500 Great East Neck Road, West Babylon, NY 11704
Dr. E. Vassallo
Mr. S. Hanley
Mr. S. O'Leary
Welcome to the West Babylon Senior high School. West Babylon High School is a comprehensive high school that offers a diverse academic program while promoting the arts, business and technology, and family and consumer sciences. Our students are being made college and career ready in order to succeed in the 21st century workplace and the world. Our Social, Emotional and Academic Learning program, entering its sixth year, parallels the Dignity for All Students Act, and is the foundation for creating a safe learning environment in which our students can learn and develop the emotional competencies that lead to success in the 21st century world for which they are being prepared.
Our co curricular activities, including our athletic teams, mirror this focus. and add to the total development of our students. Groups such as our GSA and LEO clubs lead the school in activities that teach acceptance, compassion, empathy and service to others. Our students develop their leadership skills in the classroom, in their clubs and organizations and on the athletic fields. They are ready when they leave the high school to assume these roles and successfully further their studies and work.
Excelling Toward a New Future
As West Babylon’s graduating Class of 2014 processed onto the field of the West Babylon Junior High School for the annual commencement exercises, they were serenaded by the ceremonial “Pomp and Circumstance,” as performed by the high school band, and cheered on by proud family members and friends. The exercises began with a greeting from Principal Dr. Ellice F. Vassallo, the Pledge of Allegiance led by National Honor Society President Alexandra Martocci, and performances of the national anthem and “God Bless America” by the band.
In his opening remarks, Class of 2014 President John Modica encouraged his peers to never give up on themselves and to have confidence in their choices. “When you give up on yourself, you give up on all those who have supported you,” he said. Salutatorian Julie Barrett defined the Class of 2014 as “remarkable for [its] differences and dedication” and encouraged her peers to keep laughter in their lives. Valedictorian Nicole Cutrone encouraged her peers to pursue something they love and remarked that her classmates’ experiences had been defined through the “many magical moments” they had experienced in high school that had helped them succeed.
Superintendent of Schools Anthony Cacciola thanked the class for bringing pride to both the district and their parents. He encouraged the graduates to put life into perspective and appreciate what is truly important. “Life is measured by the moments that take your breath away,” he said.
Board of Education President Diane Thiel noted that the visiting class of 1964 and the graduating class had something in common: the spirit of helping others and giving back to the community. “You are a generous class and a living example of gratitude,” she said. “One person can make a difference in the world. Be that person.”
In celebration, the concert choir played a “senior medley,” arranged by concert choir director Joseph Barone, that included melodies from “Thanks for the Memories,” “Survivor,” “Best Day of My Life” and more. Together, the choir and band performed “Like an Eagle.”
The graduates were then called one by one to receive their diplomas from Dr. Vassallo and become official alumni of West Babylon High School. The district extends its best wishes and happiness to the Class of 2014.
Meet the District’s Top Two Students
West Babylon Senior High School seniors Nicole Cutrone and Julie Barrett have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2014. Each is an exceptional student whose academic achievement is equaled by her athletic, co-curricular and philanthropic pursuits.
With a 109 grade point average, Nicole maintains that her personality is partly behind her academic success. “With my personality, I was never able to slack off. It mattered that I did the work,” she said. “It is really nice to know that all my hard work has been validated.”
Nicole is a National Advanced Placement Scholar and a Board of Regents Scholarship recipient. As a member of the Science Olympiad team, she placed in three regional competition events and acquired fourth and fifth place at the New York State competition. The Town of Babylon recently granted Nicole an Historical Society scholarship for top scores in history. Nicole is a member of the Leaders Club, where she organizes and participates in local fundraisers, and the Leo Club, which focuses on community service and local charities. She is editor of the Yearbook Club and a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the Vincent Foley Foreign Language and math and science honor societies. Nicole has been a member of the field hockey team during all four years of high school and has received two varsity letters for her achievements on the field. She also volunteers at the library, where she teaches young children how to read, and tutors peers in math. Nicole will attend Fordham University, where she will pursue her studies in biology.
With a 108.5 grade point average, Julie received the rank of class salutatorian. Like Nicole, she explained that hard work is the key to being one of the top students. “There are students who are smarter, but did not take the time to do homework or to work hard,” Julie said. “Doing the work everyday is the key to success.”
