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HS Inducts 40 Theater Students Into International Thespian Society

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Forty high school students were inducted into the International Thespian Society, the honor society for the dramatic arts. The Dec. 9 ceremony, held in the school auditorium, marked the inaugural ITS induction for Islip.

Students are eligible for the Society, which was founded 90 years ago, if they accumulate a sufficient number of points, which are awarded for performance, writing, technical work and other theatrical endeavors. Members are entitled to participate in national events and local workshops, and pledge to share their love of theater.

The new ITS chapter also awarded an honorary membership to Dr. Ellen Semel, Islip’s superintendent, in recognition of her ongoing support of the theater program in the district.  

Five Students Inducted as Keep Islip Clean Junior Commissioners

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High school students Alexx Kelly, Prabdeep Pabla, Areej Ali, Karina Sanchez and Emily Hagelmann were recently inducted as Keep Islip Clean junior commissioners. This program provides students who attend Town of Islip high schools to help Keep Islip Clean with recycling and beautification projects.  

 

Boys Soccer Players Win Big at SCSCA Awards

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Six high school boys varsity soccer players received awards at the annual Suffolk County Soccer Coaches Association dinner, held Dec. 4 at Villa Lombardi in Holbrook. Connor Argenziano, Justin Bondi and James Swindells were named All-League; Brandon Kelly and Dan Micheletti were named All-Conference; and Tim Rogers earned Academic All-County honors.


High School’s VE Firm Makes Pitch Finals

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The high school’s virtual enterprise firm Gifts to Go recently qualified for the finals in a 60-second elevator pitch competition during the sixth annual Virtual Enterprises International Business and Entrepreneurship Leadership Conference, held at LIU Post in Brookville. Gifts to Go CEO Thomas Vitale pitched the company to a panel of judges – including various business owners and college professors and administrators – and over 2,800 audience members.

Gifts to Go and fellow Islip VE firm Fashion Cents will compete in a regional business plan and trade show competition in January.

Five Islip String Students Set to Perform at LISFA

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For the first time in more than 10 years, Islip’s music department is participating in the Long Island String Festival, with five of the district’s string musicians selected to attend.

The high school’s Shannon Brody and Leah Cyran (prepared by teacher Zachary Butterfield) will perform at the LISFA secondary concert, to be held Jan. 12 at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip.

Commack Road’s Fallon Rao and Natalie Rodriguez (prepared by teacher Rachel Tria) and Sherwood’s Isabella Conzo (prepared by teacher Holly Markee) will perform at the LISFA intermediate concert, to be held Jan. 26 at Northport High School.

“I congratulate these students and all the teachers – music and otherwise – who have made this achievement possible,” said Dr. Jeff S. Dailey, Islip’s interim director of fine and performing arts.