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żHS senior earns full college scholarship through QuestBridge

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żHigh School senior Evelyn Soto has earned a full four-year college scholarship through the QuestBridge Match Scholarship Program.

Soto is one of over 17,000 applicants to earn a QuestBridge scholarship, which connects high-achieving high school seniors from low-income backgrounds with full four-year scholarships to 48 of the nation’s best colleges.

Through the scholarship program, Soto will be heading Amherst College in the fall to study political science or law.

Soto said she selected the college for its campus and campus community. “The students are close and there are also resources available through QuestBridge,” she said.

In addition to being academically talented, Soto is president of her school’s National Honor Society, a community service officer for the Math Honor Society, a member of the Students for Environmental Quality club, and a writer for her school’s literary magazine, Fathom. She also plays varsity tennis.

The ż Central School District congratulates Evelyn Soto on her outstanding academic accomplishment.

Date Added: 12/8/2023

ż ENL educator earns doctorate

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ż Central School District ENL/ELA educator Loraine Richardson McCray has earned a doctorate in administration and instructional leadership from St. John’s University.

Dr. Richardson McCray has been an educator for the past 25 years, teaching English language learners in various educational settings. She has served as an itinerant teacher educating students at żMiddle School for the past 25 years, at żHigh School for nine years, and at ż and Verne Critz elementary schools for the past year. She is the longest-serving ENL teacher in the ż Central School District and the first tenured in ENL at the district’s middle school.

In addition to her doctorate, Dr. Richardson McCray holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Arts in teaching English as a second language, a Master of Science in technological systems management, and advanced graduate certificates in educational computing, coaching, school building administration and school district administration. In addition, she is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians and has achieved the status of Registered Parliamentarian.

The district congratulates Dr. Richardson McCray on this impressive accomplishment.

Date Added: 12/4/2023

żseniors accepted into Suffolk’s Early College Program

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Two żHigh School seniors are set to begin their undergraduate studies at Suffolk County Community College in January while simultaneously finishing their senior year of high school.

Felipe Maldonado and Jack Porter are the first żHigh School students to be accepted into SCCC’s Early College Program, through which they will each be taking an evening class at the college’s Ammerman Campus.

Maldonado, who plans to study architecture in college, will be taking Drawing I. He intends to continue his education at Suffolk in the fall and eventually enroll in a four-year institution.

Porter will be taking a biology course at Suffolk with a goal to study data science at Stony Brook University in the fall. Both students said they are excited about the opportunity to get a head start and begin their college careers as they complete their senior year of high school.

Date Added: 12/1/2023

Freezing for a reason

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Nineteen members of the żHigh School Athletes Helping Others club raised over $2,000 for the Special Olympics by participating in the “Freezing for a Reason” polar plunge at Cedar Beach on Nov. 18. This is the 13th year that the club has taken part in the annual fundraiser. Over the years, the club has raised over $14,000 for the Special Olympics organization, which raises funds for athletes who want to participate in the Special Olympics and provides them with training. The Athletes Helping Others club also recently donated full Thanksgiving dinners to two families in need.

Date Added: 11/28/2023

ż educator earns doctorate

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ż School District educator Christine Daniels has earned a doctorate in educational leadership for diverse learning communities from Molloy University.

Dr. Daniels has been an educator for the past 30 years, teaching and working with linguistically and culturally diverse students and families in various educational settings. She has served as a teacher at Kreamer Street Elementary School for the past 22 years and is also the ż School District’s elementary ENL chairperson.

In addition to her doctorate, Dr. Daniels holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary and special education, a Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Queens College, and a master’s in education, curriculum and instruction: conflict resolution and peaceable schools from Lesley University.

The district congratulates Dr. Daniels on this impressive accomplishment.

Date Added: 11/22/2023