Julie is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and the recipient of a Board of Regents scholarship. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the math and science and Vincent Foley Foreign Language honor societies. Julie was a gold medalist in the Russian Olympiada and secretary of the Science Olympiad team. Julie is an accomplished percussionist and a member of the jazz band and marching band, where she is section leader and drum captain. She recently received the West Babylon Music Parents Scholarship for her music achievements. Julie is a member of the cross-country team and has received six varsity letters and a sportsmanship award during her high school athletic career. Since fourth grade, Julie has been an active Girl Scout and regularly gives her time to the community as a church camp counselor and altar server, as well through honor society community service events. She will attend Binghamton University this fall.
Winner of Riverhead Art Competition
West Babylon High School student-artist Anna Fleury was named the first-place winner in Riverhead’s East End Arts Gallery art “Composition” competition. Her artwork titled “Red Roof” is a photo on canvas and an aerial view of the Fire Island Lighthouse. Her work will be on view from June 20 through August 1.
Anna, a sophomore, is a student in Heather Korchma’s Drawing and Painting II class and Christine Iaquinto’s Photo II class. She will continue her art studies in Ms. Korchma’s Advanced Placement Studio class this fall.
The district congratulates Anna on this exceptional achievement and continued success in her art studies at West Babylon High School.
2014 Spring Varsity Athlete Awards
The spring athletic season was a great success, with student-athletes making strides on and off the field and the court. The following is a list of athletic awards and designations received by the district’s top student-athletes.
Nicholas Brigandi – All-League
Adam Dell’Isola – All-League
Nicholas Gilley – All-League
Robert Inguli – All-League
Timothy Kranz – All-League, All-County and MVP
Christian Reyes – Sportsmanship Award
Nicholas Squillante – Academic All-League
Joseph Zappia – All-League
Amanda Vong – MVP
Megan Whitehead – Sportsmanship Award
Alexa Casale – Sportsmanship Award
Shannon Clancy – All-County and MVP
Breanna Kuhner – All-League
Shannon Apuzzo – All-County, All-Tournament and MVP
Kali Benvenuto – Sportsmanship Award
Hope Coticchio – All-Division
Jessica Geiersbach – All-County
Samantha Geiersbach – All-County
Jessyca Held – All-Division
Joseph Kolano – All-Division
Kelsey O’Connor – All-Division and All-Tournament
Anthony Rowland – Sportsmanship Award
Michael Schneider – All County and MVP
Madison Vasquez – Unsung Hero
Greg Axelson – JV Coach of the Year – Boys Lacrosse
Track and Field
Dana Beggins – All-Division
Patrice Cunningham – All-League and Sportsmanship Award
Myaysa Evans – All-League
Christopher Gaymon – All-League
Tara Hauff – All-League, All-Division and All-County
Paige Keefer – All-Division
Brittany Korsah – All-League and All-Division
Nicholas Morfesi – All-League and MVP
Melissa Riback – All-League, All-Division, All-County and MVP
Christopher Smith – Sportsmanship Award
Joseph Fiorante – All-Division and Sportsmanship Award
Michael Liguori – All-Division and MVP
Elijah McCall – All-League
Kieran Yee – All-League
All Around Outstanding Senior Girl Athlete – Madison Vasquez
All-Around Outstanding Senior Boy Athlete – Scott Avery
Superintendent Trophy – John Nash and Tara Smith
Helmer Petersen Baseball Award – Nicholas Brigandi
Donald F. Bolinger Memorial Track Award – Nicholas Morfessi
George Kruse Memorial Lacrosse Award – Keith Maerki
Richard Rowcroft Lacrosse Award – Michael Schneider
West Babylon Student Wins National Photographic Competition
Ryan Flanagan, a senior at West Babylon High School, was a first-place and Best in Show winner in the Photographic Society of America National Youth Showcase competition. This is the first time a West Babylon student has placed in a national competition.
Ryan submitted two photographic works that were judged among 700 entries from students across the United States. He was awarded first place and Best of Show for his photo titled “The Girl in the Woods.” In addition, Ryan’s submission titled “Going Out to Sea” placed third.
Ryan will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology this fall, where he will study photographing imaging technology.
The district congratulates Ryan on this achievement and wishes him continued success.