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Portledge Holds 38th Commencement Exercises

Portledge School hosted its 38th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 14. Family and friends gathered on the Gimbel Lawn under a tent to share this joyous occasion. The Class of 2013 graduated 39 students, several of whom have been at the school since early childhood.

The morning festivities began with the processional led by the Board of Trustees and the honored members of the Class of 2013. Music was performed by Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Upper School Concert Band, under the direction of Patricia Baehr. Neil Nalanuthala ’13 (Glen Cove) and Anna Ticker ’13 (Brookville) sang America the Beautiful.

The opening remarks were given by Simon Owen-Williams, Head of School, and Richard Kirikian (Oyster Bay), president of the Board of Trustees. This year’s commencement speaker was Dr. Craig R. Smith, chairman of the Department of Surgery at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center where he specializes in valve repair and replacement, coronary bypass procedures and operations involving the thoracic aorta. He gave an inspirational speech with words of wisdom for the graduates.

Jon Sandos ’03, Dean of Students, presented the’76 Award. This award is named for the first senior class to graduate from Portledge and is given each year by the tenth reunion class to the teacher who is remembered as having the greatest impact on the members of the class. This year’s recipient is John McIlvain.

Simon Owen-Williams presented the David W. Hoyler Faculty Award, which is presented to a member of the Portledge School faculty for outstanding dedication to students and exemplary commitment to teaching within and beyond the classroom. It was awarded to Louise Galli.

Harry Grzelewski, Upper School Division Head, recognized the Arts Scholars and Cum Laude members and gave the following awards:

Bliss Award — Presented to a senior in recognition of excellence in visual or performing arts.

Recipient: Anna Ticker (Brookville)

Senior Athletic Award — Awarded by vote of the faculty to recognize outstanding athletes in the senior class.

Recipient: Cecilia Mulry (Glen Cove)

Slanetz Award — Established in 1981, awarded to that member of the senior class whose academic record shows the highest level of achievement throughout his or her sophomore, junior and senior years at Portledge, given in the hope that these scholars will apply their intellectual ability to improvement of the human condition and for the well-being of others.

Recipient: Jennifer Ferrante (Long Beach)

Portledge Bowl — Established by the trustees in 1976 upon the vote of the faculty to be presented to “that senior who best exemplifies the character and values Portledge holds in the highest esteem.”

Recipient: Eve Shapiro (Glen Cove)

Owen-Williams also recognized those students who had been at Portledge since early childhood: Evan Adonailo (Glen Cove), Harrison Caldwell (Glen Cove), Elaine Gahagan (Lattingtown), Marc Mucciaccio (Huntington), Cecilia Mulry (Glen Cove), Arielle Parris (Hempstead), Eve Shapiro (Glen Cove), Anna Ticker (Brookville), and Jacqueline Worral (Syosset). The talented Upper School Chorus, under the direction of William Peek, sang Our Time by Stephen Sondheim. Student speakers, Evan Adonailo (Glen Cove) and Anna Ticker (Brookville), gave wonderful inspirational speeches, which made people laugh and cry. The memorable morning ended with the presentation of diplomas to the graduates, followed by a reception held in the Wellington Gymnasium.

News

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.

Oyster Bay High School Principal Dr. Dennis O’Hara addressed the board of education at Tuesday night’s meeting about offering a summer school program at the high school. It would be the first time the district had a summer school program in more than 12 years.

Dr. O’Hara explained that with the institution of the Common Core state standards, students are faced with a greater level of academic rigor and more challenging coursework. The program would offer remedial and enrichment classes for students both in and out of district.


Sports

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.

The conditions were as fierce as the competition earlier this month at Oakcliff Sailing’s Halloween Invitational.

Ten teams from the U.S., Canada and Bermuda battled 30-knot-plus winds, heavy rain and biting cold to see who would take top honors at Oakcliff’s final match racing event of the 2014 season.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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