not working on community service projects, Failla can be found on the soccer and lacrosse fields. She also volunteers at the Southampton Animal Shelter and is a member of the Golden Canes Club, where she works to raise awareness for childhood cancer.

 

Date Added: 4/2/2024